Item - 2015.EX3.1

Tracking Status

EX3.1 - 2015 Rate Supported Budgets - Toronto Water and 2015 Water and Wastewater Rates and Service Fees

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on March 10 and 11, 2015, adopted the following:

 

Rates and Fees:

 

1.         City Council adopt, effective March 13, 2015:

 

a.         the combined water and wastewater consumption rates charged to metered consumers as shown below and in Appendix B to the report (January 13, 2015) 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")

3.1945

3.3626

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

2.2361

2.3537

 

b.         an increase of 8% to the water and wastewater consumption rates charged to flat rate consumers, as set out in Appendix B to the report (January 13, 2015) from the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, and the General Manager, Toronto Water;

 

c.         the water and wastewater service fees, as set out in Appendix C to the report (January 13, 2015) from the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer and the General Manager, Toronto Water;

 

d.         the deletion of the Revenue Services fee of $25.50 for water certification, Ref. No. 34, Chapter 441– Fees and Charges, Appendix D, Schedule 2, Water Services; and

 

e.         the water rebate for eligible low-income seniors and low-income disabled persons be set at a rate of $0.9584 /m3, representing a 30% reduction from the Block 1 rate (paid on or before the due date).

 

2.         City Council adopt the following policies with respect to reserve and reserve fund adequacy:

 

a.         the Water Stabilization Reserve (XQ1003) maintain a maximum balance of $12.9 million, with any excess amount to be transferred to the Water Capital Reserve Fund (XR6003); and

 

b.         the Wastewater Stabilization Reserve (XQ1004) maintain a maximum balance of $17.1 million, with any excess amount to be transferred to the Wastewater Capital Reserve Fund (XR6004).

 

3.         City Council authorize that the necessary amendments be made 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.

 

Capital Budget:

 

4.         City Council approve the 2015 Recommended Capital Budget for Toronto Water with a total project cost of $1.121 billion, and 2015 cash flow of $782.403 million and future year commitments of $2.983 billion composed of the following and as amended by Parts 20 to 24 below:

 

a.         New Cash Flow Funds for:

 

i.          286 new / change in scope sub-projects with a 2015 total project cost of $1.121 billion that requires cash flow of $42.771 million in 2015 and increases in future year cash flow commitments of $218.605 million in 2016; $227.416 million for 2017; $173.716 million for 2018; $111.014 million for 2019; $129.441 million for 2020; $119.762 million for 2021; $29.548 million for 2022; $28.368 million for 2023 and $39.930 million for 2024; and

 

ii.         219 previously approved sub-projects with a 2015 cash flow of $683.650 million; and future years cash flow commitments of $630.161 million in 2016; $527.741 million for 2017; $294.364 million for 2018; $186.100 million for 2019; $91.861 million for 2020; $65.631 million for 2021; $56.959 million for 2022; and $52.152 million for 2023.

 

5.         City Council the 2014 approved cash flow for 122 previously approved sub-projects with carry forward funding from 2014 into 2015 totalling $55.982 million.

 

6.         City Council approve the 2016-2024 Recommended Capital Plan for Toronto Water totalling $7.275 billion in project estimates, composed of $149.421 million in 2016; $309.883 million for 2017; $704.947 million for 2018; $934.350 million for 2019; $992.975 million for 2020; $1.063 billion for 2021; $1.085 billion for 2022; $1,001.498 billion for 2023; and $1.034 billion in 2024.

 

7.         City Council consider the operating costs of $0.820 million net in the 2015, ($898.2 million) net in 2016; ($0.121 million) net in 2017; $5.895 million net in 2018; $5.895 million net in 2019; $2.504 million net in 2020; and $0.050 million net in 2021 resulting from the approval of the 2015 Recommended Capital Budget for inclusion in the 2015 and future year operating budgets.

 

8.         City Council approve three temporary capital positions for the delivery of new 2015 capital projects and that the duration for each temporary position not exceed the life and funding of its respective project / sub-project.

 

9.         City Council request the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer in consultation with the General Manager, Toronto Water to advance the 2016 cashflow for the Basement Flooding projects into 2015, should it become evident that greater than planned volume of work can be completed, and that the 2016 – 2024 budgeted cash flows be adjusted accordingly as part of the 2016 Budget process.

 

10.       City Council request General Manager, Toronto Water to report back with an update on the state of good repair backlog as part of the 2016 Budget Process.

 

Operating Budget:

 

11.       City Council approve the 2015 Recommended Operating for Toronto Water of $422.452 million gross, and $658.221 million net in capital-from-current contribution, composed the following services:

 

Service:

Gross

($000s)

Net

($000s)

Water Treatment & Supply

186,712.5

330,608.9

Wastewater Collection & Treatment

213,424.8

346,634.5

Stormwater Management

22,314.4

(19,022)

Total Program Budget

422,451.7

658,221.1

 

12.       City Council approve the 2015 recommended service levels for Toronto Water as outlined on pages 20, 24 and 28 of the 2015 Staff Recommended Operating Budget for Toronto Water and the associated staff complement of 1,754.65 positions.

