Excellent response from City Administration and Staff an addressing the maintenance issues from last week’s Ward Walk.

Here is an update:

  • ENWIN removed the empty yellow oil drums in front of the green transformer on McHugh/Questa.
  • VIA RAIL has moved quickly to clear the large pile of construction debris adjacent to the Banwell Road rail crossing.  Well done and Thank You!
  • Canada Post acknowledges litter around Canada Post Boxes along CP Rail Berm (e.g. Springhollow; Carrington; EchoBay).  I checked today and it looks like the litter has been cleared.
  • COGEGO acknowledges broken cable boxes along McHugh and will replace shortly
  • Developer has been informed about the full garbage bins and debris along Mailtland.  I checked today and bins have been emptied.  Still waited on debris along the road to be cleaned.
  • I checked along the Berm today and it appears the mattress has been removed – unless I missed it under the snow.

Many thanks to outgoing CAO Helga Reidel for the help in mobilizing a fast-acting cross-departmental response team!

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Spent a couple of hours on a weekend ward walk snapping some photos of maintenance issues north of Tecumseh Road East.

We’ll bring these matters to Administration’s attention and seek remedial action.

Here are a few photos from the ward walk.

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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

 

 

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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.

 

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The basketball courts next to Forest Glade Community Centre have been in terrible condition for many years.  It is unacceptable considering that they are located in the heart of Forest Glade and adjacent to the arena, library, community centre, tennis courts and baseball diamonds where thousands of residents of Forest Glade gather for recreation.

As you can see from the photos – there are basketball poles with no backboard, some with no rim, and others with no backboard and no rim.  Most are badly deteriorated.  The basketball court surface is rutted, overgrown with weeds and a public safety hazard.

I emailed these photos to the Mayor and the Executive Director of Parks on January 7th, 2016 and have had discussions with Administration about bringing these courts back up to an acceptable standard.

Check back here for more updates.

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I kick-started 2016 by taking a few photos of the dilapidated state of the median on Banwell Road between Little River and Wyandotte Street East.  This median has been a sore spot for residents of this gateway boulevard for years.  It is a gateway boulevard because thousands of residents use this boulevard as their main thoroughfare in and out of East Riverside.

The Mayor has an open door policy where Councillors can raise concerns and Ward specific issues – and so I took full advantage by presenting the Mayor with these photos on January 5th and meeting with him in his office to discuss possible solutions to this longstanding problem.

You will observe in the photos that 10 out of 35 tree wells sit empty, unkempt and overgrown that represent a staggering 29 per cent of the total tree wells on the entire stretch of boulevard. You’ll also notice that the median is stained in some parts and the photos illustrate crumbling concrete in others.

On January 4th, 2016 I tabled a Council Questions asking the Parks Department to report back with a plan to improve the median on Banwell Road.

Check back periodically for updates as I work with Administration to get this issue resolved.

 

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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
       

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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