Agenda

Consolidated



Public Works and Infrastructure Committee


Meeting No. 3   Contact Candy Davidovits, Committee Administrator
Meeting Date Tuesday, April 26, 2011
  Phone 416-392-8032
Start Time 9:30 AM
  E-mail pwic@toronto.ca
Location Committee Room 1, City Hall
  Chair   Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong  


 

Public Works and Infrastructure Committee

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, Chair

Councillor David Shiner, Vice-Chair

Councillor Mark Grimes

Councillor Mike Layton

Councillor John Parker

Councillor Gord Perks

 

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Declarations of Interest under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.

 

Confirmation of Minutes – March 23, 2011

 

Speakers/Presentations – A complete list will be distributed at the meeting

 

Communications/Reports

 

PW3.1

ACTION 

1:30 PM 

 

Ward: All 

Solid Waste Management Services Garbage Collection Request for Quotations (RFQs)
Confidential Attachment - Security of the property belonging to the City or one of its agencies, boards, and commissions.
Origin
(April 14, 2011) Report from the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services, and the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management
Recommendations

The General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services, and the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management Division, recommend that:

 

1.         City Council authorize the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services (General Manager), in consultation with the Director of Purchasing and Materials Management Division, to issue the following Request for Quotations (RFQs):

 

a.         For the daytime residential curbside collection west of Yonge Street to the Etobicoke border for a term of seven (7) years, with an option to extend the resulting contract for an additional two (2) separate (1) one year extensions at the sole discretion of the General Manager;

 

b.         For the collection of litter and recycling in City parks for a term of seven (7) years; with an option to extend the resulting contract for an additional two (2) separate (1) one year extensions at the sole discretion of the General Manager;

 

c.         For additional mechanical litter vacuum operations services throughout the City for a term of five (5) years; and

 

d.         For contingency residential curbside collection services for a term of five (5) years.

 

 2.        City Council delegate authority to the Bid Committee to award the RFQs described in Recommendation 1a and 1b, subject to the following conditions being met, failing which the award will be made by Council:

 

a.         That the price quoted by the recommended bidder be within the Approved 2011 Solid Waste Management Services Operating Budget;

 

b.         That there are no material written objections by a bidder, as defined in Chapter 195, Purchasing, of the Toronto Municipal Code, to the award;

 

c.         That the award is to the lowest price bidder meeting specifications; and

 

d.         All requirements of the Purchasing By-Law, Chapter 195 are met.

 

3.         City Council direct that Confidential Attachment 1 of the report remain confidential indefinitely under the provisions of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, as it relates to the security of property of the City or one of its Agencies, Boards and Commissions.

Summary

Solid Waste Management Services Division (SWMS) is recommending issuance of four Request for Quotations (RFQs) for the following:

 

1.         All daytime residential curbside collection west of Yonge Street to the Etobicoke border (Initiative #1);

 

2.         Litter and recycling collection in City parks (Initiative #2);

 

3.         An increase in City-wide mechanical litter vacuum operation services (Initiative #3); and

 

4.         Contingency residential curbside collection (Initiative #4).

 

The report is also requesting approval to delegate authority to the Bid Committee in order to expedite the award process for the RFQs for Initiatives #1 and #2 to establish what savings the City can expect to receive. This will enable SWMS to incorporate the potential savings into its Recommended 2012 Solid Waste Management Operating Budget.  Award of contracts by Bid Committee also ensures the contracts are executed in advance of the expiration of existing Collective Agreements. Initiatives #3 and #4 do not require delegated authority to be awarded by Bid Committee because the contract terms and expenditures comply with existing By-law conditions for Bid Committee review and approval of contract awards.

Financial Impact

See staff report for financial impact details.

Background Information
(April 14, 2011) Report from the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services, and the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, on Solid Waste Management Services Garbage Collection Request for Quotations (RFQs)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37155.pdf)

(April 14, 2011) Appendix 1 - Solid Waste Management Districts
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37485.pdf)

(April 14, 2011) Appendix 2 - 2010 Complaint Numbers
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37487.pdf)

(April 14, 2011) Appendix 3 - RFQ's Timelines
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37488.pdf)

(April 14, 2011) Confidential Attachment 1 to the report from the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services, and the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management
(April 18, 2011) Fact Sheet from the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services, on Wage Comparison Tables - Public Portion
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37609.pdf)

Communications
(April 13, 2011) E-mail from Yamit More (PW.New.PW3.1.1)
(April 16, 2011) E-mail from Erin George and Family (PW.New.PW3.1.2)
(April 18, 2011) E-mail from Sarah Merry, Director, Huron Street Studio (PW.New.PW3.1.3)
(April 21, 2011) E-mail from Yutaka Dirks (PW.New.PW3.1.4)
(April 26, 2011) Letter from Ann Dembinski, President, CUPE Local 79 (PW.New.PW3.1.5)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/comm/communicationfile-21243.pdf)