 

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

 

14.       City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water to initiate and expedite the completion of new Basement Flooding Protection Environmental Assessment studies for the remainder of the City, specifically identified as Study Areas 42 through 67 and in the order of priority as shown in Schedule A to the report (December 18, 2014) from the General Manager, Toronto Water.

 

15.          City Council authorize the creation of a Toronto Tree Canopy Reserve Fund to help achieve the Mayor's and City's forest canopy targets (as approved by the General Manager, Parks Forestry and Recreation and outlined in the City approved Strategic Forest Management Plan, 2013), mitigate storm water runoff and mitigate climate change impacts.

 

16.          City Council direct that funding for the Toronto Tree Canopy Reserve Fund be provided from the Toronto Water Stabilization Reserve in the amount of $1 million and further, that any year end unallocated funds from the Toronto Water tree planting budget be allocated to the Toronto Tree Canopy Reserve Fund.

 

17.          City Council direct that the appropriate staff be authorized to take the necessary actions to implement Council's decision in Parts 15 and 16 above).

 

18.          City Council direct that the annual contribution to the Toronto Tree Canopy Reserve Fund be reviewed annually as part of budget process.

 

General:

 

19.          City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, in consultation with the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, to consider as part of the 2016 budget process, funding the following Toronto Waterfront projects:

 

a.            $1.5 million for Etobicoke Waterfront projects including Humber Bay Park and Mimico Park Trail enhancements;

 

b.            $1.5 million for Scarborough Waterfront projects including the Scarborough Bluffs Waterfront Trail Environmental Assessment; and

 

c.            1.5 million for Toronto Waterfront projects including Tommy Thompson Park enhancements.

 

20.       City Council confirm confidential instructions issued to staff during the Closed Session.

 

21.           Subject to Part 22 below, City Council authorize the City Manager to negotiate a cost-sharing agreement with Metrolinx with respect to the Georgetown South Project and related construction by Metrolinx in the Kitchener GO Rail corridor, substantially in accordance with the terms listed in Appendix 1 to Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (March 1, 2015) from the City Manager, the Deputy City Manager Cluster B and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, as amended by the confidential instructions issued to staff during the closed session, and such other terms and conditions as may be satisfactory to the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor and to report back to Council.

 

22.           City Council direct that the City cost-sharing obligation beyond 2015 be subject to negotiation and approval by Council of a further cost-sharing agreement with the Province with respect to GO Transit and related facilities.

 

23.       City Council amend the timing of expenditures related to the Georgetown South project in the 2015 - 2024 Capital Budget and Plan by accelerating the contribution currently funded evenly over a 10-year period to now occur over the first 5 years of the Capital Budget and Plan (2015 - 2019).

 

24.       City Council affirm the recommended suspension from the 2015 - 2024 Capital Budget and Plan of the three annual $20 million GO Transit capital expansion contributions in 2015 through 2017, and direct the City Manager to continue to negotiate an end, or revision, to any legal obligations to make these contributions, in accordance with the rationale set out in Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (March 1, 2015) from the City Manager, the Deputy City Manager Cluster B and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, as amended by the confidential instructions issued to staff during the closed session.

 

25.       City Council direct that the confidential information contained in Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (March 1, 2015) from the City Manager, the Deputy City Manager Cluster B and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, as amended by the confidential instructions issued to staff during the closed session, remain confidential as it is information relating to future contractual negotiations and the security of the property of the City provided that such information or portions of such information may be released publicly at the discretion of the City Solicitor.

 

26.       City Council direct that the confidential information contained in Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (March 9, 2015) from the City Manager remain confidential as it relates to the security of the property of the municipality or local board.

 

27.       In view of the City of Toronto's financial contribution for upgrades to rail and municipal infrastructure along the Union-Pearson Express Corridor, City Council request Metrolinx, as part of the cost sharing agreement with Metrolinx, to include recognition of the City of Toronto's financial contribution including but not restricted to the City of Toronto name and logo being placed next to the Metrolinx name and logo that appears on trains, stations, electronic and print media and all hard copy and promotional campaigns.

 

28.            City Council refer the following Recommendation 2 contained in the report (March 1, 2015) from the City Manager, the Deputy City Manager Cluster B and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer back to the Executive Committee for further consideration:

 

Recommendation to be referred:

 

2.            City Council endorse the principles in Appendix 2 to the Confidential Attachment as the basis for negotiating a new standard form of crossing and grade separation agreement on all Metrolinx rail corridors in Toronto and authorize the City Manager (to the extent not already delegated to staff) to negotiate such agreements on these terms and such other terms and conditions as may be satisfactory to the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor, subject to final Council approval.

 

Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (March 1, 2015) from the City Manager, the Deputy City Manager Cluster B and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, as amended by the confidential instructions issued to staff during the closed session, remains confidential in its entirety in accordance with the provisions of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, as it is information relating to future contractual negotiations and the security of the property of the City provided that such information or portions of such information may be released publicly at the discretion of the City Solicitor.

 

Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (March 9, 2015) from the City Manager remains confidential in its entirety in accordance with the provisions of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, as it relates to the security of the property belonging to the City or one of its agencies, boards and commissions.

