Welcome back from summer! The city had a few advisory committee meetings over the summer, but didn’t make any crucial decisions.

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 Council Chambers, unless stated otherwise.

Community and Public Services Committee

September 7, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Council Chambers, City Hall

Corporate Sponsorship Strategy

  • City looking at ways to increase revenue without taxing residents
  • Assets that could be marketed/sponsored
    • New/big city facilities like the Soccer Centre or the Rose Theatre
    • Public programs or services like public swims or skates
    • City wide initiatives
    • Civic events like Canada Day or CeleBrampton
    • Exclusive service provisions like free wifi on buses
  • City suggests they may generate $989,000 annually with a conservative approach
    • $480,000 could be made each year by selling naming rights
  • Potential example revenue (on low end) for naming rights at Brampton Soccer Centre
    • Naming rights for entire complex could be $75,000
    • Total including various pitches, meeting rooms, and splash pad could be $189,000
  • Presentation on page 5
  • Report on page 18

Public Art Program Update

  • Update on city public art initiatives and timeline
  • Big public art projects in the future
    • Rail underpass interactive wall art in 2018 at Queen and Main
    • Canada 150 in 2017 – 150 Muskoka chairs decorated by students
    • Beautification of downtown electrical boxes in 2018
  • Reports on page 100 and page 113

Agenda and reports available here.

Economic Development Committee

September 7, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Council Chambers, City Hall

Health Sciences Precinct

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  • A presentation and delegation on the future health science precinct near Peel Memorial Hospital
  • Investment attraction video
  • Over 6,000 health care and sciences workers in Brampton
  • Presentation on page 6

Changes to Community Grant Program

  • New changes to program in 2017
    • Religious organizations may apply if their program is aligned with city objectives and not religious mandates
    • Waive rates and fees for use of city assets
    • New metrics to measure success of programming
    • Possibility to provide lease subsidies as part of this program
    • Potential guaranteed annual funding to certain groups and events, such as the Santa Claus Parade or Rotary Rib N Roll
  • Report on page 25

Lorne Scots 150th Anniversary Requests

  • The Lorne Scots will be celebrating their 150th anniversary in September
  • Requesting the city fund part of their “Trooping to the Colours” event on September 24, 2016 at Creditview Sandalwood Sports Park
  • Request for $6,500 for venue and equipment rental, as well staff set up and clean up
  • Report on page 33

Agenda and reports available here.

Corporate Services Committee

September 7, 2016, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Council Chambers, City Hall

City’s Application for the Ontario 150 Projects Fund

  • Ontario is asking municipalities to submit projects for funding for the Canada/Ontario 150 Anniversary next year
  • Municipalities required to fund 50% of project costs for community infrastructure, and 25% for events and partnerships
  • City submitting four potential projects
    • Brampton Youth Day 2017 = cost of $150,000
    • Youth Cricket Tournament and Culture Festival = cost of $95,000
    • Healthy Communities Initiative = cost of $70,000
    • Lester B. Pearson Theatre renovations = cost of $2,600,000
  • Report on page 72

City Purchasing Summary for Q2 of 2016

  • The city gives a summary of all purchases made each quarter
  • City spent $54,405,410 in the second quarter
  • Top five purchases
    • Reconstruction and widening of Financial Drive from Steeles Avenue to Casablanca Circle = $11,397,106
    • Road resurfacing = $11,063,340
    • To provide gas/diesel to city vehicles at retail/commercial locations for three years = $2,946,030
    • To provide soft/hardware for the enhancement of the Smartbus system for Zum Phase 2 = $4,422,169
    • Public works repair on the west side for two years = $1,747,158
  • This report is on page 28

Issues in Brief

  • City considering new bylaw that pet stores may only be allowed to sell animals from humane societies and shelters (page 6)
  • City proposing to no longer give public notice for certain items (sign bylaws, user fees, etc) in print media (page 11)

Agenda and reports available here.

Sports Hall of Fame Committee

September 8, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Council Committee Room

Issues in Brief

  • A discussion on reviewing nomination/election of inductees
  • A discussion on potential inductees

Agenda and reports available here.