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Monday July 12th, 2010

Posted at 11:22am

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Agenda Highlights:

This week’s agenda is very light and with good reason.  The meeting is expected to be dominated by one issue, the contracting out of garbage and recycling collecting to Turtle Island Recycling.  A report prepared by the City’s top administrator’s outlines that over the course of this seven year contract the projected savings is around $8.9 million, and that no jobs would be lost within the corporation.  There are many delegations listed to speak including members of CUPE Local 82 who currently do the work, the president of Windsor & District Labour Council, and the President of Turtle Island Recycling.   Before this even makes it to the debate stage of council, there will be a  request for deferral.  A letter was sent to council on July 9, 2010 by CUPE Local 82 President Jim Wood requesting this item be deferred for at least four weeks.  He states in his letter that CUPE just received finical information on July 8, 2010.  The letter also says that the one week this report has been public is not enough time for the general public to read and understand the report.

Another issue with a listed delegation to speak is the Windsor International Fringe and Buskers Festival.  They are appearing before council with a request for Waiver of Fees.  The original administration report was for a waiver of $5,835, but it made no recommendation to approve or deny this request; rather it had been referred to council to make the decision.  A memo to council thought, on July 7, 2010 outlines additional requests from the festival such as a stage and folding chairs, which now brings the waver of fees to $ 6593, and administration is now recommending it be denied.  If council goes against the recommendation of administration, this could then open the flood gates for every festival to ask for wavers, and would have an effect on the budget.

Council Communications:

There is a report from the City Solicitor informing council that they have retained Aird & Berlis to represent the City with respect to claims relating to the Olde Sandwich Town Bylaws.  The bylaws were put in place to preserve Olde Sandwich town, but are being challenged in court of the Canadian Transit Company, who owns the Ambassador Bridge and as well many boarded up homes along Indian Road.  Mediation between both parties has failed and it is now heading to the OMB this coming fall.

There will be some more construction very soon out in the Walker Road big box area.  The Lighting Boutique has a site plan for review to build a larger store behind their existing location.  The old location would then be torn down, and paved for parking.

You can find the entire City Council agenda here: http://citywindsor.ca/002885.asp

Council is currently its summer schedule with meetings on July 26, August 9, and August 23, 2010.

NOTE: SPECIAL MEETING – Monday July 19, 2010 to discuss the Results of Parking Enforcement Services Tender.  This is being recommended to be contracted out.

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