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       STRATEGIC POLICIES AND PRIORITIES COMMITTEE

  A G E N D A

  

Date of Meeting: Tuesday May 5, 1998 Enquiry: Christine Dodds
Time: 9:30 a.m. Interim Contact
Location: Committee Room A

2nd Floor - Metro Hall

55 John Street, Toronto

392-7031

E-mail address of

cdodds@city.toronto.on.ca

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST PURSUANT TO

THE MUNICIPAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT.

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON APRIL 7, 1998, AND SPECIAL MEETING ON APRIL 14, 1998.

COMMUNICATIONS/REPORTS.

 1.APPOINTMENTS TO THE BOARDS OF MANAGEMENT FOR BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT AREAS AND AMENDMENTS TO THE (FORMER TORONTO) MUNICIPAL CODE CHAPTER 20, BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT AREAS - VARIOUS WARDS

 Interim Lead, Economic Development

(April 21, 1998)

 Advising of changes to membership of Boards of Management for Business Improvement Areas require Council approval and a by-law amendment and attaching Schedule A detailing the amendments to (former Toronto ) Municipal Code, Chapter 20 and Appendix 1 listing the names of the nominees to be appointed; and

 Recommending that:

 (1)in accordance with the elections held at the Business Improvement Area Annual General Meetings, amendments be made to Schedule A Individual Boards of Management, of the (former Toronto) Municipal Code Chapter 20, Business Improvement Areas as set out in the attached Schedule A. These changes are specific to Number of Members and Members Needed for Quorum and are highlighted by AChanges From and To@;

 (2)Council appoint the nominees listed in Appendix 1 of this report to the Boards of Management for Bloordale Village, Gerrard India Bazaar, Mimico Village, and St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Business Improvement Areas. The term of office is to expire on November 30, 2000, or as soon thereafter as successors are appointed. Each of the named nominees meets the requirements of Section 220 of the Municipal Act, as amended by Bill 106; and

 (3)the appropriate City officials be authorized and directed to take the necessary action to give effect thereto.@

  2.TORONTO TRANSIT COMMISSION: NEED FOR EXPANSION OF UNION SUBWAY STATION

 Urban Environment and Development Committee

(April 20, 1998)

 Recommending to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee, and Council:

 (1)the adoption of Recommendation No. (2) of the Toronto Transit Commission, embodied in the communication dated February 26, 1998, from the General Secretary of the Commission, as follows:

 AThe Commission took the following action:

 (2)approved requesting the City of Toronto Council to:

 (a)establish a special reserve fund for private-sector contributions toward the cost of expanding Union Subway Station; and

 (b)direct City staff to establish a mechanism for obtaining private-sector contributions to this fund as a condition of approval of all new developments within the catchment area of Union Subway Station, including the Railway Lands and Harbourfront; that is, those developments which contribute to the overcrowding of the station;@; and

 (2)the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee that this matter be submitted to the meeting of City Council scheduled to be held on May 13, 1998.

  3.CONTRACT NO. T-42-98: DON VALLEY PARKWAY RESURFACING AT TWO LOCATIONS

 Urban Environment and Development Committee

(April 22, 1998)

 Recommending to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee, and Council, the adoption of the following Recommendations Nos. (1), (2) and (3), embodied in the report (April 9, 1998) from the Interim Functional Lead, Transportation, regarding Contract No. T-42-98 for the resurfacing of the Don Valley Parkway at two locations:

 (1)pre-budget approval of $2,700,000.00 be granted for the 1999 Capital Works Program or, alternatively, that funds be provided from the sale of property assets as outlined in this report;

 (2)subject to approval of Recommendation No. (1), Contract No. T-42-98, for the resurfacing on the Don Valley Parkway at two locations, be awarded to Warren Bitulithic Limited who submitted the lowest price bid in the amount of $2,554,897.17; and

 (3)the appropriate City of Toronto officials be directed to take the necessary action to give effect thereto

  4.AUDITOR=S REPORT AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF THE METROPOLITAN TORONTO CONVENTION AND VISITORS ASSOCIATION FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 1997

 Audit Committee

(April 22, 1998)

 Advising the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee, and Council, that it received for information the Auditor=s Report and Financial Statements of the Metropolitan Toronto Convention and Visitors Association for the year ended December 31, 1997.

