Regional Chair Kolb called the meeting of Regional Council to order at 9:42 a.m. in the Council Chambers, Regional Administrative Headquarters, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton.
1. PRAYER AND ROLL CALL
Councillor Mullin recited the prayer.
|Members:||G. Carlson, F. Dale, S. DiMarco, S. Fennell, A.
Groves, N. Iannicca, E. Kolb, D. Lyons, K. Mahoney, H. McCallion*¨,|
G. Miles¨, E. Moore*, M. Morrison*, P. Mullin, R. Paterak, M. Prentice*, P. Saito, J. Sprovieri, N. Stewart
E. Adams, due to vacation; C. Corbasson, due to other municipal business; P. Palleschi, due to a personal matter
R. Maloney, Chief Administrative Officer; P. O'Connor, Acting Regional Solicitor; J. Smith, Acting Commissioner of Health; D. Labrecque, Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance; L. Nashman, Commissioner of People, Information and Technology; D. Szwarc, Commissioner of Social Services; N. Tunnacliffe, Commissioner of Planning; K. Ward, Commissioner of Housing & Property; M. Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works; Dr. D. McKeown, Medical Officer of Health; C. Gravlev, Regional Clerk; C. Thomson, Legislative Co-ordinator
2. DECLARATIONS OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
a) April 22, 2004, Regional Council Meeting
Moved by Councillor Carlson,
Seconded by Councillor Dale;
That the minutes of the Regional Council meeting held on April 22, 2004 be approved.
b) May 6, 2004, Special Regional Council Meeting
Moved by Councillor DiMarco,
Seconded by Councillor Fennell;
That the minutes of the Special Regional Council meeting held on May 6, 2004 be approved.
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Moved by Councillor Groves,
Seconded by Councillor Iannicca;
That the consolidated agenda for the May 13, 2004 Regional Council meeting be amended to include a report and presentation regarding the Financial Control By-law Update, referred from the May 13, 2004, Audit Subcommittee meeting;
And further, that the consolidated agenda for the May 13, 2004 meeting be approved, as amended.
See also Resolution 2004-484
a) Regional Chair Emil Kolb and Roger Maloney, Chief Administrative Officer, Presenting Peel's Commemorative Book to Marion Bartlett, Artist, in Appreciation of her Donation Honouring Peel's Volunteers
b) Eva Ligeti, Co-moderator, GTA Clean Air Council and Executive Director, Clean Air Partnership, Discussing the GTA Clean Air Council and the Annual Smog Summits
Councillor Moore arrived at 9:55 a.m.
Councillor Prentice arrived at 10:00 a.m.
Councillor McCallion arrived at 10:05 a.m.
c) Roger Maloney, Chief Administrative Officer; Dan Labrecque, Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance; Larry Hawes, Director, Internal Audit and Kevin Travers, Senior Audit Manager, KPMG, Providing a Presentation on Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability of the Region and the Role of the Internal and External Auditors
Councillor Morrison arrived at 10:34 a.m. due to other municipal business.
Councillor Miles departed at 10:53 a.m.
d) Roger Maloney, Chief Administrative Officer; Mitch Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works; Larry Hawes, Director, Internal Audit and Ian Murray, Engagement Partner, KPMG, Discussing the External Audit 2003 Management Letter
See also Resolution 2004-516
Item 7-2a was dealt with.
2. Staff Reports
a) Financial Control By-law Update
Presentation by Norma Trim, Director, Corporate Finance and Jennifer Weinman, Supervisor, Business Planning Projects, Corporate Finance
Moved by Councillor Stewart,
Seconded by Councillor Mullin;
That the Financial Control By-law 49-96 be repealed;
And further, that the Petty Cash By-law 14-74 be repealed;
And further, that a new by-law be enacted to incorporate the changes recommended in the report of the Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance, dated May 4, 2004, titled "Financial Control By-law Update".
See also Resolution 2004-479
1. Committee Reports
a) Report of the General Committee (GC-2004-6) meeting held on May 6, 2004
A. ROLL CALL
B. DECLARATIONS OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
C. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
That the agenda for the May 6, 2004, General Committee meeting be approved.
