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View of public parcels about to be sold between Market/St. Paul

Council poised to sell public waterfront to homeowners; share your views

Community Services Committee, Tues. Dec. 16, 1pm, City Hall; Council, Thurs. Dec. 18, 6:30pm

The fate of a stretch of publicly-owned waterfront land between St. Paul Street and Market Street will be determined this week.

On Tues. Dec. 16, the city's Community Services Committee, which includes all members of council, will discuss a staff report recommending the sale of three parcels of land jointly owned by the city and the Ministry of Natural Resources to adjacent homeowners at 235 Market Street, 2414 Lakeshore Road and 220 St. Paul Street.

The MNR, city staff and homeowners have now agreed to a purchase price.

According to the report, the purchase price of the lands "will remain confidential until after the transfers have been completed."

Additional MNR policies require that the land must be sold at market value, and the city owned Water Street land must be transferred to the three landowners first before the MNR lands can be transferred.

The proceeds from the sale of the land will be used to "develop Windows-to-the-Lake at the foot of St. Paul and Market Streets in a minimalistic manner (benches and signage)." The Director of Parks and Recreation will report back with a concept plan for these parcels.

Any decision at the CS committee will go to the Thurs. Dec. 18 City Council meeting for a final vote.

Background:

Council voted 6-1 in October 2013 to sell the land to homeowners, against the recommendation of city staff (See reports below). The staff recommendation was to "Develop Windows-to-the-Lake at St. Paul Street and Market Street and retain ownership with an exclusive lease to the abutting land owners until required for public use." This option, said staff, "is consistent with existing Official Plan and Waterfront Trail policies" and helps to "provide public access to the lake."

Two other options outlined by staff were to immediately create a city parkette connecting the St. Paul Street and Market Street road allowances; or, alternatively, to sell the land and develop Windows-to-the-Lake at the street ends.

I did not support the sale, and brought a motion to create the city parkette. That was defeated.

Reports:
* Report recommending approval of the stop up and closure of the Water Street land parcels. (L-29-14)
* Report PR-31-13: Water Street Land Parcels
* Appendix A: Official Plan Waterfront Policies
* Appendix B: Waterfront Trail Corporate Policy
* Appendix C: Aerial Map of Water Street Public Parcels

My Take: There is a new council and although it is the same members, and this decision is well down the tracks, there is still an opportunity (however slim) not to sell the land. I support retaining this land in public hands. The sale of this land is contrary to the initial staff recommendation, and city policies which indicate a preference to retain and build public access to the waterfront. I believe public waterfront, and vibrant neighbourhoods, can coexist here, as they do already in Beachway park, provided there is direct public access to the shoreline.

Hanging on to public land we already have, and knitting in new pieces through redevelopment opportunities could one day deliver a contiguous public waterfront trail. Parkland dedication policies allow the city to take a percentage of land (including along the waterfront) when that land is redeveloped with more units. Each unit added triggers parkland dedication provisions. It's one of the ways Oakville has acquired public waterfront access.

The sale of public waterfront land we already own creates an additional hurdle to eventually create a public waterfront trail from Hamilton to Oakville, and beyond.

The adjacent homeowners have raised several concerns if this area is retained as a public park, including liability, noise, public safety and vandalism. I am sympathetic to those concerns, and believe we can manage them as we do in our other parks where these issues also sometimes occur.

Regarding the legal history in this area, our city staff were well aware of the legal background, yet they nevertheless recommended that we hang on to the land. I am satisfied that they did their due diligence on the legal matters before making their recommendation to council to retain the land, and I'm comfortable now, as I was then, in supporting the original staff recommendation to retain the land.

What you can do:
Regardless of the outcome of Tuesday's discussion and Thursday's final vote, it's important for the community's voice and vision on public waterfront to be heard. Do you support the sale? Share your views via the steps below.

Do you want the land retained in public hands? Join with the Burlington Waterfront Committee which is leading community efforts to create a long-term vision for public access along our waterfront. There are several options to show your support:

1. Attend the committee meeting on Tuesday, 1pm, and/or the council meeting on Thursday, 6:30pm, to support Gary Scobie from the BWC as he lays out BWC's long-term vision for public waterfront access.
2. Contact Gary to coordinate efforts or share your views so he can include them in his delegation to committee grscobie@sympatico.ca
3. Register as a delegation to speak for up to 10 minutes at committee, or 5 minutes at council, on your vision for the waterfront.
4. Email all city councillors to express your views here: Email addresses
5. Share your views at ward2news.ca

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View of Burlington Beach - shoreline fully publicly accessible.

