It is with great sadness that the City of Mississauga advises of the sudden passing of Jim Tovey, Councillor for Ward 1. He represented Ward 1 residents on Mississauga City Council as well as on the Region of Peel Council. Councillor Tovey was elected in 2010.
“Today is a sad day for Mississauga. It was an honour to work with and learn from Jim for the past six years,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “He was always there in your time of need, ready to lend a hand and never afraid to roll up his sleeves to get the job done. Jim had a great sense of humour and always looked for the positive in every issue or challenge. He did not accept that something could not be done, but always looked for innovative ways to make the world a better place. I know I join staff at the City and my colleagues on Council in stating just how much we will miss his energy, tenacity and thoughtful input around the Council table. Jim Tovey truly made Mississauga better. He was a champion for our City.”
“It is a shock to all of us to learn about the passing of Councillor Tovey,” said Janice Baker, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and City Manager. “He has been a strong advocate for so many great initiatives in the City such as Inspiration Lakeview and Inspiration Port Credit. Most of all, Councillor Tovey worked together with staff to make this City a more liveable, vibrant and connected community. On behalf of the staff at the City of Mississauga, we offer our deepest condolences to his wife Lee, his family and the entire community who will mourn his passing. On a personal note, I truly enjoyed working with Councillor Tovey and loved his passion for his community. He will be deeply missed.”
The City will lower flags to half-mast at all City of Mississauga facilities and a book of condolences will be available at Mississauga Civic Centre starting tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17.
The City of Mississauga has received a 2017 Brownie Award for Inspiration Port Credit for Communication, Marketing and Public Engagement. The Brownie Awards recognize the rehabilitation efforts of brownfield sites in Canada, which are former industrial sites that are vacant or underused. The award was presented by Canadian Brownfields Network and Actual Media.
With Mississauga having one of the most significant brownfield sites on the north shore of Lake Ontario, it has been the focus of several community engagements. Located at 70 Mississauga Rd. S., the brownfield site is 72 acres (29 hectares) and 600 metres of Lake Ontario shoreline that neighbours the City’s historic urban waterfront village of Port Credit.
“It is a great honour for the City of Mississauga to receive this national award for our achievement in planning for and contributing to the growth of healthy communities and our remarkable waterfront,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Congratulations to the team for their hard work and dedication while ensuring the needs and interests of the community are considered.”
The City-led community engagements explored future possibilities for the site with a Master Planning Framework that will help guide redevelopment. Working with a consultant team, the City involved residents and stakeholders in a variety of interactive sessions.
“This award demonstrates Mississauga’s ongoing commitment to engage the community,” said Jim Tovey, Ward 1 Councillor. “Inspiration Port Credit provides an incredible opportunity to build a vibrant and inspiring future for the community, by the community.”
“The Brownie Awards recognize the best in brownfield site restoration projects in Canada,” added Ed Sajecki, Commissioner, Planning and Building. “We are excited to receive this award and be recognized by industry experts for our communication and engagement efforts on this waterfront project. The result is a vision of the site’s future as a model of sustainability.”
“There is a projected increase in administrative penalty revenue of approximately $375,000”
– Corporate Report
On December 6th at General Committee, staff from the City’s Transportation and Works Department shared recommendations through a corporate report, that daily overnight parking restrictions be introduced from 2 to 6 a.m. and that on-street parking increase from three hours to five hours under the City’s Traffic By-law (555-00).
“Parking needs are changing in Mississauga. As the city continues to grow and evolve, we want to give residents more flexible parking options such as accommodating increased parking on holy days, holidays and family celebrations,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works.
Currently on-street parking is not permitted for longer than three hours and between 2 and 6 a.m. from November 1 to March 31. This excludes holiday exemptions and other signed areas for parking beyond the three-hour limit between 8 a.m. to midnight. Extended parking for other days can be requested 24/7 using the City’s Temporary Parking Permit Online Service or by calling 311.
