Item - 2013.EX36.17

Tracking Status

EX36.17 - 2014 Rate Supported Budgets - Toronto Water and 2014 Water and Wastewater Rates and Service Fees

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on December 16, 17 and 18, 2013, adopted the following:

 

Water Rates and Fees

 

1.         City Council approve:

 

a.         Effective January 1, 2014, the combined water and wastewater rates charged to metered consumers shall be as shown below and in Appendix B to the report (October 30, 2013) from the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, and the General Manager, Toronto Water;

 

Annual Consumption

Paid on or before the due date, $/m3

Paid after the due date, $/m3

Block 1 - All consumers, including Industrial consumption of first 6,000 m3 "Block 1 rate")

2.9579

3.1138

Block 2 - Industrial process – use water consumption over 6,000 m3, representing 30% reduction from the Block 1 Rate ("Block 2 rate')

2.0705

2.1795

 

b.         Effective January 1, 2014, the water and wastewater rates charged to flat rate consumers be increased by 9% to the rates shown in Appendix B to the report (October 30, 2013) from the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, and the General Manager, Toronto Water;

 

c.         Effective January 1, 2014, the water and wastewater service fees, including all fees to be transferred to Toronto Water from Engineering and Construction Services, formerly Technical Services, shall be as shown in Appendix C to the report (October 30, 2013) from the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, and the General Manager, Toronto Water;

 

d.         Effective January 1, 2014, Chapter 441 – Fees and Charges, Appendix D, Schedule 3, Wastewater Services be amended to include the new service fees for CCTV inspections of sewage works impacted by private construction, based on actual costs, and for sanitary discharge permits, as well as clarification of the existing minimum fees and fee basis for industrial waste surcharge agreements and permits and sanitary discharge agreements, as set out in Appendix D to the report (October 30, 2013) from the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, and the General Manager, Toronto Water;

 

e.         Effective January 1, 2014, Chapter 441 – Fees and Charges, Appendix D, Schedule 2, Water Services be amended to include a new fee of $75 for lost or damaged automated meter reading transmitters;

 

f.          Effective July 1, 2014, Chapter 441 – Fees and Charges, Appendix D, Schedule 2, Water Services be amended to include a new manual water meter reading fee of $80 per visit for consumers with water meters refusing to allow the installation of a new automatic water meter;

 

g.         Effective July 1, 2014, Chapter 441– Fees and Charges, Appendix D, Schedule 2, Water Services be amended to include a new flat rate legacy fee of $1,020 per year, which will be in addition to the existing flat rate fee, for residential flat rate consumers who refuse to allow the installation of an automatic water meter on their property; and

 

h.         Effective September 1, 2014, Chapter 441– Fees and Charges, Appendix D, Schedule 2, Water Services be amended to include a new administrative fee of $50 for processing annual water supply backflow prevention device testing reports under the City's backflow prevention program.

 

2.         City Council approve, with respect to assistance for low-income seniors and low-income disabled persons, that:

 

a.         The rebate for eligible low-income seniors and low-income disabled persons be set at a rate of $0.8874 /m3, effective January 1, 2014, representing a 30% reduction from the Block 1 rate (paid on or before the due date).

 

3.         City Council make the necessary amendments to Municipal Code Chapter 441 - Fees and Charges, Municipal Code Chapter 849 - Water and Sewage Services and Utility Bill, and Municipal Code Chapter 681- Sewers, and any other necessary Municipal Code Chapters as may be required, to give effect to Parts 1 and 2 above.

 

4.         City Council authorize, effective July 1, 2014, the following amendments to Chapter 441, Fees and Charges, of the Toronto Municipal Code:

 

a.         Appendix D, Schedule 1, Water and Wastewater Consumption Rates, be amended to include a manual water meter reading fee of $80 per visit; and

 

b.         Appendix D, Schedule 1, Water and Wastewater Consumption Rates, be amended to include a flat rate legacy fee of $1,020 per year for residential flat rate consumers.

 

5.         City Council authorize, effective July 1, 2014, any other amendments to the Municipal Code to implement the above fees to water consumers who refuse or fail to allow access for the purposes of installing new water meters and associated meter reading equipment under the City's Water Meter Program.

 

6.         City Council amend Municipal Code Chapter 681 - Sewers substantially in accordance with the draft By-law attached as Appendix A to the report (October 4, 2013) from the General Manager, Toronto Water.

 

7.         City Council amend Municipal Code Chapter 441 - Fees and Charges Schedule C, Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 441 - Fees and Charges, Appendix D - Schedule 3, Wastewater Services, substantially in accordance with the draft By-law attached as Appendix B to the report (October 4, 2013) from the General Manager, Toronto Water.

 

8.         City Council amend Municipal Code Chapter 851 - Water Supply substantially in accordance with the draft By-law attached as Appendix C to the report (October 4, 2013) from the General Manager, Toronto Water.

 

9.         City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water to give consideration in 2015 and future years Toronto Water budgets to limiting Block 2 Customer water rate increases to a 3% rate increase, or a rate tied to the inflation rate, as a mechanism to use water as an economic driver to support business competitiveness in Toronto.

 

10.       City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water in Consultation with the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture to further consult with Industry stakeholders in 2014 as part of the consultation being undertaken under report EX35.11 "Future Options and Public Attitudes for Paying for Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure and Services" and report back as part of the 2015 Budget submission on the following:

 

a.         consideration of the potential to reduce the Block 2 threshold from 6000m3 to 5000m3 or an appropriate threshold that provides an opportunity for more value added manufacturing and production firms to become eligible for the block 2 rate;

 

b.         consideration of the application of fixed cost component related to billing so as not to unfairly impact large water users;

 

c.         consideration of other methods or models of financing as a potential source of capital funding for a new financing strategy with a view to minimizing rate increases as part of Toronto Water's 2015 Capital and Operating Budget Submission; and

 

d.         consideration of the re-introduction of the capacity buy-back program for Block 2 eligible customers to further support industry investing in their infrastructure.

