• Fall Winter Newsletter

    My Fall Winter Newsletter went out in the mail last week. Most residents have already received a copy. If one was not delivered to your home, please contact me at 905-896-5200 or karen.ras@mississauga.ca and I would be happy to send one to you. Attached is an electronic version of the newsletter. Happy reading!

     

    Fall Winter 2015 Newsletter

  • City Launches ePlans in January 2016

    On November 18th at General Committee, Council received an update on the City’s transition to ePlans which will see all building permit and site plan approvals done online starting in January 2016.

     

    “While other municipalities have started to use ePlans, Mississauga is the first in Canada to offer an end-to-end ePlans process,” said Ezio Savini, Director of Building for the City’s Planning and Building department.  “Our ePlans process allows homeowners, businesses and design professionals to check on the status of their projects anytime and anywhere. ePlans will improve the quality and efficiency of development application and building permit services, becoming an industry best practice.”

     

    The ePlans system enables the City to accept online applications that allow Planning and Building staff to review plans and documents at the same time. This will lessen the amount of time each file spends between staff that need to review and approve it.  “Throughout the process, applicants can check in and see where their documents are at. They will also easily be able to see any changes that have been made,” says Savini.

     

     

    ePlans supports the Strategic Plan Living Green Pillar as applicants can submit plans to City Hall electronically, eliminating the need for paper plans.  This will save applicants over $100,000 in printing costs, eight metric tons of paper and approximately 40,000 liters of fuel annually.

     

    For more information on ePlans, request a demo or start an application visit: eplans.mississauga.ca.

  • City Publishes 2016 Proposed Business Plan and Budget

    The City of Mississauga’s 2016 Proposed Business Plan and Budget is now available online at mississauga.ca/budget. The 2016 Proposed Business Plan and Budget details what will happen with City services in 2016 and how they will be financed.

     

     

    Highlights of the 2016 Proposed Business Plan and Budget

     

     

    • The total operating budget proposed for 2016 is $723.1 million. This amount is offset by revenue from various sources (e.g. transit fares and recreation fees) totalling $289.4 million. The amount that is not offset by these revenues is the net operating budget.
    • The net operating budget proposed for 2016 is $433.7 million, compared with $412.9 million in 2015. 2016’s proposed net operating budget is approximately $21 million more than the 2015 net operating budget.
    • Almost all the budget proposed for 2016 (about 96 per cent, or $418.4 million) is there to keep our vibrant City’s services running at current levels. This includes services like:
      • MiWay – Ontario’s third largest municipal transit services, MiWay customers boarded a bus more than 52 million times last year
      • Fire and Emergency Services – responding to emergencies and visiting more than 30,000 residences last year to promote fire safety
      • Roads – keeping motor vehicle, pedestrian and bike traffic moving on the City’s more than 5,220 lane kilometres of roadway
      • Parks and Forestry – maintaining our City’s 2,903 hectares of parkland and open space, including one million City-owned trees, two marinas and 10 publicly owned cemeteries
      • The Central Library and 17 branch libraries – lending residents 6 million items last year
      • Recreation – last year providing 166,000 hours of recreation programming like swimming, fitness, skating and more
    • Expenses related to the Stormwater Program have been removed from the City’s operating budget ($6.7 million). Starting in 2016, Stormwater Program expenses will be funded by the revenue from the Stormwater Charge. This dedicated funding will be used to keep the City’s draining system in good working order.
    • New service accounts for between one and two per cent of the proposed budget, or about $7 million. As the City advances its strategic plan, new service includes:
      • continuing the low-income transit pass pilot
      • adding 28,000 transit service hours
      • opening three new Mississauga Transitway stations. When completed in 2017, the Transitway will move riders from the west end (Winston Churchill station) to the east (Renforth Gateway station) or vice versa in 20 minutes
      • increasing the City’s fire prevention efforts by adding capacity for public education and plans examination
      • improving the City’s disaster resilience
      • improving the Library’s collection and completing the Woodlands and Meadowvale libraries redevelopments
      • promoting our City as a tourism destination
      • reopening the extensively renovated Meadowvale Community Centre
      • beginning Phase I design and construction of a community centre for Park 459 in Ward 10
    • The overall tax impact on residents is 2.6 per cent on the 2016 residential property tax bill. Of this, 1.7 per cent is for the City’s services, and 0.9 per cent for Region of Peel services.
    • For the owners of an average, detached, single family home in Mississauga (value $533,000), a 2.6 per cent overall tax increase comes to about $121. Of this, approximately $78 goes to the City.

