Ward 11 E-Newsletter - December 2017
Councillor's Message

Welcome to the December 2017 issue of my Ward 11 E-Newsletter!  I hope you find this newsletter informative.  

On behalf of myself and my staff, Anita A. Solomon and Kim Duarte, I would like to sincerely wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, joyous holiday season, and a wonderful, prosperous 2017!  I look forward to serving you and your family in the coming New Year!  
 
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...
Please Support Our Local Food Banks

Please Support Our Local Food Banks
As the holiday season approaches, we find ourselves busy buying presents, decorating, and making plans to spend time with friends and family.  We also think about those less fortunate and wonder how we can make a difference.  A great way to help those in need this holiday season is to support our local food banks by donating funds or much-needed food items.
 
Mississauga Food Bank
The Mississauga Food Bank (MFB) is the central food bank in Mississauga and has been providing healthy food for those in need since 1986.  If you are able to help, please consider donating to the MFB's holiday food drive with some of the following much-needed items:
  • Protein: Canned fish or meat, peanut butter, beans
  • Vegetables: Canned vegetables, pasta sauce, healthy soups and stews
  • Fruit: Applesauce, canned fruit, dried fruit, real fruit juice
You may drop off your donation items at the MFB's warehouse at 3121 Universal Drive; at select grocery stores; or at any Mississauga fire hall.  For more info about the MFB, visit www.themississaugafoodbank.org
 
Eden Food For Change
Eden Food for Change is committed to increasing access to good food and developing food skills to encourage healthy eating.  Eden FFC serves all of western Mississauga.  Their current needed items are as follows:
  • Enfamil Formula
  • Dry Soup Beans
  • Canned Fruit
  • Cereal
  • Bulk Oatmeal
  • Juice Boxes and canned Juice
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Salmon and Tuna
  • Crackers
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Side Dishes
  • Cookies
  • Laundry Soap
  • Bar Soap, Shampoo
  • Body Wash, Toothpaste
  • Gluten Free Product
  • Diapers Size 5 and 6 only
  • Meats *
  • Yogurt *
  • Margarine *
  • Butter *
*Please note fresh product must be given to a volunteer at either: 3185 Unity Dr, Monday-Friday 9AM - 4PM or 3051 Battleford Rd, Mondays only 9AM - 3PM, in order to be refrigerated.  For more information about Eden FFC, please visit www.edenffc.org .   Top  
2018 New Year Family Skate 

I would like to cordially invite you to my 2018 New Year Family Skate Celebrate the New Year with myself and MPP Bob Delaney at Vic Johnston CC.  Bring your skates and enjoy the FREE skate party!  Bring your friends and family!  FREE coffee and hot chocolate will be provided!  The details are as follows:
 
2018 New Year Family Skate
Vic Johnston Community Centre (Lobby & Arena)
335 Church Street - Streetsville
Sunday, January, 14, 2018 - 11am-12:30pm
 
I look forward to celebrating with you and your family on January 14th!  For more information about my 2018 New Year Family Skate , please call my office at 905-896-5011 or visit www.georgecarlson.ca .   Top  
City Christmas and Holiday Hours of Operation

Please be advised that City of Mississauga administrative offices will be closed from Monday December 25, 2017 to Monday, January 1, 2018 (inclusive).  City Hall will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.  A number of public and recreation services will operate on a holiday schedule during the closure period.
 
A list of City services and hours of operation can be found in the 2017/2018 Holiday Hours schedule, which is available at:  www.mississauga.ca/contactus.   

3-1-1 Citizen Contact Centre 
Open: Dec. 27 - 29 
Closed: Dec. 25 - 26 and Jan. 1 
Reopen: Jan. 2 Dial 3-1-1 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday to Friday, to speak to a Customer Service Advisor who will assist with your call. 

T&W Dispatch
Open 24/7 (For emergency calls regarding Animal Services, Parking Enforcement, Roads, Sidewalks, Traffic, Winter Maintenance, Forestry and other emergency City services).   Dial 3-1-1 and menu select Option 2 or call direct 905-615-3000. 

