City Council meeting of October 24 and 25, 2011
Daytime curbside collection west of Yonge Street
Council approved the selection of GFL Environmental East Corporation – which responded to the City's Request For Quotations with the lowest bid – to handle daytime curbside waste collection for the 165,000 households in District 2 west of Yonge Street. The contract covers seven years starting August 7, 2012, with the potential of two one-year extensions. The $186-million contract is expected to save the City $11.9 million in the first year and then $11.1 million annually. Council approved several related motions, such as directing staff to report back on a monitoring plan with performance targets, and to track and report on customer satisfaction with collection services.
Ban on shark-fin products in Toronto
Council voted in favour of a new City of Toronto bylaw that will make the possession, sale and consumption of shark fin and shark fin food products illegal in Toronto effective September 2012. A ban on bringing new supplies of shark fin and shark fin food products into Toronto takes effect immediately, but existing supplies may be used until September 1, 2012. Staff will encourage voluntary compliance with Toronto's bylaw by working with restaurant and food services associations, local Business Improvement Areas and business owners.
Keeping traffic moving on arterial roads
Council directed staff to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on ways to alleviate traffic congestion on arterial roads during rush-hour periods that is caused by drivers stopping/parking on the roads and in bicycle lanes. One approach to be considered is the deterrent of increasing fines for blocking traffic. In addition, Council asked the City Manager to work with the Toronto Police Service to increase enforcement of existing bylaws that prohibit blocking traffic on arterial roads, including bike lanes.
Use of expressways for events
Council endorsed a guideline designed to minimize and manage the closure of sections of the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway for privately sponsored events. In a related decision, Council approved a request to use the eastbound lanes of the Gardiner Expressway and the northbound lanes of the Don Valley Parkway on a Sunday morning next July for the bicycle leg of an international Ironman triathlon competition.
Licensing household movers
Council directed the City Manager to ask the Province of Ontario to give Toronto the authority to license and regulate household movers. Recent police investigations have found that some companies and individuals claiming to be household movers have been using unfair and fraudulent business practices in Toronto. The licensing of moving companies in Toronto will help to protect consumers by setting out standards of practice and a framework for dealing with complaints.
Downspout disconnection and drain grants
Council approved the elimination of the Voluntary Downspout Disconnection Program and the Drain Grant Program effective January 1, 2012. Moratoriums were placed on the two programs earlier this year. Work performed on drains after February 28, 2011 is not eligible for consideration under the Drain Grant Program.
Council's 2012 meeting schedule
Council adopted a schedule for next year's City Council and standing committee meetings. The schedule includes a special meeting of Council on January 17, 18 and 19 devoted to the 2012 capital and operating budgets.
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