D1. Frances Chung, Director, Financial Services and Gary McNeil, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, GO Transit Presenting GO Transit's Ten Year Capital Growth Plan
That the presentation on GO Transit's Ten Year Capital Growth Plan be received;
And further, that the Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance be requested to draft a Notice of Motion on behalf of Councillor Saito, with respect to the one-third municipal funding formula of GO Transit, to be considered at the May 13, 2004 Regional Council meeting.
See also Resolution 2004-541
E. REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS
PW-A. Engineering and Construction
ITEMS RELATED TO PUBLIC WORKS
PW-A1. Lift and Dedicate a Portion of 0.3 Metre Reserve, Regional Road 15 (Steeles Avenue), West of Creditview Road - City of Brampton, Ward 6
That a by-law be enacted to lift a 0.3 metre (one foot) reserve in the City of Brampton, Ward 6, on the south side of Regional Road 15 (Steeles Avenue) to provide a right in/right out access, 17.00 metres (55.77 feet) to a proposed institutional development.
PW-A2. Lift and Dedicate a Portion of 0.3 Metre Reserve, Regional Road 15 (Steeles Avenue), East of Regional Road 4 (Dixie Road) - City of Brampton, Ward 8
That a by-law be enacted to lift a 0.3 metre (one-foot) reserve in the City of Brampton, Ward 8, on the south side of Regional Road 15 (Steeles Avenue) east of Regional Road 4 (Dixie Road) to provide a right in/right out access 10.50 metres (34.45 ft) in width to the existing commercial/ industrial development.
PW-A3. Class Environmental Assessment Study for Beckett Sproule Feedermain and Hanlan Pumping Station Upgrade, Capital Project 03-1570, Document #2003-683P - City of Mississauga, Ward 5 and City of Brampton, Ward 3
That Document #2003-683P for a Schedule 'C' Class Environmental Assessment for the Beckett Sproule Feedermain & Hanlan Pumping Station Upgrade be awarded to Earth Tech Canada Inc., for an estimated fee of $417,005, (excluding applicable taxes), under Capital Project 03-1570, in accordance with Purchasing By-law 62-2001.
PW-A4. Revisions to Hours of Operation of Flashing 40 Km/h School Zone, Palgrave Public School - Town of Caledon, Ward 4
That a by-law be enacted to amend the existing hours of operation for the flashing 40 km/h zone in the vicinity of Palgrave Public School on Regional Road 50 (Highway 50);
And further, that the flashing 40km/h zone be programmed to reflect the new times of operation from the existing 08:00-16:00 to 07:00-17:00, as requested by Palgrave Public School staff;
And further, that the Ontario Provincial Police be so advised.
See also Resolution 2004-539
PW-A5. Contract Administration and Inspection Services for the Construction of the Etobicoke Creek Trunk Sanitary Sewer Twinning (Section S.5) from the Etobicoke Creek at Drew Road to the Mimico Creek 200m (650ft) South of Highway 407, Capital Project 99-2920, Document #2002-208P - City of Brampton, Ward 8 and City of Mississauga, Ward 5
That the contract administration and inspection services portion of Document #2002-208P for the construction of the Etobicoke Creek Trunk Sanitary Sewer Twinning (Section S.5) from the Etobicoke Creek at Drew Road to the Mimico Creek 200m (650ft) South of Highway 407 be awarded to the consulting engineering firm Trow Consulting Engineers Limited for an estimated cost of $192,490 (excluding applicable taxes) for a total estimated contract cost of $390,412 (excluding applicable taxes), under Capital Project 99-2920, in accordance with Purchasing By-law 62-2001.