(April 26, 2011) Submission from Stuart Trew, The Council of Canadians (PW.New.PW3.1.6)
(April 26, 2011) E-mail from Barb Scott (PW.New.PW3.1.7)
(April 26, 2011) Submission from Michael Teodori (PW.New.PW3.1.8)
(April 26, 2011) Submission from David Greig (PW.New.PW3.1.9)
(April 26, 2011) Submission from David Foreman (PW.New.PW3.1.10)
(April 26, 2011) Submission from David Kidd (PW.New.PW3.1.11)
(April 26, 2011) Submission from Miriam Di Giuseppe, Board Member, Social Planning Toronto (PW.New.PW3.1.12)
(April 26, 2011) Submission from Logan Sellathurai, who filed a written submission in lieu of speaking (PW.New.PW3.1.13)
(April 26, 2011) Submission from Prabha Khosla, Toronto Women's City Alliance, who filed a written submission in lieu of speaking (PW.New.PW3.1.14)
(April 26, 2011) Submission from Paul Richard (PW.New.PW3.1.15)

PW3.2

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

Extension to Operations Contract 47012597 at the Green Lane Landfill
Origin
(April 12, 2011) Report from the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services, and the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management
Recommendations

The General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services, and the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, recommend that:

 

1.         City Council authorize the General Manager of Solid Waste Management Services to extend contract 47012597 for the operation of the Green Lane Landfill for one (1) additional period of twelve (12) months at the same prices, terms and conditions for the period from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013 and to increase the contract value by $12,756,242.00 from $38,669,888.00  to $51,426,130.00, excluding taxes.

Summary

The purpose of this report is to request authority from City Council to exercise a twelve (12) month extension clause in Contract 47012597 for the period from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013 with CRA Landfill Operations Limited for operation of the Green Lane Landfill.   Following City Council direction, staff in 2007, negotiated and entered into an Operations Contract with CRA Landfill Operations for a period of five (5) years with the option of extending the contract for up to two (2) possible twelve (12) month extensions subject to City Council approval.

Financial Impact

The cost of the work associated with exercising the twelve (12) month extension in the CRA Operations Limited Contract for 2012/2013 is $12.756 million excluding taxes or $12.971 million net of HST recoveries:

 

Cash Flow by Year ($000s) (Net of HST Recoveries)

Year

Operating –SW0901

Capital – CSW007

Total

2012

8,560

1,875

10,435

2013

2,125

411

2,536

Total

10,685

2,286

12,971

 

The Approved 2011 Operating Budget provides for $10.987 million for landfill management. The future year estimated operating expenses will be submitted as part of the Solid Waste Management Services Operating Budget in each corresponding year in Cost Centre SW0901 (Green Lane) and will be subject to Budget approval.

 

The Approved 2011-2020 Capital Plan for Solid Waste Management Services currently has $30.634 million in cash flow commitments from 2011 to 2013 to provide for required work at the Green Lane landfill.  There is no change required to the cash flow commitments by exercising the (12) twelve month extension in the CRA Landfill Operations contract.

 

The Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer has reviewed this report and agrees with the financial impact information.

Background Information
(April 12, 2011) Report from the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services, and the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, on Extension to Operations Contract 47012597 at the Green Lane Landfill
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37266.pdf)


PW3.3

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

Rate Supported Budgets - Toronto Water and Solid Waste Management
Origin
(March 2, 2011) Letter from the City Clerk
Summary

City Council on February 23 and 24, 2011, adopted Item EX3.2 as amended, and in so doing, requested the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee to consider a Voluntary Downspout Disconnection Program and a Drain Grant Program in 2012.

Background Information
(March 2, 2011) Letter from the City Clerk on Rate Supported Budgets - Toronto Water and Solid Waste Management
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-36907.pdf)

(March 2, 2011) Attachment - Decision on Item EX3.2
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-36908.pdf)


PW3.4

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

Biosolids Master Plan Update - Highland Creek Treatment Plant
Origin
(April 7, 2011) Report from the General Manager, Toronto Water
Recommendations

The General Manager, Toronto Water, recommends that:

 

1.         City Council approve the recommendations contained in the Biosolids Master Plan with respect to the Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, namely the On-site Thermal Reduction of biosolids by replacing existing multiple hearth incinerators with new modern Fluidized Bed incinerators with state of the art scrubbing technology. An additional incinerator is planned to provide the contingency necessary to ensure reliable biosolids management capacity.

 

2.         Subject to the adoption of the recommendation in (1) above, authorize the General Manager of Toronto Water to re-allocate funds and make the necessary provisions in the 2011 Capital Budget to allow the completion of the first Fluidized Bed incinerator by 2015 and the second by no later than 2020.  

