December 17, 2009 Special Regional Council-Budget Minutes
Page Content:
1. Prayer and Roll Call
2. Declarations of Conflicts of Interest
3. Approval of Minutes
4. Approval of Agenda
5. Delegations/Presentations
 
a)
Peel Regional Police 2010 Budget
 
b)
2010 Current and Capital Region of Peel and Peel Regional Police Budget Re-Cap
6. Communications
7. Reports
8. By-laws
9. Other Business
10. Notices of Motion
11. In Camera Matters
12. By-law to Confirm the Proceedings of Council
13. Adjournment


THE COUNCIL OF
THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF PEEL
SPECIAL REGIONAL COUNCIL - BUDGET MEETING
December 17, 2009

Purpose: Presentation of the Peel Regional Police 2010 Budget

Regional Chair Kolb called the Special Budget Meeting of Regional Council to order at 9:40 a.m. in the Council Chamber, Regional Administrative Headquarters, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Suite A, Brampton.

1. PRAYER AND ROLL CALL

Councillor Dale recited the prayer.

 
Members:

G. Carlson; F. Dale; S. Fennell; G. Gibson; A. Groves; N. Iannicca¨; E. Kolb; K. Mahoney; H.  McCallion; G. Miles; E. Moore; M. Morrison; P.  Mullin; P. Palleschi; C. Parrish; R. Paterak; M. Prentice; P. Saito; J. Sanderson; J. Sprovieri; A. Thompson; R. Whitehead *

 
 
Members Absent:

E. Adams, due to other municipal business; C. Corbasson, due to other municipal business; S. McFadden, due to a personal matter

 
 
Also Present:

D. Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer; R. K. Gillespie, Commissioner of Employee and Business Services, D. Labrecque, Commissioner of Public Works; N. Trim, Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Corporate Services; J.  Menard, Commissioner of Human Services; J. Smith, Commissioner of Health Services; Dr. D. Mowat, Medical Officer of Health; J. Payne, Deputy Clerk; H. West, Legislative Specialist

     

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* See text for arrivals
¨See text for departures


2. DECLARATIONS OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Regional Chair Kolb declared a conflict of interest with respect to the salary portion of the Peel Regional Police Budget, as a family member is employed with Peel Regional Police.

Councillor McCallion declared a conflict of interest with respect to the salary portion of the Peel Regional Police Budget, as a family member is employed with Peel Regional Police.

Councillor Miles declared a conflict of interest with respect to the salary portion of the Region of Peel Budget, as a family member is employed with the Region of Peel.

Councillor Moore declared a conflict of interest with respect to the salary portion of the Region of Peel Budget, as family members are employed with the Region of Peel.

Councillor Saito declared a conflict of interest with respect to the salary portion of the Region of Peel Budget, as a family member is employed with the Region of Peel.


3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
- Nil


4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Moved by Councillor Thompson,
Seconded by Councillor Sprovieri;

That the agenda for the December 17, 2009 Special Regional Council Budget meeting be approved.

Carried RCB-2009-22


5. DELEGATIONS/PRESENTATIONS

 
a)
Peel Regional Police 2010 Budget
      Presentation by Mike Metcalf, Chief and Paul Tetzlaff, Deputy Chief, Corporate Services, Peel Regional Police

Received RCB-2009-23

Councillor Whitehead arrived at 9:51 a.m.

Councillor Dale stated his support for the Peel Regional Police 2010 budget as presented. He complemented Chief Metcalf and Peel Regional Police staff for deploying efficiencies while providing the lowest tax increase during the last 10 years, without compromising public safety.

Councillor Fennell stated her support for the Peel Regional Police 2010 budget. She stated that support from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has assisted municipalities to receive Federal grant funding to hire new police officers. She noted that the Provincial and Federal governments need to address Court security costs. Councillor Fennell commended Chief Metcalf for providing a budget with the lowest increase since 2001, without diminishing public safety.

Councillor Moore thanked Chief Metcalf for presenting a responsible budget that addresses crime and safety. She noted that the Foot Patrol program in the downtown Brampton core and the Queen and Kennedy intersection has had a significant impact on crime prevention.

