SPECIAL OTTAWA CITY COUNCIL MEETING

3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12 December 2007

ANDREW S. HAYDON HALL

10:00 a.m.

 

MINUTES 26

 

 

Special Meeting Called by His Worship Mayor O’Brien

To consider the Draft 2008 Operating and Capital Budget Estimates

 

The Council of the City of Ottawa met at Andrew S. Haydon Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa on 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12 December 2007.

 

The Mayor, Larry O’Brien, presided and the Clerk led Council in prayer.

 

 

Roll Call

 

ALL MEMBERS WERE PRESENT EXCEPT COUNCILLOR BROOKS ON MONDAY, 3 DECEMBER 2007 AND COUNCILLOR THOMPSON ON WEDNESDAY, 5 DECEMBER 2007.

 

 

Declarations of pecuniary interest including those originally arising from prior meetings

 

See specific Agenda Item for declarations: 2008 Operating and Capital Budgets

 

 

Communications

 

The following communications were received:

 

·         From the Seniors Advisory Committee regarding their recommendations to City Council on the 2008 Budget.

 

 


Regrets

 

The following members of Council advised that he would be absent from the Council meeting on the date indicated:

 

Councillor G. Brooks                                                                                                3 December 2007

Councillor D. Thompson                                                                                           5 December 2007

 

 

MOTION NO. 26/1

 

Moved by Councillor E. El-Chantiry

Seconded by Councillor M. McRae

 

WHEREAS on November 28th, 2007, Mayor Larry O'Brien and a majority of Councillors expressed publicly their intent to approve a 2008 City Budget that does not include closing of essential community services such as community centres, community health & resource centres, as well as pools and libraries;

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT City Council clearly states its intent that options such as closing libraries, pools, community health & resource centres, community centres, as well as the Museum Sustainability Program will not be moved for consideration during the 2008 Budget deliberation;

 

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT this Statement of Intent be immediately communicated to all registered public delegations and members of the public through a news release.

 

 

CARRIED on a division of 20 YEAS to 1 NAY as follows:

 

Yeas (20):        Councillors S. Desroches, E. El-Chantiry, J. Harder, R. Chiarelli, M. Bellemare,

                        M. McRae, D. Holmes, A. Cullen, J. Legendre, D. Thompson, G. Bédard,

S. Qadri, D. Deans, R. Bloess, M. Wilkinson, P. Feltmate, C. Leadman, R. Jellett, B. Monette and Mayor O’Brien.

 

Nays (1):          Councillor C. Doucet.

 

 


Resolving Into Committee of the Whole

 

MOTION NO. 26/2

 

Moved by Councillor C. Leadman 

Seconded by Councillor R. Jellett

 

That City Council resolve to move into Committee of the Whole pursuant to Section 48 of the Procedure By-law.

 

                                                                                                            CARRIED

 

IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

 

The following delegations addressed the Committee of the Whole on the 2008 Budget.  Those persons whose names are marked with an asterisk (*), provided written submissions and these documents are held on file with the City Clerk.

 

Monday, 3 December 2007

 

Victor Emerson, Accessibility Advisory Committee*

Earl Stanley, Vice-Chair, Rural Issues Advisory Committee spoke on various items with respect to the budget.

Nick Masciantonio , Arts, Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee*

Mike Bulthuis, Health and Social Services Advisory Committee*

Richard Fleming, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee*

Iola Price, Ottawa Forest and Greenspace Advisory Committee*

Marg Coll, Seniors Advisory Committee*

Diane O’Neill, Aladin Childcare Services*

Peter Kennedy, Ottawa Professional Firefighters’ Association*

Susan Shenstone*

Anne -Marie Philippe, Signets Vanier Bookmarks*

Blake Batson, BlakeBatson.ca*

Lori Nash, Friends of the Library*

Jane Dobell, Rockcliffe Park Residents Association*

Carolle Dallas, Libraries*

Samuel Getachew spoke on the importance of saving taxpayer’s money by combining the provincial and municipal elections.

Meg Hamilton, CHOO - Council of Heritage Org. in Ottawa*

Lee-Anne Lee, OCTEVAW - Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women*

Rod MacLean*

Gerry LePage, Exec. Director, Bank Street BIA*

Lori Mellor, Preston Street BIA spoke on the importance of BIA’s to the City and supports the zero percent tax level.

Margaret Penniston *

David Flemming, President, Heritage Ottawa*

Gilles E. Girard, Chair, Committee of Adjustment*

Alexandra Badzak, Exec. Director, Diefenbunker Museum spoke on the importance of approving the Diefenbunker Museum’s request for renovations included in the Capital budget for 2008.

Dr. Mark Totten*

Catherine O’Grady, Ottawa Jazz Festival spoke to the importance of the Arts Investment Strategy.

Richard Clayman, Vice Chair, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce*

Trevor Haché, Ecology Ottawa*

Peter Lewis, Rockcliffe Park Residents’ Association (RPRA)*

Keri Abella, CJOYC - Commission de la Jeunesse d’Ottawa Youth Commission*

Stephanie Strudwick, Neighbourhood Watch District 23*

Pam Connelly on behalf of Cheryl Parrott, Hintonberg Community Association Security Chair*

Jane Ogden and Nubia Cermeño, Safe and Affordable Housing Action Team & Employment and Training Action Team*

Shirley Felker, Re: Ottawa Public Library System*

Jackie Dwyer, CUPE 2204 – Childcare Workers*

Jasna Jennings, Byward Market BIA expressed concern about the 5% increase for administrating BIA’s and on the additional parking rates being extended into the night.

Annie Mercier, Équipe de femmes d’action sur les services en français*

Larissa Williams, Coalition of Community Houses*

Alex Munter and Ross Hastings, Youth Services Bureau – Ottawa spoke of their concern regarding cuts to the social services programs and the negative impact this would have on the youth of Ottawa.

Karen Luttrell spoke on the importance of libraries for the City of Ottawa

Angela Connidis and Martin Belliveau, Pedestrian and Transit Advisory Committee, spoke about their concerns with cuts to bus routes, the importance of advisory committees to the City and indicated they would like to increase the number of meetings throughout the year.

Sara Dwyer, Russell Height Community House*

 

The Committee of the Whole recessed the 2008 Budget deliberations at 7:54 p.m. on Monday, 3 December 2007 and reconvened at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 4 December 2007.

 

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

 

Denis Bedard, Patro Ottawa*

Mary Hegan, Chair, and Heather Parker, Environmental Advisory Committee

Tony Silvestro*

Christina Tessier, By-town Museum*

David Pilon, ACFO – Ottawa (Association canadienne-française de l'Ontario)*

David Sacks, President of NECA - New Edinburgh Community Association

Denise Mattok, Ottawa Council of Women spoke on the importance of services the City offers and would like to see these programs continue.

Pierre Boivin*

John Reid*

John Batson*

Jean Bruce*

Jo Wood*

Guy Annable*

Jeffrey Dale, President & CEO, OCRI - Ottawa Centre for Research & Innovation*

Cathy Jordan and Sylvie Papineau, Community Health & Resource Centres*

Dr. K. Jean Cottam*

Christine Tremblay and Sandra MacInnis, Arts Ottawa East*

Yvette Fournier, Ottawa Seniors Action Network*

Maria Heynen, Poverty Awareness Working Group of First Unitarian Congregation*

John Heney, Friends of the City of Ottawa Archives*

Bob Stevenson*

Valerie Collicott and Mouktar Abdillahi, Women’s Initiative for Safer Environments (WISE)*

Erin Albright, Ottawa ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) spoke on the importance of subsidized daycare, libraries and transit routes.

