Item - 2015.PE5.3

Tracking Status

  • City Council considered this item on September 30, 2015 and referred this item to an official or another committee or body. Consult the text of the decision for further information on the referral.
  • This item was considered by Parks and Environment Committee on September 18, 2015 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on September 30, 2015.

PE5.3 - Parks, Forestry and Recreation Service Levels

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Referred
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on September 30, October 1 and 2, 2015, referred Item PE5.3 to the Budget Committee, the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer for consideration as part of the 2016 Budget Process.

Background Information (Committee)

(September 3, 2015) REVISED Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, on Parks, Forestry and Recreation Service Levels
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-83736.pdf
(September 3, 2015) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, on Parks, Forestry and Recreation Service Levels

Communications (Committee)

(September 17, 2015) Letter from Dave Harvey, Executive Director, Park People (PE.New.PE5.3.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pe/comm/communicationfile-55257.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(September 28, 2015) E-mail from Ewa Jarmicka (CC.Supp.PE5.3.2)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Refer Item moved by Councillor Gary Crawford (Carried)

That City Council refer the Item to the Budget Committee, the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer for consideration as part of the 2016 Budget Process.

Vote (Refer Item) Oct-02-2015 3:55 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PE5.3 - Crawford - motion 1 - refer the item
Total members that voted Yes: 21 Members that voted Yes are Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 13 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Gord Perks
Total members that were Absent: 11 Members that were absent are Christin Carmichael Greb, Vincent Crisanti, Rob Ford, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser, James Pasternak, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam

PE5.3 - Parks, Forestry and Recreation Service Levels

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Park and Environment Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council direct that sufficient funding be included in the staff recommended 2016 Budget to fully fund in 2016 the service standards as described below:

 

Cost Estimates For Initiatives (000's)

   

Annual Operating

Capital

Motion

Business Case

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2016

1 a.

Daily Grooming of 11 swimming beaches

736.1

736.1

736.1

736.1

736.1

390.0

1 b.

Horticulture Bed Rejuvenation on a Five Year Cycle

4,995.1

4,995.1

4,995.1

4,995.1

4,995.1

1,100.0

1 c.

Parks Plan

 
 

Parks Plan - Enhanced Maintenance & Quality Management

176.6

240.2

544.2

604.5

604.5

-

Parks Plan - Horticulture & Urban Agriculture

290.7

618.4

894.8

1,021.1

1,021.1

200.0

Parks Plan - Improve Natural Environment Trails

160.5

439.6

575.1

1,043.6

1,431.7

-

Parks Plan - Parks Ranger Program

556.5

1,507.1

1,544.0

1,544.0

1,544.0

180.0

1 d.

Increased Staffing for Invasive Species Protection

1,261.3

1,620.8

1,620.8

1,620.8

1,620.8

250.0

1 f.

Enhanced Winter Maintenance for Parks Path

422.6

931.8

931.8

931.8

931.8

460.0

1 g.

5 New Community Gardens (Included in 1 c.)

-

-

-

-

-

-

1 h.

Inspections and Debris Removal From Ravines and Watercourses

624.2

782.4

782.4

782.4

782.4

150.0

1 i.

Committee Adjustment Review Enhancement

291.7

359.9

370.6

370.6

370.6

-

2

Re-established Service Plan to achieve original tree canopy goal

1,663.7

2,044.4

2,093.6

5,400.0

1,000.0

-

4

Hydro Corridor Agreements

110.0

112.2

114.4

116.7

119.1

-

Gross Expenditures

11,289.1

14,388.1

15,203.0

19,166.8

15,157.2

2,730.0

Total Approved Positions

116.1

138.9

145.7

154.3

154.3

-

 

Origin

(September 3, 2015) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation

Summary

This report responds to a request made by the Parks and Environment Committee at its meeting on June 22, 2015 for staff to report with business cases for proposed service standard changes by Parks, Forestry and Recreation. This report provides information on Recommendations 1, 2 and 4, which are listed below.

