To get good insightful answers, how the question is framed matters. I missed an opportunity on Thursday
The five page report has taken nine months to complete, says based upon “anecdotal feedback”, citizens are not interested in slow plow locations and therefore there is no need to provide an implementation plan for Council’s consideration as directed. Staff promise that if “feasible”, the City’s website may be updated during snow events this year.
There are two great staff reports on today’s agenda as well. Forestry is following up and implementing changes presented by a resident in a delegation this summer, and the City’s bike share program is launching in April with a bid winner whose plan exceeds expectations.
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PUBLIC WORKS AGENDA
Monday, December 2, 2014
5.4 2014 Volunteer Committee Budget – Keep Hamilton Clean & Green Committee (PW13090)
5.5 2014 Volunteer Committee Budget Submission – Hamilton Cycling Committee (PW13091)
5.6 Correspondence from QPA Solar requesting a Resolution of support under the OPA FIT program version 3.0 for the installation of a solar PV ground mounted system 367 Highway #5 West, Dundas
8.1 Hamilton Utilities Corporation Joint Advisory Committee – Report 13-002
8.7 City Initiated Municipal Act Project – Extension of Municipal Sanitary Sewer on Chester Avenue (PW13094)
**9.1 Installation of Stop Controls at the Intersection of Glover Road and of Watershore Drive/Watercrest Drive
**Two-way Conversion Victoria Avenue North
CHANGES TO AGENDA
Notice of Motion: Cochrane Road Reconstruction
On June 3rd, Nicholas Schwetz delegated and presented his findings on the health of Hamilton’s downtown trees. Schwetz, an ecologist, was concerned about the poor conditions he saw of the trees downtown on his daily walk, and decided to do something about it.
The result: Staff are making changes to how trees are built into downtown sidewalks and proving that one citizen can make a difference.
The answer from City staff: Thanks but no thanks, we’re looking for a higher level league anyway.
Residents of West 19th submitted a petition to Council about the state of their roadway and sidewalks.
City staff agree, the road and sidewalks are in poor condition.
However, they say there are insufficient funds to rebuild the street with current funding frameworks. Staff say they want to create a fund for local roadways and are trying to find a funding source for it.
You’ll get your 2014/15 garbage tags in the mail this winter. The tags allow for extra garbage to be placed beyond the one bag per week per household limit.
This will be the second year of the tags. Last year, there was some confusion with residents mistaking the pamphlet containing the tags for junk mail.
Each household is entitled to 26 tags, only 12 of which are delivered by mail.
City staff say only 4% of households requested extra tags in 2014. If all 26 tags were mailed, there by 4,160,000 tags in circulation instead of the planned 1,920,000.
Cost of mailings: $105,000
Winter Control Program Snow Plow Tracking System
City Hall isn’t able to commit to updating it’s website during snow events, nor is it able to provide the public with information about where snowplows are during snow events.
Councillors were upset, and vented at senior Public Works staff the during a tense Public Works Committee meeting in mid-January.
Staff were directed in March to create a plan for providing the public with snow plow information. In November, Councillors asked where it was. The result, a 5-page report that finds based upon “anecdotal feedback” citizens are not interested in snow plow information.
A continuation of the status quo with Hamilton being part of Metrolinx and guaranteed one seat on the Board.
A report on implementing a two-way conversion of Victoria Avenue North is now deferred to the June 16, 2014 meeting. It was scheduled for today’s meeting.
Additions to Agenda
One addition to today’s agenda, Councillor Chad Collins is moving a notice of motion on Cochrane Road reconstruction. He wishes to use $600,000 from his area rating fund to completely reconstruct the row between Greenhill Avenue and Lawrence Road.