PW-B. Water and Wastewater Treatment
PW-B1. Lakeview Water Treatment Plant Expansion, Construction of a New High Lift Pump Station, Capital Projects 03-1985 and 02-1950, Document#2004-009T - City of Mississauga, Ward 1
That Document #2004-009T for the construction of a new High Lift Pump Station at the Lakeview Water Treatment Plant be awarded to the contracting firm, Bennett Contracting Millgrove Limited, at a total estimated cost of $30,440,000 (excluding applicable taxes), under Capital Project 03-1985, in accordance with Purchasing By-law 62-2001;
And further, that additional funds of $3,810,000 be reallocated to Capital Project 03-1985 from Capital Project 02-1950, Lakeview Reservoir, financed from York Recoveries for $545,211, Water Capital Financing Stabilization Reserve R0241 for $2,751,582 and South Peel Water Development Charge Reserve R3520 for $513,207.
PW-C. Waste Management
PW-C1. Long Term Waste Resource Management Strategy 2003 Update
PW-C2. Revised Waste Collection Design Standards Manual
That the revised Manual dated April 2004, titled "Waste Collection Design Standards Manual" be approved for use by staff when reviewing new and re-development applications.
PW-C3. Operation of the Community Recycling Centre Reuse Drop-Off Areas
That the Region of Peel enter into an agreement with Goodwill Industries of Toronto for the operation of the Battleford Community Recycling Centre Reuse Drop-off Area, on the basis of Direct Negotiations;
And further, that under the subject agreement, Goodwill Industries of Toronto will operate the Reuse Drop-off Areas at the Clarkson and Heart Lake Community Recycling Centres as they become operational;
And further, that the required documents be executed by the Region's duly authorized signing officers.
PW-D1. News Release: From the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), dated April 8, 2004, Advising that Environment Canada has Issued the Final Road Salts Code of Practice Setting Out Requirements for Road Salt Management Plans
ITEMS RELATED TO HOUSING AND PROPERTY
HO-A1. Peel Advisory Working Group on Older Adults' Housing: Update Report
HO-B. Heritage Complex
HO-B1. Volunteers at the Peel Heritage Complex
HO-B2. March Break Madness at Peel Heritage Complex
HO-C1. News Release: From the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), dated April 15, 2004, Advising that the Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal has Extended the Affordable Housing Program Deadline to August 31, 2004
HO-C2. News Release: From the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), dated April 23, 2004, Advising of the Municipalities' Call for a New Deal on Rights-of-Way
ITEMS RELATED TO HUMAN SERVICES
HS-A1. Peel Safe and Active Routes to School
That the Peel Safe and Active Routes to School Program Committee be administered by the Regional Municipality of Peel;
And further, that the Health and Planning Department staff report back regularly on the progress of this Committee.
HS-B. General Services
HS-B1. Peel Funders Partner to Support an Employment Mentoring Program for New Immigrants in Peel
HS-C. Finance and Administration
HS-C1. Council Forum: Setting Directions for Public Health in Peel, 2005 - 2007
That the information provided on April 8, 2004, during the Forum on "Setting Directions for Public Health in Peel, 2005-2007", be received;
And further, that the service improvements for the 2005 - 2007 service delivery plan presented by the Medical Officer of Health, be approved and considered when deliberating on the budget estimates for 2005, 2006 and 2007.
HS-D. Communicable Diseases
HS-D1. Injection Drug Use and Bloodborne Disease Prevention in Peel
HS-E. Health Planning
HS-E1. Public Health Volunteer Resources - 2003
HS-F. Family Health
HS-F1. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Campaign
Presentation by Bev Hardy, Manager, Child Health Programs
HS-G. Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
HS-G1. Privatization of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario
ITEMS RELATED TO MANAGEMENT
MA-A. Chief Administrative Officer
MA-A1. Final Draft of The Region of Peel's Strategic Plan - "Fast Forward Peel: Building a Strong Community Together"
That Regional Council endorse the final draft of the Region of Peel's Strategic Plan, titled "Fast Forward Peel: Building a Strong Community Together", which shall incorporate the following final revisions:
- Revise Strategic Action 1.7 to read: Collect, preserve and facilitate the understanding of Peel's culture and heritage;
- Replace Strategic Action 5.2 (Increase the awareness of the role of Regional government and its services), with the one approved in Directions for Success, which is Increase awareness of Region of Peel programs and services;
- Revise Strategic Action 5.4 to read: Contribute to creating a receptive, accessible community that ensures full participation of individuals with disabilities.
