Region of Waterloo Council Info from February 7, 2018
The Region of Waterloo Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at the council meeting held onFebruary 7, 2018.
Council approves latest Diversity, Accessibility and Inclusion plan
The new five year plan for 2018-2022 will focus on: welcoming and inclusive spaces; access to services; an inclusive workplace; and communication and engagement among diverse members of the community. Council also approved a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policy, demonstrating the Region’s commitment to the principles of equity and inclusion in doing business, delivering services and providing opportunities.
Highland Road construction plans move ahead
Council approved plans for construction of road improvements on Highland Road from Fischer-Hallman Road to Ira Needles Boulevard. Project highlights include: widening the road to four lanes; boulevard multi-use trails and transit stops on both sides of the road; a raised centre median and operational improvements at intersections. Council also directed staff to review the need for noise solutions based on Regional noise policies.
New design approved for cycling and pedestrian bridge
Council approved an alternative design for the Hwy 7/8 cycling and pedestrian bridge between Chandler Drive and Avalon Place in Kitchener. The bridge will provide better access to transit service and more active transportation choice. It will be located at the end of Southmoor Drive with ramps extending west along Avalon Place and south along Chandler Drive. Some bridge highlights include pedestrian lighting, a cycling connection from the bridge to the Strasburg Road/Ottawa Street intersection and a new sidewalk.
Council supports changes to the Peer Program
Council approved changes to the Peer Program. This program, which is run by Public Health and local community organizations, aims to improve the physical and social health of individuals through peer-led programs focused on a number of topics (e.g. mental health, parenting, healthy eating, etc.) A review of the program resulted in a number of recommendations, including finding a process to identify priority populations, developing work plans and evaluations, and considering rural sites for program expansion.
Healthy Kids Community Challenge to continue in 2018
Regional Council approved the $187,500 of provincial funding for the 2018 Healthy Kids Community Challenge. This program promotes healthy weights in children between the ages of 0 – 12. The Region of Waterloo has received funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for The Challenge since 2015. The Ministry recently announced additional Healthy Kids funding for 2018 which will support a “Power Off and Play!” theme, focusing on helping children and families build a balanced day that is not filled with screen time. Waterloo Region is one of 45 communities across Ontario participating in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge. The local Challenge continues to be guided by a Steering Committee, with representation from each of the seven area municipalities, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, and Public Health.
The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:
• $4,010,686.00 to W.S. Nicholls Construction Inc. for influent (water flowing in) system improvements for the Kitchener Wastewater treatment plant.
• $1,309,000.00 to W.A. Stephenson Mechanical Contractors Ltd. for New Hamburg Water Treatment plant pumping station maintenance.
• $1,100,000.00 (including $40,000 contingency) to Lotowater Technical Services Inc. for well and well pump maintenance for a two-year term with an option to extend for three more one-year terms.
• $1,071,000.00 to Walker Environmental Group Inc. for processing green bin materials for a three-year contract with the option to renew for three additional one-year periods.