Waterloo Region Council Info from December 16, 2015
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Rain Barrels are BACK!
In the spring of 2016, the Region of Waterloo will again distribute subsidized rain barrels to residents at a cost of $40 each. In a recent survey of residents 87 per cent of residents believed that the Region should resume its one-day rain barrel distribution program. Between 2001 and 2012, the Region successfully distributed 46,000 200 litre rain barrels in Waterloo Region with an estimated water savings from these barre3ls at 55,000 cubic metres per year. The water saved is enough to supply the needs of 250 average households. In addition to water savings, rain barrel distribution benefits the community by increasing public awareness about the importance of water conservation, encouraging and supporting participation in the Water conservation By-Law, promoting a conservation ethic that leads to other water saving practices and by helping to slow storm water flows to sewers during rainfall events.
Woolwich Waste Transfer station open until end of May 2016
Council voted to keep the Woolwich rural waste transfer station open until the end of May 2016. The transfer station was originally scheduled to close permanently at the end of December 2015 and the extended operational schedule will allow Township staff to complete a process of exploring potential private sector operating alternatives. The cost of continuing operation every other Saturday until the end of May 2016 is estimated at $45 50,000. The extension of operations to the end of May 2016 will be the final financial contribution and will be funded from the existing Waste Management budget. The other three rural waste transfer stations (North Dumfries, Wellesley and Wilmot) are still scheduled to close permanently at the end of 2015.
Extension to Rural Water quality Program
Regional Council has voted to approve an extension to the Rural Water Quality Program for another five years to the end of 2020 and to allocate $1.25 million for incentives to farmers to participate in the program. The program has successfully protected local water quality for over 15 years by providing grants for improving farming practices. The Rural Water quality Program operates in parallel to the Source Protection Incentive Program to ensure continued protection of all water sources with an emphasis on drinking water sources
Nurse-led outreach team
The Region will enter an agreement with St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph for a Nurse-led Outreach Team program at Sunnyside Home. This team is comprised of three full-time Registered Nurses and a Nurse Practitioner who work to reduce hospital admissions for conditions that can be treated in a long-term care setting. They also work to reduce transfers to the Emergency Department and minimize the length of hospital stays for residents in acute care. The nurse-led team members are employed by St. Joseph’s Health Centre and the program is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network.
Region gives input on culture strategy for Ontario
The Region will submit a report to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport as input on the first Culture Strategy for Ontario. Culture is a key element of place making, contributes to community identity, is essential in the creation of a robust business environment, and it is crucial to Ontario’s long-term success. The Region will encourage the province to recognize and champion the essential role that all levels of government, including municipalities, play in supporting cultural development.
Supportive housing programs approved
Council approved supportive housing programs recommended through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) request for proposals. Nine applicants and 12 programs passed the updated CHPI criteria and were approved for funding. The redesigned program includes permanent, affordable housing with on-site support staff for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness and medium to high level support needs. Council also approved $852,311 towards the STEP Home program and Tenant Transition program in Cambridge for 2016 2018.
Creative enterprise funding
Council approved a grant of $141,000 to the Creative Enterprise Initiative (CEI) in 2016. This one year grant will assist CEI with developing and transitioning two key priorities: helping residents of Waterloo Region find incredible things to do in our community and facilitating creative and innovative programming that promotes cross-sector collaboration and resident interaction. Over the past four years, the CEI has worked to build a more vibrant, sustainable creative sector in Waterloo Region in order to attract and retain skilled, talented people and enhance quality of life.
The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:
• $2,119,547.76 plus applicable taxes to Traffipax LLC for the supply, installation, operation and maintenance of Red Light Camera systems.
• $1,183,065.00 to Dawson Contract Services Inc. for bulk transfer of waste and other materials from the Cambridge and Waterloo Waste Facilities for a seven year term.
• $1,118,650.00 to Plan Group Inc. for Hespeler Wastewater Treatment Plant supervisory control and data acquisition upgrades in the city of Cambridge.
• $842,800 to R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited to provide consulting geoscience services for the Region of Waterloo Groundwater Monitoring Program. The contract will be renewed from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020 at an upset limit of $912, 831.00
• $322,410.00 to Toromont Power Systems for a Water Supply System and Standby Power Maintenance Program.
• $278,730.00 plus applicable taxes to Demers Ambulance Inc. for two ambulance units.
• $130,500.00 to Shoppers Home Health Care for ceiling lifts for Sunnyside Home.
• $90,000 to Stantec Consulting Ltd. to provide consulting engineering services for the design and construction associated with Erb Street Roundabouts at Waterloo Waste Management Centre Gates 1 and 2.