 

3.         Subject to adoption of recommendations in (1) and (2), authorize the General Manager of Toronto Water to include enhanced emission scrubbing technologies as part of the construction project allowing the City to set, for this facility, voluntary emissions standards that are significantly more stringent than the existing regulatory standards.

Summary

This report responds to the request made by the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee at its meeting of March 23, 2011, for more information regarding the biosolids management options for the Highland Creek Treatment Plant (HCTP).  The report summarizes the findings contained in the Biosolids Master Plan (BMP) for HCTP and provides significant technical updates on the implications of proceeding with the various biosolids management options.    

 

The report documents the implications of Council's direction to change the preferred option recommended in the Biosolids Master Plan for HCTP from Thermal Reduction (incineration) using new Fluidized Bed technology to 100% Beneficial Use of biosolids and landfill disposal as a contingency.

 

The updated information continues to support, if not enhance, the original findings of the Biosolids Master Plan for HCTP.  It is recommended that Council approve the original preferred option of using existing Thermal Reduction (incineration) facilities and then replacing them with the first Fluidized Bed incinerator by 2015 and the second by no later than 2020.  The new Fluidized Bed incineration technology will be coupled with enhanced emission scrubbing technologies to allow the City to set voluntary emissions standards that are significantly more stringent than the existing regulatory standards.

Financial Impact

There are no financial implications resulting from the adoption of this report as there is funding available in the approved Toronto Water 2011 Capital Budget and 10 year forecast.

Background Information
(April 7, 2011) Report from the General Manager, Toronto Water, on Biosolids Master Plan Update - Highland Creek Treatment Plant
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37354.pdf)

(April 4, 2011) Attachment 1 - Truck Route Review for Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Biosolids Options
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37355.pdf)

(April 4, 2011) Attachment 2 - Highland Creek Treatment Plant New Incinerator Air Pollution Equipment Upgrade Options
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37356.pdf)

(April 5, 2011) Attachment 3 - Greenhouse Gas Emissions Highland Creek Treatment Plant Biosolids Options
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37357.pdf)

(April 4, 2011) Attachment 4 - Biosolids Truck Loading and Odour Control Facility for Highland Creek Treatment Plant
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37358.pdf)

(April 21, 2011) Briefing Note from the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services, on Haulage of Biosolids to Green Lane Landfill
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37615.pdf)

Communications
(April 21, 2011) Fax from Betty and Bruce Smith (PW.New.PW3.4.1)
(April 25, 2011) Letter from Harry Spindel, President, Guildwood Village Community Association (PW.New.PW3.4.2)
(April 26, 2011) Letter from Karey Shinn, Co-Chair, The Safe Sewage Committee (PW.New.PW3.4.3)
(April 26, 2011) Submission from Heather Marshall, Campaigner, Toronto Environmental Alliance (PW.New.PW3.4.4)
(April 26, 2011) Submission from Nadia Heyd (PW.New.PW3.4.5)
(April 26, 2011) Submission from Kimberley Milliard, Bennett Beechgrove Community Group (PW.New.PW3.4.6)

4a Rapid Health Impact Assessment for Biosolids Management at the Highland Creek Treatment Plant
Origin
(April 7, 2011) Report from the Medical Officer of Health
Summary

The 2009 Biosolids Master Plan Update considered several options to manage biosolids at Toronto’s four sewage treatment plants and identified fluidized bed incineration as the preferred option for the Highland Creek Treatment Plant.  At its meeting of June 8, 2010 City Council approved the beneficial use of biosolids as the primary biosolids management strategy for the Highland Creek Treatment Plant with the landfill disposal as a contingency option.

 

Toronto Public Health has undertaken a rapid health impact assessment of biosolids management options at the Highland Creek Treatment Plant to provide the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee with a summary of the potential health impacts of various biosolids management options.

 

The most important and quantifiable health impact of biosolids management is through air quality. All of the options considered will reduce the release of air pollutants during operations compared to the current situation. Since the air quality in Toronto is still contributing to illness, from a health point of view, the option that has the lowest release of air pollutants is preferred.  Beneficial use options are likely to have the lowest impact on air quality, including releases of greenhouse gasses. Additional pollution control measures proposed for use with the incineration option may reduce the difference in air quality impacts between incineration and beneficial use.

 

Beneficial use options could have greater negative impacts on quality of community life factors (for example, noise, traffic, and odours) than incineration. The health impact of quality of community life factors are difficult to access and quantify.

Financial Impact

There are no financial impacts from the adoption of this report.

