City of Waterloo council summary for July 13, 2020

Posted On Monday July 13, 2020

** The council summary below provides a snapshot of the major items presented at today’s council meeting. Please refer to the minutes for an official record of the meeting.

Council makes significant investment  in Albert McCormick Community Centre – Central Plaza

Thanks to a $2.2 million investment in Albert McCormick Community Centre (AMCC), local residents will soon have access to top notch facilities and amenities.

“This new Neighbourhood Action Sports Park will be a skateboarders paradise, and the addition of a new splash pad, accessible basketball court, versatile playing surface and some attractive public art is something that will provide enjoyment for all residents,” said Councillor Angela Vieth.

The project will see a portion of the parking lot turned into an active outdoor park, including a plaza-style skateboard park, water-splash play surface, all-ages climbing structure, accessible bankshot basketball court, shaded spectator seating and gathering space for special events. AMCC is a vital community hub and these expanded recreational opportunities will benefit the local neighbourhood for decades to come.


Active Transportation Initiatives Update

As part of Council’s ongoing commitment to active transportation and creating safe and multiple ways to get around the city, Council has approved the following traffic changes:

  • Waterloo Street from Moore Avenue to the city boundary as a slow street
  • Implement 40 km/h for Sundew Drive from Twin Leaf Street to Mayapple Street
  • Implement 40 km/h for Old Abbey Road neighbourhood
  • Implement 30 km/hr in school zones within the Eastbridge and Westvale neighbourhoods
  • Monitor Dietz Avenue to see what impact the lane reductions on Westmount Avenue are having on Dietz
  • All way stop sign at Dietz Avenue and Lourdes Street


Council investing in next generation emergency dispatch services

Waterloo City Council has approved providing $2 million in funding to help implement a new region-wide emergency dispatch services that takes advantage of the latest technology to support City of Waterloo Fire Rescue response.

The new dispatch system is a joint partnership between Waterloo Fire Rescue, Waterloo Regional Police Services and area fire services. It will continue to take advantage of existing synergies, will see hardware costs and equipment shared, take advantage of high-speed fibre optic networks, wireless mobile devices, and radio and telephone systems for maximum connectivity. Kitchener Fire will continue to serve as the call centre for Waterloo fire calls, as part of this enhanced dispatch system.


Contract for Silver Lake improvements rehabilitation awarded

The revitalization of Silver Lake is reached a significant milestone with the awarding of the $4.9 million contract to Seawaves Development Services Inc. The rehabilitation of Silver Lake within Waterloo Park is one component of the larger Silver Lake, Laurel Creek and Waterloo Park Improvements project. The Silver Lake rehabilitation project includes:

  • Removal of Lions Lagoon and underlying pool structure
  • Other removals (existing boardwalk, gazebo, walkways, etc.)
  • Construction of a new Lake cell upstream of the LRT crossing
  • Dredging and reconfiguration of Lake including hard edge treatments
  • Earth works and grading of North shore and South shore of Silver Lake


Council names private road leading to new hospice

Council has approved Hospice of Waterloo Region’s request to have the lane leading to its property near RIM Park named Solstice Way in order to assist visitors, delivery vehicles, and emergency services with finding the facility.

The Gies Family Centre at 2050 University Avenue East is being constructed by Hospice of Waterloo Region. It will be a new 28,000 square foot palliative care centre with 10 hospice beds on the lands, which includes a medical clinic, program areas for clients and families, counselling services, and administrative offices. A historic lane provides access to 2050 University Avenue East through the RIM Park (Eastbridge) Sports Fields. The lane is on lands owned by the City. The lane has been reconstructed, widened and paved to provide improved access to The Gies Family Centre. Council has approved Hospice of Waterloo Region’s request to have the lane named Solstice Way in order to assist visitors, delivery vehicles, and emergency services with finding the facility.


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