Region purchases first home in Beachway since vote

The Region has purchased the first home in the Beachway area since council voted to buy up this neighbourhood and turn it into parkland.

The home at 1011 Lakeshore Rd. was recently purchased by the Region for $624,250, financed from the Green Fund Reserve. In addition, staff finalized a lease agreement permitting the owners to remain in the home for two years from the closing date.

The home is on the West side of Lakeshore Road, well away from the waterfront beach.

The property sale is confidential until approved by Regional Council, then the details appear in the public minutes of the subsequent council meeting.

Read the minutes of the council decision in the Nov. 19 council agenda here: LPS87-14 - Property Matter, City of Burlington, pg 18, Item #6

The Region's estimated budget for purchasing all 30 homes in the area is $9-10 million, or roughly $330,000 each.

Staff will report back to council by April 2015 with an updated Master Plan and acquisition/implementation strategy for the balance of the homes on the beach.

Background:

On Oct. 23, 2013, Regional Council voted 16 to 5 to buy all the homes in the area in a willing buyer, willing seller basis, and add the land to the overall Beachway park.

There are 30 private homes in the Beachway area. All of the homes are well back from the water, and none of them impede public access to the beach. The entire length of the beach from Spencer Smith Park through to the Hamilton lift bridge, is fully publicly accessible.

Comprehensive Background Report: Burlington Beach Regional Waterfront Park

Additional materials: Burlington Beach Master Plan & Supporting Documents

Minutes of Regional Council Meeting Oct. 23, 2013

My Take: I voted against the purchase of homes in the Beachway park area. I believe the Beachway residential neighbourhood can coexist with Beachway park - it has for more than 100 years. The residential enclave adds vibrancy and eyes on the park and the street. The homes are well back from the water's edge. The public has full access to the beach and shoreline.

Additionally, I don't believe it's good use of public funds to purchase this neighbourhood at a cost of $10 million, plus the loss of property tax revenue. The cost will likely be much higher, given the cost to acquire this one property is double the average estimate. The public would benefit from those funds instead being redirected to strategic shoreline land acquisition (the Ascot motel lands for example!) to deliver direct waterfront access for the public. We won't get that in the Beachway park acquisitions as none of the properties are on the shoreline.

I do not fault the residents who have sold their home. They are under tremendous pressure, facing the inevitability that under the current Regional plan for Beachway, the neighbourhood and the community they love will disappear around them as the Region buys one home after the other as they become available.

The only way we can understand what they are going through is to imagine that the street you live on becomes identified as parkland, and the government begins to buy up the homes around you. Most of us want to live in neighbourhoods, and communities, not in an area targetted for ultimate demolition.

Would you want to be the last person on the street? What would that do to your property values? Can you resell to anyone else, even now? Having spoken with the residents, these are the struggles and questions they face as they try to protect their biggest asset - their home.

Investigation into closed meetings clears city, makes recommendations

Community Services Committee, Tues. Dec. 16, 1pm, City Hall; Council, Thurs. Dec. 18, 6:30pm

Two investigations into closed meetings of city councillors following separate complaints from the public have cleared the city of wrongdoing, but included recommendations for improved transparency. The report of the investigator will be discussed at the Community Services Committee Dec.16.

Closed door meeting Oct. 2 & 15 on sale of Water Street parcels

A complaint was filed in July by the Burlington Waterfront Committee regarding closed door discussion of public legal cases concerning the sale of public waterfront land between St. Paul Street and Market Street.

In a press release the BWC stated: "The BWC is aware that closed meetings are required to discuss the sale and value of land however we disagree that the decisions to ignore the Waterfront Trail Policy and the staff report on the Water Street Land Parcels should be discussed in closed session."

The city engaged the services of an investigator at Amberley Gavel through Local Authority Services limited, a subsidiary of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). The role of the investigator is to determine compliance with the Municipal Act or the City of Burlington’s Procedure By-law with respect to closed meetings, and report back to council with the findings.

In his investigation into the BWC complaint the investigator found that council was "dealing with its negotiating strategy on the potential acquisition or disposition of the subject lands, including the price it was willing to pay for the lands owned by the Ministry of Natural Resources or the price it would like to receive if it disposed of the land to the adjacent land owners. It was not making a decision on any one of the options in the closed session. As a result, the exemption to the Municipal Act in section 239(2)(c) applies to the closed meeting of the CSC on October 2, 2013."

Section 239(2)(c) allows council to go into closed session to discuss "a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board."

