ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
5.1 – PwC Internal Audit Yes 10-0 Delegation
5.2 – Internal Audit Yes 10-0 Delegation
5.3 – Hotline Issues Yes 10-0 Delegation
5.4 – Implementation of audit recommendations Yes 10-0 Delegation
5.5 – Internal Audit employee hotline Yes 10-0 Delegation
5.6 – Management action plan for audit Yes 10-0 Delegation
6.1 – Compliance with applicable laws Yes 10-0 Business
6.2 – Delegation of authority report Yes 10-0 Business
6.3 – Audit Planning report 2016 Yes 10-0 Business
       
       
       

 

 

ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
11.1 2017 Operating Budget Yes 2-8 Presentation
11.3 2017 5-Year Capital Budget Yes 10-0 Presentation
7.2 2016 Flooding Event debrief Yes 10-0 Presentation
11.2 2017 Sewer Surcharge update Yes 10-0 Regular
11.4 Recycling in city facilities Yes 10-0 Regular
11.5 Bulk item collection Yes 10-0 Regular
11.6 Rodent extermination program Yes 10-0 Regular
11.7 Post traumatic stress disorder legislation Yes 10-0 Regular
11.8 City Wide WPFFA retirees and survivor benefits Yes 10-0 Regular
11.9 Weekly free admission day for museum – maintain status quo Yes 10-0 Regular
11.10 2017 Operating budget for WECHC Yes 10-0 Regular
11.11 – Municipal poverty reduction initiatives Yes 10-0 Regular
11.12 Facilities master plan Yes 10-0 Regular
11.13 Road Quality Assurance investment Yes 10-0 Regular
11.14 Dougall Avenue Two-Way conversion report Yes 10-0 Regular
11.15 Dougall Two-Way conversion No 3-7 Regular
11.16 Central Box Yes 10-0 Regular
11.17 Grand Marais Drain update Yes 10-0 Regular
11.18 Operation review of 311/211 Yes 10-0 Regular
11.19 School neighbourhood policy Yes 10-0 Regular
11.20 Norman Road sewers Yes 10-0 Regular
11.21 Lighting on South National Street Yes 10-0 Regular

 

Item 11.1 & Item 11.3: 2017 Operating Budget & 2017 Five-Year Capital Budget

The Mayor and City Council delivered an Operating and Capital Budget for 2017 that includes a 1.73 per cent increase to the tax levy.

This includes increases to so-called independent Agencies, Boards and Committees (ABCs) – such as Windsor Essex County Health Unit, EMS, Essex Regional Conservation Authority etc. – of about $3 million over which City Council has no direct control.

Despite the increases from the ABCs plus significant inflationary pressures – for example, about $2 million more in hydro expenses than the year before – the 2017 tax levy is actually lower than the 2008 tax levy.

To put that into perspective – since 2008, the total tax levy for 23 cities across Ontario has gone up on average by 23 per cent.

Windsor’s tax levy has actually gone down by 5 per cent.

Some highlights for Windsor and Ward 7:

  • Funding to prioritize completion of Sanitary and Storm Water Master Plan in 2018 rather than the originally planned 2020.
  • Funding for review of capacity at Pontiac Pumping Station at Little River Pollution Control Plant
  • Funding for hiring technicians that will expedite applications/inspections for Basement Flood Protection Subsidy Program
  • Funding for continuation of Basement Flood Protection Subsidy Program
  • Rat Control program will be reinstated as a free service
  • Funding for hiring a Quality Assurance Technician for road construction and road asphalt
  • Cat voucher program will be maintained
  • Additional building inspectors hired to reduce backlog of property standards complaints
  • Bulk collection pick up with be an option for residents
  • Workplace initiative for persons with disabilities will be maintained
  • Funding for splash pad at Forest Glade Community Centre in 2020

I vote “No” on the following:

  • A $50,000 increase to the marketing budget for Adventure Bay

I voted “Yes” but City Council voted “No” on the following:

  • Tennis Court rehab and maintenance program
  • Park Bench maintenance program
  • Park and bicycle trails maintenance program
  • In-Land water rescue from Windsor Fire Service

The Enhanced Capital Budget will provide $400,000 for the following two projects:

  • $200,000 to rebuild the basketball court at Forest Glade Community Centre
  • $200,000 to begin engineering work for the Mulberry/Banwell roundabout as designed in the Banwell Road Environmental Assessment.

