February 12, 2015 Regional Council Budget Minutes
Page Content:
1. Roll Call
2. Declarations of Conflicts of Interest
3. Approval of Minutes
4. Approval of Agenda
5. Regional Budget Overview
  5.1. Budget Overview (Oral)
6. Delegations
  6.1. Peel Regional Police (PRP): 2015 Budget
  6.2. Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Municipal Policing Services in Caledon: 2015 Budget
7. Reports
  7.1. 2015 Operating and Capital Budget
8. Communications
9. By-laws
10. Other Business
11. Notices of Motion
12. In Camera Matters
13. By-law to Confirm the Proceedings of Council
14. Adjournment

THE COUNCIL OF
THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF PEEL
REGIONAL COUNCIL - BUDGET MEETING
February 12, 2015

Regional Chair Dale called the Regional Council Budget meeting to order at 1:03 p.m. in the Council Chamber, Regional Administrative Headquarters, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton.


1. ROLL CALL

  Members Present:

G. Carlson
B. Crombie
F. Dale
J. Downey
C. Fonseca
G. Gibson
A. Groves
N. Iannicca
J. Innis
L. Jeffrey
M. Mahoney

M. Medeiros
G. Miles
E. Moore
M. Palleschi
C. Parrish
K. Ras
P. Saito
B. Shaughnessy
R. Starr
A. Thompson
J. Tovey
       
  Members Absent: S. McFadden
J. Sprovieri
Illness)
(vacation
       
  Also Present: D. Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer; L. Graham-Watson, Commissioner of Corporate Services; D. Labrecque, Commissioner of Public Works; J. Menard, Commissioner of Human Services; G. Sabat, Commissioner of Service Innovation, Information and Technology; J. Smith, Commissioner of Health Services; S. VanOfwegen, Commissioner of Finance and Chief Financial Officer; Dr. E. de Villa, Acting Medical Officer of Health; P. O'Connor, Regional Solicitor and Director, Legal Services; K. Lockyer, Regional Clerk and Director of Clerk's; H. West, Legislative Specialist; S. Singh, Legislative Technical Coordinator; H. Gill, Acting Legislative Technical Coordinator; J. Schwartz, Legislative Assistant

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2. DECLARATIONS OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

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


3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
- Nil


4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Moved by Councillor Gibson,
Seconded by Councillor Tovey;

That the agenda for the February 12, 2015 Regional Council - Budget meeting be approved.

Carried RCB-2015-1


5. REGIONAL BUDGET OVERVIEW

5.1. Budget Overview (Oral)
    Presentation by David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer and Stephen VanOfwegen, Commissioner of Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Received RCB-2015-2

David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer, provided opening comments regarding the 2015 Budget process stating that the 2015 budget is based on the current service levels and priorities that were previously planned in 2014 with a few exceptions including funding increases for Transhelp, Paramedic services, extended hours at Community Recycling Centres, additional child care subsidies, state of good repair and growth management.

Stephen VanOfwegen, Commissioner of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, provided an overview of the 2015 Operating and Capital Budget which is proposing a 0.8 per cent property tax increase and a 7.0 per cent utility rate increase. He highlighted the 2015 tax supported and utility rate supported budgets; 2015 budget pressures; service demands; the Region of Peel's utility rates; costs associated with maintaining 2014 service levels with increased population; the 10 year capital plan on regionally controlled programs including state of good repair; and, maintaining infrastructure through development charge and non-development charge financing.

Councillor Ras inquired if there is overlap of the active transportation plans between the City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel. Dan Labrecque, Commissioner of Public Works, stated that he would provide information to Councillor Ras regarding the active transportation plan.

Councillor Tovey inquired what percentage of the budget is funded from the provincial and federal governments. Steve VanOfwegen responded that approximately 24 per cent is funded by the two governments. David Szwarc noted that a portion of that funding is cost shared with the area municipalities and he undertook to provide a follow up report to Regional Council as to how provincial and federal funds are allocated.

Councillor Miles raised concern that each municipality has a 3-1-1 call centre and two separate call centres for fire and police services. She requested that staff review if it would be possible to have one 3-1-1 call centre and whether Fire and Police call centres could be combined, to achieve efficiencies and cost savings. Councillor Miles requested this be considered for the 2016 budget. The CAO undertook to prepare a resolution for Council's consideration at the final budget meeting.

