THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF MARKHAM


EXCERPT CONTAINING ITEM #0005 OF THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES COMMITTEE (January 25, 16)


PL160125 5. UPDATE ON WHISTLE CESSATION ON STOUFFVILLE GO LINE (5.12)

Presentation

Brian Lee, Deputy Director of Engineering delivered a PowerPoint presentation providing an update on the whistle cessation on Stouffville GO line.

The Committee discussed the following with respect to the whistle cessation on the Stouffville GO Line:

Hold a Community Information meeting in March 2016

Update the information on the City's Portal to include today's presentation

Requested that staff e-mail all their contacts from previous meetings and provide the link to the updated City Portal information

Importance of continuing negotiations with Metrolinx

Ensure there is an educational component

Staff report back in June rather than September 2016

Peter Miasek, Unionville Ratepayers Association addressed the Committee regarding the whistle cessation on Stouffville GO line and spoke in support of the staff recommendations. He stated concerns with the proposed schedule timeline.

Shanta Sundarason, Markham resident addressed the Committee with respect to the whistle cessation on Stouffville GO line and stated support for the proposed pedestrian safety barriers. She stated concerns with the implementation of the proposed work schedule to be completed by Summer 2018. She asked the following questions: how will staff ensure all dates will be adhered to? What project safeguards have staff incorporated in the plan to ensure all dates and milestones are achieved? Which monitoring mechanisms are being used to ensure no milestones are missed? Does staff commit to providing milestone updates to interested residents as to the progress achieved and steps taken to deliver whistle cessation?

Phillip Blachier, Markham resident addressed the Committee regarding the whistle cessation on Stouffville GO line and spoke in support of the staff recommendations.

Moved by Mayor Frank Scarpitti

Seconded by Regional Councillor Joe Li

1) That the presentation provided by Brian Lee, Deputy Director of Engineering entitled Update on Whistle Cessation on Stouffville GO Line be received; and,

2) That Metrolinx and York Region be requested to agree to safety reports and associated crossing upgrades; and,

3) That Staff be authorized to start the detailed design process; and,

4) That Staff be authorized, if necessary, to front-end the full cost of the design process estimated at $550-$660k for all 13 crossings; and,

5) That staff be directed to hold Community Information Meeting in March 2016; and,

6) That the Mayor & Clerk be authorized to enter into agreements or memorandum of understanding with Metrolinx and York Region for funding partnership for detailed design up to a limit of $660k (including staff administration fees and tax impact); and further,

7) That Staff provide a further progress update in June 2016

Carried