 

The balance of the Confidential presentation on Metrolinx remains confidential in accordance with the provisions of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, as it relates to the security of the property belonging to the City or one of its agencies, boards and commissions.

City Council Decision Advice and Other Information

The City Manager, the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, and the Director, Financial Planning, gave a presentation to City Council on the 2015 Tax and Rate Supported Capital and Operating Budgets.

 

City Council considered those portions of Items EX3.1 and EX3.4 related to Metrolinx, together.

 

City Council recessed its public session and met as Committee of the Whole in closed session on March 10, 2015, and considered confidential information on this Item as it pertains to the security of the property belonging to the City or one of its agencies, boards and commissions.

 

City Council issued confidential instructions to staff during the closed session.

 

On March 10, 2015, a redacted version of the confidential presentation on Metrolinx was made public [EX3.4ar].

 

Public Notice Given

Confidential Attachment - The security of the property of the municipality or local board

Background Information (Committee)

(February 20, 2015) Letter from the Budget Committee on 2015 Rate Supported Budgets - Toronto Water and 2015 Water and Wastewater Rates and Service Fees
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77560.htm
(January 13, 2015) Report and Appendix A from the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer and the General Manager, Toronto Water on 2015 Water and Wastewater Rates and Service Fees
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77554.pdf
Appendix B - 2015 Water Rates for Metered and Flat Rate Customers
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77555.pdf
Appendix C - 2015 Water and Wastewater Service Fees
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77556.pdf
(January 23, 2015) Notice of Public Meeting - 2015 Water and Wastewater Rates and Service Fees
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77548.pdf
(January 23, 2015) Notice of Public Meeting - 2015 Water and Wastewater Rates and Service Fees - Appendix A - Water and Wastewater Consumption Rates
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77549.pdf
(January 23, 2015) Notice of Public Meeting - 2015 Water and Wastewater Rates and Service Fees - Appendix B - Water Services Fees
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77550.pdf
(January 27, 2015) Presentation from Toronto Water - 2015 Recommended Operating Budget, Capital Plan and Water Rate
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77551.pdf
(January 19, 2015) 2015 Staff Recommended Capital Budget - Toronto Water (Analyst Notes)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77557.pdf
(January 19, 2015) 2015 Staff Recommended Operating Budget - Toronto Water (Analyst Notes)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77558.pdf
(December 17, 2014) 2015 Capital Budget Briefing Note #1 - Basement Flooding Protection Program - Project List: 2015 to 2019
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77552.pdf
(December 17, 2014) 2015 Capital Budget Briefing Note #2 - Water Meter Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77553.pdf
(February 12, 2015) 2015 Capital Budget Briefing Note #6 - Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program (BFPSP)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77545.pdf
(February 12, 2015) 2015 Capital Budget Briefing Note #7 - Lead Water Service Replacements
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77547.pdf
(February 12, 2015) 2015 Capital Budget Briefing Note #8 - Strengthening Green Infrastructure in Basement Flooding Environmental Assessment and Projects
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77540.pdf
(February 12, 2015) 2015 Operating Budget Briefing Note #33 - Mandatory Downspout Disconnection Program (MDDP)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77544.pdf
(February 12, 2015) 2015 Operating Budget Briefing Note #34 - Impact of City Policies Enhancing Industrial Competitiveness
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77546.pdf
(February 13, 2015) 2015 Recommended Operating Budget Rate Supported Programs and Agencies Wrap-Up Notes for February 13, 2015
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77541.pdf
(February 13, 2015) 2015 Operating Budget Revised Briefing Note #38 - Water Rate Increases and Economic Competitiveness
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77542.pdf
(February 13, 2015) 2015 - 2024 Budget Committee Recommended Capital Budget and Plan Rate Supported Program and Agencies Wrap-Up Notes for February 13, 2015
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77543.pdf
(February 20, 2015) 2015 - 2024 Budget Committee Recommended Capital Budget and Plan Rate Supported Program and Agencies Wrap-Up Notes for February 20, 2015
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77538.pdf
(February 20, 2015) 2015 Recommended Operating Budget Rate Supported Programs and Agencies Wrap-Up Notes for February 20, 2015
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77539.pdf

Background Information (City Council)