 

11.       City Council request the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture in conjunction with the General Manager, Toronto Water to develop an enhanced communications and outreach strategy to with firms that are currently eligible for the Block 2 rate program but are not currently participating and advise them more broadly on how the City can help to support their growth and development in Toronto.

 

Capital Budget

 

12.       City Council approve the 2014 Recommended Capital Budget for Toronto Water with a total project cost of $968.676 million, and 2014 cash flow of $613.270 million and future year commitments of $2.580 billion comprised of the following:

 

a.         New Cash Flow Funding for:

 

i.          260 new / change in scope sub-projects with a 2014 total project cost of $968.676 million that requires cash flow of ($181.985 million) in 2014 and a future year cash flow commitment of $216.870 million in 2015; $324.884 million in 2016,  $314.215 million in 2017, $190.590 million in 2018, $85.214 million in 2019, ($8.734 million) in 2020; ($10.609 million) in 2021, ($13.921) million in 2022, and $52.152 million in 2023; and

 

ii.         216 previously approved sub-projects with a 2014 cash flow of $657.198 million; and a future year cash flow commitment of $466.680 million in 2015; $301.777 million in 2016,  $208.576 million in 2017, $103.774 million in 2018, $100.886 million in 2019, $100.595 million in 2020; $76.240 million in 2021, and $70.880 million in 2022; and

 

b.         2013 approved cash flow for 151 previously approved sub-projects with carry forward funding from 2013 into 2014 totaling $138.057 million.

 

13.       City Council approve the 2015-2023 Recommended Capital Plan for Toronto Water totalling $5.915 billion in project estimates, comprised of $110.798 million in 2015; $241.121 million in 2016; $406.364 million in 2017; $694.490 million in 2018;  $817.183 million in 2019; $869.353 million in 2020; $941.077 million in 2021; $908.333 million in 2022; and $926.611 million in 2023, as amended by Part 11 above.

 

14.       City Council amend, for future planning purposes, the draft Capital Plan to reflect a water rate increase of 8% in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 and that staff report back during the 2015 Budget process on additional financing options.

 

15.       Council consider operating costs of $4.432 million net in 2014, ($0.370) million net in 2015; $0.175 million net in 2016; $5.709 million net in 2017; $5.875 million net in 2018; $0.365 million net in 2019; and $2.504 million net in 2020; and $0.050 million emanating from the approval of the 2014 Recommended Capital Budget for inclusion in the 2014 and future year operating budgets.

 

16.       City Council approve 6 temporary capital positions for the delivery of new 2014 capital projects and that the duration for each temporary position not exceed the life and funding of its respective project / sub-project.

 

17.       City Council request the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer in consultation with the General Manager, Toronto Water to advance the 2015 cashflow for the Basement Flooding project into 2014, should it become evident that greater than planned volume of work can be completed, and that the 2015 – 2023 budgeted cash flows be adjusted accordingly as part of the 2015 Budget process.

 

18.       City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to prioritize future Basement Flooding Protection Program studies based on the density of reported basement flooding complaints per sanitary sewer subsewershed for major storm events since 2000.  The density of reported basement flooding complaints will be calculated on the basis of the number of complaints of basement flooding received by the City divided by the land area serviced by the sanitary sewer subsewershed.

 

19.       City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to initiate and expedite the completion of new Environmental Assessment studies for Area 35 (Silver Creek subsewershed), Area 36 (Chapman subsewershed), Area 37 (Hillary subsewershed), Area 38 (Etobicoke Creek subsewershed), Area 39 (Berry Creek subsewershed), Area 40 (Forman-Yonge subsewershed), and Area 41 (North Mimico Creek subsewershed).

 

20.       City Council include $1.5 million for Environmental Assessment work on the Scarborough Waterfront Erosion Control and Access Plan with funding coming from the Toronto Water Capital Reserve.

 

21.       City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to report back on the schedule of future Basement Flooding Protection Program study areas (for Study Area 42 and beyond), across the remainder of the City, as part of Toronto Water's  2015 Budget Submission.

 

22.       City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee prior to the 2015 Budget Process on a Response Protocol with financial impacts for basement flooding caused by project work within the Basement Flooding Relief Program.

 

23.       City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water to report back in early 2014 on a coordinated, prioritized Toronto Water and Toronto Region Conservation Authority erosion control strategy and projects, such report to consider an Environmental Assessment for the Scarborough Waterfront Trail and Critical Erosion.

 

24.       City Council direct the General Manager, Toronto Water, to increase the total subsidy available under the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program from $3,200 to $3,400 per household by removing the combined subsidy for a backwater valve and sump pump for applications processed after January 2, 2014.

 

Operating Budget

 

25.       City Council approve the 2014 Recommended Operating Budget for Toronto Water of $403.163 million gross and $618.722 million in capital-from-current contribution, comprised of the following services:

 

 

Service:

Gross

($000s)

 

Capital Contribution

  ($000s)

 

Water Treatment & Supply

Wastewater Collection & Treatment

Stormwater Management

177,870.3

203,395.3

21,470.6

 

310,910.1

326,746.3

(18,934.0)

 

Total Program Budget

403,163.0

 

618,722.3

 

26.       City Council approve Toronto Water's 2014 proposed service levels, as outlined on page 7 of the 2014 Recommended Operating Budget (Analyst Notes) for Toronto Water, and the associated staff complement of 1,732.8, as amended by Part 25 below.

