New stormwa­ter in­fra­struc­ture levy up for ap­proval

The Peterborough Examiner - - NEWS - JOELLE KOVACH EX­AM­INER STAFF WRITER JKo­vach@postmedia.com

A new tax meant to pay for main­te­nance of the city’s stormwa­ter in­fra­struc­ture is ex­pected for the first time in 2018 and coun­cil will vote a fi­nal time on Tues­day to al­low that tax.

It’s been in the works for awhile: coun­cil first ap­proved the plan in Fe­bru­ary.

In the eight months since, city staff has been work­ing out the de­tails of the new fee that will show up on tax bills in 2018.

The charge will be cal­cu­lated in­di­vid­u­ally for each prop­erty of the city, de­pend­ing on the amount of runoff area (ie: pave­ment) on the prop­erty.

The city’s 2018 draft bud­get doc­u­ment says the owner of an av­er­age house as­sessed at $243,800 will likely pay a stormwa­ter fee of $14 next year (on a to­tal tax bill of $3,939).

Mean­while the fee is in­cluded in the 2.85 per cent in­crease in prop­erty taxes in the draft bud­get doc­u­ments – it’s not be­ing charged in ad­di­tion to that.

In 2018, the stormwa­ter fee is ex­pected to col­lect $620,000 for the city.

The money is ex­pected to help pay for the main­te­nance of the city’s 31 stormwa­ter re­ten­tion ponds, many of which are in ur­gent need of at­ten­tion.

City staff told coun­cil last year that the prov­ince in­spected one pond in 2015 and found it in dire con­di­tion.

Also on coun­cil’s agenda Tues­day:

Tran­sit deal:

Coun­cil will vote a fi­nal time Tues­day on a set­tle­ment be­tween the city and its 107 tran­sit work­ers.

The deal, which gives tran­sit work­ers mod­est pay in­creases and en­hance­ments to their ben­e­fits, would hold for six years.

The Amal­ga­mated Tran­sit Union Lo­cal 1320 voted 80.7 per cent in favour of the set­tle­ment and coun­cil­lors gave it pre­lim­i­nary ap­proval last week.

Trent Re­search and In­no­va­tion Park:

Coun­cil will vote a fi­nal time Tues­day to ap­prove $48,660 more for a con­sul­tant to do additional work on the planned new Trent Re­search and In­no­va­tion Park.

Toronto-based Brook McIl­roy Inc. would then re­ceive $440,411 (up from $391,751).

It’s all be­cause a wet­land lo­cated be­tween the site of the re­search park and the de­vel­oped East Bank of the Oton­abee River was re­ex­am­ined lately, at the re­quest of Oton­abee Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity.

The wet­land is now pre­sumed to be provin­cially sig­nif­i­cant – mean­ing that a new road lay­out and more open space will be re­quired, in the plan.

Last week, Coun. Dan McWil­liams was un­happy that the city seems to be of­ten adding money to con­tracts, mid-stream: “Is no­body able to stick to their guns, here?” he asked.

Curb­side pickup for kitchen or­gan­ics:

Coun­cil is ex­pected to vote a fi­nal time on a plan to start a curb­side pickup pro­gram for kitchen or­gan­ics.

The project got pre­lim­i­nary ap­proval, last week. The pro­gram would be un­der­taken in part­ner­ship with Tri­land Ex­ca­va­tion and Haul­ing on Keened Rd.; they would process both kitchen or­gan­ics and leaf and yard waste.

The project could be el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive 50 per cent of the $9 mil­lion start-up cost from the prov­ince, which is hand­ing out grants for en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­grams funded by its cap-and­trade pro­gram.

The Ex­am­iner’s web­site of­fers livestream­ing, blog­ging and tweets from the meet­ing Tues­day.

The meet­ing is on Tues­day this week, due to the Mon­day clo­sure of City Hall for Re­mem­brance Day. It all be­gins at 6:30 p.m.

CLIFFORD SKARSTEDT/EX­AM­INER

Drain Brothers con­tin­ues work along Pioneer Rd. east of Nas­sau Mills Rd. on Fri­day to pro­vide ser­vic­ing for the planned new Trent Re­search and In­no­va­tion Park next to Trent Univer­sity.

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