Ken Holmes*

Angela Rickman, Lowertown Community Association*

Leo Lavergne, Centre Pauline Charron*

Adele Muldoon expressed support for Council’s position not to cut essential services and she offered a number of suggestions for ways in which the City could cut costs.

Margaret Nelson and Helen Saravanamuttoo, Ontario Association of Social Workers - Eastern Branch were concerned with budget cuts related to social programs and social housing.

Glen Chochla*

Essam Hamed, Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee*

Paul Durber and Brian Cornelius, First United Church*

Marilla Lo, Chair, Somerset St. BIA*

Brett Delmage spoke on various items with respect to the budget.

Sean McKenny, Ottawa & District Labour Council spoke on various items with respect to the budget

Tim Burnie, President, National Capital Heavy Construction Association*

Klaus Beltzner*

Elana Martin, Westboro BIA

Melanie Leduc and Juliet Audet, Centre Espoir Sophie*

Julian Armour, President, Ottawa Festivals spoke on the importance of the Arts Investment Strategy.

Michael Jenkin, Old Ottawa South Community Association*

Maggie McCoy, Ottawa Choral Society*

Cam Robertson, City Centre Coalition spoke on various transit and transportation issues.

Phil Robinson, Students’ Associations of Carleton University spoke on various items with respect to the budget.

Valerie Barrett, Dalia Kimmel and Mark Peré, Students of Nepean High School spoke on various issues related to the budget.

Muri Kaba, Student of Glashan Public School spoke on the importance of keeping student bus pass charges low and felt that user fees should be eliminated.

Cristina Opris*

Jean Marie Guerrier , Black History Ottawa*

David Smith spoke on the importance of continuing to fund social programs.

Vinojar Balasuuramanian and Jessica Frost, Students of Nepean High School spoke on various items with respect to the budget.

Professor Joanne St. Lewis spoke to the importance of having a place for children to go (e.g. libraries, community centres, etc.).

Marie Weerasooriya-Epps*

Jerry Ghazal and Brian Bell, The Door Laporte and Dalhousie Community Centre spoke on the importance of youth programs in the City.

Don Stephenson, North Gower and District Community Association*

Willis Burwell, British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO)*

June Girvan, Every Child is Sacred, spoke of the importance of social programs that affect children.

Peter Honeywell, Council for the Arts in Ottawa*

Clyde Marston, Leave Management and Overtime Scheduling*

Peggy Ducharme, Ottawa Arts Court Foundation*

Bonnie Gray and Margo Belanger, Watson’s Mill – Dickinson Square, spoke of the importance of the Museum Sustainability Plan and urged continued support for the Watson’s Mill project.

Pam Hrick and Dean Haldenby, Students Federation of University of Ottawa*

Louise Albert , French Language Services Advisory Committee*

Cliff Gazee, Poverty Issues Advisory Committee, raised concerns with respect to poverty issues and the cuts within the budget.

Alayne McGregor*

John Dance, Ottawa East Community Association*

Tyler Meredith, LASI Group (Local Agencies Serving Immigrants) spoke on the importance of social programs within the City.

 

The Committee of the Whole recessed the 2007 Budget deliberations at 8:55 p.m. on Tuesday, 4 December 2007 and reconvened at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, 5 December 2007.

 

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

 

Richard Eveleigh spoke on various items with respect to the budget.

Sue Holloway, Active Ottawa*

Jenny Haysom, spoke on the importance of libraries.

Peter Smith and Eric Lay, Ottawa Centre Minor Hockey Association*

James Finch, Hostelling International Canada - Ontario East Region spoke on the importance various funding initiatives.

Ray Fahey, Ottawa Association of Exposition Managers spoke on the importance of the International Design Competition for Lansdowne Park.

Charles Akben-Marchand, Citizens for Safe Cycling spoke on the importance of cycling and transit.

Diane Cantu and Nadia Laham, Ottawa School of Art supporting the Arts Investment Strategy.

John Eastwood*

Margaret Tyson*

Linda Lalonde spoke on various items with respect to the budget.

Bob Brocklebank, Glebe Community Association*

David Gladstone*

Catherine Gardner*

Mary-Martha Hale, Alliance to end Homelessness*

Rob Sproule, Business Advisory Committee*

Kate Weatherill spoke on the importance of maintenance of transit stations.

Caryn Kewell, Lindenlea Community Association*

Diane Doré, Conseil des écoles catholiques de langue française du Centre-Est*

Roy Crawford spoke on various issues with respect to the budget.

 

Penny Leclair provided a written submission (*) but did not make a presentation to Committee of the Whole.

 

The Committee of the Whole recessed the 2008 Budget deliberations at 1:34 p.m. on Wednesday, 5 December 2007 and reconvened at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, 10 December 2007.

 

 

Consideration of 2008 Draft Operating and Capital Budgets

 

MOTION NO. 26/3

 

Moved by Councillor C. Leadman

Seconded by Councillor G. Brooks

 

That the 2008 Draft Operating and Capital Budget, as revised including pages 600 and 601, the 2008 Ottawa Police Services Draft Operating and Capital Budgets and the Ottawa Police Services Board Report 7 be received and considered.

 

And that the Rules of Procedure be waived to receive and consider a report from the Executive Director, Business Transformation Services, entitled Business Transformation Program;

 

And further that pursuant to the Public Notice By-law, subsection 4A(2), that public notice of the consideration and adoption of the 2008 Budget be deemed to be sufficient to comply with the requirements for public notice of the change in licensing fees.

 

                                                                                                            CARRIED

 

The Committee of the Whole recessed the 2008 Budget deliberations at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, 10 December 2007 and reconvened at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 11 December 2007.

 

 

CITY TREASURER’S REPORT

 

 

1.             2008 DRAFT OPERATING AND CAPITAL BUDGETS, HIGH-LEVEL 2009 AND 2010 BUDGET FORECASTS

 

 

REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS

 

1.         That the Draft 2008 Operating and Capital Budget Estimates be received and tabled at the Council meeting of 14 November 2008 for subsequent consideration by Council as Committee of the Whole during the 2008 Budget consideration (delegations and deliberations) to be held December 3 to 17, as required, and

 

2.         That the 2009 and 2010 budget forecasts, which incorporate the high level budget directions provided by Council, be received, and

 

3.         That any Council approvals impacting the 2008 Operating and Capital Budgets that are made subsequent to the November 14 Council meeting be forwarded to the Committee of the Whole at the same time as the Draft 2008 Operating Budget is deliberated, and

 

                                                RECEIVED AND TABLED 14 NOVEMBER 2007

 

4.         That Council waive the policy to maintain a minimum balance of $50 million in the tax supported capital reserves for 2008 in order to provide one-time funds for any workforce adjustments required as a result of adopting the 2008 budget.

 

                                                                                                CARRIED

 

 


DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

Councillor C. Leadman declared a potential, indirect pecuniary interest on the 2008 Draft Operating and Capital Budget, Community and Protective Services Tab, Cultural Services and Community Funding, the Arts Investment Strategy, Page 260, as she is the Chair of Westfest Inc. 

