Proposed Focum will be modeled after the 2011 Citizens Forum on Area Rating and will consider rapid transit and local transit plans.
By Ryan McGreal
Published March 06, 2015
Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger will bring a motion to today's General Issues Committee asking Council to approve the formation of a Citizens Forum to review the City's Rapid Ready LRT plan, the proposed Ten Year Transit Plan and the Transportation Master Plan.
The Citizens Forum will be modeled after the 2011 Citizens Forum on Area Rating: one member from each ward, selected at random and representing the city's geographic and demographic diversity, called together to review the studies and reports and converge on a set of recommendations.
Mayor Eisenberger ran for election last October on a campaign to "hit the reset button" on Hamilton's light rail transit (LRT) plan through a Citizens Forum. The motion he is introducting today would also draw the Ten Year Local Transit Strategy under the auspices of the Forum.
In a February 6, 2015 op-ed, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Waterdown MPP Ted McMeekin wrote:
During the municipal election, Mayor Fred Eisenberger campaigned on a promise to engage citizens in Hamilton on transit options for the city. I look forward to seeing that process unfold.
Following is the text of the motion:
WHEREAS, the City of Hamilton is committed to enhanced citizen engagement;
WHEREAS, investments in public transit will both move people and build community;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
(a) That Council establish a meaningful community dialogue with the people of Hamilton to discuss all transit options outlined in the 10 Year Transit Plan, the Rapid Ready Report and the Transportation Master Plan along with any and all other documents related to transit in the City of Hamilton;
(b) That Council estbalish a transit community engagement process based on the Citizen Forum Model of randomly selected citizens;
(c) that staff be directed to develop the terms of reference, including but not limited to: an independent steering committee, project team, reporting mechanism, schedule, estimated cost and report back to the General Issues Committee by March 20, 2015;
(d) That membership composition be based on 1 person from each ward for a total of 15 members, and employ the same method as the Citizens Forum on Area Rating selection process;
(e) That, once individual citizens are selected, the list be presented to the General Issues Committee for consideration no later than May 6, 2015.
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