THE COUNCIL OF

THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF PEEL

SPECIAL MEETING

February 7, 2002

PURPOSE: To deliberate the Region of Peel's 2002 Business Plan - Current and Capital Budgets

Regional Chair Kolb called the special meeting of Regional Council to order at 9:46 a.m. in the Council Chambers, Regional Administrative Headquarters, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton.


PRAYER AND ROLL CALL

Members: L. Bissell*, G. Carlson, C. Corbasson, F. Dale, S. DiMarco, S. Fennell, C. Gyles, C. Harker, N. Iannicca, E. Kolb, K. Mahoney, H. McCallion, G. Miles, M. Morrison, P. Mullin, M. Prentice, P. Saito, C. Seglins, I. Sinclair, R. Whitehead*
   
Members Absent: R. Begley, due to vacation; P. Palleschi, due to illness
   
Also Present: R. Maloney, Chief Administrative Officer; K. Gillespie, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Regional Solicitor; M. Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works; N. Tunnacliffe, Commissioner of Planning; K. Ward, Commissioner of Housing & Property; D. Szwarc, Commissioner of Social Services; P. Graham, Commissioner of Health; Dr. D. McKeown, Medical Officer of Health; L. Nashman, Director of Human Resources; B. Zeran, Director of Clerk's and Regional Clerk; D. Labrecque, Director, Corporate Finance; L. Conde, Legislative Co-ordinator


2. DECLARATIONS OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Chair Kolb declared a conflict of interest with regard to the salary portion of the Peel Regional Police Budget as a family member is employed with the Peel Regional Police, and refrained from voting thereon.

Councillor McCallion declared a conflict of interest with regard to the salary portion of the Peel Regional Police Budget as a family member is employed with the Peel Regional Police, and refrained from voting thereon.


3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES



4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Moved by Councillor Harker,
Seconded by Councillor Gyles;

That the agenda for the February 7, 2002 Special Regional Council meeting be approved.

Carried 2002-171

Councillor Whitehead arrived at 9:50 a.m.


5. DELEGATIONS/STAFF PRESENTATIONS

PROGRAM REVIEWS

a) Revised Public Health 2002 Service Plan
Presentation by Peter Graham, Commissioner of Health and Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health Received

Received 2002-172

Councillor Bissell arrived at 10:00 a.m.

Moved by Councillor Miles,
Seconded by Councillor Mullin;

That Regional Council approve an additional 30 Full Time Staff members for the Health department;

And further, that the Health department provide a forum to review the Public Health Plan to identify Future Health Initiatives and Priorities;

And further, that the Health department report back to Council for consideration and approval of a revised Public Health Plan;

And further, that the net costs for the two positions relating to private well inspections be funded from the utility rate.

Referred to the Health Department Forum on April 4, 2002 2002-173

See also Resolutions 2002-174, 2002-175, 2002-176 and 2002-189


Moved by Councillor Miles,
Seconded by Councillor Morrison;

That the motion of Councillors Miles and Mullin be amended by adding the following clause:

"That the net costs for the two positions relating to private well inspections be funded from the utility rate."

Referred to the Health Department Forum on April 4, 2002 2002-174

See also Resolutions 2002-173, 2002-175, 2002-176 and 2002-189

Moved by Councillor Saito,
Seconded by Councillor Sinclair;

That fourteen positions be deferred, nine as recommended by the Medical Officer of Health and an additional five positions from:

  • Peel Health Information Services 1
  • Dental Screening 2
  • Knowledge Capital 1
  • Breastfeeding Clinic 1

Referred to the Health Department Forum on April 4, 2002 2002-175

See also Resolutions 2002-173, 2002-174, 2002-176 and 2002-189


Moved by Councillor Saito,
Seconded by Councillor Sinclair;

That Regional Council approve an additional 39 full-time staff members for the Health Department as proposed by the Medical Officer of Health.

Referred to the Health Department Forum on April 4, 2002 2002-176

See also Resolutions 2002-173, 2002-174, 2002-175 and 2002-189


b) Social Housing
Presentation by Keith Ward, Commissioner of Housing and Property

Received 2002-177


RECESS

Council recessed at 12:05 p.m.