 

Councillor Leadman did not take part in the discussion or vote on this Budget Item.

 

 

Councillor G. Brooks declared a potential, indirect pecuniary interest on the 2008 Draft Operating and Capital Budget, Community and Protective Services Tab, Cultural Services and Community Funding, Page 260, as his wife is the Chair of the Pierces Corner Recreational Association, an organization that will receive funding. 

 

Councillor Brooks did not take part in the discussion or vote on this Budget Item.

 

 

Councillor P. Feltmate declared a potential, indirect pecuniary interest on the 2008 Draft Operating and Capital Budget, Community and Protective Services Tab, Cultural Services and Community Funding, Page 260, as she and her husband are members of the Kanata Hazeldean Lions Club, an organization that will receive funding. 

 

Councillor Feltmate did not take part in the discussion or vote on this Budget Item.

 

 

Mayor L. O’Brien declared a potential, indirect pecuniary interest, on the 2008 Operating and Capital Budget, Business Transformation Services Tab, Information Technology Services, as a company on which he serves on the Board of Directors, Calian Technologies Ltd., is on the City's Standing Offer List and provides services for the Information Technology Services Branch from time to time.

 

Mayor O’Brien did not take part in the discussion or vote on this Budget Item.

 

 
MOTION NO. 26/4

 

Moved by Councillor M. Wilkinson

Seconded by Councillor S. Qadri

 

That the Rules of Procedure be suspended to consider this motion:

 

WHEREAS the Mayor and a majority of councillors have issued a public Statement of Intent that signifies that Ottawa City Council will not choose to reduce or eliminate services to the most vulnerable members of this community and will not choose to cut services such as the closures of community centres, community health and resource centres, pools and libraries as well as the Museum Sustainability Plan;

 

AND WHEREAS this was approved by Council on December 3, 2007;

AND WHEREAS the citizens of Ottawa have clearly demonstrated their support for increased investment in the library’s services, resources and facilities and their need for locally based services;

 

AND WHEREAS on November 26, the Ottawa Public Library passed a series of budget motions which are consistent with Council’s Statement of Intent and its December 3, 2007 motion;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Ottawa Public Library Board’s operating budget which appears on pages 314-326 be approved and include:

·        the delay of the opening of the West District Library until 2011 (i.e., approve Option 2 on page 29 of the Budget Transmittal Report) $1.280 M;

·        elimination of the annualization of licensing / maintenance contracts  ($25K on page 324 of the Budget);

·        reduction to “Strategic Plans & Process Reviews” from $130K to $75K on page 324 of the Budget);

 

AND THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Ottawa Public Library’s capital budget which functionalized RPAM costs and which appears on pages 327-340 and totals $5.345 M, be approved.

 

                                                                                                            CARRIED

 

OMNIBUS MOTION NO. 1

 

MOTION NO. 26/5

 

Moved by Councillor P. Hume

Seconded by Councillor S. Qadri

 

WHEREAS City Council and management are focused on making the general administration of the City as lean and efficient as possible; and

 

WHEREAS the City’s 2006 Annual Report identifies actual spending on general administration as 7.3% of total operating expenditures, excluding financing and transfers; and

 

WHEREAS the City budget identifies $100 million in efficiency targets to be achieved over three years including $35 million in productivity improvements from operations and general administration; and

 

WHEREAS it is the Mayor’s goal to achieve further administrative savings, over the next 3 years, that would bring reduce that percentagethe overall administrative costs to 5.5 % down from 6.2% of the operating budget  to 6%, which would require further reductions in general administrative savings spending of approximately $25 million; and

 

WHEREAS City Council is determined to ensure that the percentage of tax dollars currently spent on general administration will be thoroughly examined and opportunities for reductions aggressively pursued without reducing service levels; and in the area of $15 milli

Is it better to leave the percentage out and just leave it at $15M per year over 3 years.

 

WHEREAS City Council has directed that specific branches of the City undergo detailed budget and staffing review by the Long Range Financial Planning Committee (LRFP) but this was unable to be undertaken before budget deliberations;

Whereas Administrative branches will be subject to efficiency targets so that the City can achieve savings of $100 million over three years; and

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that:

 

1)  aFinal approval of the operating budgets of the following branches or programs, incorporating any amendments approved as part of the 2008 Budget deliberations, be deferred so that the Long Range Financial Planning Committee can complete a thorough review of the Branch or Program so that the provisionally approved budgets can be further reduced for the 2008 Budget year and the 2008 tax rate can be lowered correspondingly:

Real Property Asset Management (RPAM)

§         §   Offices of the Deputy City Managers of Planning, Transit and the Environment, Community and Protective Services (exclusive of the funding for Crime Prevention Ottawa) and Public Works and Services and the Office of the Executive Director of Business Transformation Services (DCM’s and ED)

§         Real Property Asset Management (RPAM)

§         Council, Elections and Office of the Auditor General (COAG); and

§         Costs of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC);

 

2)   Each review conducted by the LRFP Committee will include a review of all of the services of the branch or program, the resources consumed and the outputs produced, along with consideration of relevant comparative performance metrics, where applicable and, finally, an independent, third-party challenge component where possible, as agreed to by the Mayor and City Manager; and

 

And further be it resolved that3)   All reviews will be conducted with the explicit goal of identifying strategies to achieve the reduction in the percentage of spending represented by general administration, as identified above; and

 

4)    tThe results of the LRFP Committee reviews be forwarded directly to City Council, so that all budgets can be approved prior to setting the tax rate in April; and

 

5)And further be it resolved that Tthe detailed budget reviews and subsequent reporting to Council be conducted according to the following schedule:

 

 

6)   And further be it resolved that Council approve funds that limit spending authority up to March 31, 2008 for these Branches to 25% of the 2007 Budget to willallow the Branches under LRFP review to continue to operate within existing service levels until City Council approves the reviewed budget for these areas, but that no new programs incorporated within the draft 2008 budgets be undertaken until such time as City Council provides final budget approval; and

 

7)   The City Manager be delegated the authority to engage the necessary resources, funded through the Business Transformation budget, to conduct this review and to methodically improve the efficiency of the general administrative functions over the next three years; and

 

8)   The City Manager report back to Council on a quarterly basis on the progress made with respect to the initiatives implemented to achieve those results..

 

Should we include items to review over the next year?

