Ward 11 E-Newsletter - January 2019
Councillor's Message

Welcome to the January 2019 issue of my Ward 11 E-Newsletter!  I hope you find this newsletter informative.  

As always, I am pleased to assist you and your family with any municipal issue that you may have.  Please don't hesitate to contact my office directly at any time at 905-896-5011 or  george.carlson@mississauga.ca
In This Issue...
2019 Snow Clearing Operations

Winter is now upon us, and we can certainly feel the colder temperatures in the air! When the snow falls this winter, City crews and snow plows will be available to help clear roads, on-street bike lanes, sidewalks and other City infrastructure. The City is responsible for clearing:
  • 5,600 lane kilometres of roads and on-street bike lanes
  • 1,600 lane kilometres of priority sidewalks
  • 3,400 bus stops
  • 90 kilometres of roadside multi-use trails
  • Over 1,000 pedestrian crossings
The City's snow clearing service levels are as follows:
  • Major roads and on-street bike lanes are cleared first to allow emergency and transit vehicles to travel, followed by residential roads, priority sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, bus stops and designated roadside multi-use trails.
  • Roads and on-street bike lanes are salted if snowfall is less than eight centimetres, and plowed and salted if snowfall is more than eight centimetres.
  • Residential roads, priority sidewalks and bus stops are cleared within 24 to 36 hours after the end of a snowfall.
  • Residential roads are not cleared to bare pavement, but we make them passable and safe for emergency vehicles to travel. Some snow pack may remain.
  • Advanced weather monitoring and salt trucks equipped with on-board technology are used to control road salt use. Our goal is to maintain road safety and limit the impact of salt on the environment.
During a snowfall, residents can assist the City's snow clearing operations by:
  • Removing parked cars, garbage and recycling bins from residential roads during a snowfall to allow snow plows to clear the street. During snow clearing, temporary parking permits will not be issued and current ones will be suspended.
  • Being good neighbours by clearing their sidewalks and walkways from snow and ice as soon as possible after a snowfall, and offering to help seniors and people with disabilities who may need assistance.
  • Driving according to weather conditions and giving snow plows lots of space as they clear the roads.
  • Using salt wisely to minimize the impact of salt on the environment by following manufacturer instructions to only apply salt in the right amounts, under the right conditions.
For the latest updates during a snowfall, you may:
  • Follow @MississaugaSnow on Twitter
  • Call 3-1-1 (or 905-615-4311 outside city limits)
For more information about snow clearing in the city, visit  mississauga.ca/snow .   Top  
Winter On-Street Parking

This winter season please kindly remember to keep roads free of vehicles when it snows. Parked vehicles reduce the City's ability to efficiently clear roads for emergency vehicles and transit to travel.
 
On-Street Parking Restriction
An on-street parking restriction is in effect year round between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m for snow clearing operations. Parked or stopped vehicles in contravention of the City's  Traffic By-law  or on-street parking restriction will be issued a penalty notice and will be subject to towing and storage fees at the expense of the owner.
 
Suspension of Temporary Parking Requests
Temporary parking requests can be suspended at any time during snow events to allow staff and machinery to safely clear roads. New temporary parking requests will not be issued and current ones will not be recognized for the duration of snow clearing operations. Residents are kindly asked to remove vehicles from City streets in order for crews to complete salting and snow clearing operations within service standards timelines.
Vehicles that are found on City streets will be enforced in accordance with the City's  Traffic By-law  and will be issued a penalty notice and subject to towing and storage fees at the expense of the owner. To find out if temporary parking requests have been suspended, follow @MississaugaSnow  or call 311 (905-615-4311 if outside city limits).
 
For the latest updates during a snowfall, you may:
  • Follow @MississaugaSnow on Twitter
  • Call 3-1-1 (or 905-615-4311 outside city limits)
For more information about snow clearing in the city, visit  mississauga.ca/snow .   Top  
2019 Budget Committee Meetings

Please be advised that Budget Committee will be meeting in mid-January to discuss and approve the City's 2019 budget. 2019 Budget Committee meetings will be as follows:
  • Service Area Presentations (including public question period)
    • Monday, January 14, 2019 at 9 a.m.
    • Tuesday, January 15 at 9 a.m.
    • Monday, January 21 at 9 a.m.
    • Tuesday, January 22 at 9 a.m.
    • Monday, January 28 at 9 a.m.
  • Budget Approval (including public question period)
    • Wednesday, February 6 at 9 a.m.
There are many ways you can participate in the 2019 budget process:
For more information about the City's 2019 budget, please visit  www.mississauga.ca/budget .   Top  
New Barbertown Road Pedestrian Bridge

I am very pleased to advise that the pedestrian bridge on Barbertown Road is being rehabilitated. As part of this project, the following rehabilitation works will be undertaken:
  • The existing abutment structure (east bank) will be rehabilitated and  stabilized to carry the load of the new pedestrian bridge;
  • The shoreline will be stabilized on the east bank, including at the Carolyn Creek outfall shoreline;
  • A new pedestrian structure will replace the existing structure and the outer truss (original road bridge) structure will remain and be utilized as a non-load bearing feature;
  • The new pedestrian structure will be wider and supported on the rehabilitated abutments, versus the outer truss frame, ensuring extended life expectancy of the truss frame.
The project is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2019. Please be advised that during all construction phases, 'Notice of Service Disruption' project signage will be installed, noting the closure of the bridge to the public for construction duration and alternate access will be identified. I hope you and your family enjoy using this new pedestrian bridge!   Top  
Crossrides and Bike Signals

In an effort to promote and support safe cycling, the City will now be implementing more crossrides and bike signals at intersections.
 
