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MyMalton Visioning Session #2

The next MyMalton session is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17 from 5:30-9:30pm. It will be held at the Malton Community Centre – Hall A.

The MyMalton project is a City-initiated review of the planning policies that shape the look and feel of the Malton community.

The project begins with Community Consultation that will result in an updated and enhanced land use planning vision which addresses the opportunities, needs and concerns of the Malton neighbourhood. Come out to one of the sessions and help us create a new community vision for the Malton neighbourhood.

Through the My Malton project, members of the Culture Division will be working with the Malton community to learn about cultural places, activities, groups and individuals who contribute or wish to contribute to the cultural vibe of Malton. It is our goal to learn about what is happening and where cultural activities take place. We want to know who is involved and where they see the best benefits and direction to be taken as the community evolves. Once the culture team has documented the cultural sector they will continue to work with the community to build a cultural community plan to guide development. The cultural team hopes to connect with anyone who wishes to express an opinion about Malton’s cultural future.

 

Contact Teresa Kerr for more information: 905-615-3200 x5732 orteresa.kerr@mississauga.ca

 

 

Stormwater Charge Approved by Council

Mississauga City Council approved the new stormwater charge at today’s meeting. The stormwater charge will be on the Region of Peel water bill starting in January 2016.


Council approved:


• 
Stormwater Corporate Report
• 
Stormwater Funding Program Policy
• 
Stormwater Credit Policy for Multi-Residential and Non-Residential Properties
• 
Stormwater Charge Subsidy Policy

Background

What the new charge means to Property Owners
Different types of properties have different amounts of stormwater runoff. Property owners will be charged based on the amount of hard surface area on their properties. 
  • Residential properties will be grouped into one of five tiers by size – from extra-small to extra-large. A number of billing units will apply to the tier – for example, homes in the medium tier will be assigned one billing unit.  Homes will be put into a tier based on the size of rooftop area which is based on aerial imagery; this imagery will be updated annually.
  • Multi-residential and non-residential property owners (such as condominiums, apartments and businesses) will be assigned one billing unit for every 267 square metres of hard surface on their property.
  • The 2016 stormwater rate will be set at $100 per billing unit. Each year, Council will set the stormwater rate as part of the City’s budget process. In 2016, residential property owners will pay $50 to $170 for stormwater depending on their tier.
  • The majority of residential property owners will pay $100 or less.
  • There are programs available on stormwater management for residential property owners in Mississauga.
  • There is a credit program available for multi-residential and non-residential property owners.
Learn more about the charge, how it will work, and the programs available, by visiting stormwatercharge.ca.

See What’s Coming Next on the Mississauga Transitway at the MiWay Open House

Head over to the MiWay Open House on June 7 to see what’s coming next on the Mississauga Transitway. Learn how you can make your commute more efficient just like the MiWay bus that bypasses congested roads on the Mississauga Transitway.

What:                Open House – Discover Your Station on the Mississauga Transitway

When:               Sunday, June 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where:              Dixie Station
4440 Dixie Road – Link to Google Map here
Free Parking at Dixie Station – access parking lot from Dixie Road, go west on
Crestlawn Drive, then turn left on Fewster Drive, then turn left on Encino Street.

Free bus tours begin at Dixie station as well as from the City Centre Transit Terminal.  Central Parkway, Cawthra, Tomken and Dixie are operational. However, on June 7, Dixie station will be the featured station at this open house and free parking will be available at Dixie.

Dixie station will feature displays about transportation projects in Mississauga, as well as giveaways, refreshments and a chance to win prizes. Then hop on the bus for a guided window tour of Tahoe and Etobicoke Creek stations – the next two stations scheduled to open in 2016.

Visit MiWay.ca for more information on the Open House.

City Recognizes National Access Awareness Week Through Sport

The City of Mississauga is raising awareness about National Access Awareness Week taking place June 1 to 7. The City is recognizing staff who deliver exceptional accessible customer service and highlighting the importance of how sports can be inclusive for all.

“Sport events like the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games bring people of all abilities together,” said Laura Piette, director of Recreation.  “We’re working to build stronger relationships with community-based parasport organizations and adding new parasport programs to our program mix so that residents of all abilities can experience the benefits of recreation.”

Earlier this week, recreation staff attended a training session called “Changing Minds, Changing Lives”. The session focused on how to influence persons with a disability through sport. Staff had the opportunity to try sitting volleyball, sledge hockey and wheelchair basketball.

At the training, the City recognized three employees for their exceptional accessible customer service with the presentation of Mississauga’s Exceptional Accessible Customer Service Award to:

“It’s important we acknowledge front-line staff and the difference they make,” said Diana Simpson, City accessibility coordinator. “Interactive training sessions like this provide staff with a deeper understanding and appreciation of how sports can positively impact and benefit persons of all abilities.”

For more information about the City’s plan to improve accessible customer service click here or contact Diana Simpson at 905-615-3608, TTY 905-616-3411 or accessibility.info@mississauga.ca.

