November 26, 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. Delegations/Presentations
  5.1. Budget Overview (Oral)
  5.2. Peel Regional Police (PRP): 2016 Budget
6. Communications
7. Reports
  7.1. 2016 Operating and Capital Budget
8. Other Business
9. Notices of Motion
10. By-laws
11. In Camera Matters
12. By-law to Confirm the Proceedings of Council
13. Adjournment

THE COUNCIL OF
THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF PEEL
REGIONAL COUNCIL - BUDGET MEETING
November 26, 2015

Regional Chair Dale called the Regional Council Budget meeting to order at 12:10 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
C. Fonseca
G. Gibson
A. Groves
N. Iannicca
J. Innis
L. Jeffrey
J. Kovac
M. Mahoney
S. McFadden
M. Medeiros
G. Miles
E. Moore
M. Palleschi
C. Parrish
K. Ras
P. Saito
B. Shaughnessy
J. Sprovieri
R. Starr
A. Thompson
J. Tovey
       
  Members Absent: J. Downey
(personal matter)
       
  Also Present: D. Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer; G. Sabat, Commissioner of Service Innovation, Information and Technology; L. Graham-Watson, Commissioner of Corporate Services; S. VanOfwegen, Commissioner of Finance and Chief Financial Officer; D. Labrecque, Commissioner of Public Works; J. Smith, Commissioner of Health Services; G. Bursey, Acting Commissioner of Human Services; P. O'Connor, Regional Solicitor and Director of Legal Services; Dr. E. de Villa, Medical Officer of Health; K. Lockyer, Regional Clerk and Director of Clerk's; C. Law, Legislative Specialist; H. Gill, Acting Legislative Technical Coordinator; V. Montesdeoca, Legislative Technical Coordinator

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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 Moore,
Seconded by Councillor Saito;

That the agenda for the November 26, 2015 Regional Council Budget meeting be approved.

Carried RCB-2015-23


5. DELEGATIONS/PRESENTATIONS

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

Received RCB-2015-24

David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer, provided information related to the core services the Region of Peel provides and how the proposed budget relates to the recently approved Strategic Plan. He highlighted new additions in the proposed budget including increased support for accessible transit, paramedic services' increasing call numbers and faster response times, and a growing need for affordable housing in the community. This was achieved with a net tax levy in keeping with inflation and coming in below the Council-approved target.

Stephen VanOfwegen, Commissioner of Finance and Chief Financial Officer provided detailed information related to the proposed 2016 budget including a proposed 0.8% property tax increase and a proposed 9% increase to the water utility bill. He highlighted the costs of growth in the community pertaining to the 10 year capital plan; the division of the operating budget between labour and non-labour costs; budget pressures such as inflation costs, annualization of prior budget decisions, and 2016 labour costs; and the nature of the proposed increase to the utility rate given its fully variable nature and changes in the water use by residents and business. He stated the proposed budget contains a net levy increase of 1.9%, which is below the Council target.

In response to a question from Councillor Ras, Dan Labrecque, Commissioner of Public Works stated that a fully variable water rate helps the Region with its water conservation efforts but noted there are a variety of models available across Ontario. He stated that the presentation for Public Works scheduled for December 3, 2015 would go into further detail on this topic.

5.2. Peel Regional Police (PRP): 2016 Budget
    Presentation by Jennifer Evans, Chief of Police, Peel Regional Police

Received RCB-2015-25

Chief Evans, Chief of Police, Peel Regional Police, provided information related to the proposed 2016 Budget for Peel Regional Police. She stated that the proposed increase in the budget has been lowered from 4.2% to 3.3% in line with Council direction. She stated the decreased cost has come through an organizational review to achieve efficiency measures. She also noted that police officers in Peel have seen slight increases in incidents involving people with mental health problems, vehicular crime, shootings, knife attacks and homicides; compared with decreases in sex assaults, property crime, fraud, and an overall declining crime rate.

Councillor Medeiros inquired if Chief Evans could provide information as to why there is a perception that auto insurance fraud is higher in the City of Brampton. Chief Evans will look into the issue further and advise the Councillor of her findings.

In response to a question from Councillor Groves, Chief Evans stated that police currently do work with mental health professionals from the Region of Peel as well as local hospital staff when it comes to dealing with people known to suffer from mental health issues.

In response to a question from Councillor Mahoney, Chief Evans stated that domestic violence is still a significant problem police deal with and in most cases officers are spending 5-7 hours per call.

In response to a question from Councillor Crombie, Chief Evans stated that there is a current reevaluation of all community police stations due to the fact that local foot traffic into these locations has not increased as police originally perceived. She stated that this is a review to find efficiencies but she would engage with Councillors to go over the numbers to see if a local station is still justified.

In response to a question from Councillor Parrish, Chief Evans stated that the problem-oriented policing (POP) program is a police-led, collaborative community endeavor to reduce persistent criminal activity in a particular area, such as reducing loitering or vandalism.

In response to a question from Councillor Sprovieri, Chief Evans stated that in light of the recent provincial regulation on the police activity commonly known as ‘carding', Peel Regional Police will be providing their comments on the regulation and working with the province to develop an understanding about the requirements for police when engaging with citizens on the street.


6. COMMUNICATIONS
- Nil


7. REPORTS

7.1. 2016 Operating and Capital Budget

Moved by Councillor Kovac,
Seconded by Councillor Palleschi;

That the report of the Commissioner of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, titled "2016 Operating and Capital Budget" be deferred to the December 3, 2015 Regional Council Budget Meeting.

Carried RCB-2015-26


8. OTHER BUSINESS
- Nil


9. NOTICES OF MOTION - Nil


10. BY-LAWS
- Nil


11. IN CAMERA MATTERS
- Nil


12. BY-LAW TO CONFIRM THE PROCEEDINGS OF COUNCIL

Moved by Councillor Miles,
Seconded by Councillor Innis;

That By-law 70-2015 to confirm the proceedings of Regional Council at its meeting held on November 26, 2015, to deliberate the 2016 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-2015-27


14. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 1:39 p.m.

 

K. Lockyer
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Regional Clerk

F. Dale
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Regional Chair