 

27.       City Council, subject to Part 14 above which amends, for future planning purposes, the draft Capital Plan to reflect a water rate increase of 8% in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017, also amend the 2014 recommended operating budget for Toronto Water to include 2 additional staff and $0.200 million in gross expenditure increase and offsetting capital contribution reductions.

 

28.       City Council direct the General Manager, Toronto Water to report back on the results of the Water Loss and Leak Detection Program with an implementation plan, including estimated costs and benefits, in time for consideration with the 2015 Budget Process for Toronto Water.

 

29.       City Council authorize the City Solicitor to introduce any necessary Bills required to implement Council's decision, subject to any necessary refinements, including stylistic, format and organization, as may be identified by the City Solicitor and the General Manager, Toronto Water.

Public Notice Given

Background Information (Committee)

(November 12, 2013) Letter from the Budget Committee on 2014 Water and Wastewater Rates and Service Fees
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63940.htm
(October 30, 2013) Report with Appendix A from the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer on 2014 Water and Wastewater Rates and Service Fees
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63895.pdf
(October 30, 2013) Appendix B
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63899.pdf
(October 30, 2013) Appendix C
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63900.pdf
(October 30, 2013) Appendix D
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63901.pdf
(October 30, 2013) Public Notice - 2014 Toronto Water Rates and Fees
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63896.pdf
(October 30, 2013) Public Notice - Appendix A
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63897.pdf
(October 30, 2013) Public Notice - Appendix B
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63898.pdf
(November 1, 2013) 2014 Staff Recommended Capital Budget - Toronto Water (Analyst Notes)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63904.pdf
(November 1, 2013) 2014 Staff Recommended Operating Budget - Toronto Water (Analyst Notes)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63903.pdf
(October 29, 2013) 2014 Capital Budget Briefing Note #1 on Basement Flooding Protection Program ó Project List: 2014 to 2018
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63902.pdf
(November 12, 2013) 2014 Capital Budget Briefing Note #2 on Permanent Restoration of Basement Flooding Protection Projects
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63906.pdf
(November 12, 2013) 2014 Capital Budget Briefing Note #3 on Scenarios for Increasing the Water Rate and Adding Projects to the 2014-2023 Capital Budget
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63905.pdf
(November 12, 2013) Wrap-up Notes to Budget Commitee on 2014 - 2023 Recommended Capital Budget and Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63907.pdf
(November 12, 2013) Wrap up Notes to Budget Committee on 2014 Recommended Operating Budget
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63908.pdf
(December 4, 2013) Briefing Note #1 on 2014 Operating Budget Sewer Surcharge Rebate Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-64562.pdf
(December 4, 2013) Briefing Note #2 on 2014 Operating Budget Water Rates and Business Competitiveness
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-64566.pdf
(December 5, 2013) 2014 Rate Budget Wrap Up Notes to Executive Committee - Operating
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-64569.pdf
(December 5, 2013) 2014 Rate Budget Wrap Up Notes to Executive Committee - Capital
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-64570.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(December 5, 2013) Letter from Councillor Michael Thompson (EX.New.EX36.17.1)
(December 4, 2013) E-mail from Barb Payne (EX.New.EX36.17.2)

Communications (City Council)

(December 15, 2013) E-mail from Barbara Payne (CC.New.EX36.17.3)
(December 15, 2013) E-mail from Barbara Payne (CC.New.EX36.17.4)
(December 15, 2013) E-mail from Melissa Chamlmers (CC.New.EX36.17.5)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Mike Del Grande (Lost)

That City Council amend Executive Committee Recommendation 14 by deleting years 2016 and 2017, and deleting the figure 8% and inserting the figure 3% so that it now reads as follows:

  

14.       City Council amend, for future planning purposes, the draft Capital Plan to reflect a water rate increase of 3% in the year 2015, and that staff report back during the 2015 Budget process on additional financing options.

Vote (Amend Item) Dec-17-2013 12:04 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - EX36.17 - Del Grande - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 11 Members that voted Yes are Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, David Shiner
Total members that voted No: 30 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Paula Fletcher, Giorgio Mammoliti, Karen Stintz

Vote (Amend Item) Dec-17-2013 12:06 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - EX36.17 - Del Grande - motion 1 - REVOTE
Total members that voted Yes: 11 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, David Shiner
Total members that voted No: 30 Members that voted No are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Paula Fletcher, Giorgio Mammoliti, Karen Stintz

Motion to Reconsider Vote moved by Councillor Janet Davis (Carried)

That in accordance with Chapter 27, Council Procedures, City Council reconsider the vote on motion 1 by Councillor Del Grande.

Vote (Reconsider Vote) Dec-17-2013 12:05 PM

Result: Carried Two-Thirds Required - EX36.17 - reconsider the vote on motion 1 by Councillor Del Grande
Total members that voted Yes: 38 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Mike Del Grande, Doug Ford, Rob Ford
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Paula Fletcher, Giorgio Mammoliti, Karen Stintz

2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Carried)

That City Council amend the Toronto Water budget by including $1.5 million for Environmental Assessment work on the Scarborough Waterfront Erosion Control and Access Plan with funding coming from the Toronto Water Capital Reserve.

