The financial statements show the Farmers’ Market ran a $107,510 deficit in 2016. Lower than expected revenues account for ~$80,000 of this deficit. Heavy than expected employee and contractual costs add up for the reminder of the deficit. The Market received $151,419 from the municipal levy in the 2016 budget.
Full Video of Hamilton City Council’s March 29, 2017 meeting.
Hamilton City Council holds a special meeting today on the B-Line Light Rail Transit Project; during which they will vote on an amended environmental assessment, adding a Bay Street stop, and hearing from 40 public delegations.
City Council only allows delegations outside of business hours once per year, watch the full public delegations on the 2017 budget.
Hamilton City Council meet for their first GIC of February, the headline issue was the final vote on Ward Boundary reform. Councillors voted for their own gerrymandered wards, despite a clear warning from expert consultants that the gerrymander will be indefensible at a Ontario Municipal Board hearing.
Councillors also received a task force report on workforce development, which will guide numerous private and public sector partners in the coming year.
Full video replay.
City Council debated the 2017 HSR budget. The budget proposal was based upon the Council approved 10-year transit strategy, and the year three budget calls for Council to invest in transit after two years of incremental improvements funded primarily by fare increases.
Council voted to ask the HSR’s Director to return with budget proposals of a 3% or 1.8% budget increase.
Full Video Replay
Hamilton City Council received and debated the 2017 Hamilton Public Library and Police Board Budgets.
The Library budget received extra attention – in the form of praise – from City Councillors following comments the week prior by Councillor Donna Skelly questioning the relevance of libraries in the Internet Age.
Full Video Replay
Full video of Hamilton City Council’s ratification meeting on January 25, 2017.
City Council voted to ratify their decision of last week to allow the demolition of the Gore buildings for a new development.
Councillors Matthew Green, Aidan Johnson, and Brenda Johnson voted against the decision.
Full video of the Council ratification debate:
Council debated the budget requests of Boards and Agencies:
– Conservation Halton
– Grand River Conservation Authority
– Hamilton Beach Rescue Unit
– Royal Botanical Gardens
– Hamilton Region Conservation Authority
– Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
Council voted to ask the Federal Government to not enter into the TPP, decided against a non-competitive non-solicited proposal for a bubble dome at the civic stadium, approved changes to the taxi bylaws to allow Uber to operate in Hamilton, and approved a 30-year $106-million sludge plant contract. Full Video Replay: