City Hall This Week

- August 26th, 2012

Here are some of the noteworthy agenda items this week:

Finance and economic development committee (Monday): The city is considering letting farmers who are currently taking advantage of the farm grant program delay their 2012 property taxes until next April.

Environment committee (Tuesday): There are 50 homes in Ottawa flushing sewage directly into the storm sewers because their pipe connections are messed up. The city obviously wants to fix the problem but first needs the committee’s endorsement. There is also a call by committee chairwoman Maria McRae to make sure city environmental grants support key municipal priorities.

Debenture committee (Tuesday): Time to add some more debt to the pile, but council has been expecting it. Some good news, though: The treasury department says the total financing cost for $300 million in loans for the massive capital rehabilitation program (Ottawa on the Move) will actually be less than expected. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities also has a $3.6-million loan waiting to give the city for the Centrepointe Theatre expansion.

Council (Wednesday): It looks to be a short meeting since there haven’t been many committee meetings this month. Perhaps the most interesting agendum is a planning committee decision to deny a rezoning at 936 Woodroffe Ave., which is against the recommendation of staff. It was a narrow vote at committee and planning chairman Peter Hume, who was on the losing side of the vote, might have a few words.

Joint governance committee (Thursday): The finance and economic development committee and governance renewal subcommittee are sitting together to consider a recommendation to reduce the number of advisory committees. They will send a recommendation to council for the Sept. 12 meeting. The report has been available for several weeks, so expect to see a good number of advisory committee supporters appear as delegates.

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