City of Toronto 2015 Executive Committee Recommended Operating Budget Net Expenditure submitted by the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer (EX3.1c)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-77765.pdf
City of Toronto 2015 Executive Committee Recommended Operating Budget Total Operating and Capital Positions submitted by the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer (EX3.1d)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-77767.pdf
2015 to 2024 Capital Budget and Plan Executive Committee Recommended submitted by the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer (EX3.1e)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-77768.pdf
(March 9, 2015) Supplementary report from the City Manager on Financial Issues Involving Metrolinx (EX3.1f)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-77866.pdf
Confidential Attachment 1
(March 10, 2015) Presentation from the City Manager on the Rate and Tax Supported Operating and Capital Budgets (EX3.4ao)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-77911.pdf
Confidential Presentation on Metrolinx (EX3.4ap)
Confidential Presentation on Metrolinx - made public with redactions on March 10, 2015 (EX3.4ar)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-77932.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(March 10, 2015) Multiple Communications from 493 persons - Form letters regarding Toronto Water Rates, submitted by Councillor Mike Layton, Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina, filed during the routine matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(March 10, 2015) Multiple Communications from 67 persons - Form letters regarding Toronto Water Rates, submitted by Councillor Sarah Doucette, Ward 13, Parkdale-High Park, filed during the routine matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(March 10, 2015) Multiple Communications from 108 persons - Form letters regarding Toronto Water Rates, submitted by Councillor Joe Cressy, Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina, filed during the routine matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(March 10, 2015) Multiple Communications from 58 persons - Form letters regarding Toronto Water Rates, submitted by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale, filed during the routine matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(March 10, 2015) Multiple Communications from 76 persons - Form letters regarding Toronto Water Rates, submitted by Councillor Gord Perks, Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park, filed during the routine matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(March 10, 2015) Multiple Communications from 105 persons - Form letters regarding Toronto Water Rates, submitted by Councillor Mary Fragedakis, Ward 29, Toronto-Danforth, filed during the routine matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(March 10, 2015) Multiple Communications from 95 persons - Form letters regarding Toronto Water Rates, submitted by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, Ward 32, Beaches-East York, filed during the routine matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(March 10, 2015) Multiple Communications from 22 persons - Form letters regarding Toronto Water Rates, submitted by Councillor Janet Davis, Ward 31, Beaches-East York, filed during the routine matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(March 10, 2015) Multiple Communications from 36 persons - Form letters regarding Toronto Water Rates, submitted by Councillor Joe Mihevc, Ward 21, St, Paul's, filed during the routine matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(March 10, 2015) Multiple Communications from 44 persons - Form letters regarding Toronto Water Rates, submitted by Councillor Pam McConnell, Ward 28, Toronto Centre-Rosedale, filed during the routine matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(March 10, 2015) Multiple Communications from 5 persons - Form letters regarding Toronto Water Rates, submitted by Councillor Michael Thompson, Ward 37, Scarborough Centre, filed during the routine matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(March 11, 2015) Multiple Communications from 138 persons - Form letters regarding Toronto Water Rates, submitted by Councillor Paula Fletcher, Ward 30, Toronto-Danforth, filed during the routine matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)

Motions (City Council)

Report of Committee of the Whole

March 10, 2015 at 6:37 p.m. - Speaker Nunziata gave the following report of the Committee of the Whole: 

 

City Council has completed its closed meeting consideration of items EX3.1 and EX3.4, being the water budget and the capital and operating budgets.

 

City Council adopted motions giving confidential instructions to staff during the closed session.

 

Members, our closed session debate related to two different items.

 

We will now proceed to debate on item EX3.1, the water budget.  During that debate, I will accept public motions to confirm the instructions given to staff in closed session. 

 

Under the Council Procedures, Members are entitled to an efficient meeting.  To ensure we make efficient use of our time, I want to make it clear that any public questioning or public motions related to the Metrolinx issue should take place on item EX3.1, the water budget. 

 

When the City Clerk prepares the minutes, all motions and amendments relating to the Metrolinx item will be recorded on both item EX3.1 and EX3.4.

 

However, when we get to item EX3.4, I will not accept questions or debate on the Metrolinx matter a second time, and I am prepared to rule accordingly.


1a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

EX3.1 and EX3.4

 

General

 

That:

 

1.  City Council adopt Recommendations 1, 3, 4 and 5 contained in the report (March 1, 2015) from the City Manager, the Deputy City Manager Cluster B and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer [EX3.1b and EX3.4ai] amended to now read as follows:

 

1a. subject to Part 1b below, City Council authorize the City Manager to negotiate a cost-sharing agreement with Metrolinx with respect to the Georgetown South Project and related construction by Metrolinx in the Kitchener GO Rail corridor, substantially in accordance with the terms listed in Appendix 1 to the Confidential Attachment, and such other terms and conditions as may be satisfactory to the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B and the Deputy City Manager & Chief Financial Officer, in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor and to report back to Council.

 

1b.  City Council direct that the City cost-sharing obligation beyond 2015 shall be subject to negotiation and approval by Council of a further cost-sharing agreement with the Province with respect to GO Transit and related facilities.

 

3. City Council amend the timing of expenditures related to the Georgetown South project in the 2015 - 2024 Capital Budget and Plan by accelerating the contribution currently funded evenly over a 10-year period to now occur over the first 5 years of the Capital Budget and Plan (2015 - 2019).

 

4. City Council affirm the recommended suspension from the 2015 - 2024 Capital Budget and Plan of the three annual $20 million GO Transit capital expansion contributions in 2015 through 2017, and direct the City Manager to continue to negotiate an end, or revision, to any legal obligations to make these contributions, in accordance with the rationale set out in the Confidential Atatchment.

 

5. City Council direct that the confidential information contained in the Confidential Attachment remain confidential as it is information relating to future contractual negotiations and the security of the property of the City provided that such information or portions of such information may be released publicly at the discretion of the City Solicitor.

