LAKE ONTARIO HAZARD WATCH

A Gale (Wind) Warning is in effect as posted by Environment Canada for Western Lake Ontario Marine Forecast.  Winds east 35 knots (65 km/hr) diminishing to east 25 (45) this eveningthen backing to northeast 25 late overnight. Wind diminishing to north 15 (28) Monday afternoon. Waves 3 metres subsiding to 2 near midnight and to one near noon Monday.

A new DAILY peak for Lake Ontario was set at 75.92 metres above International Great Lakes Datum (m IGLD) on Jun-06-2019. Flood damages in 2017 occurred at a threshold elevation of 75.45 m when waves generated during a storm event overtopped and damaged several shoreline structures.  The local damage threshold elevation does not account for wave generated by winds which can increase flood elevations and cause additional damages; this is especially true with onshore winds associated with storms. The current combination of the storm surge and wave heights could approach or exceed 76 m IGLD. 

Watercourses discharging directly into Lake Ontario may be impacted by backwater from the lake.  Residents and visitors to the Lake Ontario shoreline areas should use extreme caution and obey all closure notices for trails and pathways.  As lake levels increase, certain areas may be cut off or isolated.

CVC will continue to monitor weather and lake conditions.  This Lake Ontario Shoreline Hazard Watch will be in effect until Mon-Dec-02-2019 at 4 pm or updated prior to.  

For more information on this Lake Ontario Hazard Watch, contact CVC during office hours at 905- 670-1615

Ray Marentette Slow Rolls his Way to the Phil Green Award

Today, Mississauga City Council awarded Ray Marentette with the Phil Green Recognition Award for 2018. Ray began Mississauga’s first Slow Roll program in Port Credit. This is a casual group ride for riders of all levels and ages who cycle together on a biweekly basis.

Ray Marentette received the 2018 Phil Green Recognition award. L-R: Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Councillor Chris Fonseca, Ward 3 and chair of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee, Stephen Dasko, Ward 1, Ray Marentette and Phil Green.

The Phil Green Recognition Award is presented annually by the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC) to a person or persons who show exceptional initiative in promoting or furthering cycling or other forms of sustainable transportation in the City of Mississauga. Phil Green is a Mississauga resident who worked tirelessly to promote safe cycling and riding as an alternative to driving. He is also the founding member of the MCAC.

“Ray is a shining example of a resident who is a self-starter and a leader in promoting cycling. He has more than tripled participation in his Port Credit Slow Roll from 13 people on his first ride to having an average of 50 riders. He has also encouraged others to begin a Slow Roll in Streetsville. He is an exceptional role model who has encouraged so many people to get on their bikes and give it a try.”

Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca, Chair of the MCAC

Marentette started bringing cyclists together for a biweekly casual 10 to 15 kilometre ride to enjoy the waterfront trail in Port Credit in the spring of 2018. When his rides gained popularity, he successfully received sponsorship from a local sporting goods store who supplied t-shirts for all of the Slow Roll riders.

Ray retired to the Port Credit area of Mississauga in 2010. Ray’s hometown is Windsor, Ontario, and it was there that he became familiar with the successful Slow Roll rides in Detroit, Michigan that attract thousands of people.

Two years ago, Ray, then 80, got tired of seeing his bike in the storage room and made a pact with himself to get back to riding his bicycle. However, his wife expressed concern of him riding on his own. He decided to put up posters along the waterfront trail inviting people to join him for a casual ride. Thirteen people showed up for this ride and he hasn’t looked back since.

During the first year he had 150 riders who participated in a Slow Roll ride at least once and this year there were 200 regulars who participated. The rides attract cyclists of all ages but the majority of riders are older adults who enjoy time in the outdoors and socializing. He has inspired a similar Slow Ride in Streetsville with others on the horizon for 2020.

He was also involved with a bike valet that began at the Port Credit Farmer’s market and he plans to help bring bike valets to more local festivals. Next year, Ray has plans to expand his Slow Roll to five days a week with some bonus Sunday afternoon rides. If you are interested in learning more about the Port Credit Slow Roll visit his Facebook page by the same name.

For more information on the Phil Green award visit: mississaugabikes.ca/phil-green-award/

Mississauga’s Proposed 2020 – 2023 Business Plan and 2020 Budget Now Available Online

Proposed Budget Represents A 3.84% Increase Over 2019

The City of Mississauga’s proposed 2020 – 2023 Business Plan and 2020 Budget is now available online at mississauga.ca/budget. It describes the City’s proposed program and service enhancements and how they will be funded.

Highlights

The total proposed 2020 operating budget is $926.1 million. This amount is offset by revenue from various sources (e.g., transit fares, recreation fees, and building permit fees) totalling $387.4 million. The property tax funds the budget amount not covered by these revenues.

The proposed overall impact is a 3.84 per cent increase on the 2020 residential property tax bill. Of this, 1.74 per cent is for the City’s services and, based upon the proposed budget provided to Regional Council, 2.1  per cent for Region of Peel services. 

Every 1 per cent of City tax increase is about $19.50 per average residence, or $2.84 per $100,000 of assessment.

The proposed 2020 net operating budget is $538.7 million – about $27.8 million higher than the 2019 Budget.

