Planning and design
From a planning perspective, the focus is on multi-faceted solutions for transportation projects and not just vehicle/traffic based solutions.
All transportation planning processes for several years have prioritized low-emission transportation choices, including improving transit facilities, bike lanes, sidewalks, and more.
In recent years, it is evident that we have experienced warmer temperatures, changing rain and snowfall patterns, and increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.
In 2021, the city updated its standards for stormwater management and sewer design in an effort to predict future trends and incorporate the impacts of climate change.
Additionally, the city has conducted a number of projects and/or studies over the years to deal with localized flooding:
- Shore Lane Drainage Improvements
- 71st street channel
- 57and Improvements to storm sewers and street drainage
- Drainage improvements in Konstanz/Thomas Class EA area
- Trillium Creek culvert crossings and intersection drainage improvements
- Trillium Creek Flow Containment Berm
- East End Pipeline Capacity Study
- West End Pipeline Capacity Study
Drainage continues to be a priority for the city and the initiation of the citywide Master Drainage Study, scheduled for completion in fall 2022, will help establish drainage catchment areas. to model and analyze the sensitivity of areas prone to flooding under various precipitation events. events and prioritize drainage improvements throughout the municipality.
Vehicles and Fleet
The city has applied for various electric vehicle (EV) charging station grants over the past few years, without success. But staff continue to research options and future opportunities are anticipated.
The city continues to explore electric transit options, but the costs are not yet viable.
In 2022, the city is purchasing an electric ice resurfacer that will replace a propane unit.
Water and waste water installations
The city’s water and sanitation facilities are the largest energy consumers of all city assets.
In 2020, electricity costs associated with water and wastewater facilities were approximately $190,000 and $650,000 respectively.
In 2014, the Ontario Clean Water Agency, the city and the Ontario Power Authority completed an energy audit. The audit noted a series of recommendations and most of them have been implemented.
The city conducted an audit in 2015, then retrofitted all existing streetlights (3,000) with new energy-efficient LED fixtures. The modernization project cost approximately $2.5 million and reduced annual electricity consumption by approximately 60%.
Upgrading the Office of Public Works and Buildings
We have modernized the offices and the garage with LED lights.
We installed low-flow toilets and an energy-efficient HVAC unit.