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COUNCIL

 

OF

 

THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF YORK

 

January 26, 2012

 

 

Regional Council met at 9:32 a.m. in the Council Chambers, York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket, with Regional Chair Fisch presiding.

 

 

The following were present at this Meeting:

 

Mayor:              Barrow, Bevilacqua, Dawe, Emmerson, Grossi, Hackson, Pellegrini, Scarpitti and Van Bynen 

           

Regional           Di Biase, Heath, Hogg, Jones, Landon, Li, Rosati, Schulte, Spatafora,

Councillor:        Taylor, and Wheeler

           

Staff:                Basso, Davidson, Hughes, Hulton, Kurji, Llewellyn-Thomas, Macgregor, Mahoney, and Urbanski

 

 

DISCLOSURE

 

3          ROPA 2 -- City of Vaughan Urban Expansion

 

Regional Councillor Di Biase declared an interest in Clause 9.4 of Planning and Economic Development Committee Report No. 1 - 'Status Update Report 4 on Appeals of the York Region Official Plan 2010, ROPA 1 -Town of East Gwillimbury Urban Expansion, ROPA 2 - City of Vaughan Urban Expansion and ROPA 3 - Town of Markham Urban Expansion' as his children have a part interest in a parcel of land within Block 27 which was purchased by his maternal grandfather in the 1960s. Regional Councillor Di Biase did not participate in the consideration, discussion of, or vote for this item.

 

 

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4          MINUTES

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Di Biase, seconded by Mayor Emmerson that Council confirm the Minutes of the Council meeting held on December 15, 2011 in the form supplied to the Members.

Carried

 

 

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PRESENTATION

 

Council then received the following presentation:

 

5          2012 Budget Overview

(Clause 1 of Finance and Administration Committee Report No. 1)

 

Bruce Macgregor, Chief Administrative Officer and Bill Hughes, Commissioner of Finance presented an overview of the 2012 Budget.  The proposed 2012 tax levy increase is 1.82% with gross operating expenditures being $1.616 billion (gross) and $826 million (net), total project budget authority for capital being $3.408 billion and gross capital expenditures being $1.178 billion.

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Taylor, seconded by Regional Councillor Spatafora that Council amend Clause 1 of Finance and Administration Committee Report No. 1 by adding the following recommendation:

 

7. Dedicate an additional 0.5% tax levy to a long-term fiscal sustainability reserve for debt reduction or asset replacement with staff to report back providing a specific recommendation

 

A recorded vote on this motion was as follows:

 

For:      Dawe, Hackson, Hogg, Spatafora, Taylor, Van Bynen, Wheeler (7)

 

Against: Barrow, Bevilacqua, Di Biase, Emmerson, Grossi, Heath, Jones, Landon, Li,

             Pellegrini, Rosati, Schulte, (12)

Lost

 

It was moved by Mayor Barrow, seconded by Mayor Van Bynen that Council:

 

1. Receive the presentation by Bruce Macgregor, Chief Administrative Officer and Bill Hughes, Commissioner of Finance.

 

2. Adopt the recommendations in Clause 1 of Finance and Administration Committee Report No. 1, including approval of the 2012 Operating and Capital Business Plan and Budget.

 

A recorded vote on this motion was as follows:

 

For:      Barrow, Bevilacqua, Dawe, Di Biase, Emmerson, Grossi, Hackson, Heath,

Hogg, Jones, Landon, Pellegrini, Rosati, Schulte, Spatafora, Taylor,

Van Bynen, Wheeler  (18)

 

Against: Li (1)

Carried

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

           

Council considered the following communications:

 

6          Transportation Analysis for Regional Official Plan Amendment 3

(Clause 7 of Planning and Economic Development Committee Report No. 1)

 

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Patricia A. Foran, Aird & Berlis, Barristers and Solicitors, January 19, 2012, on behalf of the North Markham Landowners Group and each of its constituent landowners

 

It was moved by Mayor Hackson, seconded by Mayor Bevilacqua that Council receive the communication and refer it to consideration of Clause 7 of Planning and Economic Development Committee Report No. 1.

Carried

 

Diana Santo, MMM Group Limited, January 24, 2012

 

It was moved by Mayor Grossi, seconded by Regional Councillor Landon that Council receive the communication and refer it to consideration of Clause 7 of Planning and Economic Development Committee Report No. 1.

Carried

(See Minute No. 7)

 

 

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7          COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

It was moved by Mayor Grossi, seconded by Regional Councillor Spatafora that Council resolve itself into Committee of the Whole to consider the following reports:

 

Report No. 1 of the Community and Health Services Committee

Report No. 1 of the Environmental Services Committee

Report No. 1 of the Finance and Administration Committee

Report No. 1 of the Planning and Economic Development Committee

Report No. 1 of the Transportation Services Committee

Carried

 

Regional Chair Fisch chaired the Committee of the Whole.