 

                                                                                                            CARRIED

 

 


OMNIBUS MOTION NO. 2

 

MOTION NO. 26/6

 

 

Moved by Councillor R. Jellett

Seconded by Councillor M. McRae

 

WHEREAS on November 30, 2007 the Mayor and a majority of Ottawa City Council endorsed a Statement of Intent regarding the 2008 City Budget that would protect the vulnerable in our community and not cut community services; and

 

WHEREAS the following revenues are consistent with the guiding principles and targets under the user fees and service charges section of the Fiscal Framework and with the Statement of Intent, 

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That City Council approve:

 

  1. All the fees and charges incorporated into the 2008 Draft Budget; and
  2. An increase of $8.7 million in revenues by incorporating the following Revenue options (as detailed in Appendix A of the November 14, 2007 of the 2008 Draft Operating and Capital Budgets, High-Level 2009 and 2010 Budget Forecasts – Transmittal Report):

 

    1. Option 1: Large tax account service fee                                          $845K
    2. Option 4: Rink rentals for adults-prime time                                   $350K
    3. Option 6: Sportsfield rentals for adults                                            $345K
    4. Option 8: Development application fees                                          $330K
    5. Option 9: Trail Road tipping fees                                                     $180K
    6. Option 10: ICI waste diverted from Carp Landfill               $680K
    7. Option 11: Evening parking charges in commercial areas  $1,275K
    8. Option 12: Weekend parking charges in commercial areas            $665K
    9. Option 13: Introduce Pay & Display for on-street parking $480K
    10. Option 14: Increase on-street parking rates                                    $755K
    11. Option 15: Expand on-street parking in new commercial

Areas Subject to the terms of the “Westboro Village Parking

Strategy” [Approved: January 19, 1994]                                         $520K

    1. Increase transit fares to 7.5% to meet 50-50 cost/revenue

ratio without reducing service                                                           $2,000K

 


MOTION NO. 26/7

 

Moved by Councillor E. El-Chantiry

Seconded by Councillor S. Qadri

 

WHEREAS City Council has directed the City Manager to find ongoing efficiencies and revenue options;

 

AND WHEREAS the City of Ottawa has not increased fixed daily or monthly parking rates since 2004;

 

AND WHEREAS the City of Ottawa is the only City in Canada to not have a substantial increase to daily and monthly lot parking fees over the past four year period;

 

AND WHEREAS a number of North American studies have indicated that by increasing parking rates there is a corresponding incentive for increased transit usage;

 

AND WHEREAS the current transit modal split is about 17% and the Official Plan and Transportation Master Plan have identified a 30% transit modal split by 2021;

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the rates for daily parking and monthly parking lot increase at a minimum by the same rate that public transit fares increase.

 

CARRIED with Councillor D. Holmes dissenting.

 

MOTION NO. 26/8

 

Moved by Councillor C. Leadman

Seconded by Councillor J. Legendre

 

WHEREAS the City of Ottawa Draft Budget 2008 is planning to introduce on-street parking to new commercial areas;

 

AND WHEREAS the recommendation in the motion addresses a policy statement as passed by City Council of the former City of Ottawa “that meters will not be installed in the Westboro BIA area without consultation and consent of the BIA;

 

AND WHEREAS a CDP/NPI for the Wellington Street corridor is currently underway as well as the formation of the West Wellington BIA;

 

AND WHEREAS consultation with business areas such as Wellington Street West, Beechwood, Old Ottawa South has not been undertaken with regards to the implementation of paid parking;

 

AND WHEREAS the capital outlay (1.288M) will drastically reduce revenue impact.

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Recommendation k. of Omnibus Motion #2 (re Option 15 in Appendix A of the Transmittal report of the 2008 City of Ottawa Draft Budget) be deferred for one year.

 

AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that a city wide review of the best parking sites be developed, including sites throughout the City, to address any potential future parking revenues.

 

LOST on a division of 7 YEAS to 17 NAYS as follows:

 

Yeas (7):          Councillors J. Legendre, G. Brooks, C. Leadman, G. Bédard, G. Hunter,

C. Doucet and M. McRae.

 

Nays (17):        Councillors A. Cullen, P. Hume, D. Deans, D. Thompson, S. Qadri, S. Desroches, J. Harder, R. Chiarelli, D. Holmes, R. Jellett, E. El-Chantiry, M. Bellemare,

P. Feltmate, R. Bloess, B. Monette, M. Wilkinson and Mayor O’Brien.

 

 

MOTION NO. 26/9

 

Moved by Councillor S. Qadri

Seconded by Councillor P. Hume

 

Whereas City Council’s strategic direction is to recognize inflation in City Services; and

 

Whereas the rate for solid waste for single family and multi residential properties does not include an inflationary increase;

 

Therefore be it resolved that Omnibus Motion #2 be amended to provide an inflationary increase to the solid waste rate for single family and multi residential properties for an operating budget benefit of  $490,000.

 

                                                                                                            CARRIED

 

 

MOTION NO. 26/10

 

Moved by Councillor S. Desroches

Seconded by Councillor R. Jellett

 

WHEREAS the 2008 City Budget shows a $1.2 M deficit in assessment growth to be funded through new taxation,

 

AND WHEREAS this represents tax revenue that may be realized with the 2009 fiscal year,

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the $1.2 M deficit be funded from the tax stabilization reserve fund rather than tax increases.

 

                                                                                                            CARRIED

 

MOTION NO. 26/11

 

Moved by Councillor D. Deans

Seconded by Councillor M. Wilkinson

 

Whereas in 2005 an aging conference was held in Ottawa and a large number of participants identified transportation as an important issue that impacts the lives of seniors;

 

And whereas in January 2007 the Ottawa Seniors Transportation Committee was formed to work with the Seniors Agenda Program at the City of Ottawa;

 

And whereas OC Transpo’s Ride with Us Program was developed with the objective to encourage and mentor seniors in our community to experience travelling on OC Transpo buses;

 

And whereas The Ride with Us program offered seniors aged 65 years and older to ride free on OC Transpo buses on Wednesdays in the months of July and August when the transit system was not as crowded with commuters and students;

 

And whereas OC Transpo’s report on the program reads that it was well received by seniors and community advocates and the ride free statistics taken from OC Transpo in September 2007 showed that

 

·              32% of new senior bus riders had taken advantage of the program and,

 

·               15% bought a monthly pass for the first time as a result of the program and,

 

·              the number of  OC Transpo Senior’s pass vouchers sold in the months of July and August was typical for these summer months and,

 

·               there was an 1.1% increase in sales in September 2007 over the same period last in the previous year;

 

And whereas the response from the seniors and agencies who work with seniors have been very positive about the outcome of the Ride Free program and the Seniors Advisory Committee has put forward a recommendation that the program run again in 2008;

 

And whereas the recommendation from the successful pilot program was that other incentives to seniors to encourage them to take the bus should be offered;

 

Therefore be it resolved that the OC Transpo conduct a pilot project wherein seniors aged 65 and older be permitted to use one bus ticket instead of two during non-peak hours;

 

Be it further resolved that OC Transpo evaluate the pilot project after one year and report back to the Transit Committee.

 

MOTION NO. 26/12

 

Moved by Councillor A. Cullen

Seconded by Councillor J. Harder

 

That Motion No. 26/11 be referred to Transit Committee.

 

LOST on a division of 10 YEAS to 14 NAYS as follows:

 

Yeas (10):        Councillors A. Cullen, P. Hume, D. Deans, M. Bellemare, P. Feltmate, G. Bédard, G. Hunter, R. Bloess, B. Monette and M. Wilkinson.

 

Nays (14):        Councillors J. Legendre, G. Brooks, D. Thompson, S. Qadri, S. Desroches,

J. Harder, R. Chiarelli, D. Holmes, C. Leadman, R. Jellett, E. El-Chantiry,

C. Doucet, M. McRae and Mayor O’Brien.

 

Motion No. 26/11 was then put to Council and LOST on a division of 4 YEAS to 20 NAYS as follows:

 

Yeas (4):          Councillors D. Deans, G. Bédard, G. Hunter and M. Wilkinson.

