City Council Meeting Wrap-Up: May 14, 2024

May 14, 2024

The City Council meeting on May 14 included an update on changes to Blue Box distribution and discussion of several members’ motions.

Blue Box Transition

Council received an update on the provincially legislated shift in responsibility for the Blue Box program. This change, approved by the Ontario Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks in June 2021, shifts operational and financial responsibility of the program from municipalities to the producers of materials.

Circular Materials Ontario (CMO), the organization administering the new Blue Box collection system, provided two options for Greater Sudbury’s transition period from April 1 to December 31, 2025:

  • The City can receive financial compensation to operate the Blue Box program as a contractor for CMO during the transition period; or
  • The City can hand over full operational and financial responsibility for the Blue Box program to CMO.

After careful analysis, and to ensure a smooth process without noticeable changes for residents, the City will continue providing Blue Box collection services, as well as promotion and education services, during the transition period. At the direction of Council, staff will enter into agreements with CMO for the City to continue providing these services during the transition.

Members’ Motions

Five members’ motions were brought forward for consideration.

  • Council approved a member’s motion to revoke By-law 2023-150, which delegates authority to the Chief Administrative Officer to adjust the pay structure of all or some categories of non-union employees based on existing compensation philosophies and the Council-approved salary administration plan.
  • Council defeated a member’s motion to change the start time for Council and Committee meetings to daytime hours.
  • Council approved a member’s motion to place a three-year moratorium on development charge fees for so-called “missing middle” homes, including duplexes, triplexes, row houses, townhouses, and multi-unit apartments of 30 units or less. Development charges on single-family dwellings will remain at their current rate during this three-year period.
  • Council approved a member’s motion for the Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer to meet with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Board Chair for Public Health Sudbury and Districts, to discuss what steps can be taken to improve training and public education on the importance of properly discarding needles, as part of Public Health’s harm reduction strategy. A summary of this discussion will be brought back to Council by September 2024.
  • Council approved a member’s motion directing staff to publish pay scales for all job classifications on the City’s website, along with the market adjustment criteria for non-union staff. All future reports regarding the non-union employee compensation policy will be included for discussion in open session of Finance and Administration Committee or City Council.

For more details on these and other items from this week’s meetings, visit www.greatersudbury.ca/city-hall/mayor-and-council/meetings-agendas-and-minutes.