3% decrease in Peterborough city-wide development charges backed

City council endorsed changes to the development charge rates that would decrease the fee per residential unit by 3%, during a committee of the whole meeting last night.

Development charges are levied against construction to help pay for growth-related infrastructure, such as roads and recreation facilities.

The city-wide residential rate would decrease 3% to $9,081 per unit from $9,328 and the non-residential rate would drop 16% to $43.57 per square metre from $52.11.

The updated development charge rates would come into effect on Jan. 1.

The item will go to the regular council meeting for approval next week.

Other items council endorsed includes:

• Allowing staff to issue a request for proposals for short- or long-term options for the disposal of biosolid waste from the waste water treatment plant to prevent it from being sent to the county-city landfill.

• Asking city staff to prepare an information report on the default speed limit in the city when signs aren't posted, which the province stipulates can't be faster than 50 kilometres an hour.

• Supporting the City of St. Catharines' attempt to get the federal government to exempt the Royal Canadian Legion from paying GST on the purchase of red lapel poppies.

• Entering into an agreement with the YWCA, as directed by council through the 2009 budget, to give the community group $250,000 a year for three years to support the Crossroads shelter campaign – carried without discussion.

• A report on Blue Box program best practices for Waste Diversion Ontario – carried without discussion.

• A presentation on the implementation of the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Allowing the city's assessment and taxation review officer to represent the city at Assessment Review Board hearings – carried without discussion.

• Increasing the budget for adding standby backup power at the Montgomery and Simcoe St. pumping stations to $980,000 from $670,000 in part to cover the increase in equipment and construction costs since the cost estimate four years ago and design changes – carried without discussion.

• Hiring Stonewell Group Inc. for $202,603 to prepare a list of repairs and other expenses that should be done over a 20-year period at social housing – carried without discussion.

• Without going through a competitive bid process, hiring Dominion Voting for as much as $200,000 plus tax to provide voting technology for the 2010 municipal elections and committing to hire the company for the same service for the 2014 election – carried without discussion.

• Hiring HGC Management at a cost of $168,210 per year for three years, starting Jan. 1, to operate the city's household hazardous waste facility – carried without discussion.

• Extending the contract with Clean Harbors Canada Inc. for the loading, transportation and disposal of municipal hazardous or special waste from Feb. 1 to June 30 at an estimated cost of $120,000 – carried without discussion.

• Approving property tax reductions that total $28,153 for various reasons, such as fire damage, the removal of swimming pools and properties no longer being used for commercial purposes – carried without discussion.

• Giving the senior administrative staff committee the authority to award the construction tender for the Willowcreek Trail project because the next available council approval date would be Jan. 18 and the project needs to be substantially complete by March 31 to meet funding requirements for a $120,000 grant.

• Installing a pedestrian intersection signal on Ashburnham Dr. next to 1880 Ashburnham Dr. as part of the Willowcreek Trail project.

• Re-appointing Heather Stelzer and Peter Gaffney to the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation board of directors for a three-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2012 – carried without discussion in open session.

• Reappointing Tom Sayer to the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corp. board of directors for a two-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2011 – carried without discussion in open session.

• Appointing Melvin Johnson and Stephen Kylie to the City of Peterborough Holdings Inc. board of directors for a three-year term starting Jan. 1, 2010 – carried without discussion in open session.

Source: Posted By BRENDAN WEDLEY/Examiner Municipal Writer, Peterborough Examiner

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