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March 19, 2019 City Council Meeting

View March 19, 2019  Meeting Agenda    View Live Stream of the Meeting

2019 Operating & Capital Budget Motions
Ordered on the motion of Mayor Diodati, seconded by Councillor Strange that Council approve the 2019 Capital Budget as presented on February 26, 2019 with the amendments outlined in report F-2019-13; that Council approve the Water Meter Replacement Program with expenditures and funding to occur over four years (2019-2022) for a total of $12,128,289; that staff report back with additional capital infrastructure spending once the final OLG payment has been received and reserve reconciliation has been completed.  Carried Unanimously
Ordered on the motion of Councillor Kerrio, seconded by Mayor Diodati, that the Fleet Equipment Replacement, namely the ordering of the fire tanker and two 60-foot transit buses be put on hold until later in 2019.  Carried Unanimously
Ordered on the motion of Councillor Ioannoni, seconded by Councillor Thomson, that the $300,000 budgeted cost for the consulting services for CN Rail
the CN Relocation Action Plan, be put on hold until report from staff comes back to Council comparing what other municipalities have done to lobby CN Rail to remove railway tracks as well as how the $300,000 cost was determined.   Carried Unanimously
Ordered on the motion of Councillor Kerrio, seconded by Councillor Lococo, that funding for the Millenium Trail be put on hold until staff report back on whether $200,000 in design funding could be withheld.  Carried Unanimously
Ordered on the motion of Councillor Ioannoni, seconded by Councillor Kerrio that the funding for the old City Hall Courthouse demolition be removed from the Priority 1 budget and put on hold.  Councillors Campbell, Dabrowski, Strange, Thomson and Mayor Diodati were opposed.  Motion defeated.
Operating Budget Presentation
Proposed 2019-2023 Capital Projects Budget
Provincial Review of Regional Government
Niagara Falls City Council supported a request from Niagara Regional Council that the Region hire a consultant to advise on government relations, public polling and communication regarding the Provincial review of regional government.
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Out of the Cold Overnight Shelter Operation Extended
At Tuesday's meeting, Council received a presentation from Angela Peebles and voted unanimously to keep the city's Out of the Cold overnight shelter at St. Andrew's United Church open until the end of April. Previously, it was scheduled to close March 31. Diane Corkum, Executive Director of Project Share, confirmed that $10,000 is required to fund the extended service.
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Development Charges Study
The City of Niagara Falls Development Charges Study Council Information Session was presented at Tuesday's meeting by Chris Billing (Hemson Consulting Ltd.). Council voted unanimously to receive the presentation and requested a follow-up session to discuss additional funding which would be used to address homelessness in the City.
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Niagara SPCA and Humane Society Services & Animal Control By-law
Council approved a four-year contract with the newly amalgamated Niagara SPCA and Humane Society after receiving a presentation about the new services offered. Council also approved the new Animal Control By-law.
SPCA Services Presentation
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Sleep Cheap Charities Reap Raises Over $2 Million
At Tuesday's meeting, Council received a report on the 2018 Sleep Cheap Event and WonderFalls Pass. The initiative raised over $142,00 in 2018 and has raised over $2 million since its inception. The funds raised will be distributed among 19 local non-profit groups, and the Niagara South Hospital.
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Survey Promotion: Speak Up & Win, have your say on tobacco, cannabis and vaping in outdoor public spaces in Niagara.
Regional Niagara's Amended Smoking By-Law
At Tuesday's meeting, Council passed a resolution giving their consent to the passing of the Region's amended Smoking By-law, as part of the Triple Majority requirement. The Region's Public Health Department is also collecting feedback from residents on their opinions of the current by-law restricting tobacco or cannabis and vaping. You can answer some, all or no questions. Information collected will remain anonymous and confidential. 
Correspondence from the Office of the Regional Clerk
Survey: Speak Up & Win
Other Reports
Council approved additional reports at the March 19, 2019 meeting, including:
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Autism World Awareness Day
OnTuesday, April 2, 2019, the City of Niagara Falls will raise a flag in support of World Autism Awareness Day. Council approved the request at Tuesday's meeting. The request was made by the Niagara Region Chapter of Autism Ontario.
Logo: International Shriners Awareness Day, "Thank you Shriners"
Shriners International Awareness Day
Council has proclaimed June 6 as Shriners International Awareness Day in Niagara Falls, following a request from the Niagara Shrine Club.
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Live Stream of Council Meetings
Niagara Falls City Council meetings can be viewed live on the City's Vimeo Channel. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Minutes from past Council meetings can also be viewed online, once they have been approved. Find them at
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