 

Nays (20):        Councillors A. Cullen, J. Legendre, P. Hume, G. Brooks, D. Thompson,

S. Qadri, S. Desroches, J. Harder, R. Chiarelli, D. Holmes, C. Leadman, R. Jellett, E. El-Chantiry, M. Bellemare, P. Feltmate, C. Doucet, R. Bloess, B. Monette,

M. McRae and Mayor O’Brien.

 

 


MOTION NO. 26/13

 

Moved by Councillor M. Wilkinson

Seconded by Councillor R. Bloess

 

1.         That the discount for the ecopass be amended to:

 

14% for the fare change in 2008

13% for the fare change in 2009

12% for the fare change in 2010

 

2.         and the discount for annual passes be amended to:

 

11% for the fare change in 2009

12% for the fare change in 2010

 

With appropriate notification to Ecopass employers

 

The Recommendations were divided for voting purposes:

 

Recommendation No. 1 CARRIED on a division of 20 YEAS to 4 NAYS as follows:

 

Yeas (20):        Councillors A. Cullen, P. Hume, D. Deans, G. Brooks, D. Thompson, S. Qadri,

S. Desroches, J. Harder, R. Chiarelli, D. Holmes, R. Jellett, E. El-Chantiry,

M. Bellemare, P. Feltmate, G. Hunter, R. Bloess, B. Monette, M. McRae,

M. Wilkinson and Mayor O’Brien.

 

Nays (4):          Councillors J. Legendre, C. Leadman, G. Bédard and C. Doucet.

 

Recommendation 2 CARRIED.

 

MOTION NO. 26/14

 

Moved by Councillor M. Bellemare

Seconded by Councillor D. Deans

 

WHEREAS the average annual fare increase since 2001 has been 2.2%;

 

AND WHEREAS OC Transpo has recommended a 5% increase in the average fare, beginning in July 2008 and generating approximately $3.4 million in additional revenues;

 

AND WHEREAS it is appropriate to maintain modest, inflationary annual fare increases in order to achieve revenue, riderships, and service objectives;

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the average fare increase be capped at 3% starting March 1, 2008, generating approximately the same revenue;

 

AND THAT subsequent average annual fare increases be capped at 3% and come into effect January 1st of every year, with a decrease in revenues for 2009 totalling  $2.1 million and for revenues for 2010 of $2.7 million.

 

LOST on a division of 8 YEAS to 16 YEAS as follows:

 

Yeas (8):          Councillors J. Legendre, D. Deans, S. Desroches, D. Holmes, C. Leadman,

M. Bellemare, G. Bédard and C. Doucet.

 

Nays (16):        Councillors A. Cullen, P. Hume, G. Brooks, D. Thompson, S. Qadri, J. Harder,

R. Chiarelli, R. Jellett, E. El-Chantiry, P. Feltmate, G. Hunter, R. Bloess,

                        B. Monette, M. McRae, M. Wilkinson and Mayor O’Brien.

 

MOTION NO. 26/15

 

Moved by Councillor G. Bédard

Seconded by Councillor D. Holmes

 

That item j of Motion No. 26/6 (Omnibus Motion #2) be amended so that the increased on‑street parking rates be city wide (Option 14).

 

CARRIED with Councillor C. Doucet dissenting.

 

 

Motion No. 26/6 (Omnibus Motion #2), as amended by Motion Nos. 26/7, 26/9, 26/10, 26/13 and 26/15, was then put to Council.  The Recommendations were divided for voting purposes, as follows:

 

Recommendation 1 CARRIED

 

Recommendations 2.a, d, e and f CARRIED

 

Recommendations 2.b and c CARRIED on a division of 18 YEAS to 6 NAYS as follows:

 

Yeas (18):        Councillors A. Cullen, P. Hume, D. Deans, G. Brooks, S. Qadri, S. Desroches,

J. Harder, R. Chiarelli, D. Holmes, C. Leadman, R. Jellett, E. El-Chantiry,

P. Feltmate, G. Bédard, C. Doucet, M. McRae, M. Wilkinson and Mayor O’Brien.

 

Nays (6):          Councillors J. Legendre, D. Thompson, M. Bellemare, G. Hunter, R. Bloess

and B. Monette.

 

Recommendations 2.g and h CARRIED on a division of 19 YEAS to 5 NAYS as follows:

 

Yeas (19):        Councillors A. Cullen, J. Legendre, P. Hume, D. Deans, G. Brooks, D. Thompson, S. Qadri, S. Desroches, J. Harder, R. Chiarelli, R. Jellett, E. El‑Chantiry, M. Bellemare, P. Feltmate, R. Bloess, B. Monette, M. McRae, M. Wilkinson and Mayor O’Brien.

 

Nays (5):          Councillors D. Holmes, C. Leadman, G. Bédard, G. Hunter and C. Doucet.

 

Recommendation 2.i CARRIED with Councillors D. Deans, R. Chiarelli, C. Leadman and

G. Bédard dissenting.

 

Recommendation 2.j CARRIED with Councillors C. Doucet, C. Leadman, D. Holmes and

G. Bédard dissenting.

 

Recommendation 2.k CARRIED on a division of 16 YEAS to 7 NAYS as follows:

 

Yeas (16):        Councillors A. Cullen, P. Hume, D. Thompson, S. Qadri, S. Desroches, J. Harder, R. Chiarelli, D. Holmes, R. Jellett, E. El-Chantiry, M. Bellemare, P. Feltmate,

R. Bloess, M. McRae, M. Wilkinson and Mayor O’Brien.

 

Nays (7):          Councillors J. Legendre, D. Deans, G. Brooks, C. Leadman, G. Bédard, G. Hunter and C. Doucet.

 

Recommendation 2.l CARRIED on a division of 16 YEAS to 8 NAYS as follows:

 

Yeas (16):        Councillors A. Cullen, P. Hume, G. Brooks, D. Thompson, S. Qadri, J. Harder,

R. Chiarelli, R. Jellett, E. El-Chantiry, P. Feltmate, G. Hunter, R. Bloess,

B. Monette, M. McRae, M. Wilkinson and Mayor O’Brien.

 

Nays (8):          Councillors J. Legendre, D. Deans, S. Desroches, D. Holmes, C. Leadman,

M. Bellemare, G. Bédard and C. Doucet.

 

 

OMNIBUS MOTION NO. 3

 

MOTION NO. 26/16

 

Moved by Councillor D. Thompson

Seconded by Councillor B. Monette

 

WHEREAS on November 30, 2007 the Mayor and a majority of Ottawa City Council endorsed a Statement of Intent regarding the 2008 City Budget that would protect the vulnerable in our community and not cut community services;

 

WHEREAS the following new needs can be deferred without negatively impacting existing programs and services; 

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the following new operating needs (as detailed in Appendix B of the Transmittal Report) be deferred or terminated by City Council, for savings of $2.4 million in 2008:

 

  1. Option 2: Defer Increase to Special Events Support                                               $500K
  2. Option 13: Terminate bio-diesel project                                                                $1,900K

 

MOTION NO. 26/17

 

Moved by Councillor J. Legendre

Seconded by Councillor E. El-Chantiry

 

WHEREAS the strategic planning sessions earlier this year resulted in Council approving the 2007-2010 City Strategic Directions on July 11, 2007; and,

 

WHEREAS the Strategic Directions set the groundwork for Council to begin a transformation process that will improve service delivery, enhance Council governance and establish strategies for financial sustainability; and,

 