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2015.PE4.6

 

1.  The Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, to report to the September, 2015 Parks and Environment Committee meeting with business cases for meeting the following service standards in 2016:

      

a.  Daily Grooming of all swimming beaches;

 

b.  Horticultural bed rejuvenation being conducted on a five year cycle;

 

c.  Implementation of the Parks Service Plan;

 

d.  The protection of Environmentally Sensitive Areas and parks from invasive species;

 

e.  A 10 year capital plan which would provide for parks sufficiency in all wards;

 

f.  Park path clearing in the winter;

 

g.  Establishment of five new community gardens per year;

 

h.  Twice-yearly inspections and debris removal from ravines and watercourses; and

 

i.  Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff review of all development applications that require tree removal or injury prior to those applications being considered by Committee of Adjustment.

 

2.  The Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, to report to the September, 2015 Parks and Environment Committee meeting with a business case setting out the changes necessary to the service standard (including planting and maintenance) which would return the City to its original tree canopy goal established by City Council in 2008, and the necessary funding to achieve this goal.

 

4.  The General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, given the impact on the City's service levels, to report to the September, 2015 Parks and Environment Committee meeting on any agreements or maintenance issues, and a summary of the length and current uses of Hydro 1 corridors in City parks and ravines.

Background Information

(September 3, 2015) REVISED Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, on Parks, Forestry and Recreation Service Levels
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-83736.pdf
(September 3, 2015) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, on Parks, Forestry and Recreation Service Levels

Communications

(September 17, 2015) Letter from Dave Harvey, Executive Director, Park People (PE.New.PE5.3.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pe/comm/communicationfile-55257.pdf

Motions

1 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That City Council direct that sufficient funding be included in the staff recommended 2016 Budget to fully fund in 2016 the service standards as described below:

 

Cost Estimates For Initiatives (000's)

   

Annual Operating

Capital

Motion

Business Case

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2016

1 a.

Daily Grooming of 11 swimming beaches

736.1

736.1

736.1

736.1

736.1

390.0

1 b.

Horticulture Bed Rejuvenation on a Five Year Cycle

4,995.1

4,995.1

4,995.1

4,995.1

4,995.1

1,100.0

1 c.

Parks Plan

 
 

Parks Plan - Enhanced Maintenance & Quality Management

176.6

240.2

544.2

604.5

604.5

-

Parks Plan - Horticulture & Urban Agriculture

290.7

618.4

894.8

1,021.1

1,021.1

200.0

Parks Plan - Improve Natural Environment Trails

160.5

439.6

575.1

1,043.6

1,431.7

-

Parks Plan - Parks Ranger Program

556.5

1,507.1

1,544.0

1,544.0

1,544.0

180.0

1 d.

Increased Staffing for Invasive Species Protection

1,261.3

1,620.8

1,620.8

1,620.8

1,620.8

250.0

1 f.

Enhanced Winter Maintenance for Parks Path

422.6

931.8

931.8

931.8

931.8

460.0

1 g.

5 New Community Gardens (Included in 1 c.)

-

-

-

-

-

-

1 h.

Inspections and Debris Removal From Ravines and Watercourses

624.2

782.4

782.4

782.4

782.4

150.0

1 i.

Committee Adjustment Review Enhancement

291.7

359.9

370.6

370.6

370.6

-

2

Re-established Service Plan to achieve original tree canopy goal

1,663.7

2,044.4

2,093.6

5,400.0

1,000.0

-

4

Hydro Corridor Agreements

110.0

112.2

114.4

116.7

119.1

-

Gross Expenditures

11,289.1

14,388.1

15,203.0

19,166.8

15,157.2

2,730.0

Total Approved Positions

116.1

138.9

145.7

154.3

154.3

-

 

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Sep-18-2015

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 4 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Sarah Doucette, Mike Layton, Gord Perks
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Michelle Berardinetti (Chair)
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Maria Augimeri

2 - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Michelle Berardinetti (Lost)

That the motion by Councillor Perks be amended by inserting the words "staff consider including sufficient funding" so that it reads:

 

That City Council direct that staff consider including sufficient funding in the staff recommended 2016 Budget to fully fund in 2016 the service standards as described below:

Vote (Amend Motion) Sep-18-2015

Result: Lost Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 1 Members that voted Yes are Michelle Berardinetti (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 4 Members that voted No are Joe Cressy, Sarah Doucette, Mike Layton, Gord Perks
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Maria Augimeri
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council