COMMUNITY SERVICES COMMITTEE

 

MINUTES


April 6, 2010  –  RIVER VALLEY ROOM

 

 

PRESENT

A. Sohi, B. Anderson, E. Gibbons, J. Batty

ABSENT

None

ALSO IN ATTENDANCE

Councillors B. Henderson, L. Sloan and R. Hayter
K. McKeown, Office of the City Clerk
M. Barnes, Office of the City Clerk

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ITEM

                                                                                                         PAGE

DECISION

1.          CALL TO ORDER AND RELATED BUSINESS                             2

1.1        Call to Order                                                                                          2

1.2        Adoption of Agenda                                                                            2

1.3        Adoption of Minutes - March 15, 2010                                            2

1.4        Protocol Items                                                                                      2

2.          ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND RELATED BUSINESS              2

2.1        Select Items for Debate                                                                      2

2.2        Requests to Speak                                                                              2

2.3        Requests for Specific Time on Agenda                                         3

3.          COUNCILLOR INQUIRIES                                                                 3

3.1        Vehicle for Hire Insurance Increases by Insurance

             Brokers                                                                                                   3

3.2        Proposed Vehicle for Hire Central Dispatch System                 4

4.          STATUS REPORT - NONE                                                                 4

5.          REPORTS                                                                                              4

5.1        Request for Non-Statutory Public Hearing on The

             Way We Live: Edmonton’s People Plan                                        4

5.2        Velodrome Redevelopment Project                                               4

5.3        Accessibility to City-owned Buildings and

             Facilities                                                                                                 5

5.4        Phase 1 – Pinniped (Sea Lion) Exhibit -

             Environmental Impact Assessment and Site

             Location Approval                                                                               6

6.          NOTICES OF MOTION                                                                         6

7.          ADJOURNMENT                                                                                  6

 

 

 

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DECISION SUMMARY

 

ITEM

 

DECISION

 

1.

CALL TO ORDER AND RELATED BUSINESS

 

1.1

Call to Order

 

 

 

 

Councillor A. Sohi called the meeting to order at 9:32 a.m.

 

 

1.2

Adoption of Agenda

 

 

 

Moved J. Batty:

 

 

 

 

That the April 6, 2010, Community Services Committee meeting agenda be adopted.

 

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

 

A. Sohi, B. Anderson, E. Gibbons, J. Batty

 

 

1.3

Adoption of Minutes

 

 

 

Moved E. Gibbons:

 

 

 

 

That the March 15, 2010, Community Services Committee meeting minutes be adopted.

 

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

 

A. Sohi, B. Anderson, E. Gibbons, J. Batty

 

 

1.4

Protocol Items

 

 

 

 

There were no Protocol Items.

 

 

2.

ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND RELATED BUSINESS

 

2.1

Select Items for Debate

 

 

 

 

The Committee selected the following items for debate:

5.2 and 5.3.

 

 

2.2

Requests to Speak

 

 

 

Moved B. Anderson:

 

 

 

 

That Community Services Committee hear from the following speakers in a panel:

5.2  Velodrome Redevelopment Project

* D. Embury, Argyll Village

* F. Mitchell

* D. Trautman, Argyll Community League

 

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

 

A. Sohi, B. Anderson, E. Gibbons, J. Batty

 

 

2.3

Requests for Specific Time on Agenda

 

 

 

 

There were no requests for time specific.

 

 

3.

COUNCILLOR INQUIRIES

 

3.1

Vehicle for Hire Insurance Increases by Insurance Brokers
(A. Sohi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In light of recent insurance increases implemented by some brokers, I am requesting that Administration work with the Vehicle for Hire Commission to provide information on the following and return to Community Services Committee:

1. What options are available to the Commission to determine if these increases are justified?

2. What options are available to the Commission to regulate such costs the same way the meter rate is regulated?

3. Since the meter rate is regulated by the Commission, how can drivers recoup these additional costs?

4. I understand that Edmonton's cab fares are among the highest in Canada. If these increases are passed on to the customers how will that further impact cab fares?

5. What bylaw or regulation changes are required to allow drivers to purchase their own insurance while accessing dispatch and other services from brokers?

6. Do other municipalities allow taxi drivers to purchase their own insurance?

7. Why does existing Bylaw 14700 allow the transfer of a taxi vehicle to a broker while the taxi plate is not held in the broker's name?

