Council Agenda for July 25th, 2016

There are a total of 65 agenda items for July’s meeting of Regina City Council.

Here are some of the highlights.

Proposed development at 13th Ave and Elphinstone St. – A report from Regina’s Planning Commission recommends the denial of an application to develop a mixed-use 4-story building at the corner of 13th and Elphinstone (immediately North of Connaught School). The proposed building would have 3 commercial spaces, 6 two-bedroom/23 one-bedroom rental units, and 29 parking stalls. While the bulk of the land in question is already zoned for 4-story mixed use, the proposed plan would also involve knocking down an adjacent house (2064 Elphinstone) to make room for the parking lot.

Here are some of the arguments I’ve heard about the proposal:

     Against: Proposed development runs contrary to the Cathedral Neighbourhood Plan as it requires the rezoning of a R1 (residential lot) to LC3 (Mixed Commercial/Residential lot) to make room for the parking lot.

     For: Proposed building is a good fit for the goals of Regina’s Official Community Plan (OCP) because it is mixed use, infill, and increases density along an arterial road/Transit route.

     Against: 4-stories seems out of place given the height of the neighbouring buildings.

     For: There are already many other 4-story buildings scattered throughout the neighbourhood. 

     Against: More rental properties will decrease surrounding property values

     For:  More development will increase surrounding property values.

     Against: Putting mid-density projects near a school is a traffic concern for children.

     For: Putting mid-density projects far away from schools and other community amenities so people have to drive everywhere is a bigger traffic concern for children. (Adjacent streets already see a combined average of more than 20,000 vehicle trips/day, many of those by people passing through Cathedral from new suburban neighbourhoods).

     Against: The OCP’s goal of having 10,000 in Regina’s broader downtown is the mentality of a sardine cannery.

     For: The OCP’s goal of having 10,000 more people in Regina’s broader downtown is a good thing: it will help revitalize our original neighbourhoods, and is actually playing catch up after several decades of an suburban exodus (Cathedral’s population has dropped from 10,897 people in 1971 to 7,070 in 2011, a decrease of 35%).

Halifax St. Rental Project Amendment – A report from Planning Commission recommends allowing a proposed 4-story development on the 1900 block of Halifax to have 45 units instead of the 39 it has already been approved to have.

Transit Service to Rider Games – A report from Community and Protective Service recommends a new transit service agreement between the City and the Roughriders. The agreement would nearly double the current game-day Transit service and offer it at no fee to game-ticket holders. The Riders would cover the actual cost of the service. I think this is a good arrangement, and ultimately our goal should be to make alternative transit the best value to everyone headed to a game.

Civic Museum of Regina – A report from Community and Protective Services recommends the City provide one-time funding of $85,000 to the Civic Museum of Regina to help the organization transition to a virtual museum. Instead of having an address, the Museum’s collection would be curated around the City (at the airport, rec facilities, libraries, business, etc.)

Curling Tax Take Out – A report from Finance and Administration recommends a two year tax break for Regina’s curling clubs as they transition to a new business model that would combine some of their administrative structures.

New restaurant in Heritage – A report from Planning Commission recommends the approval of an application for a new 26-seat restaurant on 11th Ave and St. John’s St.

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Council Agenda for June 27th, 2016

Here are some of my notes for the Regina City Council meeting of June 27th, 2016.

Changes to Regina’s Fire Bylaw: A report from Community and Protective Services Committee recommends the approval of changes to Regina’s Fire Bylaw which include:

            -The requirement for private technicians who perform maintenance and testing on portable fire extinguishers, commercial cooking equipment, sprinkler and standpipe systems and fire alarm systems to be trained and qualified to the industrial standards as per the National Fire Code.

            -That landlords test and keep record of smoke alarms in rental properties on a monthly basis.

            -That the City implement a fee schedule for repeat false alarms.     

            -That the City ban the release of Flying Lanterns within City limits as they have been linked to a number of fires in the          City.