Background Information
(April 7, 2011) Report from the Medical Officer of Health on Rapid Health Impact Assessment for Biosolids Management at the Highland Creek Treatment Plant
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37363.pdf)


4b Biosolids Master Plan Update - Highland Creek Treatment Plant
Confidential Attachment - The receiving of advice or communications that are subject to solicitor-client privilege.
Origin
(April 7, 2011) Report from the City Solicitor
Recommendations

The City Solicitor recommends that:

 

1.         The confidential information in Attachment 1 be received for information.

 

2.         The confidential information in Attachment 1 remain confidential as it is subject to solicitor-client privilege.

Summary

This report responds to the request by the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee at its March 23, 2011 meeting for information related to legal issues regarding City Council's decision in respect of the Biosolids Master Plan for the Highland Creek Treatment Plant (the "BMP").

 

This report should be read in conjunction with the related report from the General Manager, Toronto Water.

Financial Impact

The financial impacts are set out in the Confidential Information Attachment 1 to this report.

Background Information
(April 7, 2011) Report from the City Solicitor on Biosolids Master Plan Update - Highland Creek Treatment Plant
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37438.pdf)

(April 7, 2011) Confidential Attachment 1 to the report from the City Solicitor on Biosolids Master Plan Update - Highland Creek Treatment Plant

4c Update to Health Impact Assessment for Biosolids Management at the Highland Creek Treatment Plant
Origin
(April 21, 2011) Report from the Medical Officer of Health
Summary

Toronto Public Health conducted a rapid health impact assessment for biosolids management options at the Highland Creek Treatment Plant.  This assessment used data from the 2009 Biosolids Master Plan Update. Since then, Toronto Water has proposed to use a fluidized bed incinerator with an enhanced wet system air pollution control.  This report reviews this additional information and finds the results consistent with the previous analysis that indicates that beneficial use options are likely to have the lowest adverse impact on air quality. 

Financial Impact

There are no financial impacts from the adoption of this report.

Background Information
(April 21, 2011) Report from the Medical Officer of Health on Update to Health Impact Assessment for Biosolids Management at the Highland Creek Treatment Plant
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37626.pdf)


PW3.5

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

Peer Review Findings of the Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant Effluent Class Environmental Assessment Study
Origin
(April 11, 2011) Report from the General Manager, Toronto Water
Recommendations

The General Manager, Toronto Water, recommends that:

 

1.         City Council receive Attachment 1, the Executive Summary of the peer review prepared by Associated Engineering of the Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant Effluent Disinfection Class Environmental Assessment Study Report.

 

2.         Direct staff to implement Alternative 4 (the use of liquid sodium hypochlorite for disinfection and liquid sodium bisulphite for dechlorination of both the secondary and primary effluent streams) as identified in the Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant Effluent Disinfection Class Environmental Assessment Study Report prepared by AECOM, dated February 2010, for the City to meet all current regulations including the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

Summary

This report summarizes the results of a peer review conducted on the Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant Effluent Disinfection Class Environmental Assessment Study Report (“ABTP Disinfection EA Study”) prepared by AECOM, dated February 2010.  City Council directed staff to peer review the evaluation and scoring methodology used in selecting the preferred option for the EA Study.

 

The peer review was completed by Associated Engineering and focussed on the development of alternative disinfection strategies, the decision making process and the assigning of weights for costs, green house gas emissions and disinfection by-products.  The peer review also updated and verified the various costs and conducted a sensitivity analysis on those costs and the decision making process.

 

The peer review confirmed that the ABTP Disinfection EA Study correctly selected Alternative 4 (the use of liquid sodium hypochlorite for disinfection and liquid sodium bisulphite for dechlorination of both the secondary and primary effluent streams) as the top ranking disinfection strategy.

 

A copy of the Executive Summary of the Final Report can be found as Attachment 1 to this report.

Background Information
(April 11, 2011) Report from the General Manager, Toronto Water on Peer Review Findings of the Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant Effluent Class Environmental Assessment Study
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37359.pdf)

(April 11, 2011) Attachment - Executive Summary - Peer Review Findings of the Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant Effluent Disinfection Class Environmental Assessment Study
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37360.pdf)

Communications
(April 25, 2011) E-mail from David Done (PW.New.PW3.5.1)

PW3.6

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

Collaborative Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Initiatives with Neighbouring Jurisdictions
Origin
(March 21, 2011) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services
Recommendations

The General Manager, Transportation Services, recommends that:

 

1.         Transportation Services Division staff be authorized to discuss and implement collaborative Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) initiatives with transportation and transit agencies of neighbouring jurisdictions such as the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO), the Regional Municipality of York, the Regional Municipality of Peel, the Regional Municipality of Durham, the City of Mississauga, and the City of Brampton.

 

2.         The appropriate City officials be authorized to enter into legal / cost-sharing agreements with transportation and transit agencies of neighbouring jurisdictions to facilitate the implementation of collaborative ITS initiatives.