 

The Committee of the Whole rose and recommended that Council adopt the recommendations in the following reports with amendments as noted:

 

Report No. 1 of the Community and Health Services Committee

 

Report No. 1 of the Environmental Services Committee

 

Report No. 1 of the Finance and Administration Committee

 

Clause 2 regarding Terms of Reference for a Water and Wastewater Service Delivery and Costing Analysis was received.

 

Clause 7 regarding Hospital Capital Funding was adopted with the record to note that funding for hospitals comes from hospital foundations and other sources.

 

Report No. 1 of the Planning and Economic Development Committee

 

Report No. 1 of the Transportation Services Committee

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Rosati, seconded by Regional Councillor Spatafora that Council adopt the recommendations of the Committee of the Whole.

Carried

 

 

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8          BYLAWS

 

It was moved by Mayor Pellegrini, seconded by Regional Councillor Jones that Council introduce and approve certain Bills in the form as noted on the Revised Agenda and enact them as Bylaws.

 

Bylaw No. 2012-1 [2.3MB]

To adopt an Emergency Management Program

 

Bylaw No. 2012-2

To levy against the lower-tier municipalities on an interim basis the sums of monies required during the year 2012 for the purposes of The Regional Municipality of York

 

Bylaw No. 2012-3

To establish a public highway -- part of Islington Avenue

 

Bylaw No. 2012-4

To establish the Fiscal Stabilization Reserve Fund

Carried

             

           

OTHER BUSINESS

 

9          Appointment to the Regional Municipality of York Police Services Board

 

Regional Chair Fisch announced that he will be appointing Mayor Hackson to the Regional Municipality of York Police Services Board. He also announced that Mayor Scarpitti had just been appointed by the Board to the position of Chair of the Board. Regional Chair Fisch congratulated both Mayor Hackson and Mayor Scarpitti on their appointments.

 

Regional Chair Fisch thanked Regional Councillor Wheeler for his 10 years of excellent service on the Police Services Board; one year as a member, four years as Vice Chair and five years as Chair. 

 

 

10        York Region Abuse Program

 

Mayor Hackson announced the 15th Annual Children's Champion Gala taking place on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Roman Palace in Newmarket. This supports vulnerable children who are part of the York Region Abuse Program.

 

 

11        Box Grove Secondary Plan

 

Regional Councillor Heath announced the Don Cousens Parkway official road opening at the east end of Box Grove will take place on February 14, 2012.

 

 

12        Federation of Canadian Municipalities -- Federal Infrastructure Stimulus Funds

 

Regional Councillor Hogg announced that the Federal government, in an effort to continue the stable economic situation in Canada, is considering a second round of infrastructure stimulus funds.  To that end, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities will be meeting with Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty on February 13, 2012.

 

 

13        Opening of Recreational Outdoor Campus in Georgina

 

Mayor Grossi announced the recent grand opening of the Recreational Outdoor Campus (ROC) in Georgina.

 

 

14        PRIVATE SESSION

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Wheeler, seconded by Mayor Scarpitti that Council convene in Private Session for the purpose of considering the following:

 

1. Private Report of the Planning and Economic Development Committee -- Ontario Municipal Board Appeals -- Town of Richmond Hill -- Litigation and Solicitor-Client Privilege

 

2. Private Report of the Planning and Economic Development Committee -- Ontario Municipal Board Appeals -- Town of Richmond Hill -- Litigation and Solicitor-Client Privilege

 

3. Private Report of the Community and Health Services Committee -- 'Investment in Affordable Housing for Ontario Preliminary Delivery Plan and Development Activity Update' -- Security of Municipal Property and Proposed Acquisition of Land

 

4. Private Report of the Environmental Services Committee -- Waste Management -- Potential Litigation

 

5. Private Report of the Commissioner of Transportation and Community Planning -- Security Arrangements -- Security of Municipal Property

 

6. Transit Strike and Operations -- Solicitor-Client Privilege and Land Disposition

Carried

 

 

Council met in Private Session at 11:05 a.m. and reconvened in Council at 12:42 p.m.

 

It was moved by Mayor Grossi, seconded by Regional Councillor Hogg that Council rise and report from Private Session.

Carried

 

 

15        Ontario Municipal Board Appeals by Torview Properties Inc., Town of Richmond Hill

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Spatafora, seconded by Mayor Barrow that Council adopt the recommendations contained in the private report of the Planning and Economic Development Committee dated January 11, 2012 as follows:

 

1. Council authorize the Regional Solicitor to settle the Ontario Municipal Board appeals of Torview Properties Inc.

 

2. Council authorize the Regional Solicitor to execute Minutes of Settlement with Torview Properties Inc.

 

3. Council authorize Regional staff to appear before the Ontario Municipal Board regarding these matters, as necessary, to support the Region's position.

