Council News in Brief – June 13, 2016

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Council approved, in principle, the contents of the Cootes to Escarpment Ecopark System Memorandum of Understanding Extension (MOUE). Staff will finalize wording before the City Manager will sign the finalized MOUE on behalf of Council. The Cootes to Escarpment Ecopark System is a network of 3,650 hectares of significant lands naturally connecting Hamilton and Burlington at the western end of Lake Ontario.   Continue reading

Committee News In Brief – May 16 & 17, 2016

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Corporate and Community Services Committee – May 16, 2016

Information on the Nelson Stadium and Nelson Park Revitalization Project

Committee received and filed an information report providing an update on the Nelson Stadium and Nelson Revitalization Project. Staff reports there is community interest in enhancements to the sports facility features of this park. However, the source(s) of funding have not been identified. Currently, staff have forecasted a like-for-like replacement of the assets in the park from 2016-2025. Staff indicated any additional enhancements and new features would need to be funded by the Nelson User Group organization or considered in the prioritization of future capital budget and forecasts.

Agenda, reports, minutes and video for this Committee meeting can be found here.

Development and Infrastructure Committee – May 17, 2016

Cootes to Escarpment Ecopark System – Partner Memorandum of Understanding Extension

Committee approved, in principle, the contents of the Cootes to Escarpment Ecopark System Memorandum of Understanding Extension (MOUE). Staff will finalize wording before the City Manager will sign the finalized MOUE on behalf of Council. This MOUE aligns with the Strategic Plan key direction: A Healthy and Greener City in the Environmental and Energy Leadership category. The Cootes to Escarpment Ecopark System is a network of 3,650 hectares of significant lands naturally connecting Hamilton and Burlington at the western end of Lake Ontario. The original MOU expires in June 2016. In order to facilitate further progress, and realize the potential for engagement with the Province of Ontario and other agencies, a continuation of the current working arrangements is proposed for a further five years. Continue reading

Council News In Brief – May 9, 2016

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Mayor Rick Goldring’s Nomination for AMO Board of Directors

City council endorsed the nomination of Mayor Rick Goldring to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Board of Directors on the Large Urban Caucus. The council resolution will be included with Mayor Goldring’s application to AMO, which is currently seeking nominations for the next term of the Board of Directors from 2016/2018. The election to the Board for the two-year term will take place at the AMO Annual Conference this summer. Mayor Goldring has served on AMO’s Board of Directors since 2014. He is currently chair of the Large Urban Caucus and chair of the Climate Change Task Force, ensuring Burlington has a strong presence at AMO, which has a mandate of supporting and enhancing strong and effective municipal government in Ontario. Continue reading

Committee News In Brief – April 18 & 19, 2016

CH3Corporate and Community Services Committee – April 18, 2016

LaSalle Park Marina Wave Break

Committee approved the authorization of a letter of support from the Mayor to assist LaSalle Park Marina Association (LPMA) with securing funding opportunities for the construction of a permanent wave break at LaSalle Park Marina. The proposed funding source for construction is: $4 million from the federal government; $4 million from the provincial government and a $4 million loan from Infrastructure Ontario. At this time, LPMA has indicated to the city that a Joint Venture Loan from the city is not needed. Approval of the letter goes to City Council on May 9, 2016. Read more here.

Finger Docks for LaSalle Park Marina

Committee approved LaSalle Park Marina Association’s (LPMA) application for Joint Venture Financing to an upset limit of $250,000 to be used towards the purchase of finger docks. This is a 10-year non-tax supported debenture to be fully repaid to the City of Burlington by the LPMA. The total project cost is $370,000. The remainder of the funding includes: $109,000 from Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program and $11,000 from the LPMA. Goes to City Council on May 9, 2016.

Agenda, reports, minutes and video for this Committee meeting can be found here.

Development and Infrastructure Committee – April 19, 2016

Older Adult Property Tax Deferral Program

The committee approved the Older Adults Property Tax Deferral Program in Burlington governed by the Region of Halton. The program offers low-income adults who own and live in their homes in the City of Burlington a full property tax deferral with interest being paid by Halton Region. The launch date is July 1, pending council approval on May 9, 2016. Read more about the program in the mayor’s column. Continue reading

Council News In Brief – April 11, 2016

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Burlington’s Strategic Plan 2015-2040

Council approved the 2015-2040 Strategic Plan. This strategic plan is fundamentally different than past plans in the content, time horizon covered and how the plan was created. It takes on the challenging issues of today and tomorrow, seizes current and future opportunities, and helps Burlington prepare for the next 25 years. The plan is also a framework for critical decision making and considers how the city manages resources. As a result of extensive community engagement, more than 180 changes were made to the draft that went to the community in December 2015/January 2016, including changes as a result of delegations at the March 21 Community and Corporate Services Committee meeting. Read the plan here: www.burlington.ca/strategicplan.

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