January 12, 2015 - The One with the Codiac Transpo Agreement
January 13, 2015
Council Highlights – January 12, 2015. It was a short agenda. I thought it would be a quick meeting.....how wrong I was! We held our first meeting of 2015 tonight and got started with some lengthy items!
1.Water and Sewerage By-Law
2.Codiac Transpo Agreement
1.Water and Sewerage By-law amendments
Our Town Clerk has been reviewing our by-laws and renumbering them, making some changes to outdated ones. Tonight we passed the 1st and 2nd readings of the water and sewerage by-law. There were some minor updates and also updates that include switching to quarterly billing versus the former semi annually. The by-law deals with anything water and sewer related, storm sewer systems etc... I read the by-law (16 pages....yikes – thanks to Councillor Macdonald for taking a few pages) and both readings passed.
2.Codiac Transpo Agreement
Council approved the agreement between Codiac Transpo and the Town. All three municipalities were required to approve this agreement. It outlines the governing structure and lays out the formula for cost sharing. Changes were made to ensure the numbers reflect the true costs for each municipality to run their service. There was also a great deal of debate over the effectiveness of the current service. Though this agreement does not deal with level of service and routes specifically, it was generally agreed that we need to revisit the level of service offered in Riverview. Staff will be bringing some information to us this quarter on our service and possibilities to address resident feedback from the Codiac Transpo community consultation in 2012 among some other issues identified as gaps in service.
Councillor Hansen brought up a resident concern over whether or not the town clears the skating oval after snowstorms. As it turns out there are some parents who have been volunteering to clear the ice and we didn’t even know it was happening! Thanks to you guys for being awesome! The town does clear the ice off though. Our director explained that once things are frozen, as they are now, Parks will clear the ice after a snowstorm. It was mentioned that there is sometimes a delay because there is a priority list of things that need to be done. Public works does streets but parks will clear trail entrances and and maintains things like the ski trails. This past weekend, there was also a big hockey tournament and that took some resources as well.
I provided an update on the IKEA letter of invitation as well. The letter was formally mailed to IKEA today with 409 names attached to it! Thanks to all who took the time to add their name to the letter and I certainly hope we have positioned our town for some real commercial growth.
As always if you have any questions, comments or concerns, feel free to let me know! You can view other highlights by visiting my website at www.andrewjleblanc.com.