Vote (Amend Item) Dec-17-2013 12:07 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX36.17 - Ainslie - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 25 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, John Parker, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 16 Members that voted No are Ana Bail„o, Janet Davis, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Adam Vaughan
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Paula Fletcher, Giorgio Mammoliti, Karen Stintz

3 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Out of Order)

That City Council direct that, effective April 1, 2014, City Council approve that the industrial waste surcharge program formula for the calculation of surcharge fees be applied to all treatable parameters that exceed the sewers by-law limits, instead of only the one parameter that exceeds the sewer by-law limits by the greatest amount, allowing full cost recovery for the wastewater services provided by the City, such surcharge to be phased in over a six year period to mitigate impacts to existing companies.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata (Upheld)
Speaker Nunziata ruled motion 3 by Councillor Layton out of order as amendments to fees are subject to public notice and as a result City Council cannot consider the amendment at this meeting.


Challenged by Councillor Gord Perks


4 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Shelley Carroll (Carried)

That City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee prior to the 2015 Budget Process on a Response Protocol with financial impacts for basement flooding caused by project work within the Basement Flooding Relief Program.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Dec-17-2013 12:11 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX36.17 - Carroll - motion 4
Total members that voted Yes: 41 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Paula Fletcher, Giorgio Mammoliti, Karen Stintz

5 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Lost)

That:

 

1.         City Council direct the General Manager, Toronto Water to waive the first water meter reading fee of $80 and instead replace it with a written warning on future charges.

 

2.         City Council direct the General Manager, Toronto Water to report to Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on allowing residents in exceptional circumstances to continue to use the mail-in hard copy meter reading cards option.

Vote (Amend Item) Dec-17-2013 12:08 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - EX36.17 - Pasternak - motion 5 - Part 1
Total members that voted Yes: 8 Members that voted Yes are Josh Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza
Total members that voted No: 33 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, John Parker, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Paula Fletcher, Giorgio Mammoliti, Karen Stintz

Vote (Amend Item) Dec-17-2013 12:09 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - EX36.17 - Pasternak - motion 5 - Part 2
Total members that voted Yes: 13 Members that voted Yes are Vincent Crisanti, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Joe Mihevc, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson
Total members that voted No: 28 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, John Parker, Gord Perks, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Paula Fletcher, Giorgio Mammoliti, Karen Stintz

6 - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Michael Thompson (Redundant)

That City Council amend motion 3 by Councillor Layton so that it reads as follows:

 

That City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water to report to the Executive Committee on the feasibility of applying the industrial waste surcharge program formula for the calculation of surcharge fees to all treatable parameters that exceed the sewers by-law limits, instead of only the one parameter that exceeds the sewer by-law limits by the greatest amount, to allow full cost recovery for the wastewater services provided by the City, such surcharge to be phased in over a six year period to mitigate impacts to existing companies.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled motion 6 by Councillor Thompson redundant as motion 3 by Councillor Layton had been ruled out of order.


7 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Frank Di Giorgio (Carried)

That Executive Committee Recommendation 21 be amended by adding the words "such report to consider an Environmental Assessment for the Scarborough Waterfront Trail and Critical Erosion" so that it now reads as follows:

 

21.       City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water to report back in early 2014 on a coordinated, prioritized Toronto Water and Toronto Region Conservation Authority erosion control strategy and projects, such report to consider an Environmental Assessment for the Scarborough Waterfront Trail and Critical Erosion.

Vote (Amend Item) Dec-17-2013 12:09 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX36.17 - Di Giorgio - motion 7
Total members that voted Yes: 36 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 5 Members that voted No are Gary Crawford, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, Norman Kelly, Frances Nunziata (Chair)
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Paula Fletcher, Giorgio Mammoliti, Karen Stintz

8 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Out of Order)

That City Council direct the General Manager, Toronto Water and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer to prepare a report assessing the option of utilizing Local Improvement Charges for financing all or a portion of the Basement Protection Program.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled motion 8 by Councillor Perruzza out of order as Council at its November 13, 14, 15 and 18, 2013 meeting, as part of Item EX35.11, had deleted a request of staff to consider the option of Local Improvement Charges as a way to generate revenue to fund all or a portion of the Basement Flooding Protection Program.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Dec-17-2013 12:14 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX36.17 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 36 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 5 Members that voted No are Mike Del Grande, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Peter Leon, David Shiner
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Paula Fletcher, Giorgio Mammoliti, Karen Stintz

Declared Interests (City Council)

The following member(s) declared an interest:

Councillor Mike Layton - as his spouse works for an organization which received grants from the City.
Councillor Gord Perks - as his spouse works for an organization which received grants from the City.

17a - Update on the Water Meter Program

Background Information (Committee)
(October 21, 2013) Letter from the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on Update on the Water Meter Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63909.pdf
(October 4, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Toronto Water, on Update on the Water Meter Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63910.pdf
(October 4, 2013) Appendix A - Water Meter Installation Progress by Ward - Account Status at August 31, 2013
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63911.pdf

17b - Amendments to the Sewers, Water Supply and Fees By-laws

Background Information (Committee)
(October 21, 2013) Letter from the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on Amendments to the Sewers, Water Supply and Fees By-laws
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63917.pdf
(October 4, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Toronto Water, on Amendments to the Sewers, Water Supply and Fees By-laws
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63913.pdf
(October 4, 2013) Appendix A - Draft Amendments to Municipal Code Chapter 681 - Sewers
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63914.pdf
(October 4, 2013) Appendix B - Draft Amendments to Municipal Code Chapter 441 - Fees and Charges
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63915.pdf
(October 4, 2013) Appendix C - Draft Amendments to Municipal Code Chapter 851 - Water Supply
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63916.pdf

17c - Expansion of the Basement Flooding Protection Program's Priority Study Areas

