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REPORT TO: Community & Infrastructure Services Committee <br />DATE OF MEETING:June 17, 2019 <br />SUBMITTED BY: Niall Lobley,Director Parks and Cemeteries,519-741-2600, 4518 <br />PREPARED BY: Liz Christensen, Trails Project Manager,519-741-2600, 4032 <br />WARD (S) INVOLVED:6- All <br />DATE OF REPORT:May 23, 2019 <br />REPORT NO.:INS-19-010 <br />SUBJECT:Year-Round Maintenance of Trails & Pathways Around Schools - Pilot <br />__________________________________________________________________________________________ <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />That staff be directed to continue to winter maintain trails in the Country Hills West <br />neighbourhood and the annual operating funding of $14,000 be added to the 2020 <br />budget to reflect this permanent service level; and, <br />That staff be directed to continue to explore opportunities for coordination and <br />efficiencies of winter maintenance activities with school boards; and, <br />That staff be directed to use the results of the Country Hills West neighbourhood trail <br />pilot to inform the winter trail maintenance priorities of the Cycling and Trails Master <br />Plan (in development). <br />BACKGROUND: <br />In 2015, staff were directed by Council (INS-15-074) to undertake improvement to <br />approximately 2.5km of trail around Glencairn PublicSchoolin the Country Hills West <br />neighbourhood, to provide winter maintenance to these trails, and to use this as a pilot project <br />to inform later work. <br />The request for the pilot was a response to Council’s direction to provide feedback on <br />transportation priorities between the City of Kitchener and local area school boards.The trails <br />in the Country Hills West neighbourhood, providing access to GlencairnPublic School,were <br />identified as a high priority trailnetwork that isutilized as well used routes to school. These <br />trails are primarily of granular material and are not winter maintained. Due to overwhelming <br />support within the neighbourhood and the Glencairn Public School community, the trails in the <br />Country HillsWest neighbourhood were identified as the preferred candidate for a pilot <br />program to assess trail usage, financial impact, and community feedback. <br />*** This information is available in accessible formats upon request. *** <br />Please call 519-741-2345 or TTY 1-866-969-9994for assistance. <br />6 - 1 <br />