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The Council of The Regional Municipality of York

Minutes of the
Meeting Held on November 17, 2016


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Contact: Regional Clerk’s Office, regional.clerk@york.ca, 18774649675 extension 71320]

 

Regional Council met at 9 a.m. in the Council Chambers, York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket, with Regional Chair Emmerson presiding.

 

The following were also in attendance:

Mayors:

J. Altmann, D. Barrow, M. Bevilacqua, G. Dawe, V. Hackson,
S. Pellegrini, M. Quirk, F. Scarpitti, T. Van Bynen

Regional Councillors:

N. Armstrong, M. Di Biase, M. Ferri, J. Heath, B. Hogg, J. Jones, J. Li,
G. Rosati, V. Spatafora, J. Taylor

Staff:

B. Hughes, J. Hulton, P. Jankowski, K. Kurji, B. Macgregor,
E. Mahoney, M. Shatil, V. Shuttleworth, M.F. Turner, A. Urbanski


Disclosures of Interest

 

165 Proposed 2017 to 2018 Regional Budget

 

Mayor Quirk declared an interest in the Proposed 2017-2018 Regional Budget presentation as it pertains to York Regional Police. This declaration of interest is due to Mayor Quirk’s stepson being a member of York Regional Police and her husband being a retired member of York Regional Police.

Mayor Quirk did not take part in any consideration or discussion of or vote on any part of these items.

(See Minute No. 168.)

 

Minutes

 

166 Minutes of the Council Meeting held on October 20, 2016

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Spatafora, seconded by Mayor Hackson that Council confirm the Minutes of the Council meeting held on October 20, 2016 in the form supplied to the Members.

Carried

 

Presentations

 

Council heard the following presentations:

 

167 Greater Toronto Airports Authority

 

Lorrie McKee, Director of Public Affairs and Stakeholder Relations and Michelle Samson-Doel, Member of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) provided an overview of the GTAA and the economic benefits of Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The airport manages 120,000 passengers per day, 60 airlines and 180 destinations and contributes significantly to job creation in the region.

It was moved by Regional Councillor Jones, seconded by Regional Councillor Ferri that Council receive the presentation.

Carried

 

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168 Proposed 2017 to 2018 Regional Budget

 

Bill Hughes, Commissioner of Finance and Regional Treasurer, provided Council with an overview of the proposed 2017 to 2018 Regional Budget and the Fiscal Strategy. 

Mr. Hughes indicated that the draft 2017 budget comprises a $2.1 billion operating budget and a $942 million capital budget. This would result in a tax increase of 2.87%, an average increase of $66 per household. The forecast for 2018 is a 2.65% property tax increase.

Mr. Hughes presented key features of the draft budget which included substantial capital investment in roads, water and wastewater, a number of selected efficiency gains and savings for future capital asset replacement.

The next step in the budget is for a detailed review of departmental and other budgets at Committee of the Whole on December 1 and 8, 2016, with final approval of the budget anticipated at Council’s December 15, 2016 meeting.

It was moved by Mayor Barrow, seconded by Mayor Van Bynen that Council receive the presentation.

Carried

(See Minute No. 165.)

 

Communications

 

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Council considered the following communications:

 

169 Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

 

It was moved by Mayor Bevilacqua, seconded by Regional Councillor Di Biase that Council receive the communication from Bill Hughes, Commissioner of Finance and Regional Treasurer dated November 17, 2016.

Carried

 

170 Celebrating Innovation and Excellence 

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Taylor, seconded by Regional Councillor Li that Council receive the communication from Adelina Urbanski, Commissioner of Community and Health Services dated November 17, 2016.

Carried

 

171 Additional Information to Support Clause 5, Committee of the Whole Report No. 16 - Transportation Master Plan - Implementation of Finer Grid Network Policy Directions

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Spatafora, seconded by Regional Councillor Jones that Council receive the communication from Paul Jankowski, Commissioner of Transportation Services dated November 11, 2016 and refer it to consideration of Clause 5 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 16.

Carried

(See Minute No. 175.)

 

172 Appointment of Alternates to Attend Meetings of Committee and Council

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Heath, seconded by Regional Councillor Armstrong that Council receive the communication from Joy Hulton, Regional Solicitor dated November 17, 2016 and refer it to consideration of Clause 17 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 17.

Carried

(See Minute No. 176.)

 

173 Town of Georgina Regional Councillor Seat Vacancy

 

It was moved by Mayor Quirk, seconded by Mayor Hackson that Council receive the communication from John Espinosa, Town Clerk, Town of Georgina dated November 10, 2016.

