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Committee Recommendations Approved at July 13 Burlington Council Meeting

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At the July 13 Burlington Council meeting, numerous recommendations were approved from the July cycle of committee meetings. Below are some of the highlights split up by committee.

Click this link to go through the full post-meeting minutes for all recommendations that were approved at the June 13 Regular Council meeting: Post-Meeting Minutes – Regular Meeting of Council_Jul13_2021.

Minutes from the Corporate Services, Strategy, Risk and Accountability (CSSRA) Committee; Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services (EICS) Committee; and Community Planning, Regulation & Mobility (CPRM) Committee meetings can be found under the “Related Links” header at the end of this post.

There are also separate posts for City and Regional Councils approving:

HIGHLIGHTS:

CSSRA COMMITTEE (July 5)

• SERVICE REDESIGN INTERIM MODIFICATIONS & RESUMPTIONS — City Manager’s Office report.

Recommendation:

Receive and file appendix A of city manager’s office report CM-16-21 providing interim service delivery modifications approved by the Burlington Leadership Team, Emergency Control Group and/or service leads for parking ambassadors and night-time activity – parking management service – transportation; and

Direct the Chief Financial Officer to track and monitor the financial implications of the above service delivery program changes in the ongoing COVID-19 financial impact reporting to Council.

Carried unanimously by Council.

MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:

Nighttime activities – particularly illegal ones – continue to occur at the Beachway and continue to be an issue of community safety for our city. We will continue to monitor things and take the appropriate actions necessary to deter the illegal behaviour and ensure our amenities continue to be safe for continued public use, especially during the summer.

 

• 2022 BUDGET FRAMEWORK — Finance Department report.

Recommendation:

Receive and file finance department report F-25-21 regarding the 2022 budget framework.

Carried unanimously by Council.

MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:

This item is a receive and file, and an information report to kick off our Budget 2022 discussions. I’m looking forward to staff giving us the in-depth information of what we need for a growing community and an increasingly sophisticated community. We get to decide as a Council how quickly we address the issues being presented – what is truly urgent and what can wait. This is truly a two-term Council exercise to “right the ship.” We’re looking for what’s reasonable, balanced and what the community can absorb. They trust us to do that. What will be valuable to our community is to see where we’re headed. Budgets are about the why as much as they are about the how.

 

CPRM COMMITTEE (July 6)

• DOWNTOWN PARKING OCCUPANCY SENSORS — Transportation Services Department report.

Recommendation:

Direct the Director of Transportation Services to proceed with the installation of occupancy sensors in all Municipally owned off-street parking facilities in downtown Burlington for a total cost of $165,000 to be funded from the Downtown Parking District Reserve Fund.

Carried unanimously by Council.

MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:

This will be very valuable data to have for planning purposes and I know many of our residents have been asking about it.

 

EICS COMMITTEE (July 8)

• PROPOSED CELEBRATE BURLINGTON EVENT — Recreation, Community & Culture Department report.

Recommendation:

Authorize the Director of Recreation, Community and Culture to re-purpose the budget that has previously been allocated for the Kite Festival, to support in 2022, an enhanced Canada Day civic recognition element and to include a kite component with the Children’s Festival to be hosted at Brant Hills in 2022; and

Authorize the Director of Recreation, Community and Culture to hold an event in April 2022 to commemorate the Cenotaph’s 100 anniversary, with the event to be funded from existing resources and as needed, with support from the Community Investment Fund; and

Direct the Director of Recreation, Community and Culture to report back in Q1 2022 on the concept of a “Celebrate Burlington” event as outlined in Report RCC-11-21.  (SD-23-21).

Carried unanimously by Council.

MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:

I’m grateful to our Recreation, Community & Culture Department staff for all their work on this report. The Cenotaph event is such a critically important event for us recognize the 100th anniversary of it. I’m really pleased with the dialogue of moving events in different locations across the city, creating new ones or enhancing current ones, and making use of our wonderful park spaces throughout Burlington. I’m absolutely thrilled by a Celebrate Burlington event — we have so much to celebrate in our community and we have people to celebrate and recognize. I’m really looking forward to the additional dialogue in shaping this event with the community, City staff and Council.

 

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

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