Council Showdown: December 13 – 15, 2016

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It’s cold now. Everyone is getting ready for the holidays, including the city. This is the last week of meetings, and the last Council Showdown until January of next year.

As always, Bramptonist will be rounding up the interesting items on upcoming city council and committee meetings, so you don’t have to bore yourselves with tedious PDFs.

All meetings are open to the public (aside from closed items), and are generally held in the City or Regional Council Chambers, unless stated otherwise.


Audit Committee

December 13, 2016, 9:30 a.m.
Council Committee Room, City Hall

Issues in Brief

  • Corporate Fraud Prevention Hotline phase 1 opened in July and has dealt with five cases; it opens to the public next year (page 8)

Agenda and reports here.


Environment Advisory Committee

December 13, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Boardroom WT-2C, West Tower

Issues in Brief

  • Verbal update on Ecochallenges – Web-based Tools
  • Discussion on MTO cycling initiatives

Agenda and reports here.


Brampton Council – Regular Meeting

December 14, 2016, 9:30 a.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall

Announcements

  • Cheque to Peel Memorial Hospital from the City Council Golf Tournament
  • Brampton Fire & Emergency Services and Peel Regional Police Charity Hockey Game held on November 6, 2016
  • Mystery announcement from Wild Water Kingdom
  • New Year’s Eve – December 31, 2016 – See our post with all the details

Issues in Brief

  • New city bylaw – fireworks retailer course (page 73)
  • New city bylaw – removing the English test from taxi licensing (page 55)
  • New preliminary amendments to the city’s adult entertainment licensing bylaw; final approval after consultation will be in April (page 79)

Agenda and reports here.


Brampton Council – Special Budget Meeting

December 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall

This meeting for final budget approval

The City of Brampton 2017 budget

  • City’s budget is now a 3.3 per cent increase; when introduced in November, it was a 3.6 per cent increase
  • The city has reduced the new operations budget to 1.3 per cent from 1.6 per cent; the infrastructure budget remains at an increase of 2 per cent
  • The overall tax increase is now 2.3 per cent; when first reported, it was 2.5 per cent
  • Base operating budget (parks, recreation, etc) increasing by 0.5 per cent, in relation to population growth
  • Only enhanced operations (more than a response to popular growth) is fire and transit
  • “The 2017 Full Accrual Budget consists of $730.8 million in expenditures and $860.1 million in revenues, resulting in a net surplus of $129.3 million”
  • Report on page 5

Agenda and reports here.


Cycling Advisory Committee

December 15, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Council Committee Room, City Hall

Issues in Brief

  • 8 city trails are getting “Recreational” added to their official names because of “liability”; expect to see a sign retrofit in the near future (page 9)
  • New Franceschini pedestrian and cycling bridge over the 410 should be retrofitted and opened by next next summer (page 21)

Agenda and reports here.

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