MA-B. Legal Services
MA-B1. VCOM Radio System, Admission of Canada Border Services Agency
That pursuant to Regional Council resolution 98-1285 and the terms of the amended VCOM agreement, Canada Border Services Agency, Pearson International Airport, be authorized to enter the VCOM system with up to 531 units of user gear, at a cost of $937.35 per unit, payable for each unit of user gear at the time of admission;
And further, that a New User Agreement between Canada Border Services Agency and the Regional Municipality of Peel be executed by the Region's duly authorized signing officers.
MA-C1. Interim Status Report - 2003 Accessibility Plan & Activities of the Joint Peel-Caledon Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC)
That the information contained in the report of the Chair of the Joint Peel-Caledon Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) and the Commissioner of Corporate Services and Regional Solicitor, dated April 21, 2004, titled "Interim Status Report - 2003 Accessibility Plan & Activities of the Joint Peel-Caledon Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC)" be received.
That the Region of Peel and the Town of Caledon consider the request of the Joint Peel-Caledon Accessibility Advisory Committee to help facilitate the Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion event on June 13, 2004;
And further, that any applicable rental fees and service charges that would be incurred for the use of the Region of Peel or the Town of Caledon services or facilities be waived;
And further, that staff of the Region of Peel and the Town of Caledon be directed to assist with the facilitation of this event upon request from the Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion Foundation or a Community Committee designated by the Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion Foundation.
That the Province of Ontario be requested to establish a separate Ministry dedicated only to disability issues;
And further, that all levels of government be requested to provide the necessary funding to support the implementation of the requirements under the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 including incentives, tax breaks and other forms of funding;
And further, that the Province of Ontario take a lead to develop technical standards regarding accessibility requirements, that should be implemented into the Planning Act and/or the Ontario Building Code, with such standards including timelines, incentives and penalties for both the public and private sectors;
And further, that the Province of Ontario be requested to create a public awareness campaign to promote the principles of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001.
MA-C2. Report of the Audit Subcommittee (ASC-2004-2) Meeting held on April 22, 2004
1. DECLARATIONS OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
That the agenda for the April 22, 2004, Audit Subcommittee meeting be approved.
a) Region of Peel Audited 2003 Consolidated Financial Statements
b) 2003 External Audit Management Letter
That an independent review of the External Audit Management Letter be undertaken by KPMG;
And further, that the Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance and the Commissioner of Public Works facilitate the review process;
And further, that a presentation by KPMG, to include the scope, budget and timetable of the review, including the anticipated timing for the final written report, be presented to the Audit Subcommittee at an appropriate future Audit Subcommittee meeting.
See also Resolution 2004-483
c) Internal Audit Charter
That the Internal Audit Charter be approved as outlined in the report of the Director, Internal Audit, dated April 6, 2004, titled "Internal Audit Charter."
6. SCHEDULE OF FUTURE MEETINGS
a) Internal Audits in Progress
Remarks by Larry Hawes, Director, Internal Audit
MA-D. Corporate Finance
MA-D1. Regional Procurement Policies and Procedures
Deferred to the May 27, 2004 General Committee meeting 2004-519
MA-D2. 2005 Business Planning Process
MA-D3. Statement of Development Charge Reserve Funds - Fiscal 2003
That the attached statement of Development Charge Reserve Funds for Fiscal 2003 as described in Appendix I of the report of the Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance, dated March 29, 2004, titled "Statement of Development Charge Reserve Funds - Fiscal 2003", be received;
And further, that the Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance be directed to forward the statement to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in accordance with the Development Charges Act, 1997.
MA-E1. Pat Mullin, Chair, Credit Valley Conservation, Letter dated March 26, 2004, to the Honourable David Ramsay, Minister of Natural Resources, Raising Concerns About the Shortfall in the Ministry of Natural Resources' Funding to the Credit Valley Conservation Authority
That the Regional Chair write to the Minister of Natural Resources advising of Regional Council's support of the letter dated March 26, 2004 from the Chair of Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) requesting adequate funding from the Province.
