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Burlington City Council Passes Recommendations from Nov. 4 Committee of the Whole Meeting

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If you missed our Burlington City Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 18, here are some of the highlights of what we did — for a full recap of all the recommendations carried by Council from the Nov. 4 Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting, please click the links: Post-Meeting Minutes – Committee of the Whole_Nov04_2019 / Post-Meeting Minutes – Regular Meeting of Council_Nov18_2019.

• 2019-2023 INTER-GOVERNMENTAL DECLARATION ON CLEAR AIR AND CLIMATE CHANGE — Capital Works report, moved by Ward 4 Councillor Shawna Stolte at committee

Direct the Mayor or designate to sign the Clean Air Council 2019-2023 Inter-Governmental Declaration on Clean Air & Climate Change, as detailed in Appendix A of capital works report CW-46-19, on behalf of the City of Burlington at City Council on November 18, 2019.

Carried by Council.

Staff report: CW-46-19 Clean Air Council 2019-2023 Inter-Governmental Declaration on Clean Air and Climate Change.

MY TAKE:

I was honoured and more than happy to sign this declaration on behalf of Burlington City Council. Doing so shows that the City of Burlington has an ongoing commitment to develop and maintain a clean, healthy and resilient community and that climate change is top of mind in the decisions of this Council and recommendations by staff.

 

COOTES TO ESCARPMENT ECOPARK SYSTEM UPDATE — Capital Works report, moved by Ward 5 Councillor Paul Sharman at committee

Receive and file capital works report CW-05-19 regarding an update on the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System. Staff report: CW-46-19 Clean Air Council 2019-2023 Inter-Governmental Declaration on Clean Air and Climate Change.

Carried by Council.

MY TAKE:

This is an incredible initiative and I want to thank all the partners involved. This is what folks with vision can achieve and we’re truly the beneficiaries of those visionaries. I recently attended the 100th anniversary of Hamilton Naturalists Club — to think that people 100 years ago saw the value of nature before it was a crisis and the value of preserving the land for future generations.

 

• BURLINGTON ACTIVE AGING PLAN UPDATE — Parks and Recreation Department report, moved by Ward 1 Councillor Kelvin Galbraith at committee

Receive and file recreation services department report PR-02-19 which provides an update on the Burlington Active Aging Plan and Adult Program Service Expansion. Staff report: PR-02-19 Burlington Active Aging Plan Update.

Carried by Council.

MY TAKE:

I thank staff for this very comprehensive report. The Breakfast at the Bistro program is great and and it’s wonderful to see that inter-generational participation — most people think it’s about that food, but it’s about social inclusion and a sense of community.

 

• 2018-2022 BURLINGTON’S PLAN VISION TO FOCUS FINANCIAL PLAN — Finance Department report, moved by Councillor Sharman at committee

Receive and file finance department report F-41-19 regarding the 2018-2020 Vision to Focus financial plan. Staff report: F-41-19 V2F Financial Plan.

Carried by Council.

MY TAKE:

I want to acknowledge the work of staff on this plan and this is new territory for us. It’s going to require a change in thinking. While this is a work in progress, this has been a monumental effort to get us to this point and we should recognize that.

 

• BURLINGTON TRANSIT FIVE-YEAR BUSINESS PLAN — Transit Department report, moved by Councillor Sharman at committee

Refer transit department report regarding the five-year business plan for Burlington Transit (2020-2024) back to staff, to report in Q2 of 2020.

Staff report: TR-06-19 Transit Five-year Business Plan / Appendices: TR-06-19_Appendix A – Burlington Transit Five-Year Plan 2020-2024 and TR-06-19 – Appendix B Dynamic On Demand Transit Strategy

Carried unanimously by Council.

MY TAKE:

I was OK with referring the overall report to get more information from staff so that we could tweak it. The good news is that the buses will still run. Overall, the preliminary figures show a 4% increase in public transit and that is a significant achievement, seeing that our population growth is around 1%. When we build a system that gets people to where they need to go and we eliminate the barriers, people will use the system. These are outstanding achievements in a short period of time. I’m proud and our residents should be proud. The community has responded very positively.

In terms of the report we received from staff at committee, I support the work that’s being done. There’s a lot more in it than numbers and assumptions — there is a customer-service focus, a plan to increase the frequency of the grid network. I appreciate the action-oriented focus of our Director of Transit Sue Connor. There are many checkpoints along the way here, including the budget check point where we decide what the alternative fleet looks like, etc. We need a plan before we advocate for federal and provincial dollars. I put a lot of credence into the positive feedback from the Burlington for Accessible and Sustainable Transit community group. We need to get our modal split and to get there, we need to do everything we can to increase ridership on our buses.

 

— Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward

*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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