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Slow Streets have Rolled Out in Mississauga Neighbourhoods

With COVID-19 public health protocols still in place this summer, the City has decided to move forward with expanding its Slow Streets initiative, piloted as Quiet Streets in 2020, in all City wards. Slow Streets have rolled out in neighbourhoods throughout Mississauga to give residents ample space to safely move around their neighbourhood. They will be in place until the end of October 2021, to allow time to prepare for the winter season. 

Slow Streets are a temporary traffic calming measure that involve installing road barricades and signage on neighbourhood streets. Slow Streets are intended to provide additional space for pedestrians and cyclists to move around their neighbourhood while safely maintaining physical distancing, following COVID-19 public health recommendations. Slow Streets also reduce speeding and limit traffic to local vehicles. Slow Streets will remain accessible to car traffic and two-way travel. Posted speed limits will remain the same.

Slow Streets direct drivers to slow down and share the road with other road users. By implementing Slow Streets, those walking, running, biking and using mobility devices can comfortably use the road while being able to physical distance.

Temporary barricades and signs will be installed at main vehicle entry points. This installation signals to drivers to slow down, avoid passing and take extra care if they live in the area and are navigating the road. The barricades will also allow for easy movement of essential emergency service vehicles as well as waste and road maintenance vehicles. Specific layouts will vary somewhat depending on characteristics such as road width and parking usage on each roadway.

Slow Streets are not intended for multi-lane major collector or arterial roadways or with roads that have MiWay routes. 

There are no changes to services such as waste collection. Please put your green, blue and grey carts at the curb following your regular schedule.

Learn more about the City’s road safety initiatives, visit mississauga.ca/services-and-programs/transportation-and-streets/road-safety/slow-streets/

Port Credit Library to Remain Closed Due to Structural issues

At this time, the Port Credit Library will remain closed to the public due to structural issues.

“Out of care and in accordance with consultant recommendations, the City has made the difficult decision to close the Port Credit Library to the public,” said Stephen Dasko, Councillor, Ward 1. “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience the closure causes to library customers. I know the library is at the heart and soul of our Port Credit neighbourhood and as a City, we are committed to continuing to serve you as we have done throughout the pandemic. Staff, together with Council will consider a longer-term action plan.”

The Port Credit Library and Memorial Park are built on landfill which has impacted the stability of the building’s foundation and supports. The City, through structural monitoring, has determined that deterioration of the piers (caissons) that support the building have reached an unacceptable level for this public building to continue operating.

Following the completion of a detailed structural review in November 2016, bi-monthly structural monitoring has been conducted as recommended by the structural engineers. As part of this ongoing monitoring cycle, the City retained an engineering consulting firm in April 2021 to complete a detailed assessment of the building’s piers. Four of the 27 piers were included in the assessment as per the consultant’s recommendation. After the site investigations were completed, the City received a draft report of the findings for review and decided to proactively close the library to the public on June 28. The final report was issued to the City on June 30.

The consultant’s report indicated that:

  • All four piers had degraded due to exposure over a prolonged period of time.
  • Evidence of significant structural loss had occurred in three of the four piers over the past five years.
  • There were no obvious signs of distress or structural failures observed in the piers during the condition survey.
  • There have been no significant movements of the floor structure reported as part of the bi-monthly structural monitoring program implemented onsite since January 2017.

“Ensuring our buildings remain in a state of good repair and follow life cycle maintenance schedules is paramount and part of our ongoing process. To that end, the decision was made to proactively monitor and now close the library to the public and only allow limited access by library and facilities staff. There has been no risk to public or staff safety at any time.”

Shari Lichterman, Commissioner, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer

“The library team is committed to finding ways to continue to provide service to those affected by the closure,” said Jodi Robillos, Acting Commissioner, Community Services. “We are exploring other options for service delivery in the Port Credit community in the short term until a longer-term solution and funding strategy are developed. In the meantime, we encourage customers to access any of our other 17 locations along with our wide range of ebooks, audiobooks and other online services.”

Port Credit Library customers can continue to order and pick up holds at the Port Credit Arena during the following times:

·       Tuesday 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

·       Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

·       Thursday 1:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

·       Friday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

·       Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Late fees for materials borrowed from Port Credit Library are being waived at this time and there is a drop-off bin for returns at the arena, which is available during holds pick-up hours only. Items borrowed at the Port Credit Library can also be returned to any Mississauga Library location.  

Customers can choose an alternate pick-up library location. To select a different library location for pending holds, customers can log into their My Account on the Library Catalogue and click on the “Holds” tab to edit the hold pick-up location. Customers can view this video for step-by-step instructions or call 905-615-3500 to speak with a staff member.