Council reconvened at 12:47 p.m.


ROLL CALL

Members: L. Bissell, G. Carlson, C. Corbasson, F. Dale, S. DiMarco, S. Fennell, C. Gyles, C. Harker, N. Iannicca, E. Kolb, K. Mahoney, H. McCallion, G. Miles, M. Morrison, P. Mullin, M. Prentice, P. Saito, I. Sinclair, R. Whitehead M. Morrison, P. Mullin, P. Palleschi, M. Prentice, P. Saito, I. Sinclair, R. Whitehead
   
Members Absent: R. Begley due to vacation; P. Palleschi, due to illness; C. Seglins, due to other municipal business


c) Ambulance and Emergency Programs
Presentation by Kent Gillespie, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Regional Solicitor

Received 2002-178

Councillor Mahoney departed at 2:05 p.m.


6. COMMUNICATIONS

a) Brad Clark, MPP, Minister of Transportation, Letter dated January 17, 2002, Regarding the Province Assuming Responsibility for the Operating and Base Capital Funding for GO Transit

Received 2002-179

See also Resolutions 2002-180 and 2002-181

b) James Flaherty, MPP, Deputy Premier, and Minister of Finance, Letter dated January 14, 2002, Responding to Chair Kolb's Correspondence Regarding Peel's Interest in the Funding of GO Transit

Received 2002-180

See also Resolutions 2002-179 and 2002-181

c) Brad Clark, MPP, Minister of Transportation, Letter dated November 14, 2001, Advising that the Province Will Provide Ongoing Funding for Transit Capital Renewal by Cost-Sharing up to One-Third of Eligible Municipal Requirements; the Establishment of an Operating Authority to Assume 100% of GO Transit Operating and Base Capital Funding; and a Request for a Regional Council Resolution which Supports the Release of Municipal Levy Funds to Support Transit Priorities (For information and Resolutions 2001-1032 and 2001-1033 adopted with respect thereto, at the Regional Council meeting of December 6, 2002)

Received 2002-181

See also Resolution 2002-179 and 2002-180


Additional Item

GO Transit Funding

Moved by Councillor Gyles,
Seconded by Councillor Fennell;

That Resolution 2001-1033 regarding GO Transit Funding be rescinded.

Carried by 2/3's vote 2002-182


Item 9.a) was dealt with.

a) GO Transit Funding

Moved by Councillor McCallion,
Seconded by Councillor Fennell;

Whereas the Province of Ontario historically provided funding for transit operations, vehicles and equipment until it was eliminated as part of the Local Services Realignment process; and

Whereas on September 27, 2001, Ontario Premier Mike Harris announced a 10-year, $9 billion plan to ensure the province has a transit system that will help strengthen the economy and protect the environment; and

Whereas part of the transit funding initiative is to reinstate financial support for local transit systems, including the replacement of buses and expansion of local transit service; and

Whereas the Region of Peel was relieved of its responsibility to fund a portion of the operating expenses of GO Transit, estimated at $16.5 million per year; and

Whereas the Minister of Transportation has directed that these savings be invested in transit initiatives, and has advised the City of Toronto that its savings should be directed to the Toronto Transit Commission;

and Whereas the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton have identified significant funding needs in order to sustain and expand their local transit system to effectively serve the residents of their respective cities; be it resolved that:

    1. That the $16.5 million allocated in the 2002 budget for the former GO Transit Operating Budget be provided to the area municipalities in the proportion paid by each in tax levy.

    2. That for 2003 and subsequent years, that the area municipalities will levy its taxpayers directly for those funds, and that the amount be removed from the Region's current budget and tax levy to create the required tax room.

Councillor Whitehead requested that the main motion be split in two parts.

Councillor Gyles requested a recorded vote on item 9.a).