8. What is the intent of clause 37 (d) (e) in Bylaw 14700 and is this clause properly enforced? Are there any contradictions in our bylaw related to vehicle ownership and plate ownership?

Vehicle for Hire Comm. / Planning & Dev.

 

Due Date: Jun. 28, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.2

Proposed Vehicle for Hire Central Dispatch System (A. Sohi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I request that Administration work with the Vehicle for Hire Commission to provide information on the following and return to Community Services Committee:

1. What is the central dispatch system being proposed by the United Cabbies Association of Edmonton and please comment on the Associations' letter pertaining to this matter.

2. Do other municipalities have such systems in place?

3. What are the benefits and drawbacks of such a system?

Vehicle for Hire Comm. / Planning & Dev.

 

Due Date: Jun. 28, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.

STATUS REPORT - NONE

 

5.

REPORTS

 

5.1

Request for Non-Statutory Public Hearing on The Way We Live: Edmonton’s People Plan

 

 

 

Moved B. Anderson:

 

 

 

 

That a non-statutory public hearing be held at the June 14, 2010, Community Services Committee meeting, at

9:30 a.m. on The Way We Live: Edmonton’s People Plan, and that the meeting be held in Council Chamber.

Community Svcs.

 

Due Date: Jun. 14, 2010

9:30 a.m.

 

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

 

A. Sohi, B. Anderson, E. Gibbons, J. Batty

 

 

5.2

Velodrome Redevelopment Project

 

 

 

 

L. Cochrane, General Manager, and R. Smyth, Community Services Department, made a presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D. Embury, Argyll Village; D. Trautman, Argyll Community League; and F. Mitchell made presentations and answered the Committee's questions. Copies of a handout provided by F. Mitchell, were distributed to Members of the Committee and a copy was filed with the Office of the City Clerk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L. Cochrane, General Manager, R. Smyth and B. Badger, Community Services Department, answered the Committee's questions. C. Ward, Capital Construction Department, answered the Committee's questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Committee met in private at 10:40 a.m. pursuant to sections 24 and 25 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

 

The Committee met in public at 11:15 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moved B. Anderson:

 

 

 

 

1. That Attachment 1 be added to the March 15, 2010, Community Services Department report 2010CSR001 and remain private pursuant to sections 24 and 25 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

2. That the recommendation outlined in Attachment 1 of the March 15, 2010, Community Services Department report 2010CSR001, be approved.

3. That the March 15, 2010, Community Services Department report 2010CSR001 be received for information.

Community Svcs.

 

 

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

 

A. Sohi, B. Anderson, E. Gibbons, J. Batty

 

 

5.3

Accessibility to City-owned Buildings and Facilities

 

 

 

 

H. McRae, Community Services Department, made a presentation and answered the Committee's questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L. Cochrane, General Manager, E. Betchinski and D. O'Donoghue, Community Services Department; and C. Ward, Capital Construction Department, answered the Committee's questions.

 

 

 

Moved A. Sohi:

 

 

 

 

That Community Services Committee recommend to City Council:

 

That Administration prepare a service package to increase the Accessibility Fund from $200,000 to $300,000 on an ongoing basis, and return to the 2011 Council Budget meeting.

 

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

 

A. Sohi, B. Anderson, E. Gibbons, J. Batty

 

 

5.4

Phase 1 – Pinniped (Sea Lion) Exhibit - Environmental Impact Assessment and Site Location Approval

 

 

 

Moved B. Anderson:

 

 

 

 

That Community Services Committee recommend to City Council:

1.  That the Environmental Impact Assessment and Site Location Study (Attachments 1 and 2 of the March 17, 2010, Capital Construction Department report 2010CC5187), be approved.

2.  That the location of the Phase 1 – Pinniped Exhibit, be deemed essential.

3.  That the development of the Phase 1 – Pinniped Exhibit outlined in the studies (Attachments 1 and 2 of the March 17, 2010, Capital Construction Department report 2010CC5187), be approved.

 

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

 

A. Sohi, B. Anderson, E. Gibbons, J. Batty

 

 

6.

NOTICES OF MOTION

 

 

 

Councillor A. Sohi asked whether there were any Notices of Motion. There were none.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.

ADJOURNMENT

 

 

 

The meeting adjourned at 11:38 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chair                                                                           City Clerk