Nuisance Sign Removal Program; Residents can help keep our streets neat and tidy

The Nuisance Sign Removal Program is a way residents can participate and help the City of Mississauga keep boulevards free of illegal signs.

To participate in the program, residents must:

  • be 18 years of age or older
  • carefully read the Nuisance Sign Removal Agreement;
  • print and sign two copies of the agreement; and
  • bring or mail both copies to the City’s Sign Unit, located at City Hall, 300 City Centre Drive, Planning and Building Customer Service Centre, 3rd Floor.

Residents may remove temporary signs which are 1 m2 (10 ft2) or less in area and placed between the sidewalk and the curb. For safety reasons, residents cannot remove signs from medians, traffic islands or any sign displayed on the travelled portion of the road.

For signs that cannot be safely removed, or to report a nuisance sign, residents can call 3-1-1 for assistance. City staff from various departments patrols our streets and are diligent in removing illegal signs. The City also hires six students from May to August to assist with sign removal.

For more information on Nuisance Signs, the Public Nuisance By-law or the Nuisance Sign Removal Program, please call 3-1-1.

Stormwater Charge set for January 2016

Mississauga Council reviewed plans for bringing a new City stormwater charge into effect at today’s General Committee meeting. The charge will help reduce the risk of flooding, protect water quality and will appear on the Region of Peel water bill starting in January 2016.

“Having a dedicated and fair stormwater charge is the right thing to do,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “It will fund the City’s stormwater program and minimize risks to people, properties and the environment.” She added: “Mississauga is a growing city with aging infrastructure. Staff has done the research and spoken to staff in other municipalities that have similar programs. We are looking at the best solution for Mississauga.”

City Manager and CAO Janice Baker explained: “Stormwater management is a big ticket item for a large urban city the size of Mississauga. The City owns $1.8 billion in stormwater infrastructure that needs to be properly maintained. With heavier rainfalls, more people living here and more businesses operating here, the amount of stormwater running off hard surfaces such as roofs and parking lots is increasing.”

Baker added the charge is fair because it’s based on the amount of hard surface on a property – the less hard surface, the less water runoff that goes into our system, the less the property owner will pay. “Today, there is more stormwater entering our system than ever before and it’s causing costly wear and tear on our already aging infrastructure,” said Baker. “Dedicated funding is the responsible way to maintain our system today; it also means that we will have funds to draw on if emergency repairs are needed.”

Approval of the policies related to the charge is set for the May 27 Council meeting agenda.

Background
What the new charge means to property owners

Different types of properties have different amounts of stormwater runoff. Property owners will be charged based on the amount of hard surface area on their properties. According to the Corporate Report.

• Residential properties will be grouped into one of five tiers by size – from extra-small to extra-large. A number of billing units will apply to the tier – for example, homes in the medium tier will be assigned one billing unit.  Homes will be put into a tier based on the amount of rooftop area which is based on aerial imagery; this imagery will be updated annually.

  • Multi-residential and non-residential property owners (such as condominiums, apartments and businesses) will be assigned one billing unit for every 267 square metres of hard surface on their property.• The 2016 Stormwater Rate will be set at $100 per billing unit. Each year, Council will set the stormwater rate as part of the City’s budget process. In 2016, residential property owners will pay $50 to $170 depending on their tier.
  • The majority of residential property owners will pay $100 or less.
  • A credit program will be available for multi-residential and non-residential properties.
  • Property owners can visit the City’s website to learn more about managing stormwater on their property and the programs available to them in Mississauga.

To learn more about the charge and how it will work, visit www.stormwatercharge.ca

Stormwater Financing Study

• In 2012, the City did a study with input from the public to find the best solution for Mississauga.

  • The study found a stormwater charge to be a fair and dedicated source of funding that is needed to manage stormwater now and in the future.
  • Council approved in principle the use of a charge on December 12, 2012.• Staff reported back on the program with a billing method and the charge was approved December 11, 2013.

Removal of Dead Ash Trees

The Emerald Ash Borer left many trees in Mississauga devastated.

Dead ash trees are located on properties across Mississauga and may only become apparent now, as their leaves haven’t returned after winter.

If an ash tree is identified as a source of danger on private property, a Property Standards Order (PSO) will be issued by the City for you to have the tree removed. If you receive a PSO, you need to arrange to have the tree removed, but are not required to get a permit to remove the tree in question.

Ash trees on private property are the responsibility of the property owner. However, because of the increased demand on tree-removal services, municipal law enforcement officers will be providing up to 120 days to bring the property into compliance, instead of the usual 30 days.

On City-owned properties, forestry crews have begun removing ash trees infested with Emerald Ash Borer, which are marked with an orange X. Work has begun in the following Ward 5 parks:

  • Westwood Park
  • Max Ward Park
  • Brandon Gate Park
  • Northwood Park
  • Derry Greenway Park
  • Elmcreek Park
  • Father Jospeh A. Nolan Park
  • Malton Greenway

Crews will be working Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. After the initial tree removal, crews will remove the tree stumps, repair the ground with topsoil and reseed. All works will be weather dependant.

