February 15, 2007 Regional Council-Budget Minutes
Page Content:
1. Roll Call
2. Declarations of Conflicts of Interest
3. Approval of Minutes
4. Approval of Agenda
5. Delegations/Presentations
  1. Conservation Authorities
  2. Regional Programs
   
6. Communications
7. Reports
    1. Committee Reports
    2. Staff Reports
8. By-laws
9. Other Business
10. Notices of Motion
11. In Camera Matters
12. By-law to Confirm the Proceedings of Council
13. Adjournment


THE COUNCIL OF
THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF PEEL
REGIONAL COUNCIL - BUDGET MEETING
February 15, 2007

Regional Chair Kolb called the Budget Meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber, Regional Administrative Headquarters, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton.

Items 5.1 a) and 5.1 b) were dealt with

5. DELEGATIONS/PRESENTATIONS

1. Conservation Authorities

a) Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
Presentation by Brian Denney, Chief Administrative Officer, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Received 2007-201

See also Resolution 2007-205

b) Credit Valley Conservation (CVC)
Presentation by Rae Horst, Chief Administrative Officer, Credit Valley Conservation

Received 2007-202

See also Resolution 2007-205

RECESS

Regional Council - Budget recessed at 2:04 p.m.

Regional Council - Budget reconvened at 2:22 p.m.


1. ROLL CALL

Members:

E. Adams, G. Carlson, C. Corbasson, F. Dale, S. Fennell, G. Gibson, A. Groves, N. Iannicca, E. Kolb, K. Mahoney, H. McCallion, S. McFadden, G. Miles, M. Morrison, P. Mullin, P. Palleschi, C. Parrish, J. Sanderson, J. Sprovieri, A. Thompson, R. Whitehead

Members Absent:
E. Moore; R. Paterak, due to other municipal business; M. Prentice; P. Saito, due to other municipal business
Also Present:
D. Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer; R. K. Gillespie, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Regional Solicitor; D. Labrecque, Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance; L. Nashman, Commissioner of People, Information and Technology; N. Tunnacliffe, Commissioner of Planning; K. Ward, Commissioner of Housing & Property; M. Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works; J. Menard, Acting Commissioner of Social Services; J. Smith, Acting Commissioner of Health; C. Gravlev, Regional Clerk; J. Payne, Legislative Co-ordinator
   

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* See text for arrivals
¨See text for departures


2. DECLARATIONS OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST


3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

a) January 25, 2007 Regional Council - Budget Meeting

Deferred to the next Budget meeting 2007-203


4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Moved by Councillor Miles,
Seconded by Councillor Morrison;

That the agenda for the February 15, 2007 Regional Council - Budget meeting be amended to include the report by the Commissioner of Public Works and the Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance, dated January 25, 2007, titled "Amendment of Water, Wastewater, Sewer and Waste Management System Fees and Charges", to be dealt with under Staff Reports;

And further, that the agenda for the February 15, 2007 Regional Council - Budget meeting be amended to include by-laws 14-2007 to 17-2007, inclusive, to be dealt with under By-laws;

And further, that the agenda for the February 15, 2007 Regional Council - Budget meeting be approved, as amended.

Carried 2007-204

See also Resolutions 2007-233 and 2007-234


5. DELEGATIONS/PRESENTATIONS

1. Conservation Authorities

a) Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
Presentation by Brian Denney, Chief Administrative Officer, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

This item was dealt with under Resolution 2007-201

b) Credit Valley Conservation (CVC)
Presentation by Rae Horst, Chief Administrative Officer, Credit Valley Conservation

This item was dealt with under Resolution 2007-202

Moved by Councillor Dale,
Seconded by Councillor Carlson;

Whereas the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change has released its report, Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis, and concluded that human activity is indeed responsible for driving global climate change, a conclusion supported by numerous well documented research studies over many years;

And whereas, conservation authorities have a mandate and capacity, in partnership with Peel Region, the Province, the Government of Canada and other environmental partners, to deliver projects and programs designed to adapt to and mitigate global climate change and improve the environment;

And whereas, global warming will exacerbate the negative impact of land use change on the environment;

And whereas, there is an urgent need to accelerate projects that will facilitate the natural environment and human adaptation/mitigation to global warming;

And whereas, staff have identified for the Board of Directors of CVC the importance of global climate change adaptation, mitigation and environmental improvements in Peel Region and throughout the watershed;

And whereas, Peel Regional Council at its meeting held January 25, 2007, demonstrated once again its environmental leadership by directing CVC and TRCA to come back to Regional Council with proposals for projects and programs that would adapt to and mitigate global climate change and make significant environmental improvements in Peel Region;

And whereas, for many years Peel Region has funded CVC scientific research which has implementation plans ready to address aspects of global warming;

And whereas, the Region of Peel is reviewing and updating its Strategic Plan and these initiatives relate directly to "Goal 1: Improve the community's health, social well-being and safety" and to "Goal 3: Preserve, protect and enhance Peel's natural environment and resources";