The projects that were submitted for the Enhanced Capital Budget for Ward7 included but not supported by Mayor and City Council:

  • $2.64 million for Banwell Road reconstruct
  • $600,000 for road repairs in Ward 7 – roads to be determined by City Engineer
  • $300,000 for accessible playground
ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
1-      Contracting Out Huron Lodge Caretakers No 6-5 Delegation
       

 

Item No. 1 – Outsourcing of Caretakers at Huron Lodge Nursing Home: I voted against the outsourcing of caretakers at Huron Lodge because it has not been sufficiently established that there will not be a reduction in the current standard of cleanliness and care.  These 244 residents at Huron Lodge Nursing Home are folks who have spent their lifetimes contributing to our community as teachers, nurses, factory workers, business owners, bus drivers and soldiers among many others.   At this juncture in their lives they deserve the best option, not the cheapest option.

I also believe that maintaining good wages ultimately benefits our City – especially since 100 per cent of those wages are kept in the community.

ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
8.7 – Zoning amendment 1799 Wyandotte Yes 10-0 Consent
10.1 – Point in Time Count – Homes Campaign Yes 10-0 Presentation
8.10 – Sandwich Fire Hall – garage demo Yes 10-0 Delegation
8.3 & 8.4– Bike Share program Yes 10-0 Presentation
8.5 – International Playing Card Co. Heritage Designation Yes 10-0 Delegation
8.9 – 3799 Victoria Boulevard Yes 10-0 Presentation
8.1 – Expropriation for Riverside Vista Project Yes 10-0 Regular
11.1 – 2017 Agency Grant Payment Yes 10-0 Consent

 

 

ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
8.9 – Great Lakes Sustainability Fund Yes 10-0 Consent
8.26 – Metered On-Street Accessible Parking Yes 10-0 Referral
8.12 – Plan of Condominium Ojibway Lakes Yes 10-0 Consent
8.13 – Rezoning 0 Walker Road Yes 10-0 Consent
8.20 – Prairie Court Sight Lines Yes 10-0 Delegation
11.1 – St. George Church Demolition Yes 8-2 Delegation
8.7 – Capital work Capitol Theatre Yes 10-0 Consent

 

8.9 – Great Lakes Sustainability Fund: Excellent report and excellent initiative – an application to the Federal Great Lakes Sustainability Fund (GLSF) that will support a pilot project involving Low Impact Design (LID) features such as bio-retention at the South Windsor Recreational Complex parking lot that will help divert storm water from the storm sewers thereby potentially mitigating damage from severe rainfall events – such as the one that impacted Ward 7.  LID projects are being implemented province wide by municipalities looking to lessen flooding during severe weather events.   For example, the City of Toronto is converting parks to serve a dual purpose as retention basins.  Windsor is fairly new to the LID game.  Lessons learned from this LID pilot project will be applied City Wide.

8.26: Metered On-Street Accessible Parking: I asked Administration in February, 2016 to report back on feasibility and cost of free metered parking for residents with Accessible Parking Permits.  Administration reported back and recommended keeping status quo aka NO free metered parking.  I asked that this report be referred to the Windsor Accessibility Advisory Committee for further comment, which City Council supported.

ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
5.11 – PwC Concerned Citizen Complaint Yes 10-0 Deferral
5.1 – PWC EnWin Utilities Audit Yes 10-0 Presentation
5.2 – PwC Enwin Utilities Action Plan Yes 10-0 Presentation
5.3 – PwC EnWin Energy Audit Yes 10-0 Presentation
5.4 – PwC Energy Ltd Action Plan Yes 10-0 Presentation
5.5 – Windsor Utilities Commission Audit Yes 10-0 Presentation
5.6 – WUC Action Plan Yes 10-0 Presentation
5.7 – PwC Fraud Risk Management Yes 10-0 Presentation
5.8 – PwC Fraud Risk Management Action Plan Yes 10-0 Presentation
5.9 – PwC Internal Audit Dashboard Yes 10-0 Presentation
5.10 – PwC Internal Audit Report on Findings Yes 10-0 Presentation
6.1 – Status Report on Implementation of Audit Recommendations Yes 10-0 Business Item
6.2 – Summary of Hotline Issues Yes 10-0 Business Item
6.3 – Status Report – Compliance Yes 10-0 Business Item
6.4 – ERM update Yes 10-0 Business Item
6.5 – Annual performance management reporting calendar Yes 10-0 Business Item

 

ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
7.1 – Conversion Pelissier Garage to Parking No 7-4 Delegation

Item 7. 1: Pelissier Street Parking Garage  - Conversion to Parking

There are a number of reasons to maintain commercial and retail space on the ground floor of the Pelissier Street Parking Garage – and many of them check off the key points in the 20 Year Strategic Vision put forward by City Council.

Promotes Downtown Revitilzation?  Check

Promotes Quality of Life? Check

Creates Jobs?  Check

Improves City Brand?  Check

Establishes new Revenue Stream?  Check

Has Measured ROI? Check

In addition to all the positive things that comes from maintaining commercial and retail, it also prevents the negative – namely – hurting the existing businesses and small business owners who have invested in the Pelissier Street corridor – businesses such as March 21 Cafe, Pho Maxim, The Squirrel Cage, A Dog’s Breakfast, Mario’s, Terracotta, Emone Korean Restaurant etc.   Creating a dead-zone of parking will hurt these businesses.

Finally, all one has to do is look two kilometers north and across the river to Detroit to see the best practises being adopted by all cities on the move.  The Z-Garage built by successful business owner Dan Gilbert has 10 floors and 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail.  The parking garage at the new Little Caesars Red Wings Arena has 7000 square feet of ground floor retial.  And the Studio One mixed use residential – a 150,000 square foot complex built by Wayne State University – also has a parking garage with …. you guessed it …. ground floor retail and commercial.

Windsor – unfortunately – chose a sub optimal path and voted to convert its ground floor commercial and retail to parking.

ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
8.3 – POA agreements Yes 10-0 Consent
8.4 – Purchasing Card Policy Yes 10-0 Consent
8.8 – Condo conversion 1400 Ouellette Yes 10-0 Deferral
8.1 – Site Plan for WE Community Health Centre Yes 10-0 Consent
8.2 – Amendment to prohibit smoking Yes 10-0 Consent
ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
9.1 – International Playing Card – deferral Yes 10-0 Deferral
8.28 – Condo conversion 1400 Ouellette Yes 10-0 Deferral
10.1 – Sovereign’s Medal Yes 10-0 Presentation
10.2 – Presentation to Fire Chief Montone NA NA NA
10.3 Sparky’s Toy Drive NA NA NA
8.26 – Zoning bylaw 3951 Walker Road Yes 10-0 Consent
8.29 – Azar Holdings – Eastlawn Yes 10-0 Delegation
11.2 – Gino Marcus Alley closure Yes 10-0 Consent
8.11 – CQ: street light standards Yes 10-0 Delegation
8.2 – Amendment to Business Retention for 1207 Drouillard Road Yes 10-0 Consent
8.19 – Rail Issues Committee report Yes 10-0 Delegation
8.12 – Options for Rodent Extermination Yes 10-0 Consent
8.14 – Top cyclist collision report Yes 10-0 Delegation
8.18 – Ticketing for cars parked on lawns Yes 10-0 Delegation
8.30 – Rezoning 1949 Devonshire – St. George’s Church Yes 9-1 Delegation
8.17 – All way stop Richmond and Chilver Yes 10-0 Delegation
8.24 – Dougall Two Way Conversion to be heard at Budget Yes 10-0 Consent
11.1 – 2017 Public Works budget pre-approve Yes 10-0 Consent