ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
7.4 – New Sandwich Library named after John Muir Yes 10-0 Communication
8.1 – New Fire Hall No. 5 Tender Yes 10-0 Consent
8.2 – Extension of service for parking Yes 10-0 Consent
8.3 – Declare vacant parcel on Howard Ave Yes 10-0 Consent
8.4 – Amendments for Children’s Fest Yes 10-0 Consent
8.5 – Declare surplus South Pacific Avenue land Yes 10-0 Consent
8.14- Conveyance of Clairview Avenue Yes 10-0 Delegation
11.1 – Neighbourhood Market Value Analysis Yes 10-0 Delegation
10.1 – Lancaster Bomber stewardship agreement Yes 10-0 Delegation
11.2 – Canada 150 intake two Yes 10-0 Regular
ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
       
5.1 – PwC Audit Performance Dashboard Yes 10-0 Presentation
6.1 – CHC 2015 Financial Statement Yes 10-0 Regular
6.2 – Summary of Hotline Yes 10-0 Regular
6.3 – 2016 Q2 Budget Variance Yes 10-0 Regular
6.4 – Status Report Yes 10-0 Regular
6.5 – Status Report on Audit Recommendations Yes 10-0 Regular
6.6 – Delegation of Authority Yes 10-0 Regular
6.7 – 2015 Consolidated Financial Statement Yes 10-0 Regular
ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
10.1 – Parks Master Plan Yes 10-0 Presentation
8.14 – St. Patrick’s drive proposed parking Yes 10-0 Delegation
11.5 – Pelissier Street Parking Garage EOI Yes 6-5 Delegation
11.1 – Vehicle idling – 3 minutes Yes 8-2 Delegation
11.2 – Final Tax Rate and Billing Yes 10-0 Regular
11.3 – CIP – NEMAK Yes 10-0 Regular
11.4 – Annual investment report Yes 10-0 Regular
ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
8.1 – Ojibway sewers RFP Yes 9-0 Consent
8.2 – Combined heat and power WFCU Yes 9-0 Consent
8.3 – WFCU LED light conversion Yes 9-0 Consent
8.4 – Interim control parking Sandwich St Yes 9-0 Consent
8.5 – WPL postage meter rental Yes 9-0 Consent
8.6 – Utility Cut restoration Yes 9-0 Consent
8.7 – Grand Marais drain culvert Yes 9-0 Consent
8.8 – Fairbairn cemetery Yes 9-0 Consent
8.9 – Minutes Willistead BoD Yes 9-0 Consent
8.10 – Healthy Kids update Yes 9-0 Consent
8.11 – Willistead BoD report Yes 9-0 Consent
8.12 – Accessibility Advisory report Yes 9-0 Consent
8.13 – Accessibility Advisory report Yes 9-0 Consent
8.14 – Huron Lodge committee minutes Yes 9-0 Consent
8.15 – Update Arts and Culture funding Yes 9-0 Consent
8.16 – Local Immigration Partnership update Yes 9-0 Consent
8.17 – Accessibility Advisory Report Yes 9-0 Consent
8.18 – Willistead BoD report Yes 9-0 Consent
8.19 – Report to close Belleview Ave Yes 9-0 Consent
8.20 – Rezoning 3021 Walker Road Yes 9-0 Consent
8.23 – IRC meeting minutes Yes 9-0 Consent
8.24 – BIA Advisory Committee meeting Yes 9-0 Consent
8.21 – CIP Plan – Cavalier Tool Yes 9-0 Consent
8.22 – Close Buckingham Drive alley Yes 9-0 Delegation
10.1 – Abar’s Island View Demolition Yes 6-3 Delegation
11.1 – Archery Range usage Yes 9-0 Consent
       

 

10.1 – Abar’s island View Demolition: I voted in favour of demolition of Abar’s.

ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
5.1 – PwC Risk Assessment Yes 10-0 Presentation
5.2 – PwC year in review Yes 10-0 Presentation
5.3 – Succession planning PwC report Yes 10-0 Presentation
5.4 – PwC management action plan Yes 10-0 Presentation
6.1 – Year End Risk Management Report 2015 Yes 10-0 Presentation
6.2 – Ward Fund expenditures Yes 10-0 Presentation
ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
8.3 – Development of fees N/A   Consent
8.4 – Rezoning housekeeping     Consent
8.5 – Minutes of Windsor Licensing     Consent
8.6 – Petition to reconstruct sidewalks     Consent
8.7 – EWSWA Annual Report     Consent
8.8 – Transit Windsor salary review     Consent
10.1 – Central Box Study Area     Presentation
10.2 – Response to CQ54 and CQ62 2015     Presentation
10.3 – WCU AGM     Presentation
10.4 – WCU 2015 Financial Statement     Presentation
7.6 – WCU 1st Quarter 2016     Presentation
10.5 – Contract for Animal Control     Delegation
8.1 – CQ8-2016     Delegation
8.2 – Herb Gray Parkway     Delegation
11.1 – Purchase two street sweepers     Regular
11.2 – Proposed budget timelines     Regular
11.3 – Social Infrastructure funding     Regular

 

Note – This is the second Regular City Council meeting I missed in over two-and-a-half years on City Council.  The reason – I was out of town for a family reunion that had been organized in advance.

