Farewell to Mitch Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works

Halton Region’s Commissioner of Public Works, Mitch Zamojc, is retiring after nearly six years of service to Halton residents.

Commissioner Zamojc joined Halton Region as the Commissioner of Public Works in 2008 after serving the public for more than 28 years including 12 years as Commissioner at the Region of Peel.

Under his leadership, numerous infrastructure plans and strategies for the future have been completed, as well as a number of big projects—everything from bridges, large diameter water mains and water storage tanks to wastewater plant upgrades—and the largest investment in roads Halton Region has ever made.

During Commissioner Zamojc’s tenure:

  • Master Plans for waste, transportation, water and wastewater have been updated to ensure requirements are clearly identified to meet Halton’s needs in the future.
  • Several major capital works projects have also been completed including the Sixteen Mile Creek Bridge on Dundas Street in Oakville, a second water feed to Milton, a new elevated water storage tank in Halton Hills, as well as upgrades to the Oakville Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • A number of innovative initiatives were implemented including the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) for water and wastewater services and a customer service initiative through social media for Waste Management.  Commissioner Zamojc also led staff in achieving Halton’s solid waste diversion target of 60 per cent.

Commissioner Zamojc has been a valued member of the Region’s Management Committee and a real champion for both innovation and exemplary customer service. On behalf of Regional Council, staff and Halton residents, I would like to thank Commissioner Zamojc for his commitment to Halton Region.

The recruitment process to replace Commissioner Zamojc is underway. His last day at Halton Region will be April 11, 2014.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

 

Meeting Halton’s Infrastructure Needs Today and Tomorrow

Planned, predictable provincial funding for schools, hospitals and our transportation network is required to ensure we can meet the growth requirements set out in the Provincial Places to Grow Plan. Long term investments from other levels of government are required to ensure funding is in place for required infrastructure. We have new schools that open only to require portables a year or two later; hospitals with capacity issues; and transportation networks that are congested slowing the movement of people and goods.  If we are going to meet the needs that will be required with a population of 780,000 by 2031, we are going to have to do better.

Transportation continues to be the number one issue of importance to Halton residents.  At Halton Region we have been planning ahead and making strategic investments so that our Regional road network can meet the needs of today and tomorrow.  Halton’s capital budget for Regional roads to ease congestion and improve safety has increased from $50 million in 2006 to $289 million in 2013. This is the biggest investment in roads ever for Halton Region.  We are investing billions of dollars to upgrade wastewater and water plants and to improve our road network.  We have a plan in place and now call upon other levels of government to commit to how they will support us to ensure the proper infrastructure is in place to support the growth they require.

Metrolinx has indicated that improvements to GO service for Milton, Georgetown and the Lakeshore GO line identified in the Metrolinx Plan, The Big Move, will be delayed.  The delay to these improvements will only further exacerbate our transportation issues in Halton.  Improvements to Highway 401 through Halton are also required to reduce congestion and improve productivity for businesses throughout the Greater Toronto Area as the highway’s capacity has not kept pace with growth.  These are all issues that Halton Region continues to advocate for on your behalf to the Provincial Government.

Halton Region has created a series of position papers that highlight our advocacy efforts on behalf of Halton residents.  Learn more about our Advocating for a Strong Halton campaign.  You can also view my recent video blog, Investing in Infrastructure to Ensure a High Quality of Life for Today and Tomorrow, to learn more about the planning and investments we are making to address infrastructure needs in Halton.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Building a Better Halton: the Region’s commitment to infrastructure

With the arrival of spring, Halton residents will begin seeing more Building a Better Halton signs on local roads. The signs let you know that construction is about to begin in the area. They also are a reminder of the Region’s commitment to safe drinking water, reliable wastewater collection, and safe and efficient roads.

Residents have told us that infrastructure planning and construction are key priorities for the Region and we’re listening to you. The Region’s 2013 Budget includes a $3.8 billion 10-year capital program primarily for roads, water and wastewater infrastructure. The 2013 capital budget for roads, water and wastewater projects is $917.4 million.BBH Logo

Part of the Region’s commitment to infrastructure is keeping you informed about what we are doing. Through the Building a Better Halton communications program, residents and business owners are notified about upcoming Regional construction projects and any potential impacts. That includes road signs, direct mailings to your home or business, newspaper advertisements, online information and e-newsletters for areas where multiple projects are occurring and/or planned.

You can find out more about what’s happening along Dundas Street in Burlington and Oakville, and Steeles Avenue in Milton and Halton Hills by subscribing to Halton Region’s Construction Update e-newsletter at www.halton.ca/constructionupdate.

Whenever possible, the Region schedules overlapping construction projects at the same time to reduce inconvenience on local streets or along major traffic routes. Sometimes work has to be completed in phases according to available revenue or to lessen traffic disruptions, avoid conflicts with other construction activities or because some environmentally-sensitive work can only be completed at certain times of the year.

At www.halton.ca/construction, you’ll find construction project information, alerts for road closures and lane restrictions, maps of the project areas, and links to your local municipality’s construction information.

Thank you for your patience as we work together to build a better Halton.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Building a Better Halton – Infrastructure (video)

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Reporting on the Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan

Halton Region delivers a wide-range of services that impact your daily life – programs like providing clean and safe drinking water, emergency medical services, waste management, public health, economic development, emergency management and so much more.  A recent survey noted that 98% of Halton residents are satisfied with services provided to them by the Region and we are committed to maintaining a high level of satisfaction and continuing to deliver services in a cost-effective and efficient manner.            

Last June, Regional Council approved The Citizens’ Priorities – Halton Region’s 2011-2014 Action Plan.  The Priority Areas, Key Initiatives and Key Actions identified in the plan reflect what Halton’s citizens and stakeholders said were important to them.

Here, on the Chair’s Corner, I have been providing updates about some of the key actions and initiatives that are underway to support the Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan.  This spring, we will issue our first annual Report to the Citizens to help you see how Halton Region is delivering on the priorities outlined in the Action Plan.

In 2011, Halton Regional Council approved master plans for Transportation, and for Water and Wastewater.  Over the next five years Halton Region will invest more than $1 billion in infrastructure with $615 million allocated to improving the Regional transportation network.  We will also accelerate several planned road improvements to reduce traffic congestion and the disruption caused by construction. 

The 2012-2016 Solid Waste Management Strategy was also approved by Council.  Halton residents are currently diverting approximately 60% of residential waste away from the landfill which is one of the highest rates of waste diversion in the province based onOntariomunicipal benchmarking. The new solid waste management strategy aims to increase the diversion rate to 65%.

Our first year of implementing the Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan was a success and we have many achievements to report. To follow Halton Region’s progress on the Action Plan visit us at www.halton.ca/ActionPlan or follow my blog www.haltonchair.wordpress.com where I will continue to profile many of Halton’s key programs, initiatives and accomplishments.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”