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Decisions in Brief

For immediate release: October 18, 2017 - 11:05am
MR17-212

From the October 10, 2017 Standing Policy Committee on EU&CS

7.1.2 Special Needs Garbage Collection Service

Decision

*The Committee agreed to recommend to City Council;

  1. That through the Waste Utility consultation, the Administration engage with relevant stakeholders such as senior and disability services organizations as well as the Saskatoon Accessibility Advisory Committee to address accessibility needs as well as any updates required to the Special Needs Garbage Collection Service; and
  2. That the report be forwarded to the Saskatoon Accessibility Advisory Committee for information.

Background

*City Council at its 2016 Preliminary Business Plan and Budget meeting held on November 30 and December 1, 2015, considered the report Services and Accommodations for Seniors and Residents with Physical Limitations – Options and Possible Partnerships and resolved, in part: “That a marketing promotion campaign, like the Snow Angel Program, with a focus on neighbours helping neighbours with moving their garbage/recycle bins, including the establishment of a process for groups to be on a list for providing a low-cost fee for service in assisting with moving bins be approved, with an increase to the budget of $12,000.” City Council, at its meeting held on September 25, 2017, considered the Waste Handling Levels of Service report and resolved, in part: “That all other service level changes be considered during the development and implementation of waste utility options.”

7.2.3 Update – North Commuter Parkway Bridge – Bridge Naming Engagement Process

Decision

*The Committee accepted the recommendation that the report of the A/General Manager, Corporate Performance Department dated October 10, 2017, be forwarded to City Council for information.

Background

*On June 22, 2015, City Council directed the Administration to identify responses and financial implications of the TRC Calls to Action. City Council also declared July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 the Year of Reconciliation. The Administration was directed to work with the Office of the Treaty Commissioner (OTC), and other community groups, leaders, and institutions in Saskatchewan to promote reconciliation. On July 21, 2016, City Council unanimously voted in favour of engaging the community in naming the North Commuter Parkway Bridge in recognition of the TRC’s calls to action, specifically #79 which is ‘Participate in a strategy to commemorate Aboriginal peoples' history and contributions to Canada.’ The process undertaken to propose a name for the NCP Bridge will be community driven, building on the community reconciliation process and Aboriginal Elders will guide the Aboriginal Cultural and Spiritual processes for the naming process. City Administration has gathered key community members to form the Steering Committee to determine and carry out a community-led process for naming the North Commuter Parkway Bridge (NCP). The Steering Committee includes representatives from City Administration, the Office of the Treaty Commissioner (OTC), Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC), Central Urban Métis Federation Incorporated (CUMFI) and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN).

7.2.4 Waste Bylaw Amendments

Decision

*The Committee agreed to recommend to City Council:

  1. That Bylaw No. 8310, The Waste Bylaw, 2004 be amended as outlined in the report of the A/General Manager, Corporate Performance Department, dated October 10, 2017 to improve education and enforcement opportunities in the community; and
  2. That the City Solicitor be requested to prepare the appropriate amendment to Bylaw No. 8310, The Waste Bylaw, 2004

Background

*On May 3, 2004, City Council approved the creation of Bylaw No. 8310, The Waste Bylaw. On December 1, 2016, City Council approved the ‘Fees for Waste-Related Services 2017, 2018, 2019’ report which included amendments to The Waste Bylaw. These amendments included updates to the Rate Schedules for Landfill Fees, Commercial Garbage Collection, Residential Recycling Programs and Compost Depot Commercial Haulers.

7.2.5 Wastewater Treatment Plant – Cogeneration System Project

Decision

*The Committee agreed to recommend to City Council:

  1. That Capital Project #1247 – WWT – Energy Recovery and Capital Project #2211 – WWT – Electrical Redundancy be cancelled at this time; and
  2. That the remaining previous approvals of $9.745 million from Capital Project #1247 – WWT – Energy Recovery and Capital Project #2211 – WWT – Electrical Redundancy be transferred to Capital Project #2579 – WWT – Digester Tank 4.

Background

*Studies investigating the viability of energy recovery at the WWTP were completed by third party reviewers in 2007, 2008, and 2010. Each report concluded the potential for cogeneration to offset electricity and natural gas demands was attainable. Capital funding was commenced to implement cogeneration as part of electrical redundancy and energy recovery at the plant, with the additional environmental benefit of utilizing biogas and reducing electrical demand at the plant.