Further, the investigator concluded the Assistant City Solicitor was clearly providing advice to council that would have been subject to solicitor-client privilege. "Hence, the exemption to the Municipal Act in section 239(2)(f) respecting advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege applies."

The investigator did make one recommendation, that in future the motion to go into closed session cite "the specific applicable exemption in the Municipal Act allowing the closed session and the general nature of the matter to be considered, providing enough information to the public without undermining the reason for excluding the public."

My Take: I accept the findings of the investigator regarding council's ability to go into closed session to discuss sale of land, or receive solicitor-client advice. However, the investigation did not directly deal with the substance of the BWC complaint, which was that councillors discussed public legal court cases in closed session, then in open session said those cases influenced their decision to sell the land. Residents were not privy to the substance of these cases, even though the city could have released these. The cases are on the public record, but they are very difficult to find on your own.

I believe council has an obligation to err on the side of public transparency and be forthcoming with public information, especially where it substantially informs decision-making. In my view, the city could have released the court cases without jeopardizing the city's interests in the land sales.

Closed session Governance Meeting March 4, 2013

A complaint was filed raising a range of concerns about a special meeting of council on governance held in closed session away from City Hall.

The investigator's report on that complaint found that Council "did not breach the open meetings requirement of the Municipal Act" which permits going into closed session for education and training purposes. This exemption to the open meetings rule allows members of council to receive the benefit of education or training in an environment where they might feel more comfortable openly asking questions of the training facilitators and discussing their perceptions about their level of knowledge on an issue. However, at any such meeting, members are prohibited from discussing or otherwise dealing with any matter in a way that materially advances the business or decision-making of the council.

Further, the investigator concluded Council did not breach its own Procedural By-Law in the calling, place, and proceeding of the March 4, 2013 Special Meeting of City Council.

My Take: I am satisfied and accept the findings of the investigator into this complaint.

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Transit fare increases of 2-8% proposed

Community Services Committee, Tues. Dec. 16, 1pm, City Hall; Council, Thurs. Dec. 18, 6:30pm

City staff are recommending several transit fare increases effective April 1, 2015. The proposed increase is part of a Rates & Fees Increases Report, Item 7 that will be discussed by the Community Services Committee Dec. 16, 1pm, at City Hall.

Cash fares for adults, seniors and students are recommended to go from $3.25 to $3.50, an 8% increase. Monthly passes and 10-ticket, or bulk prices, are proposed to go up 2-3% in all categories (seniors, student, adult).

Cash fares for children (12 years and under) are proposed to go from $1.90 to $3.50 to match the adult cash rate, an 84% increase.

The rate increases are intended to encourage the use of Presto and discourage the use of cash by aligning the cash fare to $3.50 for all cash users including adults, students, seniors and children.

Presto card users receive discounted prices per ride. The adult fare is $2.70; senior and student fare is $1.85. No increases are proposed for these rates.

However, staff recommends increasing the child fare rate for Presto Card users from $ 1.55 to $ 1.85 for a single ride - a 20% increase. This increase will align the fares so that seniors, students and child fares are the same on the Presto card.

The student bulk rate to both the Halton District School Board and the Halton Catholic District School Board is increasing from $43 to $48 per student pass.

Downtown Parking Fees

No increases are proposed to the hourly, daily or monthly permit fees for downtown parking. However, two parking lots will be shifting to the higher monthly permit rate. Monthly permits are sold at $83 for lots further from Brant Street, and $132 for lots closer to Brant Street. The Pearl Street lot, abutting Village Square, and the Martha Street lot are sold at the $83 rate. However, staff are proposing that those lots be treated as premium lots and charged at the $132 rate. The proposal accounts for the significant demand for space in this area, and the fact that the lot across the street from Pearl is already at the $132 rate.

Other fee increases

Staff are recommending a range of increases for a variety of services, ranging from 0-19%, with the average being 2%. The majority of the proposed rates and fees adjustments reflect inflationary increases and also align with market analysis, including comparison to neighbouring municipalities.

At this time, the 2015 revenue impact arising from all of the proposed fee increases and volume changes, is estimated to be $ 456,000 or 1.5% compared to the 2014 Budget.

Resources:

Read the full list of proposed rates and fees here: Rates & Fees 2015

My Take: I do not support a transit fare increase for cash and bulk tickets at this time. As a regular transit user in a family where each of us has a Presto card, I still believe that people who use transit infrequently and don't have a Presto card should not be penalized by a higher fare for using cash. Many of our most vulnerable residents with limited income take the bus, and have no other transportation option. Though there are transit fare subsidies through Halton Region to cover half the overall fare, it is still expensive for some individuals and families purchasing multiple passes and fares. Investing in transit is one of the ways we make our city more inclusive to residents, allowing them to live independently and fully participate in civic life, programs and events without transportation posing a barrier.