The 2020 expenditure budget is targeted to keep the City’s services operating at current levels including: 

•           MiWay – Ontario’s third largest municipal transit service, MiWay operates 79 routes with 500 buses; customers board a MiWay bus over 57 million times per year

•           Fire and Emergency Services – responds to an average of 30,000 incidents each year; conducted 9,256 fire safety inspections in 2018 to ensure Fire Code compliance and completed 1,703 building permit applications to ensure compliance with fire and life safety requirements in the  Ontario Building Code

•           Roads – keeping motor vehicle, pedestrian and bike traffic moving on the City’s 5,660 lane kilometres of road network; maintaining a cycle network that includes approximately 570 kilometres of multi-use trails, park paths, bicycle lanes and signed bike routes

•           Parks, Forestry & Environment – maintaining our City’s 3,154 hectares of parkland and open space, including City-owned trees, 371 sports fields, 265 playgrounds, two marinas and 11 publicly-owned cemeteries

•           Library Services – includes the Central Library and 17 branch libraries that saw 4.3 million in-person visits and 6.1 million loans in 2018 including digital loans; 152,000 people attended library programs in 2018

•           Recreation – providing over 200,000 hours of programming such as swimming, fitness, skating and more each year; accommodated 13 million visits last year to Recreation facilities, including 11 community centres

The City advances on its strategic plan in 2020 by adding about $4.6 million worth of new services, including: 

•           Continuing MiWay service growth, adding 32,600 service hours, providing some new services, streamlining routes, integrating transit hubs, improving off-peak service levels and addressing overcrowding on existing routes 

•           Opening of the Churchill Meadows Community Centre which includes a triple gymnasium, indoor pool, warm water therapeutic tank, multi-purpose spaces, a teaching kitchen and change rooms servicing the adjacent sports fields and seasonal dome 

•           Increasing public safety by introducing attendants at the Celebration Square fountain which will allow for first aid support and supplies and the ability to implement emergency communication as required by Public Pool Regulations 

•           Modernizing Library technology by enhancing online access, supporting the repair and replacement of the musical instrument lending library and expanding Mississauga Maker learning opportunities 

•           Adopting Vision Zero, a framework which focuses on the prevention and ultimately the elimination of pedestrian, cyclist and motorist injuries and fatalities on the City’s roads 

•           Using funds raised through Mississauga’s Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) to fund Culture grant programs (Arts and Culture, Festivals and Celebrations, Heritage and Project grants)

The proposed Stormwater Rate per billing unit for 2020 is $108.20, effective April 1, 2020. 

•           The City has over 2,100 kilometres of storm sewer pipes, over 51,000 catch basins, 250 kilometres of ditches, 32 creeks and 64 Stormwater management facilities in its drainage system, at a total replacement value of close to $2.2 billion

On November 18, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. the City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee will begin discussions on the proposed 2020 Business Plan and Budget.

The Budget Committee meeting schedule may change. Please visit the Council and Committee Calendar Listings for up-to-date information.

Learn more about the City’s 2020 Business Plan and Budget and what they mean to you as a taxpayer:

•           Visit mississauga.ca/budget  and see what you get for your tax dollars 

•           Read an overview of the 2020 preliminary Business Plan & Budget that was presented to Budget Committee on June 26, 2019

•           Watch or attend Budget Committee deliberations scheduled for November 18, 19, 25, 26 and 27 with a Council vote to approve the budget planned at the December 4, 2019 Special Council Meeting at 9:30 a.m.* 

* Budget Committee meeting schedules are subject to change.

Choose from several ways to get involved and share your thoughts:   

•           Have a question or comment – email us atbudget@mississauga.ca

•           Follow the City on Facebook and Twitter

•           Attend a Budget Committee meeting or watch online.             

#PortCredit2029 Town Hall & TOPCA AGM

The doors will be opening at 6:30pm TONIGHT (Mon Nov 4) for the 7-9pm #PortCredit2029 Town Hall with the Town of Port Credit Association Annual General Meeting taking place from 9:10-9:30pm.

The keynote speaker will be Gil Penalosa founder of 8-80 Cities.

Mayor Bonnie Crombie as well as Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko are both confirmed to be attending.

Seating is certain to be at a premium and you’d be wise to arrive early.

Flood Outlook Statement

Credit Valley Conservation advises that Environment Canada is forecasting the potential for significant rainfall, starting today through to Friday morning from a low-pressure system approaching from the southwest. Accumulated rainfall amounts of up to 50 millimetres are possible, with the heaviest rain occurring on Thursday afternoon. 

While flooding of the Credit River and its major tributaries is not expected, rainfall associated with this system may result in flooding of low laying and urban areas.

Localized flooding may occur on roadways where leaf litter blocks storm drains. Some watersheds may respond with higher flows and water levels.  As a result, local streams and rivers could become dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges and dams. 

Children should be warned about the dangers and pets kept away from watercourses.  

CVC will continue to closely monitor weather and water levels in the watershed. The Watershed Conditions Statement for Flood Outlook will be in effect through Saturday November 2, 2019, or until further notice. To view current watershed conditions, please visit our real-time monitoring website:  https://cvc.ca/watershed-science/watershed-monitoring/real-time-monitoring/