Councillor Palleschi recognized the deduction of Ellen Key, Community Liaison Officer, noting her excellent work in setting up the Neighbourhood Watch program. Councillor Palleschi enquired about the length of time required to train a police recruit and what the actual cost is to hire, train and place a police officer on the road. Chief Metcalf responded that it takes six months to train a police officer and start up costs total $141,000 which includes training, wages, benefits, uniforms, support and capital costs. Councillor Palleschi asked what the percentage is on the tax base to hire the 27 new officers. Regional Chair Kolb responded it will cost 7.8 million dollars equaling one per cent of the tax ratio. Councillor Palleschi noted that his constituents would like to see more police officers on the road and enquired how many officers will be assigned to his ward by hiring 55 new officers for 2010. Paul Tetzlaff, Deputy Chief responded that the 55 new officers will provide two more officers per platoon at each division.

Regional Chair Kolb asked Chief Metcalf to address the added shift change which Peel Regional Police has implemented. Deputy Chief Tetzlaff responded that the hybrid shift schedule deploys 70 per cent of officers working a 12 hour shift and 30 per cent of officers working a 10 hour shift, with staggered start times. The shift change provides a greater number of officers on the road during peak times between 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m

Councillor Palleschi enquired what is the optimum ratio of officers per population. Deputy Chief Tetzlaff responded that the Ontario Municipal Benchmarking Initiative (OMBI) indicates 213 police staff for every 100,000 people as optimum and noted that the Region of Peel is at the median for the Province.

Councillor Palleschi questioned the ten per cent decrease in youth crime. Chief Metcalf responded that the ten per cent reduction is a result of 468 youth being placed through a pre-charge diversion program, instead of receiving criminal charges. He noted that only nine of the 468 youth were not successful in the program.

Councillor Prentice enquired what the cost savings total for closing the five community policing stations. Deputy Chief Tetzlaff responded that the leasing costs for the facilities are saved which is approximately $256,700. Councillor Prentice concurred with Councillor Palleschi, noting that the community would like to see more officers on the road. She asked what methods have been implemented to best utilize police officers time. Chief Metcalf responded that the witness program was reviewed, reducing the number of officers required to provide evidence in court which produced an additional 25,000 police hours during 2009. The community stations were being under-utilized therefore the officers were redeployed on the road. The police cruisers are computerized and the use of the internet has reduced administrative and operational work hours.

Councillor Prentice inquired about the initiative of hiring ten students and enquired how old the students are and how they are hired. Chief Metcalf responded that the students are 14 to 17 years of age and are selected through their schools and community officers. He noted that the program is funded by the Province and that next year the Peel Regional Police hope to hire up to 25 students.

Councillor Sprovieri raised concern about youth crime and noted repetitive crime activity in the vicinity of the Trinity Common Shopping Mall. He enquired if the Peel Regional Police have been successful in breaking up crime rings for break and enter and car theft. Chief Metcalf responded that there is a Street Crime Unit and that the Problem Oriented Policing (POP) project is underway which assigns officers to review problem areas. Councillor Sprovieri enquired if there are any statistics of repeat youth offenders traversing to more violent crimes as they grow older. Chief Metcalf responded that the pre-charge diversion program was implemented in 2007 and a longer period of time is required to provide such statistics analysis.

Councillor McCallion congratulated Chief Metcalf on presenting a concise budget. She enquired what would be required to provide a faster response time for 9-1-1 calls. Chief Metcalf responded that the delay in priority response time could be associated with traffic congestion and hiring more officers may not assist in reducing 9-1-1 response times. Chief Metcalf suggested that a study could be undertaken to get better statistics on emergency response calls. Councillor McCallion requested that such a study be undertaken. Chief Metcalf undertook to implement a study on 9-1-1 priority response times and the impact of traffic congestion when responding to emergencies.

Councillor McCallion enquired if Peel Regional Police is financially compensated when officers are deployed to special cases such as the G8/G20 Summit and the 2010 Olympics. Chief Metcalf responded that full compensation is provided by the RCMP or the federal government when Peel Regional Police officers are deployed.

