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Posted June 30, 2011

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Council Meeting

Council Info From the June 29, 2011 Regional Council meeting:

Waterloo Region - Summary of discussion and the major items presented at the Region of Waterloo Council meeting has been released. The next meeting is Thursday, August 25, 2010, at 7 p.m.

Council approves design concept for proposed reconstruction of Weber Street

Regional Council approved the design concept for the proposed reconstruction of Weber Street from College Street in Kitchener to Union Street in Waterloo. Weber Street from Guelph Street to College Street will be widened to four lanes and the CN rail tracks will be grade separated. The design concept also includes improved sidewalks and boulevards and a multi-purpose trail on the west side of Weber Street to provide cycling access to the potential Waterloo Spur Line trail. Public and agency consultation has been ongoing since the study began in 2009. The Notice of Completion for the Environmental Study Report will be filed shortly and the report will be available for public review for 30 days. Detailed design for the proposed improvements will begin in September 2011. Opportunities for public input will be made available during the Detailed Design process.

Council approves preliminary design for South Boundary Corridor and Franklin Boulevard Extension

Regional Council approved the preliminary design for the construction of the South Boundary Road and the Franklin Boulevard Extension in Cambridge and North Dumfries Township. South Boundary Road will begin at Water Street south of Myers Road, cross Cheese Factory Road and Branchton Road and end at Dundas Street South. Franklin Boulevard will be extended from Myers Road to South Boundary Road. Both will be built as two-lane roads with space to accommodate four lanes in the future. Roundabouts will be built at all new intersections except Cheese Factory Road, where an overpass will carry South Boundary Road over Cheese Factory Road. Raised centre medians and multi-use trails will be included. Public consultation has been ongoing since 2007. The Notice of Completion for the Class Environmental Assessment study will be filed and the Environmental Study Report will be available for public review for 30 days.

Region to objects to refusal for competitive bidding for Community Housing insurance

Regional Council approved a recommendation to object to the refusal of the Social Housing Services Corporation (SHSC) to allow for local competitive bidding for insurance by prescribed housing providers in Waterloo Region. If the decision is not reversed, the Region will request that the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing provide an exemption so that funding for housing in the region is not reduced by the actions of the Social Housing Services Corporation.

Grand River Transit on-board surveillance policy approved

Regional Council approved a policy for Grand River Transit on-board surveillance. The policy was developed in accordance with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario’s Guidelines, which addresses storage, retention and access to images or information captured through the video surveillance system. Surveillance equipment will enhance the on-board safety and security of customers and employees. On-board recording media will not store more than 72 hours of information before being overwritten. The equipment will be installed on buses over the summer and should be operational in the fall. The policy will be reviewed after two years.

Children’s Services plans for funding pressures

Regional Council has approved a Children’s Services plan to prepare for funding pressures associated with ongoing demands on the child care fee subsidy program and stabilization of the Early Learning and Child Care community during the transition to full-day kindergarten. Provincial child care stabilization funding of $370,244 will be used to address fee subsidy pressures and to fund start-up grants for operators converting to younger age children. Up to $400,000 will be dedicated to minor capital renovations and service quality. An additional $27,500 from the Province will also go to minor capital renovations.

Council approves improvements to University Avenue in Waterloo

Regional Council approved the following improvements to University Avenue between Lincoln Road and Weber Street in Waterloo:

· Complete replacement of pavement structure

· Construction of new designated left-turn lanes at Carter Avenue and Glenridge Drive

· Replacement of storm sewer system

· Increased storage capacity for all existing left-turn lanes

· Improved signal timing at all signalized intersections

· Construction of a pedestrian refuge island at Carter Avenue to aid pedestrian crossing for the Hillside Park Trail

· Construction of reserved on-road cycling lanes

· Enhanced boulevard landscaping/tree-planting

· Street lighting upgrades at all signalized intersections

Construction is expected to begin in May 2013.

Grand River Transit to improve service to Hespeler area of Cambridge

Grand River Transit will make the following improvements to service in the Hespeler area of Cambridge:

· Extend Route 65 Fisher Mills to serve new homes in the Blackbridge Road area

· Extend Route 66 Winston to serve commercial development in the Townline Road and Jamieson Parkway area

· Extend Route 71 Melran evenings and Sundays to serve Winston Boulevard between Cooper Street and Franklin Boulevard with hourly service, replacing existing evening and Sunday service on Route 66.

The service improvements can be made within existing budgets with an estimated net revenue increase of $22,000 annually.

Tenders/Contracts:

The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:

· $2,842,714.84 to Coco Paving Inc. for miscellaneous road improvements at various locations

· $2,562,567.67 to Black and McDonald Ltd. for design, supply, installation and commissioning of rooftop photovoltaic systems - Phase 1 on several Region-owned buildings

· $2,384,577.23 plus applicable taxes to GHD Inc. to provide consulting services for Phase 1 and 2 of the Asset Management Strategy for Transportation and Environmental Services

· $527,936 to Tri County Equipment Repair for the factory certified rebuild of an Al-Jon landfill compactor and the installation of a global positioning system (GPS)

· $451,064 plus applicable taxes to McCormick Rankin Corporation to provide engineering services for a Class Environmental Assessment, detailed design, contract administration and construction inspection for the Manitou Drive widening, Bleams Road to Fairway Road in Kitchener

· $413,855.72 to Toromont Power Systems for the implementation of the P2011-10 Water Supply System Standby Power Maintenance Program for a two-year term

· $350,603 plus applicable taxes to INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc. for real-time passenger information displays signs for the new Grand River Transit Fischer-Hallman express route

· $80.795 per metric tonne to Sarnia Paving Stone Ltd. for the bulk hauling and disposal of biosolids from the Manitou Biosolids Dewatering Facility for a 17-month term

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