The corporate report also included a recommendation to implement a Digital Chalking Pilot Project to monitor on-street parking limit times and payment. Wright added, “Digital chalking records a parked vehicle’s licence plate and wheel position to determine if it has exceeded the on-street parking time limit.”
During the 2019 business planning process, the City’s Enforcement section will ask for capital funding for the Digital Chalking Pilot Project.
Pending Council approval of the report on December 13, the five hour on-street parking maximum will take effect in January 2018 and the overnight restrictions will start in April 2018.
The total increase in Mississauga’s residential property tax will be 2.74 per cent; No Council support for Port Credit Marina redevelopment
Today, Mississauga City Council approved the 2018 Business Plan and Budget. The impact of the budget is a $141 increase on the City’s portion of the property tax on an average residential property valued at $604,000, or $23.27 per $100,000 of assessment.
We heard directly from residents and business owners about their city-building priorities including investing to expand public transit; combating gridlock by improving traffic management; offering a variety of recreational programs at our many community centres; and improving housing affordability.” – Mayor Bonnie Crombie
“Mississauga’s 2018 Budget is a strong financial plan that invests in our city today and for the future, while continuing to provide families with the quality local services they rely on each day,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We heard directly from residents and business owners about their city-building priorities including investing to expand public transit; combating gridlock by improving traffic management; offering a variety of recreational programs at our many community centres; and improving housing affordability. Budget 2018 also ensures local government programs and services continue to be managed well and are delivered in a cost-effective way. Budget 2018 projects savings of over $3 million of taxpayers’ hard-earned money. This means a savings of nearly $52 million over the past decade. Its further proof Mississauga is working. I want to thank our team of professional staff, my Council colleagues and our community for coming together to shape our promising future with Budget 2018.”
Too bad Council intends to rush budget approval through Council today without any possibility of public deputations. Apparently the Budget Allocator has taken over from public discourse. https://t.co/bKEI6J5qwJ
There were 4 public question periods and we answered all of your questions. We held tele-town halls with engagement from over 12,000 residents, had an online interactive tool, took comments on the Budget from Sept 11-Nov 1 & staff have always been available. We did not rush this
“We held tele-town halls with engagement from over 12,000 residents” – Mayor Bonnie Crombie
In 2018, Mississauga residents will see 46,000 more transit service hours and additional transit security, along with road, traffic and other infrastructure improvements. This is in addition to the services residents expect, including fire and emergency services, winter road maintenance, libraries, recreation programs and parks and forestry.
Councillors discussing marina redevelopment. @JimTovey wants to start looking for funding opportunities from prov and feds, but @PatSaitoWard9 says the project doesn't have council support yet, so it's premature. Thoughts? #misspoli
“Our business planning and budgeting activity focuses on our ongoing commitment to fiscal responsibility and continuous improvement,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “This, together with the expertise and dedication of our people, helps us build on our progress and advance our strategic priorities. We are investing our resources wisely on improvements to transit and infrastructure and ensuring excellent customer service for residents.”
Highlights of the 2018 Business Plan and Budget:
The total increase in Mississauga’s residential property tax will be 2.74 per cent. The increase includes 1.58 per cent for City services and 1.16 per cent for the Region of Peel.
The City advances on its Strategic Plan in 2018 by adding approximately $2.8 million worth of new services, including:
continuing the MiWay service growth and adding 46,000 service hours;
increasing support to culture groups and local artists;
redeveloping the recently-acquired Small Arms Inspection Building;
hosting the Ontario 55+ Summer Games;
providing public education about the City’s Active Transportation options to encourage the use of cycling and walking infrastructure; and
improving the Library’s collection to support the City’s population growth.
The 2018 Stormwater Program operating budget, excluding transfers to reserves, is $11.9 million. Highlights of the business plan include development of a comprehensive asset management plan, infrastructure improvements, flood relief improvement projects and community outreach activities.
The Stormwater Charge rate for 2018 is $104 per stormwater billing unit.