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Council Info

Region of Waterloo Council Info from November 25, 2015

Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at Council meetings. It is circulated immediately following each meeting. You are encouraged to quote from and copy this information. Please refer to the minutes for an official record of the meeting.

Road improvements for Sawmill Road
Regional Council approved proposed improvements to Sawmill Road between River Street and Snyder’s Flats Road (including the intersection with St. Charles Street West in Bloomingdale) in the Township of Woolwich. Some of the improvements include road reconstruction, additional street lighting, on-road cycling lanes and new sidewalks. There will also be the installation of traffic signals at the intersection of Sawmill Road and St. Charles Street West along with the addition of left-turn lanes from southbound Sawmill Road to St. Charles Street West and from St. Charles Street to Sawmill Road. Construction is currently planned to begin in 2017.

Roadway reconstruction for Northumberland Street in North Dumfries
Road improvements for Northumberland Street, Stanley Street and Swan Street in the Township of North Dumfries were approved by Regional Council. The reconstruction of sections of these streets was considered due to poor pavement conditions. The reconstruction will include improved facilities for cyclists and pedestrians such as new on-road cycling lanes on Northumberland Street and Swan Street where road width permits, the extension of existing sidewalks, the construction of two new pedestrian refuge islands on Swan Street and the upsizing of the existing watermain to service the growth area in the south part of Ayr. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2018 and will take two years to complete.

Breaking the silence of hidden violence
Council endorsed the report: Breaking the Silence on Hidden Violence: Addressing Hate Crime & Violence against the LGBTQ Community in Waterloo Region. This report highlights the fact that members of the LGBTQ community report a higher than average rate of victimization and bullying when compared to their heterosexual peers. The report provides highlights of community actions taken between 2014 and 2015 including how the work has been transitioned from the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council to the community.

Council approves funding for tourism
Council approved, in principle, a minimum of $300,000 in annual funding for the Waterloo Regional Tourism Marketing Corporation (WRTMC) for 2016 – 2020. The WRTMC has been funded by both municipal and private partners since it began in 2007. WRTMC is a centralized regional body that aims to increase visitors to Waterloo Region. Local tourism events have substantial economic impact to this community. Some examples are: Oktoberfest ($21 million); Big Music Fest ($7 million) and the Ontario Volleyball Championships ($4.4 million).

Tenders/Contracts:

The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:

• $1,227,321 to Stantec Consulting Ltd. to provide engineering services for water system electrical and control drawings update at 102 water treatment and supply facilities Waterloo Region.

• The Region of Waterloo will accept the following tenders for the supply of water treatment chemicals for a three year term starting Jan. 1, 2016:
o $651,000 to Dutch Products Inc.
o $403,200 to Brenntag Canada Inc.
o $338,620.50 to Canada Colors and Chemicals Limited
o $254,250 to Great Lakes Ammonia Corporation
o $122, 400 and $117,120.00 to FloChem Ltd.

• $405,770 to Earth Soft Inc. for an Hydrogeological Data Analysis Software system

• $300,000 to D and R Electronics Co. Ltd. for specialized vehicle conversions including design and development, retrofit and installation and ongoing service support for Police and Regional vehicles.

• $212,515.07 per year, over three years (2016 – 2018) for a total of $637,545.22 to Stantec Consulting Ltd. to undertake compliance monitoring and reporting at the Cambridge Waste Management Facility.

• $ 159,515 to Guelph Power Sweeping for snowplowing services for Waterloo Area Housing Area A.

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