Regarding the other rates and fee increases, I am concerned about the 5-7% surcharge on top of the inflationary increases, and will be seeking more information about the impact on user groups before voting.

Your Take: Do you support a transit fare increase? Increases in other rates and fees? Leave a comment at ward2news.ca

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Burlington Downtown Business Association proposes boundary expansion along Lakeshore, up Brant

Community Services Committee, Tues. Dec. 16, 1pm, City Hall; Council, Thurs. Dec. 18, 6:30pm

The Burlington Downtown Business Association is proposing to increase its boundaries East, West and North: West, between Ontario Street and Lakeshore Rd to Maple Ave.; East along Lakeshore Road to Smith Ave.; and North up Brant St. to Ghent Ave. (including two commercially assessed properties at the northeast and northwest intersection of Ghent Avenue and Brant Street).

Businesses within the BDBA boundary are taxed an additional levy on top of typical property taxes. The levied funds are managed by a board of management and are used to fund initiatives relating to marketing, promotions, beautification and festivals.

The proposal, contained in Report CL-22-14 will be discussed at the Community Services Committee Dec. 16. A map of the current BDBA boundaries and proposed expansion is available here: BDBA Boundary Map, p134

The Burlington Downtown Business Association’s Board considered the following when seeking to make the request for expansion:
* A sense of incongruity between the current BIA boundaries and the general public’s perception of the downtown business community;
* A strong belief that several businesses operating outside of the present BIA boundaries benefit from the Burlington Downtown Business Association’s
extensive beautification projects and advocacy efforts;
* A demonstrable willingness to participate in the Burlington Downtown Business Association’s programming by businesses presently outside of our mandated geography.

The proposed boundary expansion would result in a levy increase for the BIA of approximately $109,000 from the expansion area.

If approved at committee and council, the BDBA will consult with affected businesses about the rationale behind the expansion, the benefits of BDBA membership, and to get their support. If one-third of businesses comprising at least one-third of the assessed property tax value object to the expansion in writing within 60 days of receiving notice, the proposal will not proceed.

My Take: I support the expansion of the boundaries to continue to build on the success and strength of the BDBA to create a vibrant downtown corridor that is large enough to undertake major beautification and marketing projects that enhance the downtown. Currently businesses in close proximity to the BDBA but outside the boundaries benefit from marketing and activities of the BDBA without contributing.

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Report coyote sightings online or by phone.

Coyotes spotted downtown; signs installed on bike path

A number of residents have reported seeing coyotes on streets downtown and in surrounding neighbourhoods, and are concerned about public and animal safety. As a result, staff will be posting signs along the bike path at Martha and Guelph Line warning of coyote sightings.

The city has developed a Living with Coyotes webpage with tips on how to deal with coyotes, frequently asked questions and report a sighting.

What to do if a coyote approaches you

Stop. Pick up small children and pets
Stand still
Shout “GO AWAY,” and wave your arms high in the air
Use hazing techniques, such as popping open an umbrella, throwing an object near the coyote or shaking your keys
Slowly back away. Never run from, or turn your back on, a coyote (or any domestic dog)
Share your experience by reporting the coyote sighting online, or by calling (905) 335-3030.

Successfully coexisting with the coyote

NEVER feed coyotes
Keep your pets leashed
Never approach a coyote, its den or pups
Always keep pet food and water bowls indoors
Keep trash cans covered
Pick ripened fruit, and clean all rotted fruit off the ground
Do not allow a large amount of wild bird seed to remain on your lawn
Keep cats indoors
Keep chickens, rabbits, and other small animals in covered enclosures, constructed with heavy mesh wire
Neuter pets
Teach children how to respect and safely admire wildlife from afar.

Edinburgh Drive reconstruction planned for 2015

Public Information Centre Thurs., Jan. 29, 5-8pm, Burlington Seniors Centre, 2285 New St.

A number of residents have been asking when Edinburgh Drive is slated for reconstruction. It has been postponed once already. Good news: Edinburgh Drive is included in the draft capital budget for reconstruction in 2015. The capital budget is expected to be approved by City Council in late February. A Public Information Centre to learn more about the scope and timing of the work is slated for Thurs. Jan. 29, 5-8pm, at the Burlington Seniors Centre - 2285 New St. Drop in anytime during that period to learn more, meet staff and get your questions answered.

