From the June 3, 2015 Regional Council meeting:
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Region approves 2015 grants to 15 community organizations
Council has approved $230,881 in grants for community organizations to help enhance the social wellbeing of the region. Some of the largest grant requests came from: Leadership Waterloo Region; Volunteer Action Centre; Food Bank of Waterloo Region; Canadian Mental Health Association and Community Justice Initiatives. Other recipients include Woolwich Community Services, K-W Multicultural Centre, Wilmot Family Resources Centre and more.
Council approves one-time grant to Langs
Council approved a one-time capital grant of $25,000 to Langs, a health, wellness and community centre in Cambridge. Langs has been a long standing partner in a number of program areas. This grant would be consistent with grants given to other partner counselling agencies.
Council supports the development of a Community Energy Investment Strategy
The Region of Waterloo and local partners will initiate the development of a Community Energy Investment Strategy. This initiative will build on the successful local collaboration established in the community for climate action (i.e. greenhouse gas emission reduction targets). The strategy would achieve priorities such as economic development and community building in designated growth areas and will complement infrastructure master plans.
Council approves alignment of waste collection at some multi-residential properties
Regional Council approved a plan to address existing waste collection inconsistencies at some multi-residential complexes that currently receive curbside collection, as they do not comply with the approved multi-residential collection policy. The phase-out of collection service at these large complexes and businesses will be aligned with the end of the current waste collection contract (March 2017). A lengthy notice period will give landlords, condominium corporations and businesses sufficient time to make any necessary changes. About 180 properties and 250 commercial establishments will be affected by this change.
Supportive housing standards
Council approved the Region's Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) supportive housing program standards. As the local service manager for housing and homelessness, the Region is required to develop and implement these standards, which outline new performance expectations and quality assurance processes for supportive housing. The standards were developed through community consultation and with insight from past Regional quality assurance initiatives. They will be implemented in April 2016.
Accommodation fees at Sunnyside Home
Council approved new preferred accommodation rates for the Region's long-term care facility, Sunnyside Home. For residents admitted into private accommodation after July 1, 2015, the daily charge will be $25 per day in addition to the basic accommodation rate. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care regulates basic accommodation fees, which cover non-nursing related costs (food, laundry, housekeeping, etc.) These rates will increase by 2.5 per cent to $58.35 per day. Residents who cannot afford the basic accommodation rate will be charged a reduced fee based on income.
Tourist train agreement extended
The Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society (SOLRS) has operated a tourist train service since 2007. Due to ION construction on the Waterloo Spur Line, SOLRS can no longer use the this line and has temporarily relocated its operations to run from Waterloo's Farmers Market to Elmira. Regional Council has approved an extension of the existing agreement for an additional 12 months to accommodate the ongoing tourist train operations.
Social Development Programs Grants approved
Council approved grants totalling $2,217,981 for the Region's Social Development Programs, which fund, monitor and facilitate programs that reduce the negative impacts of poverty on families with children. These programs include the Community Outreach Program, Counselling Collaborative, Emergency Food Hampers, Onsite Counselling, and Parenting Group Program. The Region has service agreements with 22 agencies that work together with support from staff to deliver services across Waterloo Region.
Portion of Waterloo Street in Kitchener to be permanently closed
In order to accommodate the construction of the King Street grade separation (part of the ION Light Rail Transit project), Regional Council approved the permanent closure of Waterloo Street from Victoria to Breithaupt Streets.
The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:
. $14,329,257.67 to E. & E. Seegmiller Ltd. for Franklin Blvd. improvements. Including an increase of project costs of $1,303,702.45 for work undertaken on behalf of the City of Cambridge.
. $1,414,377 to Dillon Consulting Ltd. for engineering services for the Region's Biosolids Master Plan.
. $711,617.50 to Demers Ambulances Inc. for the purchase of five ambulances.
. $696,135.37 to Delta Elevator Co. Ltd for elevator modernization at the 99 Regina St. building.
. $496,595 to CIMA Canada Inc. to provide consulting engineering services for updating the Region's Wastewater Treatment Master Plan.
. $438,440 to Vipond Inc. for a fire suppression system replacement at the Materials Recycling Centre.
. $371,770 to Hardscape Concrete & Interlock for the GRT Ainslie Street Terminal Redesign.
. $227,964.60 to G-Tel Engineering for performing locates for Region underground infrastructure in water, sanitary and storm water systems.
. $204,962.93 to Hotz Environmental Services Inc. for transportation and processing of municipal hazardous or special waste.
Wed., August 19, 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