This is the first Council Meeting I missed in two-and-a-half years, on account of a personal vacation.

Both of our Council Assistants were notified in advance that I would be absent.

ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
1 – Correction of Plan – George Avenue Park      
2 – Repeal of Bylaw 38-2016      
3 – Proposed expropriations- Riverside Vista      
4 – Agreement between City and Bridge Authority regarding species at risk      
5 – South Meritt Park      
6 – Parking for 14Skyline Lounge      
7 – LRWRP Centrifuge repair      
8 – Snow Angels recognition      
9 – RFP pre-approval seat replace Capitol Theatre      
10 – Mitchell Park playground RFT      
11 – EC Row overpass rehab      
12 – Local contribution to Windsor Essex Hospital Plan      
13 – 2016 EWSWA Budget      
ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
1 – Tax reductions Yes 10-0 Consent
2 – Electric vehicles update Yes 10-0 Consent
3 – YQG sweeper replacement Yes 10-0 Consent
4 – Site plan for New City Hall Yes 10-0 Presentation
5- RFP playground design Yes 10-0 Consent
6 – RFP Jackson Park splashpad Yes 10-0 Consent
7 – Vacant parcel of land Eugenie Yes 10-0 Consent
8 – SWOSSA Championship Yes 10-0 Consent
9 – 2015 year end operating budget Yes 10-0 Consent
10- Farmers Market relocate Yes 10-0 Consent
11 – Ash Grove Manor Parking Yes 10-0 Delegation
Report No. 385 – Buskerfest Yes 10-0 Consent
Report No. 356 – different Pedestrian markings No 10-0 Delegation
Report No. 353 – Central Box Yes 10-0 Delegation
Report No. 355 – Two way conversation Dougall No 0-10 Delegation

 

 

ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
1-Blitz enforcement in parks No 9-1 Regular
2-Cabana/Division improvement RFP Yes 10-0 Consent
3-CARHA downtown special event permit Yes 10-0 Consent
4-Economic Development Officer Yes 10-0 Regular
5- Lennon Drain examination Yes 10-0 Consent
6-Willistead Manor catering Yes 10-0 Consent
7-St. George Demo Deferral Yes 10-0 Consent
8-Support for CNU new urbanism conference Yes 10-0 Consent
9-Parking lot replacement Optimist Centre Yes 10-0 Consent
10-LRPCP and LRWRP upgrades Yes 10-0 Consent
11-Working environment policy Yes 10-0 Consent
12-Sewer surcharge exempt account Yes 10-0 Consent
13-Caretaking Outsource No 6-5 Regular
Bortolin Motion: $1 Patio Fees Yes 5-6 Notice of Motion
Francis Motion: phased-in patio fees Yes 9-1 Notice of Motion
Mayor Motion: Funding for Memorial Cup Yes 9-1 Notice of Motion
 

 

Item No. 13: Caretaking Outsourcing

For explanation click here:  Previous Council Decision – November 16, 2015

ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
5.1 – Strategic Vision update Yes 10-0 Presentation
6.1- Settlement of appeals Ward 3 Yes 10-0 Business
6.2-FINA expenditures update Yes 10-0 Business
6.3-Capital Project variance Sept 30 2015 Yes 10-0 Business
6.4-20 Year Strategic Vision feedback Yes 10-0 Business
       

 

 

ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
1-      Expropriation of lands in airport area No 9-2 Delegation
2 –WDTC service agreement Yes 10-0 Consent
3-2016 Detroit Grand Prix sponsorship No 6-4 Presentation
4-Insurance review and RFP Yes 10-0 Consent
5 – WUC George Avenue Reservoir & park Yes 10-0 Consent
6a-2016 Enhanced Capital Budget ward funds - No Seconder Regular
6b-2016 Enhanced CapitalBudget ward funds Yes 8-2 Regular
7 – FCM Green Municipal Fund agreement Yes 10-0 Consent
8 – Waste and Recycling Tender Yes 10-0 Consent
9 – Social Housing Efficiency Program Yes 10-0 Consent
Council Question: Accessible Parking

 

Item No.1 – Expropriation of Lands in Airport Area:

City Council voted to expropriate private lands near the airport belonging to two families – Janisse and Tako. I voted NO.  To me, expropriation is a violent act – forcing someone out o f their home – and should only be used as a last resort with a well-defined public good and well defined timelines.  In essence- the city is forcing Ms. Tako – a retired school teacher who has lived on in her home for over 40 years – off her land without any imminent economic development project on the horizon.  Furthermore, in essence, the expropriation will forcibly transfer land from one private property owner to another e.g. a private business.  This makes the exchange concerning.  I can support expropriation when it entails a public good such as the construction of a bridge, railway or road.

A similar situation provoked one of the most important US Supreme Court cases Kelo vs. City of New London.  Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote the following about expropriation which I believe is relevant to the current expropriation: “Today the court abandons this long-held, basic limitation on government power. Under the banner of economic development, all private property is now vulnerable to being taken and transferred to another private owner … nothing is to prevent the State from replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz-Carlton, any home with a shopping mall, or any farm with a factory.”

Item No. 3- Detroit Grand Prix Sponsorship:

I vote NO on the sponsorship.  Two months ago a majority of Council voted against giving the Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) a break on its $5,000 ticket surcharge.  Hence, it is hard to see how the same majority could vote to give $50,000 – ten times more – to an event hosted outside the City and run by a multi-million dollar private corporation.  My philosophy is simple – support local homegrown events and homegrown organizations like WIFF first!