  5.ESTABLISHMENT OF AN AUDITOR GENERAL=S OFFICE

 Audit Committee

(April 22, 1998)

 Recommending that City Council adopt, in principle, the establishment of an Auditor General=s office and:

 (1)request the Chief Administrative Officer and the City Auditor to prepare a report on the timing and establishment of an Auditor General=s office; and

 (2)include the Agencies, Boards and Commissions under the purview of such office.

 6.AUDIT SERVICES - CLAUSE 10 OF REPORT NO. 4 OF THE STRATEGIC POLICIES AND PRIORITIES COMMITTEE

 Recommending again to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee:

 (1)the recommendation of the Toronto Transition Team in connection with the delivery of audit services be approved;

 (2)the City Auditor and the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer be given authority to proceed with a Request for Proposal in relation to the annual attest audit for the fiscal years 1998 to 2002 inclusive;

 (3)the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer establish a staff committee, including the City Auditor, to review the proposals and make recommendations to the Audit Committee concerning the selection of external auditors; and

 (4)the Chief Administrative Officer and the City Auditor work with the Chief of Police and the General Manager of the Toronto Transit Commission to examine what opportunities there may be to consolidate audit functions.

  7.PROPERTY TAX REBATES FOR CHARITABLE AND SIMILAR ORGANIZATIONS

 Assessment and Tax Policy Task Force

(April 22, 1998)

 Recommending to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee and Council that Recommendation No. (1) of the report (April 16, 1998) from the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer be amended by inserting the words Aand industrial@ between the words Acommercial tenants@ and Recommendation No. (1) as so amended, and Recommendations Nos. (2) and (3) of the said report be adopted, as follows:

 (1)That the Province be requested in their drafting of the capping legislation to provide for the re-opening of all leases to ensure that commercial and industrial tenant formerly residentially rated pay their proportionate share of residential taxes under the capping option, the enactment of which would render any rebate program unnecessary during the course of the capping provision;

 (2)That the Province be requested to continue to collect and maintain tenant information in the commercial and industrial property classes and to make this information available to the City in 1998 and subsequent assessment rolls;

 (3)That in the interests of administrative efficiencies for the City, and to ensure that the appropriate taxes are billed, the Province be requested to enact new legislation providing for the separate assessment of charitable and similar organizations that are tenants in commercial or industrial properties and authorizing the City to issue tax bills directly to charitable and similar organizations, with ultimate responsibility for payment in the event of default on the owner of the property, the enactment of which would also render the rebate program unnecessary.

  8.PHASE-IN POLICY RESPECTING THE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY CLASS

 Assessment and Tax Policy Task Force

(April 22, 1998)

 Recommending to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee and Council that the Provincial Government be requested, when implementing Current Value Assessment, to use a moving average of assessed value ultimately using three different years of assessment.

 9.IMPACT OF CURRENT VALUE ASSESSMENT ON THE TORONTO TRANSIT COMMISSION (TTC)

 Assessment and Tax Policy Task Force

(April 22, 1998)

 Recommending to the Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee that the communication (March 27, 1998) from the General Secretary, Toronto Transit Commission, be received.

  10.ATTENDANCE AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE NATIONAL ACTION COMMITTEE ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

 Councillor McConnell, Chair, Committee on the Status of Women

(April 6, 1998)

 Recommending that:

 (1)the Committee on the Status of Women=s participation at the annual general meeting of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women be confirmed as outlined in the report (April 6, 1998) from the Committee of Women=s meeting of March 26, 1998; and

 (2)City officials be authorized to take appropriate action to give effect to the foregoing.

 PRESENTATIONS:

 11.COAT OF ARMS FOR THE CITY OF TORONTO

 11:30 A.M. - Presentation by Mr. Robert Black of the Chief Herald=s Office

12.FRAMEWORK FOR CORPORATE MANAGEMENT

 Presentation by Mr. Michael Garrett, Chief Administrative Office


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