 

2.  City Council refer the following Recommendation 2 contained in the report (March 1, 2015) from the City Manager, the Deputy City Manager Cluster B and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer back to the Executive Committee for further consideration:

 

Recommendation to be referred:

 

2. City Council endorse the principles in Appendix 2 to the Confidential Attachment as the basis for negotiating a new standard form of crossing and grade separation agreement on all Metrolinx rail corridors in Toronto and authorize the City Manager (to the extent not already delegated to staff) to negotiate such agreements on these terms and such other terms and conditions as may be satisfactory to the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B and the Deputy City Manager & Chief Financial Officer, in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor, subject to final Council approval.

Vote (Amend Item) Mar-10-2015 8:10 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX3.1 - Tory motion 1a
Total members that voted Yes: 42 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Rob Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Jaye Robinson

1b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

EX3.1 and EX3.4

 

General

 

That City Council direct that the confidential information contained in the Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (March 9, 2015) from the City Manager [EX3.1f and EX3.4an] remain confidential as it relates to the security of the property of the municipality or local board.

Vote (Amend Item) Mar-10-2015 8:12 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - Ex3.1 - Tory motion 1b
Total members that voted Yes: 39 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Maria Augimeri, Sarah Doucette, Gord Perks
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Rob Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Jaye Robinson

Motion to Amend Item (Carried)

EX3.1 and EX3.4

 

That City Council confirm the confidential instructions to staff issued in the closed session.

Vote (Amend Item) Mar-10-2015

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX3.1 - confirm the confidential instructions
Total members that voted Yes: 42 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Rob Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Jaye Robinson

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Lost)

That City Council approve, effective April 1, 2015, 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.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Mar-10-2015

Result: Lost Majority Required - EX3.1 - Layton - Motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 18 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 24 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Rob Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Jaye Robinson

3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

EX3.1 and EX3.4

 

That in view of the City of Toronto's financial contribution for upgrades to rail and municipal infrastructure along the Union-Pearson Express Corridor, City Council request Metrolinx as part of the cost sharing agreement with Metrolinx to include recognition of the City of Toronto's financial contribution including but not restricted to the City of Toronto name and logo being placed next to the Metrolinx name and logo that appears on trains, stations, electronic and print media and all hard copy and promotional campaigns.


4 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Janet Davis (Redundant)

That, should Motion 2 by Councillor Layton carry, City Council direct that the unallocated additional revenue from changes to the Industrial Surcharge Agreements fees be added to the Basement Flooding Program.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled motion 4 by Councillor Davis redundant as motion 2 by Councillor Layton lost.


5a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, in consultation with the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, to consider as part of the 2016 budget process, funding the following Toronto Waterfront projects:

 

a.  $ 1.5 million for Etobicoke Waterfront projects including Humber Bay Park and Mimico Park Trail enhancements;

 

b.  $ 1.5 million for Scarborough Waterfront projects including the Scarborough Bluffs Waterfront Trail Environmental Assessment; and

 

c.  $ 1.5 million for Toronto Waterfront projects including Tommy Thompson Park enhancements.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Mar-10-2015

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX3.1 - De Baeremaeker - motion 5a
Total members that voted Yes: 32 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 10 Members that voted No are John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Janet Davis, Frank Di Giorgio, Norman Kelly, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, David Shiner, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Rob Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Jaye Robinson

5b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Carried)

Toronto Water - Operating Budget

 

That:

 

1. City Council authorize the creation of a Toronto Tree Canopy Reserve Fund to help achieve the Mayor's and City's forest canopy targets (as approved by the General Manager, Parks Forestry and Recreation and outlined in the City approved Strategic Forest Management Plan, 2013), mitigate storm water runoff and mitigate climate change impacts.

 

2. City Council direct that funding for the Toronto Tree Canopy Reserve Fund be provided from the Toronto Water Stabilization Reserve in the amount of $1 million and further, that any year end unallocated funds from the Toronto Water tree planting budget be allocated to the Toronto Tree Canopy Reserve Fund.

 

3. City Council direct that the appropriate staff be authorized to take the necessary actions to implement Council's decision.

 

4. City Council direct that the annual contribution to the Toronto Tree Canopy Reserve Fund be reviewed annually as part of budget process.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Adopt the Item as amended, as it pertains to the Blue Flag Program.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Adopt the balance of the Item, as amended.

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Mar-10-2015

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX3.1 - balance of item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 40 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Maria Augimeri, Anthony Perruzza
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Rob Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Jaye Robinson

Declared Interests (City Council)

The following member(s) declared an interest:

Councillor Rob Ford - as Deco has an agreement with the City with respect to the water.
Councillor Mike Layton - on the Water Budget as it pertains to the Blue Flag Program as his wife works for an organization that receives a small operating grant to administer the program nation wide.

