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Decisions in Brief, Standing Policy Committee on Environment, Utilities & Corporate Services

For immediate release: September 13, 2017 - 2:22pm
MR17-194

From the September 11, 2017 Meeting 

7.1.1 Construction & Design, 2015/2016 Annual Report

Decision

*A report of the Acting General Manager, Transportation & Utilities Department, was received as information.

Background

*Construction & Design is a service provider to the City of Saskatoon that delivers municipal infrastructure projects; provides regulatory oversight; maintains infrastructure records; and provides expertise, advice and guidance on municipal infrastructure. Administration is proud to present the first annual report demonstrating a variety of successful municipal projects.

7.2.5 Service Saskatoon – Open Data Update Report

Decision

*The Committee will recommend to City Council:

  1. That the City engage in an Open Data program;
  2. That the Administration be directed to develop a detailed strategy to implement the recommendations outlined in the MPATH report, and report back by April, 2018.

Background

*The original Open Data Catalogue pilot project was presented to City Council on August 15, 2012. The pilot project received approval for $40,000 for a capital project to engage with the local develop community and to establish a beta site to publish City data sets.

The catalogue was populated with a number of data sets that were static in nature. Static data sets in the current catalogue are not consistently updated, and as a result, the information may not be current and accurate. The process of creating, uploading, and maintaining data sets is currently a manual process. Prior to publishing the new data set, a pre-Personal Information Assessment is prepared and submitted to City Clerks prior to loading it to the open data catalogue. Currently, there are no dedicated resources for the Open Data program.

7.2.6 Climate Change Mitigation Business Plan - Opportunities

Decision

*The Committee will recommend to City Council:

  1. That the information pertaining to Climate Change Mitigation Business Plan be received; and
  2. That the allocation of Corporate Performance Department Capital Funding of $20,000, in addition to $80,000 of Federation of Canadian Municipalities grant funding, be referred to the 2018 Business Plan and Budget deliberations to support development of the Business Plan.

Background

*In November 2015, the City became a signatory to the Compact of Mayors, now known as the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, which commits the City of Saskatoon to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Within three years of becoming a signatory, Saskatoon is required to develop and submit an action plan for demonstrating how the City will deliver on its promise to mitigate emissions.

At its meeting on June 26, 2017, City Council resolved, in part:

1. That the greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for the City of Saskatoon (corporate) be adjusted to utilize 2014 as the base year, specifically, a reduction of 40% below 2014 levels by 2023; and a reduction of 80% below 2014 levels by 2050.

2. That the recommended reduction targets for the community proposed by the Saskatoon Environmental Advisory Committee be adopted.