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Artists rendering of new Joseph Brant Hospital.

Appointments to boards & committees released

Council, Thurs. Dec. 18, 6:30pm

Part of our public service as city and regional councillors includes appointments to local boards and citizen advisory committees. The mayor makes an initial set of recommendations which are then voted on by City Council.

I have volunteered for and gladly accept appointment to the following boards, subject to council's ratification Dec. 18:

Joseph Brant Hospital
Heritage Burlington
Burlington Downtown Business Association
Downtown Parking Committee
Conservation Halton
Burlington Seniors Advisory Committee
Licensing Committee

Read the full list of recommended appointments for all councillors here, click on Council Dec.18 and scrool to: Appointments to Boards & Committees Report

Job grant covers 2/3 cost of employee training

Employers can give their staff the gift of training this holiday season at one-third of the cost. The Canada-Ontario Job Grant program offers a cost-sharing subsidy for training to encourage employers to invest in their workforce. The grant covers two-thirds of training costs up to a maximum of $10,000 per employee. The employer pays the remaining one-third of the cost however companies with with 50 or fewer employees can pay half of their one-third contribution in cash and the remainder through in-kind wages paid to the individual.

The Centre for Skills Development & Training (The Centre) is one of the local fund administrators delivering the program, and offering eligible training programs. Information about the Canada-Ontario Job Grant, application process and The Centre’s training opportunities is available at: thecentre.on.ca/employers/job-grant or by calling 905-333-3499 x 147.

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News Briefs

Pop in to the Sugarplum market in Village Square till Dec. 19. Market Details:
What city services matter to you the most? Take the survey
Donate to flood relief & fill out application for funds by Dec. 15. Flood Details:
Free Parking continues downtown throughout December; 3hr on-street limit; no time limit in lots. did you know your parking pass is transferable to all lots and eventually onstreet FreeP Details:
Community Lunch Wed. Dec. 17 at St. Luke's Church, Ontario St - has a Christmas Theme. Please join us yourself, or let others know who would appreciate a free, social community lunch to start us into the Christmas spirit.

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Poacher owner proposes action against Beer Store/LCBO

Reading List:

I've collected a few articles from other publications that might be of interest to my readers. Enjoy!

Downtown Burlington pub launches proposed class-action lawsuit against Beer Store and LCBO Toronto Star, Dec. 13
Why we need school board trustees Toronto Star, Dec. 7
Jim Diers on how to build a more vibrant Burlington Burlington Post, Dec. 10

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Development & Infrastructure (Dec. 15); City Council (Dec. 16); Community Services (Dec. 16); Audit (Dec. 17); City Council (Dec. 18)

Agendas, links to reports, minutes and webcast for all meetings available here:
Committee & Council Agendas/Minutes/Webcast

Development & Infrastructure Committee, Mon. Dec. 15, 6:30pm, City Hall

1. Report recommending removal of trees at 457 Plains Road East. (PB-80-14) Pages 1 to 6

Recommendation:
a. Approve the request by Branthaven Aldershot Inc. to remove five city owned trees: two Honey Locust (61 and 55cm DBH), one Norway Maple (41 cm DBH), and two Whitebeam (31 and 48 cm DBH) from the city’s road allowance at 457 Plains Rd E to
facilitate the construction of a four storey mixed use building with retail commercial units fronting along Plains Road East; and

b. Instruct Branthaven Aldershot Inc. to provide compensation for the tree removal by providing monetary and/or replanting compensation with a total value of $15,280.00; and

c. Direct that all associated costs with respect to the removal of the trees will be the responsibility of Branthaven Aldershot Inc., and the contractor hired to remove tree will be approved by the City Arborist.

2. Report recommending the establishment of a Heritage Property Tax Rebate Program. (PB-96-14) Pages 7 to 28

Anne Sorochinsky, representing Burlington Heritage Advisory Committee will appear to speak.

Recommendation:
a. Establish a Heritage Property Tax Rebate Program in accordance with Section 365.2 of the Municipal Act 2001, as set out in planning and building department report PB-96-14 and in accordance with By-law XX-2014 for residential properties for the 2014 tax year; and

b. Present to Council for approval, By-law, XX-2014, a By-law to provide heritage property tax rebates in respect of eligible heritage property (designated properties); and

c. Inform the Region of Halton of the passing of a Heritage Property Tax Rebate Program By-law for residential properties and request they consider establishing a Heritage Property Tax Rebate Program in Burlington; and

d. Notify and inform all owners of residential designated heritage properties about the establishment of the Heritage Property Tax Rebate Program and application process for the 2014 tax year.