Background Information (Committee)
(October 30, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Toronto Water on Expansion of the Basement Flooding Protection Program's Priority Study Areas
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63918.pdf

17d - Basement Flooding Remediation for Flood Plain Area Properties and Funding for the Source Water Protection Program

Background Information (Committee)
(October 18, 2013) Report from City Council on Basement Flooding Remediation for Flood Plain Area Properties and Funding for the Source Water Protection Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63466.pdf

EX36.17 - 2014 Rate Supported Budgets - Toronto Water and 2014 Water and Wastewater Rates and Service Fees

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Public Notice Given

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

Water Rates and Fees

 

1.         City Council approve:

 

a.         Effective January 1, 2014, the combined water and wastewater rates charged to metered consumers shall be as shown below and in Appendix B to the report (October 30, 2013) from the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, and the General Manager, Toronto Water;

 

Annual Consumption

Paid on or before the due date, $/m3

Paid after the due date, $/m3

Block 1 - All consumers, including Industrial consumption of first 6,000 m3 "Block 1 rate")

2.9579

3.1138

Block 2 - Industrial process – use water consumption over 6,000 m3, representing 30% reduction from the Block 1 Rate ("Block 2 rate')

2.0705

2.1795

 

b.         Effective January 1, 2014, the water and wastewater rates charged to flat rate consumers be increased by 9% to the rates shown in Appendix B to the report (October 30, 2013) from the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, and the General Manager, Toronto Water;

 

c.         Effective January 1, 2014, the water and wastewater service fees, including all fees to be transferred to Toronto Water from Engineering and Construction Services, formerly Technical Services, shall be as shown in Appendix C to the report (October 30, 2013) from the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, and the General Manager, Toronto Water;

 

d.         Effective January 1, 2014, Chapter 441 – Fees and Charges, Appendix D, Schedule 3, Wastewater Services be amended to include the new service fees for CCTV inspections of sewage works impacted by private construction, based on actual costs, and for sanitary discharge permits, as well as clarification of the existing minimum fees and fee basis for industrial waste surcharge agreements and permits and sanitary discharge agreements, as set out in Appendix D to the report (October 30, 2013) from the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, and the General Manager, Toronto Water;

 

e.         Effective January 1, 2014, Chapter 441 – Fees and Charges, Appendix D, Schedule 2, Water Services be amended to include a new fee of $75 for lost or damaged automated meter reading transmitters;

 

f.          Effective July 1, 2014, Chapter 441 – Fees and Charges, Appendix D, Schedule 2, Water Services be amended to include a new manual water meter reading fee of $80 per visit for consumers with water meters refusing to allow the installation of a new automatic water meter;

 

g.         Effective July 1, 2014, Chapter 441– Fees and Charges, Appendix D, Schedule 2, Water Services be amended to include a new flat rate legacy fee of $1,020 per year, which will be in addition to the existing flat rate fee, for residential flat rate consumers who refuse to allow the installation of an automatic water meter on their property;

 

h.         Effective September 1, 2014, Chapter 441– Fees and Charges, Appendix D, Schedule 2, Water Services be amended to include a new administrative fee of $50 for processing annual water supply backflow prevention device testing reports under the City's backflow prevention program.

 

2.         City Council approve, with respect to assistance for low-income seniors and low-income disabled persons, that:

 

a.         The rebate for eligible low-income seniors and low-income disabled persons be set at a rate of $0.8874 /m3, effective January 1, 2014, representing a 30% reduction from the Block 1 rate (paid on or before the due date).

 

3.         City Council make the necessary amendments to Municipal Code Chapter 441 - Fees and Charges, Municipal Code Chapter 849 - Water and Sewage Services and Utility Bill, and Municipal Code Chapter 681- Sewers, and any other necessary Municipal Code Chapters as may be required, to give effect to Recommendations 1 and 2 above.

 

4.         City Council authorize, effective July 1, 2014, the following amendments to Chapter 441, Fees and Charges, of the Toronto Municipal Code:

 

a.         Appendix D, Schedule 1, Water and Wastewater Consumption Rates, be amended to include a manual water meter reading fee of $80 per visit; and

 

b.         Appendix D, Schedule 1, Water and Wastewater Consumption Rates, be amended to include a flat rate legacy fee of $1,020 per year for residential flat rate consumers.

 

5.         City Council authorize, effective July 1, 2014, any other amendments to the Municipal Code to implement the above fees to water consumers who refuse or fail to allow access for the purposes of installing new water meters and associated meter reading equipment under the City's Water Meter Program.

 

6.         City Council amend Municipal Code Chapter 681 - Sewers substantially in accordance with the draft By-law attached as Appendix A to the report (October 4, 2013) from the General Manager, Toronto Water.

 

7.         City Council amend Municipal Code Chapter 441 - Fees and Charges Schedule C, Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 441 - Fees and Charges, Appendix D - Schedule 3, Wastewater Services, substantially in accordance with the draft By-law attached as Appendix B to the report (October 4, 2013) from the General Manager, Toronto Water.

 

8.         City Council amend Municipal Code Chapter 851 - Water Supply substantially in accordance with the draft By-law attached as Appendix C to the report (October 4, 2013) from the General Manager, Toronto Water.

 

9.         City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water to give consideration in 2015 and future years Toronto Water budgets to limiting Block 2 Customer water rate increases to a 3% rate increase, or a rate tied to the inflation rate, as a mechanism to use water as an economic driver to support business competitiveness in Toronto.

