Council overview package for April 27, 2020

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River with park land and downtown

City Council approved the following items at its meeting on Monday, April 27, 2020:

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COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan and Mayor and Warden's Joint Task Force on Economic Recovery

Industrial buildings along a road, next to a highway

Council unanimously approved a COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan that Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development created in consultation with other local business organizations and local businesses with a series of immediate, mid-term, and long-term actions to support regional economic recovery.

In addition to the economic recovery plan, Council supported creating a Mayor and Warden's Joint Task Force on Economic Recovery that will include Mayor Diane Therrien and Warden J. Murray Jones alongside business organization representatives and business people to help guide the economic recovery actions.

It is best practice in an economic crisis to develop a singular, comprehensive recovery plan in advance of emergency measures being lifted which identifies activities that can be taken during the crisis as well actions that can be implemented once emergency measures are lifted, and then as the economy begins to recover, to focus on longer term activities, Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED) states.

"COVID-19's impact has been intense and significant, so as the agency responsible for delivering economic development on behalf of local municipalities, PKED is stepping up to take a lead role in collaborating with municipalities and the business community to see this region through economic recovery," PKED states. "We all have an important role to play, and the health of the local economy relies on us coming together towards a meaningful and measured approach to recovery."

COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan

Staff report on COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan

The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Innovation Cluster, Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area, and Community Futures Peterborough were among the business organizations the contributed to the creation of the plan.

The Province and the federal government have announced various financial aid packages. The City has waived interest and penalties on non-payment of property taxes for a period and it is developing other options for Council's consideration next month.

City of Peterborough departmental structure

Council supported a report for information on the City of Peterborough departmental structure that was put in place starting May 1, 2018, which included merging the previous five departments into three new departments led by a Commissioner.

The new departmental structure was an acknowledgement that the City of Peterborough has grown and will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. The current population is estimated at 83,500 and based on provincial projections it is expected to increase to 115,000 by 2041. The City’s organizational structure had not changed for some time. Change was recommended to enhance the City’s current structure and culture in the context of a growing community, new City priorities, new legislative requirements, new opportunities and leading management practices. In short, the organizational structure was put forward to facilitate the best opportunity for efficient and effective service delivery for the citizens of Peterborough.

The structure adopted is a program based model which is organized around specific service delivery programs representing similarly aligned functional work. The advantages of this model are as follows:

  • Increased knowledge sharing;
  • Breaks downs silos between functional groups;
  • Encourages horizontal integration; and
  • Promotes strategic focus across the organization.

The restructuring resulted in a net loss of two positions and an annual savings of $121,012 as of December 31, 2019.

Zoning bylaw amendment for 880 Parkhill Rd. W.

Map of property location

Council approved an application to change the land use designation for 880 Parkhill Rd. W. to recognize and legalize its use for a duplex.

There are two large residential units in one building on the property, which is on the north side of Parkhill Road West west of Crowley Crescent.

In 2017, the owner submitted an application to the City to permit the use of the lands for two separate units. The applicant sought to rezone the lands to permit the conversion of the 12-bedroom residential dwelling into a duplex with 6 bedrooms in each, with the intent of enhancing safety and building entrances and exits.

The property has been functioning as two single house-keeping units in accordance with the City’s Licensed Rental Premises By-law 17-067.

Chemong Road pavement contract

Council approved amending an existing contract for pavement work to expand its scope to include the replacement of surface asphalt from the north edge of Chemong Road and Milroy Drive to the north City limits.

With a contractor already hired by the City and Mason Homes through a development agreement to upgrade and make improvements to the Chemong Road and Broadway Boulevard intersection, the City will do additional re-paving while the contractor is on site.

The asphalt will be of the same vintage as the asphalt that will be replaced as part of the intersection improvements, and there are advantages to the City in coordinating with the adjacent development project. One advantage is a single mobilization of grinding equipment and crews. Another advantage is economies of scale since the two proposed extension limits are quite small on their own, and the traffic control measures will only become more expensive and impactful once the intersection improvements are turned over to the City.

The City will increase the contract by $232,134 plus tax for the additional work.

Centennial Fountain operations

Fountain in a lake with a sail boat

Council approved changing the hours of operation for the Centennial Fountain to 12 hours a day from 14 hours a day as a way to reduce energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions. The fountain won't be turned on until after the COVID-19 emergency as a way to help with financial pressures during the crisis.

Reducing the fountain operations from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Victoria Day weekend until Thanksgiving weekend would reduce power consumption by 64,000 kilowatt-hour, reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated by energy use by 0.12 tonnes, and save $11,400 in 2020. The financial savings would be put into the Climate Change Reserve at the end of 2020.

Financial savings from delaying the start of the regular operations for the fountain until after the COVID-19 emergency will be put aside to help with the financial pressures in the community. The fountain can still be turned on for maintenance.

The Centennial Fountain was installed in 1967 and historically operates for 22 weeks starting on the Victoria Day weekend. Daily operation of the pump has been for 14 hours per day between 10:00 am and midnight.

The Centennial Fountain uses an electric pump. Some electricity in Ontario is generated through the burning of fossil fuels (natural gas) that results in greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing the operating hours of the pump would result in less electricity
used and an associated decrease in related greenhouse gas emissions.

As part of the 2020 Budget deliberations, Council asked staff to report back on possible operation schedules that would reduce the fountain's daily running time with the goal of keeping the carbon footprint as low as reasonably achievable while maximizing the in-service days between Victoria Day weekend and Thanksgiving weekend.

Clonsilla Avenue speed limit

Map of Clonsilla Avenue showing speed limit change area

Council approved reducing the speed limit on Clonsilla Avenue between Lansdowne Street West and 150 metres east of The Parkway from 60 kilometres per hour to 50 kilometres per hour.

The City reviewed the section of Clonsilla Avenue after residents expressed concerns about the speed of vehicles. The City considered vehicle volume, vehicle speed, collision history, pedestrian volume and site observations.

About 9,300 vehicles a day use the section of Clonsilla Avenue and 85% of drivers were travelling at or below 69 kilometres per hour with an average speed of 62 kilometres per hour. There were 23 vehicle collisions in the last five years.

Since 2011, a Peterborough Fire Services fire hall and a Peterborough Paramedics base opened along this section of Clonsilla Avenue.

This section of Clonsilla Avenue is a busy and active transportation corridor supporting all users and modes of travel. Based on feedback received from the public, pedestrian crossing opportunities are becoming more difficult with increased traffic, and the prevailing operating speeds on this section of Clonsilla Avenue are making it difficult to judge safe gaps.

There are a number of planned or proposed future developments that could add more than 600 residential units to the area. The corridor is expected to see increased traffic volumes from high-density residential development and the numerous commercial properties.

To better reflect the ongoing growth and urbanization of the surrounding area, and to improve safety, staff recommended reducing the speed limit in this section of Clonsilla Avenue.