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Region of Waterloo Council Update

Waterloo Region - Council update is a summary of Region of Waterloo discussions and the major items presented at the November 4 council meeting.

Council agrees to establish joint ombudsman
Regional Council will pursue a joint municipal ombudsman, responsible for the review and investigation of complaints, with the following municipalities: Cities of Cambridge, Guelph and Waterloo and the Townships of North Dumphries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich. This would be a shared resource. A joint ombudsman would provide consistent service across the Region.

Council approves Ottawa Street improvements
Improvements are necessary on Ottawa Street (from Hwy 7 to just past Charles Street) to address deteriorating conditions of the roadway, sidewalks, sewers and watermain. This project will also include the installation of cycling lanes and widening of Ottawa Street to four lanes between King and Charles Street to reduce intersection congestion. Roadwork is scheduled to start in 2018, following ION construction.

Council approves Fountain Street improvements
Fountain Street improvements from Blair Road to Preston Parkway in Cambridge will include the Fountain Street Bridge over the Grand River. Reconstruction of Fountain Street and the bridge will address deteriorating bridge and pavement conditions and provide a multi-use trail for pedestrians and cyclists on each side of the road. Construction is currently scheduled for completion in 2017 and 2018.

Children’s Planning Table staff approved
Council approved the continuation of 2.0 full-time equivalent staff for the Children’s Planning Table until December 2017. These positions will be funded by a grant from the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation. The Children’s Planning Table, which was formed in 2011, is made up of representatives from local agencies and organizations that provide services to children and youth. The Planning Table has over 400 participants who work to create a coordinated approach to child and youth services in Waterloo Region.

Homelessness and Housing Plan progress
Council approved the Region’s 2015 annual progress report on the 10 year Housing and Homelessness Plan. This plan includes an assessment of current and future local housing and homelessness needs, with targets to meet these needs. Regional staff will also prepare a report in 2016 on a series of measures to track progress in meeting local needs.

Council approves Plan for CHP/Co-Generation at Galt, Kitchener and Waterloo Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTPs)
Council has approved a plan for the implementation of Combined Heat Power (CHP) known as cogeneration, the simultaneous production of electricity and heat, at the Galt, Kitchener and Waterloo WWTPs by December 31, 2020. The Biosolids Master Plan completed in 2011 recommended that CHP/Cogeneration be installed at the Region’s three largest WWTPs. CHP/Cogeneration uses biogas produced in the treatment of biosolids for production of electrical energy, recovers waste heat from the cogeneration process, and significantly reduces Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by offsetting electrical energy and heating requirements at the WWTPs.

Tenders/Contracts:
The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:
•$1,068,434 to Dean-Lane Contractors Inc. for plate settler upgrades at Manheim Water Treatment plant.
•$2,869,585 (estimated based on Nov. 2015 – Apr. 2016 estimated monthly costs of $114,783.40) plus applicable taxes to Forestell Designed Landscapes for snow removal at Grand River Transit bus stops for five winter seasons (with price increases in subsequent years).
•$470,512 plus applicable taxes to 410754 Ontario Limited o/a Sousa Concrete for Northumberland Street watermain replacement in North Dumphries.

Next Meeting:
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 7 p.m.

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