Council Info - November 30, 2016
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Arts Fund gets boost for Canada's Anniversary
As part of the Region's programs to celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary, Regional Council approved an increase of $150,000 in ongoing funding to the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. The increase will take effect in 2017 and will help fund many arts projects across the Region. For many years, the Arts Fund has been overwhelmed by applications from artists and arts groups wanting to make art happen here in the Region. Regional Council continues to support the arts and cultural groups as part of its goals to enhance the quality of life and promote the Region. Part of the funding will assist the Arts Fund in 2017 to support a special project called celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Canada and the Arts Fund's 15th Anniversary.
Development Charges by-law amended
The Province has provided municipalities with the authority to assess Development Charges to pay for growth-related capital costs for Transit Services and Waste Management Services. Council has approved amendments to the Region's Development Charges by-law that will see Transit Development Charges applied to new development in the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo. Waste Management Development Charges will be applied to new development across the Region.
Region seeks public input on 2017 budget
The Region is looking for community input on the 2017 budget. Citizens can share their thoughts at a public input meeting or online at engageregionofwaterloo.ca. The next public input meeting is scheduled for December 14, 2016 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers. The online forum will be open for input from November 10 - December 21, 2016.
The Charter for Inclusive Communities
The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council is supporting the Charter for Inclusive Communities which promotes inclusive, just and respectful communities in Canada. The Charter was created by the National Council of Canadian Muslims to draw attention to Islamophobia and what can be done to prevent it. There are about 20,000 Muslims living in Waterloo Region.
Immigration Partnership funding
The Region will ask the federal government for adequate funding to support the Immigration Partnership and local settlement and language training services. The Immigration Partnership works with local settlement agencies to help immigrants and refugees in Waterloo Region successfully settle, work and belong. The Immigration Partnership worked with municipal and other community partners throughout 2016 to provide leadership and community coordination of the Waterloo Region Syrian refugee resettlement response. The current funding model for the 2017 - 2020 period is not sufficient to meet the continuously increasing cost of delivering Immigration Partnership programs.
Community Housing amalgamation
The Region consented to the amalgamation of Kitchener Alliance Community Homes and Victoria Park Community Homes. Both are non-profit housing providers that own a number of community housing rental properties in Waterloo Region. As the local Service Manger, the Region is responsible for funding and oversight of local community housing.
Weber Street reconstruction, Queen Street to Borden Avenue - Approved
Regional Council approved the proposed design concepts for improvements on Weber Street, from Queen Street to Borden Avenue. This section of Weber Street is 1.5 kilometres in length and provides an integral connection into and out of the City of Kitchener's downtown core. Some of the improvements will include the replacement of the road pavement, the curbs, sidewalks and transit landing pads. These improvements will also include the replacement of the watermains, sanitary and storm sewers. Also a new signalized pedestrian crossing at Fairview Avenue is included in this project. The construction of this project is currently scheduled for 2018 and 2019.
Public meeting for East Side Lands
Regional Council approved the initiation of an amendment to the Regional Official Plan and authorized staff to schedule a statutory public meeting in 2017. The Regional Official Plan Amendment would consider the expansion of the urban areas of the City of Cambridge and the Township of Woolwich based on the results of the East Side Lands Master Environmental Servicing Plan, Stage 2 (MESP - Stage 2). A Public Consultation Centre (PCC) is scheduled for December 5, 2016 to present preliminary findings of the MESP - Stage 2. Information and input received at the December 5, 2016 PCC, as well as from agencies and the public through the project website will be considered and presented at a subsequent PCC which is anticipated to be held in the spring of 2017, preceding the statutory public meeting.
Council responds to Province on proposed amendments to the Aggregate Resources Act
Regional Council voted to forward a detailed response to proposed amendments to Bill 39 - Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act (ARA). The ARA is legislation that governs the approval and operation of pits and quarries in Ontario. Waterloo Region is currently the fifth largest producer of sand and gravel by volume in Ontario, and the second largest in Southwestern Ontario. Given the importance of aggregates to the Region's economy, and the potential impacts aggregate extraction operation has on our groundwater and the natural environment, changes to the ARA is very important to the Region. Regional Council will forward its formal submission to the Province which outlines the Region's general support for the proposed policy changes, subject to a series of recommendations related to water resources protection, extraction below the water table, applications on agricultural land, and the rehabilitation of closed aggregate sites. Council will also request that the Province continue to seek input from municipalities and other stakeholders on any future proposed amendments to the detailed Regulations and Provincial Standard which guide the day-to-day implementation of the ARA.
The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:
- $27,006,477.93 plus applicable taxes to New Flyer Bus Industries Canada ULC for the 2017 delivery of 57 transit buses.
- $12,755,349.65 plus applicable taxes to Fairway Electrical Services Inc. for supply and installation of LED Lights, Smart City Controls and the disposal of existing Cobra Head HID lights. Council also approved project costs of: $6,090,261 for work undertaken by City of Kitchener; $1,988,772,85 for work undertaken by City of Waterloo; $1,295,124.36 for work undertaken by City of Cambridge; $508,557.18 for work undertaken by Woolwich Township; $352,967.24 for work undertaken by Wilmot Township; $136,722.18 for work undertaken by Wellesley Township and $96,983.96 for work undertaken by North Dumfries Township.
- $2,730,052.11 plus applicable taxes to Selectra Inc. for upgrades to the Elmira Wastewater Treatment Plant.
- $272,000.00 plus applicable taxes to Beckett Electrical Inc. Manheim Water Treatment Plant Fire Alarm upgrades.
- $233,690.95 plus applicable taxes to Unity Connected Solutions (Unity) for an Avaya telephone system upgrade. The Information Technology operating budget will be adjusted to reflect the $50,000 in savings to be realized in the 2017 budget from the upgrade.
- $203,930.00 plus applicable taxes to Demers Ambulance Inc. for two (2) type III ambulances.
- $854,180.00, sole source procurement, to Viking-Cives Ltd. for three (3) Plow Truck units, and name Viking-Cives Ltd. as the Vendor of Record for all Plow Truck acquisitions for a three (3) year period ending October 31, 2019.
- $466,402.00 to Alfa Laval Inc. for Supply of Cloth Media Filter System at the Wellesley Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Next Council meeting
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
For more information, contact:
Bryan Stortz, Director, Corporate Communications, 519-575-4408
Regional Clerk's Office, 519-575-4420