1a - Basement Flooding Protection - Infrastructure Upgrades New Study Areas and Progress Update

Background Information (Committee)
(December 18, 2014) Report and Schedule A from the General Manager, Toronto Water on Basement Flooding Protection - Infrastructure Upgrades New Study Areas and Progress Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77355.pdf
Schedule B - Ward by Ward Summaries - Environmental Assessment Study and Construction Program Progress
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77356.pdf

1b - Financial Issues Involving Metrolinx - Georgetown South, GO Transit Capital Expansion Contributions, and Union Station

Confidential Attachment - The security of the property of the municipality or local board
Background Information (Committee)
(March 1, 2015) Report from the City Manager, the Deputy City Manager Cluster B and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer on Financial Issues Involving Metrolinx - Georgetown South, GO Transit Capital Expansion Contributions, and Union Station
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77644.pdf
Confidential Attachment - Appendices 1 and 2

EX3.1 - 2015 Rate Supported Budgets - Toronto Water and 2015 Water and Wastewater Rates and Service Fees

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Public Notice Given

Confidential Attachment - The security of the property of the municipality or local board

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

Rates and Fees:

 

1.         City Council adopt, effective March 13, 2015:

 

a.         the combined water and wastewater consumption rates charged to metered consumers as shown below and in Appendix B to the report (January 13, 2015) 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")

3.1945

3.3626

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

2.2361

2.3537

 

b.         an increase of 8% to the water and wastewater consumption rates charged to flat rate consumers, as set out in Appendix B to the report (January 13, 2015) from the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer and the General Manager, Toronto Water;

 

c.         the water and wastewater service fees, as set out in Appendix C to the report (January 13, 2015) from the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer and the General Manager, Toronto Water;

 

d.         the deletion of the Revenue Services fee of $25.50 for water certification, Ref. No. 34, Chapter 441– Fees and Charges, Appendix D, Schedule 2, Water Services; and

 

e.         the water rebate for eligible low-income seniors and low-income disabled persons be set at a rate of $0.9584 /m3, representing a 30% reduction from the Block 1 rate (paid on or before the due date).

 

2.         City Council adopt the following policies with respect to reserve and reserve fund adequacy:

 

a.         the Water Stabilization Reserve (XQ1003) maintain a maximum balance of $12.9 million, with any excess amount to be transferred to the Water Capital Reserve Fund (XR6003); and

 

b.         the Wastewater Stabilization Reserve (XQ1004) maintain a maximum balance of $17.1 million, with any excess amount to be transferred to the Wastewater Capital Reserve Fund (XR6004).

 

3.         City Council authorize that the necessary amendments be made 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.

 

Capital Budget:

 

4.         City Council approve the 2015 Recommended Capital Budget for Toronto Water with a total project cost of $1.121 billion, and 2015 cash flow of $782.403 million and future year commitments of $2.983 billion comprised of the following:

 

a.         New Cash Flow Funds for:

 

i.          286 new / change in scope sub-projects with a 2015 total project cost of $1.121 billion that requires cash flow of $42.771 million in 2015 and increases in future year cash flow commitments of $218.605 million in 2016; $227.416 million for 2017; $173.716 million for 2018; $111.014 million for 2019; $129.441 million for 2020; $119.762 million for 2021; $29.548 million for 2022; $28.368 million for 2023 and $39.930 million for 2024; and

 

ii.         219 previously approved sub-projects with a 2015 cash flow of $683.650 million; and future years cash flow commitments of $630.161 million in 2016; $527.741 million for 2017; $294.364 million for 2018; $186.100 million for 2019; $91.861 million for 2020; $65.631 million for 2021; $56.959 million for 2022; and $52.152 million for 2023.

 

5.         City Council the 2014 approved cash flow for 122 previously approved sub-projects with carry forward funding from 2014 into 2015 totalling $55.982 million.

 

6.         City Council approve the 2016-2024 Recommended Capital Plan for Toronto Water totalling $7.275 billion in project estimates, comprised of $149.421 million in 2016; $309.883 million for 2017; $704.947 million for 2018; $934.350 million for 2019; $992.975 million for 2020; $1.063 billion for 2021; $1.085 billion for 2022; $1,001.498 billion for 2023; and $1.034 billion in 2024.

 

7.         City Council consider the operating costs of $0.820 million net in the 2015, ($898.2 million) net in 2016; ($0.121 million) net in 2017; $5.895 million net in 2018; $5.895 million net in 2019; $2.504 million net in 2020; and $0.050 million net in 2021 resulting from the approval of the 2015 Recommended Capital Budget for inclusion in the 2015 and future year operating budgets.

 

8.         City Council approve 3 temporary capital positions for the delivery of new 2015 capital projects and that the duration for each temporary position not exceed the life and funding of its respective project / sub-project.

 

9.         City Council request the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer in consultation with the General Manager, Toronto Water to advance the 2016 cashflow for the Basement Flooding projects into 2015, should it become evident that greater than planned volume of work can be completed, and that the 2016 – 2024 budgeted cash flows be adjusted accordingly as part of the 2016 Budget process.

 

10.       City Council request General Manager, Toronto Water to report back with an update on the state of good repair backlog as part of the 2016 Budget Process.

