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

 

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Once again – lightning quick response from the CAO and City Staff.

The garbage container that was spray painted with graffiti in Derwent Park has been replaced.

The large item garbage strewn on McRobbie has also been collected – including the rusted mattress springs that presented the greatest health & safety hazard.

Excellent work, team!

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The last Ward Walk was a tremendous success – with City Administration responding quickly and effectively to address deficiencies in Ward 7 neighbourhoods.

This weekend we spent a couple of hours touring the Forest Glade area to identify items requiring fixing.  Check back here for updates on our progress.

 

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Do yourself a favour and book your tour of the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association museum www.c2ha.ca

Make sure to check out and touch the grand Lancaster bomber among the many amazing aircraft.

The amount of volunteer hours invested in this community gem is immeasurable.  A thousand thanks to John & Don and the C2HA crew.

 

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Anne Jarvis wrote an article in the Windsor Star titled: Are We Paying for Towel Warmers?

In short – the Host City Agreement that the City signed with FINA does not allow information – such as the cost of hotel rooms – to be made available to the public.

My response is simple – taxpayers should know where their money is going:

This isn’t a national security issue, as Kusmierczyk said. 

“Taxpayers should know exactly where their money is going for flashy big-ticket events,” he said. “You have to pay to play, and taxpayers have to decide if they’re comfortable paying for this.

For full article CLICK HERE

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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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