Item - 2012.AU7.12

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on July 11, 2012 without amendments and without debate.
  • This item was considered by the Audit Committee on July 3, 2012 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on July 11, 2012.

AU7.12 - Inventory Controls Over Traffic Control Devices in Transportation Services Need to be Improved

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on July 11, 12 and 13, 2012, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, to implement the corporate model for warehousing and distribution of materials, particularly with respect to the traffic control device inventory.

 

2.         City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, ensure inventory control policies and procedures are documented.

 

3.         City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, to implement effective controls over the inventory of traffic control devices with consideration being given to using the SAP financial information system module currently being used by other City divisions.

 

4.         City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with the City Treasurer, to ensure the value of traffic control devices inventory is included in the City's financial records.

 

5.         City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, to ensure physical counts of materials held in inventory are performed on a regular basis and that the information is used to ensure inventory data is accurate and controls are effective.

 

6.         City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, to develop and implement performance indicators and metrics for inventory management.

 

7.         City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, to consider alternative arrangements for the storage of the inventory of traffic control signal devices.

 

8.         City Council request the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer to take appropriate action to identify City operations that maintain a significant level of inventory and review those operations to ensure adequate inventory controls are in place such as those identified in City’s warehouse and stores business model as adopted by Council in the Corporate Warehouse/Stores Rationalization Project.

 

9.         City Council request the City Clerk to forward this report to the City’s major Agencies and Corporations for consideration and appropriate action.

Background Information (Committee)

(April 25, 2012) Report from the Auditor General on Inventory Controls Over Traffic Control Devices in Transportation Services Need to be Improved
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-48559.pdf
Appendix 1 - Inventory Controls Over Traffic Control Devices in Transportation Services Need to Be Improved
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-48560.pdf
Appendix 2 - Managementís Response
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-48561.pdf

AU7.12 - Inventory Controls Over Traffic Control Devices in Transportation Services Need to be Improved

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Audit Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, to implement the corporate model for warehousing and distribution of materials, particularly with respect to the traffic control device inventory.

 

2.         City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, ensure inventory control policies and procedures are documented.

 

3.         City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, to implement effective controls over the inventory of traffic control devices with consideration being given to using the SAP financial information system module currently being used by other City divisions.

 

4.         City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with the City Treasurer, to ensure the value of traffic control devices inventory is included in the City's financial records.

 

5.         City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, to ensure physical counts of materials held in inventory are performed on a regular basis and that the information is used to ensure inventory data is accurate and controls are effective.

 

6.         City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, to develop and implement performance indicators and metrics for inventory management.

 

7.         City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, to consider alternative arrangements for the storage of the inventory of traffic control signal devices.

 

8.         City Council request the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer to take appropriate action to identify City operations that maintain a significant level of inventory and review those operations to ensure adequate inventory controls are in place such as those identified in City’s warehouse and stores business model as adopted by Council in the Corporate Warehouse/Stores Rationalization Project.

 

9.         City Council request the City Clerk to forward this report to the City’s major Agencies and Corporations for consideration and appropriate action.

Origin

(April 25, 2012) Report from the Auditor General

Summary

The Auditor General’s Audit Work Plan included a review of the controls implemented by Transportation Services to maintain an inventory of traffic control devices.  The objective of this review was to assess if the Traffic Plant Installation and Maintenance (TPIM) unit, in Transportation Services, maintains effective controls to safeguard the inventory of traffic control devices.

 

This report contains nine recommendations along with a management response to each of the recommendations.  The implementation of these recommendations will achieve effective inventory control, cost savings and ensure the safekeeping of the City’s $6.7 million worth of parts required to maintain or install electrical traffic signal devices.

Background Information

(April 25, 2012) Report from the Auditor General on Inventory Controls Over Traffic Control Devices in Transportation Services Need to be Improved
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-48559.pdf
Appendix 1 - Inventory Controls Over Traffic Control Devices in Transportation Services Need to Be Improved
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-48560.pdf
Appendix 2 - Managementís Response
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-48561.pdf

Motions

1 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Shelley Carroll (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council