 

Operating Budget:

 

11.       City Council approve the 2015 Recommended Operating for Toronto Water of $422.452 million gross, and $658.221 million net in capital-from-current contribution, comprised the following services:

 

Service:

Gross

($000s)

Net

($000s)

Water Treatment & Supply

186,712.5

330,608.9

Wastewater Collection & Treatment

213,424.8

346,634.5

Stormwater Management

22,314.4

(19,022)

Total Program Budget

422,451.7

658,221.1

 

12.       City Council approve the 2015 recommended service levels for Toronto Water as outlined on pages 20, 24 and 28 of the 2015 Staff Recommended Operating Budget for Toronto Water and the associated staff complement of 1,754.65 positions.

 

13.       City Council grant authority to 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, the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer and General Manager, Toronto Water.

 

14.       City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to initiate and expedite the completion of new Basement Flooding Protection Environmental Assessment studies for the remainder of the City, specifically identified as Study Areas 42 through 67 and in the order of priority as shown in Schedule A of the report (December 18, 2014) from the General Manager, Toronto Water.

Origin

(February 20, 2015) Letter from the Budget Committee

Summary

City Council will consider the 2015 Rate Supported Budgets for Toronto Water and the 2015 Water and Wastewater Rates and Service Fees at its meeting on March 10 and 11, 2015.

Background Information

(February 20, 2015) Letter from the Budget Committee on 2015 Rate Supported Budgets - Toronto Water and 2015 Water and Wastewater Rates and Service Fees
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77560.htm
(January 13, 2015) Report and Appendix A from the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer and the General Manager, Toronto Water on 2015 Water and Wastewater Rates and Service Fees
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77554.pdf
Appendix B - 2015 Water Rates for Metered and Flat Rate Customers
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77555.pdf
Appendix C - 2015 Water and Wastewater Service Fees
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77556.pdf
(January 23, 2015) Notice of Public Meeting - 2015 Water and Wastewater Rates and Service Fees
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77548.pdf
(January 23, 2015) Notice of Public Meeting - 2015 Water and Wastewater Rates and Service Fees - Appendix A - Water and Wastewater Consumption Rates
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77549.pdf
(January 23, 2015) Notice of Public Meeting - 2015 Water and Wastewater Rates and Service Fees - Appendix B - Water Services Fees
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77550.pdf
(January 27, 2015) Presentation from Toronto Water - 2015 Recommended Operating Budget, Capital Plan and Water Rate
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77551.pdf
(January 19, 2015) 2015 Staff Recommended Capital Budget - Toronto Water (Analyst Notes)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77557.pdf
(January 19, 2015) 2015 Staff Recommended Operating Budget - Toronto Water (Analyst Notes)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77558.pdf
(December 17, 2014) 2015 Capital Budget Briefing Note #1 - Basement Flooding Protection Program - Project List: 2015 to 2019
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77552.pdf
(December 17, 2014) 2015 Capital Budget Briefing Note #2 - Water Meter Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77553.pdf
(February 12, 2015) 2015 Capital Budget Briefing Note #6 - Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program (BFPSP)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77545.pdf
(February 12, 2015) 2015 Capital Budget Briefing Note #7 - Lead Water Service Replacements
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77547.pdf
(February 12, 2015) 2015 Capital Budget Briefing Note #8 - Strengthening Green Infrastructure in Basement Flooding Environmental Assessment and Projects
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77540.pdf
(February 12, 2015) 2015 Operating Budget Briefing Note #33 - Mandatory Downspout Disconnection Program (MDDP)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77544.pdf
(February 12, 2015) 2015 Operating Budget Briefing Note #34 - Impact of City Policies Enhancing Industrial Competitiveness
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77546.pdf
(February 13, 2015) 2015 Recommended Operating Budget Rate Supported Programs and Agencies Wrap-Up Notes for February 13, 2015
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77541.pdf
(February 13, 2015) 2015 Operating Budget Revised Briefing Note #38 - Water Rate Increases and Economic Competitiveness
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77542.pdf
(February 13, 2015) 2015 - 2024 Budget Committee Recommended Capital Budget and Plan Rate Supported Program and Agencies Wrap-Up Notes for February 13, 2015
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77543.pdf
(February 20, 2015) 2015 - 2024 Budget Committee Recommended Capital Budget and Plan Rate Supported Program and Agencies Wrap-Up Notes for February 20, 2015
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77538.pdf
(February 20, 2015) 2015 Recommended Operating Budget Rate Supported Programs and Agencies Wrap-Up Notes for February 20, 2015
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77539.pdf

Speakers

Councillor Janet Davis
Councillor Josh Matlow
Councillor Frances Nunziata
Councillor Mike Layton
Councillor Gord Perks

Motions

1 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor David Shiner (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Mar-02-2015

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 11 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Michelle Berardinetti, Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, John Tory (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Michael Thompson

1a - Basement Flooding Protection - Infrastructure Upgrades New Study Areas and Progress Update

Origin
(December 18, 2014) Report from the General Manager, Toronto Water
Summary

The purpose of this report is to advise City Council on the city wide expansion of the Basement Flooding Protection Program.  This report details the boundaries of new study areas, the proposed schedule for completion of the new studies, and provides a ward by ward update regarding infrastructure upgrade accomplishments.