 

3.         Any multi-jurisdictional ITS initiatives, which have financial implications, be incorporated into future Transportation Services budget programs and brought forward to City Council for consideration.

Summary

The purpose of this report is to provide information on multi-jurisdictional Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) initiatives that can benefit the City of Toronto and to seek approval for the City to undertake joint projects with other Greater Toronto Area (GTA) municipalities and the Provincial government in furtherance of the City’s ITS goals and objectives.

Financial Impact

There are no financial implications from the adoption of this report. Any costs associated with collaborating in multi-jurisdictional ITS initiatives will be identified in the Transportation Services Division’s future Capital and Operating budget estimates for consideration by City Council.

 

The Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer has reviewed this report and agrees with the financial impact information.

Background Information
(March 21, 2011) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services, on Collaborative Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Initiatives with Neighbouring Jurisdictions
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37175.pdf)


PW3.7

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

Polling for Front Yard Parking - Municipal Code Chapter 918
Origin
(April 4, 2011) Report from the Acting General Manager, Transportation Services
Recommendations

The Acting General Manager, Transportation Services, recommends that:

 

1.         City Council amend Municipal Code Chapter 918, Parking on Residential Front Yards and Boulevards, by changing the minimum requirement of 50 percent polling response rate to 25 percent for a poll to be deemed valid and of those responding, a response of 50 percent plus one in favour for a poll be considered a positive result.

Summary

Since the enactment of Municipal Code Chapter 918, Parking on Residential Front Yards and Boulevards, in April 2007, concerns have been expressed from time-to-time with the polling criteria applied in processing applications and specifically that the 50 percent poll return rate is problematic.

 

This report reviews the development of the polling criteria, outlines a number of alternatives, compares the requirements for similar polls and assesses all front yard parking appeals since 2007 to Community Councils based on the Code Chapter.  We continue to suggest that a reduction in this requirement to 25 percent response rate and that of those, 50 percent plus one in favour of the application in order to be deemed positive,  is fair for applicants and would continue to address Council’s desire that neighbourhood input play a strong role in the front yard parking process.

Financial Impact

There is no financial impact to the City as a result of this report.

Background Information
(April 4, 2011) Report from the Acting General Manager, Transportation Services, on Polling for Front Yard Parking - Municipal Code Chapter 918
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37201.pdf)

(April 4, 2011) Appendix 1 - Development and Reviews of Front Yard Parking Poll Requirements
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37202.pdf)

Communications
(April 26, 2011) E-mail from Theresa Catania (PW.New.PW3.7.1)

PW3.8

Information 

 

 

Ward: All 

Front Yard Parking - Report on Fee Increases
Origin
(April 4, 2011) Report from the Acting General Manager, Transportation Services
Summary

As requested by the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, this report provides information on the history of the annual front yard parking (FYP) fees from January 2000 to January 2011. Such increases have occurred either through the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and/or fees approved by City Council through the budget process.  Since 2000, the fees have increased by approximately 13 percent per year, averaged out over the period. There have been 5 years with no increase at all, but 3 years with increases greater than 17 percent, inclusive of the CPI and Council approved increases.

 

This report also provides a brief description of a pilot project recently approved to address the issue of non-conforming and/or illegal front yard parking pads.

Financial Impact

There is no financial impact to the City as a result of this information report.

Background Information
(April 4, 2011) Report from the Acting General Manager, Transportation Services, on Front Yard Parking - Report on Fee Increases
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37204.pdf)


PW3.9

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

On-Street Parking Fees for Park-based Farmers' Markets
Public Notice Given
Origin
(March 29, 2011) Report from the Acting General Manager, Transportation Services
Recommendations

The Acting General Manager, Transportation Services, recommends that:

 

1.         City Council exempt applicants for a permit under Municipal Code Chapter 743, Streets and Sidewalks, Use of, subsection 743-7, for the purposes of a farmer's market event from the daily event fee for the use of the public right-of-way as set out in Appendix C – Schedule 2, Transportation Services, Ref. No. 61 to Municipal Code Chapter 441, Fees and Charges.

 

2.         City Council approve a farmers' market one-time fee of $71.97 applied during the event season annually for applications for the use of the public right-of-way for the purpose of staging Park-based Farmers' Markets, and increased annually by the Consumer Price Index.

Summary

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee requested Transportation Services to review and report back on fees applicable to various Farmers' Markets for use of the public right-of-way in staging for their events, which largely take place in City parks.

 

Past practice has been to interpret this activity as an "event" and apply a one-time yearly charge (the markets generally take place weekly, from May to October).  A strict reading of Municipal Code Chapter 441, Fees and Charges, would require the fee to be paid each day the market was held, substantially increasing cost to these community-based endeavours.

 

This report recommends that, consistent with past practice, and recognizing that organizers pay annual fees to Parks, Forestry and Recreation for the actual markets, applications for the use of the public right-of-way for farmers' markets pay a one-time fee annually and the fee be increased by the Consumer Price Index annually.

