Regional Governance Update
In mid-January, the Province announced that it is reviewing Regional Governance across Ontario, including Peel Region.

At that point, City staff were instructed to pull together information for Council consideration and that was debated a few weeks ago in terms of what our next steps are.

Mississauga, under previous Mayor McCallion and now Mayor Crombie, both have long held the very public views that Mississauga should be a stand-alone city with a population approaching 800,000 people. For many years, Mississauga has paid for 60% of the Regional costs and supporting our neighbouring municipalities in their growth. At this point, it is estimated that we are supporting Brampton and Caledon by approximately $85 million per year – funds that could otherwise be reinvested into our City building. If you would like the history and details on this, there are really good reports at this link: https://www7.mississauga.ca/documents/committees/general/2019/2019_03_20_GC_Additional_Agenda.pdf   

There are also Regional reports and they can be found at this link: http://www.peelregion.ca/government-review/ . No one on Council was aware that this Peel report was prepared and had concerns with respect to some of the assumptions. A report with input on the terms of reference from all municipalities and the region has been commissioned that we believe will provide more comprehensive information that what we currently have. We expect that to be provided by the third week of May.

A few weeks ago, Council supported in principle - pending public consultation - to look at becoming a stand-alone city.

There was a public meeting held at City Hall a couple of weeks ago asking residents to provide input.

As previously communicated, I will be hosting a Ward Town Hall meeting in conjunction with Councillor Dasko on Wednesday May 1st at 6:30pm-8pm at the Port Credit Legion on Front Street.  Hopefully, you ,a be available to attend the meeting.

The province released further details on their regional governance review. The public consultation period has been extended from April 23rd to May 21st. As well, it has been announced that there will be a public session hosted at Peel Region with the Advisors Ken Seiling and Michael Fenn on May 8th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. You can find out more details, here:  https://news.ontario.ca/mma/en/2019/04/ontario-invites-public-presentations-on-regional-government-review.html.

There are still many unknowns at this time but at the very least, any governance changes brought forward by the province, should remain cost neutral or to the benefit of Mississauga taxpayers.

Given that municipalities are strictly under the purview of the Province, any decisions on the future governance of Mississauga and Peel Region will ultimately be at the discretion of the Province.
City's Spring Cleaning Gets Underway
With winter behind us, the City has begun its annual Spring Clean-up Program. The City's work crews will be focussing on cleaning up after the spring thaw, including starting maintenance work and repairs to City infrastructure.
We have crews mobilized to monitor and inspect areas of the city that need to be cleaned or repaired, such as debris on our streets or cracks on our pavement. It is our priority to ensure that our roads and walkways are made safe and accessible for the public.

The City will be undertaking the following as part of its Spring Clean-up Program:

Snow Plow Sod Damage Inspection and Repair
Sod may have been damaged by winter equipment throughout the winter when the ground is soft or if overgrown grass crept onto the sidewalk. Residents can report snow plow sod damage by calling 3-1-1, using the Pingstreet app or submitting an online request .

Reported areas will be inspected this spring to see if sod replacement or re-seeding is required. Repairs typically occur from May to June and September to October.

Pot Hole Repair
Repairs are already underway. City staff will also regularly inspect roads through routine patrols. Residents can also report pot holes by calling 3-1-1, using the Pingstreet app or submitting an online request .

Reported areas will be inspected within three business days and made safe. If additional repairs are required, it will be completed on a priority basis as part of the City's regular maintenance.

Sidewalk Inspection and Repair
Beginning in May, City staff will walk every sidewalk in the city to inspect and record damage on sidewalks. Residents can also report any sidewalk damage by calling 3-1-1, using the Pingstreet app or submitting an online request .

Reported areas will be inspected within three business days and made safe. If additional repairs are required, it will be completed on a priority basis as part of the City's regular maintenance.

While City crews are out clearing and maintaining areas of the city, residents are also asked to please be patient and give staff and equipment lots of space to work.

For more information, please click here.
Multi-Use Trail Update
The multi-use trail along the hydro corridor from Winston Churchill Boulevard to Indian Grove continues to progress.