Councillor McCallion stated that the Fiscal Taskforce assisted in the Province agreeing to remove the costs of court security from the local tax base and enquired when this will be implemented. Chief Metcalf responded that the removal of the court costs, which is approximately 12 million dollars for Peel Region, should be eliminated from the tax base during 2012.

Councillor Saito concurred with Councillor Palleschi stating that she would support the hiring of additional police officers. She enquired if there is still a provincial police college in training police officer recruits. Chief Metcalf responded that more spots are now available in the training program. Councillor Saito raised concern for the continuation of the financial grant for Internet Safety and enquired if there will be a way to continue the program if funding is cut. Chief Metcalf indicated that he would report back to Regional Council should there be difficulty with the current funding arrangements.

Councillor Sanderson thanked Chief Metcalf and the Peel Regional Police staff for presenting a responsible budget and for providing programs to the community. Councillor Sanderson raised concern for offload hours spent by Police officers at hospitals and enquired if there is any way to reduce those hours. Chief Metcalf responded that a protocol has been established with each hospital to assist in offloading times. Crisis Outreach and Support Teams (COAST) were implemented which assigns an officer to a psychiatric nurse to assist with mental health calls. Councillor Sanderson asked for a report on the cost of offloading delays. Chief Metcalf undertook to report back on offloading delays.

Councillor Iannicca departed at 11:00 a.m.

 
b)
2010 Current and Capital Region of Peel and Peel Regional Police Budget Re-Cap
     

Presentation by Norma Trim, Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Corporate Services

Received RCB-2009-24

Norma Trim, Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Corporate Services provided a summary of the 2010 Current and Capital budget. She stated that the final assessment numbers were received from the Municipal Provincial Assessment Corporation (MPAC) which is projecting the assessment growth to be 1.9 per cent which is 0.1 per cent higher than what was previously forecast. This will reduce the proposed tax increase from 3.6 per cent to 3.5 per cent. Two tax rate management options will be presented for Regional Council consideration: 1) phasing in the impact in the elimination of the Child Care Co-Payment over a period of two years which would reduce the tax impact from 3.5 per cent to 3 per cent; 2) increasing the annual capital reserve contribution by only one half per cent instead of one per cent which will further reduce the tax impact to 2.5 per cent.

Councillor Miles supported the phasing in of the elimination of the Child Care Co-Payment over a two year period however, stated that she is not in support of reducing the annual capital reserve contribution below one per cent. Councillor Palleschi concurred with Councillor Miles position.

Regional Chair Kolb stated that the direction provided by Councillor Miles will be noted and included in the budget submission to the January 14, 2010 Budget meeting. Discussion was held to bring the budget document directly to the Regional Council Budget meeting on January 14, 2010, following the General Committee meeting.

Councillor Prentice enquired if a separate motion will be presented to address non-bargaining salaries. David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer responded that a separate motion will be presented based on Council’s previous direction provided in July, 2009. Councillor Prentice asked that the July, 2009 In Camera report be provided to the January 14, 2010 Budget meeting, for reference.

Regional Chair Kolb confirmed the expressed will of Council and confirmed direction to staff to present the budget at a Regional Council Budget meeting on January 14, 2010.


6. COMMUNICATIONS
- Nil


7. REPORTS
- Nil


8. BY-LAWS - Nil


9. OTHER BUSINESS


10. NOTICES OF MOTION - Nil


11. IN CAMERA MATTERS - Nil


12. BY-LAW TO CONFIRM THE PROCEEDINGS OF COUNCIL

Moved by Councillor Thompson,
Seconded by Councillor Whitehead;

That By-law 121-2009 to confirm the proceedings of the Special Regional Council Budget meeting held on December 17, 2009, 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 Deputy Clerk, and the Corporate Seal be affixed thereto.

Carried RCB-2009-25


13. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 11:10 a.m.

 

J. Payne
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Deputy Clerk
E. Kolb
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Regional Chair