Part I:

Whereas the Province of Ontario historically provided funding for transit operations, vehicles and equipment until it was eliminated as part of the Local Services Realignment process; and

Whereas on September 27, 2001, Ontario Premier Mike Harris announced a 10-year, $9 billion plan to ensure the province has a transit system that will help strengthen the economy and protect the environment; and

Whereas part of the transit funding initiative is to reinstate financial support for local transit systems, including the replacement of buses and expansion of local transit service; and

Whereas the Region of Peel was relieved of its responsibility to fund a portion of the operating expenses of GO Transit, estimated at $16.5 million per year; and

Whereas the Minister of Transportation has directed that these savings be invested in transit initiatives, and has advised the City of Toronto that its savings should be directed to the Toronto Transit Commission; and

Whereas the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton have identified significant funding needs in order to sustain and expand their local transit system to effectively serve the residents of their respective cities; be it resolved that:

  • That the $16.5 million allocated in the 2002 budget for the former GO Transit Operating Budget be provided to the area municipalities in the proportion paid by each in tax levy.
  In Favour: Councillors Bissell, Carlson, Corbason, Dale, DiMarco, Fennell, Gyles, Harker, Iannicca, McCallion, Miles, Morrison, Mullin, Prentice, Saito, Sinclair, Whitehead
  Total: 17  
     
  Opposed: Nil
  Total: Nil  
     
  Absent: Councillors Begley, Mahoney, Palleschi, Seglins
  Total: 4  
     

Carried

See also Resolution 2002-183

Part II:

That for 2003 and subsequent years, that the area municipalities will levy its taxpayers directly for those funds, and that the amount be removed from the Region's current budget and tax levy to create the required tax room.

  In Favour: Councillors Bissell, Carlson, Corbason, Dale, DiMarco, Fennell, Gyles, Harker, Iannicca, McCallion, Miles, Morrison, Mullin, Prentice, Saito, Sinclair
  Total: 16  
     
  Opposed: Whitehead
  Total: 1  
     
  Absent: Councillors Begley, Mahoney, Palleschi, Seglins
  Total: 4  
     

Carried

See also Resolution 2002-183


Consolidated Resolution - GO Transit Funding

Moved by Councillor McCallion,
Seconded by Councillor Fennell;

Whereas the Province of Ontario historically provided funding for transit operations, vehicles and equipment until it was eliminated as part of the Local Services Realignment process; and

Whereas on September 27, 2001, Ontario Premier Mike Harris announced a 10-year, $9 billion plan to ensure the province has a transit system that will help strengthen the economy and protect the environment; and

Whereas part of the transit funding initiative is to reinstate financial support for local transit systems, including the replacement of buses and expansion of local transit service; and

Whereas the Region of Peel was relieved of its responsibility to fund a portion of the operating expenses of GO Transit, estimated at $16.5 million per year; and

Whereas the Minister of Transportation has directed that these savings be invested in transit initiatives, and has advised the City of Toronto that its savings should be directed to the Toronto Transit Commission; and

Whereas the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton have identified significant funding needs in order to sustain and expand their local transit system to effectively serve the residents of their respective cities; be it resolved that:

  • That the $16.5 million allocated in the 2002 budget for the former GO Transit Operating Budget be provided to the area municipalities in the proportion paid by each in tax levy.

  • That for 2003 and subsequent years, that the area municipalities will levy its taxpayers directly for those funds, and that the amount be removed from the Region's current budget and tax levy to create the required tax room.

Carried 2002-183


Item 7.e) was dealt with.

e) 2002 Current Budget Approval

Moved by Councillor Fennell,
Seconded by Councillor Bissell;

That the 2002 Property Tax Supported Budget in the amount of $728,075,876 gross and $503,600,000 net be approved as outlined in Attachment 1 (as amended) of the report of the Chief Administrative Officer and Acting Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance dated January 30, 2002 and titled "2002 Current Budget Approval";

And further, that the proposed amendment to reduce the overall net levy to the $503,600,000 level be established initially as a $2.1 million contribution from corporate working funds reserve and any subsequent adjustments made by Council to proposed Public Health complement additions will be balanced against the non-program portion of the budget to ensure that the overall net levy be maintained at $503.6 million;

