December 13, 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. Policing
  2. Conservation Authorities
   
6. Communications
7. Reports
    1. Committee Reports
     

a) Report of the General Committee - Budget (GCB-2007-03) meeting held on December 6, 2007

    2. Staff Reports
      a) 2008 Budget – Supplemental Information
      b) 2008 Budget
      c) Corporate Energy - Role of Staff
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
December 13, 2007

Regional Chair Kolb called the Budget Meeting to order at 10:52 a.m. in the Council Chamber, Regional Administrative Headquarters, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton.


1. ROLL CALL

Members:
E. Adams; G. Carlson; F. Dale; S. Fennell¨ ; G. Gibson; N. Iannicca; E. Kolb; K. Mahoney; H. McCallion; S. McFadden; G. Miles; E. Moore; M. Morrison; P. Mullin; C. Parrish; R. Paterak; M. Prentice; P. Saito; J. Sanderson¨ ; J. Sprovieri; A. Thompson; R. Whitehead
Members Absent:
C. Corbasson; A. Groves, due to illness; P. Palleschi, due to illness
Also Present:

D. Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer; R. K. Gillespie, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Regional Solicitor; M. Zamojc, Commissioner of Environment, Transportation and Planning Services; D. Labrecque, Chief Financial Officer; K. Ward, Commissioner of Human Services; J. Smith, Commissioner of Health Services; Dr. D. Mowat, Medical Officer of Health; C. Gravlev, Regional Clerk; J. Payne, Legislative Specialist

   

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* See text for arrivals
¨See text for departures


2. DECLARATIONS OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Councillor McCallion declared a conflict of interest with respect to the salary portion of the Peel Regional Police Budget, as a family member is employed with Peel Regional Police.

Regional Chair Kolb declared a conflict of interest with respect to the salary portion of the Peel Regional Police Budget, as a family member is employed with Peel Regional Police.

Councillor Miles declared a conflict of interest with respect to the salary portion of the Region of Peel Budget, as a family member is employed with the Region of Peel.

Councillor Moore declared a conflict of interest with respect to the salary portion of the Region of Peel Budget, as a family member is employed with the Region of Peel.

Councillor Saito declared a conflict of interest with respect to the salary portion of the Region of Peel Budget, as a family member is employed with the Region of Peel.


3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES - Nil

 


4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Moved by Councillor Dale,
Seconded by Councillor Fennell;

That the agenda for the December 13, 2007 Regional Council – Budget meeting be amended to include a report by the Commissioner of Employee and Business Services, dated December 11, 2007 and titled “Corporate Energy – Role of Staff”;

And further, that the agenda for the Regional Council – Budget Meeting held on December 13, 2007, as amended, be approved.

Carried 2007-1566

See also Resolution 2007-1590


5. DELEGATIONS/PRESENTATIONS

1. Policing

a) Peel Regional Police: 2008 Draft Police Budget
Presentation by Mike Metcalf, Chief, Peel Regional Police and Larry Button, Chief Administrative Officer, Peel Regional Police

Received 2007-1567

Members of Regional Council extended personal good wishes to Larry Button, Chief Administrative Office (CAO) Policing, Peel Regional Police (PRP) upon his retirement effective December 31, 2007. Larry Button was commended for his 32 years of exemplary service, professionalism and commitment to public service in his various roles at the Region of Peel and at Peel Regional Police. Regional Chair Kolb, Chair of Peel Police Services Board, recognized the influential role that Larry Button has had in policing in Ontario and across Canada noting that he was one of the first civilian police CAO’s in Canada.

Councillor Dale, a member of the Police Services Board (PPSB), noted that the PPSB previously conducted a thorough review of the draft 2008 police budget and had endorsed the budget unanimously prior to the presentation to Regional Council.

Mayor McCallion inquired as to the total cost of providing provincial court security and prisoner transfer services in 2007 by Peel Regional Police. Chief Metcalf responded that the total estimated court services costs for 2007 was $9 million (inclusive of court security, prisoner escort and other court program costs). Mayor McCallion undertook to raise the matter with the provincial government, noting that perhaps these are services that the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) should be providing, thus removing the cost from the property tax base. Mayor McCallion also advised that City of Mississauga staff indicated that the labour action by police has resulted in $1.2 million in lost revenue, a matter she intends to raise with the police association.

Members of Regional Council acknowledged some of the innovative cost saving measures that were included as part of the 2008 Peel Police budget.

Councillor Fennell requested a recorded vote:

The following motion was then voted upon:

Moved by Councillor Dale,
Seconded by Councillor Fennell;

That the 2008 Peel Regional Police Budget be approved, as presented.

