Stormwater Charge Billing Begins

The City of Mississauga’s stormwater charge will begin to appear on Region of Peel water bills for Mississauga properties in March.

The stormwater charge amount that will appear on the bill is based on the daily rate for the property, applied since January 1, 2016. Daily and annual stormwater charge estimates for Mississauga properties can be viewed at www.stormwatercharge.ca.

“The City of Mississauga owns $1.97 billion in stormwater infrastructure that needs to be properly maintained,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “This is why Council approved a stormwater charge which is a new, dedicated source of funding that will be added to the Region of Peel water bill beginning in 2016. We are taking responsibility and investing more money in our stormwater system to keep it in good working order and to avoid costly repairs in the future.”

“The stormwater charge enables the City to fund this critical service and set aside money for future infrastructure renewal to better address the growing stormwater pressures Mississauga is facing,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and CAO. “Stormwater is now a stand-alone service area and has its own business plan. The 2016 business plan for stormwater focuses on stormwater conveyance, quality and flow control targets to address the pressures of aging infrastructure and heavier rainfalls.”

“The stormwater system is maintained through investments in planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, renewal and bylaw enforcement activities,” said Helen Noehammer, Director Transportation and Infrastructure Planning. “Planning and programming of stormwater related projects will ensure stormwater infrastructure renewal is carefully managed while being aware of pressures such as extreme rainfall events.”

Background

The stormwater charge will help reduce the risk of flooding and protect water quality.

The City of Mississauga’s stormwater charge funding can only be used for stormwater related costs. It is dedicated funding that will directly support the City of Mississauga’s stormwater management program and cannot be used for other services and programs as stated in the Stormwater Fees and Charges By-law. The funds from the stormwater charge will be invested in the stormwater system to help keep it in good working order and to avoid costly repairs in the future.

The stormwater charge was approved by Mississauga City Council on December 11, 2013 and the related policies were approved on May 27, 2015.

For More Information

For more information about the stormwater charge visit the City of Mississauga’s stormwater charge website at www.stormwatercharge.ca.

Hurontario LRT Project Update

Feb 03, 2016 — At today’s General Committee meeting an update was provided on the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, the largest infrastructure project in the City’s history. Metrolinx, the Ontario Provincial Government agency responsible for implementing and integrating regional transit in the Greater Toronto Area is leading the procurement and construction of the project with the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga as partners.

“We are working with our partners to bring much needed rapid transit to Hurontario,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “This project is a city building game changer for Mississauga that will offer residents a new and convenient way to travel and ensure the Hurontario corridor grows in a sustainable way.”

“The City is currently negotiating a Memorandum of Agreement with Metrolinx that provides an overall operating framework between the parties and sets the stage for future agreements,” said City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer Janice Baker. “Metrolinx intends to own, operate and maintain the Hurontario Light Rail Transit system. The City will be expected to subsidize operating costs that benefit local transit users. Working together, we will determine this level of detail through a future final Master Agreement process.”

The project update included plans to create a Hurontario LRT Ad Hoc Council Working Group composed of Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Councillors most impacted by the project including, Jim Tovey – Councillor Ward 1, John Kovac – Councillor Ward 4, Carolyn Parrish – Councillor Ward 5 and Nando Iannicca – Councillor Ward 7.

“The working group is to keep members of Council advised of project developments,” said Joe Perrotta Director, Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project Office. “It will include City of Mississauga and Metrolinx staff and consultant representatives as required. Matters requiring decisions or further input will come forward to General Committee.”

City of Mississauga staff is coordinating efforts with Metrolinx along with researching best practices in other similar projects. Staff from the City’s Hurontario Light Rail Transit Office will be reporting to General Committee at key project milestones.

Possible Measles Exposure at Multiple Locations in Brampton and Mississauga Between Jan. 1-5, 2016

Brampton, ON (Jan. 8, 2016) – Peel Public Health is investigating a possible case of measles in a child from Brampton. Members of the public may have been exposed to measles in a number of settings in Brampton and Mississauga during the period of Jan. 1-5, 2016. This possible case arrived in Canada from a measles-endemic country just prior to becoming ill.

Anyone who was in the following places DURING THE TIMES LISTED may have been exposed to measles. The virus can only live outside the body (e.g., on surfaces and door handles) for up to two hours, so people who visited these locations at other times were not exposed.

Jan. 1, Emirates Airline Flight EK0605 from Karachi to Dubai to Toronto
Jan. 1, Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminal One, 3:25 to 7:25 p.m.
Jan. 3, Multi-Specialty Walk In Clinic, 21 Queensway West, Mississauga, 8 to 11 p.m.
Jan. 5, Brampton Urgent Care Clinic, Springdale Square, Unit 8, 51 Mountainash Road, Brampton, 8 to 10 p.m.
Jan. 5, Brampton Civic Hospital Emergency Department, 2100 Bovaird Drive East, Brampton, 8:45 p.m. on Jan. 5 to 3:45 a.m. on Jan. 6

Visitors to the identified locations during the times noted should do the following:

Check your immunization records to make sure you and your children have had two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV). Your child’s immunization record (yellow card) or your doctor can provide you with this information. Two doses of measles vaccine are recommended for anyone born after 1969.

Watch for symptoms of measles until 21 days after possible exposure. These include a high fever; cold-like symptoms (cough/runny nose); sore eyes or sensitivity to light; small spots with a white centre on the inside of the mouth; and a red rash lasting four to seven days.

Peel Public Health is working with the health care settings to identify and follow-up with anyone who visited the above locations during the times listed and may be at risk. Anyone who shows symptoms should call their health care provider immediately and tell them they have been exposed to measles and feel unwell. DO NOT go to any medical facility without telling them before the appointment that you have been in contact with someone who has measles.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads easily to those who are not immune or are vulnerable. Anyone who has not had two doses of a measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV) or who has not had measles in the past is at risk of infection. Infants under one year of age, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems can get very ill with measles.

Concerned residents should visit Peelregion.ca/health for news and alerts about measles. For more information, contact Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 or visit Peelregion.ca/health.

Council Endorses Request for Expansion of Provincial Greenbelt

Mississauga City Council has endorsed a plan to expand the Provincial Greenbelt Plan Area by designating public lands within the Credit River corridor as Urban River Valley. This decision builds on a recommendation from the Natural Heritage and Urban Forest Strategy.

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