MA-E2. Darrell Fox, National Director, The Terry Fox Foundation, Letter dated March 30, 2004, Supporting the Initiative to Proclaim September 24, 2004 as Terry Fox Day in the Region of Peel
WHEREAS on April 12, 1980, Terry Fox began his "Marathon of Hope", a personal crusade to raise money and awareness for cancer research, with a goal to run across Canada and put an end to the disease which had taken his right leg and caused such suffering worldwide;
AND WHEREAS Terry's run was cut short when cancer spread to his lungs and he died in 1981 at the age of 22;
AND WHEREAS cancer treatment has made tremendous progress since Terry's leg was amputated in 1977, although unfortunately Terry's dream of a cancer-free world has not yet been realized;
AND WHEREAS this year commemorates the 24th Anniversary of Terry's Marathon of Hope and close to $350 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry's name;
AND WHEREAS all schools in the Region of Peel are proud to be involved in the Peel Pilot Project in preparation for the 25th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope in 2005, and will participate in a one-day unified, student-led fundraising event on Friday, September 24, 2004, making it the first of its kind in Canada;
AND WHEREAS the Terry Fox Foundation strives to maintain the heroic efforts and integrity that Terry Fox embodied, by raising funds for cancer research through the annual Terry Fox Run, and telling the story of this modern-day hero to young people so that their lives may be enriched by his example and they may be inspired by his courage and determination;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT September 24, 2004 be proclaimed "Terry Fox Day" in the Regional Municipality of Peel, and that all school staff and students in the Region of Peel be encouraged to participate in the 24th Annual Terry Fox Run to raise funds for cancer research in memory of this courageous young man.
MA-E3. Nancy Naylor, Assistant Deputy Minister of Finance, Letter dated March 31, 2004, Regarding the Freeze on Increasing Tax Rates Associated with the Municipal and Education Tax Rates for Railway Corridors for the Year 2003
MA-E4. Harinder Takhar, Minister of Transportation, Letter dated April 5, 2004, Approving the Re-Appointment of Hazel McCallion to the GO Transit Board of Directors and Designating Her as One of the Two Vice-Chairs of the GO Transit Board of Directors for a Nine-Month Term, Effective April 1, 2004
MA-E5. Wendi Hunter, Coordinator of Elections and Special Projects, City of Brampton, Letter dated April 6, 2004, Providing a Copy of a Report Listing those Candidates from the 2003 Municipal Election Who Failed to File their Financial Statements by the Deadline as Required under Section 78 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996
MA-E6. John Gerretsen, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Letter dated April 7, 2004, Confirming Approval of the Delegation of Tax Ratio-Setting for 2004 in the Regional Municipality of Peel
MA-E7. Frederick Biro, Executive Director, Peel Police Services Board (PPSB), Letter dated April 8, 2004, Advising that a Presentation will be made to Regional Council at a Future Date, Informing Council of the Findings of the Residential and Business Community Surveys of Attitudes and Opinions
MA-E8. Ken Seiling, Regional Chair, Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Letter Dated April 7, 2004, to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), Requesting that Regional Chairs be Permitted to Participate on the Big City Mayors Group
MA-E9. News Release: From the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), dated April 8, 2004, Advising that the Deadline for Nominations for the "Peter J. Marshall Municipal Innovation Awards" is June 18, 2004
MA-E10. News Release: From the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), dated April 8, 2004, Announcing that the Judson Street Ambulance Supply Centre will Not be Closed
MA-E11. News Release: From the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), dated April 15, 2004, Advising that the Ministry of Labour introduced "Bill 56" on April, 13, 2004, which would Allow Employees (including Part-timers) Governed by the Employment Standards Act, 2000 up to Eight Weeks of Job Protected Family Medical Leave
