City council – Sept. 10

September 11, 2012 at 10:21 am (News) (, )

City hall is back to a fall schedule, which means council meets on the second and fourth Monday each month, and the planning advisory committee meets the week in between.

Last night councillors heard presentations on a local fundraiser and removing fluoride from municipal drinking water. They asked staff to investigate a petition to remove one of Dunkirk Street’s sidewalks, and opted to maintain the current tennis court rental fees despite requests from the public for a change.

One of the significant items was a proposal for a code of conduct. With one councillor absent, the debate ended in a tie vote, which defeated the motion. Some council members said the extra accountability was a good thing, while others said it would give the public the wrong idea.

Social and housing services manager Deborah Daigle had four reports on the agenda, which were all complex and sparked discussion. Here’s a quick summary:

  • The department will begin work on a 10-year strategic plan to identify gaps in service and plans to meet those needs, as mandated by the province.
  • They’re going to apply for some funding to purchase asset management software to better track all their units and necessary repairs.
  • The province has rolled several programs together under a new name: the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative. Daigle said the amalgamation is a positive thing, but it came at the same time as cuts to a couple of the funding envelopes. Cornwall is expected to receive just 29% of previous grant totals next year.
  • There have also been cuts to discretionary benefits for social assistance recipients, for things like dental care. Again, the city will fall short of what it was able to provide in the past, to the tune of $2 million.

During my Twitter-based coverage of the meeting last night, I shared my 5,000th tweet. For those keeners out there, you can read the entire feed here.

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