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?

 

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ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
1 – Local contribution to the proposed Windsor Essex Hospital Plan Yes 9-1 Delegation
Council Question: WFCU

 

I supported the Motion to fund the City’s portion of the construction of a New Hospital.

This vote is consistent with my earlier vote on December 25th, 2015 – which in essence gave the City’s approval for the New Hospital.

However – I do believe that the New Hospital could have been funded without the need for an additional tax levy for the simple reason that we already established a Debt Reduction Levy (DRL) over a decade ago that raises $32 million each year to fund capital projects.  This Levy should more appropriately be called a Debt Avoidance Levy (DAL) since its purpose is to have “cash-on-hand” to fund capital projects and thus avoid having to take on debt.

Historically we have used the Debt Reduction Levy to fund growth capital projects very similar to the New Hospital:

o   WFCU: $65 million

o   Family Aquatics Centre: $62 million

o   Huron Lodge: $42 million

o   400 City Hall Square building: $30 million

o   Richmond Landing: $10 million

o   Police Training Facility $10 million

o   Art Gallery: $6 million

 

Starting in 2021 – the full $32 million of the Debt Reduction Levy is unallocated, which begs th question: why can’t we simply ask that the Hospital Levy be funded from the Debt Reduction Levy from 2021 to 2026 at $16M per year?

In the end – I supported the Second Motion – supporting the Mayor’s Hospital Levy of 1 per cent.

 

 

 

 

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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      
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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

 

 

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What a wonderful way to spend a gorgeous Saturday morning – cleaning up Little River with friends from Rotary 1918, Safety Village and Neighbourhood Watch!

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“If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.”

 - Rainer Maria Rilke

Residents of East Riverside and Forest Glade appreciate the diversity and beauty of our many parks – where one can expand the lungs and rest the eyes.  Here are a few scenes from a recent walk.

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A Windsor resident recently posed a question on social media asking about the compensation that City Councillors receive in the City of Windsor.  The question was asked in the context of some of the perks that City of Toronto councilors receive.  It’s a fair question and definitely that information should be easily accessible at taxpayer fingertips!  For that reason, I am posting my response below which hopefully sheds some light.

Hi Denise! Happy to provide some answers regarding City Council compensation in the City of Windsor and some of the benefits – and I can follow up on any additional questions you may have. I will start with the Toronto context that is referenced in the video you mention. City of Toronto Councillors receive an annual salary of about $110,000 + an annual staff budget of $230,000. That salary is pegged to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which means that every January 1st – Toronto City Councillors receive anywhere from a 1% to 2% pay raise. Sometimes more. Brampton City Councillors for instance gave themselves a 7% pay raise in 2015.

A Windsor City Councillor receives about $29,000 in annual salary – 1/3rd tax free in place of reimbursement for things like mileage, paper, pens, printer cartridges etc. – and an additional $11,000 in compensation for sitting on Boards and Committees. The last time Windsor City Council gave itself a pay raise was eleven years ago in 2005 – an increase of 1.5%. I believe before that – the second last pay raise was about 22 years ago in 1994. We receive a $2000 stipend to purchase a laptop computer and/or office equipment and that covers the four-year term.  I have not used it.  We can also get reimbursed for phone and internet.  I have not asked for reimbursement.  We do receive Free Parking that is City Wide. I also have a pass to Conservation Areas in Windsor-Essex as a result of sitting on the Essex Regional Conservation Authority. I am unaware of any other free passes to other City Facilities – but I can get that information for you. I personally have not used them if they do exist. Windsor Councillors also do not have Transit Windsor passes. When we have board meetings out in the County of Essex – we do get compensated for mileage. Two of the committees and boards I served on provide a snack before meetings e.g. crackers, grapes, cheese. Tourism Windsor Essex and Pelee Island (TWEPI) meets at lunch and provides wraps. Councillors are also allowed to travel to two out-of-town conferences each year such as the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) or the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) where we meet with councilors from across the Province and the Country to exchange best practices. Thus far – I have attended two conferences – AMO & FCM – both in Niagara Falls. I also attended the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative on my own dime. I am trying to think of any other pertinent information I can share with you, so please bear with me if I forgot an item. I definitely hear what you’re saying, and agree, that those who are fortunate enough to be called to public service should do it for the right reasons. Let me know if you have any questions any time. Cheers!

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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

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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
       

 

 

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