6a – Enhanced Capital Budget Ward Funds:

The $400,000 in Ward Funds are part of the $10 million Enhanced Capital Budget.  My question to Administration and the Mayor was simple – knowing that the Federal Government will announce a historic $60 billion infrastructure stimulus program – wouldn’t it make more sense to hold off on allocating any part of the $10 million Enhanced Capital Budget IN ORDER TO leverage Federal dollars from the Infrastructure program?  Hence – I put forward the following motion which failed because it did not receive a seconder.

MOTION: That Council defer the implementation of the Enhanced Capital Budget until after the 2016 Federal Budget – and until after the details of the federal infrastructure stimulus program is announced- in order to provide Administration with the opportunity to propose how the $10 million Enhanced Capital Budget could be used to leverage those federal funds for necessary capital expenditures

6b – Enhanced Capital Budget Ward Funds:

Once my motion failed – another was put forward to adopt the ward funds which I supported.

Item No. 8 – Waste and Recycling Tender:

I voted to maintain the private delivery of waste and recycling services by private company GFL.

Council Question – Accessible Parking:

Many cities such as London, Toronto, Ottawa allow residents with Accessible Parking Permits to park – free of charge – at on-street parking meters.  Hence, I asked the following Council Question:

CQ: That administration report back on best practises from other cities regarding metered on-street accessible parking AND to provide feasibility and cost of implementing free metered parking for residents with Accessible Parking Permits

 

ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
1-      Brownfield Rehab Grant Dougall Avenue Yes 10-0 Consent
2 – Site Plan HDGH Transitional Stability Centr Yes 10-0 Consent
3 – Service level targets 311 Yes 10-0 Consent
4 – Vacant Land surplus Yes 10-0 Consent
5 – Concession operations RFP Yes 10-0 Consent
6 – Indian Road demolition denial Yes 10-0 Consent
7 – Talent management program Yes 10-0 Consent
Report No. 362 – Open Streets Yes 8-2 Delegation
Report No. 347 – Eastlawn Avenue rezoning Yes 10-0 Consent
Report No. 349 – Uhaul former Wickes Site Yes 10-0 Consent

 

 

ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
6.1 – Delegation of Authority Yes 10-0 Business
6.2 – Compliance with Applicable Laws Yes 10-0 Business
6.3 – PwC Summary Hotline Issues Yes 10-0 Business
6.4 – PwC Audit Recommendations Yes 10-0 Business
6.5 – PWC ESWA Yes 10-0 Business
6.6 – PwC Manage Infrastructure Yes 10-0 Business
6.7 – PwC Purchasing Card Review Yes 10-0 Business
6.8 – PwC IT Governance Yes 10-0 Business
6.9 – 2015 KPMG City Wide Report Yes 10-0 Business
6.10 – City Wide 2016 BIA Budget Review Yes 10-0 Business
6.11 – YQG 3rd Quarter Yes 10-0 Business
6.12 – WCU 3rd Quarter Yes 10-0 Business
6.13 – Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario Yes 10-0 Presentation
6.14 – Memorial Cup LoU Yes 10-0 Business

 

Item No. 6.7 – PwC Purchasing Card Review:  13,600 purchases totalling $3.2 million each year were made using purchasing cards or P-Cards.  That is a significant number.  What is concerning is that when PwC looked at a sample of PCard purchases – they found that 38 per cent were not reviewed and 75 per cent had no explanation for the purchase.

We need tighter control of purchasing cards.

In addition to the recommendations, I put forward a motion that Administration report back on the feasibility of following the City of Toronto model which publishes all P-Card purchases online every month as open data.

 

ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
1-      RFP SCBA gear for Windsor Fire Yes 10-0 Consent
2 – Connecting Links grants Yes 10-0 Consent
3 – Appointment of integrity commissioner Yes 10-0 Presentation
4 – Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative Yes 10-0 Delegation
       

 

 

ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
1-      Pedestrian lighting on Ottawa Street Yes 4-6 Delegation
Report No. 362 – Open Streets Yes 10-0 Deferral
Report No. 333 – 3329 Sandwich Zoning Yes 10-0 Consent
       

 

Item No. 1 – Pedestrian Lighting on Ottawa Street:  Mr. Barry Horrobin – a certified Law Enforcement Planner with the Windsor Police Department – provided testimony based on his 26 years of experience that the new LED lighting installed on Ottawa Street is insufficient and unsafe.  Public Safety is paramount and that is why I voted to install additional lighting in order to address the gap in lighting and gap in public safety on Ottawa Street.  Unfortunately, the majority of Council saw things differently and voted down the additional safety measures.

 

ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
1-      MOU Mobile Command Unit Yes 10-0 Consent
2 – Essex County Fire Services Training Yes 10-0 Consent
3 – 2016 Annual Temporary Borrowing Yes 10-0 Consent
4 -2016 Interim Property Tax Bill Yes 10-0 Consent
5 – Caesars – FINA Agreement Yes 10-0 Consent
6 – Windsor Economic Development Delivery Strategy Yes 10-0 Presentation
7 – City of Windsor Visual Standards Yes 10-0 Consent
8 – Refuse and Recycling from Outdoor Furnishings and Bush Shelters Yes 10-0 Consent
9 – Cabana Road reconstruction Yes 10-0 Consent
10 – FCM Leadership in Asset Management Yes 10-0 Presentation
Report 343 – Service Mold Aerospace Yes 10-0 Consent
Report 318 – On street parking modifications Yes 10-0 Delegation
Report 336 – Chateau Park Lodge Yes 10-0 Consent
 

 

Item no. 5 – FINA Agreement with Caesars Windsor: Taxpayers of the City of Windsor will cover $400,000 in hotel expenses at Caesars Windsor for organizers and delegates of the FINA World Swimming Championships.

Report No. 343 – Service Mold Aerospace: City Council approved financial assistance to a local homegrown aerospace company called Service Mold Aerospace valued at just under $500,000 in order to support expansion and job creation –which is the top priority for City Council.