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July 2018
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Council Minutes


For a quick overview of Council discussions and decisions from each Council meeting please check out the Council Minutes on our website.
 
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Beat The Heat With Outdoor Pools

All outdoor pools are open for afternoon recreational swim daily from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm (Central Pool 2 pm – 4:30 pm on Tuesdays).  

There are also eight free spray pads in Windsor, open daily from 10am to 8pm.

For more information on pools and spray pads including daytime swimming locations, times, and prices, check the recreational swim schedule or call 311.

Check out the first video in an ongoing series about the restoration process of Streetcar 351. The City of Windsor purchased the car, which ran on city streets in the 1920s and 30s, and is having it restored at the world-renowned RM Auto Restoration in Chatham. In this update on the progress of the restoration, RM Manager Mario Van Raay describes the process of restoring this rare streetcar.

WIATC in Top Form

Windsor’s premier water training and competition facility is in top form and ready to host any-and-all events.

This after the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre (WIATC) Presented by WFCU Credit Union, received a visit from Italian maker Myrtha Pools.

A & T Europe Spa (Myrtha Pools) was contacted in April 2018 following concerns brought forward during the 2018 Eastern Canadian Swimming Championships. The concerns were related to a suspected water current in the Natatorium at WIATC.

A team from Myrtha attended to determine the root cause or causes to a main clock-wise water current affecting swimmers when the pool is configured in 50-metre or long course competition mode.

While on site Myrtha Pools performed testing including water treatment or filtration system design checks, performed fluid dynamics computations, completed swimmer simulations with computer modelling and in-person testing, the FINA Appreciable Current Test and assessed water temperature. Equipment used included an ultrasonic flow meter, electromagnetic flow meter and endoscopy. Testing and analysis was done in daily programming configuration as well as 50-metre or long course competition configuration.

Two main root causes and two minor root causes were discovered and have been resolved. This included removal of a plug installed to restrict cold water being introduced into the thermal section of the pool, clearing of aggregate debris from several inlets, mass flow calibration of the pool and balancing the inlet distribution on the east and west sides of the pool. Myrtha Pools performed additional post-resolution testing in 50-metre or long course competition configuration to ensure the root causes had been accurately identified and that the concerns regarding a current in the pool had been rectified.

City Council Seeks Applicants For The “Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee”

In accordance with sections 88.33 and 88.36 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (MEA), the Elections Compliance Audit Committee must be established by City Council composed of three members for the purpose of considering applications made by electors with regard to candidates’ financial statements filed with the City Clerk for the 2018 municipal election.

The purpose of the Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee is to:

  • review compliance audit applications made by electors and decide whether they should be granted or rejected;
  • appoint an auditor, if the application is granted;
  • receive the auditor’s report;
  • consider the auditor’s report and decide if legal proceedings should be commenced; and
  • give directions accordingly and recover the costs of conducting the compliance audit from the applicant if no apparent contraventions are found; and
  • review the report from the Clerk or secretary of a local board in respect of each campaign contributor or third party advertiser who appears to have contravened any of the contribution limits; and
  • decide whether to commence a legal proceeding against a contributor or third party advertiser for an apparent contravention.

Committee members should possess a knowledge of the campaign finance rules of the (MEA) so they can make independent decisions on the merits of the applications.  As the committee will operate as a quasi-judicial committee, prior experience on a committee, task force or tribunal would also be an asset.  Committee members will receive a per diem rate of $100.

Applications will not be accepted from:

  • Employees or officers of the municipality
  • Members of City Council
  • Candidates in the  election for which the Committee is established or family members or employees of same, or any person connected to a candidate through an employments, contractual, business or partnership relationship; or
  • Any person who is or intends to volunteer or seek employment to assist any candidate in the election for which the Committee is established.

Interested applicants are required to submit a completed “Application Form” by Friday, August 10, 2018. The forms are available on the city’s website at www.citywindsor.ca or from the City Clerk’s Office, Room 530, City Hall. For more information call 311.

Adventure Bay Earns 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Adventure Bay Family Water Park Presented by WFCU Credit Union has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence, a distinction the water park is receiving for the fourth straight year, having first been awarded in 2015.

Now in its eighth year, the Certificate of Excellence program celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include restaurants, accommodations and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

“For the fourth year in a row, we’re thrilled by this recognition, and we thank TripAdvisor for helping to facilitate the ongoing conversation with our customers,” said Manager of WIATC and Adventure Bay Jen Knights. “We’ll continue to serve our visitors with care and with pride, and we’re hopeful we can reach this milestone again next year and see our name in the coveted TripAdvisor Hall of Fame!”

“TripAdvisor is excited to announce the recipients of the 2018 Certificate of Excellence, which celebrates experiences and other travel businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings on the world’s largest travel site,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition allows us to publicly honour businesses that are actively engaging with customers and using feedback to help travellers identify and confidently book the perfect trip.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality and quantity of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

For more information on Adventure Bay, visit www.adventurebay.ca or call 519-974-AQUA (2782). Learn more about TripAdvisor at www.tripadvisor.ca

Feedback Wanted for Council Compensation Review

The City of Windsor is currently undertaking a Council Compensation Review for members of the new Council that will be elected this fall. The goal of this review is to ensure that compensation for the newly elected City Council members is reasonable for the duties and expectations of the positions.

The last local compensation review for Windsor’s municipal elected officials was conducted in 2003, and the most recent increase to council compensation was 2005 (1.9%).

Additionally, the federal government’s planned elimination of the current one-third tax-free exemption for elected officials in 2019 will impact Windsor’s elected officials along with those of many other municipalities across the province. The elimination of this tax-free exemption will generally result in a reduction to the take-home pay for elected officials that currently receive the one-third tax free allowance.

For these reasons, an independent compensation review committee made up of community leaders has been formed to review, for the first time in 15 years,  the proper level of compensation for municipal elected officials.

Have Your Say:

A short survey has been created to help our local committee understand the position of Windsor residents on this issue and will be followed by a pair of town hall style meetings in August.

Please take 5 minutes to provide your feedback online.

The survey will be open until the end of July.

For those without a computer or access to a computer at one of our local library branches, hard copies of the survey can be accessed at any of our five customer care centres:

Adie Knox Herman Recreation Complex
Optimist Community Centre 
Gino & Liz Marcus Community Complex 
Forest Glade Community Centre
Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex

For more information on City services or initiatives, please visit citywindsor.ca

Museum Windsor - What is this?

Framed portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip presented to Museum Windsor curator, Madelyn Della Valle by Bruno Ierullo, June 13, 2018.

Bruno Ierullo found the gold-framed portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip between the side of a desk and office wall. It had been forgotten there for some time and so Bruno took custody of the piece.  The portrait was signed by the two Royals and dated 1959; the same year that they visited Windsor, Ontario. 

In 1959, the Royal couple visited Canada for the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway.  Their trip took them to all 10 provinces and (then) two territories.  They visited Windsor on July 3 for just short of 2 hours; arriving by train and departing on the Royal Yacht Britannia. 

For approximately 20 years, the portrait graced Bruno’s office walls at his various locations, including its final location in Employment & Social Services on the third floor at 400 CHS.  Upon his retirement as Executive Director of Employment & Social Services this year, Bruno transferred custody of the portrait to Museum Windsor.
The City of Windsor conducts surveys as a means of soliciting ideas and opinions from residents so we can better serve the community as a whole.  Check back often to see if a new survey is ready for your input.




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