In favour: E. Adams, G. Carlson, F. Dale, S. Fennell, G. Gibson, K. Mahoney, G. Miles, E. Moore, M. Morrison, P. Mullin, C. Parrish, R. Paterak, M. Prentice, P. Saito, J. Sanderson, A. Thompson, R. Whitehead
Total: 17
   
Opposed: Nil
Total: 0
   
Abstained: H. McCallion
Total: 1
   
Absent: C. Corbasson, A. Groves, N. Iannicca, S. Mc Fadden, P. Palleschi, J. Sprovieri
Total: 6

Carried unanimously 2007-1568


b) Ontario Provincial Police Municipal Policing Services in Caledon: 2007 Current Budget Review
Presentation by Inspector Andy Karski, Detachment Commander, Caledon Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Samuel Jones, Director of Corporate Services/Treasurer, Town of Caledon

Received 2007-1569

Mayor Morrison stated that she was pleased that the Caledon Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachment was currently fully staffed, given that for a number of years the approved complement had not been fully staffed. She also recognized the positive impact that the commercial vehicle enforcement program is having on improving road safety in the Town of Caledon. Finally, Mayor Morrison noted that a recent study of youth in the Town of Caledon found that the top reason youth enjoyed living in the Town was the feeling of safety they feel in the community, to which she attributed to the significant role of the Caledon OPP detachment.

Moved by Councillor Thompson,
Seconded by Councillor Whitehead;

That the 2008 Town of Caledon-Ontario Provincial Police Budget be approved, as presented.

Carried 2007-1570

Councillor Fennell departed at 11:52 a.m.
Councillor Sanderson departed at 11:55 a.m.

RECESS

Regional Council recessed at 12:28 p.m.

Regional Council reconvened at 1:04 p.m.

ROLL CALL

Members Present: :
E. Adams*¨; G. Carlson; F. Dale¨; G. Gibson; N. Iannicca*; E. Kolb; K. Mahoney; S. McFadden*¨; G. Miles; E. Moore; M. Morrison; P. Mullin; C. Parrish*; R. Paterak; M. Prentice; P. Saito; J. Sprovieri; A. Thompson; R. Whitehead
  
Members Absent:
C. Corbasson; S. Fennell; A. Groves, due to illness; H. McCallion; P. Palleschi, due to illness; J. Sanderson

 

Councillor Miles requested that motions relating to the conservation authorities be dealt with after all of the three conservation authorities presented their respective 2008 budgets.

2. Conservation Authorities

a) Conservation Halton (CH)
Presentation by Ken Phillips, CAO/Secretary-Treasurer, Conservation Halton

Received 2007-1571

See also Resolutions 2007-1574, 2007-1577 and 2007-1578

Councillor McFadden arrived at 1:06 p.m.
Councillor Iannicca arrived at 1:12 p.m.
Councillor Parrish arrived at 1:14 p.m.

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

Received 2007-1572

See also Resolutions 2007-1575, 2007-1577 and 2007-1578

Councillor Adams arrived at 1:43 p.m.

c) Credit Valley Conservation (CVC)
Presentation by Rae Horst, General Manager, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC)

Received 2007-1573

See also Resolutions 2007-1576, 2007-1577 and 2007-1578

Councillor Adams departed at 2:25 p.m.
Councillor Dale departed at 2:30 p.m.
Councillor McFadden departed at 2:32 p.m.

Councillor Mullin complimented staff from the three conservation authorities for their exemplary work, despite the devastating impact of sustained provincial cuts and underfunding. Councillor Mullin, speaking in support of the 2008 Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) budget, noted that elected representatives from all three area municipalities have membership on the CVC Board and all supported the proposed CVC budget. She added that at no point had concerns of duplication been raised during the budget development by any area municipal staff regarding conservation and area municipal programs.

Councillor Miles proposed a motion that would refer the Service Strategy Business Plan (SSBP) to the area municipalities for review but allowing the conservation budgets to be approved, provided that any additional revenues for the authorities be placed in a reserve until such time as area municipalities had time to complete the review. She noted that this was the first time Regional Council had seen the proposed conservation authority budgets and that they will result in a 12 per cent utility rate increase in 2008 on top of the 14 per cent utility rate increase from 2007.

Moved by Councillor Miles,
Seconded by Councillor Moore;

That the CVC Service Strategy Business Plan that was developed with the Region of Peel be referred to the area municipalities for review and comment;

And further, that staff be requested to prepare a report for a future meeting of Regional Council summarizing feedback provided by the area municipalities;

And further, that the funds related thereto be placed into reserve until such time that a report is provided.