Carried

 

 

16        Ontario Municipal Board Appeals by Intracorp Projects Acquisitions Ltd., Town of Richmond Hill

 

It was moved by Mayor Barrow, seconded by Regional Councillor Hogg that Council adopt the recommendations contained in the private report of the Planning and Economic Development Committee dated January 11, 2012 as follows:

 

1. Council authorize the Regional Solicitor to settle the Ontario Municipal Board appeals of Intracorp Projects Acquisitions Ltd.

 

2. Council authorize the Regional Solicitor to execute Minutes of Settlement with Intracorp Projects Acquisitions Ltd.

 

3. Council authorize Regional staff to appear before the Ontario Municipal Board regarding these matters, as necessary, to support the Region's position.

                                                                                            Carried

 

 

17        Investment in Affordable Housing for Ontario Preliminary Delivery Plan and Development Activity Update

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Jones, seconded by Regional Councillor Taylor that Council adopt the recommendations contained in the private report of Community and Health Services Committee dated January 18, 2012 as follows:

 

1. Council approve the preliminary Investment in Affordable Housing for Ontario Program Delivery and Fiscal Plan for submission to the Province.

 

2. Subject to a confirmed funding allocation, the Commissioner of Community and Health Services or delegate be authorized to enter into funding agreements with housing providers as required for each component of the Investing in Affordable Housing program subject to the prior review of Legal Services.

 

3. Council approve the use of funds from Years 2, 3 and 4 for Regional development initiatives under the Rental Housing component.

 

4. Staff bring back a report within two months on the Ja'Fari Islamic Housing Corporation project and other options for Housing York Inc. or 'rent geared to income'.

 

5. Should additional funds become available from the Province, the Commissioner of Community and Health Services or delegate be authorized to accept and allocate such funds and enter into funding agreements with housing providers, subject to the prior review of Legal, in order to provide a timely response to potential affordable housing opportunities that may arise.

Carried

 

18        Waste Management

 

It was moved by Mayor Bevilacqua, seconded by Regional Councillor Landon that Council adopt the confidential direction to staff contained in the private report of the Environmental Services Committee dated January 10, 2012.

Carried

 

 

19        Transit Strike Security Resourcing Requirements

 

It was moved by Mayor Scarpitti, seconded by Mayor Hackson that Council adopt the recommendation contained in the private report of the Commissioner of Transportation and Community Planning dated January 23, 2012 as follows:

 

1. The contract for AFI International Group Inc. be increased from $900,000 to $2 million to maintain labour dispute security services during the transit strike.

Carried

 

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20        Transit Strike and Operations -- Contract with TOK Transit Limited

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Spatafora, seconded by Regional Councillor Schulte that Council receive the confidential update and adopt Report No. 1 of the Commissioner of Transportation and Community Planning dated January 24, 2012, including the following recommendations:

 

1. Council authorize entering into a contract with TOK Transit Limited for the bus operations and maintenance of the Region's North transit service under the Emergency Purchase provisions of the Region's Procurement Bylaw, on the following terms:

 

a) The term of the contract be for a period of four years, to April 30, 2016, on the terms and conditions outlined in this report.

 

b) The total estimated cost of the contract for four years is $46,055,925, excluding fuel and taxes, based on a 2012 hourly operating rate of $72.25.

 

c) The Region contribute up to a maximum of $1,000,000 during the term of the contract towards proactive maintenance to be undertaken jointly by the Region and TOK Transit Limited to extend the life of vehicles, increase service reliability to customers by reducing the risk of catastrophic vehicle failure and lower overall hourly operating rate.

 

2. Council authorize a lease agreement for the North Transit Maintenance Facility, 18106 Yonge Street, in the Town of Newmarket, between TOK Transit Limited and the Region for the term of the contract and for a nominal rate, commencing on Feb 5, 2012, and expiring April 30, 2016.

 

3. The Region authorize procurement, not to exceed $750,000, for facility improvements at the North Transit Maintenance Facility, 18106 Yonge Street, in the Town of Newmarket.

Carried

 

 

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21        CONFIRMATORY BYLAW

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Landon, seconded by Mayor Bevilacqua that Council enact the following bylaw to confirm the proceedings of this meeting of Council.

 

Bylaw No. 2012-5        

To confirm the proceedings of Council at its meeting held on January 26, 2012.

Carried

 

 

The Council meeting adjourned at 12:57 p.m.

                       

                       

                       

Denis Kelly   

Regional Clerk

           

           

Minutes confirmed and adopted at the meeting of Regional Council held on February 16, 2012.

           

           

           

Bill Fisch      

Regional Chair

 

 

 
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