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December 10, 2019 City Council Meeting

View December 10, 2019 Meeting Agenda   View Live Stream of the Meeting

Outside view of Niagara Falls City Hall
2019 - 2022 Strategic Priorities Approved
 
Last night, Chief Administrative Officer, Ken Todd, provided Council with an overview of the 2019-2022 Strategic Priorities, highlighting key initiatives.  The priorities grew out of planning meetings and engagement sessions with Council, staff and the community. 

Council adopted the City's
2019-2022 Strategic Priorities, with an amendment to include 
the elevated people mover that was to be located between the two existing Niagara casinos as mentioned in the pre-existing agreement with Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (OLG). 
 
View the 2019-2022 Strategic Priorities
People working on a desk on financial matters
2020 Capital Budget Approved
 
At Tuesday's meeting, Council approved the 2020 Capital Budget. Tiffany Clark, Director of Finance, provided Council with an overview of the Capital Budget which identifies the projects, such as roads, sidewalks, streetlamps, equipment, community facilities, etc., approved for infrastructure renewal for 2020. The Capital Budget is available to view online at niagarafalls.ca.
 
View the Capital Budget presentation
OLG Investments in the City: 2013 to Present
 
In 2013, the City of Niagara Falls approved the new Municipal Contribution Agreement with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) that significantly increased the City’s hosting fees from the previous agreement. Since 2013, staff have updated Council regularly on the commitments and use of the funds received.

As part of the City's committment to transparency, a detailed summary of the City's OLG spending allocations for the past 6 years will soon be made available on the City's website. The posting will include detailed information outlining every project/purpose OLG funding was used or committed to since 2013 to present day. 
View the full report
Niagara Falls Transit bus on a bust street
Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program 
 
At last night's meeting, Niagara Falls Council approved the City's Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) application commitment. Through the program, the City has submitted 15 transit projects totaling $18.1 million for federal and provincial funding consideration. Council has agreed to City's $4.7 million portion, for the 2020 and 2021 budget years.  

ICIP is a federal program designed to create long-term economic growth, build inclusive, sustainable and resilient communities and support a low-carbon economy. 

A sample of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program projects submitted for funding include:
  • $4.6 million for six replacement buses
  • $4.4 million for a multi-modal transportation hub on Bridge Street
  • $3.8 million to extend parking and storage facilities to address capacity constraints and aging infrastructure
  • $1.1 million to implement a new fare-box system
  • $990,000 for the installation of video equipment on board buses to improve the safety and security of bus operators and passengers.
View the full report
2019 Sleep Cheap Charities Reap & WonderFalls Events Raise $147,687 
Sleep Cheap Charities Reap remains strong, reaching an amazing new milestone! Thanks to the committed efforts of participating Niagara Falls hotels and attractions, this year’s Sleep Cheap event raised $133,077 to benefit local charitable groups. Additionally, the WonderFalls Pass raised $14,610.
Other Reports
Council received additional applications and reports at the December 10, 2019 meeting, including:

Recognition, Proclamations & Events

Councillor Mike Strange collecting toys for Dalton's Wish Toy Drive
Support Dalton's Wish Toy Drive 2019
In honour of Dalton Jacques and his wish to make sure the children and family at Ronald McDonald House Hamilton have a Merry Christmas, the community is asked to drop off unwrapped gifts (infant - 18 years) or gift cards on December 16th at Boston Pizza, 4725 Dorchester Road, Niagara Falls, from 4-6 pm. 
Crime Stoppers of Niagara
Crime Stoppers Flag Raising: January 2020
Council approved a flag raising for Crime Stoppers in January 2020, as a way of recognizing the work and importance of Crime Stoppers in our community.   View more information.
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FIDO Niagara
Jessica Cohen, Executive Director of Fido Niagara Inc, a pet fostering non-profit organization informed Council and local residents of the services they are providing to the Community. FIDO Niagara provides free temporary pet fostering for vulnerable Niagara residents experiencing a medical, housing, or legal emergency.
Learn more about FIDO Niagara.
Council Meetings
Niagara Falls City Council meetings can be viewed live on the City's Vimeo Channel. The next meeting will be held on January 14, 2020. Minutes from past Council meetings can also be viewed online, once they have been approved. Find them at niagarafalls.ca/council.
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