The Mayor recognized a number of municipal events and initiatives at the start of Council: The Memorial Boys and Girls Club’s ABC (The Ability to Bring Change) program that encourages youth to set goals, and be active and healthy participants in our community; the Festive Dinner at Dearness Home; the inaugural meeting of Middlesex County Council; the inaugural meeting of Thames Valley District School Board, the annual Food Bank kick-off at Sobey’s north end, the tribute to Nelson Mandela at Aeolian Hall and at Victoria Park and the Wrapping Party for “Be a Santa to a Senior”. The Mayor also reminded Londoners about what a giving and caring community we live in and encouraged people to open their hearts and give to those less fortunate and to those who are isolated.
The Mayor also welcomed Glen Pearson and Jane Roy from The London Food Bank to receive donations from Councillors and Civic Administration.
The Mayor introduced Bill Coxhead, Managing Director of Parks and Recreation, who led the Corporation of the City of London’s United Way campaign this year. Mr. Coxhead presented a cheque for $96,150.56 to Andrew Lockie of the United Way of London & Middlesex.
In other Council business:
Council voted to direct staff to post the Tree Inspection Report assessments on the City website, to review the Construction Impact Tree Strategy to ensure it remains valid, to communicate tree removals at least four to six weeks in advance of removal and to post signage on affected trees.
Council received the 2013 Ministry of the Environment Inspection Report for the City Water Distribution System that showed 100% compliance.
Council approved release of the Community Energy Action Plan for community engagement that will include outreach through traditional media, social media, the City’s website and at community events between December 2013 and February 2014.
Council directed staff to undertake an assessment regarding intersection improvements at Richmond Street and Fanshawe Park Road to explore opportunities for improved traffic flow.
Council voted to allocate $60,000 to the Fugitive Slave Chapel at 275 Thames Street to provide for a new foundation with a basement at its new location beside Beth Emanuel Church on Grey Street.
Council endorsed the proposed Heritage Conservation District boundary for Blackfriars/Petersville District and directed that a Heritage Conservation District Plan and guidelines be prepared for the area; that a draft Background Study be circulated to interested parties for review and comment and that a public meeting be held to solicit input prior to final approval of the Heritage District Conservation Plan.
Council voted to take no action to amend the Urban Growth Boundary for residential, institutional or commercial lands and also directed staff to report back outlining an engagement and review process with all interested stakeholders to create a priority list of lands currently outside the boundary that might be considered for inclusion in the future.
Council approved a single source supplier for food and beverage purchases for Dearness Home, the City’s golf courses and cafeteria.
Council voted to exempt the Rockin’ New Year’s Eve event from the City’s noise bylaw as a one-year pilot project.
Council voted to accept a proposal from the London Animal Care Centre for implementing animal welfare services focusing on licensing, enforcement, community patrol and shelter services. Council also adopted a first principle of “no kill “open shelter policy and endorsed a 10-point plan to reduce shelter animal intake, increase lost animal claim rates and increase adoption opportunities.
Council also directed staff to consult with the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council of Canada, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and members of the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee regarding licencing options of banning the sale of companion animals at flea markets and licensing pet stores for the purposes of consumer protection and animal welfare.
Council referred back to staff for further study a recommendation to declare surplus the lands adjacent to 47 and 49 Agincourt Gardens but approved a recommendation to declare surplus lands adjacent to 33, 37, 41, 45, 53 and 57 Stoneycreek Crescent.
Council received information regarding a projected $6.9 million surplus in the 2013 General (Property Tax Supported) Budget; $3.7 million in savings in the Water Budget and $1.8 million in savings in the Wastewater and Treatment Budget and referred to 2014 Budget discussion recommendations that $2.3 million be placed in the City Facilities Reserve Fund, $1 million be used to support the Economic Development Reserve Fund and $3.6 million be applied as a funding source to avoid 2014 budget reductions.
Council also approved one-time funding of $20,000 for a video that will encourage young women to actively participate in civics and government.
Council voted to accept the Blackburn Foundation’s donation of The Sentinel sculpture and as well as a $20,000 donation from the foundation to move the artwork from its current location at CTV London to a site at the Forks of the Thames.
Council referred the request from Sunfest for a $50,000 grant to the 2014 budget process for consideration.
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