|ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_||IREK VOTED||COUNCIL VOTED||TYPE OF ITEM|
|10.1 & 10.2 Community Energy Plan||Yes||9-0||Delegation|
|8.22 Parking Clearance – Note & File||Yes||5-4||Delegation|
|8.7 Atkinson Skateboard Park||Yes||9-0||Consent|
|8.32 Seniors Advisory Committee Final Report||Yes||9-0||Presentation|
|8.33 Seniors Advisory Committee Summit||Yes||9-0||Presentation|
|8.9 Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling||Yes||5-4||Delegation|
|8.20 Community Improvement Plan – Walker Road||Yes||9-0||Consent|
|8.21 Community Improvement Plan – Walker||Yes||9-0||Consent|
|19.1 Clean Waster Water Project Adjust||Yes||9-0||Consent|
|8.16 3169 Dougall Avenue zoning||Yes||9-0||Deferral|
Item 8.9 – Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling (OMCC) Grant: The Province of Ontario invited cities to submit lists of commuter cycling projects that could be funded up to 80 per cent of eligible costs from a $40.5 million fund.
The Administration put forward a list of eleven projects.
I put forward a motion to include on that list two additional projects:
- Outfitting existing EC Row underpass at Derwent Park to permit cycling from Forest Glade to Twin Oaks Business Park
- Rhodes Avenue as recommend by Council Payne
The key word for this grant is commuter - which refers to those routes used daily by cyclists to get to work or school.
Twin Oaks Business Park employs around 2,000 residents across about two dozen companies such as
- Greenshield Canada
- Riverview Steel
- CS Wind
Currently – Twin Oaks Business Park is totally isolated, as EC Row acts as an impenetrable barrier for cyclists and pedestrians. Breaking that barrier would permit residents, for example, who reside in Forest Glade to be able to bike to work. For single car families – this is a huge plus.
Furthermore – this important north-south connection was already included in the Bicycle Use Master Plan (BUMP) and also the Windsor Area Long Range Transportation Study (WALTS). Hence – administration has identified this route as a key priority.
At the end of the day – the Province of Ontario will decide whether to fund 80 per cent of this project.