MA-E12. News Release: From the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), dated April 20, 2004, Outlining Details on the Ontario Government's Plan to Deal with Ontario's Electricity System with an Emphasis on Supply/Conservation being the Key Elements of the New Electricity Plan
MA-E13. News Release: From the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), dated April 20, 2004, Informing that a Report was Released in Regard to the Quality of Life in Twenty Municipalities, Indicating that Data Drawn from FCM's Quality of Life Reporting System (QOLRS) Signified a Decline in the Quality of Life for a Growing Number of People During the 1990's
See also Resolution 2004-537
ITEMS RELATED TO PLANNING
PL-A1. Transportation for Persons with Disabilities
That the "Study of Transportation for Persons with Disabilities" be received;
And further, that the recommended strategy outlined in the Study be used as input to the Transportation Planning Stream of the Regional Official Plan Strategic Update (ROPSU);
And further, that staff be directed to prepare an initial report on the opportunities and obstacles to implementation of this strategy in time for the 2005 budget cycle and refer to the resulting implementation plan in future annual service strategy and business planning;
And further, that the Regional Chair write to the Premier of Ontario requesting the restoration of 50 percent capital and operating subsidy by the Province for transportation services for persons with disabilities, in order to meet the rapidly growing needs for these services as required by the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001;
And further, that a copy of the report of the Commissioners of Planning and Social Services, dated April 19, 2004, titled "Transportation for Persons with Disabilities" be forwarded to the Ontario Ministries of Citizenship and Immigration and Transportation, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the Regions of Durham, Halton and York, the Cities of Toronto and Hamilton, and the Area Municipalities in Peel.
PL-A2. Request for Private Waste Collection, 5379 McLaughlin Road, Site Plan Application SP 03-400 - City of Mississauga, Ward 5
That the Region of Peel permit private waste collection services for the proposed condominium apartment development at 5379 McLaughlin Road;
And further, that a copy of the report of the Commissioners of Planning and Public Works, dated April 16, 2004, titled "Request for Private Waste Collection, 5379 McLaughlin Road, Site Plan Application SP 03-400, City of Mississauga, Ward 5" be forwarded to the City of Mississauga and the site plan applicant for their information.
PL-B. Planning Policy and Research
PL-B1. Quality of Life Reporting System, Third Report on Quality of Life, 2004
See also Resolution 2004-534
PL-C1. News Release: From the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), dated April 8, 2004, Advising of AMO's Comments on the Changes Proposed in Bill 26 (Strong Communities Act) and Highlighting AMO's Recommendations for Changes to the Ontario Planning System
2. Staff Reports
a) Financial Control By-law Update
Presentation by Norma Trim, Director, Corporate Finance and Jennifer Weinman, Supervisor, Business Planning Projects, Corporate Finance
This item was dealt with under Resolution 2004-484
By-law 32-2004: A by-law to amend the current times of operation for the flashing 40 km/h speed zone on Regional Road 50 (Highway 50) from Patterson Sideroad/Gibson Lake Drive to Church Street East/Pine Avenue in the Town of Caledon (Palgrave Village) and to amend By-law Number 41-2001 being a by-law to regulate traffic on roads under the jurisdiction of The Regional Municipality of Peel.
Moved by Councillor Mullin,
Seconded by Councillor Paterak;
That the by-law listed on the Regional Council agenda, being By-law
32-2004, be given the required amount of readings, taken as read, signed by the Regional Chair and the Regional Clerk, and that the Corporate Seal be affixed thereto.