Financial Impact

Under the applicable provisions of Municipal Code Chapters 743 and 441, occupancy of the public highway for the purpose of holding events is $71.97 per day plus HST.  It is estimated that the occupation of the public right-of-way for 116 days of farmers' markets based on the six applications received to-date by Transportation Services, would result in total costs of $8,300.00 to these neighbourhood events.  Past practice has been to charge the fee on an annual basis, so in terms of actual revenue accruing to the City, adoption of the recommendations of this report will not result in any change.

 

The Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer has reviewed this report and concurs with the financial implications.

Background Information
(March 29, 2011) Report from the Acting General Manager, Transportation Services, on On-Street Parking Fees for Park-based Farmers' Markets
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37212.pdf)

Communications
(April 21, 2011) Letter from Roberta Stimac, Market Co-ordinator, Withrow Park Farmers' Market (PW.New.PW3.9.1)
(April 21, 2011) Letter from Carolyn Wong, Market Manager, Trinity Bellwood Farmers Market (PW.New.PW3.9.2)
(April 25, 2011) E-mail from Leah Windisch, Market Volunteer, Withrow Park Farmers' Market (PW.New.PW3.9.3)
(April 24, 2011) E-mail from Jennifer Volk, Market Volunteer and Supporter, Withrow Park Farmers' Market (PW.New.PW3.9.4)
(April 26, 2011) E-mail from Karen Wheeler, Supporter, Withrow Park Farmers' Market (PW.New.PW3.9.5)

PW3.10

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

Overnight and Weekend On-Street Parking Permits
Public Notice Given
Origin
(March 31, 2011) Report from the Acting General Manager, Transportation Services
Recommendations

The General Manager, Transportation Services, recommends that:

 

1.         City Council amend Municipal Code Chapter 925, Permit Parking, by introducing 24 hour and 48 hour temporary residential overnight on-street parking permits effective from the day and time of issuance respectively and generally on the same terms and conditions set out in Municipal Code Chapter Section 925-5M, Temporary Parking Permit, excluding subsection 925-5M(3).

 

2.         City Council amend Municipal Code Chapter 441, Fees and Charges, to establish the fee of $8.00 for a 24 hour temporary overnight on-street parking permit and $12.00 for a 48 hour temporary overnight on-street parking permit subject to an annual fee increase by the Consumer Price Index.

Summary

On September 25, 2007 Transportation Services launched its first on-line service by making temporary parking permits available through the internet.  This service enhancement allows the public 24/7 access to the convenience of obtaining a parking permit for a period of 7 days from their home or office without having to visit a City location. 

 

To accommodate a shorter term visitor parking permit this report seeks approval from City Council to establish 24 and 48 hour Temporary Residential Overnight and Weekend On-street Parking Permit.  The introduction of 24 and 48 hour permits will allow "overnighter" and "weekender" visitors to residents on streets designated under the permit parking program access to temporary permits on line 24/7.

 

Financial Impact

The current 7 day temporary permit generated $2,450,000 in revenue in 2010. The financial implications of the introduction of 24 and 48 hour temporary overnight on street parking permits are not known at this time, however it is possible that in time revenue may decrease as the demand for the 7 day permit, which is currently the shortest duration available, decreases and shorter term permits increases. 

 

The Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer has reviewed this report and concurs with the Financial Implications.

Background Information
(March 31, 2011) Report from the Acting General Manager, Transportation Services, on Overnight and Weekend On-Street Parking Permit
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37221.pdf)

Communications
(April 26, 2011) Letter from Councillor Paula Fletcher, Ward 30 - Toronto-Danforth (PW.New.PW3.10.1)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/comm/communicationfile-21241.pdf)


PW3.11

Information 

 

 

Ward: All 

Playing of Ball Sports on Residential Streets in Toronto
Origin
(April 5, 2011) Report from the Acting General Manager, Transportation Services
Summary

This report provides the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee with information on the safety aspects, risk assessment, and potential liability to the City of Toronto of no longer prohibiting the playing or taking part in any game or sport on a roadway.

 

There is some potential for increased public risk and liability to the City of no longer prohibiting the playing or taking part in any game or sport on the roadway.  Despite the current by-law prohibitions against the playing or taking part in any games or sports upon the roadway, these activities do occur, for the most part without incident.   Enforcement of the current prohibition is complaint driven, discretionary, and rarely applied to the extent that a fine is issued.  The current longstanding prohibition, which is common in many jurisdictions, provides protection to the City from liability and recognizes the potential risk associated with playing or taking part in a game or sport on the roadway intended for the passage of motor vehicles. This, coupled with the discretionary enforcement practice, suggests there is nothing inherently wrong with the way this issue is currently dealt with in Toronto at the present time.