All City-owned trees on streets and in parks that are removed due to Emerald Ash Borer will be replanted within the community. Some street trees may need to be replanted in another location due to changes in underground utilities.
Trees will be replanted approximately one year after the stump is removed. However, timing is approximate due to the short planting season and weather conditions.

Ward 5 is expected to receive quite a number of new trees because many trees were lost to Emerald Ash Borer and the 2013 ice storm. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact my office at 905-896-5500 or visit mississauga.ca/urbanforestry.

Home Safe Home Fire Safety Program is Coming to a Neighbourhood Near You

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) is launching its annual Home Safe Home (HSH) program beginning May 15. It is a free city-wide education and awareness program that teaches residents about fire prevention and life safety. From May to September, fire crews go door-to-door distributing fire safety materials and conducting fire safety surveys to ensure that residents have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. MFES also recommends that residents develop and practice a home fire escape plan.

“Fire prevention is everyone’s responsibility,” said Al Hills, Platoon chief and member of the Home Safe Home committee. “There are hundreds of house fires in Mississauga every year and many of these fires are preventable. Residents need to understand and review their three key lines of defense which are prevention, detection and escape.”

According to Hills, Home Safe Home reached more than 32,000 Mississauga homes in 2014. Last year, Birnie CurrentSAFE, a Mississauga-based, family-owned electrical contractor signed on to become the program’s first corporate sponsor. As a result, MFES was able to reach more residents through fire safety information shared in community centres, libraries and at many community events and seminars.

“The first year of our partnership with MFES has been extremely gratifying, knowing that together we have helped save lives and prevent devastating losses,” said Tim Birnie, President, Birnie CurrentSAFE. “It has also spawned creativity in the ways we can touch people’s lives. We look forward to building on these successes. As Platoon Chief Hills says, ‘there is no honour in fighting a fire that could have been prevented’.”

Over the next two years, the sponsorship will help expand the program’s public outreach increasing the number of home visits, the distribution of fire safety materials and community events.

For information about the program, visit www.mfeshomesafehome.ca or call Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services, Fire Prevention and Life Safety at 905-896-5908.

To request a free HSH visit, call MFES Headquarters at 905-615-3777.

Using Fireworks Safely on Victoria Day and Canada Day

If you are planning to use fireworks on Victoria Day think safety first and take time to review the City’s fireworks By-law 0293-2001.

Did you know that fireworks can only be set off on two statutory holidays – Victoria Day and Canada Day or on a day for which a permit has been issued by the Fire Chief and only on the property listed within the permit.

• Fireworks cannot be set off on a public street or roadway.
• Fireworks can only be set off in a park if a permit is obtained from the Fire Chief.
• Fireworks should only be purchased from a licensed retailer permitted to sell fireworks to the general public within the City of Mississauga as per By-law 1-06 andBy-law 340-01.

According to Jamie Zimmerman, Assistant Chief, Fire Prevention and Life Safety, residents should use extra caution when setting off fireworks and always have a bucket of sand, a supply of water and a working fire extinguisher nearby. Set up fireworks in an open space and check the surrounding area for fire hazards. Place each firework in a pail of sand before lighting and keep at a safe distance from the fireworks.

For more tips on firework safety, contact the Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services, Fire Prevention and Life Safety team at 905-896-5908 or visit MFES online.

City Council Supports Region’s Efforts to Hold Businesses Responsible for Waste

City Council passed a motion supporting the Region of Peel’s efforts to change provincial legislation on how Ontario businesses dispose of waste. Many municipalities across the province are looking to have the existing Waste Diversion Act amended to include tighter restrictions on individual waste producers.

“As municipal leaders, we want to show our support and advocate for waste reduction. That’s why we are standing behind this request for change at the provincial level,” said Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Municipalities across Ontario, including Mississauga, do not have control over the waste created by businesses. Yet, we’re legally required to provide recycling for citizens and use 50 per cent of taxes to pay for it.”

If the new Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR) legislation is introduced, it would ensure those creating waste would be entirely responsible for the end-of-life costs associated with waste production. The IPR system would also provide businesses with the flexibility to determine how their individual waste plans are designed and implemented.

“Businesses need to be accountable for how they dispose of their waste,” said Ward 8 Councillor Matt Mahoney, chair of the Environmental Action Committee. “Ontario businesses producing products and packaging are not being held responsible for what happens when those products are disposed of. We need to have a better system in place that promotes stronger recycling targets, standards and enforcement that deter unnecessary waste.”

IPR would provide considerable savings to Mississauga residents while helping to grow the local economy. Potential outcomes from updating the system can include higher waste diversion rates and better clarity for consumers about their purchases.

Learn more about producer responsibility here.

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