Public Works Committee for September 2, 2014

Councillors will debate 76 new benches for the PanAm Games (in exchange for a non-competitive contract extension), the annual Hamilton Cycling Committee presentation, annual stormwater management presentation, energy efficiency, and winter municipal sidewalk clearing.

Live video starts at 9:30am.

The full agenda is on the City’s website. (Warning: Not AODA complaint or mobile-friendly.)

Note: Cycling Committee and stormwater managment presentations are not available in advance. Hence, no advance stories.

PanAm Street Furniture Deal

Full Story: City looks to extend, without bids, street furniture ad deal in exchange for 76 benches for PanAm Games and up to $66,345/yr

Hamilton’s ranking in relative tax burden compared to other municipalities is poor with many property classes among the highest in the province.

Furthering the impact, Hamilton’s below average income levels make the burden higher.

Sidewalk Snow Clearing

Full Story: City Council to Debate Sidewalk Clearing (Again)

The annual debate is back, but could it be different after last winter’s extreme conditions.

For $3.6-million a year, a half-percent tax increase, the City can take responsibility for clearing all sidewalks.

PanAm Stadium Delay Costs $60,000 for Consultant Extension

Full Story: PanAm Stadium Delay Costing City Another $60,000 for Consultant

The City needs to find another $60,000 for the PanAm Stadium consultant contract to pay for an extension of the “project management advisory services” consultant, bring the total bill for this consultant to $362,000.

Energy Efficiency Projects

Full Story: City Looking to Invest $3.14-million in Energy Efficiency Projects

Councillors are being asked to front the cost of $3.14-million in energy efficiency projects that will quickly save taxpayers money, and are expected to get a full return on the investment in 3.7 years.

Closure of Hughson Street at Guise

Full Story: Permanent Closure of Hughson Street at Guise (Waterfront)

As part of the North End Traffic Management Plan, the City plans to block off Hughson Street at Guise to stop cars from cutting across Hughson to get to Burlington Street from Pier 8 at the Waterfront.

Closure of Hughson Street at Guise

Full Story: Permanent Closure of Hughson Street at Guise (Waterfront)

As part of the North End Traffic Management Plan, the City plans to block off Hughson Street at Guise to stop cars from cutting across Hughson to get to Burlington Street from Pier 8 at the Waterfront.

City Greenhouse Gases

Full Story: City of Hamilton’s Annual Greenhouse Gas Report

The City is working to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from 2005 levels by 2030.

They’ve already achieved a 23% reduction, with 20% of the 23 achieved since 2008, says the City’s annual greenhouse gas report.

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