Pasuta’s leave expected to be extended by city council
Council is expected to grant an extended leave of absence from city meetings to Coun. Rob Pasuta due to illness.
A motion going to city council Wednesday is required under the Municipal Act to allow the Ward 14 councillor to be absent from council for more than three months.
Pasuta said he suffered two accidents in quick succession in early December on his Flamborough farm, including a bad fall from his tractor.
He has been unable to attend city hall meetings since December.
“I’ll be back, but obviously not as soon as I had hoped,” said Pasuta on Monday, adding he had originally aimed to be back by February or early March.
Pasuta said he is undergoing medical tests to figure out the source of pain and concentration problems he has since experienced. He said he didn’t want to talk about his symptoms in detail.
The councillor said he is trying to keep up on council business remotely and his administrative staff is keeping up with constituent inquiries. Fellow councillors have also offered help if needed, he added.
“It’s frustrating ... but together we’re getting the job done,” he said.
Claremont Access work on track
The city is still on track to reopen the downbound lanes of the Claremont Access by the end of the month.
City operations head Betty Matthews-Malone said Monday the only question mark remaining for the $1.1-million slope stabilization project is the timeline to install a protective rock fence along the newly-bared section of escarpment slope.
A contractor began removing 20 failing metal wall panels from the slope above the downbound road lanes in December.
Those lanes were closed abruptly in November after maintenance crews discovered loose panels and slope instability above the busy access.
A report on the long-term plan to deal with the old metal walls covering the rock face is slated to go to council in April.
Higher costs at Tim Hortons Field
The city faces spending an extra $1.6 million per year to run its new football stadium, compared to the former Ivor Wynne Stadium.
The $145-million Tim Hortons Field was handed over months late and incomplete in 2015 and remains enmeshed in litigation over who pays for ongoing problems and unfinished items.
But separate from those costs, the city has also determined the larger, more multi-functional space will be costlier to upkeep.
Extra costs include paying for higher heating, cooling and hydro, more year-round use of meeting rooms and more event security for the larger home of the CFL Ticats.
A contractor began removing 20 failing metal wall panels from the slope above the downbound Claremont Access lanes in December.
Ward 14 Coun. Robert Pasuta