WHEREAS the three-year fiscal framework for 2008-2010 and the 2008 budget directions acknowledged the need to provide funding for ‘New Operating Needs’ to achieve the business transformation to support of the above-mentioned strategic directions; and,

 

WHEREAS the City is already experiencing challenges attracting and retaining high quality staff in many parts of the organization; and,

 

WHEREAS Council has directed staff to find efficiencies of $100M over the next three years and the business transformation program is a major element in achieving those efficiencies as well as ensuring that the corporation has the necessary human resources, both in quality and stability to effect the required changes; and,

 

WHEREAS the public demand for greater access to municipal information and services is evolving with expectations for broader involvement in municipal government and democratic processes and more accountability in achieving long-term environmental, social and fiscal outcomes; and,

 

WHEREAS the business transformation program will require some time to be ready to accommodate the enhanced expectations of the public;

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the ‘Citizen and Council Engagement’ component be delayed until the program can better accommodate the changed citizen expectations; specifically, that the 2008 budget be amended by reducing the  budget envelope of $3M by:

·        an improved “ottawa.ca”  ($200K base; $380K one-time; 2 FTE’s)

·        media analysis/scans and enhanced media training ($100K base; one FTE)

for a total reduction in 2008 of $300K base; $380K one time; and 3 FTEs.

 

                                                                                                            CARRIED

 
MOTION NO. 26/18

 

Moved by Councillor C. Doucet

Seconded by Councillor G. Bédard

 

WHEREAS Ottawa spends 19% more per household on road operations that the Ontario seven-city average and 43% more than Toronto;

 

WHEREAS every new kilometre-lane increases the city’s operating expenses in perpetuity;

 

WHEREAS the city will invest more than 14 million dollars in new road construction to service growth to augment development charges on seven new roads and road widening

 

WHEREAS a fifty percent city reduction to development charge funded roads would save the city at least 7 million dollars

 

BE IT RESOLVED the City defer its contribution to development charge roads by 50 per cent and reprioritize its new road construction for 2008 and 2009 as a consequence

 

MOTION NO. 26/19

 

Moved by Councillor J. Harder

Seconded by Councillor S. Desroches

 

That the question be now put on Motion No. 26/18.

 

CARRIED on a division of 14 YEAS to 7 NAYS as follows:

 

Yeas (14):        Councillors D. Deans, G. Brooks, D. Thompson, S. Qadri, S. Desroches, J. Harder, R. Chiarelli, R. Jellett, E. El-Chantiry, G. Hunter, R. Bloess, B. Monette, M. Wilkinson and Mayor O’Brien.

 

Nays (7):          Councillors A. Cullen, J. Legendre, D. Holmes, C. Leadman, P. Feltmate, G. Bédard and C. Doucet.

 

 

Motion No. 26/18 was then put to Council and LOST on a division of 4 YEAS to 20 NAYS as follows:

 

Yeas (4):          Councillors J. Legendre, D. Holmes, G. Bédard and C. Doucet.

 

Nays (20):        Councillors A. Cullen, P. Hume, D. Deans, G. Brooks, D. Thompson, S. Qadri, S. Desroches, J. Harder, R. Chiarelli, C. Leadman, R. Jellett, E. El-Chantiry,

M. Bellemare, P. Feltmate, G. Hunter, R. Bloess, B. Monette, M. McRae,

M. Wilkinson and Mayor O’Brien.

 

 

MOTION NO. 26/20

 

Moved by Councillor M. Wilkinson

Seconded by Councillor S. Qadri

 

That the Ottawa West Fire Station be deferred for one year for both capital and operating costs (Option 1, Appendix C – Transmittal Report  / Page 137 of the Draft Budget).

 

                                                                                                CARRIED

 

 
MOTION NO. 26/21

 

Moved by Councillor M. Wilkinson

Seconded by Councillor A. Cullen

 

WHEREAS the pilot on the deployment of in-bus cameras will not be completed until late 2008; and

 

WHEREAS there is $750,000 in the draft budget for cameras if the pilot project is successful which will not be needed until 2009;

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that $750,000 from the total in project #900516 on page 589 be moved from the 2008 request to 2009.

 

                                                                                                CARRIED

 

 

Motion No. 26/16 (Omnibus Motion #3), as amended by Motion Nos. 26/17, 26/20 and 26/21 was then put to Council and CARRIED with Councillor G. Bédard dissenting on Recommendation b and Councillors D. Holmes and C. Doucet dissenting on Recommendations a and b. 

 

OMNIBUS MOTION NO. 4

 
 
MOTION NO. 26/22

 

Moved by Councillor M. McRae

Seconded by Councillor S. Qadri

 

WHEREAS on November 30, 2007 the Mayor and a majority of Ottawa City Council endorsed a Statement of Intent regarding the 2008 City Budget that would protect the vulnerable in our community and not cut community services;

 

THEREFORE, consistent with the Statement of Intent, City Council approve the Draft 2008 operating and capital budgets as amended by the following service reductions (as detailed in Appendix E of the Transmittal Report), and adjustment to the administrative efficiency target for 2008, for a total savings of $4.035 million:

 

1.      Option 7: Eliminate Legislative Agenda Co-ordinator (CMO)                         $ 80K

2.      Option 9: Reduce By-law Project Officer capacity (CPS)                                             $ 90K

3.      Option 14: Reduce OW administrative support

      (reception, switchboard, etc) (CPS)                                                                                 $210K

4.      Option 35: Reduce Economic Development & Environmental Programs (PTE)         $  80K

5.      Option 36: Reduce staff support to Committee of Adjustment by 40% (PTE)            $160K

6.      Option 41: Eliminate promotional material for Forestry programs (PWS)                   $ 10K

7.      Option 63: Close Trail Road Landfill on Statutory Holidays (PWS)                $ 25K

8.      Option 67: Eliminate Leaf & Yard Waste in Rural Areas (PWS)                               $130K

9.      Advance a portion of the 2009 productivity savings target                                        $3,000K

 

 

MOTION NO. 26/23

 

Moved by Councillor G. Brooks

Seconded by Councillor R. Bloess

 

WHEREAS City Council identifies as a key priority during the Summer Strategic Planning Sessions that managers should be empowered to manage;

 

AND WHEREAS the 2008 Draft Budget Book stipulates the number of FTEs (full-time equivalent employees) at 13,245.28 FTEs for 2007;

 

AND WHEREAS, the 2008 Draft Budget is adding 200 FTEs for Para Transpo, 38 FTEs for Paramedics, and 70 FTEs for the Ray Friel Centre, to accommodate growth and the takeover of services;

 

AND WHEREAS, the Ottawa Police Service require 37 FTEs for 2008, 45 FTEs for 2009, and 45 FTEs for 2010, to accommodate growth;

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Council cap the number of FTEs (including Police) at 13,590.28 for 2008;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Council cap the number of FTEs (including Police) at 13,635.28 for 2009;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Council cap the number of FTEs (including Police) at 13,680.28 for 2010.

 

LOST on a division of 6 YEAS to 17 NAYS as follows:

 

Yeas (6):          Councillors G. Brooks, D. Thompson, S. Desroches, R. Jellett, R. Bloess and B. Monette.

 

Nays (17):        Councillors A. Cullen, J. Legendre, P. Hume, D. Deans, S. Qadri, J. Harder, R. Chiarelli, D. Holmes, C. Leadman, E. El-Chantiry, M. Bellemare, P. Feltmate, G. Hunter, C. Doucet, M. McRae, M. Wilkinson and Mayor O’Brien.

