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Ice Storm Brush Pick Up This Spring

1.       Residents can put out bundled branches with a diameter of 3” and a length of 3’ for yard waste pick up.  The reasons for the length and diameter restrictions are related to the equipment used to pick up the yard waste (contractor uses a regular garbage truck and yard waste is compacted in the truck. Larger branches simply can’t be compacted).  Unofficially the contractor is going to make best efforts to pick up branches that aren’t bundled but generally meet the size requirements.  This wouldn’t apply to a random large pile of brush that has been placed at the curb.
2.       Tipping fees for loads that contain only brush/branches and other tree debris from the December ice storm will be waived from Saturday, April 5 through Saturday, May 3.   The following link has the details concerning the Region’s response to the ice storm related brush cleanup. http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/newslist/index.aspx?corpId=58cynQlfgqiAYQyTLmpurQeQuAleQuAl&newsId=iZ2fylsg1GHdpCMJyKn5EAeQuAleQuAl
3.       The Local municipalities are also taking action to pick up both brush from municipally owned trees on the local roads and privately owned trees on residents properties.
a.       City of Kitchener is picking up most of the debris on City streets/blvds that still remains and will grind/chip accordingly and are asking if the Region would take the woodchip created at no cost;
b.      Waterloo has not committed to an official plan as of last Friday; the expectation is that the majority of the clean up would be through the Region’s Yard Waste program and waived tip fees but they anticipate some level of curbside collection will still be necessary;
c.       Cambridge is planning to collect any brush, that has not been picked up through the Region’s yard waste program, between Apr. 7th and 17th and would like the Region to consider waiving tip fees.
d.      Townships – varying degrees of public drop-off and collection in settlement areas (also looking for waived/reduced tip fees) ‎.
4.       Cities are planning their own individual public communications programs for their programs.
5.       Region staff are following up with local municipalities on the requests to waive or reduce tipping fees.  Also whether this is recoverable from ice storm relief funding.
Thanks to Regional Staff for this update.

We don’t need a referendum on Rapid Transit

There are many reasons why starting a referendum process so close to the final vote on what system we would use for transit is not a good idea.

I am going to speak about the public process for Rapid Transit so far. This process has been going on since 2003 with many, many meetings and a decision in 2009 that generated a lot of public response. There have been two elections (2006 and 2010) of municipal councillors as this process continued. I’m not counting the 2003 election as the process had just begun.

 People have had a say and are continuing to have a say. I have had over 100 emails on this topic since January and that’s not including all the mails I had before that time. I have had the most emails ever on any topic. And these are from separate individuals (I counted each person once). 80 percent at least not the “usual suspects” or advocates for one side or the other. My mail has been running 50/50 pro and con. I send all of the emails to staff to put into the count. I also record pro and con of the telephone calls.  This doesn’t even cover the many, many people whose main topic of conversation with me when I meet them is Rapid Transit. Everyone from the owner of the manicure shop to my book club to dogwalkers to people at various events.

There have also been various groups like the realtors and the tech industry running their own surveys of members. The Record Metroline survey should be very influential as no one can say they are biased because they are the Region. A friend of mine also told me that she answered an Angus Reid poll recently (Not the Region, I asked) I wait for that one.

I also listen to the Jeff Allan show, Rogers 20 talk local, CTV and read The Record and The Chronicle. The Region has a clipping service, so I have also read all the regional articles about Rapid Transit. Not to mention blogs, twitter and Facebook.

Finally there are all the public meetings the Region has held, not to mention the on-line comment form. http://rapidtransit.region.waterloo.on.ca/comment.html

Councillors get numbers and summaries of all.

Here is the list of the public meetings the Region has had with the public.It is in pdf format because there were and are so many. By the way, I have personally attended a number of these meetings, right back to 2006. And not all the meetings are even listed. I attended the Leadership Waterloo cafe recently and that’s not on the official list. Neither are the Probus and Rotary meetings staff presented at, to mention a few.

Rapid_Transit_Public_Outreach_Summary_May_2011

If you have not managed to phone me, or send an email , you can still do so. My information is at the side of this blog.

The final public meetings are May 31 and June 1st at council chambers. If you can’t make them, the decision day is June 15th in the evening at council chambers.