 

10.       City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water in Consultation with the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture to further consult with Industry stakeholders in 2014 as part of the consultation being undertaken under report EX35.11 "Future Options and Public Attitudes for Paying for Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure and Services" and report back as part of the 2015 Budget submission on the following:

 

a.         Consideration of the potential to reduce the Block 2 threshold from 6000m3 to 5000m3 or an appropriate threshold that provides an opportunity for more value added manufacturing and production firms to become eligible for the block 2 rate;

 

b.         Consideration of the application of fixed cost component related to billing so as not to unfairly impact large water users;

 

c.         Consideration of other methods or models of financing as a potential source of capital funding for a new financing strategy with a view to minimizing rate increases as part of Toronto Water's 2015 Capital and Operating Budget Submission;

 

d.         Consideration of the re-introduction of the capacity buy-back program for Block 2 eligible customers to further support industry investing in their infrastructure.

 

11.       City Council request the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture in conjunction with the General Manager, Toronto Water to develop an enhanced communications and outreach strategy to with firms that are currently eligible for the Block 2 rate program but are not currently participating and advise them more broadly on how the City can help to support their growth and development in Toronto.

 

Capital Budget

 

12.       City Council approve the 2014 Recommended Capital Budget for Toronto Water with a total project cost of $968.676 million, and 2014 cash flow of $613.270 million and future year commitments of $2.580 billion comprised of the following:

 

a.         New Cash Flow Funding for:

 

i.          260 new / change in scope sub-projects with a 2014 total project cost of $968.676 million that requires cash flow of ($181.985 million) in 2014 and a future year cash flow commitment of $216.870 million in 2015; $324.884 million in 2016,  $314.215 million in 2017, $190.590 million in 2018, $85.214 million in 2019, ($8.734 million) in 2020; ($10.609 million) in 2021, ($13.921) million in 2022, and $52.152 million in 2023;

 

ii.         216 previously approved sub-projects with a 2014 cash flow of $657.198 million; and a future year cash flow commitment of $466.680 million in 2015; $301.777 million in 2016,  $208.576 million in 2017, $103.774 million in 2018, $100.886 million in 2019, $100.595 million in 2020; $76.240 million in 2021, and $70.880 million in 2022; and

 

b.         2013 approved cash flow for 151 previously approved sub-projects with carry forward funding from 2013 into 2014 totaling $138.057 million.

 

13.       City Council approve the 2015-2023 Recommended Capital Plan for Toronto Water totaling $5.915 billion in project estimates, comprised of $110.798 million in 2015; $241.121 million in 2016; $406.364 million in 2017; $694.490 million in 2018;  $817.183 million in 2019; $869.353 million in 2020; $941.077 million in 2021; $908.333 million in 2022; and $926.611 million in 2023, as amended by Recommendation 11.

 

14.       City Council amend, for future planning purposes, the draft Capital Plan to reflect a water rate increase of 8% in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 and that staff report back during the 2015 Budget process on additional financing options.

 

15.       Council consider operating costs of $4.432 million net in 2014, ($0.370) million net in 2015; $0.175 million net in 2016; $5.709 million net in 2017; $5.875 million net in 2018; $0.365 million net in 2019; and $2.504 million net in 2020; and $0.050 million emanating from the approval of the 2014 Recommended Capital Budget for inclusion in the 2014 and future year operating budgets.

 

16.       City Council approve 6 temporary capital positions for the delivery of new 2014 capital projects and that the duration for each temporary position not exceed the life and funding of its respective project / sub-project.

 

17.       City Council request the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer in consultation with the General Manager, Toronto Water to advance the 2015 cashflow for the Basement Flooding project into 2014, should it become evident that greater than planned volume of work can be completed, and that the 2015 – 2023 budgeted cash flows be adjusted accordingly as part of the 2015 Budget process.

 

18.       City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to prioritize future Basement Flooding Protection Program studies based on the density of reported basement flooding complaints per sanitary sewer subsewershed for major storm events since 2000.  The density of reported basement flooding complaints will be calculated on the basis of the number of complaints of basement flooding received by the City divided by the land area serviced by the sanitary sewer subsewershed.

 

19.       City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to initiate and expedite the completion of new Environmental Assessment studies for Area 35 (Silver Creek subsewershed), Area 36 (Chapman subsewershed), Area 37 (Hillary subsewershed), Area 38 (Etobicoke Creek subsewershed), Area 39 (Berry Creek subsewershed), Area 40 (Forman-Yonge subsewershed), and Area 41 (North Mimico Creek subsewershed).

 

20.       City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to report back on the schedule of future Basement Flooding Protection Program study areas (for Study Area 42 and beyond), across the remainder of the city, as part of Toronto Water's  2015 Budget Submission.

 

21.       City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water to report back in early 2014 on a coordinated, prioritized Toronto Water and Toronto Region Conservation Authority erosion control strategy and projects.

 

22.       City Council direct the General Manager, Toronto Water, to increase the total subsidy available under the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program from $3,200 to $3,400 per household by removing the combined subsidy for a backwater valve and sump pump for applications processed after January 2, 2014.

 

Operating Budget

 

23.       City Council approve the 2014 Recommended Operating Budget for Toronto Water of $403.163 million gross and $618.722 million in capital-from-current contribution, comprised of the following services:

 

 

Service:

Gross

($000s)

 

Capital Contribution

  ($000s)

 

Water Treatment & Supply

Wastewater Collection & Treatment

Stormwater Management

177,870.3

203,395.3

21,470.6

 

310,910.1

326,746.3

(18,934.0)

 

Total Program Budget

403,163.0

 

618,722.3

 

24.       City Council approve Toronto Water's 2014 proposed service levels, as outlined on page 7 of the 2014 Recommended Operating Budget (Analyst Notes) for Toronto Water, and the associated staff complement of 1,732.8, as amended by Recommendation 25.