Seasonal Taxi Licenses: I’ve submitted the following motion to Monday night’s Council meeting:

            WHEREAS the City of Regina issues seasonal taxi licenses to meet seasonal demand for taxis; and

            WHEREAS seasonal taxi licenses remain the property of the City of Regina; and

            WHEREAS the City of Regina currently issues seasonal plates to Regina’s three main taxi brokerages at a price that is       intended to cover the cost of the associated administration; and                       

            WHEREAS the City of Regina commissioned TTLF Consulting to create the Regina Taxi Study Report in 2010 which recommended that ‘All future decals, winter and annual, should be awarded by lottery to current drivers or brokers with two or more years of taxi driving experience in Regina.’ (Page 8); and

            WHEREAS City administration has stated its intention to review this policy in 2017.

            THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that any seasonal taxi licenses be issued to brokers on the condition that these licenses are not leased to end users for more than the initial price when issued by the City of Regina.

As mentioned, the City’s 2010 Taxi Study recommended Regina distribute seasonal licenses by lottery as opposed to issuing them through brokers who then lease them to drivers for many times more than the City’s cost-recovery-based charge.

The City has a unique role in regulating this vs. other industries but I don’t see that our role as regulator is to create rent for taxi brokerages.

Administration hopes to again review this policy in 2017. In the mean time my motion asks that licenses continue to be distributed for use through brokerages but that they put them to use without jacking the price to drivers. They would, of course, still be able to charge drivers a fee for their brokerage services.

Brown Field Redevelopment Plan: A report from the Finance and Administration Committee recommends that the City apply for funding from the Canadian Federation of Municipality’s Green Municipal Fund to create an Underutilized Land Improvement Strategy for Regina. This study would help to develop Brown Field sites such as the many abandoned gas stations across the City. The report would cost an estimated $115,000 about half of which could be covered by the FCM grant. 

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Council Agenda for May 30th, 2016

Living Wage Employer: I’ve submitted a motion to Monday’s meeting for the City of Regina to explore the cost and logistics of becoming a Living Wage Employer. You can view the motion here.     

Last month I did a walk-a-long with one of Regina’s Parking enforcement officers. It’s a challenging job with a lot of turnover and these front-line workers do not earn a living wage. You can read more about that experience here. I also had the opportunity to attend Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson’s ‘Cities Reducing Poverty when Mayor’s Lead’ conference in Edmonton.

Both experiences were inspiring and got me thinking about the City of Regina becoming a Living Wage Employer.

The principle of a Living Wage is this:

‘A living wage is not the same as the minimum wage, which is the legal minimum all employers must pay. The living wage sets a higher test - a living wage reflects what earners in a family need to bring home based on the actual costs of living in a specific community. The living wage is a call to private and public sector employers to pay wages to both direct and contract employees that are sufficient to provide the basics to families with children.’ (from www.livingwagecanada.ca)

In Regina, a living wage is currently calculated at $16.46 an hour.

Most, if not all, of the City of Regina’s direct staff already make a living wage. The actual change this would mean is ensuring our sub-contractors pay their employees a living wage when they bid on/renew service contracts. For most of these contracts this would mean no change, but for some it would. The intent of my motion is to find out what the actual cost and logistics of implementing such a phased-in policy would be, and to have that information forwarded for next year’s budget deliberations.    

Heritage Property Designations: In 2015 Regina City Council increased the tax exemption for Heritage Properties from 5 years to 10 years. Since that time we have seen an influx of application and this month 4 significant properties are up for designation. They are:

-Frontenac Apartments, 2202 Lorne St (Just south of the Balfour on Victoria Ave)

-Old #1 Fire Hall, 1654 11th Ave. (Across the street from the Artful Dodge)

-The Somerset Block, 1806 Smith St. (Just West of Norwood in 11th Ave)

-Weston’s Bakery, 1377 Hamilton St. (in the Warehouse District, East of the Exchange).

