From the January 21, 2015 Regional Council meeting:
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Council approves funding for repairs at Greenbrook Water Treatment Plant
Council approved $800,000 in repairs to the chemical storage area of the Greenbrook Water Treatment Plant after it was damaged in a chemical explosion in April 2014. It is expected that most of this funding will be recovered from insurance. Regional Council has also approved repairs at the Manheim Reservoirs at a total cost of $400,000 after a leak in the Mannheim Reservoir Valve House was discovered in November 2014.
Affordable Housing Strategy funding allocations
Council approved an Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) grant of $1,103,900 for the development of 15 affordable housing units through the K-W Working Centre. These units will be built at three locations in Kitchener. Council also authorized staff to develop and deliver the Housing Assistance with Supports (HAWS) program using an IAH grant of $1,316,130. This program will provide rent assistance for up to 40 STEP Home participants.
Immunization notification changes
Council approved the following changes to the Immunization of School Pupils Act:
- Region of Waterloo Public Health will issue notification letters to students/parents of students who are not up-to-date for mandatory immunizations, or do not have a valid exemption on file
- Public Health will not suspend students who fail to follow up on their notification letters in 2014-2015 and will resume suspension in 2015-2016.
New Hamburg Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion
Council accepted the Environmental Study Report developed through the Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for the New Hamburg Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Expansion. The Region will now publish the Notice of Completion for public review and comment for a 30-day period. Expansion of the New Hamburg WWTP will be required by 2020 to service growth in this community. The preferred design concept would expand the plant's capacity by 33 per cent. The additional capacity is estimated to accommodate projected new growth in the New Hamburg and Baden communities to 2030.
King Street road improvements in Cambridge
Council approved the design concept for improvements to King Street from Bishop Street to Eagle Street in Cambridge. The improvements will include replacement of pavement, new curbs, new on-road cycling lanes, new designated left turn lanes on King at Montrose Street, replacement of sidewalks, transit landing pads and installation of new concrete pads for possible future transit shelters, enhanced landscaping and streetscaping on behalf of the City of Cambridge, and replacement of storm sewers and the City's watermain and sanitary sewers. Construction is currently planned for 2017.
The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:
- $11.5 million to Parsons Brinkerhoff Halsall Inc. to extend their current agreement to continue to provide general engineering consulting services to the Rapid Transit Project for an additional term of three years.
- $719,153.47 to Finnbilt General Contracting Ltd. for the Turnbull Pumping Station upgrade in Cambridge.
- $264,985 to Bright Water Services for the hauling of potable water from February 2015 to January 2016.
- $66,459 per year to Terranet for five years for assessment and property mapping data used by the Region and the Area Municipalities.
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 at 7 p.m.
For further information, contact:
Bryan Stortz, Director, Corporate Communications, 519-575-4408
Or the Regional Clerk's Office, 519-575-4420