Here is what I am hearing from many of the public, most of them before this referendum question came up.  “Get ‘er done. We are tired of it. Make a decision.”

I hear you and I am going to.

Children's Groundwater Festival, Development Fees, LRT (yet again)

Went to the Children’s groundwater festival today at Doon Heritage Crossroads. Was there as a Regional Councillor and as first vice-chair of GRCA. There are now 14 groundwater festivals in Ontario. The school kids love it. All hands on learning about water. Saw the watercup challenge with local media and grade 5 students from Sandhills school. In the “Are you smarter than a 5th grader” format. Uhh, Mike Farwell isn’t when it comes to questions about water.  LOL He has time to bone up though as he is the honourary chair of the festival.

 

The musueum’s walls are up. It seems a lot closer to Homer Watson than in the drawings. Here’s more info:

http://www.region.waterloo.on.ca/web/region.nsf/DocID/E419E25D551A1F92852573DA007176AF?OpenDocument

After the watercup contest, council members of the committee looking into the Development Fee by-law said they have done some tweaks. It is proposed to raise development fees to cover the cost of the infrastructure needed for growth. But we’ve hit the recession and no one’s buying homes or building new factories. So tweaking is in order. (Sorry, can’t tell you the inside scoop)

Went to the LRT public meeting in Waterloo tonight.  The place was buzzing. Most people for the Light Rail, discussion around the form of the route in Waterloo. One woman concerned about the train going through Waterloo Park, one man wanted Bus Rapid Transit and one man said it was too expensive.  Good discussions.

Children’s Groundwater Festival, Development Fees, LRT (yet again)

Went to the Children’s groundwater festival today at Doon Heritage Crossroads. Was there as a Regional Councillor and as first vice-chair of GRCA. There are now 14 groundwater festivals in Ontario. The school kids love it. All hands on learning about water. Saw the watercup challenge with local media and grade 5 students from Sandhills school. In the “Are you smarter than a 5th grader” format. Uhh, Mike Farwell isn’t when it comes to questions about water.  LOL He has time to bone up though as he is the honourary chair of the festival.

 

The musueum’s walls are up. It seems a lot closer to Homer Watson than in the drawings. Here’s more info:

http://www.region.waterloo.on.ca/web/region.nsf/DocID/E419E25D551A1F92852573DA007176AF?OpenDocument

After the watercup contest, council members of the committee looking into the Development Fee by-law said they have done some tweaks. It is proposed to raise development fees to cover the cost of the infrastructure needed for growth. But we’ve hit the recession and no one’s buying homes or building new factories. So tweaking is in order. (Sorry, can’t tell you the inside scoop)

Went to the LRT public meeting in Waterloo tonight.  The place was buzzing. Most people for the Light Rail, discussion around the form of the route in Waterloo. One woman concerned about the train going through Waterloo Park, one man wanted Bus Rapid Transit and one man said it was too expensive.  Good discussions.

Children's Groundwater Festival, Development Fees, LRT (yet again)

Went to the Children’s groundwater festival today at Doon Heritage Crossroads. Was there as a Regional Councillor and as first vice-chair of GRCA. There are now 14 groundwater festivals in Ontario. The school kids love it. All hands on learning about water. Saw the watercup challenge with local media and grade 5 students from Sandhills school. In the “Are you smarter than a 5th grader” format. Uhh, Mike Farwell isn’t when it comes to questions about water.  LOL He has time to bone up though as he is the honourary chair of the festival.

 

The musueum’s walls are up. It seems a lot closer to Homer Watson than in the drawings. Here’s more info:

http://www.region.waterloo.on.ca/web/region.nsf/DocID/E419E25D551A1F92852573DA007176AF?OpenDocument

After the watercup contest, council members of the committee looking into the Development Fee by-law said they have done some tweaks. It is proposed to raise development fees to cover the cost of the infrastructure needed for growth. But we’ve hit the recession and no one’s buying homes or building new factories. So tweaking is in order. (Sorry, can’t tell you the inside scoop)

Went to the LRT public meeting in Waterloo tonight.  The place was buzzing. Most people for the Light Rail, discussion around the form of the route in Waterloo. One woman concerned about the train going through Waterloo Park, one man wanted Bus Rapid Transit and one man said it was too expensive.  Good discussions.