This is great.

Regina’s Cultural Plan: A report from Community and Protective Services recommends approval of Regina’s Cultural Plan. The plan is the result of an extensive research and community engagement process and has been developed to clarify the City’s role in supporting the development of the arts, cultural heritage, cultural industries, and inter-culturalism. The focus of the plan is to achieve three goals: To Embrace Cultural Diversity, Strengthen the Artistic and Cultural Community, and to Commemorate and Celebrate Regina’s Cultural Heritage.    

In my opinion the plan is great. The challenge, as with any plan, will be in implementing it. 

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Notice of Motion: Living Wage

NOTICE OF MOTION

Chief Legislative Officer & City Clerk

City Hall

Regina, Saskatchewan

Dear Sir:

Please be advised that I will submit the following MOTION at the meeting of City Council on Monday, May 30, 2016.

Re:  Living Wage Employer

WHEREAS the City of Regina’s Vision is to be Canada’s most vibrant, inclusive, attractive, sustainable community, where people live in harmony and thrive in opportunity; and

WHEREAS part of the City of Regina’s means to follow this vision is as one of Regina’s largest employers; and

WHEREAS a living wage is not the same as the minimum wage, which is the legal minimum all employers must pay, and a living wage reflects what earners in a family need to bring home based on the actual costs of living in a specific community; and

WHEREAS the living wage is calculated as the hourly rate at which a household can meet its basic needs, once government transfers have been added to the family's income and deductions have been subtracted; and 

WHEREAS a living wage policy ensures that wages to both direct and contract employees are sufficient to provide the basics to families with children; and

WHEREAS being a Living Wage Employer creates a more level playing field for sub-contractors of City-services that wish to, or already pay their employees a living wage; and

WHEREAS the cities of Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver are taking steps towards becoming a living wage employer; and

WHEREAS the city of New Westminster has a Living Wage Policy that requires all firms that are contracted directly or subcontracted by the City to provide services on City Premises to pay their employees who perform the services the areas calculated living wage;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Regina City Council direct City Administration to research the cost, logistics, and impact of adopting a Living Wage Policy for the City of Regina as an employer or contractor and how this policy would relate to other community programs and support systems.

Be it further resolved that the results of this research be forwarded for consideration in the City Regina’s 2017 budgeting process.

Respectfully submitted,

Shawn Fraser

Councillor Ward 3

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A Day In The Life Of A Regina Parking Enforcement Officer

While it takes literally thousands of hard-working people to make the City of Regina run, there is one civic job that has always struck me as particularly hard and thankless:

Parking Enforcement.

With that in mind, I got in touch with Linda Brailean, the head of Regina’s Parking Services, to arrange a walk along and try to learn more about what being a Parking Enforcement Officer is like.

Parking Services is on the 13th floor of City Hall.

I arrived on a Monday morning and the boardroom table was covered in Tim Horton’s cups and radios.

“Welcome!” said Linda, shaking my hand.

“Do any of you know who this is?” she asked, turning to crew in florescent vests sitting around the table.

13 legitimately stumped faces stared back at me. No one raised a hand. 

“Well, this is Councillor Fraser. He’s here today to do a walk along and learn more about Parking Services.”

Awkward silence.

“Like Undercover Boss?” asked one of the Enforcers, whose name I eventually learned was Mark.

They were in the middle of a daily meeting. It was part motivational speech, part parking bylaw lesson. Some Enforcers had questions. Others had experiences to share.

All and all the mood was upbeat and the meeting ended with Linda saying, ‘Alright, you guys go out and make some friends.’

I was partnered with Ric Monohan. Ric has been with Parking Enforcement for 17 years.

We went to the main floor, did up our coats, and headed South from City Hall.

The second car we came across had parked pretty far from the meter. We walked right by.

‘Aren’t you going to ticket that?’ I ask Ric.

