From the March 4, 2015 Regional Council meeting:
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Regional Council approves ION Construction/ transit detour plan
Regional Council approved a temporary transit detour plan to respond to the extensive road closures planned for downtown Kitchener and uptown Waterloo during ION construction. To provide service reliability and route consistency to transit customers during the construction, it was recommended that early summer service schedule be in effect in April on the 7 - Mainline and the 200 - iXpress routes instead of June. The earlier start to summer service on these routes will create more flexibility to manage the service level that will be required while ION construction detours are in place. Check for future updates on GRT detours at www.grt.ca . ION construction updates can be found at www.rideion.ca .
Region requests LHIN funding for seniors
Council approved a request for one-time funding of $52,500 from the Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network. If approved, this funding will be used to purchase a SMART interactive board, create a new office space, purchase mobile phones for Personal Support Workers and purchase dining room chairs for participants of the Community Alzheimer Program in Kitchener.
Request for homelessness funding
The Region will request additional base funding of $1,175,000 from the province for the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI). CHPI was implemented in 2013 by bringing together a number of pre-existing homelessness programs and includes emergency shelter solutions, housing with supports and homelessness prevention.
Funding for social assistance technology
The Region will request the province to fully fund all costs related to the implementation of the Social Assistance Management System (SAMS). The Region rolled out this provincial technology in order to improve service delivery and customer service for social assistance recipients. However, the technology has had unanticipated problems and negative service impacts, causing an increased workload for staff.
Public art to enhance Cambridge Centre transit terminal
Council approved spending up to $55,000 for a public art project at the new Cambridge Centre Terminal to serve ION adapted bus rapid transit and Grand River Transit users. The proposed artwork would be incorporated into the terminal platform with the intention of enhancing the character of the public space and adding interest to the transit rider experience. This will be the Region's fourteenth public art project.
Review of Bridge and Queen Street Intersection in Wilmot reinstates yield sign
Regional Council has conducted a review of a stop sign pilot study on the westbound channelized right-turn lane at the intersection of Bridge and Queen Streets in Wilmot Township and has recommended the stop sign be replaced back to a yield sign at this intersection. In an effort to address the traffic calming issues at this intersection, staff will report back to Regional Council in the coming months on Regional policies concerning truck prohibitions and speed limits through school zones.
Council approves operating plan for Gibney Regional forest
Council approved an Operating Management Plan for Gibney Regional Forest. The approved operating Management Plans provide details of activities that will take place over the next five years. The plan ensures that the forest is properly managed and that its use is sustainable in the future. The Gibney Regional Forest is located in Wilmot Township.
Council approves Habitat for Humanity Grant
Council approved a grant to cover the cost of Regional Development charges for housing built as part of a Habitat for Humanity project. A policy was established so that the grant would cover houses built throughout this term of council. The cost of the grant will be provided from the Housing RDC Grant Reserve Fund. From 2015-2018 approximately 22 townhouse units will be built.
The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:
. $4,784,659 to Sysco Southwestern Ontario for Food Product Procurement and Services to supply Seniors' Services, Region of Waterloo Children's Centres and Waterloo Region Museum and Historic sites for a contract period of three years commencing May 1, 2015.
. $1,799,751.00 to STM Construction Ltd. for HVAC upgrades at 150 Main Street.`
. $1,481,061.35 to three companies for the supply of various transit brake components for a five year period as follows:
- $83, 513.45 estimated to Mohawk Mfg. & Supply Co.
- $494,845.95 estimated to Fleet Brake Ontario
- $902,701.95 estimated to CBM of NA
. $234,397.71 to Victoria Star Motors for vehicle acquisitions.
. $152,888.25 to Motion Electrical Contracting Ltd. for Carbon Monoxide/Smoke Detectors at all Waterloo Region Housing sites
. $84,837.01 to Bennett Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC for vehicle acquisitions.
For your information:
New educational biosolids video aims to educate and engage the community
In preparation for the upcoming biosolids master plan, the Region has developed a new educational video that addresses the issue of what happens after you flush and how biosolids are created by the Region. The video first educates the public on the biosolids creation process and then poses some thought provoking questions about the future strategy of biosolids management. By educating the public on the process, the Region hopes to get more public engagement on this important topic. The video is on the Region of Waterloo's YouTube channel and will be broadcast on its Facebook and Twitter feeds or view it here: http://bit.ly/ROWbiosolids .
Wed., April 1, 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