In response to a question asked by Councillor Fonseca regarding repaving of roads by both the City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel, Dan Labrecque stated that Regional staff and City of Mississauga staff are reviewing this as an operational process and undertook to provide Councillor Fonseca with an update.


6. DELEGATIONS

6.1. Peel Regional Police (PRP): 2015 Budget
    Presentation by Jennifer Evans, Chief of Police, PRP

Received RCB-2015-3

Jennifer Evans, Chief of Police, Peel Regional Police (PRP), provided an overview of the PRP Strategic Plan and the 2015 Budget noting that the tax impact as requested by the previous term of Regional Council was achieved. She identified growth target pressures and the need for additional front-line officers. Chief Evans highlighted efficiencies including the call diversion program; collaboration with schools; the community safety model; fleet services; and the false alarm reduction program. She provided information on grant funding provided to PRP; downloading pressures; the four year operating budget; and, 10 year capital plan.

Councillor Parrish inquired if PRP has investigated operating an impoundment facility for seized vehicles in Brampton and Mississauga. She noted it may be a good source of revenue and that it would assist drivers in locating their vehicle once it has been impounded. Chief Evans responded that this has not been considered in the past.

Councillor Groves raised concern of the cost associated with police and paramedic offload of patients at hospitals and requested that the issue be discussed at an upcoming Government Relations Committee.

6.2. Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Municipal Policing Services in Caledon: 2015 Budget
    Presentation by Tim Melanson, Caledon Detachment Commander, OPP; Dave Brack, Contract Analyst, OPP Municipal Policing Bureau; and Peggy Tollett, Deputy Treasurer, Town of Caledon

Received RCB-2015-4

Tim Melanson, Caledon Detachment Commander, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), stated that communication with the Community Focus Groups have identified key issues and trends that the OPP should focus on including property crimes; traffic safety; and, trouble with youth. He provided an overview on results driven policing statistics; crime severity index to surrounding areas and Ontario; the Community Response Unit; traffic enforcement; visibility of the OPP within Caledon; community partnerships; crime prevention strategies; and, youth initiatives.

Peggy Tollett, Deputy Treasurer, Town of Caledon, provided information regarding the new OPP billing model associated with base service billing and calls per service billing. She provided an overview of contract enhancement positions; grant funding; and summarized a breakdown of the 2015 OPP budget and the 2016-2018 forecast; and, the current reserve funds.

Councillor Thompson requested clarification on the new billing model. Peggy Tollett responded that the previous budget was based on the population and the amount of officers on contract for the municipality. The new billing model is based on cost per service used and a portion of the overall cost for policing. David Brack, Contract Analyst, OPP Municipal Policing Buruea noted that there are 324 municipalities across the Province and with the past billing system 30 municipalities were paying less than $100.00 per household and 8 were paying over $800.00 per household. As a result of the discrepancy, the new billing system was implemented to be more consistent and transparent; the overall average is now $360.00 per household. The term of the contract for the Town of Caledon is for five years.


7. REPORTS

7.1. 2015 Operating and Capital Budget

Moved by Councillor Thompson,
Seconded by Councillor Carlson;

That the report of the Commissioner of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, titled "2015 Operating and Capital Budget" be deferred to the February 19, 2015 Regional Council Budget Meeting.

Carried RCB-2015-5


8. COMMUNICATIONS - Nil


9. BY-LAWS
- Nil


10. OTHER BUSINESS
- Nil


11. NOTICES OF MOTION
- Nil


12. IN CAMERA MATTERS
- Nil


13. BY-LAW TO CONFIRM THE PROCEEDINGS OF COUNCIL

Moved by Councillor Palleschi,
Seconded by Councillor Iannicca;

That By-law 8-2015 to confirm the proceedings of Regional Council at its meeting held on February 12, 2015, to deliberate the 2015 budget 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 RCB-2015-6


14. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 3:10 p.m.

 

K. Lockyer
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Regional Clerk

F. Dale
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Regional Chair