“It’s allowed to be 2 m from the parking meter. That one’s maybe only 4 ft.’

Parking too far from a meter has always seemed to me like a petty thing for the City to ticket for, but I realized 6 ft is actually a long ways. You’d have to pretty distracted to park farther than the height of Kevin Bacon from a meter.

We move along.

It’s about 15 minutes into our walk before we come across the first infraction. We are on 14th Avenue, just behind First Presbyterian Church. A blue Hyundai is parked too close to the alley. The bylaw states that you have to leave 2 m, enough room for cars coming out of the alley to see what is about to hit them. The rear fender of the Hyundai in question is -1.5 ft into the alley. This car would definitely make it hard for someone to safely turn.

Ric writes the ticket and I wait for the car’s owner, presumably some fuming-mad, muscle-man to come charging out of one of the neighbouring apartments.

But no one comes and we move on.

‘So what happens when someone comes up just as you are writing a ticket?’ I ask.

‘If we can get cooperation, get them to move, then we have accomplished our job. But once a ticket is written, it’s in the system and there is nothing the Enforcement Officer can do.’

We come up to the corner of Rae and 12th Ave. A van is about to park right on the corner, completely blocking the well-marked wheel chair ramp. A man opens the door, steps out, sees us, and in one motion steps back in the van and starts it up.

‘Hi men. Can’t park there I guess hey?’

No, I guess you can’t park there.

He’s off down the street and everybody stays cool.

‘We try to talk to as many as possible,’ Ric says. ‘Most cooperate.’

Ric tells me that Parking Enforcement has pretty high turn over. No surprise considering the job pays significantly less than the $16.46/hr that is considered a living wage in Regina (www.Livingwagecanada.ca). The job has benefits but no pension plan.

I asked Ric if he ever has to deal with grouchy people.

He says absolutely but that the attitude is improving.

‘When I started people threw stuff at us.” But things have changed over the years. He figures only about 1% of people are disrespectful. Most people realize that Parking Enforcers are just doing their job.

We wonder down 11th Ave. Past the new heated bus shelters, past the new parking meters that accept credit cards.

We walk into Heritage, past the LB, up Halifax Street, barely make it around a Huuuge mud puddle covering the sidewalk across from the Marian Centre, then head back down 11th.

We are just in front of Flip on Hamilton when we run into Mark, the enforcer who thinks I’m playing Undercover Boss. Today Mark’s a Parking Ambassador. Instead of ticketing, he walks around downtown and hands out pamphlets to people on Regina’s parking rules.

Parking Ambassadors is a program that Regina started last summer. On days he is a Parking Ambassador Mark interacts with dozens of people. He says that many of them first presume the ‘Understanding Parking’ pamphlet he is handing them is actually a ticket, but are grateful once they understand what he is doing.

While ticketing itself can curb behavior, Mark points out that it can be hard for people to learn when they are angry or defensive because they’ve just gotten a ticket. 

And the approach seems to be working. Regina has seen a marked decrease in repeat offenders since the launch of the program.

Ric and I head back to City Hall. It’s been a nice morning.  The weather was beautiful, no one was rude to us, and we were able to help more people than we ticketed.

It turns out that, despite the pay, being a Parking Enforcer isn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

If you’d like to know Regina’s Parking rules there is an easy to follow pamphlet. It is available at the Heritage Community Centre, the Cathedral Community Centre, main floor of City Hall, or by visiting clicking here.

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Council Agenda for April 25th, 2016

54 items on the agenda for Regina’s City Council meeting of Monday, April 25h, 2016. 

Here are some of the highlights.

P3 School Default– Prior to 2013, the Province purchased school sites directly from developers at fair market value. In 2013, as part of the Provincial Government’s plan to build 9 P3 schools across Saskatchewan, the City was informed that the Province can ‘no longer afford’ to continue this practice and that, if the City wanted 3 new schools, we would have to dedicate Municipal Reserve space for school sites, land that would otherwise be mandated for municipal amenities such as parks.

