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Council Info - May 3, 2017

Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at Council meetings. It is circulated immediately following each meeting. You are encouraged to quote from and copy this information. Please refer to the minutes for an official record of the meeting.

Homer Watson Boulevard Improvements

Regional Council approved the recommended improvements on Homer Watson Boulevard (Regional Road 28) from Conestoga College Boulevard to Manitou Drive (Regional Road 69) in the City of Kitchener. The work is intended to address existing traffic operations and infrastructure conditions issues, as well as active transportation (pedestrian/cyclist) needs along the corridor. Construction is expected to begin in 2018, pending property acquisition and utility relocations.

Paramedic response time targets approved

Council approved the Paramedic Services response time performance plan for 2018. Paramedic Services is performing well overall in relation to the 2017 response time targets. The same targets will be maintained for 2018:

  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest- 6 minutes 50 per cent of the time
  • CTAS 1 - 8 minutes or less 70 per cent of the time
  • CTAS 2 - 10 minutes or less 80 per cent of the time
  • CTAS 3 - 11 minutes or less 80 per cent of the time
  • CTAS 4 - 12 minutes or less 80 per cent of the time
  • CTAS 5 - 12 minutes or less 80 per cent of the time

Affordable housing projects approved for Waterloo Region

Council approved the following affordable housing priority projects for Waterloo Region:

  • Elmira Development Support Corporation - up to 5 units
  • Home Concept Property Management (Cambridge) - up to 36 units
  • Maxwell Building Consultants Ltd. (Waterloo) - up to 29 units
  • Spavest Inc. (Kitchener) - up to 30 units

Council also approved additional funding of up to $210,000 to KW Habilitation towards increased costs for the construction of 22 units at 180 Sydney Street in Kitchener.

Public access defibrillator program find savings

The public access defibrillator (PAD) program was initiated in 2002 and has grown steadily to 463 defibrillators registered with Paramedic Services. These units are available in schools, community centers, arenas and municipal offices. A third party was inspecting the PADs and charging facility owners for the service. Moving forward, facility owners will be completing monthly inspections on their PADs and Paramedic Services will be replacing batteries and adhesive pads as needed for a small fee. This will result in total savings to PAD owners of $69,450 per year across all sites.

Council approves purchase of former Provincial Courthouse for Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS)

Council agreed to add $6.4 million to the Region's 2017 Capital Budget to buy 200 Frederick Street, Kitchener. The purchase is based on a need for additional space for the Waterloo Regional Police Services (WRPS) functions. The building offers 87,000 sq. ft. of floor space on three floors, as well as 98 parking spots. There is potential for expansion up to 100,000 sq. ft. The building has been well maintained and is in good condition. The WRPS 134 Frederick St. building is at capacity with no options for growth. The new property just down the street is a viable alternative to new construction.


Region joins SWIFT as full partner, contributing $2.2 million to build Internet broadband for everyone

The Region joined SWIFT (The Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Network) as a full partner, contributing $2.2 million in funding for the expansion of access to broadband Internet. The project will deliver fibre optic coverage to communities across Southwestern Ontario. This partnership follows $180 million in combined investments by the federal and provincial governments and over five years of committed collaboration and investment by 18 municipalities. This partnership with the Region of Waterloo means more than 4 million Ontarians will be connected by modern Internet infrastructure under the SWIFT initiative.


The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:

  • $7,642,850.00 to Steed and Evans for the St. Andrew's Street  reconstruction from Grand Avenue to the Cambridge Boundary in Cambridge.
  • $5,369,874.10 to D'Orazio Infrastructure Group Limited for the construction of the Mannheim Reservoir 1200 mm Inlet Twinning in Kitchener
  • $2,993,445.50 to the IBI Group Professional Services Inc. for Grand River Transit  Northfield Drive Maintenance Facility Design
  • $2,693,161.00 to Sona Constructor Inc. for Foxboro Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades in the Township of Wilmot
  • $1,467,960.00 to Kieswetter Excavating Inc. for Waterloo Landfill South Expansion Area Access Road
  • $1,270,865.08 to Amato and Son General Contracting for Waterloo Region Housing Kitchen Replacements Phase 3
  • $802,182.33 to INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc. for the purchase of 90 real-time passenger information display signs.
  • $206,551.06 to INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc. for the purchase of automatic passenger counting equipment for thirty-nine replacement buses


For your information:

Region of Waterloo wins Biosolids Award

The Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO) has recognized the Region of Waterloo with the annual WEAO Award for Exemplary Residuals and Biosolids Management in Ontario. 


For more information, contact:

Bryan Stortz, Director, Corporate Communications, 519-575-4408

Regional Clerk's Office, 519-575-4420


Next meeting:
Wednesday, May 24, 2017