See also Resolution 2004-490
9. OTHER BUSINESS
a) Follow-Up Public Meeting for Park Royale Residents (Oral)
The Commissioner of Public Works was requested to consult with the City of
Mississauga staff and co-ordinate a public meeting to be held in early September
2004, for residents of Park Royale, at which time he is to report to the residents
on the monitoring study that was undertaken in regard to the Park Royale flooding
10. NOTICES OF MOTION
a) Notice of Motion from Councillor Pat Saito Regarding Funding of GO Transit
Moved by Councillor Saito,
Seconded by Councillor Sprovieri;
Whereas the responsibility for operation of GO Transit was downloaded from the provincial government to the Greater Toronto Services Board in 1999;
And whereas as a result of this delegation of service provision of GO Transit, the Regional Municipalities of Peel, York, Halton and Durham and Cities of Toronto and Hamilton were expected to provide all funding for GO Transit operations and capital spending;
And whereas the Regions were forced to add these costs to their annual budgets at the expense of the local taxpayers which impacted tax increases in some municipalities;
And whereas starting in January 2002, the Province of Ontario took back responsibility for GO Transit;
And whereas the municipalities require the property-tax-generated funding that was previously redirected to GO Transit to be applied to their own transportation needs and should no longer be expected to provide this funding for a provincial service;
And whereas the Region of Peel implemented Development Charges to pay for its share of growth related GO capital costs and these funds will continue to be available for this purpose;
And whereas these funds will not cover the entire amount expected from the Region of Peel and the remainder will come from property taxes;
And whereas other municipalities did not implement Development Charges and will have to fund 100 per cent from property taxes;
And whereas the Province of Ontario still expects the regional municipalities in the GTA and the Cities of Toronto and Hamilton to share in the capital funding of GO Transit;
Therefore be it resolved, that the Council of the Regional Municipality of Peel objects to this expectation of the provincial government as it will place added pressure on property taxes which may require future tax increases to local property taxpayers and will impact the provision of those services that the Region is required to provide to its citizens;
And further, that the Province of Ontario be requested to mandate that all municipalities benefiting from GO Transit implement Development Charges to assist with growth related GO Transit capital costs;
And further, that the Province of Ontario be requested to amend the Development Charges Act to allow municipalities to raise funds for GO Transit in a manner where the non-growth related component will be funded by the Province of Ontario, in order that there be no impact on the property tax base;
And further, that the Province of Ontario be advised that the Region of Peel's position is that the Province of Ontario should be responsible for 100 per cent of its inter-regional transit service and not place this burden on the local municipalities;
And further, that the Federal Government be requested to provide sustainable fiscal support to the Province of Ontario in the delivery of essential inter-regional transit services, provided by GO Transit, in order to foster and promote a healthy economy in the Greater Toronto Area;
And further, that the Region of Peel request the Regions of Halton, York, Durham and Cities of Toronto and Hamilton to support this position and so advise the Premier of Ontario.
See also Resolution 2004-486
Councillor McCallion departed at 11:30 a.m.
11. IN CAMERA MATTERS
1. General Committee
a) In Camera Report of the General Committee (GC-2004-6) meeting held on May 6, 2004
G1. A proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board
That the Offer to Sell Agreement with The Regional Municipality of Peel, as purchaser, and Gasmo Investments Inc., as owner, for the purchase of fee simple lands described as Part of Lot 9, Plan 927, City of Mississauga (formerly Township of Toronto), Regional Municipality of Peel, designated as Parts 1 and 3 on Reference Plan 43R-17745, for a purchase price of $92,000, plus taxes and costs be approved, and to be set up under Capital Project 04-4473;
And further, that the necessary funds be allocated to Project 04-4473 estimated in the amount of $120,000, to be financed from the Public Works Roads Capital Financing Stabilization Reserve (R0210).
2. Staff Reports
a) Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees
Moved by Councillor Fennell,
Seconded by Councillor Carlson;
That Ms. Preet Kang be appointed as the Citizen Appointment to the Peel Police Services Board (PPSB) to serve from May 14, 2004 until November 30, 2006 or until a successor is appointed by Regional Council;
And further, that the Citizen Appointment to the Peel Police Services Board receive the same remuneration as the Provincial board member appointees.
12. BY-LAW TO CONFIRM THE PROCEEDINGS OF COUNCIL
Moved by Councillor Sprovieri,
Seconded by Councillor Stewart;
That By-law 37-2004 to confirm the proceedings of Regional Council at its meeting held on May 13, 2004, and to authorize the execution of documents in accordance with the Region's by-laws relating thereto, be given the required number of readings, taken as read, signed by the Regional Chair and the Regional Clerk, and that the Corporate Seal be affixed thereto.