“Residents can visit the Port Credit Library page online for closure information, FAQs and updates. I will be working closely with City staff to ensure there are opportunities for community input regarding next steps for the library. We are currently planning a community information meeting for all residents to be held in the near future.”

Stephen Dasko, Councillor, Ward 1

Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

Visit: Port Credit Library web page

Residential Apartment Fire at 332 Lakeshore Road West in Port Credit

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services responded to a 3-storey, low-rise residential apartment fire today at 332 Lakeshore Road West in Port Credit.  As a result of the fire, the building was evacuated and four apartments sustained damage.

“Mississauga Fire crews quickly contained the fire to the unit of origin. Three other neighbouring units sustained smoke and water damage,” said Deryn Rizzi, Mississauga Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management.  “At this point there are no reported injuries to residents or occupants. One of our firefighters was assessed and transported to the hospital.”

A MiWay transit bus is on location to provide temporary shelter to displaced residents. A Command Post has been set up on-site where residents can connect directly with the Red Cross, Region of Peel’s Social Services and our Office of Emergency Management regarding needs they may have with respect to shelter, food, medication, clothing, hygiene items and more.

“Thank you to the swift actions of our Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services team and our supporting partner agencies. I am very relieved there are no reported injuries from the fire today in Port Credit,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “My thoughts are with the firefighter who was taken to the hospital. I am grateful for the work our first responders do to protect our community.”

At this time, Lakeshore Road West is closed in both directions between Pine Street South and Maple Avenue South.

“I am thankful that no residents were injured and hope that the firefighter will have a full and quick recovery. It is always alarming and traffic to hear of a fire in our community,” said Stephen Dasko, Councillor, Ward 1.  “We ask that residents avoid the area as our Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services investigate the fire cause and extent of damage.”

For up-to-date information, please follow @MississaugaFES on Twitter.

For more information on fire safety and fire safety plans, please visit mississauga.ca/fire.

Budget Committee Meeting Scheduled for June 21, 2021

Budget Committee meeting is scheduled for June 21, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. where staff will report on an updated financial position for 2021 and budget outlook for 2022.

In April, staff provided an update on the impacts of COVID-19 as well as projections regarding the City of Mississauga’s Budget and Business Plan for future years.

The budget and business planning process enables the City to efficiently provide residents and businesses with municipal services, projects and programs. The City’s budget allocates the funding and resources needed to deliver services and maintain the infrastructure that residents and businesses depend on, while meeting the City’s short and long-term operational and strategic goals.

Stream the meeting day of or catch up on previous Budget Committee meetings.

Learn more about the City’s Budget and Business Plan at mississauga.ca/budget.

Mississauga Official Plan Review Meetings to Discuss Housing, Growth, Transportation and Environment

The City is hosting three virtual community meetings to discuss key directions of Mississauga’s Official Plan Review. Housing, growth, transportation and the environment will be the focus in this phase of public engagement.

Mississauga is reviewing its current Official Plan, which guides growth, to ensure it reflects the changing needs, opportunities and aspirations of the city. Since launching the Official Plan Review in June 2019, the City has conducted ongoing public consultation. Having reviewed the community feedback to date, this current phase of engagement focuses on confirming policy directions for environment, transportation and growth.  Engagement for housing options will explore ideas from the community.

What & When:

Virtual community meetings to discuss our future city:

·        What are the priorities for the environment and transportation?

Tuesday, June 15, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  

·        Where will major growth go?

Thursday, June 17, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

·        How can we increase housing choices in our neighbourhoods? 

Wednesday, June 23, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Who:

·        Mississauga residents and property owners

·        Business owners and employees

·        Members of Council and City staff

How:

To participate:

·        Register here or call 311. Registered participants will receive meeting instructions and background materials. If you are unable to attend, the meetings will be recorded and can be viewed following the sessions.

·        Provide feedback or ask a question on the project engagement site.

To prepare for the meetings:

·        Official Plan Review: Visit the project engagement site to review the research briefs, theme summaries and project engagement to date

·        Housing: Help shape the conversation by taking the survey and sharing your ideas.Visit the Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods for more information

·        Transportation: For more information, see related studies including Changing Lanes and the Transportation Master Plan

·        Environment: For more information, see related studies including the Climate Change Action Plan  

Background:

The City’s Official Plan policies address important parts of city-building that affect how the city grows, including transportation, housing, culture and heritage, the environment and the economy.

The Official Plan addresses:

  • where housing, industry, offices, shops and roads should go
  • which services and amenities (e.g., parks, schools, transit) are needed and where they will be located
  • what parts of the city will be the focus for growth and what it will look like e.g., heights and densities
  • ways to enhance economic development and job growth

The City launched the Official Plan Review at a Special Council meeting held on June 10, 2019. For more information and to sign up for email updates, visit the public engagement page.