Therefore be it resolved, that the Region of Peel Council demonstrate its continued environmental leadership through the support of the projects and programs of CVC and TRCA, particularly those which take action against global warming, as follows:

- Approval of TRCA 2007 budget submitted previously to Region of Peel of: $4,693,300;

- Approval of CVC 2007 budget submitted previously to Region of Peel of: $8,031,180;

- Approval of additional 2007 funding to take action against global warming in Peel for CVC in the amount of $2.5 million for programs and projects as outlined in "Schedule A" (attached);

- Approval of additional 2007 funding for TRCA to take action against global warming in Peel of $2.5 million for programs and projects as outlined in "Schedule B" (attached);

- Directing CVC and TRCA staff to prepare for Peel Regional Council consideration of a 2008 - 2017 capital and operating budget plan, in consultation with regional staff, that will address global climate change adaptation and mitigation and significantly advance environmental initiatives in Peel Region; such plan to be presented to Regional Council no later than June 30, 2007;

- Requesting Peel Regional staff to consider and make allowance for significant financial implications that long-term funding for climate change mitigation may require;

- Directing CVC and TRCA staff to report to Peel Regional Council at least annually on the results and outcomes of the programs and projects that demonstrate their contribution to climate change, adaptation, mitigation and environmental improvements;

- Requesting Peel Regional Council to incorporate the protection of the natural environment in its advocacy efforts with the provincial government to rebalance roles, responsibilities and funding (including development charges).

Carried 2007-205

See also Resolutions 2007-201 and 2007-202

2. Regional Programs

a) Internal Support
Presentation by David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer; Dan Labrecque, Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance; Laura Nashman, Commissioner of People, Information and Technology; and R. Kent Gillespie, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Regional Solicitor

Deferred to the next Budget meeting 2007-206

See also Resolution 2007-218

b) Assessment, GO Transit and Toronto Tax (Pooling)
Presentation by Dan Labrecque, Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance

Deferred to the next Budget meeting 2007-207

See also Resolution 2007-219


c) Regional Planning
Presentation by Nick Tunnacliffe, Commissioner of Planning

Deferred to the next Budget meeting 2007-208

See also Resolution 2007-220


6. COMMUNICATIONS

a) Kathy Stranks, Manager, Chair and CAO's Office, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Letter dated February 8, 2007, attaching TRCA Resolution #A308/06, Requesting an Investment of $50 Million Annually to Implement a Capital Program to Create Significant Environmental Improvements in the Region of Peel

Received 2007-209


7. REPORTS

1. Committee Reports

a) Report of the General Committee - Budget (GCB-2007-02) meeting held on February 8, 2007

B. DECLARATIONS OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

C. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

RECOMMENDATION GCB-2-2007:

That the agenda for the February 8, 2007 General Committee - Budget meeting be approved.

Approved 2007-210

D. DELEGATIONS/PRESENTATIONS

1. Regional Programs

a) Health
Presentation by Janette Smith, Acting Commissioner of Health

Received 2007-211

RECOMMENDATION GCB-3-2007:

Whereas the population of the Region of Peel has a large seniors population;

And whereas, many seniors retire without basic coverage;

And whereas, dental health is essential to quality of life and to the prevention of chronic diseases;

And whereas, a number of other jurisdictions such as Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton and Calgary provide reduced-cost dental clinics for seniors who live below certain benchmark income levels;

And whereas, community health care falls under the jurisdiction of regional government;

Therefore be it resolved, that the Health Department of the Region of Peel undertake a study which includes the following:

1. An audit of dental health programs provided by comparable municipalities throughout Ontario, as well as a cross-section of jurisdictions outside the province, including a per capita cost and the impact on the regional budget;

2. Design and cost of a basic program of dental care for Peel Seniors living under a benchmark income as based on and determined by Canadian standard measurements;

And further, that staff report back with the requested information by June 1, 2007.

Approved 2007-212

RECOMMENDATION GCB-4-2007:

That the 2007 Current Budget include $200,000 for the Homemakers and Nursing Services Program;

And further, that staff report back on the availability of provincial funding for the Homemakers and Nursing Services Program;

And further, that staff prepare an implementation plan for the Homemakers and Nursing Services Program, including clearly defined objectives, within the approved 2007 budget.

Approved 2007-213

b) Paramedic and Emergency Services
Presentation by R. Kent Gillespie, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Regional Solicitor

Received 2007-214

c) Housing and Property
Presentation by Keith Ward, Commissioner of Housing and Property and General Manager, Peel Living

Received 2007-215

d) Public Works
Presentation by Mitch Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works

Received 2007-216

RECOMMENDATION GCB-5-2007:

That the Clarkson Community Recycling Centre (CRC) be included in the 2007 budget.