Financial Impact

There is no direct financial impact associated with Council either maintaining or rescinding in its entirety the regulation prohibiting a person from playing or taking part in any game or sport upon a roadway.

Background Information
(April 5, 2011) Report from the Acting General Manager, Transportation Services, on Playing of Ball Sports on Residential Streets in Toronto
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37328.pdf)

Communications
(April 21, 2011) E-mail from Josie Erent (PW.New.PW3.11.1)
(April 26, 2011) Petition from various youth in support of ball or hockey playing on residential streets (PW.New.PW3.11.2)

PW3.12

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

Legal Action to Resolve Contract Dispute Between the City and Metro Municipal Recycling Services Inc.
Confidential Attachment - Litigation or potential litigation that affects the City or one of its agencies, boards, and commissions and advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege.
Origin
(April 6, 2011) Report from the City Solicitor
Recommendations

The City Solicitor recommends that:

 

1.         Council adopt the confidential instructions to staff in Attachment 1.

 

2.         Council direct that the confidential attachment remain confidential indefinitely as it contains advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege.

Summary

The City has contracted with Metro Municipal Recycling Services Inc. (“MMRS”) for the processing of single stream recycling material collected by the City (“Recyclable Material”).  The contract is administered by Solid Waste Management Services (“Solid Waste”).

 

Under the contract:

 

1.         the City pays MMRS a processing fee (the “Processing Fee”) to process Recyclable Material; and

 

2.         MMRS pays the City to purchase the Fibre that it extracts from the Recyclable Material, which it then resells.

 

The City and MMRS dispute:

 

1.         the Processing Fee payable by the City to MMRS; and

 

2.         the calculation of the price payable by MMRS to the City to buy the Fibre extracted from the Recyclable Material.

 

The contract contains arbitration provisions.  On March 14, 2011, MMRS notified the City that they wish to refer the dispute regarding Fibre payments to arbitration.

Financial Impact

The recommendations will have no negative financial impact beyond what has already been approved in the current year’s budget.

Background Information
(April 6, 2011) Report from the City Solicitor on Legal Action to Resolve Contract Dispute Between the City and Metro Municipal Recycling Services Inc.
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37264.pdf)

(April 6, 2011) Confidential Attachment 1 to the report from the City Solicitor on Legal Action to Resolve Contract Dispute Between the City and Metro Municipal Recycling Services Inc.

PW3.13

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: 19 

Contract Award - Contract No. 10FS-34S, Tender Call 353-2010 for the Construction of Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge
Origin
(March 25, 2011) Report from the Executive Director, Technical Services, and the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management
Recommendations

The Executive Director, Technical Services, and the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, recommend that:

 

1.         The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee grant authority to award Contract 10FS-34S, Tender Call 353-2010 to BOT Engineering & Construction Ltd., in the amount of $22,419,395.00 net of all applicable taxes and charges, for the construction of the Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge over GO Transit Tracks from Wellington Street West to Fort York and associated approach trails, having submitted the lowest bid meeting specifications in conformance with the Tender requirements.

Summary

The purpose of this report is to advise of the results of Tender Call 353-2010 issued for the construction of the Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge over GO Transit Tracks from Wellington Street to Fort York in accordance with specifications as required by Technical Services, and to request the authority to award a contract to the recommended bidder.

Financial Impact

The total contract award identified in this report is $25,333,916.35 including all applicable taxes and charges.  The cost to the City is $22,419,395.00 net of all applicable taxes and charges and $22,813,976.35 net of HST Recoveries.

 

Funding for the contract award is included in the Waterfront Revitalization Initiative’s 2011 Approved Capital Budget and 2012-2020 Capital Plan (Transportation Initiatives) and in the Transportation Services 2011 Capital Budget, Bridge Rehabilitation Program, in the following accounts:

 

WBS Element

Description

2011

2012

Total

Net of HST Recoveries

CTP511-01-06

Bridge Rehabilitation

$4,394,581.35

 

$ 4,394,581.35

CWR003-12

Transportation Initiatives

$8,000,000.00

$10,419,395.00

$ 18,419,395.00

 

$ 22,813,976.35

 

The engineering estimate for this contract was $18,050,965.00 excluding HST.  The difference between the engineering estimate and the lowest bidder's price was the cost of the structural steel including access and protection, cable hangers, dampers, epoxy asphalt, railings.  These items are unique and specific to this project, for which no comparable prices were available upon which the engineering estimate could be based.

