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General Committee โ€“ Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 7pm

Updated: Jan 5

Staff has brought forward a recommendation to establish a Lobbyist Registry, and the 2023 Tax Rates are finalized.

Meeting Location: Council Chambers

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ“‘ Presentations

  • Nil

โธ๏ธโฏ๏ธ Deferred Business

๐Ÿšซ๐Ÿ“‡ Request for Civic Address Change โ€“ 67 Owen Street (Ward 2)

๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“‘ Reports of Reference, Advisory or Special Committees

๐Ÿ’ต๐Ÿง‘โ€โš–๏ธ Finance and Responsible Governance Committee

โš–๏ธ๐Ÿฆน 2022 Year To Date Internal Audit Status Report, 2022 Fraud and Wrongdoing Program Activity, 2022 Summary of Internal Audit Activity and 2023 Internal Audit Work Plan

๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ“ˆ 2022 Investment Management Annual Report

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿฅ— Barrie Farmer's Market

๐Ÿฅ—๐Ÿช Update on Permanent Market

๐Ÿ’ฐ๐ŸŸ Freshwater Action Plan Fund

  • Correspondence:

    • Correspondence from Town of East Gwillimbury, dated February 1, concerning the Freshwater Action Plan Fund

  • Support federal funding for Lake Simcoe as a significant percentage of the Freshwater Action Plan Fund, and request that it be used for:

    • shoreline mitigation, stream restoration & stormwater quality management, including the tributaries of Sophia Creek, Kidd's Creek, Bunkers Creek, Dyments Creek, Hotchkiss Creek, Whiskey Creek, Lovers Creek, and Hewitts Creek

    • projects to ameliorate contaminated sites in the watersheds

    • upgrades to help retrofit municipal infrastructure (e.g. wastewater treatment and stormwater management facilities) to decrease total current discharges

    • planting 250,000 trees in the watershed, purchasing & conservation of more forests and wetlands under the LSRCA, make significant progress towards the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan goal of 40% of the watershed area being protected natural land

๐Ÿš๐Ÿง“ Free Transit for Seniors

๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿคท Affordability Committee

๐Ÿ“‘๐Ÿ—‚ Staff Reports

Cycling Lane Implementation โ€“ Grove Street and Dunlop Street / Blake Street (Wards 1 & 2)

Grove Street East, Bayfield Street to Johnson Street

  • add cycling lanes on Grove from Bayfield to St. Vincent via road right-sizing

  • make Grove Street East "No Parking Anytime" on both sides from Bayfield Street to Johnson Street

Dunlop Street / Blake Street, Berczy Street to Steel Street

  • add cycling lanes on Dunlop Street from Berczy Street to Collier Street and Blake Street from Collier Street to Steel Street via road right-sizing

  • make Blake Street "No Parking Anytime" on both sides from Dunlop Street to Steel Street

๐Ÿค๐Ÿง‘โ€โš–๏ธ Confidential Litigation Matter โ€“ Ontario Land Tribunal Appeal - Essa Road

๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ“Š 2022 Budget and Business Plan Year-End Report

  • Executive Management Team Report:

  • To receive the report

  • Use $1,199,442 of Safe Restart Funding (Transit) to offset COVID-19 pressures in 2022 related to expenses and lost revenues from Transit Services, and eliminate that draw from the Provincial Gas Tax Reserve in 2022, in order to support the reserve balance for ongoing Transit pressures into 2023

  • Allocate 70% of the remaining Tax Rate surplus of $2,076,650 to the Tax Capital Reserve and 30% to the Tax Rate Stabilization Reserve, after the following transfers:

    • $718,502 transferred to the County of Simcoe Capital Reserve to support future capital requirements

    • $1,800,000 transferred to WSIB Reserve to fund the existing reserve deficit at the end of 2022 as well as anticipated 2023 WSIB expenses

    • $101,015 transferred to the Fleet Management Reserve related to capital gains on sale of fleet vehicles

    • $200,000 transferred from the DC Discounts Reserve to offset the impact of DC Discounts in 2022

  • Allocate 70% of the Water Rate surplus of $171,306 to the Water Capital Reserve and 30% to the Water Rate Stabilization Reserve

  • Allocate 70% of the $324,202 Wastewater Rate surplus to the Wastewater Capital Reserve and 30% to the Wastewater Rate Stabilization Reserve

  • Allocate the Parking Rate surplus of $826,487 to the Parking Capital Reserve

  • Recover $2,690,958 in discretional Development Charge discounts and exemptions granted during the year as follows:

    • $1,872.874 from 2022 year-end Tax supported operating results

    • $277,696 from 2022 year-end Water Rate operating results

    • $540,387 from 2022 year-end Wastewater Rate operating results

  • Designate this Staff Report is the method for disclosing outstanding financing leases

  • Amend the 2023 Capital Project budgets as follows:

    • Reduce Bryne Drive (North) New Road Construction by $2,100,000 and increase Bryne Drive (South) New Road Construction by the same amount

    • Reduce Automatic Transfer Switch by $400,000 and increase Watermain Renewal Program by same amount

  • Approve the user fee changes outlined in Appendix "E" to the report, and update the 2023 User Fee Bylaw to reflect the changes

๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ“ˆ 2023 Tax Rates

๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ™๏ธ 2023 Downtown Barrie Business Association Levy

  • Finance Department Report:

  • Establish a special charge of 0.391222% for 2023 on commercial and industrial properties in the Downtown Improvement Area (total $684,387)

  • Approve the BIA's 2023 Operating and Capital Budgets

  • Require the BIA to provide a full budget to the City that includes all expected revenues and expenses for the year, beginning with the 2024 budget

  • Authorize the City Clerk to prepare the appropriate bylaw authorizing this rate and levy requirement

๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ“Š Capital Plan Forecast Adjustments

๐Ÿค๐Ÿ‘ฅ Confidential Personal Information Matter โ€“ Appointments to the Investment Board

๐Ÿค๐Ÿ“ƒ Establishing a Lobbyist Registry and Appointment of a Lobbyist Registrar

  • Legislative and Court Services Report:

  • Establish a Lobbyist Register, as of September 1, 2023, and hire a Lobbyist Registrar, funded from the Council Priority Contingency Fund for 2023 (and add a line item for 2024 and beyond)

  • Amend the Procedural Bylaw to allow for the Lobbyist Registrar to report to City Council in the same way as the Integrity Commissioner does

  • Appoint the Integrity Commissioner as the interim Lobbyist Registrar

  • Start procurement for a permanent Lobbyist Registrar

๐Ÿค๐Ÿ‘ฅ Confidential Personal Information Matter โ€“ Appointment to the International Relations Committee

๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ Item of Discussion

Invitation to Present โ€“ Simcoe County District Health Unit (SMDHU)

  • Sponsor: Kungl

  • Invite the Simcoe County District Health Unit to give a presentation to Council with an update on SMDHU activities

Invitation to Present โ€“ Barrie Sports Hall of Fame

  • Sponsor: Nigussie

  • Invite the Barrie Sports Hall of Fame to give a presentation to Council on their mandate and activities



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