Region of Peel Receives
Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
Canada Award of Excellence
Alex Miller, President, ESRI Canada presented
the ESRI Canada Award of Excellence to the Region
of Peel for the Regional Planning Atlas. This
award recognizes leadership and innovative use
of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The Atlas
was designed as a practical tool to educate students
in grades 7 and 8 about Peel Region. Since it
was first launched in December 2000, over 800
copies have been donated to public, separate,
and private schools in Peel that offer grades
7 and 8 geography classes.
Regional Council was informed that the Region's
financial position for the eight-month period
ending August 31st is favourable relative to the
2001 budget. The projection for the year 2001
is that there will be a surplus of $8.9 million
in the Operating Budget ($5.9 million in tax supported
programs and $3.0 million in utility rate programs).
Regional Council endorsed the final draft of
the Region of Peel's Strategic Plan, titled "Directions
for Success: Investing in Peel's Future",
as amended. The Strategic Plan is the result of
a comprehensive consultation process that involved
Regional Council, Senior Management Team, employees
and community stakeholders. It will serve as a
guide for Council and staff to address the evolving
needs of the community during this term of Council.
Regional Council was advised that the first Municipal
Access Agreement was signed between the Region
of Peel and Group Telecom Inc. Group Telecom will
pay the Region $25,000 in access fees in the first
year of the Agreement and $10,000 annually thereafter.
Staff will continue similar negotiations with
other telecommunications companies.
Further, Regional Council passed By-law 54-2001
to amend By-law 11-2001, which imposes fees for
services and activities provided by The Regional
Municipality of Peel or for the use of its Property,
to include Telecommunication Installation Fees.
The new fees will apply to all telecommunications
Regional Council awarded GRS Comcor Environmental
Limited and Integrated Municipal Services with
the financing, design, construction and operation
of a Landfill Gas Utilization Facility at the
Britannia Sanitary Landfill Site (BSLS). The Landfill
Gas Utilization Facility will collect and convert
landfill gas (LFG) produced from decomposing waste
to heat and/or electricity. The project will be
self-financing, and the Region will receive royalties
for the use of the gas.
Regional Council, through the managed competition
process, awarded the Region of Peel with the waste
and recycling haulage contracts for the Britannia
Public Waste and Recycling Drop Off Depot, Brampton
Community Recycling Center (CRC) and the Bolton
CRC at a two year cost of $583,574.70, $581,461.06
and $93,541.64 respectively. Sandhill Disposal
was awarded the recycling haulage contract for
the Caledon Public Recycling Drop Off Depot at
a two year cost of $44,301.34.
Regional Council passed By-law 49-2001, a by-law
that appoints By-law Enforcement Officers in the
Region of Peel. A number of Public Works employees
were appointed as By-law Enforcement Officers
for the purpose of enforcing the Region's Waste
Regional Council approved the recommendation
that single family dwellings with Accessory Dwelling
Units (e.g. Basement apartments) be treated as
single dwellings under the Three Bag Standard
Program, and as such, garbage bags in excess of
three will require tags. Multiplex buildings (e.g.
Duplexes up to and including sixplexes) will be
entitled to separate three bag limits for each
Regional Council were informed that a widespread
growth of Cladophora algae has presented a major
odour problem across most of the inshore areas
of Lake Ontario. Cladophora produces foul smelling
clumps as it decays on beaches and lakefronts.
The Region is taking the lead on developing an
algae control strategy.
Regional Council were informed that the odours
from the Lakeview Wastewater Treatment Facility
have been reduced significantly. Various odour
control initiatives have commenced and are proceeding
on schedule. "Clear Scents", a community
newsletter, was sent to residents in September
to keep them informed of all works relating to
odours and the wastewater facility. A Steering
Committee has been formed with the Chair and Co-Chair
of the Public Works Committee, Councillors of
the City of Mississauga Wards 1 and 2, and Peel
Senior Management. A Public Advisory Committee
is also being selected to address community issues.