 

Funds for the construction of the Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge are available in the Transportation Services 2011 Capital Budget (CTP511-01-06) due to the deferral of the Howland Avenue / CPR and the Rowanwood / TTC bridge rehabilitation projects.  These bridges were originally scheduled for rehabilitation in 2011, but have been deferred to 2012, due to the delay in the start of the design phase and a corresponding delay in the start of the construction phase, which would have extended construction into 2012. Deferred rehabilitation of the Howland Avenue / CPR and the Rowanwood / TTC bridges will be accommodated within the Transportation Services Approved 2012-2020 Capital Plan and debt targets.

 

The Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer has reviewed this report and agrees with the financial impact information.

 

Background Information
(March 25, 2011) Report from the Executive Director, Technical Services, and the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, on Contract Award - Contract No. 10FS-34S, Tender Call No. 353-2010 for the Construction of Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37361.pdf)


PW3.14

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: 14 

Amendment to Purchase Order No. 6028983 Provision of Professional Services for Roncesvalles Avenue Work Assignment No. TS-DES-C4-09-017
Origin
(March 24, 2011) Report from the Executive Director, Technical Services, and the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management
Recommendations

The Executive Director, Technical Services, and the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, recommend that:

 

1.         The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee grant authority to amend Purchase Order No. 6028983 for detailed design, tender preparation, contract administration and inspection services for TTC Track Reconstruction, Road Reconfiguration and Reconstruction / Resurfacing and Streetscaping on Roncesvalles Avenue from Queen Street West to Dundas Street West, with Chisholm, Fleming and Associates, by an additional amount of $337,415.00 net of all taxes ($343,353.50 net of HST recoveries) revising the current work assignment value from $367,747.00 to $705,162.00 net of all taxes ($717,572.85 net of HST recoveries).

Summary

The purpose of this report is to request authority to amend Purchase Order No. 6028983, which was issued to Chisholm, Fleming and Associates for undertaking detailed design and tender preparation during the design phase, and contract administration and inspection services during the construction phase for TTC Track Reconstruction, Road Reconfiguration and Reconstruction  / Resurfacing and Streetscaping on Roncesvalles Avenue from Queen Street West to Dundas Street West by $337,415.00 net of taxes. 

 

Purchase Order No. 6028983 was amended by an additional $255,747.00 net of all taxes ($260,248.15 net of HST recoveries) for Contract Administration Services on July 14, 2010, from $112,000.00 for an amended total value of $367,747.00 net of all taxes ($374,219.35 net of HST recoveries), in accordance with the City's Financial Control By-Law.  The total increase to the original purchase order of $112,000.00, with the requested amount of $337,415.00, will be $593,162.00 net of all taxes ($603,601.65 net of HST recoveries), resulting in an amended purchase order amount of $705,162.00 net of all taxes ($717,572.85 net of HST recoveries).

 

The amendment is required to cover the cost of additional design work undertaken during the design phase and additional contract administration and inspection services necessary due to the extension of the construction duration.

Financial Impact

The amendment for an additional amount of $337,415.00 net of all taxes ($343,353.50 net of HST Recoveries) increases the current Purchase Order value from $367,747.00 to $705,162.00 net of all taxes ($717,572.85 net of HST Recoveries).  Sufficient funding is available for this increase in the 2011 Transportation Services Capital Budget in account CTP310-02-34 - Major Road Reconstruction, in the amount $11,207.50 ($11,404.75 net of HST recoveries), CTP310-01-47 - Major Road Resurfacing, in the amount of $250,000.00 ($254,400.00 net of HST recoveries and in account CTP310-04-43 – Local Road Reconstruction, in the amount of $76,207.50 ($77,548.75 net of HST Recoveries).

 

The Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer has reviewed this report and agrees with the financial impact information.

Background Information
(March 24, 2011) Report from the Executive Director, Technical Services, and the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, on Amendment to Purchase Order No. 6028983
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37362.pdf)


PW3.15

ACTION 

 

 

 

Downtown Bicycle Lane Network - Request for a Report
Origin
(April 10, 2011) Letter from Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee
Summary

Forwarding communications on the Downtown Bicycle Lane Network and requesting the General Manager, Transportation Services, to submit a report to the June 23, 2011 meeting of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.

Background Information
(April 10, 2011) Letter from Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, Chair, Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on Downtown Bicycle Lane Network - Request for Report
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-37484.pdf)

Communications
(April 22, 2011) Letter from Joanna Ranieri and Mark Hazelden (PW.New.PW3.15.1)
(April 23, 2011) E-mail from Stephen Cooper, Chair, Bicycling Subcommittee, Toronto Island Community Association (PW.New.PW.3.15.2)
(April 21, 2011) Letter from Hamish Wilson (PW.New.PW3.15.3)
(April 21, 2011) E-mail from Dirk Townsend, Executive, Parkdale Residents Association (PW.New.PW3.15.4)
(April 26, 2011) Letter from Councillor Pam McConnell, Ward 28 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale (PW.New.PW3.15.5)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/comm/communicationfile-21237.pdf)