Today, the City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee received an overview of the 2016 proposed budget and a presentation on the economic outlook for 2016 from CIBC Economist Andrew Grantham.
The proposal to merge municipal electricity utilities Enersource, Horizon Utilities and PowerStream and jointly acquire Hydro One Brampton has now received approval from all shareholders.
Looking to request a temporary parking permit? Know of a pothole in need of repair? You can now report a problem and request a parking permit in Mississauga directly from your smartphone using Pingstreet – a free mobile app for the City.
“Mississauga is a customer-focused, modern and mobile municipality,” said Gary Kent, Commissioner, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “It’s about using technology to provide residents with easy access to the information and services they want through multiple channels. The Pingstreet app lets us do just that.”
New App Features: Submit a Request 24/7
· Parking Permits: Request a temporary parking permit for a residential street. Residents may request up to 14 permits per year.
· Report a Problem: Report graffiti, sidewalk or road damage (potholes), illegal signs and abandoned shopping carts.
Other features available on the Pingstreet app include Mississauga’s latest news, upcoming events, committee meetings, Twitter feeds, Mayor and Council contact information and waste collection schedules from the Region of Peel.
“With approximately 20,000 online service requests to date on mississauga.ca, the app allows the City to offer some of its popular online services in a convenient, mobile friendly way,” said Shawn Slack, Director, Information Technology.
“Mississauga is the first municipality to fully integrate its existing software used by the City’s 3-1-1 team with the app,” said Ivana Di Millo, Director, Communications. “This means that the service requests submitted through the app go directly from the citizen to the appropriate business unit for resolution.”
The City of Mississauga joined Pingstreet in May 2015 and is one of 20 municipalities currently featured on the app, developed by eSolutionsGroup. The City plans to add new online services and features on the Pingstreet app in 2016.
The Pingstreet mobile app is free and available for download at the following stores: App Store, Google Play, BlackBerry World, and Windows Store.
Visit mississauga.ca/pingstreet to learn more.
City roads are built out and innovative solutions are needed to move forward
Mississauga is experiencing a turning point in the development of its transportation system. Today, more than 300 people looked into the future of travel throughout the City, at the first ever transportation summit – Mississauga Moves 2015, held at the Living Arts Centre.
“Mississauga is a City committed to building transit,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The results of today’s first-ever transportation summit will shape Mississauga’s transit priorities as we build up our City over the next 25 years,” she added. “We are here to listen to the ideas and solutions residents have toward making Mississauga an even better place to live, work and achieve unrivalled success.”
Registered attendees heard from panel experts on Complete Streets; these are designed to embrace all road users through inclusiveness, safety, comfort, efficiency and public space. Attendees also had the opportunity to design their own transit network or tour the Mississauga Transitway, as well as learn about Mississauga’s transportation story in terms of dealing with growth and congestion and possibilities for the future.
“Participation today will impact how we implement change; a process that will begin with the development of our Transportation Master Plan in 2016,” said Martin Powell, commissioner Transportation and Works and MC for the day. “We not only attracted the best local and international transportation experts but we brought together a transportation showcase that encompasses all areas of transportation.”
Powell further explained, Mississauga Moves 2015 allowed residents to listen, be heard and brainstorm innovative strategies for moving around the City more efficiently in the future on foot, by bicycle, car and public transit.
Keynote speaker Sam Schwartz, better known as “Gridlock Sam” a leading transportation expert in the United States, shared his insights on how Mississauga can become more “street smart” and move toward reducing cars and increasing use of public transit, walking and cycling.
The discussion will continue in 2016, with the development of the City’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP). Input gathered from today’s summit is only the first step, watch for broader outreach and input from the community in the new year, added Powell.
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