Council overview package for October 5, 2020

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City Council will consider following items at its General Committee on Monday, October 5, 2020 starting at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 500 George St. N.:

The items from the General Committee meeting will go to Council's regular Council meeting on Monday, October 26, 2020 for consideration for final approval.

City Council agenda

In addition to the open session of General Committee that starts at 6 p.m., Council is holding a session starting at 6:30 p.m. that is closed to the public as permitted under the provincial Municipal Act to consider instructions to be applied to negotiations respecting employment lands.

Council is meeting in person in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 500 George St. N. Residents can watch or listen to the livestream of the meetings at peterborough.ca/watchcouncil. In order to attend a meeting, individuals must register no later than 11 a.m. on the day of the meeting. To register, complete the online application at www.peterborough/delegations, or phone 705-742-7777 ext. 1820.

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Quarterly Financial Update Report

Council will consider a quarterly financial update report as of June 30, 2020 with highlights of key financial impacts up to that point.

As reported to Council in the series of COVID financial impact reports, the pandemic is having significant financial implications across the Corporation. The overview of key financial highlights shows a projected year-end difference of $5.8 million less in revenue than the City had budgeted to receive this year.

As part of the financial update, City staff recommend that Council pass a by-law authorizing an agreement with the Province for funding from the provincial Municipal Transit Enhanced Cleaning program.

The Ontario Government is providing up to $15 million to 110 municipalities across the province to support enhanced cleaning of municipal public transit systems to keep passengers and employees safe and help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. The City of Peterborough’s allocation is $77,481 which was determined using a modified version of the provincial gas tax funding formula.

Parking Administrative Monetary Penalty System

Council will consider setting up an Administrative Monetary Penalty system for parking infractions instead of using the court system to handle parking ticket appeals.

Parking ticket infraction penalties would remain the same - and how people pay parking tickets would be the same.

Instead of using the court system for hearing appeals for parking tickets, the Province allows municipalities to use Administrative Monetary Penalty (AMP) systems with screening officers to consider challenges for tickets and a hearing officer to consider appeals on decisions by screening officers.

Municipalities have had the jurisdiction to establish municipal AMP systems for almost 14 years. Municipal AMP systems are an additional tool to more efficiently and effectively encourage compliance with municipal standards in circumstances where a quasi-criminal Provincial Offences Act (POA) prosecution may be more than what is required. Parking AMP systems are particularly efficient and effective in contrast to POA prosecutions.

The proposed AMP system would include the following aspects:

  • A person who does not pay a parking AMP within 15 days of its date must pay an administrative fee for the City’s search of the records of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation
  • There is no fee for requesting a review of a parking AMP by a Screening Officer or for appealing to a Hearing Officer against a decision of the Screening Officer
  • A person’s obligation to pay a parking AMP and any administrative fees is subject to the person’s right to a review by a Screening Officer and to an appeal to a Hearing Officer
  • A person who requests a review of a parking AMP, elects to meet with a Screening Officer and then does not attend or remain at the meeting with the Screening Officer must pay an administrative fee
  • A person who exercises a right of appeal to a Hearing Officer and then does not attend or remain at the hearing of the appeal must pay an administrative fee
  • The City must refund the amount of any parking AMP or administrative fee that is cancelled or reduced on review or appeal:
  • A parking AMP (as it may be reduced on review or appeal) constitutes a debt to the City
  • A person who does not pay a parking AMP or any administrative fee within 15 days of their due date must pay a late payment fee
  • A person who does not pay a parking AMP or any administrative fee within 30 days of their due date must pay a fee for the City’s notification to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles

Housing and Homelessness Plan: 2019 Progress Report

The Progress Report highlights progress made in 2019 including:

  • 238 low income households received a municipal rent supplement to help pay their rent
  • 20 new affordable rental apartments in development. The total number of affordable units since 2014 is 284
  • 20 low-income homeowners received help for necessary repairs, upgrades, and accessibility modifications to ensure they could stay in their homes
  • 2,844 issuances to help pay for rent and utility arrears, last month’s rent, and other housing costs
  • 4% more shelter beds were used in 2019 than 2018
  • 7 community partners agreed to dedicate resources exclusively to the By-Name Priority List. This means people experiencing homelessness are chosen for housing based on their level of need
  • 29 people were supported by Home for Good Supportive Housing Program
  • 61 people gave feedback on Housing and Homelessness Services through the community partner survey
  • Goal of assisting 200 low and moderate income households with necessary home repairs to remain housed is 88.5% complete
  • 275 persons assisted to move from homelessness into housing

The City is working to:

  • End chronic homelessness by the end of 2025, and 
  • Meet all housing needs” by 2029 by creating 580 supportive housing units for people experiencing chronic homelessness, 2,680 new rental units and 796 new homeownership units.

Meeting these targets requires collaboration across all levels of government and local organizations, and community members, with input from people with lived experience of homelessness. The Housing and Homelessness Plan Working Groups are helping to support and inform the work of the Plan.

2019 Progress Report

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