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____ Tuesday October 27 , 2015 ____


Council Matters

City of Waterloo council summary from Monday October 26, 2015

Waterloo - The council summary beovides a snapshot of the major items presented at this ethe City of Waterloo's council meeting.

Consent motions

2016 council and committee schedule approved
Council approved the 2016 meeting schedule. The schedule maintains the three week cycle of a committee of the whole meeting, a finance and strategic planning committee meeting, and a council meeting, as per previous years. Closed meetings of council may begin at 2 p.m. when required, and any items of public interest may take place at an evening meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. The 2016 schedule also maintains the shortened summer schedule with only a council meeting in the months of July and August.

Drinking water operational plan update received

Council received updates to the city’s drinking water operational plan. The operational plan documents the city’s drinking water quality management system and is reviewed and updated annually. The changes to the plan are primarily administrative and includes items such as updates to the organizational structure, additional information on risk assessments, information on records retention times and editorial changes, to name a few. The report was received as information.

Health and safety reports received

Council received, as information, the health and safety reports for the months of July, August, and September.

Staff reports

2015 Waterloo Award recipients recognized

Council awarded Neil Aitchison, Roger Farwell, and Tricia Siemens with the city’s highest honour. The Waterloo Award was created in 1997 to recognize and celebrate outstanding individuals for their significant contributions to the improvement of the Waterloo community.

City wide sanitary servicing final notice of completion to be filed

Council has directed staff to file the final notice of completion for the city wide sanitary servicing master plan update and to begin the thirty-day review period. Further, staff will consider the costs of the recommended work during the next development charge by law update and capital budget process. This master plan update accounts for increases in population and employment growth, which could affect the city’s sanitary sewer system. The plan also allows staff to better prioritize the projects listed in the ten-year capital forecast. Projects identified as priorities between 2015 and 2020 have a capital expenditure of $1.9 million.

Final museum and collections strategy approved

Council has approved the city’s museum and collection strategy and they have directed staff to begin implementation of recommendations, as resources allow. The strategy was built on feedback received from over 350 individuals and groups, as well as research gathered on successful community museums in other municipalities. It includes 20 recommendations, 11 of which are seen as short term and within existing budgets. $30,000 in additional operational funding has been submitted for consideration within the 2016 to 2018 budget for further implementation of the strategy. The full strategy report can be found at

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