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Council Meetings decrease 20% in 2012

August 27, 2012 Leave a comment

2012 has seen some accomplishments for the Town of Oakville including bans on smoking in public parks and on tanning beds for those under the age of 18. But how much more could be done?

Over the course of the year, Oakville Town Council will meet 20% less than they did in 2012. The Planning and Development Council, the Administrative Services Committee and the Community Services Committee will meet 24% less than in 2011.

Compared to 2011, this means 14 fewer meetings overall. A 19% decrease.

While the Council calendar shifts every year depending on when certain holidays fall, the current Council calendar marks a significant decrease in comparison to 2011 and previous years.

Figure 1.1, Council Calendar September-January

Meeting Type

2012

2011

% Difference

Council Meeting

6

8

-25%

Planning and Development Council

6

9

-33%

Standing Committee (Administrative Services or Community Services)

6

9

-33%

Site Planning Committee

5

5

0%

TOTAL

23

31

-26%

Figure 1.2, Council Calendar January-January

Meeting Type

2012

2011

% Difference

Council Meeting

16

20

-20%

Planning and Development Council

16

21

-24%

Standing Committee (Administrative Services or Community Services)

16

21

-24%

Site Planning Committee

13

13

0%

TOTAL

61

75

-19%

Council request reports on Canada Geese and Emerald Ash Borer

August 17, 2012 Leave a comment

At the Oakville Town Council Meeting on August 13, Councillor’s requested three reports from town staff:

“That staff be requested to provide a report on the recently implemented “Active Transportation Facilities” along River Oaks Blvd. E including a review of the resultant parking prohibitions.”

“That staff be requested to undertake a review of Oakville’s Canada Geese Program, and investigate other potential control measures and options, including discussions with other municipalities and regulatory agencies to lessen the impact of Canada Geese on Oakville’s waterfront parks and report back by the end of the second quarter 2013. ”

“As a result of our current Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) treatment policy, a number of property owners are requesting that private property owners be offered a rebate if they treat their own ash trees. Staff be requested to prepare a report for the current budget committee with options to refund owners for treatment or prevention of the Emerald Ash Borer beetle.”

Councillor Gittings  motioned for an amendment asking staff to include a cost benefit analysis regarding treatment vs. removal and replanting of the tree.

A further request for report “has been suggested by Councillor Bird” Mayor Rob Burton stated, “that staff be directed to prepare a report regarding the options available to deal with licensing and regulating the tow truck industry in Oakville.”

Ward 4 Councillor Roger Lapworth and Allan Elgar seconded the request.

Categories: Budget, Council

Council Waives Taxes on Hospital and Sheridan College

August 11, 2012 Leave a comment

In a continuation of practices from prior years, on August 13th Oakville Town Council will vote to receive payment in lieu of taxes from Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and Sheridan College. An excerpt from the by-law:

WHEREAS Council may levy an annual payment in lieu of tax on the
aforementioned institutions:
COUNCIL ENACTS AS FOLLOWS:
1. Pursuant to the Provisions of Section 323 of the Municipal Act and other
authorizing statutes, there is hereby levied in 2012:
a) Upon Halton Healthcare Services (Oakville), a tax of $27,600 being $75 for
each Provincially-related bed based on a capacity of 368 in that hospital, as
determined by the Minister of Health;
b) Upon Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology, a tax of $578,400
being $75 for each full time student based on a capacity of 7,712 as
determined by the Minister of Colleges and Universities;
c) The amounts levied under this by-law shall become due and payable in full
on September 28, 2012.

Compared to 2011, the levy for Halton Healthcare Services remains the same. The levy for Sheridan College decreased $100,275 or 14.8% based on student enrollment.

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Council to Ban DriveTest from Multiple Streets

August 11, 2012 Leave a comment

On August 13th Council will pass a by-law which prohibits driving schools from conducting tests on specific roads in Oakville.
The streets included in this by-law are:

 any street used by DriveTest Oakville as Test Route #3, including
Sheridan Garden Drive, Gable Drive, Springfield Crescent, Wynten Way and
Kingsway Drive.

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Council to ban tanning equipment use for people under 18

August 11, 2012 Leave a comment

On Monday August 13, Oakville Town Council will vote on a by-law to require tanning salons in Oakville to restrict the use of tanning equipment to anyone 18 years of age or older. The by-law is expected to pass.

No person licensed under this by-law shall allow tanning equipment to be
used on a person under 18 years of age.

 

 

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Council Motions for naming of New Hospital

August 11, 2012 Leave a comment

In accordance with Section 6.1(2) of the Procedure By-law, the following Notices of Motion will be considered at the next Council meeting to be held on September 17, 2012.

 

New Oakville Hospital Name
Moved by Councillor Bird, seconded by Councillor Gittings

WHEREAS Halton Healthcare Services is constructing a new hospital that will replace the existing Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in 2015;

WHEREAS residents of Oakville joined together to form the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital Association to raise the funds to build the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital;

WHEREAS residents of Oakville have contributed millions of dollars and thousands of hours of volunteer work over the past 60 years through the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital Auxiliary;

WHEREAS the Town of Oakville has committed to donate $130 million to the construction of the new hospital and is the largest single donor to the new hospital;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Oakville formally requests that Halton Healthcare Services retain the name Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital for the new Oakville hospital to respect the history and ongoing support provided to our local hospital by our residents, as well as to reflect the very important role that the new hospital will play in the health and well-being of our community.

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Agenda for Aug 8 Administrative Services Committee

August 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Amongst the items to be discussed at the August 8th Administrative Services Committee are:

1. Recommendation for Approval of an Application to the FedDev Ontario Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund regarding numerous projects in Oakville including the Joshua Creek Arena and River Oaks Community Centre.

2. Discussion and motion for approval on the implementation of a by-law prohibiting people under the age of 18 from using tanning equipment in tanning salons. This is in response to a resolution which Council passed on April 16th stating:

“That in recognition of the increased use of tanning beds by youth and the
negative impact from exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR), staff be
requested to report back on the potential to regulate tanning salons by
introducing an age restriction prohibiting youth from using these facilities in
Oakville.”

3. An update on e-Bingo and revised estimates from the OLG regarding revenue from the e-Bingo initiative. A brief summary from the agenda:

The OLG is now forecasting that the town’s bingo licensing revenue will be
reduced by a figure of 20% annually under the new initiative, from $200,000
to approximately $160,000. Original estimates put the reduction in annual
revenues at over 50%, however the revised figure of 20% includes
additional revenue the OLG anticipates the town will receive from the
proceeds of electronic break open ticket (eBOT) machines to be located in
the gaming centre.

Read the entire agenda at the Town of Oakville website