What you will learn.• Who are your Pickering Councillors? Who are your Regional Councillors?• ……. and what’s the difference?• How to easily contact your Councillors.• Maps – Pickering and Durham• City and Region – Committees, Meetings and Schedules• Speaking to Council• General information – Resident Committees, Fact & Figures• Major Issues – Seaton, Federal Lands, Sewer Pipe, Rouge National Park, Property Taxes, urban sprawl, speeding cars, and more.• Pickering vs. Durham – responsibilities• Road Watch & Neighbourhood Watch• Customer Care
Pickering Council Regional WARD 3 City Peter Rodrigues David Pickles Mayor Dave Ryan Regional WARD 1 City Regional WARD 2 CityJennifer O’Connell Kevin Ashe Bill McLean Doug Dickerson
How to contact your Mayor and CouncillorsMayors Office Councillors OfficeTel.: 905.420.4600 Tel.: 905.420.4605Fax: 905.420.6064 Fax: 905.420.6064TTY: 905.420.1739 TTY: 905.420.1739Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com
Pickering – Facts & Figures Population: 95,000 Voters: 65,000 Total number of businesses in Pickering: 3,000 +
Ward 3 – Facts & Figures Voters: 25,500 Homes: 11,600 Duffin Heights adding 1,036 new homes. 18 kilometres (N to S) by 14 kilometres (W to E) 240 square kilometres = 92 square miles
2013 Council & Committee Start Time 7:00 pm now Meeting Schedule
Speaking to Council (delegations)Every month there is one Council meetingand there are two Standing Committee meetings: the Planning and Development Committee the Executive CommitteeMembers of the public who wish to speak to a StandingCommittee and/or Council are called delegations.In order to appear before Council, delegations areencouraged to have first appeared before a StandingCommittee.Delegations can speak for up to ten minutes.Afterwards, councillors may ask questions.
Speaking to Council (delegations) If the matter is a statutory planning matter, no formal registration is required for the Planning & Development Committee. Persons who wish to speak to an item that is on a Standing Committee meeting agenda should register in writing by 12 noon on the day of the meeting. Persons who wish to speak to an item that is on the Council meeting agenda should register in writing by 12 noon on the day of the meeting. Request for delegation status are to be sent to the Committee Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax at 905.420.9685 or by dropping off the request at City Hall.
The 8 Municipalities of Durham Durham Region established 1974
Regional Chair and CEO Roger AndersonAjaxSteve Parish, Shaun Collier, Colleen JordanBrockTerry Clayton, Debbie BathClaringtonAdrian Foster, Mary Novak, Willie WooOshawaJohn Henry, John Aker, Bob Chapman, Nancy Diamond,Amy England, Tito-Dante Marimpietri, John Neal, Nester PidwerbeckiPickeringDave Ryan, Bill McLean, Jennifer OConnell, Peter RodriguesScugogChuck Mercier, Bobbie DrewUxbridgeGerri Lynn OConnor, Jack BallingerWhitbyPat Perkins, Lorne Coe, Joe Drumm, Don Mitchell
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P I A3 councillors J C K E 4 councillors 109,600 A R I 88,700 X N G Durham S B population C2 councillors R O 608,100 U 2 councillors G 11,350 C O 21,650 K G C U L A X3 councillors R I B R 2 councillors N I 84,550 G T D 20,600 O G N E O W8 councillors S H 4 councillors H I 149,600 A 122,000 T W B A Y
Property TaxesDurham region tax: 54%Pickering city tax: 27%School tax 19%
Who pays the Region’s tax proportionally?The Region expects to collect $533,496,000 in property taxesfrom all categories including residents and businesses in 2012.According to the 2001 census, Durham has a population of 608,124.Property taxes are assessed at different rates for business, residential,farms and government institutions. Pickering Percentage of residents: 14.6 per cent Percentage of Regional tax paid: 16.7 per cent
Neighbourhood WatchA community crime prevention program designed to reduce the threat ofcrime to neighbours or property. This program encourages all residents tobe alert to suspicious persons or vehicles and to get to know neighbours.Lessons in crime prevention are given to participants and OperationIdentification is addressed (marking belongings for identification bypolice).Approximately 183 watches are currently running in the Durham Regionwith over 50,000 residents educated on security measures on an ongoingbasis.The DRPS has a Regional Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator who willassist neighbourhoods to form watches. Call 905-668-9893 or view oursection on Safety Tips - Neighbourhood Watch, or you can email theCoordinator directly at email@example.com for more information.
Road Watch www.drps.caROAD WATCH is a community based program that is utilized in many towns and cities in Ontario. Itis aimed at making drivers more aware of their actions.The program is run by volunteers who live in our community, and in conjunction with the DurhamRegional Police Service. The ROAD WATCH program is active inOshawa, Whitby, Clarington, Scugog, Ajax, Pickering and Uxbridge.ROAD WATCH provides residents an opportunity to report dangerous and aggressive drivingthroughout the Durham Region. If you observe aggressive or dangerous driving, fill out a PDFversion of our Citizen’s Report Form and drop it off at one of our ROAD WATCH boxes (listed on theform) or report the incident online using our Online Citizen Report Form .Aggressive driving may include: Excessive speeding, Tailgating, Failure to stop and any act that putsother drivers at a high risk of collision or injury.Record as much information as possible. Even if you are unable to record the licencenumber, submit the form so police have information on high-risk areas in the community. It isimportant that the form be signed to safeguard the system from abuse. Your personal information isused for statistical purposes only and is held in the strictest of confidence by us.If a driver is reported more than once, the police will contact that individual regarding the reports.Subsequent offences may result in enforcement action by the police depending on the severity ofthe incident.
Pickering Fire Services Fire Alarms responses – 2011Medical alarms – 2,003 (50%)Motor vehicle Accident alarms – 683 (17%)Alarms (no fire, false alarms, defect triggered, mischief) – 386 (10%)Fire/Smoke – 307 alarms (8%) – Non-Structural fires such as involving burning complaints, grass/bush fires, rubbish and vehicle fires as well as structural fires such as commercial/industrial fires, residential fires, institution fires.Other alarms (9-1-1- unknowns, public assist, assist other agencies) – 299 (8%)Carbon Monoxide alarms – 174 (4%)Hazard alarms (natural gas leaks, power lines, unknown odour) – 112 (3%)Rescue (elevators, ice-water) – 14 (0%)Hazardous Material alarms (spills and leaks) – 6 (0%)Explosions – 0 alarms (0%) Total alarms in 2011 – 3,984
Customer Care for almost all matters• general questions• By-laws – parking, business, building permit• to report dead animals on road• garbage dumping at the side of the road• snowploughing• sidewalks• neighbour problems (police matter)
Pickering Customer CareOffice Hours: 8:30 – 4:30, Monday-Friday905.683.7575 (24-hour line)1.877.420.4666TTY Service: 905.420.1739Fax: 905.420.4610Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Program Cancellations, Service Disruptions, and Road & Facility Closures: 1.866.278.9993
Resources for more information. www.Pickering.ca www.Durham.cawww.YourVoicePickering.ca