3. Report providing an update on reorganization activities at Burlington Economic Development Corporation Inc. (BEDC). (DID-08-14) Pages 29 to 34

Frank McKeown, Executive Director, BEDC, will provide a presentation.
Recommendation:
For information only.

4. Report recommending 563 North Shore Boulevard East remain on the Municipal Register for Cultural Heritage Resources. (PB-61-14) Pages 35 to 56

NOTE: At the request of the owner will be deferred to a future meeting.

5. Report providing alternate transit service models for Route 6, Headon Forest Drive. (TR-08-14) Pages 57 to 74

Mike Spicer, Director of Transit will provide an overview.

Recommendation:
a. Continue to provide Route 6 service, as identified by Option 3 in transit department report TR-08-14.
Option 3 – Appendix C: Retain current service

Public Meetings:

6. Report providing information regarding the rezoning and subdivision applications for 5553 and 5563 Twelve Mile Trail. (PB-103-14) Pages 75 to 106

Recommendation:
For information only

a) Staff overview

b) Pre-registered delegations

c) Delegations from the floor

d) Discussion of item

City Council, Tues. Dec. 16, 11am, City Hall

Council – City Manager Selection Committee - No. 25-14

Note: The purpose of this meeting is for discussion of a Confidential Human Resources matter and will be closed to the public in accordance with Sec. 239 (2)(b) of the Municipal Act, 2001.

Community Services Committee, Tues. Dec. 16, 1pm, City Hall

1. Report providing an insurance litigation update as of October 31, 2014. (F-43-14) Pages 1 to 4

Recommendation:
For information only.

2. Correspondence providing information on Ontario’s new Community Transportation Pilot Grant Program.(CCS-11-14) Pages 5 to 6

3. Report recommending approval of the 2015 Interim Tax Levy By-law. (F-45-14) Pages 7 to 12

Recommendation:
Approve by-law 75-2014 which provides for the levy of the 2015 interim taxes.

4. Report providing the status of the reserve for contingencies as of October 31, 2014. (F-39-14) Pages 13 to 14

Recommendation:
For information only.

5. Report recommending approval of the closure of completed capital projects and variances. (F-41-14) Pages 15 to 22

Recommendation:
Authorize the Director of Finance to proceed with the closure of 147 capital projects identified as being complete in finance department report F-41-14.

6. Report providing a summary of recommendations related to closed meeting investigations of committee and Council. (CL-23-14) Pages 23 to 44

Recommendation:
For information only.

7. Report recommending approval of the 2015 rates and fees. (F-42-14) Pages 45 to 112

Recommendation:
Approve the 2015 Rates and Fees outlined in finance department report F-42-14, effective April 1st 2015, unless otherwise indicated.

8. Report recommending the 2015 - 2018 strategic plan process. (CorpServ-9-14) Pages 113 to 120

Recommendation:
Approve the process for the refresh of the City’s Strategic Plan as outlined in corporate services report CorpServ-9-14.

9. Report recommending approval of the stop up and closure of the Water Street land parcels. (L-29-14) Pages 121 to 128

Recommendation:
a. Approve the stop up and closure of part of Water Street between Market Street and St. Paul Street; and

b. Authorize the City Clerk to give notice of Council’s intent to stop up and close and pursuant to the Municipal Act and convey the lands pursuant to the City’s Sale of Real Property policy; and

c. Transfer Part 1 on Plan 20R-8873 to the registered owner of 235 Market Street for a purchase price as provided in confidential Appendix B; and

d. Transfer Part 4 on Plan 20R-19465 to registered owner of 2414 Lakeshore Road for a purchase price of as provided in confidential Appendix B; and

e. Transfer Part 3 on Plan 20R-19465 to the registered owner of 220 St. Paul Street for a
purchase price of as provided in confidential Appendix B; and

f. Authorize the Mayor and Clerk and other staff as required to execute any documents in connection with this matter subject to the satisfaction of the City Solicitor.

10. Report recommending request for boundary expansion of the Burlington Downtown Business Improvement Area. (CL-22-14) Pages 129 to 134

Recommendation:
Authorize the City Clerk to provide notice to the owners of assessed property within the current and the proposed expanded Business Improvement Area boundaries of Burlington Downtown Business Association’s intention to alter the boundaries.