Background Information
(December 18, 2014) Report and Schedule A from the General Manager, Toronto Water on Basement Flooding Protection - Infrastructure Upgrades New Study Areas and Progress Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77355.pdf
Schedule B - Ward by Ward Summaries - Environmental Assessment Study and Construction Program Progress
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77356.pdf

1b - Financial Issues Involving Metrolinx - Georgetown South, GO Transit Capital Expansion Contributions, and Union Station

Confidential Attachment - The security of the property of the municipality or local board
Origin
(March 1, 2015) Report from City Manager anhd the Deputy City Manager Cluster B and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer
Summary

City staff have just concluded months long discussions with Metrolinx and Provincial officials regarding a number of financial matters involving the parties.

 

1.                  Georgetown South Project

 

Metrolinx is seeking payment from the City for a portion of the direct costs paid by Metrolinx to upgrade rail and municipal infrastructure in the Kitchener GO Rail corridor that includes both the Georgetown South Expansion Project and the Union Pearson Express (the “Georgetown South Project”) as specified in the Confidential Attachment.

 

The payment requested by Metrolinx for the Georgetown South Project represents a share of capital costs paid by Metrolinx during the past few years that provided for new and expanded grade separations, reconstruction of road and rail bridges, and other improvements where City and railway infrastructure overlap. These improvements will permit more frequent rail service in the corridor including operation of the Union Pearson Express. Metrolinx believes the City is responsible to pay a portion of the work pursuant to certain cost-sharing agreements and cost-sharing guidelines which Metrolinx believes are applicable to this work.

 

The City derived benefits from Metrolinx' investments in the Georgetown South Project. Municipal infrastructure, comprised of water, sewer and transportation assets, was upgraded to current standards and the economic life of those assets was renewed. The City also specified various streetscape and public realm improvements that exceeded Metrolinx' scope of work for the Georgetown South Project. Finally, the City derived a benefit from the construction of new grade separations that improve pedestrian and vehicular safety along a rail corridor that will see a significant increase in traffic including all day, two-way GO Rail service and operation of the Union Pearson Express.

The City and Metrolinx have been discussing:

·         the rationale for cost-sharing by the City in a Provincial project;

 

·         the validity and relevance of the previous agreements, orders and guidelines that Metrolinx has relied upon in seeking payment from the City;

 

·         the consequences to both parties if the City contests the application of the agreements, orders and guidelines; and,

 

·         the value of benefits derived by the City including new and upgraded municipal infrastructure.

 

As of the date of this report, tentative agreement has been reached with Metrolinx on the terms and conditions of a cost-sharing agreement for work on the Georgetown South Project. This report and confidential attachment set out:

 

·         the principles upon which a cost-sharing settlement may be reached;

 

·         the rationale for determining the proposed amount and timing of payment by the City in respect of the Georgetown South Project;

 

·         the precedent that this settlement might establish in respect of subsequent cost-sharing requests from Metrolinx for other rail corridors within Toronto, including the announced plans to increase the frequency of rail service and electrify rail operations.

 

2.                  GO Transit Capital Expansion Contributions

 

The City and other GTHA municipalities are required by statute to make annual contributions to GO Transit Capital Expansion based on a cost sharing formula. Under an arrangement with the Ministry of Transportation, the City pays a $20 million annual installment in satisfaction of the required annual contribution, through to March 2017.   The payment is not allocated to specific projects but forms part of GO Transit's (now Metrolinx's) sources of capital funding.

 

Staff have indicated to Provincial officials that the City has not included further capital contributions to GO Transit capital expansion in its 2015 – 2024 Capital Budget and Plan, and is seeking to renegotiate the balance of payments to the Province arising from the City's statutory and contractual obligations to contribute to GO Transit Capital Expansion as described in the Confidential Attachment.

 

3.                  Union Station Funding

 

Finally, this report provides an update regarding the Province's response to petitioning for additional funding related to cost sharing/ recovery for the Union Station project. The City requested the following from Metrolinx:

 

·         $15 million in respect of general cost escalation increases of $80 million

·         $20 million in respect of the $40 million cost increase for the North West Path

 

The Province has rejected both requests and will not increase its current contributions to the Union Station project.

 

The City Manager seeks authority from City Council to:

 

·         negotiate and execute an immediate settlement between the City and Metrolinx  in accordance with the terms and conditions  described  in the confidential attachment;

 

·         set aside funds for payment to Metrolinx  in the 2015 – 2024 Capital Budget and Plan as described in  the confidential attachment;

 

·         apply the same cost-sharing principles in future negotiations in respect of other Metrolinx rail corridor improvements; and,

 

·         affirm the suspension of future GO Transit Capital Expansion Contributions in the 2015 – 2024 Capital Budget and Plan, and direct the City Manager to continue to negotiate an end, or revision, to any legal obligations to make these contributions.

 

The City Manager will also be seeking to negotiate a new master agreement that resolves outstanding and addresses future joint City/Metrolinx transit capital expansion matters.

Background Information
(March 1, 2015) Report from the City Manager, the Deputy City Manager Cluster B and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer on Financial Issues Involving Metrolinx - Georgetown South, GO Transit Capital Expansion Contributions, and Union Station
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77644.pdf
Confidential Attachment - Appendices 1 and 2
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council