A consultant is helping city staff scrutinize schedule details provided by SNC-Lavalin, which is expanding the Trillium Line under the name TransitNEXT.
Kanellakos said an update for council could be available in May.
Mayor Jim Watson said Wednesday he only learned of a potential 40-45-day delay during a regular briefing before the meeting of the finance committee, which he chairs. He voted against adding the Trillium Line matter to Wednesday’s council agenda.
Meanwhile, there was a recommendation on the agenda to spend another $15 million for legal costs in a contract dispute with the Rideau Transit Group related to the Stage 1 LRT project. Council was unanimous in its support of the spending. The city had paid $4.9 million for legal fees related to its claim dispute up to the end of 2020.
First housing financial plan endorsed
Council approved the city’s first long-range financial plan for housing with a 16-7 vote.
The funding blueprint responds to a $1-billion 10-year housing and homelessness plan endorsed by council last year.
The municipal government would be required to make an average annual commitment of $21 million over 10 years. Another $81 million per year, on average, would be required from the upper governments.
The 10-year plan aims to reduce homelessness by 25 per cent and wipe out chronic homelessness. There would be between 5,700 and 8,500 affordable homes created through construction of new units and subsidies.
With integrity commissioner Robert Marleau finishing his term on Aug. 31, council has authorized the search for his replacement.
The integrity commissioner oversees the council code of conduct, lobbyist registry and acts as the meetings investigator.
To compensate the integrity commissioner, the city pays a $25,000 annual retainer and a per diem of $250 per hour, up to a daily maximum of $1,250.
The largest integrity investigation during Marleau’s oversight was the conduct probe into the allegedly lewd behaviour of Coun. Rick Chiarelli, ending with council agreeing with Marleau’s recommendation to apply salary suspensions totalling 450 days. Chiarelli, who represents College ward, is challenging the integrity commissioner’s authority in court and has denied all allegations.
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