Confidential Matters for Consideration:

1. Confidential legal department report L-31-14 providing a quarterly litigation update. (L-31-14) Pages C1 to C37
2. Confidential legal department report L-33-14 regarding land matters. (L-33-14) Pages C38 to C50
3. Confidential appendices A and B of finance report F-43-14 regarding an insurance litigation update as of October 31, 2014. (F-43-14) Pages C51 to C59
4. Confidential schedules 5 and 5/1 of finance report F-39-14 regarding the status of the reserve for contingencies as of October 31, 2014. (F-39-14) Pages C60 to C61
5. Confidential appendix B of legal report L-29-14 recommending approval of the stop up and closure of the Water Street land parcels. (L-29-14) Pages C62

Audit Committee, Wed. Dec. 17, 3:30pm, City Hall

1. Report providing summary of audit results - corporate-wide elements of an ethical organization. (CA-12-14) Pages 1 to 36

2. Report providing summary report of outstanding audit issues as of October 31, 2014. (CA-18-14) Pages 37 to 48

3. Report providing status of audit work plan, budget and performance metrics. (CA-19-14) Pages 49 to 54

4. Report providing information on the external audit service plan for the year ending December 31, 2014. (F-44-14) Pages 55 to 74

5. Report providing summary of audit results - roads infrastructure asset management. (CA-14-14) Pages 75 to 96

6. Report providing summary of audit results - facility operations. (CA-15-14) Pages 97 to 124

7. Confidential appendix A-3 of City Auditor's report CA-14-14 providing summary of audit results - roads infrastructure asset management. C1 to C9

City Council, Dec. 18, 6:30pm, City Hall

City Council votes on any recommendations arising from the D&I, CS and Audit meetings. Agenda, when available (usually one week prior to the meeting) will be posted here.

Correspondence:

Correspondence dated December 1, 2014 from Burlington Seniors' Centre Inc. concerning the appointment of a council member to Burlington Seniors' Centre Board of Directors. File: 125-01 Pages 1 to 2

Reports of Municipal Officers:

• Report to approve recommendations from CM-18-14 concerning proposed changes to the Federal Aeronautics Act. (CL-24-14) Pages 3 to 4

• Report recommending Council's representation on boards and committees. (MO-01-14) Pages 5 to 8

Consideration of By-Laws:

Enact and pass the following by-laws which are now introduced, entitled and numbered as indicated below:

76-2014 A by-law to levy 2015 Interim Taxes and establish penalty and interest rates.
File: 415-02-01 (F-45-14)

77-2014 A by-law to provide for tax rebates in respect of eligible heritage property.
File: 501-01-7 (PB-96-14)

78-2014 A by-law to amend By-law 97-2008, as amended, being a by-law to relate Burlington Transit, as it relates to transit fares.
File: 435-03 (F-42-14)

79-2014 A by-law to stop up and close part of Water Street between Market and St. Paul Streets, Ward 2.
File: 580-06 (L-29-14)

Register to Speak as a delegation:

Delegations to the Development and Infrastructure Committee, Community Services Committee or Audit Committee meetings must register, either in writing, (fax 905-335-7675 or e-mail cityclerks@burlington.ca), online here or by telephone 905-335-7600, ext. 7458 with the Clerks Department, no later than 9:30 a.m. on the day of the meeting. Each delegation at the committee meeting will be allowed a maximum of 10 minutes to present their support or opposition to the matter before the Standing Committee.
Delegates to City Council follow the same process as above to register, but have only five minutes to address council, and if already having appeared at a previous standing committee on the same item, must bring new information only on that item to council.

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Drury Lane Speed Bumps

Resident M.C. asks: Friends of ours live on Drury Lane, very close to the YMCA, and quite suddenly and unexpectedly, one of their beloved furry children - a pug mix named Kobe - was hit by a car at the dark setting of around 6:15p.m. right on Drury Lane. The person barely stopped, only enough to see what he had hit, and then took off.

After all of the commotion of going over to watch their kids while they brought sweet Kobe to the emergency vet, I went out and actually made myself take notice of the speed limit on the street, which is just 40km/h (and an even slower 30km/h at the bend just before their house right at the YMCA and the arena). The next day I forced myself to drive that exact speed limit because I think so many of us don't realize how easily and quickly our cars can ramp up to around 60 clicks on Drury Lane. I have to say, it is a conscious effort to slow down that much and although Kobe had gotten out of our friends' yard that night, which is to no fault of the driver, I do strongly believe that if he was actually adhering to the road's speed limit of 40km/h that not only could the driver have possibly had time to slow down enough to avoid hitting this poor pup all together, but perhaps only slightly hurting him instead of the laundry list of injuries he did suffer, including a dislocated elbow, cuts and internal bruising and a dislodged tail that needed to be amputated due to loss of function.

