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Here’s what’s coming up for Monday’s City Council meeting:


Council Agenda In Brief

For March 4, 2013



2013 Snow Melt Management (p32; att. p51)


City Council will be asked to:


Receive the information on the Infrastructure Services Department’s preparations for the 2013 snow melt.


Additional Information:


Snow melt management plans are prepared for each neighbourhood.  Important intersections (especially along highways) that may experience flooding in a fast melt are surveyed and monitored regularly.  Public Works has a complete staffing plan in place, as well as inventories of equipment, including emergency pumps and sandbags.  As the weather changes, Infrastructure Services crews will perform snowmelt activities. The communications plan will assist homeowners with preparing for the annual snow melt by providing information and suggestions to protect their property.


2012 Municipal Election: Disclosure of Contributions and Expenses – Candidates for Mayor (p54; att. p57)


City Council will be asked to:


Receive the information on a summary of campaign contributions and campaign expenses of candidates for Mayor for the 2012 Municipal Election.


Additional Information:


Attached to the report is a summary of the disclosures of candidates for Mayor filed as of 5:00p.m. on Monday, February 25, 2013. There were three candidates for Mayor, with one candidate who failed to file the required disclosures by the February 25 deadline.  None of the candidates who filed have exceeded the limit on campaign expenses.


Littering Enforcement (p58; att. p65)


City Council will be asked to:


Amend the Memorandum of Agreement to provide Community Support Officers with the authority to enforce The Anti-Dumping Bylaw; and the Administration be requested to review and report on the feasibility of including enforcement of the Sidewalk Clearing Bylaw by Community Support Officers, with appropriate consultation with the Business Improvement Districts.


Additional Information:


The Street Activity Steering Committee, at its meeting held November 14, 2012, during discussion of the above, requested that the City Solicitor report on any littering provisions existing in a City bylaw and the related enforcement.


Designation of South West Off Leash Recreation Area and Amendment to the Animal Control Bylaw No. 7860 (p61; att. p86)


City Council will be asked to:


Designate 14.5 acres within Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, southwest of the Montgomery neighbourhood as an Off-Leash Recreation Area; and the City Solicitor be instructed to amend the Animal Control Bylaw, 1999, Bylaw No. 7860, to establish 14.5 acres of Block C, Plan No. 101398811 as a designated off-leash area.


Proposed Amendment to Bylaw No. 7200, The Traffic Bylaw: U-Turn Restrictions in School Zones (p96; att. p120)


City Council will be asked to:


Instruct the City Solicitor to amend Bylaw No. 7200, The Traffic Bylaw, to prohibit vehicles from making a U-Turn in school zones, when the school zones are active


Additional Information:


Due to population growth and the distance from the new neighbourhoods to the schools, more parents are driving their children to school, resulting in safety issues due to congestion, including reduced visibility when reversing and making U-Turns.  Prohibiting U-Turns within all school zones when the school zones are active would ensure greater safety at crosswalks for students, as well as improve traffic flow, which will help to alleviate some of the congestion problems.


Parking Infrastructure Upgrade and City Card Replacement AND Parking Policy (p160; att. p165)


City Council will be asked to:


Approve the Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) (Attachment 1) for the parking infrastructure upgrade, including the following parameters:


a)    that all parking meter technologies be acceptable solutions to the infrastructure;

b)    upgrade, including single space and multispace meter systems;

c)     that cash and smart card (City Card) be required methods of payment for parking, and that additional payment options, such as cell phone and credit card, be considered;

d)    that, if required, proposals include communication costs and communication infrastructure costs;

e)    that the vendor clarify whether or not the display of unused time for use by another party is an option, and what the implications might be;

f)      that pricing must be lump sum, with a payment schedule based on a maximum cash payment of $950,000 in 2013, and annual payments thereafter based on actual revenues, with no impact to existing programs;

g)    the retention of the Corps of Commissionaires for the supply of parking enforcement services for the remainder of their five-year contract (end of 2015);

h)    the provision of a minimum of two stand alone parking stations, which allow, at a minimum, the ability to pay for parking tickets and to purchase City Card Time; and

i)       the ability to dispute parking tickets online.


Direct the Administration to report back with the results of the Request for Expression of Interest; and in City Council’s discretion, choose solutions that are in the best interests of the City, for inclusion in the Request for Proposals.