Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works spoke to an enquiry from Councillor Butt with respect to animal control and private property. Direction was given to bring a report in the future regarding animal services, relocation of animals, provincial requirements and resource perspective. Councillor Parrish spoke in support and noted ravines should be added to the scope of the report.
Members of the General Committee engaged in a discussion with respect to windrow clearance and winter maintenance. Mr. Wright spoke to the winter maintenance contracts and the cost of windrows, noting a report is coming soon outlining the cost of adding the service. Scott Holmes, Sr. Manager, Works Admin Operations & Maintenance spoke to work included in the contracts; the process for reporting locations that require further attention and parking enforcement. Mr. Wright spoke to instances when vehicles are towed noting it is typically in an emergency only. Members of the Committee requested the report include service level coordination with the Region of Peel; sidewalk and pathway clearance; equipment; payment options, user pay option, tax recovery and what can be done in 2023.
In response to Councillor Kovac, Mr. Holmes spoke to street sweeping; clearing bicycle lanes and catch basins.
Mayor Crombie directed staff to bring a report forward to consider a Hazel McCallion Spirit Award.
In response to Councillor Horneck, Jodi Robillos, Commissioner, Community Services spoke to unmaintained parking lots at parks; facility access agreements and lighting standards.
In response to Councillor Damerla, Mr. Wright spoke to signage for “Local Traffic Only” and will work with staff in Ward 7 with respect to community traffic.
In response to Councillor Tedjo, Ms. Robillos spoke to board insurance and the process for registered boards. Staff were directed to investigate the insurance further and whether the City could pay for it.
Councillor Tedjo spoke to hate and discrimination in Canada. Rob Trewartha, Director, Strategic Communications and Initiatives spoke to a previous report with respect to annual City events; Civic Recognition, coordinating significant events and criteria around what is celebrated. Mr. Trewartha spoke to bringing a discussion to the new Combating Racism, Discrimination and Hatred Committee and possibly bring a revised report back in the future with respect to other significant dates.
Councillor Fonseca spoke to the Diabetes Strategy and enquired about the status of the project. Ms. Robillos spoke to the ongoing process and will discuss offline.
In response to Mayor Crombie, Diana Rusnov, Director, Legislative Services and City Clerk advised the report on the Trucking Committee will be coming forward in the next few weeks.