 

25.       City Council, subject to adopting recommendation 14 which amends, for future planning purposes, the draft Capital Plan to reflect a water rate increase of 8% in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017, also amend the 2014 recommended operating budget for Toronto Water to include 2 additional staff and $0.200 million in gross expenditure increase and offsetting capital contribution reductions.

 

26.       City Council direct the General Manager, Toronto Water to report back on the results of the Water Loss and Leak Detection Program with an implementation plan, including estimated costs and benefits, in time for consideration with the 2015 Budget Process for Toronto Water.

 

27.       City Council authorize the City Solicitor to introduce any necessary Bills required to implement these recommendations, subject to any necessary refinements, including stylistic, format and organization, as may be identified by the City Solicitor and the General Manager, Toronto Water.

Origin

(November 12, 2013) Letter from the Budget Committee

Summary

This report presents the recommended 2014 water and wastewater consumption rates and service fees arising from concurrent adoption of the recommended 2014 Toronto Water Operating and Capital Budgets.  Consistent with the funding strategy of 9% water rate increases until 2014, adopted by City Council in 2005, it is recommended that the Block 1 and Block 2 rates for all users and flat rate accounts be increased by 9% effective January 1st, 2014.  In addition, this report recommends inflationary fee increases for certain water and wastewater services, reflecting cost recovery for these services, and the introduction of the following new water and wastewater services fees: a minimum fee for sanitary discharge permits; a fee for CCTV inspections; a fee for lost or damaged automated meter reading transmitters; a manual water meter reading fee, an annual flat rate legacy fee for residential flat rate consumers and a fee related to the administration of the water supply backflow prevention program.  In addition, this report recommends the transfer of certain services fees to Toronto Water from Engineering and Construction Services, formerly Technical Services, related to routine disclosure record searches for Sewers By-law compliance violations and, also, the Ministry of the Environment Transfer of Review Program.

Background Information

(November 12, 2013) Letter from the Budget Committee on 2014 Water and Wastewater Rates and Service Fees
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63940.htm
(October 30, 2013) Report with Appendix A from the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer on 2014 Water and Wastewater Rates and Service Fees
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63895.pdf
(October 30, 2013) Appendix B
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63899.pdf
(October 30, 2013) Appendix C
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63900.pdf
(October 30, 2013) Appendix D
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63901.pdf
(October 30, 2013) Public Notice - 2014 Toronto Water Rates and Fees
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63896.pdf
(October 30, 2013) Public Notice - Appendix A
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63897.pdf
(October 30, 2013) Public Notice - Appendix B
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63898.pdf
(November 1, 2013) 2014 Staff Recommended Capital Budget - Toronto Water (Analyst Notes)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63904.pdf
(November 1, 2013) 2014 Staff Recommended Operating Budget - Toronto Water (Analyst Notes)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63903.pdf
(October 29, 2013) 2014 Capital Budget Briefing Note #1 on Basement Flooding Protection Program ó Project List: 2014 to 2018
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63902.pdf
(November 12, 2013) 2014 Capital Budget Briefing Note #2 on Permanent Restoration of Basement Flooding Protection Projects
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63906.pdf
(November 12, 2013) 2014 Capital Budget Briefing Note #3 on Scenarios for Increasing the Water Rate and Adding Projects to the 2014-2023 Capital Budget
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63905.pdf
(November 12, 2013) Wrap-up Notes to Budget Commitee on 2014 - 2023 Recommended Capital Budget and Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63907.pdf
(November 12, 2013) Wrap up Notes to Budget Committee on 2014 Recommended Operating Budget
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63908.pdf
(December 4, 2013) Briefing Note #1 on 2014 Operating Budget Sewer Surcharge Rebate Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-64562.pdf
(December 4, 2013) Briefing Note #2 on 2014 Operating Budget Water Rates and Business Competitiveness
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-64566.pdf
(December 5, 2013) 2014 Rate Budget Wrap Up Notes to Executive Committee - Operating
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-64569.pdf
(December 5, 2013) 2014 Rate Budget Wrap Up Notes to Executive Committee - Capital
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-64570.pdf

Communications

(December 5, 2013) Letter from Councillor Michael Thompson (EX.New.EX36.17.1)
(December 4, 2013) E-mail from Barb Payne (EX.New.EX36.17.2)

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Michael Thompson (Carried)

That:

 

1.         City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water to give consideration in 2015 and future years Toronto Water budgets to limiting Block 2 Customer water rate increases to a 3% rate increase, or a rate tied to the inflation rate, as a mechanism to use water as an economic driver to support business competitiveness in Toronto.

 

2.         City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water in Consultation with the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture to further consult with Industry stakeholders in 2014 as part of the consultation being undertaken under report EX35.11 "Future Options and Public Attitudes for Paying for Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure and Services" and report back as part of the 2015 Budget submission on the following:

 

a.         Consideration of the potential to reduce the Block 2 threshold from 6000m3 to 5000m3 or an appropriate threshold that provides an opportunity for more value added manufacturing and production firms to become eligible for the block 2 rate.

 

b.         Consideration of the application of fixed cost component related to billing so as not to unfairly impact large water users;

 

c.         Consideration of other methods or models of financing as a potential source of capital funding for a new financing strategy with a view to minimizing rate increases as part of Toronto Water's 2015 Capital and Operating Budget Submission;

 

d.         Consideration of the re-introduction of the capacity buy-back program for Block 2 eligible customers to further support industry investing in their infrastructure.