 

 

MOTION NO. 26/24

Moved by Councillor J. Harder

Seconded by Councillor P. Hume

 

WHEREAS the City of Ottawa owns property, assets, vehicles and equipment worth an estimated $4.4 billion as well as many more billions of dollars in public infrastructure (such as roads, bridges, etc.); and

 

WHEREAS the City pays approximately $2 million as the annual premium for its integrated insurance program with a “deductible” of $3 million per claim; and

 

WHEREAS from January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2006, the City received, on average, 1770 claims annually which resulted in an average annual cost of $6.5 million (including payments to Claimants, investigative services, expert opinions, legal fees, etc.); and 

 

WHEREAS the Auditor General identified there was “no enterprise-wide approach, or ability for the City to consistently assess the level of risk it faces across the organization to aid in planning and priority setting” in his 2005 “Audit of the Management Control Framework”; and 

 

WHEREAS the Auditor General, as part of that audit, recommended that the City’s senior management “introduce integrated risk management within the City as part of the planning and performance management cycle… [including] such activities as:

§         Development of an integrated risk management policy;

§         Development of tools and approaches for risk management; and

§         Provision of risk management training”; and 

 

WHEREAS the Auditor General concluded that, “when risk management is practiced in a comprehensive and integrated fashion, [not only is] management’s planning process… strengthened” but “on an enterprise-wide basis, resources can be allocated to the areas of highest risk, which not only supports the achievement of objectives, but also greatly increases efficiency by streaming resources to the area of greatest need”; and

 

WHEREAS, on May 9, 2007, Council approved a series of steps to implement the Auditor General’s recommendation to “develop a new Corporate integrated risk management policy by 2008” and to train “management staff involved in the evaluation of risk as part of the business planning process” for each Branch; and

 

WHEREAS the Risk Management function has recently been transferred to Legal Services; and staff of Corporate Planning and Performance Reporting have identified a “one-time” budget pressure of $150,000 to develop the integrated risk management policy and train management staff accordingly (p. 759);

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT City Council approve the “one-time” funding for the development of an integrated risk management policy (p. 759) as amended by the following:

 

1.                  That, as soon as possible, the City Solicitor meet with the Director of Risk Management from Hydro Ottawa to discuss how the City of Ottawa should proceed with the new integrated risk management initiative; and

 

2.                  That within the schedule for the administrative branch review, staff present the LRFP Committee with a preliminary report on the “next steps” with respect to minimizing the adverse and costly impacts of the City’s various risks with maximizing all avenues regarding cost-recovery; and

 

3.                  That the integrated risk management program be targeted with the following savings:

a)                  $2 million for 2008;

b)                  $7 million for 2009; and

c)                  $3 million for 2010.

 

CARRIED with Councillor C. Doucet dissenting.

 
MOTION NO. 26/25

 

Moved by Councillor P. Feltmate

Seconded by Councillor G. Bédard

 

Whereas Public Health is a key component of the health care system and the lead agency times of a health care crisis such as SARS; and

 

Whereas it is City Council’s stated position that this important health care service be funded by the Province of Ontario; and

 

Whereas it is important for City Council to develop a strategy, that will enjoy widespread support, to prepare for the uploading of the financial cost of this service; and

 

Whereas City Council must create the environment that will encourage the province to recognize the urgency of the situation;

 

Therefore be it resolved that 2008 Public Health budget be approved as presented and that the treasurer be authorized to provide the property tax funding for public health ($9.792M) from one time sources and that the base budget funding be removed from the 2008 budget and future forecasts; and

 

Further be it resolved that Mayor advise the Minister of Health that the Province of Ontario will be required to provide funding for public health services in 2009 and beyond; and

 

Further be it resolved THAT Medical Officer of Health be directed to bring forward organizational structures, such as an independent Board of Health, that will facilitate the uploading of the financial responsibility for this service; and

 

Further be it resolved that Deputy City Manager of Community and Protective Services  be directed to engage the public and community partners in support of Council’s uploading goals.

 

CARRIED with Councillor G. Hunter dissenting.

 

 


MOTION NO. 26/26

 

Moved by Councillor D. Holmes

Seconded by Councillor M. McRae

 

That the Rules of Procedure (Subsection 8.(1)(b) be suspended to extend the meeting time past 7:00 p.m.

 

LOST on a division of 11 YEAS to 12 NAYS as follows:

 

Yeas (11):        Councillors P. Hume, D. Deans, D. Holmes, C. Leadman, R. Jellett, E. El‑Chantiry, M. Bellemare, G. Hunter, B. Monette, M. McRae and M. Wilkinson.

 

Nays (12):        Councillors A. Cullen, J. Legendre, D. Thompson, S. Qadri, S. Desroches, J. Harder, R. Chiarelli, P. Feltmate, G. Bédard, C. Doucet, R. Bloess and Mayor O’Brien.

 
MOTION NO. 26/27

 

Moved by Councillor M. Wilkinson

Seconded by Councillor P. Hume

 

WHEREAS Planning Transit and the Environment undertakes strategic projects that facilitate development, redevelopment or enhancement of City lands; and

 

WHEREAS the City is required to undertake land appraisals, environmental site assessments, review of financial models and general concept feasibility; and

 

WHEREAS staff have proposed that for 2008 the following projects be funded: Petrie Island Beach Pavilion, Arts Court, Kanata Town Centre, and Dickinson Square;  and

 

WHEREAS Ref. page 881 of Draft Operating and Capital Budget Book 2008 identifies the funding requirement to be $1.0M for strategic projects;

 

WHEREAS subsequent to the tabling of the Draft Operating and Capital Budget Book 2008 Council approved an initiative aimed at the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park with a cost of up to $350,000; and

 

WHEREAS as an example of what these funds will facilitate completion of the Kanata Town Centre (new West District Library and Client Service Centre) will:

§         create value that can be used to realize the long awaited Town Centre vision and lower the cost of a new joint library and client service centre project.

§         generate approximately $315M in construction value and approximately $10M in new tax dollars.

§         Provide an opportunity to achieve efficiencies by including new Client Service Centre office space within one new integrated building with the library

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT funding in the amount of $800,000 be provided in the 2008 Capital Budget for Strategic Projects as follows:

 

                        Kanata Town Centre                                                          $300,000

                        Island Beach Pavillion                                                          200,000

                        Arts Court                                                                             200,000

                        Unallocated                                                                           100,000

 

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT these funds be recouped from the proceeds from land sales, leases, or any other associated economic benefit from these projects.