In November 2014 City Council approved 3 school sites. The Province agreed to pay the City $3.045 million dollars for the land, a fraction of what they would have had to pay had they bought the land from a developer, and an additional $3 million to go towards servicing these sites. 

While two of the sites have been serviced, the developer for the school site in Rosewood has been served a notice of default as the City has lost confidence that they can fulfill the terms of the contract. Supposing the work isn’t completed by the end of October, the Province or their P3 contractors could sue the City.

The gap in funding to actually service three new school sites needs to come from somewhere.

Possible options include:

1)   The developer has until Friday to come up with a new plan to make this work, though ultimately this scenario would have those who will eventually live in the Rosewood subsidizing the school servicing costs. Keep in mind that this is a neighbourhood that was approved by Council against the advice of administration. Part of the reason it was approved was because it was pitched as an affordable place to live for people.

2)   You, as a City taxpayer covers the tab if option #1 doesn’t work out. This is what the report recommends, with the hope of recovering the money from later phases of the development. 

3)   The Province just coughs up the money to cover the real cost of servicing these new schools. Saskatchewan needs new schools. Education is very clearly the Province’s mandate, and these are real costs. This is the option I would prefer.

13 Leopold Crescent – In February City Council denied the owners’ of 13 Leopold Crescent request to have the house removed from the Heritage Holding Bylaw and then passed a motion for this property to be considered for Heritage designation.

The owners have appealed that decision, and now Council with two options: the matter can be referred to the Saskatchewan Heritage Property Review Board for a hearing and report, or the proposed bylaw can be withdrawn so that the owners can obtain a demolition permit.

About 230 of Regina's 60,000 + addresses are on the Heritage Holdings list. If Regina is to have a more rich stock of heritage buildings, it is important to make sure that all options to restore prospective heritage properties are explored before they are potentially demolished.

Alley Clean Up Contract - The Atoskata Youth Restitution Program works with young offenders to remove large items from the Regina’s alleyways. Payments for the service go towards restitution of victims of the young offender’s crime. A report from Community and Protective Services recommends that the City renew its contract with the Atoskata Youth Restitution Program for the next two years.

To report oversized garbage in a back alley contact 777-7000.

Residential Rental Licensing – A report from Executive Committee recommends against the creation of a rental-licensing program for Regina. The report’s main arguments against creating a license are cost (an average of $317 per unit annually) and the fact that many other jurisdictions that have a license experience a lack of uptake from those properties that need it the most. 

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Council Agenda for March 29th, 2016

A busy agenda for Regina’s City Council meeting of March 29th 2016.

Here are some of the highlights.

Bus Stop Change and Pedestrian Safety: Community and Protective Services recently moved a bus stop from the parking lot of Walmart on Rochdale to the adjacent street. While the stop was well used, buses were sometime delayed from leaving the parking lot by up to half an hour due to heavy traffic.

The problem is that there is currently no pedestrian crossing for bus riders to make it safely from Walmart to the new location of one of the bus stops. I’ve put a motion forward to make sure that there is a safe way for pedestrians to cross the street before the shelter is moved.

One challenge most Regina pedestrians can attest to is that traffic lights in our city are programmed to maximize vehicle traffic flow. In some instances (like this one) there isn’t any convenient and safe way for pedestrians to cross a street at all. Ultimately if we want Regina to be more walkable city, we have to start taking a multi-model approach to how we plan, design, and time intersections, even in Big Box store areas.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action – A motion from the Mayor recommends that City Administration report to Executive Committee later this year on how Regina can support the work and findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action. Here is a link to the Call to Action: http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Findings/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

Planning Ahead for Transit Expansion – Last week the Federal Government announced funding for a new transit maintenance barn in Regina. This is excellent news as our current transit maintenance facility is at capacity and represents a major bottleneck to Regina expanding it’s transit fleet in any significant way. A report from Finance and Administration recommends that City Council authorize funding to commence the architectural design of the new building.

