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March 27, 2019
Council Updates

City Council received a report today on the implementation of the corporate succession plan and approved the change in title and scope for two statutory officer positions, the City Treasurer and City Clerk.

The succession plan includes dividing the City Treasurer and General Manager of Corporate Services functions, dividing the City Clerk and Solicitor functions, and the merging of two departments.

The implementation of the plan comes as a result of the announced retirements of the General Manager of Community and Social Services on April 30, 2019, and of the General Manager of Corporate Services and City Treasurer in January 2020. Implementation will begin in June 2019.

As part of the plan, a Chief Financial Officer position will be created and will report directly to the City Manager. This CFO will serve as the City Treasurer and will oversee a new Finance Services Department. This new department will include Corporate Finance and Revenue Services, which previously sat within the Corporate Services Department.

The Corporate Services Department and the Service Innovation and Performance Department will merge and form a new Innovative Client Services Department, which will focus on strengthening service delivery to internal and external clients. The recruitment process for the new General Manager of Innovative Client Services will begin immediately. The merging of the two departments will take place shortly after the new General Manager is hired.

Current City Treasurer and General Manager of Corporate Services, Marian Simulik, will assume the role of CFO when the General Manager of Innovative Client Services is hired. She will remain in that position until her retirement in 2020. A recruitment process for a new CFO will start shortly.

The City Clerk and Solicitor functions will also be separated into two distinct positions, with City Clerk Rick O’Connor reporting directly to the City Manager. Legal Services will become part of the new Innovative Client Services Department.

Finally, the Corporate Real Estate Office will move from the Corporate Services Department to the Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department upon the creation of the Innovative Client Services Department.

Council today approved allocating $1.2 million from the Vehicle-for-Hire Accessibility Fund to projects that will improve accessible transportation services for residents.

The Accessibility Fund is generated from a voluntary per-trip surcharge paid by licensed private transportation companies like Uber and Lyft. Funding will be provided to:

  • Help community agencies expand accessible transportation services in rural areas
  • Make accessible taxis more affordable by reducing taxi-coupon costs by 25 per cent and doubling the maximum allowance of taxi-coupon books per customer to eight per month.

These projects were the result of extensive consultations with the public on how to use Accessibility Fund. In the future, the City expects about $720,000 a year to be generated through the surcharge. Council directed the General Manager of Emergency and Protective Services to try to negotiate an increase to the surcharge to further improve accessible transportation services.

As part of their existing budget and work plan, the Transportation Services Department will develop a mobile app to let Para Transpo customers track their rides – one of the other ideas generated during public consultations.

Council approved a brownfields grant of up to $687,593 to redevelop 300 Moodie Drive as a six-storey hotel and restaurant. Remediation of the site will address contaminated soil and groundwater. The overall economic impact of the commercial development is estimated to be more than $20 million in direct construction value. When built, it is estimated the property will generate more than $500,000 annually in increased property and education taxes.

Council also approved a concrete batching plant at 2596 Carp Road, just north of Highway 417. At the plant, raw materials would be mixed to make concrete for use in construction projects across the city.

The proponent company cannot start construction until Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks determines that air, noise and dust emissions from the plant would comply with all provincial regulations. To address traffic concerns, the company will be required to submit a Transportation Impact Assessment to the City.

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