 

                                                                                                            CARRIED

 

MOTION NO. 26/28

 

Moved by Councillor J. Legendre

Seconded by Councillor R. Chiarelli

 

WHEREAS the “Economic Strategy Implementation” capital budget is used to respond to and advance a wide range of investment, municipal infrastructure and business development opportunities and priorities set by the City and The Ottawa Partnership (TOP) to support Ottawa's future economic prosperity and long-term fiscal competitiveness; and,

 

WHEREAS the Economic Strategy Implementation budget is used by the City and OCRI to leverage the skills, resources and energy of the private sector, labour, volunteer sector, all orders of government including public institutions such as universities, colleges and hospitals to improve Ottawa’s local economy that the City would be unable to act on and implement on its own. (e.g. City’s direct funding investment to OCRI of $1.8M becomes a $9M total funding investment); and,

 

WHEREAS the activities undertaken by OCRI and the City Economic Development, have a demonstrated track record of attracting investment, supporting local entrepreneurship and developing and attracting talent; and,

 

WHEREAS the proposed 2008 Economic Strategic Implementation Capital budget of $1.0 million is one-half of the $2.0 million capital funding level established at amalgamation and a reduction of $250,000 from the amount approved in 2007 and a reduction of $500,000 from the amount approved in 2006; and,

 

WHEREAS the reduction of this budget means that the City will have a reduced capacity to respond to partnership funding opportunities and programs such as improving service delivery and outreach to entrepreneurs and small business, advancing broadband applications and expanding on-line services to residents, supporting business improvement areas and rural tourism organizations and moving forward on key economic development priorities, including programs such as the OCRI/OLSC Research Commercialization Program, annual Ottawa Small Business Forum and OCRI Global Marketing Initiative; and,

 

WHEREAS many of these programs have Provincial funding commitments which are contingent on City funding support; and,

 

WHEREAS both The Ottawa Partnership (TOP) and the City’s Business Advisory Committee recommend the reinstatement of this budget given its critical role in advancing the City’s approved Economic Development Strategy;

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Economic Strategy Implementation capital budget be increased by $250K, to ensure 2007 funding levels are maintained (i.e. $1.25 million)

 

CARRIED with Councillors G. Hunter and S. Desroches dissenting.

 

 

The Committee of the Whole recessed the 2008 Budget deliberations at 6:50 p.m. on Tuesday, 11 December 2007 and reconvened at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, 12 December 2007.

 

MOTION NO. 26/29

 

Moved by Councillor D. Holmes

Seconded by Councillor P. Hume

 

Whereas there was no capital funding for Traffic Parking Operations in 2007;

 

Whereas ATM studies are required to resolve traffic issues which have resulted in serious injury to the public and it is unreasonable to show no progress at all in this area while the backlog of issues grows;

 

Therefore be it resolved that $1,362,000 million be added to the Public Works and Services department budget for the following unfunded Strategic Initiatives.

 

Advanced Traffic Mgmt Systems

$  100,000

Area Traffic Management

$  357,000

New Street Lighting

$  200,000

Audible Signals, 

$    45,000

New Sidewalks/Pathway Links

$  180,000

Cycling Facilities and Programs

$  230,000

High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes

$    60,000

Traffic Incident Management

$  100,000

Transportation System Management

$    90,000

 

 

Unfunded Strategic Initiatives - Descriptions
Traffic and Parking Operations

 

Description

Relevant Pages in Draft Capital Budget (Supplemental Information)

New 2008
Submissions (,000)

 

Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ATMS)
Continued phased development of this system by installation of traffic cameras at seriously congested intersections.

884

                100

 

Area Traffic Management
Addresses the impacts of motorized vehicles on communities and neighbourhoods.

884

                357

 

New Street Lighting
Provides for the installation of new streetlights on existing city streets where substandard lighting presently exists.

885

                200

 

Audible Signals
Funds the retrofitting of traffic control signals with audible pedestrian devices at locations specifically requested by visually impaired pedestrians or through the CNIB.

885

                  45

 

New Sidewalks / Pathway Links
Provides funding for the construction of new sidewalks or pathway links in existing areas of the City.

886

                180

 

Cycling Facilities and Programs
Responds to the important role of cycling within the overall transportation system through the planning, design and implementation of cycling facilities and programs.

886

                230

 

Total

 

              1,112

 

 

Unfunded Strategic Initiatives - Project Details

Traffic and Parking Operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New 2008 Submissions

(,000)

Projects/Items/Components

Amount

(,000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Traffic Management Systems

                  100

·

 Camera - Greenbank & Hunt Club

            25

 

 

 

·

 Camera - Hunt Club & 416/Cedarview

            25

 

 

 

·

 Camera - Bank & Heron

            25

 

 

 

·

 Camera - Merivale & Meadowlands

            25

 

Area Traffic Management

                  357

·

Monitoring/Evaluation

            10

 

 

 

 

Integration Program - Integrate ATM measures with planned Capital programs

            50

 

 

 

 

Localized Studies (City-wide)

            15

 

 

 

·

Alta Vista Drive - Comprehensive Study (Smyth to Bank)

          100

 

 

 

·

Old Ottawa South - Comprehensive Study

          100

 

 

 

·

Western Avenue - 1 Speed Hump (Garrison to Spencer)

              4

 

 

 

·

Park Avenue - 2 Speed Humps (Elgin to Cartier)

              8

 

 

 

·

Beechwood Avenue - Intersection modification at Mackay

            12

 

 

 

·

Inglewood Place - Intersection narrowing at Parkdale

            10

 

 

 

·

Tyndall Street - Mid-block narrowing between Hinton and Hamilton

              6

 

 

 

·

Stewart Street - Intersection narrowing at King Edward Avenue

            10

 

 

 

·

Gloucester Street - 2 Intersection narrowings at Bay and Lyon

            20

 

 

 

 

Speed humps on Quigley Hill Road

            12

 

 

 Below Cut-Off

·

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clearview Avenue - Island Park Drive to Patricia Avenue -- 2 Mid-Block Narrowings

            12

 

 

 

 

Ruskin Street - Holland Avenue to Parkdale Avenue -- 1 Mid-Block Narrowing

              6

 

 

 

 

Abbeyhill Drive - Castlefrank Road to Sherwood Street -- 1 Centre Island Narrowing (Median)

            10

 

 

 

 

Main Street - McIllraith Bridge to Toronto Street -- Streetscaping

              7

 

 

 

 

Somerset Street East - at Sweetland Avenue -- 2 Double Intersection Narrowings

            10

 

 

 

·

 

 

 

New Street Lighting

                  200

·

 Hunt Club Road - Lindbergh to Prince of Wales

          125

 

 

 

·

 Hunt Club Road - McCarthy to Transitway

            75

 

Audible Signals

                    45

·

Place d’Orleans & Centrum

            15

 

 

 

·

O'Connor & Wellington

            15

 

 

 

·

St Joseph & Forest Valley

            15

 

New Sidewalks/Pathway Links

                  180

·

KatimavikRoad from Castlefrank Rd. to Bus Stop 32m east (S/S)

            20

 

 

 

·

Hunt Club Road - Bowesville to 250m east of Canadair

            60

 

 

 

·

Castlefrank Road - Hazeldean to Winchester

            65

 

 

 

·

Aster Street - Kilborn to McMaster

            35

 

 

 Below Cut-Off

·

 

 

 

 

 

·

Bronson Avenue - Brewer Way to Colonel By Drive on/off ramp, west side

          240

 

 

 

·

Hunt Club Road - North Bowesville Road to Paul Anka Drive - north side

          470

 

 

 

·

Bel-Air Avenue - Garfield Ave W to Garfield Ave E  - south side

          171

 

 

 

·

Monterey Drive - Baseline Road to Guthrie Street

          212

 

 

 

 

Rideau Valley - Commodore to Blue Rock

          169

 

 

 

 

Cyrville Road - Startop Road to Transitway

          175

 

 

 

 

Fowler Street - Perth Street to Royal York

          300

 

 

 

 

Morrison Drive - Ashley Street to Baseline Road

          240