Off Leash Dog Parks –A report from Community and Protective Services Committee recommends the creation of three additional fenced off-leash dog parks in new neighbourhoods (South, East and North West areas of the City). The report also recommends the administration develop a plan in conjunction with the Regina Humane Society and local dog owners to pilot two or three unfenced off-leashed areas in existing neighbourhoods for 2017.

Tax Exemption for Saskatchewan Multicultural Centre Association: A report from Finance and Administration Committee recommends a 3 year tax exemption for the SMCA. The request was triggered, in part, by a loss of funding from the Province.

RBID Expansion-The Regina Downtown Business Improvement District (RDBID) is an organization that provides a range of business and community services to promote and enhance Downtown’s unique assets, to improve conditions for businesses operating in the district, and to improve the quality of life for those who shop, work, live and play Downtown.’ (www.reginadowntown.ca)

Currently RBID represents and collects a tax levy from businesses in the immediate downtown (From Albert St. to Board St., and Sask Drive to Victoria Ave.)   

RBID is requesting to expand their boundaries to include:

            -Businesses along 13th Ave between Albert St. and Broad St.

            -Either side of Broad St. from 13th Ave to College Ave.

            -Osler St. from Sask Drive to 13th Ave.

Changes to the Municipal Election Bylaw: A report from Executive Committee recommends a few changes to the Regina’s Municipal Election Bylaw including that spending limits for Mayoral and Council candidates increase with CPI (Mayoral campaign spending limits would increase from $62,635 to $67,050, and Council campaign limits would increase from $10,439 to $11,175).

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Council Agenda for February 29th, 2016

Here are some of my notes on the Regina City Council meeting agenda of February 29th, 2016

Proposed Service Agreement Fee Exemption: The City of Regina owned baseball facility, Pacer’s Park, had to be moved when the Government of Saskatchewan expropriated the land it was on for the Bypass. The Government of Saskatchewan has indicated that they will not pay for Service Agreement Fees associated with the new site.

A report from Planning Commission recommends that, because the Province refuses to pay, the City waive the Service Agreement Fees (over 6 million dollars) that would otherwise be collected for the new build.

Just last year this Council City increased Regina’s Service Agreement Fees to reflect the real costs of new developments and to stop subsidizing sprawl. In my opinion any developer, including the Provincial and Municipal Government, should have to pay the real costs of green field development.

Child Daycare Centres: A report from Regina’s Planning Commission recommends that we align the City’s definitions of Child Daycare Centres with that of the Province. Right now you are allowed to have up to 12 children in a Daycare Centre facility that is not a residence and up to 8 children in a Daycare Centre Facility where someone lives.  This change would allow eligible home-run daycares to look after 12 children instead of 8.

13 Leopold Cres: 13 Leopold Cres is the house on the South West corner of Collage Ave. and Albert St. The owners have requested to have the house removed from the Heritage Holding Bylaw to knock it down and build a new one.

Known has the ‘Watchler Residence’, 13 Leopold Crescent was constructed in 1944-45 by the Waterman-Waterbury Company and first inhabited be Franklin E. Watchler.

While most of the Crescents were built out before World War 1, a piece of land had been left vacant along Albert St. to leave room for Grant Trunk Pacific Railway Station. Things changed and this land was parceled off into residential lots in the early 1940s.

The house was a very bold style for the time, and while a few similar houses were built around Regina, this is probably the best remaining example of its particular Modern and Spanish Revival design elements in our City.

In 1989 the City added this house to the Heritage Holding Bylaw, a list of buildings that have been identified as having heritage value. City Council approval is required to remove any property from the list.

