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Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee <br /> Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2022 <br /> Location: Zoom Meeting <br /> Present: Donna Hartzler, Rob Bender, Brenda Robinson (Co-Chair), Paula Saunders, Lolita Paroski (City of <br /> Kitchener), Carrie Speers, Teresa McQuillin (Co-Chair), Melanie Garbarz (Region of Waterloo), Councillor <br /> Debbie Chapman (City of Kitchener), Amy Ross (City of Waterloo), Janis McKenzie (City of Kitchener), <br /> Heather Clark Harris, Jolene MacDonald, Ashley Sage (Township of North Dumfries), Councillor Sandra <br /> Hanmer (City of Waterloo), Trevor Tamlin, Ilidia Sa Melo (Township of Woolwich) <br /> Regrets: Berny Wesselink, Tracey Murray (Township of Wilmot), Councillor Sue Foxton (Region of Waterloo), <br /> Amy Harron, (Township of Wellesley), Robyn Jackson, Tamara Bell <br /> 1. Welcome and Introductions <br /> 2. Approval of March Minutes and April agenda <br /> Teresa motioned to accept April agenda; Heather seconded; All in favour. <br /> Change to agenda — presentation by Sunda Siva, City of Waterloo added after the Declaration of Pecuniary <br /> Interests <br /> Donna motioned to accept March minutes; Jolene seconded; All in favour. <br /> 3. Declarations of Pecuniary Interests <br /> None <br /> Sunda Siva, City of Waterloo -Apology, Accessibility Audits <br /> • Acknowledge in hindsight that the accessibility audits should have been handled differently <br /> • Will do better moving forward and consult GRAAC before audits begin <br /> • Request a representative from GRAAC to attend the site visits <br /> • Staff will connect with the Chair of the Built Environment Sub Committee; however, the Chair is also <br /> looking for participation from other members of the committee to help with the audits <br /> 4. Region of Waterloo Accessible Taxis <br /> 2020-2022 Update <br /> • Focus on enforcement of pandemic restrictions from March 2020 to March 2022 <br /> • Inspection of Taxi fleet <br /> • Implementation of taxi fare increase January 2021 <br /> • Changes at Licensing and Enforcement Services <br /> Accessible Vehicle Information <br /> • Currently 16 accessible vans in service out of 21 mandated by the bylaw's 7% of fleet provision. <br /> • Does 7% of fleet size reflect the necessary number of accessible taxis? <br /> • To be discussed at the Accessible Taxi Fund Committee, GRAAC has a representative on this <br /> committee <br /> • To be analyzed for possible further action <br />