Council Info from June 14, 2017
Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at Waterloo Region's June 4, 2017 Council meeting.
Harm reduction strategy endorsed by Council
Council endorsed a harm reduction strategy that includes:
• Exploring the feasibility of supervised injection services in Waterloo Region;
• Working with health care providers to improve their knowledge of harm reduction and capacity to serve individuals who use substances;
• Identifying and working with new community partners to provide harm reduction services; and
• Exploring opportunities and funding to expand outreach/mobile initiatives in the community to better reach priority populations and rural communities.
Region of Waterloo Public Health and our community partners currently provide a number of services aimed at reducing the harms associated with problematic substance use, including a needle syringe program, counselling services and overdose prevention training.
Community Housing Investment Fund
Regional Staff will undertake a consultation process with community housing providers to determine an allocation process for the Community Housing Investment Fund (CHIF). The CHIF is provincial funding for housing Service Managers to assist with the transfer of community housing. The Region will also ask the provincial and federal government to provide adequate and sustainable funding to community housing providers in Waterloo Region.
Grand Trail gets support from Council
The Region will dedicate staff time to support the Grand Trail Project Steering Committee. They will help bring communities together throughout the Grand River watershed, encourage active transportation and develop tourism opportunities. The concept of the Grand Trail Project is a network of trails following the Grand River a designated Canadian Heritage river from the source of the river in the Dundalk Highlands to its mouth at Lake Erie. The network would include existing and planned trail systems and river access points to form a unique recreational experience that connects communities throughout the watershed.
An update on the Region’s carbon footprint
Regional staff will continue to work with community partners to establish a long-term community emission reduction target for Council consideration. In 2013, Regional Council approved a Community Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Action Plan and Reduction Target which was also unanimously approved by Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo Councils. The plan is part of the Region’s commitment to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Partners for Climate Protection program. The Region will submit a number of reports to FCM to gain formal acknowledgement of the Region of Waterloo’s fulfillment of all five Community Milestones within the program.
GRT Wilmot route gets a boost
In 2016/2017, Grand River Transit (GRT) operated a pilot transit service to Wilmot Township that connected New Hamburg and Baden to Kitchener and Waterloo. This pilot project was funded by the MTO Community Transportation Pilot Grant Program. In 2017, this pilot service was made a permanent GRT route (Route 77 Wilmot). Further Ministry funding of $50,000 was recently awarded to the Region. This funding will allow GRT to expand upon the existing service on Route 77 by providing new pilot service and to provide some additional promotion of the service.
Council renews Safer Communities commitment
Council voted to renew the Region’s agreement with the province for both the Safer Communities 1,000 Officers partnership programme and the Community partnership programme for another year. The Region has been part of the Safer Communities programme since 2006 for the purpose of enhancing community policing and increasing the number of sworn officers addressing areas including marijuana grow ops, dangerous offenders and domestic violence. The purpose of the Community partnership is to make Ontario communities safer by enhancing police visibility.
The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:
• $2,063,448.45 to Stantec Consulting Ltd. for professional consulting services for detailed design and services during construction of the William and Strange Street water supply systems.
• $1,144,085 to Dayson Industrial Services Inc. for replacement of the interior and exterior coating systems, including a containment system and other works related to the Ayr Standpipe.
• $575,664 to MTE Consultants Inc. for engineering consulting services for preliminary design, detailed design, contract administration and construction inspection services for Ottawa Street improvements from Alpine Road to Fischer-Hallman Road in Kitchener.
• $536,672.74 to WalterFedy to provide engineering consulting services for Class Environmental Assessment and preliminary design, detailed design, contract administration and construction inspection services for Lancaster Street from Victoria to Bridgeport in Kitchener.
• $311,103 to Parkway Ford Sales 1996 Ltd. for seven Commercial 3/4 ton cargo vans with tradesman conversion.
• $178,567.65 to Aardvark Drilling Inc. for borehole and monitoring well installations at William Street well field.
• $168,602.50 to Choice Sonic Drilling Inc. for monitoring well construction in Kitchener and Wilmot.