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

For immediate release: November 16, 2017 - 10:52am
MR17-227

From the Monday, November 6 Meeting of the SPC on Environment, Utilities and Corporate Services

7.2.2 Utility Scale Solar Power Plant

Decision

*The Committee will recommend to City Council;

1. That Parcel M, Plan No. 102221525 (a 13 acre undeveloped parcel located along Circle Drive South near Montgomery Place) be set aside for a solar power plant;

2. That Administration proceed with community engagement and report back to City Council with options to finance, build, and operate the solar power plant;

3.  That the options be referred to SREDA for evaluation of benefits to the economy;

4.  That Administration report back on opportunities for Virtual Net Metering or Feed-in Tariff programs as an opportunity within this program; and

5.  That the report of the Acting General Manager, Corporate Performance Department, dated November 6, 2017, be forwarded to the Saskatoon Environmental Advisory Committee for information.

Background

*City Council, at its meeting held on April 25, 2016, received the report Saskatchewan Polytechnic Solar Demonstration Partnership at the Landfill Gas Power Generation that provided a facility for construction of the Solar Power Demonstration Site, and on June 22, 2015, received the report Net Metering Program on providing customers with the ability to generate their own electricity. In 2016, SL&P built the Saskatoon Solar Power Demonstration Site with its partners SES Solar Co-operative Ltd., Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and the Saskatchewan Environmental Society. The demonstration site was the first step for SL&P to prepare for a larger solar power plant.

7.2.3 Storm Water Flood Resiliency

Decision

*The Committee will recommend to City Council;

  1. That a Home Flood Protection Program pilot project be developed for high flood risk areas in 2018;
  2. That $200,000 be allocated in 2018 from the Storm Water Capital Reserve to fund the pilot Home Flood Protection Program;
  3. That the Administration refine infrastructure options with funding strategies and report back by mid-2018; and
  4. That the Administration approach the Province through its Provincial Disaster Program to partner in this opportunity.

Background

* At its meeting held on August 28, 2017, City Council approved four recommendations regarding the Storm Water Utility Business Plan, as presented by the Administration, and made four additional directives to address surface flooding in high-risk flood areas:

“1. That the Storm Water Utility focus resources on maintenance and preservation of existing storm water assets;

2. That $3 million be maintained in the Storm Water Utility’s capital reserve to protect strategic public infrastructure from damage caused by riverbank slumping and other emergency storm water repairs;

3. That the Equivalent Runoff Unit used for Storm Water Management charges be increased by $13.50 annually from 2019 to 2022, and utilized for projects to maintain and preserve storm water infrastructure;

4. That the temporary Flood Protection Program be extended and phased out by $13.50 annually from 2019 to 2022;

5. That the Administration report prior to 2018 budget consideration on the impact of an increase to the ERU to generate funds for flood mitigation;

6. That the City identify this situation as a further request for Federal Funding;

7. That the Administration report on a funding and infrastructure strategy to systematically deal with the top risk priority areas.

8. That the Administration report back outlining possible incentives to residential and/or commercial/industrial property owners to promote demonstrated onsite storm water management not only for new development/infill development, but for retrofit with possible emphasis on established and flood-prone areas.”

7.2.4 Options for Expanding Special Needs Garbage Collection

Decision

*The Committee will recommend to City Council that the report of the Acting General Manager, Corporate Performance Department, dated November 6, 2017, be received as information and forwarded to the waste consultations.

Background

*City Council at its meeting held on October 23, 2017, considered the Special Needs Garbage Collection Service report and resolved, in part:

“3. That the Administration report at 2018 budget deliberations outlining the potential for and impact of accepting new applicants to the Special Needs Garbage Collection Service for the interim term prior to the results of the Waste Utility consultation and resulting updated Waste Management and Services implementation.”

7.2.5 Congested Front Street Collection Level of Service

Decision

*The Committee will recommend to City Council that the matter of level of service for congested front street collection be deferred to the 2018 public engagement and discussion on the expanded waste utility business model.

Background

*At its meeting held on June 12, 2017, the Standing Policy Committee on Environment, Utilities and Corporate Services deferred consideration of the Options for Collection – Front Street Garbage and Recycling on Streets with Significant Parking report and to be brought back prior to discussions on the 2018 Business Plan and Preliminary Budget. At its meeting held on September 25, 2017, City Council considered the Waste Handling Service of Level report and resolved, in part:

“4. That all other service level changes be considered during the development and implementation of waste utility options.”

7.2.8 Integrating the Recovery Park Project with Required Saskatoon Regional Waste Management Centre Projects

Decision

*The Committee will recommend to City Council that the Administration continue with preparation and planning for the Recovery Park project and defer procurement until a comprehensive funding plan is in place for the Landfill Capital Investments as outlined in the report of the Acting General Manager, Corporate Performance Department, dated November 6, 2017.

Background

*On August 17, 2011, City Council considered and approved the Integrated Landfill Management Plan to extend the life of the landfill. For a variety of reasons, most notably private landfill competition and a long-standing internal business model where residential waste is received at the landfill with no associated revenue, revenue actuals have been significantly below planned projections. On November 28, 2016, City Council consolidated $7M in capital funding for the construction of Recovery Park. On May 23, 2017, City Council approved the issuance of a Request for Proposal(s) for the design and construction of Phases 1 and 2 of Recovery Park, which included a new landfill scale. On August 28, 2017, City Council approved procuring specialized design services for the scale house and occupied buildings associated with Recovery Park.

7.2.9 Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Waste Diversion

Decision

*The Committee will recommend to City Council;

  1. That $156,000 be transferred from the Waste Minimization Reserve to Capital Project #2184 - Waste Characterization for the development of the Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Waste Diversion Strategy; and
  2. That the report of the Acting General Manager, Corporate Performance, dated November 6, 2017, be forwarded to the Saskatoon Environmental Advisory Committee for information.

Background

*City Council, at its meeting held on May 23, 2017 received the Waste Diversion Opportunities report identifying various tools and approaches to improving waste diversion in Saskatoon. In that report, Administration indicated a future report on the current role of the City in ICI waste management and specific opportunities for future programs that target this sector would be prepared.

7.2.12 Winter City Strategy Update

Decision

*The Committee will recommend to City Council that the report of the Acting General Manager, Corporate Performance Department, dated November 6, 2017, be received as information.

Background

*City Council, at its meeting held on January 23, 2017, received the Saskatoon Winter Strategy Update report which provided an update and more detailed description of the components of a Winter City Strategy for Saskatoon. The Strategy was described as an intentional effort by the City of Saskatoon and community stakeholders to celebrate what makes Saskatoon unique as a four-season place that is inviting, vibrant and prosperous, even in the coldest months of the year.