What is a Crossride?
Crossrides allow cyclists to stay on their bikes while crossing through intersections. They may be located where multi-use trails or cycle tracks cross a road. Crossrides are identified with a line of painted squares on both sides of the crossing, and may also include painted bicycle marks. Cyclists do not need to dismount when crossing at a crossride.
 
What You Need To Know
When Cycling
  • If the intersection has bicycle signals, look for a cyclist pushbutton. If there is a button, push it and wait until the bicycle signal is green.
  • Ride cautiously across the intersection within the crossride. Watch for left- and right-turning vehicles to be sure they see you and are yielding.
  • Travel at a speed that allows you to stop quickly if a vehicle turns across your path.
  • Don't pass other cyclists within the crossride. If pedestrians are crossing, ring your bell to let them know you are approaching and pass carefully.
  • By law, cyclists must yield to pedestrians on multi-use trails.
When Walking
  • If there is a pedestrian pushbutton, push it. Wait for the 'Walk' signal.
  • Cross within the crosswalk.
  • Watch for turning vehicles to be sure drivers see you and are yielding.
  • Look around as you cross. Do not use electronic devices while crossing.
  • Pedestrians should avoid walking in the crossride.
When Driving
  • When making a turn, look for cyclists and pedestrians who are approaching or crossing the intersection.
  • Signal your turn early, giving other road users time to react.
  • Check your blind spot before turning.
  • Drivers must yield to cyclists in the crossride.
For more information about cycling in Mississauga, please visit www.mississaugabikes.ca .   Top  
Wi-Fi hotspots and Chromebooks at Mississauga Libraries

The  Mississauga Library  is launching two, free new pilot platforms to give Library users better access to technology and the internet using Wi-Fi hotspots and Chromebooks. The Chromebooks and hotspots were both purchased through a  provincial grant .
 
Chromebooks (Available only at Cooksville, Malton and Sheridan libraries)
A Chromebook is a laptop that runs Chrome OS as its operating system. These laptops are designed to be used primarily while connected to the internet, with most applications and data residing "in the Google cloud." However, there are a variety of applications that can be run offline. Chromebooks allow more flexible use of technology for users in the library allowing for better collaborative use like group work. The Library's Chromebooks can be used anywhere inside the Library and cannot be removed from the building. They are available at the Cooksville, Sheridan and Malton locations. Chromebooks can be borrowed until the Library closes; however, cannot be reserved. Users must use a valid youth or adult library card. 

Hotspots (Available only at Cooksville library)
The Library has purchased 10 hotspots devices to improve access to Wi-Fi and provide a new way for users to access the internet. As a pilot, hotspots launched in mid-September and are currently available at the Cooksville library for a seven-day loan period. Similar to a Wi-Fi network, hotspots can be used at home, work or on the go to connect any device to the internet.
By introducing our hotspot pilot platform, Library users can now connect to the internet anywhere they go.
 
Last year, the City began updating its long-range plan for the next five years for the Library. The plan looks at the number of residents using City-run programs, services and facilities and seeks to understand what the community sees as priorities so these needs can be met now and in the future. One of the six priorities for the Library's plan is to Invest in Technology to Bridge the Digital Divide with hot spot and Chromebook lending being in the plan. For more information about the Chromebook and hotspot pilot platforms, or to find out more about Mississauga Library, visit mississauga.ca/library.   Top  
New MiWay Airport Express

If you're heading to Toronto Pearson Airport for work, vacation, etc., you'll be glad to know that MiWay's Route 100 - Airport Express is now operating every 16 minutes, Monday to Friday, along the city's dedicated bus-only Mississauga Transitway.
 
MiWay riders can travel between 4 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Winston Churchill Station to Renforth Station and express to Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminals 1 and 3. Route 100 stops at all 12 transitway stations and offers connections to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), GO Transit bus service and Brampton Transit.
 
Route 100 - Airport Express, was made possible in part from the Public Transit Infrastructure Funding program - an equal cost sharing funding program in which the City of Mississauga and the Government of Canada each contributed $58 million. The joint funding program is helping the City deliver service improvements that include the purchase of 13 new buses, 80 replacement buses and the rehabilitation of more than 280 buses, enabling the launch of new services and service improvements to existing routes along key commuter corridors including:
  • New Route 104 - Derry Express, connecting Meadowvale Town Centre with Westwood Square in Malton
  • More frequent service on Route 107 - Malton Express, which improved crosstown connections between downtown Mississauga and Humber College
  • More frequent service on Route 109 - Meadowvale Express, which improved crosstown connections between Meadowvale Town Centre and the TTC transit hub at Islington
Route 100 is part of the MiWay Five Transit Service Plan from 2016-2020. The plan is moving Mississauga's transit system to a grid network allowing more frequent buses along main corridors, improving connectivity to surrounding municipalities and making travel to Toronto Pearson International Airport easier. Plan your MiWay trip on Route 100 - Airport Express by visiting miway.ca/planatrip or by calling 905-615-INFO (4636) for customized route and schedule information.   Top  
Councillor George Carlson| | george.carlson@mississauga.ca | 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON   L5B 3C1