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May 24, 2017
Council this Week: Highlights from May 24 County Council agenda

Electric hybrid ambulances, drinking water quality management, provincial trails network and more

Input on province-wide cycling network

Council will receive on May 24 comments from both County staff and the Oxford County Cycling Advisory Committee on a proposed province-wide cycling network to connect municipal cycling routes and tourist attractions. The proposed network, part of Ontario’s Cycling Strategy, is seen by Oxford County as an opportunity to further improve safety for cyclists and motorists while promoting cycling, active transportation, and tourism for communities. Feedback from County staff and the Advisory Committee will serve as Oxford’s formal submission for the Environmental Bill of Rights process.

Read Council report PW 2017-31 – Identifying a Province-Wide Cycling Network, EBR Registration No. 013-0190

Drinking Water Quality Management System review

Oxford County’s review of its Drinking Water Quality Management System (DWQMS) shows the County’s operating authorities – Oxford County, Woodstock and Tillsonburg--continue to comply with drinking water regulations and uphold a commitment to providing safe, affordable and reliable drinking water. The annual review is required under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Read Council report PW 2017-28 – Drinking Water Quality Management System (DWQMS) Management Review

Electric hybrid ambulances

County Council will be asked to approve a $70,000 transfer from the Land Ambulance Vehicles and Equipment reserve fund to upgrade the planned purchase of two ambulances to an electric hybrid option. This change will reduce annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 10.7 eCO₂ tonnes. With this purchase, Oxford County will become the first municipality in Ontario to purchase ambulances with electric hybrid technology.

Read Council report PW 2017-29 – Fleet – Purchase of Two Electric Hybrid Ambulances

Update on community flu clinics

In response to questions about Public Health’s flu vaccination program during the 2017 budget deliberations, Public Health is providing Council with an update on its immunization program, and flu vaccinations in particular. Since pharmacies began offering the flu vaccine in 2012, Public Health has continued in successive years to decrease the number of community flu clinics it offers. Through the clinics that remain, the priority is reaching children under five, who cannot receive the flu shot at a pharmacy, and others who are less likely to access immunization services from primary care practitioners or pharmacies. The cost of community flu clinics last year made up about 3%, or $22,393, of Public Health’s total vaccine-preventable diseases budget.

Read Council report PHES 2017-05 – Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP) Update and Strategy for the 2017-18 Influenza Season

Other reports and presentations

  • Public meeting – SB 17-01-4 - Oxford Road Development
  • Delegation – ISE Ontario Exchanges – B. Smith
  • Delegation – Warden’s Golf Tournament – L. Wardrop
  • Delegation – Newterra Water Treatment Solutions – J. Witlox
  • CP 2017-127 – Application for Approval of Draft Plan of Subdivision SB 17-01-2: Oxford Road Development 5 Inc.
  • CS 2017-14 – Development Charges Waiver Request – Rehoboth Christian School
  • CS 2017-13 – 2016 Audited Financial Statements
  • PW 2017-32 – Ingersoll Sanitary Sewer and Watermain Extensions Projects
  • PW 2017-33 – Franchise Agreement with Natural Resource Gas Limited

Questions or comments?

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