The trail between Bromsgrove Road and Welwyn Drive will be paved this month. The trail sections on each side of the 2 new bridges (Sheridan Creek and Turtle Creek) should be opening sooner than expected.
Furthermore the trail between Clarkson Road and Welwyn Drive (just south of Barsuda Drive) should also be completed this month. All this work is weather permitting.

For more updates on all sections of the trail, please visit here .
City Urges Residents to be Cautious of Door-to-Door Sump Pump Sales 
Residents are reminded that the City of Mississauga does not employ or authorize companies to install sump pumps on the City's behalf. Door-to-door sales people may use high-pressure tactics.
The City recommends all residents exercise caution before providing any personal information to sales people or committing to a service.

Residents are encouraged to call 3-1-1 or 905-615-4311 for correct information about City or Regional services and programs.

Customer Service Advisors are available to answer resident inquiries, Monday to Friday between
7 a.m. & 7 p.m.
It’s Time for Youth to Shine 
It’s that time of the year, when we celebrate all things youth. May 1 to 7 is National Youth Week and the City of Mississauga will be joining celebrations across the country with a focus on youth-led activities.
 
There are free activities happening all week targeting youth aged 12 to 18 years-old. Check out a spring cooking class, learn archery, try out yoga or take part in a giant game of Connect Four or Jenga. Many activities are organized by youth for youth. Follow on social media using the hashtag #NYW905.
 
Check out the full list of events during National Youth Week by visiting here.
The 2019 Mississauga Marathon is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 5th, 2019 and will be causing road closures throughout the City of Mississauga. For a full list of road closures for each day, please click here .

Expect delays if you plan to travel on or near the event course. If you need to travel, plan and please be safe and courteous to runners and police. Emergency services such as police, ambulance and fire will not be affected. We encourage you to come out and cheer on thousands of runners!

For additional City-wide road closure and lane restriction information please visit  mississaugamarathon.com  or contact Mississauga Marathon at 905-949-2931.
If you are unable to reach staff at the phone number above, please contact City of Mississauga,Traffic Operation: Craig Pzytula, 905-615-3200 ext.3638

For more information please visit: mississaugamarathon.com

Good luck to all those participating!
Upcoming Community Events and Meetings
Wards 1 & 2 Regional Governance Review Townhall

Who:   Councillor Ras (Ward 2) and Councillor Dasko (Ward 1)
What:  Regional Governance Townhall meeting for Ward 1 & 2 residents
When:   Wednesday, May 1st, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where:  Port Credit Royal Canadian Legion - 35 Front Street West
Format:  Presentation by Janice Baker, City Manager and CAO for the City of Mississauga, followed by q & a.

Ward 2 Community Fun Day: Saturday, May 11th, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Clarkson Community Centre. Free swim and fun activities for the entire family.

The Credit Valley Horticultural Society 35 th  Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm - St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School (parking lot), 2800 Erin Centre Blvd.  Rain or Shine. Come early to choose from a large selection of locally grown perennials, native plants, vines, shrubs and annuals. Experienced gardeners will be available to give advice. Please visit  creditvalleyhort.ca  or call 905-822-1606 for more information.

National Public Works: Saturday, May 25th from 10 am to 3 pm - Mississauga Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive - Do you know what it takes to keep the city moving each day? From providing clean water to building roads and bridges or planning for mass transit, to removing snow on roadways or devising emergency management plans, public works services contribute to a city's quality of life. Join us for Family Fun Day - a celebration of National Public Works Week (NPWW).

14th Annual Spring Garden Tour in support of the Canadian Cancer Society: Sunday, May 26, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s Tour will take place in the Applewood Acres and Orchard Heights areas of Mississauga where eight homeowners have graciously agreed to share their lovely gardens with Tour participants. See the attached press release to learn about our special guest garden owners and what else we have planned this year. All proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society to help fight cancer. Tickets are available online and at select retailers in Mississauga. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit ccsgardentour.com .

If you have any questions or comments about any of the above mentioned community meetings, please do not hesitate to contact me at  karen.ras@mississauga.ca  or call
905-896-5200.