FINANCE & CORPORATE SERVICES COMMITTEE MINUTES
<br />JUNE 17, 2019 CITY OF KITCHENER
<br />The Finance and Corporate Services Committee met this date, commencing at 1:50 p.m.
<br />Present: Councillor S. Davey - Chair
<br />Mayor B. Vrbanovic and Councillors D. Chapman, K. Galloway-Sealock, J. Gazzola, M.
<br />Johnston, S. Marsh, C. Michaud, D. Schnider and P. Singh.
<br />Staff: D. Chapman, Chief Administrative Officer
<br /> M. May, Deputy CAO & General Manager, Community Services
<br /> V. Raab, General Manager, Corporate Services
<br /> J. Readman, General Manager, Development Services
<br /> J. Lautenbach, Chief Financial Officer, Financial Services
<br /> D. McGoldrick, General Manager, Infrastructure Services
<br /> C. Bluhm, Executive Director, Economic Development
<br /> D. Murray, Director, Technology Innovation and Services
<br /> K. Dever, Director, Strategy and Corporate Performance
<br /> K. Cooper, Manager, Strategic and Business Planning
<br /> S. Bianchi, Manager, Digital Transformation and Strategy
<br /> J. MacDonald, Consultant, Community Engagement
<br /> J. MacLean, Corporate Planning Analyst
<br /> J. Rodrigues, Committee Administrator
<br />1. CAO-19-010 - CITY OF KITCHENER 2019-2022 STRATEGIC PLAN
<br /> The Committee considered report CAO-19-010, dated May 30, 2019
<br />recommending approval of the City of Kitchener 2019-2022 Strategic Plan. Ms. K. Cooper
<br />presented the report and responded to questions from the Committee.
<br /> Ms. E. Lee, Vice-Chair of Compass Kitchener, addressed the Committee in support of the staff
<br />recommendation. She provided an overview o
<br />priorities and recommendations for the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan. She advised the
<br />recommended themes, goals, and actions within the Strategic Plan align with Compass
<br />Plan aligns with the rise in resident interests in City action on addressing affordable housing and
<br />other social issues noted in the 2018 Environics survey results.
<br />Mayor B. Vrbanovic brought forward a motion to approve the recommendation as outlined in
<br />Report CAO-19-010.
<br /> Mr. S. Nabi addressed the Committee regarding the Gaukel Greenway concept, stating this is
<br />an urban park and multi-use trail connecting Victoria Park and Kitchener City Hall. He advised
<br />the Gaukel Greenway aligns with the 2019-2022 Strategic Plans and supports City of Kitchener
<br />existing policies. He noted the Gaukel Greenway would allow for festivals and events, which
<br />would create a City-wide appeal for all residents. He indicated he has consulted with
<br />neighbouring residents and businesses, Mayor and Councillors, the Downtown Action and
<br />Advisory Committee and Cycling and Trails Advisory Committee. He stated he has received the
<br />BIA Community Builder grant and has applied for the #LoveMyHood placemaking grant. He
<br />requested Council to direct staff to: ensure Gaukel Street remains closed to motor vehicles
<br />between Charles Street West and King Street West, immediately following the removal of Charlie
<br />West construction equipment; form an ad-hoc Gaukel Greenway working group; consult with the
<br />property owners at 185 King Street West (Pizza Pizza) and 191 King Street West (Public Utilities
<br />Commission Building) to investigate alternative access to their parking lots; and, make the Gaukel
<br />Greenway a year-round public space. He further noted the timing is crucial as the Charlie West
<br />condominium development construction is scheduled to be completed in November, 2019 and staff
<br />could utilize this opportunity to maintain the existing road closure.
<br /> Councillor D. Chapman brought forward an amendment to Mayor B. Vr related
<br />to the Gaukel Greenway, specially the following:
<br />That staff be directed to maintain the closure of Gaukel Street to motor vehicles between
<br />Charles Street West and King Street West, immediately following the removal of the Charlie
<br />West construction equipment; and,