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Burlington City Council Passes Recommendations from July 8 and 11 Committee of the Whole Meetings

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If you missed our Burlington City Council meeting on Monday, July, here are some of the highlights of what we did — for a full recap of all the recommendations carried by Council from the July 8 and 11 Committee of the Whole (COW) meetings, please click the link: Post-Meeting Minutes – Committee of the Whole_Jul08_2019 & Post-Meeting Minutes – Committee of the Whole_Jul11_2019 / Post-Meeting Minutes – Regular Meeting of Council_Jul15_2019.

• Burlington Transit’s five-year business plan update (TR-03-19) — moved by me

The 2020–2024 Burlington Transit Business Plan will guide the implementation of transit service improvements over the next five years. Burlington Transit hired Dillon Consulting to conduct a peer and policy review, develop vision and mission statements, outline strategic directions, and develop a growth strategy for the next five years.

The Appendix A to the report includes a summary of the key strategies and recommendations that are being proposed within the Five-Year Business Plan. Internal consultation (Transit and
City staff) has helped guide the development of these strategies.

The recommendation to table the transit department report and refer debate and approval to the Committee of the Whole meeting on Nov. 4, 2019 was approved.

MY TAKE:

This is excellent work. Burlington Transit and our Director of Transit Sue Connor have listened to Council and the public. We are moving well along and towards our climate and transit goals.

 

Award of RFP-204-19 design build and install LaSalle Marina floating wave break (CW-31-19) and LaSalle Park Marina Agreement and Operating Model (CM-05-19) — former moved by me, latter moved by Councillor Paul Sharman

The recommendation for the design build and install of the floating wave was to:

  • Award of the contract to Kropf Industrial Inc., 1 Quebec Drive, Seguin, Ontario P2A 0B2, for $3,438,914.31 including HST 13%; and
  • Approve the purchase of the extended warranty from Kropf Industrial Inc., for $107,350.00 including HST 13%; and
  • Authorize the Manager of Procurement Services to issue a purchase order and/or sign any associated contracts/agreements with the bidder named above subject to the satisfaction of the City Solicitor; and
  • Charge total cost of $4,000,000 (Net HST) to capital order PR0150, financed from the Hydro Reserve Fund, with a minimum $2.1 million repayment by the future LaSalle Park Marina operator through the annual license agreement. (This was a motion I brought forward.)

The recommendation was approved by a 4-2 vote with me and Councillors Galbraith, Nisan and Sharman voting for, and Councillors Stolte and Bentivegna voting against. Councillor Kearns was absent during the July 15 Council meeting.

The recommendation for the LaSalle Park Marina Agreement and Operating Model was to:

  • Table city manager’s office report CM-5-19 on alternative operating models for the marina at LaSalle Park to the Committee of the Whole meeting on Sept. 9, 2019 at which time staff will provide a recommendation on a preferred operating model for the marina.

The recommendation was approved by a 5-1 vote with me and Councillors Galbraith, Nisan, Stolte and Sharman voting for, and Councillor Bentivegna voting against.

MY TAKE:

The way I saw it, we had three decisions to make — with the first being, did we want a wavebreak? And I have always said I support having a marina and boating use at LaSalle, which gives us a revenue stream. If we have boating there, then we need some sort of a wavebreak. I liked the idea of a floating wavebreak because it doesn’t create the problems our local Trumpeter Swan group brought forward during these discussions and it’s cheaper at approximately $3 million.

The second question was then how do we finance this? Taxpayers should not be 100 per cent on the hook for this. This question has always been the one we needed to get right. And we expect the $2.1 million to be repaid from whomever operates this back into Hydro Reserve Fund.

The third question is who will run the LaSalle Marina? But that was not something that had to be dealt with at the July committee and council meetings, but it is a question we will eventually have to deal with and figure out.

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6 thoughts on “Burlington City Council Passes Recommendations from July 8 and 11 Committee of the Whole Meetings”

  1. The City’s agreement with the marina ends October 2019. What will the new agreement, if any, look like?
    I’m a bit confused insofar as the wavebreak costing 4 million and the City only requires 2 million to be paid back. Please clarify.
    Also, if this is government funded, why are there private signs up. Please clarify.
    What revenue does the City collect and for which activity?
    I was there when people from Mississauga were launching their boat and advised that this is one of the few “free” launch sites. Why?
    I am fully in favour of this marina, as long as the swans are not affected by any improvements.
    If I’m contributing as a tax payer, I expect the marina to be as accessible as Spencer Smith Park or any other City facility.

    1. Hi Mozelle,
      This is John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist. I can answer a few of the questions you’ve raised in your comments. The City of Burlington and the LaSalle Park Marina are in a Joint Venture Agreement, so while the Marina is a private establishment, there is a community space element there as well (a free public boat launch and sailing schools). That is why Mayor Meed Ward believes it’s only fair that the City contributes something and the Marina contributes something. For any type of use to exist at the Marina, public or private, there needs to be a wave break of some kind. As the cost of the wave break is $4 million, the Mayor believes it’s fair the cost is split with the Marina, hence why the City will expect a repayment of approximately $2 million back to the Hydro Reserve Fund from which funding for the wave break will come.

      As for what the new agreement will look like after the current one expires — that has not yet been determined. If you want to stay updated on the project, please feel free to keeping checking the dedicated online page on the City of Burlington’s website here: https://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/lasalle-park-marina-wave-break-project.asp

      Thank you for commenting on the Mayor’s website.

      1. Hi John,
        Thank you for your prompt response. What I’m looking for on this particular matter is, will we be getting any revenue from the new wave-break? Currently, does the school pay the City for operating. If so, how much? Does the private boating club pay the City for operating. If so, how much? We know that they charge a membership fee, so they are profiting. It’s my understanding that they have never paid the City anything, but I could be wrong…
        If we are permitting free boat launch for people outside our jurisdiction, is there going to be a charge going forward to repay the 2 million borrowed from our hydro reserve?
        If we are currently offering free docking for the private boat club, is there going to be a fee going forward to help pay off our portion of the wave-break?
        Clarification on these points would be appreciated.
        Thank you.
        Mozelle.

  2. Who at CoB will ‘police’ the repayment of this debt? There are numerous previous examples of rules in place that were blatantly broken with no repercussions by the City, one example is of election signage left up 5 months without penalty, long past the CoB regulation of removal within 72 hours of an election. Also is there a timeframe for total repayment?

    1. Hi Deborah,
      This is John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist. The city financial department monitors receipt of payments. The marina has had past and current loans with the city for various items and has always repaid them, and met their current payment obligations. Thank you for commenting on the Mayor’s website.

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