Information on Winter Maintenance Operations 
Visit www.mississauga.ca/snow, follow on Twitter @mississaugasnow or call 905-615-SNOW (7669).

For more information about the City's Christmas and holiday hours of operation, please visit www.mississauga.ca/contactus .   Top  
2018 City Business Plan and Budget
 
Mississauga City Council recently approved the 2018 Business Plan and Budget . The total increase in Mississauga's residential property tax will be 2.74 per cent. The increase includes 1.58 per cent for City services and 1.16 per cent for the Region of Peel.The impact of the budget is a $141 increase on the City's portion of the property tax on an average residential property valued at $604,000, or $23.27 per $100,000 of assessment.
 
The 2018 Budget ensures programs and services continue to be managed well and are delivered in a cost-effective way. Budget 2018 projects a savings of over $3 million, which means a savings of nearly $52 million over the past decade.
 
In 2018, Mississauga residents will see 46,000 more transit service hours and additional transit security, along with road, traffic and other infrastructure improvements. This is in addition to regular services, including fire and emergency services, winter road maintenance, libraries, recreation programs and parks and forestry.  The highlights of the 2018 Business Plan and Budget include:
  • The City advances on its Strategic Plan in 2018 by adding approximately $2.8 million worth of new services, including:
    • continuing the MiWay service growth and adding 46,000 service hours;
    • increasing support to culture groups and local artists;
    • redeveloping the recently-acquired Small Arms Inspection Building;
    • hosting the Ontario 55+ Summer Games;
    • providing public education about the City's Active Transportation options to encourage the use of cycling and walking infrastructure; and
    • improving the Library's collection to support the City's population growth.
  • Budget 2018 projects savings of over $3 million
The 2018 Stormwater Program operating budget, excluding transfers to reserves, is $11.9 million. Highlights of the business plan include development of a comprehensive asset management plan, infrastructure improvements, flood relief improvement projects and community outreach activities.  The Stormwater Charge rate for 2018 is $104 per stormwater billing unit.  For more details on the City's budget and the budgeting process, visit mississauga.ca/budget   Top
2018 Region of Peel Budget
 
Regional Council has approved the Region of Peel's 2018 Operating and Capital Budget.  The 2018 Budget Regional net tax levy increase of 2.6 per cent. This represents a 1.0 per cent Property Tax increase from the Regional budget and a 6.5 per cent utility rate increase. This Regional budget will contribute an annual increase to the average residential property tax bill of $47.
 
Operating investments of $2.4 billion and capital investments of $0.7 billion ensure sustainment of current service levels and addresses enhanced service levels to accommodate rapid population growth and an aging population, with a special focus on Paramedic services and affordable housing support.  Budget highlights in 2018 include:
  • 39,000 more accessible transportation trips
  • Two additional ambulances and more paramedics to address 6,000 additional 9-1-1 calls
  • Additional beds in the Brampton Youth Shelter
  • Service to 4,000 new households for waste collection and 4,750 new water customers
  • Additional police staffing to maintain our safe communities
  • Additional caregivers to address increasingly complex care needs for Peel Manor Long Term Care residents
Along with meeting the Capital and Operating needs of the Region, the budget provides funding to the three local conservation authorities (Credit Valley Conservation Authority, Halton Conservation Authority, and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority), Peel Regional Police and the Ontario Provincial Police. To learn more about the budget, please visit www.peelregion.ca/budget .   Top
Paid Parking to Begin in Streetsville         

The City of Mississauga will be implementing paid parking in areas of Streetsville beginning early in 2018.  Parking occupancy surveys completed in Streetsville in order to confirm parking demand and occupancy rates revealed high on-street parking occupancy rates, minimal vehicle turnover, and limited availability of convenient parking in the core of Streetsville.  

To this end, paid parking helps manage parking demand, encourage parking space turnover, and alleviate traffic congestion that is caused when drivers are required to circle to locate an available parking space.  Paid parking encourages quicker turnover of parking spaces and long-term parking to occur in off-street parking lots.  Paid parking also creates revenue to offset high costs related to parking infrastructure maintenance and new parking facility developments.  Parking charges have been used as a parking management tool for parking in the Downtown, Clarkson, Cooksville and Port Credit for many years.
 
Paid parking in Streetsville will be implemented in two phases. The first phase will include Queen Street South between Barry Avenue and Kerr Street and Municipal Parking Lot #9 located at Queen Street and Pearl Street:
  • Queen Street South on-street paid parking will be in effect from:
    Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
  • Off-street paid parking in Municipal Parking Lot #9 will be in effect from:
    Monday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
The cost for parking on-street and in Municipal Parking Lot #9 will be $1.50 per hour for the first two hours and $2 for the third hour. Parking will be allowed in these locations for a maximum of three hours.
 
The City's Municipal Parking team worked closely with the Streetsville Business Improvement Area (BIA) on the implementation of a paid parking plan.  Parking Staff will bring forward a corporate report to General Committee in 2018 for phase two of paid parking in Streetsville.  For more information about parking, please visit mississauga.ca/parking or dial 311.  Top
Winter Snow Clearing Operations      

 

The City of Mississauga clears 5,600 lane kilometres of roads; 1,400 lane kilometres of priority sidewalks; 3,700 bus stops and over 1,000 pedestrian crossings. The City clears major roads first to allow access for emergency vehicles and public transit. This is followed by residential roads, pedestrian crossings, priority sidewalks and bus stops.
 
What the City clears and when
  • Roads are salted if the snowfall is less than eight centimetres or plowed and salted if the snowfall is more than eight centimetres.
  • Major roads are cleared first for emergency and transit vehicles. This is followed by local residential roads, bus stops, pedestrian crossings and priority sidewalks (around hospitals, schools and major transit routes for transit service).
  • Priority sidewalks, bus stops and pedestrian crossings are cleared within 24 to 36 hours of snow ending.
Winter on-street parking restriction
  • Residents are advised not to park their vehicles on City streets from November 1 to March 31 between 2 and 6 a.m. Vehicles left on City streets in violation of the Traffic By-law may be issued a penalty notice and subject to towing and storage fees at the expense of the owner. During snow removal, temporary parking permits will not be issued and current ones will be suspended.
  • Residents also play an important role in keeping the community safe. It's important to clear your sidewalks after each snowfall to keep them safe for pedestrians and be a good neighbour by lending a hand to help seniors or people with disabilities to do the same.
Snow Clearing Updates
  • Residents can track City snow plows and check routes in their neighbourhood by visiting the snow plow tracker webpage. In addition, they can follow @MississaugaSnow on Twitter or visit mississauga.ca/snow.
  • Residents can also call 311 for updates
  
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Changes to Animal Care and Control By-law Improve Animal Welfare      
 
Mississauga City Council recently approved new amendments to the Animal Care and Control By-law . These By-law changes formally recognize not-for-profit animal rescue organizations and provide clarity regarding trap, neuter, return (TNR) programs that manage feral cat populations.
 
These changes allow the City's Animal Services to partner with approved organizations that operate rescue and foster care for homeless animals.  They also outline criteria for approving animal rescue organizations and the regulation of TNR programs. This ensures the welfare of the animals and that property standards are maintained at all times.The following changes are required in order to allow not-for-profit animal rescue organizations to operate legally:
  • Exemption from requiring a pet license for foster pets in their care
  • Exemption to allow them to have more than four pets in their care
  • Exemption from the at-large restriction for cats that are part of a City-approved TNR program
In addition, changes also include prohibiting providing false information when surrendering an animal to the Mississauga Animal Services shelter. Learn more about the Animal Care Control By-law and the City's Animal Services by visiting mypetmississauga.ca.   Top
Councillor George Carlson| | george.carlson@mississauga.ca | 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON   L5B 3C1