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The point of my story and this email is this: there are speed "humps" planned for several streets in and around our neighbourhood coming up soon and I was thinking that the curved part of Drury Lane right at the YMCA (where the light flashes and a 30km/h sign try to attempt to ask the same thing) could also use the same sort of measure. It is not only a residential area but also a part where many people cross the street to get to either the Y or the arena with young kids and I think that when the stoplight there is green, people just continue to speed all the way up Drury until they hit the first stop sign (northbound).

I feel very strongly in this cause, not only because of Kobe, but because I live in this neighbourhood and feel a speed hump would affect the flow of traffic more than any sign ever could.

Response:

Drury Lane is on the traffic calming (speed hump) request list. The first part of the process involves staff initiating a poll to determine if a minimum 50%+1 of the households on Drury Lane support staff reviewing Drury Lane for the installation of traffic calming measures. Due to the length of the street the poll will be broken down into three different sections. The polls will be sent out in March/April of 2015. If the poll requirements have been met then traffic studies will be completed to determine if the technical warrant criteria has been met. As this process moves forward residents will be updated on the results.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Brent Jefferson in our transportation department at 905 335-7671 ext. 7760 or Brent.Jefferson@burlington.ca

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Noise from helicopters

Resident M.W. asks: I am writing to you to learn more about what can be done regarding the increase in air traffic over my neighborhood. I live on Glendor Avenue in the MEC neighbourhood. This summer I became aware of a significant increase in the use of helicopters by a local business. I am positive the use of helipcopters at this frequency is a recent development. I am now often disturbed by the sounds while both outside and inside my home during the day. Some days there are more than 10 helicopter landings. I feel as though my community has become an airport. What are the bylaws concerning this? What can be done about this? I feel the property value of my home could be affected by this. What are your thoughts here?

Response:

An aircraft/helicopter can operate at an altitude of 1000' in a built-up area except when conducting a take-off, landing or approach (in which case they will be flying lower).

Comments, concerns or complaints can be emailed to the noise email address: TC.aviationnoise-bruitsaviation.tc@tc.gc.ca. When submitting a complaint, individuals should provide as much information as possible (for example, the date, time and location of the incident, as well as registration marks of the aircraft).

Spill in Rambo Creek

Resident A.M asks: I noticed something has been dumped into Rambo Creek. It is a blue/white colour and the creek is clouded in that whole area. It looks like something substantial was dumped. Would you please look into this?

Response:

City staff investigated and discovered someone has poured some blue water based paint in the creek. They placed booms right away to capture what we can. Events like this should be reported immediately to the Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change Spill Action Centre, at 1.800.268.6060. SAC is in operation 24/7 and can assess the spill and notify the required parties including the local District Office’s Officer that is on call. For additional information contact Karen Wassink, Senior Environmental Officer, 905.319.3149

Habitat project on Glendor

Resident G. H asks: When will construction begin on the Habitat for Humanity project at Glendor/Plains?

Response:

Habitat will commence the servicing and physical build starting Feb 2015 and will be coming to City Council to provide further details on the delays and our project updates on other properties as well.

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St Luke’s Church - “The Speakers Lunch”

The aim of the Speakers Lunch group is to foster awareness among parishioners and others of happenings & endeavours in the wider community that maybe worthy of interest & support. The group meets at 11:30 am on the second Thursday of each month for social time, followed by a “Bring Your Own Lunch” & a talk by the speaker of the month.
All are welcome. Please call Richard at 905- 632-9078 or email keithanita@sympatico.ca for more information about the group.

Here is the line up of speakers for the first quarter of 2015

Thursday January 8 Keith Braithwaite Rhodes Scholar Ambassador

Keith’s will talk about his experiences of Elderhosteling and describe the many opportunities for learning and travel that the Road Scholar organization offers.

Thursday February 12 Martin Thissen, Manager of Waste Water Treatment Halton Public Works Department

Martin will talk about the Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant and its history and plans for the future.

March 12 Jody Wellings and Brian Dean

From Burlington Downtown Business Association

Jody will talk about the downtown vision and city policy and Brian will outline things from a business perspective and talk about the new businesses coming to the downtown.

City Hall Christmas Hours

City Hall will be closed from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2 inclusive. For questions that arise during that period, contact 311 and they will direct your call to the appropriate after-hours or emergency service.

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With Ellen McWhinnie at the now open Brant Street Butcher.


Marianne Meed Ward
City/Regional Councillor, Ward 2, Burlington
marianne.meedward@burlington.ca
905-335-7600, x 7588

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Georgie Gartside
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