Approved 2007-217

e) Internal Support
Presentation by David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer; Dan Labrecque, Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance; Laura Nashman, Commissioner of People, Information and Technology; and R. Kent Gillespie, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Regional Solicitor

Referred to the February 15, 2007 Regional Council - Budget meeting 2007-218

See also Resolution 2007-206

f) Assessment, GO Transit and Toronto Tax (Pooling)
Presentation by Dan Labrecque, Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance

Referred to the February 15, 2007 Regional Council - Budget meeting 2007-219

See also Resolution 2007-207

g) Regional Planning
Presentation by Nick Tunnacliffe, Commissioner of Planning

Referred to the February 15, 2007 Regional Council - Budget meeting 2007-220

See also Resolution 2007-208


E. REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS

1. Staff Reports

a. 2007 Budget

Referred to the February 15, 2007 Regional Council - Budget meeting 2007-221

See also Resolution 2007-227

b. Tax Rate Management - Long Term Care

Referred to the February 15, 2007 Regional Council - Budget meeting 2007-222

See also Resolution 2007-228

c. Future Long Term Care Services

Referred to the February 15, 2007 Regional Council - Budget meeting 2007-223

See also Resolution 2007-229

d. Planning Department Staff Complement

Referred to the February 15, 2007 Regional Council - Budget meeting 2007-224

See also Resolution 2007-230

e. Increases in Construction Costs

Referred to the February 15, 2007 Regional Council - Budget meeting 2007-225

See also Resolution 2007-231

f. 2007-2016 Capital Plan - Funding Sustainability Challenges

Referred to the February 15, 2007 Regional Council - Budget meeting 2007-226

See also Resolution 2007-232

7. REPORTS

2. Staff Reports

a) 2007 Budget

Deferred to the next Budget meeting 2007-227

See also Resolution 2007-221

b) Tax Rate Management - Long Term Care

Deferred to the next Budget meeting 2007-228

See also Resolution 2007-222

c) Future Long Term Care Services

Deferred to the next Budget meeting 2007-229

See also Resolution 2007-223

d) Planning Department Staff Complement

Deferred to the next Budget meeting 2007-230

See also Resolution 2007-224

e) Increases in Construction Costs

Deferred to the next Budget meeting 2007-231

See also Resolution 2007-225

f) 2007-2016 Capital Plan - Funding Sustainability Challenges

Deferred to the next Budget meeting 2007-232

See also Resolution 2007-226

Additional Item - 7.2.g):

g) Amendment of Water, Wastewater, Sewer and Waste Management Systems Fees and Charges

Moved by Councillor Mullin,
Seconded by Councillor Palleschi;

That the User Fees and Charges as generally outlined in the report of the Commissioner of Public Works and Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance, dated January 25, 2007, titled "Amendment of Water, Wastewater, Sewer and Waste Management Systems Fees and Charges" be approved;

And further, that the necessary by-laws be presented to Regional Council for enactment imposing the water consumption rate, the wastewater, and sewer system fees and charges and the waste management systems fees and charges as described in the subject report;

And further, that the water and wastewater rates as outlined in the subject report take effect on all water bills rendered on or after April 1, 2007;

And further, that the waste management system fees and charges and the sewer surcharge rate and sewer waste disposal charge, as described in the subject report, take effect on the day the fees by-laws are passed;

And further, that the corresponding by-law be presented to reflect a water rate fee of $5.707 per 10 m3 or $2.61 per 1,000 gallons, and flat rate for the consumer whose water is un-metered from $7.22 per month.

Carried 2007-233

See also Resolutions 2007-204 and 2007-234


8. BY-LAWS

Three Readings

By-law 14-2007: A by-law to establish the Water Consumption Fees and Charges and to repeal By-law 4-2006 titled the "Water Consumption Fees and Charges By-law, 2006".

By-law 15-2007: A by-law to establish the Wastewater System Fees and Charges (Sewer Charge Rates) and to repeal By-law 5-2006 titled the "Wastewater System Fees and Charges (Sewer Charge Rates) By-law, 2006".

By-law 16-2007: A by-law to establish the Sewer Surcharge Rate and Sewer Waste Disposal Charge and to repeal By-law 7-2006 titled the "Sewer Surcharge Rate and Sewer Waste Disposal Charge By-law, 2006".

By-law 17-2007: A by-law to establish the Waste Management System Fees and Charges and to repeal By-law 6-2006 titled the "Waste Management System Fees and Charges By-law, 2006".

Moved by Councillor Adams,
Seconded by Councillor Carlson;

That the by-laws listed on the Regional Council - Budget agenda, as amended, being By-laws 14-2007 to 17-2007 inclusive, 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.

Carried 2007-234

See also Resolutions 2007-204 and 2007-233


9. OTHER BUSINESS

The next Regional Budget meeting will be held on March 1, 2007 or March 8, 2007 at the call of the Regional Chair.


10. NOTICES OF MOTION


11. IN CAMERA MATTERS

1. Staff Reports

a) Labour relations or employee negotiations

Deferred to the next Budget meeting 2007-235

12. BY-LAW TO CONFIRM THE PROCEEDINGS OF COUNCIL

Moved by Councillor Sanderson,
Seconded by Councillor Morrison;

That By-law 18-2007 to confirm the proceedings of Regional Council at its meeting held on February 8, 2007, to deliberate the 2007 budget 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.

Carried 2007-236

13. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m.

 

C. Gravlev
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Regional Clerk
E. Kolb
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Regional Chair