____Posted Tuesday April 11, 2017 ____


Council Matters

City of Waterloo council summary April 10, 2017

The City of Waterloo council summary provides a snapshot of the major items presented at last evening’s council meeting.

Tender awarded for road reconstruction of Spruce and Hickory streets

Council approved awarding a tender to Navacon Construction Inc. for the road reconstruction of Spruce Street, from Columbia to Hickory, and Hickory Street, from King to Spruce. The total value of the tender is $4.2 million. The project includes replacement of sanitary sewer, storm sewer, watermain, and the complete reconstruction of the roadways, including replacement of curbs and sidewalk. In addition, the project will provide a new outlet for the storm sewer system along Waterloo Collegiate Institute lands from Columbia Street to Spruce Street. This outlet will provide a key drainage improvement in the immediate vicinity and for a significant area north of the Holly/Columbia Street intersection.

Uptown Public Realm Strategy – terms of reference

Council approved $182,000 in funding to help develop an overall Public Realm Strategy for Uptown is order to identify and prioritize opportunities to enhance Uptown’s public spaces. The study will consider components of the public realm including City-owned parks and open spaces, privately-owned spaces that are publically accessible as well as connections between spaces, such as streets, trails and environmental corridors.

King Street streetscape and reconstruction tender and funding

Council approved an additional $919,000 in funding for the streetscape and reconstruction on King Street. The King Street streetscape improvements run from the ION tracks to Elgin Street, and Erb Street from 70 metres east of Caroline to King Street. The City of Waterloo has partnered with The Region of Waterloo to reconstruct King Street. These additional funds are required to support the Region’s intention to award the tender and proceed with construction this year. The proposed work includes replacement of underground municipal services, roadway and parking spaces, and most importantly, the streetscape improvements. These improvements include, wider sidewalks, decorative amenity zones, enhanced boulevard hardscapes, street trees, decorative street lighting, and safe cycling infrastructure. The Region had issued a request for proposal (RFP) and the bids received were all higher than budgeted. The City’s original budget was $5.8 million and with the additional funding, it is now $6.7 million. The Region’s share of the tender cost is approximately $4.3 million; this does not include all project related costs. The contract was awarded to Clearway Construction Inc.

Tender awarded for Columbia Street widening and reconstruction

Council approved awarding a tender to E & E Seegmiller Limited for the widening and reconstruction of Columbia Street from Fischer Hallman Road to Erbsville Road. The total value of the tender is $8.7 million. The project includes the widening and full urbanization of 1.2 kilometres of roadway to four travel lanes including raised bike lanes, sidewalks, multi- use trail and intersection improvements. The project scope also includes the construction of a multi-lane roundabout at Bennington Gate, rehabilitation of Clair Creek at Gatestone Boulevard, pre-loading of large areas of organic peat and construction of a culvert with earthen side slopes along the west tributary.

Inflationary Index Review and Budget Ceiling Policy

Council has approved a staff recommendation to continue to use the Core Consumer Price Index (CPIX) as a guideline for budget decision-making. As a result, city staff will continue to present budgets using CPIX as a basis along with known pressures outside of the recommended budget and further reduction opportunities for Council’s decision-making. The Federal Department of Finance and the Bank of Canada announced in October 2016 that they would be moving away form CPIX in favour of three alternate measures. Staff did not recommend a similar change as these three measures have diverged significantly from each other in the past and may create confusion. It is easier to understand how the CPIX is calculated. Ultimately, Council maintains control during the budgetary process, regardless of this guideline.

Funding for Silver Lake and Laurel Creek rehabilitation

Council approved a project to rehabilitate Silver Lake and Laurel Creek. The first step in the process is an environmental assessment (EA). The scope of the EA is to determine a preferred rehabilitation option for Silver Lake and Laurel Creek taking into account flood control, hydraulic capacity, operations, maintenance, water quality, aquatic habitat, aesthetics, public input, safety, social, heritage, cultural and recreational uses. Preferred rehabilitation alternatives will be identified during the EA process in 2017 and 2018. The project will then proceed to detailed engineering design and construction (anticipated in 2019/2020). The total budget for the project is $7.3 million.

Water sanitary and storm water collection policy update

Council has approved changes to the Collections Policy for water, sanitary, sewer and storm water. The most significant change to the policy is that the city will no longer be holding security deposits and are crediting back the deposits it is currently holding.

Fire rescue service automatic aid

Council has approved an agreement that will advance the provision of Waterloo Fire Rescue Services providing automatic aid to the townships of Wilmot and Woolwich. When automatic aid is activated, the City of Waterloo Fire Rescue Services will provide first response to selected addresses where township fire services will also respond, then fully transition into fire ground operations and command as conditions dictate.

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