Members of Regional Council spoke in favour of the proposed 2008 conservation authority budgets. It was noted that during the 2007 Region of Peel Budget process, conservation authority staff were asked to prepare a three-year plan for the additional funding from the utilities, and that was done with the completion of the SSBP. It was also noted that the environment is a priority and that it is the responsibility of every level of government to take action.

Councillor Miles, in response to the points raised by Members of Regional Council regarding the conservation authority budgets, agreed to modify her proposed motion thus allowing the budgets to be approved without the request that additional funds be placed in reserves pending area municipal review of service provisions.

Councillor Paterak requested that conservation authority budgets be brought before Regional Council earlier in the budget process in future years to allow Council sufficient time to consider the budget requests.

The following motions were voted upon:

Moved by Councillor Prentice,
Seconded by Councillor Saito;

That the 2008 Halton Region Conservation Authority (HRCA) Budget be approved as presented.

Carried 2007-1574

See also Resolutions 2007-1571, 2007-1577 and 2007-1578

Moved by Councillor Prentice,
Seconded by Councillor Mullin;

That the 2008 Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) Budget be approved as presented.

Carried 2007-1575

See also Resolutions 2007-1572, 2007-1577 and 2007-1578


Moved by Councillor Mullin,
Seconded by Councillor Morrison;

That the 2008 Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) Budget be approved as presented.

Carried 2007-1576

See also Resolutions 2007-1573, 2007-1577 and 2007-1578

Moved by Councillor Miles,
Seconded by Councillor Moore;

That the Service Strategy Business Plan that was developed by the Region of Peel, Credit Valley Conservation and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority be reviewed by the area municipalities to identify any areas of duplication or potential efficiencies of work;

And further, that staff be requested to prepare a report for a future meeting of Regional Council summarizing the findings of the review.

Carried 2007-1577

See also Resolutions 2007-1571 to 2007-1576 and 2007-1578

Moved by Councillor Prentice,
Seconded by Councillor Mullin;

That staff from the Region work with each of the conservation authorities, and the area municipalities, to review future budgets for any potential duplication.

Carried 2007-1578

See also Resolutions 2007-1571 to 2007-1576 and 2007-1577

6. COMMUNICATIONS - Nil


7. REPORTS

1. Committee Reports

a) Report of the General Committee - Budget (GCB-2007-03) meeting held on December 6, 2007

Moved by Councillor Iannicca,
Seconded by Councillor Mahoney;

That the minutes of the General Committee - Budget (GCB-2007-03) meeting held on December 6, 2007, be adopted.

Carried 2007-1579

B. DECLARATIONS OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Councillor Miles declared a conflict of interest with respect to the salary portion of the Region of Peel Budget, as a family member is employed with the Region of Peel.

Councillor Moore declared a conflict of interest with respect to the salary portion of the Region of Peel Budget, as a family member is employed with the Region of Peel.

Councillor Saito declared a conflict of interest with respect to the salary portion of the Region of Peel Budget, as a family member is employed with the Region of Peel.


C. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

RECOMMENDATION GCB-6-2007:

That the agenda for the December 6, 2007 General Committee – Budget meeting be approved.

Approved 2007-1580

D. DELEGATIONS/PRESENTATIONS

1. David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer and Dan Labrecque, Chief Financial Officer, Region of Peel, Providing a High Level Overview of the 2008 Current and Capital Budgets

Received 2007-1581

The following motion was placed by Councillor Parrish:

That the funding provided by the Provincial Government related to the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and the phasing out of the Toronto Tax, be retained by the Region of Peel.

Councillor Paterak requested a recorded vote.

Chair Kolb advised that in accordance with section VI.2(a) of the Region of Peel Procedural By-law 57-2006, as amended, a recorded vote is not permitted in General Committee.

Councillor Moore requested a vote to waive the rules of the Region of Peel Procedural By-law 57-2006, as amended, to permit a recorded vote in General Committee.

A vote was taken on the following motion:

RECOMMENDATION GCB-7-2007:

That section VI.2(a) of the Region of Peel Procedural By-law 57-2006, as amended, be waived to permit a recorded vote at the December 6, 2007 General Committee – Budget meeting.

Carried unanimously 2007-1582

A recorded vote regarding the following motion was called:

RECOMMENDATION GCB-8-2007:

That the funding provided by the Provincial Government related to the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and the phasing out of the Toronto Tax, be retained by the Region of Peel.