 

3.         City Council request the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture in conjunction with the General Manager, Toronto Water to develop an enhanced communications and outreach strategy to with firms that are currently eligible for the Block 2 rate program but are not currently participating and advise them more broadly on how the City can help to support their growth and development in Toronto.


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Lost)

That City Council approve an adjustment to the Toronto Water 2014 – 2023 Capital Budget and Plan reflecting the deletion of the Emery Creek Pond project with annual cash flows of $2.410 million in 2014; $2.550 million in 2015 and $0.550 million in 2016 ($5.510 million total) and that these cash flows be redirected to the Basement Flooding Relief project across all Wards.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Dec-05-2013

Result: Lost Majority Required - EX36.17 - Mammoliti - Motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 2 Members that voted Yes are Giorgio Mammoliti, Cesar Palacio
Total members that voted No: 7 Members that voted No are Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, Norman Kelly (Chair), Peter Leon, Peter Milczyn, David Shiner, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Vincent Crisanti, Rob Ford, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Anthony Perruzza

3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Frank Di Giorgio (Carried)

That:

 

1.         City Council direct the General Manager, Toronto Water, to increase the total subsidy available under the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program from $3,200 to $3,400 per household by removing the combined subsidy for a backwater valve and sump pump for applications processed after January 2, 2014.


4 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Norman Kelly (Carried)

17a - Update on the Water Meter Program

Origin
(October 21, 2013) Letter from the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee
Summary

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on October 21, 2013, considered a report (October 4, 2013) from the General Manager, Toronto Water, on “Update on the Water Meter Program”.

Background Information
(October 21, 2013) Letter from the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on Update on the Water Meter Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63909.pdf
(October 4, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Toronto Water, on Update on the Water Meter Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63910.pdf
(October 4, 2013) Appendix A - Water Meter Installation Progress by Ward - Account Status at August 31, 2013
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63911.pdf

17b - Amendments to the Sewers, Water Supply and Fees By-laws

Origin
(October 21, 2013) Letter from the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee
Summary

This report proposes amendments to Chapter 681 (the “Sewers By-law”) and Chapter 851 (the “Water Supply By-law”) of the Municipal Code to update the documents with current practices and to meet the rapid pace of development in the City, including public transit development.

 

The recommended amendments to the Sewers By-law improves consistency of certain administrative provisions between the Sewers By-law and the Water Supply By-law, authorizes a single municipal sewer service connection to development projects where appropriate, improves the ability to trace damage to the City’s sewage works caused by construction-related activities, amends provisions associated with sanitary discharge permits, improves clarity by adding definitions and technical corrections, prohibits against furnishing false information and authorizes the General Manager, Toronto Water to enter into and execute any agreements or permits required under this Chapter.

 

The recommended amendments to the Water Supply By-law authorizes a single municipal water service connection to development projects where appropriate, allows for qualified in-house professionals employed by a company to perform the installation, testing, replacing or repairing of backflow prevention devices and provides clarification to Sector Categories.

 

Finally, recommended amendments within this report that impact fees will result in associated amendments within Municipal Code Chapter 441 – Fees and Charges.

Background Information
(October 21, 2013) Letter from the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on Amendments to the Sewers, Water Supply and Fees By-laws
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63917.pdf
(October 4, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Toronto Water, on Amendments to the Sewers, Water Supply and Fees By-laws
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63913.pdf
(October 4, 2013) Appendix A - Draft Amendments to Municipal Code Chapter 681 - Sewers
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63914.pdf
(October 4, 2013) Appendix B - Draft Amendments to Municipal Code Chapter 441 - Fees and Charges
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63915.pdf
(October 4, 2013) Appendix C - Draft Amendments to Municipal Code Chapter 851 - Water Supply
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63916.pdf

17c - Expansion of the Basement Flooding Protection Program's Priority Study Areas

Origin
(October 30, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Toronto Water
Summary

The purpose of this report is to advise City Council on the expansion of the Basement Flooding Protection Program city wide, to include new study areas, including the budget impacts and the prioritization methodology for new study areas.  New study areas are recommended for initiation in 2014 and 2015, and for completion in 2016 and 2017.

 

On the afternoon and evening of July 8, 2013, severe thunderstorms and heavy rains flooded many parts of the City, causing damage to public and private property and infrastructure, stranding thousands of commuters, and leaving tens of thousands of residents and businesses without electricity.  More than 4,700 basement flooding complaints were received during and immediately following the storm.  Many of the impacted properties were located outside of the existing Basement Flooding Protection Program's 34 priority study areas resulting in the need to reconsider how basement flooding risks are assessed and addressed city wide.

Background Information
(October 30, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Toronto Water on Expansion of the Basement Flooding Protection Program's Priority Study Areas
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63918.pdf

17d - Basement Flooding Remediation for Flood Plain Area Properties and Funding for the Source Water Protection Program

Origin
(October 18, 2013) Report from City Council
Summary

City Council on October 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2013, adopted as amended, Executive Committee Item 34.4, on Impacts from the July 8, 2013 Storm Event on the City of Toronto. Among other things, City Council has requested the Executive Committee:

 

1.         as part of the Toronto Water 2014-2023 Capital Plan budget process, to consider the advancement of basement flooding remediation for those properties in floodplain areas of the City of Toronto.

 

2.         as part of the 2014 Toronto Water Capital Budget process, to give consideration to restoring full funding to the Source Water Protection Program.

Background Information
(October 18, 2013) Report from City Council on Basement Flooding Remediation for Flood Plain Area Properties and Funding for the Source Water Protection Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63466.pdf
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council