Council overview package for November 4, 2019

full bike rack

Downtown street

City Council endorsed the following items during its General Committee meeting that started at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 4, 2019 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 500 George St. N.:

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Council will consider giving final approval, ratifying its decisions from the November 4 General Committee meeting, at its regular Council meeting on November 25, 2019.

In addition to the General Committee meeting, Council held a special session for a Remembrance Day observance ceremony.

Poppy on a war memorial next to names of people who served

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Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development Corporation update report

Council endorsed a report for information on the third quarter (July-September) activities of the Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development Corporation.

Among the highlights:

  • Through the Business Advisory Centre, offered nine workshops with 60 attendees;
  • Through the Business Advisory Centre, provided 72 hours of consulting services;
  • Supported the start up of eight new businesses through the Business Advisory Centre;
  • Visited 28 businesses in the County and 12 in the City;
  • Assisted 40 unique businesses and six repeat businesses with growing their businesses;
  • Generated three leads for attracting new businesses in the agriculture sector, two in the manufacturing sector, and two in the retail sector;
  • One new business attracted to the region;
  • 15 stories for Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development and clients through earned media

The general mandate of Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development within the agreement between the City, the County of Peterborough and Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development is to facilitate an environment which will contribute to the creation of wealth, the growth of new employment and the development of an improving quality of life for area residents. 

Canoe and Kayak Club update

Young people in canoes on a lake

Council endorsed extending the agreement with the Peterborough Canoe and Kayak Club for the club's non-exclusive use of Johnson Park for an additional five years, from January 1, 2020 to October 31, 2024.

The club would pay $220 per month plus tax for its non-exclusive use of the park, which remains open for public use. The club would build a permanent dock on the shoreline to accommodate participants who have disabilities. More than 30 youth participated in the club's summer day camp program and 20 people participated in the club's Regatta Ready Program along with 13 Master paddlers in the club's first year.

Organic waste collection and processing project

Council endorsed hiring D.M. Wills Associates for the organic waste collection and processing project for the design, permitting and approvals as well as support of tendering, construction administration and commissioning for $1,195,910 plus tax.

The overall household organic waste collection and processing project has a budget of $15.3 million. The organic waste collection and processing project will set up a program for both leaf and yard waste as well as kitchen organic waste. The federal government is contributing $6.1 million toward the project.

The City has been working toward the implementation of organic waste collection and processing with various projects in the past. D.M. Wills has been involved in the previous projects related to the leaf and yard waste project and the source separated organics project.

Contract for the completion of the Official Plan

Council endorsed increasing the City's contract with the Planning Partnership for the completion of the Official Plan update to $118,000 from $96,000 to allow for its expanded involvement in the process, including responding to public comments and additional revisions to the draft plan following the community consultation.

The City of Peterborough has not completed a comprehensive update of the Official Plan since 1981. The Official Plan Update has been a major project over the last several years, with the Plan really taking shape in the past few months. The target for completion of the final draft plan is late 2019. The major factor for the recent progress has been the re-focus of staff time, a new planning position and the involvement of The Planning Partnership in 2019 to complete a series of drafts of the Official Plan.

The project includes a significant amount of time associated with public open houses and meetings for consultation programs, including a variety methods to include as many people as possible, such as open house meetings, stakeholder and First Nations meetings, pop-up information booths and online engagement sessions. There was greater involvement for the Planning Partnership than was first anticipated.

Easement at 362 London St.

Council endorsed purchasing an easement over part of 362 London St. for $26,583 to allow the City to install infrastructure along the bank of the Brookdale Channel to prevent erosion.

The City is conducting rehabilitation work along the Brookdale Channel.

Map showing location of 362 London St