Carried

 

174 Municipal Finance Officers’ Association 2016 Leadership Award – Bill Hughes

 

It was moved by Mayor Barrow and seconded by Regional Councillor Hogg that Council receive the letter congratulating Bill Hughes, Commissioner of Finance, for his work in the municipal finance sector and for his receipt of the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association 2016 Leadership Award.

Carried

 

Consideration and Adoption of Reports

 

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175 Report No. 16 of Committee of the Whole – November 3, 2016

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Heath, seconded by Regional Councillor Heath that Council adopt the recommendations in Report No. 16 of Committee of the Whole with the following amendment as noted:

 

2016 York Region Seniors Strategy – Thinking Ahead (Clause 16)

 

Add a further recommendation as follows:

4.  Staff report back with options on how to improve opportunities for York Region residents to age at home for longer in the future.

Carried

(See Minute No. 171.)

 

176 Report No. 17 of Committee of the Whole – November 10, 2016

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Taylor, seconded by Regional Councillor Armstrong that Council adopt the recommendations in Report No. 17 of Committee of the Whole with the following amendment as noted:

 

Review of Regional Governance (Clause 17)

 

Defer consideration of Clause 17 and the memorandum regarding appointment of alternates from Joy Hulton, Regional Solicitor dated November 17, 2016, to January 2017 so that staff can report back on the amendments to the Municipal Act proposed in Bill 68 – Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act, 2016.

Carried

(See Minute No. 172.)

 

Introduction and Approval of Bylaws

 

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177 Bylaws

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Ferri, seconded by Regional Councillor Taylor that Council approve and enact the following bylaws in the form as noted on the Revised Agenda.

 

Bylaw No. 2016-70

 

A bylaw to a prescribe maximum rates of speed on Donald Cousens Parkway (YR 48)

 

Bylaw No. 2016-71

 

A bylaw to authorize an agreement for the provision of a municipal capital facility at 1091 Gorham Street, Town of Newmarket

 

Bylaw No. 2016-72

 

A bylaw to add certain roads to the Regional Road System in the City of Markham

 

Bylaw No. 2016-73

 

A bylaw to amend Bylaw No. R-629-79-109 to designate through highways - Donald Cousens Parkway (YR 48)

 

Bylaw No. 2016-74

 

A bylaw to acquire certain lands for or in connection with the widening and reconstruction of Yonge Street, Town of Newmarket and Town of East Gwillimbury

 

Carried

 

Other Business

 

178 Former Town of Georgina Regional Councillor Danny Wheeler’s Memorial

 

Regional Chair Emmerson offered thanks to Lina Bigioni, Executive Director, Government Relations and other staff for their work in organizing the memorial event for former Regional Councillor Danny Wheeler on November 12, 2016. Regional Chair Emmerson noted it was very well-attended and a fitting send-off to a valued colleague.

 

Consideration and Adoption of Private Items

 

179 Private Session

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Hogg, seconded by Mayor Van Bynen that Council convene in Private Session for the purpose of considering the following:

 

1. Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Update - Solicitor-Client Privilege and Potential Litigation

2. Private Attachment to Clause 17, Committee of the Whole Report No. 16 – The Community Investment Strategy – Recommendations for 2017 Funding – Security of Regional Property

Carried

 

Council met in Private Session at 11:31 a.m. and reconvened in public at 11:40 a.m.

It was moved by Mayor Quirk, seconded by Regional Councillor Jones that Council rise and report from Private Session.

Carried

 

180 Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Update

 

It was moved by Mayor Barrow, seconded by Mayor Bevilacqua that Council adopt the confidential direction to staff.

Carried

 

181 Private Attachment to Clause 17, Committee of the Whole Report No. 16 – The Community Investment Strategy – Recommendations for 2017 Funding

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Ferri, seconded by Regional Councillor Armstrong that Council receive the private attachment and make it public as part of Clause 17, Committee of the Whole Report No. 16.

(See Minute No. 175.)

Carried

 

Confirmatory Bylaw

 

182 Bylaw 2016-75

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Di Biase, seconded by Mayor Bevilacqua that Council enact Bylaw No. 2016-75 to confirm the proceedings of this meeting of Council held on November 17, 2016.

 

The Council meeting adjourned at 11:41 a.m.

 

____________     
Regional Clerk

 

Minutes confirmed and adopted at the meeting of Regional Council held on December 15, 2016.

 

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Regional Chair

 

 

 


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