And further, that the 2002 Peel Regional Police Capital Budget totaling $21,101,000 and the Ontario Provincial Police 2002 Capital Budget totaling $150,000 be approved as detailed in Attachment 2 of the report of the Chief Administrative Officer and Acting Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance dated January 30, 2002 and titled "2002 Current Budget Approval";

And further, that the Peel Regional Police Services Board be requested to provide their 2003 current budget estimates to the Regional Treasurer on or before October 1, 2002, to facilitate the 2003 Business Planning process;

And further, that a full review of the remaining 2001 surplus be brought forward to Council as part of the year end Triannual report, for further detailed consideration on its allocation;

And further, that the 2002 Region tax supported levy represents an average tax rate increase of 2.1% for policing service needs; And further that the Treasurer be authorized to carry out any necessary technical adjustments and present the necessary levy by-law to Council.

Councillor Fennell requested a recorded vote.

  In Favour: Councillors Bissell, Carlson, Corbason, Dale, DiMarco, Fennell, Gyles, Harker, Iannicca, Miles, Morrison, Mullin, Prentice, Saito, Sinclair, Whitehead
  Total: 16  
     
  Opposed: Nil
  Total: Nil  
     
  Absent: Councillors Begley, Mahoney, Palleschi, Seglins
  Total: 4  
     
  Abstain: Councillor McCallion
  Total: 1  

Carried 2002-184


7. REPORTS

Staff Reports

a) 2002 Budget Process - Councillor Enquiries

Received 2002-185

b) Status of Capital Works in Progress with no Financial Activity as of December 31, 2001

Received 2002-186

c) 2002 - 2011 Capital Program Planning and Public Works Issues - Follow-up Report

Moved by Councillor McCallion,
Seconded by Councillor Bissell;

That the following capital projects contained in the 2002 Planning and Public Works Capital Budgets be approved, subject to a report back to Council as detailed in the report of the Commissioners of Planning and Public Works dated January 22, 2002 and titled "2002 - 2011 Capital Program Planning and Public Works Issues - Follow-up Report":

  • #02-7511 Long Range Transportation Studies $300,000
  • #01-4305 Area Specific Transportation Analyses $350,000

Carried 2002-187

d) 2002 Current Budget - Revisions to Peel Regional Police Estimates

Received 2002-188

e) 2002 Current Budget Approval

This item was dealt with under Resolution 2002-184



8. BY-LAWS


9. OTHER BUSINESS

a) Resolution Regarding the Province Providing Funding for GO Transit

This item was dealt with under Resolution 2002-183


Additional Item

Health Department Forum

Moved by Councillor Mulllin,
Seconded by Councillor Prentice;

That a Health Department Forum be held on April 4, 2002 starting at 9:30 a.m. to review the Public Health Plan to identify Future Health Initiatives and Priorities and to make recommendations to Regional Council for consideration and approval of a revised Public Health Plan and 2002 staffing levels.

Carried 2002-189

See also Resolutions 2002-173 to 2002-176 inclusive


10. NOTICES OF MOTION


11. IN CAMERA MATTERS

a) Labour relations or employee negotiations

Moved by Councillor Mulllin,
Seconded by Councillor Prentice;

That the Chief Administrative Officer be authorized to implement the 2002 Pay for Performance Program and Benefit Plan changes as outlined in the In Camera report dated January 16, 2002.

Carried 2002-190


12. BY-LAW CONFIRMING THE PROCEEDINGS OF COUNCIL

Moved by Councillor Sinclair,
Seconded by Councillor Saito;

That By-law 11-2002 to confirm the proceedings of Regional Council at its special meeting held on February 7, 2002 and to authorize the execution of documents in accordance with the Region's by-laws relating thereto, be given the required number of readings, taken as read, signed by the Regional Chair and the Regional Clerk, and that the Corporate Seal be affixed thereto.

Carried 2002-191


13.ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 2:37 p.m.

 

 

B. Zeran   E. Kolb

Regional Clerk

 

Regional Chair