City Manager: A report from the Mayor recommends the appointment of Chris Holden as City Manager. Chris has been an employee of the City for 38 years. He has held various positions across the organization, with most of his work having been in the Community Services Department. He will be the third person to hold the position in the past 30 years. 

I sat on the hiring committee for this position. It was a long and thorough process and I’m excited to see what Chris can bring to the job.

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Ward 3 Welcomes Regina Restaurant Week 2016!

Deep Fried Apple Dessert Things from Beer Brothers 

Downtown Regina Restaurant Showcase Runs until Feb 10

Downtown Regina has become a culinary destination. There are so many great places to eat and drink that are all only a short walk from each other.  Whether it’s the former Loggie’s shoe building that’s now converted to a hip Capitol Jazz Club, or the former Canada Life Assurance Building that’s now home to the stunning and gourmet Malt City restaurant, there is no shortage of cool new places to support. If you’ve been meaning to try out some of these places or just to get back to one of your favourites now is the perfect opportunity.

The Regina Downtown Business Improvement District has partnered with 13 bars and restaurants to put on Regina Restaurant Week, a special showcase that runs until February 10th.

The restaurants have put together special food/drink menus featuring an appetizer, a main course and a dessert all for around $35. Check out the full menu selections at http://reginadowntown.ca/events/regina-restaurant-week.

Cheers!

Shawn Fraser City Councillor for Regina Ward 3.

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Council Agenda for January 25th, 2016

Happy 2016.

Here are some of my notes for the January 25th, 2016 meeting of Regina’s City Council.

The David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot Campaign: At Monday’s meeting I’ll be bringing forward a motion in support of the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot Campaign. Blue Dot is a national movement to encourage Canadian Municipalities to reflect on their own environmental policies and practices, and to call on the Federal Government to add the right to a clean environment into the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Over 1400 citizens of Regina have endorsed a petition supporting the declaration. Currently, 107 Canadian municipal governments have developed similar declarations. More than 10 million people across Canada now live in communities that have affirmed their right to clean air, safe water and food, a stable climate and a say in decisions that affect their well-being.

A copy of the motion may be viewed here:

Regina Civic Election: Regina’s next civic election is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26th 2016.  A report from Exec Council lays out the terms, conditions, and budget for the election.

The total 2016 Municipal Election budget is $867,454.20 as compared to $558,000 in 2012. According to the report, ‘the increase will enable the City to upgrade vote counting equipment, implement election management software to streamline election production processes, and enhance communication strategies. ‘

Laneway Suite Pilot Projects: Over the past couple of years the City has sanctioned two laneway suite pilot projects in green field neighbourhoods. A report from the Regina Planning Commission recommends the City now proceed with a laneway suite pilot project in existing neighbourhoods. The pilot project would allow for 10-20 laneway suites to be built across the City.

The report also includes 13 laneway suite design guidelines that were developed through extensive community consultations in 2015. If you are interested in taking part in the pilot project, contact your City Councillor, or the City of Regina at 306-777-7000.

Renewal of Animal Spay and Neuter Program: A report from Community and Protective Services Committee recommends the City of Regina renew its Animal Service Agreement with the Regina Humane Society. This agreement includes funding for the low income Spay/Neuter Program. Since this program began in 2010, the RHS has seen an 8.4 percent decrease in animals entering the shelter and a 23 percent increase in animal adoptions. The total cost of the proposed agreement is $162.030 for 2016.

Leibel Field: Regina Minor Football is looking to invest roughly $3,000,000 in a new facility at Leibel Field. Once the facility is built it would be the City of Regina’s responsibility to operate and maintain it.

There are few outdoor amenities in Regina that are as well used as Leibel Field. In 2015 1,830 youth were registered in Regina Minor Football and between RMF, and other rec sports, the field was used around 180 days of the year. I think this facility, which would include locker rooms and public washrooms would be a great addition to the area.

Questions or comments? I can be reached at 306-551-5030, or sfraser@regina.ca

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