 

I support the right kind of Sports Tourism – which is the reason I voted to support the OFSAA Track and Field Championship that will be hosted in Windsor this summer.

The City was asked to provide about $10,000 in support – about half in-cash and half in-kind – by the local organizers.

In exchange – the tournament will draw about 5,000 people to the City of Windsor.

Two things make OFSAA an appealing sports tourism draw the City should support:

(a) The organizers take on 100 per cent of the risk of organizing the event – which means no City staff are required to operate the event.

(b) The organizers are on the hook for the financial cost of the event – with City providing a small amount of support or leverage

(c) These Ontario championships will draw people from Ontario and hence potential repeat visitors –  since travel is shorter, easier and less expensive

(d) The return-on-investment (ROI) can be measured and documented – providing taxpayers with a high level of accountability and transparency

(e) The return-on-investment (ROI) is significant – both in terms of tourism, economic development and branding

Taken together – the City is getting one heckuva good return on it’s $10,000 investment.  See you at the starting blocks!

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ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
8.1 – Signing authority Yes 9-0 Consent
8.2 – Leamington tripartite sharing agreement Yes 9-0 Consent
8.3 – WECHC shareholder declaration Yes 9-0 Consent
8.4 thru 8.25 – Committee Consent Items Yes 9-0 Consent
8.23 – BIA Budget approval Yes 9-0 Consent
11.1 – Capital funding for WFCU fire alarm Yes 9-0 Consent
11.2 – Private sewer connection study Yes 9-0 Consent
11.3 – Capital Funds for ETS at City Hall Yes 9-0 Consent
11.4 – Lancaster Bomber – Part Swap Yes 9-0 Delegation
       
       

 

 

ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
8.1 – WIATC combined heat and power Yes 10-0 Consent
8.2 – Meadowbrook Lane streetlights Yes 10-0 Consent
12.12 – Windsor Mold Inc. CIP Yes 10-0 Consent
13.4 – Bylaw to amend 8600 Yes 10-0 Consent
12.5 – Afternoon in Alley – Maiden Lane close Yes 10-0 Consent
12.11 – CIP for 775 Riverside Drive E. Yes 10-0 Consent
12.3 – Diversity Committee report no. 3 Yes 10-0 Consent
12.9 – Development approval  BPI Yes 10-0 Delegation
8.3 – Community garden collective Yes 10-0 Delegation
11.3 – Smoking Bylaw Yes 10-0 Delegation
 7.2 – Two Year Road Warranty  Yes  3-7  Communication

****Note change in Council Report format.   This new format – though more complicated – does make the use of electronic documentation easier and hence will ease transition to paperless reports.

Communication Item No. 7.2 – Queen Street Sewer and Pavement Rehabilitation – Two Year Warranty

Last August, Council directed Administration “to ensure that, as a pilot project, a future road rehabilitation tender have a provisional item or a trial added to it asking for the submissions to contain an extended two year warranty, and that the results be reported back to Council”.

The Queen Street road rehab in Ward 2 has an estimated cost of $1.23 million. The cost for an extended two-year warranty is $1,300 – representing less than 1/10th of 1 per cent of the total cost of the project.  I put forward the motion that the City purchase this additional one year of warranty on the roads in order to complete the pilot project and report back in two years the costs-and-benefits of a two year warranty on roads.

That motion was defeated.

It is interesting to note that the City of Toronto has a two-year warranty on all linear and vertical capital projects including roads.   In fact, a fairly recent City of Toronto report (2012) titled “Review of General Contract Conditions for Capital Projects” concluded:  The City’s standard 24-month warranty period has been successful in safeguarding the City against premature failures, defects and deficiencies in machinery, materials and workmanship, and it is recommended that this practice be maintained and continued.  

 

Council Question:

I asked the following Council Question:

CQ1: A resident approached me with a number of questions regarding the WFCU Centre.  I was directed by Administration to submit the inquiry in the form of a Council Question:

1. When this year will the gym floor be replaced, and what floor material will be used?

2. Will the main bowl sound system be upgraded before the FINA championships in December?

3. What will specifically be done to repave the WFCU parking lot? Will it be resurfaced before the FINA championships?

4. What specifically will be done this year in the floor drain washrooms in the community centre dressing rooms?

5. Confirm that nothing will be done until 2019 to repair the floor drains, and the pooling of water, in the Zamboni rooms?