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FINANCE & CORPORATE SERVICES COMMITTEE MINUTES <br /> <br />JUNE 17, 2019 CITY OF KITCHENER <br /> <br />The Finance and Corporate Services Committee met this date, commencing at 1:50 p.m. <br /> <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 /> <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 /> <br />1. CAO-19-010 - CITY OF KITCHENER 2019-2022 STRATEGIC PLAN <br /> <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 /> <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 /> <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 /> <br />Mayor B. Vrbanovic brought forward a motion to approve the recommendation as outlined in <br />Report CAO-19-010. <br /> <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 /> <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, <br /> <br />