     

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  • Ready for Winter Weather in the City

    The City of Mississauga is ready for the 2015-2016 winter season.

     

    “Our priority for winter maintenance is to ensure that emergency and public transit vehicles have safe access to routes on major roads,” said Geoff Wright, director, Works Operations & Maintenance. “The City uses a priority route system to clear and salt roads, bus stops, priority sidewalks and pedestrian crossings. We encourage residents to keep up-to-date on the City’s plowing and salting to plan ahead for travel with our Mississauga Roads App and Twitter channel @MississaugaSnow.”


    When are Roads and Sidewalks Plowed or Salted



    • Roads are salted if snowfall is less than eight cm (three in.) or plowed and salted if snowfall is more than eight cm (three in.).
    • Priority roads are cleared first for emergency and transit vehicles to travel 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 24-36 hours after the end of a snowstorm.


    For details visit winter
    maintenance standards

     

    Wright explains, “When snowfalls are intense or of long duration it can impact the length of time it takes for our crews to get to bus stops and side roads. The priority route system we use and the winter maintenance standards help our crews manage heavy snowfalls throughout the winter.”

     

    Keep Up-to-Date 24/7



    • Download the Mississauga Roads App to track plows/salters travelling routes and receive alerts.
    • Follow on Twitter @MississaugaSnow  for current conditions and progress.

    • Visit mississauga.ca/snow for updates, details, routes and maps.
    • Call the Information Snow Line 905-615-SNOW (7669)
    to hear recorded information about plowing and salting during a snow event.
    If there are concerns with road conditions 12-24 hours after a snowstorm ends please contact 3-1-1 or (905-615-4311 outside city limits).


    Snow Season Parking



    Roads with parked cars take longer to plow or salt. Please help plows and salters by removing vehicles from roads during heavy snowfalls. A winter on-street parking restriction is in effect in Mississauga  from November 1 to March 31 between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. This restriction will be enforced in accordance with the City’s Traffic By-law. Vehicles left on City streets will be issued a penalty notice and are subject to towing and storage fees at the expense of the owner.
    During snow clearing operations, temporary parking permits will be suspended.
    Keep up-to-date with @MississaugaSnow, the Winter Maintenance page at mississauga.ca/snow or download the
    Mississauga Roads App for free.

  • Working Group to Consider a Stormwater Residential Credit Program

    On November 18th, Mississauga City Council approved a working group to consider a stormwater credit program for residential properties that use stormwater best management practices.  The working group will be comprised of Ward 2 Councillor Karen Ras, Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca, Ward 6 Councillor Ron Starr, Ward 8 Councillor Matt Mahoney and Ward 11 Councillor George Carlson as well as staff from the City’s Transportation and Works department.

     

    The City of Mississauga currently has a credit program for non-residential and multi-residential properties. On October 28, 2015, Council passed a resolution to form a group to consider a separate credit program for residential properties. The group is to report back to Council in the spring of 2016.

     

    Background:

     

    Stormwater Charge
    The stormwater charge is a new, dedicated source of funding that will be added to the Region of Peel water bill in 2016. The City of Mississauga’s stormwater drainage system protects water quality and lowers the risk of flooding that can damage your property and the environment. To keep the system in good working order, the City invests in planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, renewal and bylaw enforcement activities. Learn more about the stormwater charge at stormwatercharge.ca

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