Peterborough City Council to meet remotely

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Peterborough City Council will meet remotely under its new process through the COVID-19 pandemic with the meeting livestreamed at peterborough.ca/watchcouncil starting at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020.

The provincial government passed legislation, the Municipal Emergency Act, allowing municipal councils to meet electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public participation in the virtual Council meetings will be through registered delegations that will be able to provide written submissions and phone-in verbal presentations during the meetings. Delegations will be required to register by 11 a.m. on the day of the scheduled meeting, which is the same as the regular Council meeting delegation process. Registering as a delegation can be done online at peterborough.ca or by phone at 705-742-7777 ext. 1820.

Agendas packages with staff reports will be available to the public on the Thursday before the meeting the following week, which is the same as the regular schedule for the release of meeting agenda packages.

In response to the provincial legislation that allows electronic participation by members of Council, Council will consider amending its procedural bylaw during the special General Committee meeting.

The special Council meeting that starts at 6 p.m. on Monday will include the recommendations that were originally scheduled to go to Council at the March 23, 2020 meeting that was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council will consider the following items:

  • Planning applications for a residential building with up to eight storeys and 100 units that would be built at 854, 860 and 870 Clonsilla Ave.;
  • A five-year economic development strategy and 2020 business plan for Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development Corporation;
  • A Communications Policy, a Visual Identity Policy to regulate the use of the City logo, and a Heraldic Identifiers Policy to regulate the use of the Coat of Arms and the City flag;
  • A new delegation authority by-law that would replace several existing delegation by-laws and add certain new delegated authorities to City staff;
  • Appointing a Deputy Chief Administrative Officer;
  • A by-law to set a borrowing limit to finance current approved expenditures;
  • An update on the City's investment activities in 2019;
  • Transferring the cannabis legalization implementation funding to the Peterborough Police Service;
  • Recommendations and an update on climate change initiatives;
  • An information report on the 2019 Council remuneration and expense statements;
  • A report on social procurement and social enterprise;
  • An update on the future of Northcrest Arena following engagement with ice user groups, with a recommendation to permanently close the arena in April 2020;
  • A report informing Council of the cancelled request for proposals process for the selection of a farmers' market operator at Morrow Park and the next steps for handling requests to operate farmers' markets on City-owned property;
  • Giving community grants to various charitable, not-for-profit, and community groups under the City's Community Investment Grants and Community Project Grants programs;
  • Participating in a federal-provincial program that would provide up to about $705,000 between 2020 and 2022 to assist eligible recipients with rent supplements; and
  • Increasing the capital budget for the Central Area Flood Reduction Project for the installation of a major new storm sewer to divert flood waters from Jackson Creek around the central area to Little Lake.

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For additional information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

John Kennedy, City Clerk

705-742-7777 ext. 1799