Larry Koehle, Past President, American Public Works Association (APWA), presented the 2012 APWA Technical Innovation Award to the Region of Peel for the Ash Lagoons Modifications at the G.E. Booth (Lakeview) Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The Ash Lagoons were recognized by APWA as the most innovative project across North America for 2012.
The G.E. Booth WWTP is owned by the Region of Peel and operated by the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) and is one of the largest fluid bed facilities in the world for incineration of municipal Biosolids. The ash from the Biosolids is stored on site in ash lagoons and an ash pond. The Ash Lagoon Modifications and Upgrades Project addressed ash handling; settling; long term storage problems; and, operational constraints associated with increased capacity. The innovative approach to building the lagoons and the berm with settled ash was a cost effective solution and resulted in extending the site’s long-term storage capacity.
Members of Regional Council congratulated Region of Peel Public Works staff for their commitment and contributions to the project and for the success of the WWTP.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women - November 25, 2012 and December 6, 2012
Regional Council proclaimed November 25, 2012, “The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women” and December 6, 2012, “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women” in the Region of Peel. Violence against women is a violation of women’s human rights and a major public health and societal problem. This Proclamation will help to raise awareness about woman abuse and acknowledges the continued commitment of the Region of Peel to support a vast range of interventions to address woman abuse.
Regional Council received the 2010 Travel Time Study, a comprehensive survey conducted jointly by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO), City of Toronto, and the Regions of Peel, York, and Durham which measures travel time, speed, and delays on Provincial highways, expressways, and major arterials across the GTA and surrounding areas. The survey indicates that as a result of continued GTHA population and employment growth, congestion continues to increase on roads and highways. The study also provides important data to help monitor the operating characteristics of major highways, expressways, and major arterials, which assist staff in planning and implementing future improvements and traffic management strategies.
Citizen-Centered Service in the Region of Peel and 2012 Heintzman Leadership Award
Regional Council congratulated David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer for receiving the 2012 Heinztman Leadership Award from the Institute of Citizen-Centred Services (ICCS) for his strong leadership and contributions in strengthening Peel’s citizen-centred approach to service delivery. Governments are focusing on citizen-centred service delivery to meet the changing needs of communities and the Region of Peel has a sound track record of continuous improvement and citizen-centred service.