February 2011 Progress Report

Pier: As has been reported in the press Council made a decision to move forward with a new contractor on the Pier and get the Pier finished. I am very pleased with how Council addressed this issue. Staff is moving forward and additional information and timelines will be available over the coming months.

Niagara to GTA Highway: Chair Carr and I had a very positive meeting with Minister Rick Bartolucci regarding the provinces requested modifications to the Region’s official Plan with the inclusion of an Arrow showing a possible highway location. The province has withdrawn this request and all related modifications to the official plan. Councillor’s Taylor and Lancaster deserve recognition for their efforts on this issue and I would also like to acknowledge the commitment and efforts made by the coalition Stop the Escarpment Highway. This matter is not over and work continues to be done with a focus on the Environmental Assessment currently underway.

Budget: Council continued work on both the Capital Budget and the Operating Budget. Public meetings are March 2 at 7PM at Tansley Woods and March 5 at 9AM at the Burlington Arts centre. A number of Councillors are having local Ward budget meetings as well.

Policy Items: We are looking at ways to address the Downtown development status including the Old Lakeshore precinct. The Waterfront Citizen Advisory Committee has been meeting and has formed several sub-committees. There are also some policy issues being considered for research related to zoning for Places of Worship.

Freeman Station:A Citizen committee has now been formed and will be working to find alternatives for the station. The Committee is forming a legal entity with charitable status for fundraising purposes. If you have any ideas in this regard please contact Councillor Lancaster or Meed-Ward.

LUMCO: I had the opportunity to attend my first LUMCO (Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario) meeting in February. The focus of conversation and concern from mayors across Ontario was Staff costs and the current arbitration process that does not consider the ability of the taxpayer to pay. All mayor’s are concerned about the sustainability of wage agreements. LUMCO issued a request to Premier McGuinty to consider changes in the Interest Arbitration rules to ensure that “ability to pay” was truly recognized.  


Brant Street Pier Update: February 9, 2011

February 9, 2011
Burlington City Council today voted to begin work on hiring a new contractor and a new project consultant to complete the Brant Street Pier.City Council heard that any completion arrangements will ensure that the pier specifications will result in a safe and buildable pier. The city will seek expert advice to make sure the tender package attracts competitive bids. Staff will outline that process in an upcoming report to council.The city received notice from its contractor, Harm Schilthuis and Sons Ltd., in December 2009 that the contractor was unwilling to complete the pier under the contract terms. In January 2010, the city notified the contractor’s bonding company, Zurich Insurance Co., that the contractor was in default of the contract.

The city received notice from Zurich on Feb. 7, 2011, denying Burlington’s claim under the bond to help complete the pier project.

For more information about the Brant Street Pier, including a history of the pier project, visit www.burlington.ca/pier  or e-mail pier@burlington.ca

Escarpment Highway Update

February 8, 2011

Escarpment highway removed from official plan

Concerned citizens, Halton Region and the City of Burlington applaud the province’s decision to remove a controversial proposed transportation corridor slated to travel across a rural stretch of the Niagara Escarpment.After a recent meeting between Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring, Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr and the provincial minister of municipal affairs and housing, Rick Bartolucci, the province announced that the proposed route would no longer appear on the regional official plan.To learn more, you can read the entire release at http://cms.burlington.ca/Page6800.aspx