City Council Highlights for February 26, 2020
Learn more about what happened at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
CR20-12 Finance and Administration Committee: Endeavour to Assist Amendment to Servicing Agreement and Development Levy Policy
Council approved the Administration of Servicing Agreement and Development Levy Agreement Policy. The City uses Servicing Agreement Fees and Development Levies to fund major infrastructure work required for new growth and development in accordance with The Planning and Development Act, 2007.
CR20-14 Executive Committee: Kinsmen Park South Parking
Council approved the transaction to provide title for a portion of the Kinsmen Park South (about 1.2 acres) to the Ministry of Education subject to, but not limited to:
- The City of Regina receiving title of about 4.73 acres of green space at the St. Pius School site which the Ministry will provide at its cost
- Replacement of the two programmable ball diamonds located at L’Arche Park, at the Ministry’s cost
- Upgrade of any infrastructure related to the parking lot or joint-use school being the responsibility of the Ministry
This stems from a request the Ministry of Education made in 2019 for the City to repurpose a portion of land in the SE corner of Kinsmen Park as a parking lot for a proposed St. Pius X/Argyle joint-use school to be built across the street in the Argyle School site and L’Arche Park.
An open house was held and 58 per cent of neighbouring residents surveyed were in favour of the Ministry’s request for parking being approved.
CR20-15 Community and Protective Services Committee: Taxi Bylaw Review
Two motions were made resulting from a recommendation to amend the Taxi Bylaw to address market changes and meet public need for more flexible options when using for hire vehicle services:
- Motion 1 by Councillor John Findura: that accessible taxi brokers with only one vehicle in their fleet be exempted from requirements of computer aided dispatch and global position system; that the City Solicitor prepare necessary bylaw amendments to implement this exemption
- Motion 2 by Councillor Hawkins: that administration do a side-by-side comparison of the taxi industry
CR20-16 Finance and Administration Committee: Maple Leaf Pool Construction Update
Council approved an additional $880,000 from the Recreation/Culture Capital Program for the construction of Maple Leaf Pool. No new funds will be required. The additional funding is needed to advance a Maple Leaf Pool design that meets community needs, is sustainable and is accessible for all.
CM20-6 Tentative agreement with IAFF Recommendation
Council approved the two-year tentative agreement between the City and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), Local 181:
- 8 per cent General Wage Increase (GWI) effective July 1, 2019
- 0 per cent GWI effective January 1, 2020
- 0 per cent GWI effective December 1, 2020
The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City and IAFF, Local 181 expired on December 31, 2018. Bargaining began June 26, 2019.
CR20-17 Out-of-Scope (OOS) City Employees 2020 General Wage Increase
Council approved a general wage increase of 1.5 per cent, effective January 1, 2020 and an increase of $500 to OOS Health/Flex Spending Account as of April 1, 2020. This compensation adjustment aligns with projected increases for other non-unionized employees in Saskatchewan. The wage increase is estimated to cost $325,000. It has been included in the City of Regina 2020 Budget and will not affect property tax rates.