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RESOLUTION MOVED BY COUNCILLOR CARPENTER: SECONDED BY

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Condolences to the Simons Family

DATE: FEBRUARY SJ2012

WHEREAS Council was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Gordon Francis Simons on February 3, 2012; and WHEREAS Gordon owned and operated G.F.S Consulting & Marketing for several years before entering into real estate; and . WHEREAS Gordon was a lifelong member of the Paris Optimist Club where he once served as President and Treasurer, was also Past Master of St. John's Lodge #82 AF. & AM., was an avid golfer and coached hockey and baseball in Paris for 25 years; and WHEREAS Gordon's wife Shirley is a Member of the Council of the County of Brant, serving alongside many Members of Brantford City Council on Committees as the Social Services Committee and the John Noble Home Committee of Management; and WHEREAS Gordon also leaves behind his children Patrick and Andrea and grandchildren Ayden, Cavan and Jase; NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Corporation of the City of Brantford does hereby extend its sincerest and heartfelt condolences to the Simons family at this most difficult time.

YES I NO COUNC. COUNC. COUNC. COUNC. COUNC. COUNC. COUNC, COUNC. COUNC. COUNC. MAYOR J. VANDERSTELT V. BUCCI D. DIGNAN-RUMBLE D. WROBEL D. NEUMANN M. CESCHI-SMITH R. CARPENTER D.McCREARY J. UTLEY L. KINGS C. FRIEL

COMMITTEE

OF THE WHOLE - COMMUNITY SERVICES MONDAY, FEBRUARY.6,
DELEGATIONS

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DELEGATIONS . Eco·nomic Development Advisory Committee (Andy Molenaar) Re Item 7.3.1 - Downtown Business Recruitment and Retention Action Plan (CD2012-023)

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City of Brantford Economic Development Advisory Committee (Name of Group/Organization/Business)

SUBJECT MATTER: DATE OF MEETING:

Downtown Business Recruitment and Retention Action Plan
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February 6, 2012

RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL/COMMITTEE:
(Please indicate below what action you would like the City to take with respect to the above-noted subject matter. Use a separate page if more space is required or attach additional documentation.)

That Staff Report CD 2012-023 be received regarding Downtown Recruitment and Retention Action Plan.

the City of Brantford 's

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Downtown Business Recruitment and Retention Action Plan

Downtown Master Plan 2008 identifies UGC area Downtown Market Analysis 2010 identifies challenges and opportunities City of Brantford Economic Development Strategy 2010 recommendations in support of downtown

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The items identified in the business recruitment and retention action plan will provide the framework to take advantage of the changing downtown landscape The City will have accomplished the goal of revitalization when economic stability is achieved.

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" Increased assessment, a stable business climate with more annual business openings than closinqs, and increased employment and residents will be used as measures of success.

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DAVE

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March 2, 2011

Mayor Chris Friel City of Brantford 100 Wellington Square, P.O. Box818, Brantford, ON_~3~ 5R7
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Dear MaY{)(~r:iBI/r')
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I wanted to take a moment and touch base regarding past protocol between our offices, and get your thoughts about the best way to continue. Specifically, in the past I have directed my office to handle all Councillor asks, including group meetings and Ministerial requests, through the office of the Mayor. Thishas worked quite weJl in that it keeps everyone on council and in the Mayors office in the loop with what my office isdoing on the Provincial level. If this is indeed the way you would like to see our two offices proceed - I would be happy to continue. Also, I will make sure that any asks that we may have for Councillors be forwarded along to the Mayors office as well, I would be more than happy to discussthis continuation with you should you desire, and will continue on 'status quo' until your decision. Respectfully,

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Council Members of the Corporation V. Bucci J. Vanderstelt D. McCreary R. Carpenter M. Ceschi-Smith

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the City of Brantford: L. Kings J. Utley D. Dignan-Rumble D. Wrobel D. Neumann

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Constituency Office 96 Nelson Street, Suite 101, Brantford, ON N3T2N1 Tel519-759-0361 1Fax 519-759-64391 Email dlevac. mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

