Last night at the Corporate Administration, Finance and Enterprise Services Committee, we received a presentation from representatives of condominium owners.
The gallery was full.
Simply put, some condominium owners are seeking a rebate on taxes. This is not a new issue and the City’s response has been consistent and can be found on the website. Click here.
Notwithstanding this position, a new policy matter did arise from the presentation with respect to waste collection.
I had a follow up letter today from one of the attendees that made the following comment:
“Every condo owner in the city (all 6000) wants the city to pick up their garbage and they will do everything they logically and reasonably can to accommodate the city’s requests”.
So here is the policy matter in a nutshell:
- Should the City provide waste collection to any condominiums willing to source separate their waste?
The change to carts is precipitating this policy matter. Some condominiums have always had private waste collection – they were designed that way by the developer who built them or it has been their choice (real or perceived). Some condominiums have had municipal waste collection but are struggling to adapt to the new cart system. Some condominiums who have not had municipal collection in the past are now taking the opportunity to adapt to the cart system.
The committee could not have responsibly made a recommendation to Council on such a policy change last night without fully understanding the implications of such a change (e.g. financial, legislative, legal, etc.). So I sought and received support from the committee members to refer this matter to the Solid Waste Management Master Plan Update which is currently underway.
This is where this policy matter can be discussed fully in the context of our overall goals and objectives for waste management in our city.
I encourage condominum owners to continue to pursue this policy matter through this public consultation.