In favour: E. Adams, G. Carlson, C. Corbasson, F. Dale, G. Gibson, A. Groves, N. Iannicca, S. McFadden, G. Miles, E. Moore, M. Morrison, P. Mullin, C. Parrish, R. Paterak, P. Saito, J. Sanderson, J. Sprovieri, A. Thompson, R. Whitehead
Total: 19
   
Opposed: Nil
Total: 0
   
Absent: S. Fennell, K. Mahoney, H. McCallion, P. Palleschi, M. Prentice
Total: 5

Carried unanimously 2007-1583

See also Resolutions 2007-1584 and 2007-1586

E. COMMUNICATIONS

1. Brenda Luckhurst, Coordinator, Office of the City Clerk, City of Mississauga, Letter dated May 24, 2007, Providing a Copy of City of Mississauga Resolution GC-0397-2007 Encouraging a Discussion by Regional Council as to the Apportionment of the Tax Savings Generated by the Phasing Out of GTA Pooling between Regional Programs and the Local Municipality Needs

Received 2007-1584

See also Resolutions 2007-1583 and 2007-1586


F. STAFF REPORTS

1. 2008 Budget

Referred to the December 13, 2007 Regional Council Budget meeting 2007-1585

See also Resolutions 2007-1589 and 2007-1590

2. 2008 Budget Update and Ontario Disability Support Program/Toronto Tax Reductions

Received 2007-1586

See also Resolutions 2007-1583 and 2007-1584

3. Long Term Waste Strategy Review: Recommendations and Infrastructure Plan (Oral)

Received 2007-1587

2. Staff Reports

a) 2008 Budget – Supplemental Information

Received 2007-1588

b) 2008 Budget

Councillor Whitehead requested a recorded vote.

A vote was taken on the following motion:

Moved by Councillor Carlson,
Seconded by Councillor Whitehead;

That the 2008 Current Budget be approved at a total value of $1,361,521,000 as set out in Summary I of the Executive Summary being Appendix I, to the report of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), dated November 20, 2007 and titled “2008 Budget” (the subject report);

And further, that the appropriate by-law to apportion the $720,725,000 net levy funding required, be presented to Regional Council;

And further, that the 2008 Capital Budget for Property Tax and Utility Rate Supported Programs totaling $652,794,000 as set out in Summary II of the Executive Summary (Appendix I of the subject report) be approved;
And further, that the projects identified with an “A” for approved funding status in Appendix IV in each of the program sections of the 2008 Budget Document be authorized to proceed in accordance with the Financial Control By-law;

And further, that the Consolidated 10 Year capital Plan totaling $4,689,402,000 as summarized in Summary III of the Executive Summary (Appendix I of the subject report) be approved, in principle, for planning purposes;

And further, that the changes to the user fees and charges proposed in Summary V of the Executive Summary (Appendix I of the subject report) be approved;

And further, that the user fees as set out in the User Fee Appendix VIII located within each of the Program Documents of the 2008 Budget document, take effect on the day of the passing of the associated by-law;

And further, that the water, wastewater and waste management system fees and charges as outlined in the Summary VI of the Executive Summary (Appendix I of the subject report) be approved to take effect as outlined in Summary VI;

And further, that the CFO be authorized to carry out any necessary technical adjustments and present the necessary levy by-law to Regional Council;

And further, that the necessary User Fee by-laws be presented to Regional Council.

In favour: G. Carlson, G. Gibson, N. Iannicca, K. Mahoney, G. Miles, E. Moore, M. Morrison, P. Mullin, C. Parrish, R. Paterak, M. Prentice, P. Saito, J. Sprovieri, A. Thompson, R. Whitehead
Total: 15
   
Opposed: Nil
Total: 0
   
Absent: E. Adams, C. Corbasson, F. Dale, S. Fennell, A. Groves, H. McCallion, S. McFadden, P. Palleschi, J. Sanderson
Total: 9

Carried unanimously 2007-1589

See also Resolutions 2007-1585 and 2007-1590

Additional Item – 7.2 c):

c) Corporate Energy – Role of Staff

Received 2007-1590

See also Resolutions 2007-1566, 2007-1585 and 2007-1589

8. BY-LAWS - Nil

 

9. OTHER BUSINESS - Nil

 

10. NOTICES OF MOTION - Nil

 

11. IN CAMERA MATTERS - Nil

 

12. BY-LAW TO CONFIRM THE PROCEEDINGS OF COUNCIL


Moved by Councillor Carlson,
Seconded by Councillor Gibson;

That By-law 143-2007 to confirm the proceedings of Regional Council at its meeting held on December 13, 2007, to deliberate the 2008 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 2007-1591

 

13. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 2:54 p.m.

 

C. Gravlev
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Regional Clerk
E. Kolb
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Regional Chair