OFFICE. OF THE MAYOR

March 15, 2011

BRANTFORD, Ontario
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Mr, Dave Levac, MPP - Brant 96 Nelson Street, Unit 101

DearM~ac: Thank you for your letter of March 2, 2011, referencing protocol between our offices.

t would agree that the benefit of open communication between the two offices regarding Provlnclal level requests is the correct course of action for us to follow, I will advise Council that any Provincial requests made at your office will indeed be forwarded to my office, keeping everyone in the loop. Again, thank you Dave for contacting me with respect to proper protocol and for continuing with the "stafus quo',
Yours truly,

Chris Friel

MAYOR
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Council Members of the Corporation of the Clt~' of Brantford: Larry Kings Jan Vanderstelt . John Utley Vince Bucci Dan McCreary Debi Dignan ..Rumble Richard Carpenter Dave Wrobei Marguerite Oeschi-Smlth Oavld Neumann

CHRIS fRIEL, MAYOR Cit>, Hall, 100 Wdltngtan Square. Bramforcl, ON NST ZM3 P,O. Bo)( 618, 6mntford ON N3T SR7 Phone:; (519) 759-4150 Foal (519) 751-7109 email: chrtsfrlel@brantford.1!a ~WIW,brantford.~a

NOTICE OF MOTION Moved by COUNCILLOR DIGNAN-RUMBLE

FAMILY FUN DAY CITY COUNCIL AND SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM FINANCIAL CHALLENGE WHEREAS Family Day is a day to be shared with family members; and WHEREAS Brantford Parks and Recreation and the Doug Snooks Eagle Place Community Centre is sponsoring a Family Day Community Dinner on February 20, 2012 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Doug Snooks Eagle Place Community Centre; and WHEREAS the event will include a Dinner prepared by Chef Kevin Thompson of "Over Easy"; and WHEREAS the cost of the dinner is $7 for Adults and Youth, $4 for children or a Family of 5 for $25; and WHEREAS there are families in the community who may not be able to afford the cost of the dinner; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT a Financial Challenge goes out to Members of Brantford City Council and Senior Management Team to donate money to go towards paying for those families who cannot afford to attend the dinner on their own.

In association with Brantford Parks & Recreation and the Doug Snooks Eagle Place Community Centre
Presents

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Tickets: Adults & Youth (15 ..21) $7

All proceeds go to the funding of our free Family/Community events

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Join us in Celebration of

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NOTICE OF MOTION MOVED BY COUNCILLOR KINGS:'

DATE: FEBRUARY 6,2012

WHEREAS Ontario municipalities with post-secondary institutions from the Provincial Government in lieu of property taxes; and

and hospitals receive transfer payments

WHEREASthe current rate of $75 per head/bed has not been increased since 1987; and WHEREASthe rate if indexed to inflation, would now be approximately $135 per head/bed;and WHEREAS the actual costs of delivering current municipal services would far exceed even the estimated indexed rate of $135 per head/bed; and WHEREAS the City of Brantford and many other Ontario Municipalities have passed resolutions over the last 2 years requesting that the Ontario Provincial Government increase the Heads and Beds levy; and WHEREAS there has not been a response by the Provincial Government to calls for an increase to the Heads and Beds Levy; and WHEREAS it is appropriate in advance of the upcoming Provincial Government Budget to once again urge the Province to initiate an increase to the current levy; NOW THEREFOREBE IT RESOLVED that the City of Brantford once again request the Provincial Government to increase the Heads and Beds levy to a rate more reflective of the actual costs of providing municipal services; and THAT any revised levy rate include an automatic annual adjustment for inflation; and THAT a copy of this resolution BE FORWARDEDto the Honourable Dwight Duncan, Minister of Finance, Mr, Dave Levac, M.P.P., the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the City of Kingston and representatives of Laurier Brantford.

COUNC. J. VANDERSTELT COUNC. V. BUCCI COUNC. D. DIGNAN-RUMBLE COUNC. D. WROBEL COUNC. D. NEUMANN COUNC. M. CESCHI-SMITH COUNC. R. CARPENTER COUNC. D. McCREARY COUNC. J. UTLEY COUNC. L KINGS MAYOR C. FRIEL

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