ACAT Meeting


Meeting Info

Date:Thursday, September 25, 2008
Location:1900 Yonge Street, 7th Floor Boardroom
Meeting No:208
  • Agenda
  • Meeting Minutes

Agenda is not available for this meeting.
Please check the meeting minutes for meeting details.

Present

  • Bill Castor 
  • Adam Cohoon 
  • Penny Lamy 
  • Angela Marley 
  • Scott McArthur 
  • Marian McDonell 
  • Robert Muzzy 
  • Linda Napier 
  • Anna Noviss 
  • Julian Stein
  • Howard Wax

TTC Representatives

  • Bill Frost
  • Tom McPherson
  • Dean Milton
  • Glenn Johnston
  • Freda Stanois
  • Virginia Dabrus (Item #7)
  • Brian O’Neill (Item #10)
  • Daniel Gaito (Item #10)

Regrets

  • Jo-Ann Bentley
  • Susan Davidson
  • Marcia Cummings
  • Christene Rowntree

Copies

  • Gary Webster
  • Vince Rodo
  • John Sepulis
  • Rick Cornacchia
  • Al Chocorlan
  • TTC Commissioners

1. Call to Order / Attendance

Chair Penny Lamy called the meeting to order at approximately 1:05 p.m. Roll call was taken.

2. New ACAT Replacement Members

The Chair introduced three new members of ACAT: Robert Muzzy, Marian McDonell, and Julian Stein who are appointed to fill the vacancies created by the resignations of Dorothy Creaser, Melanie Morris, and Karen Lee.
Messrs. Muzzy, Stein, and Ms. McDonell then gave a brief biography of themselves.

3. Approval of Agenda

The Chair advised that a presentation on the Hullmark Development would be added to the agenda as Item No. 7, and that Item No. 16 “Communication” should be deleted as it was added in error.

On motion of Howard Wax, ACAT approved the revised agenda.

4. Review and Approval of August 28, 2008 Minutes

On motion of Howard Wax, ACAT approved the minutes of August 28, 2008.

5. Business Arising Out of Minutes/Outstanding Items

Howard Wax advised that, further to his earlier statement regarding concerns he raised on the selection of Royal Taxi as a contracted provider of accessible taxis under the new contract and further to his meeting with TTC staff, including Mr. McPherson, he is now satisfied that there will be active oversight of the performance of contractors and aggressive enforcement of the contract, if required. This will ensure quality service and safety for users of Wheel-Trans over the period of this new contract term.
Dean Milton reviewed the list of outstanding items for September 2008 noting that the Completion Date/Status for the two items dealing with Snow Contingency and Removal should read October 2008.

6. Report on Commission Meeting Accessibility Matters

As a result of a previous meeting commitment of ACAT members, Garnett Martin was requested to report on the items discussed at the Commission meeting of September 18, 2008 on behalf of ACAT.
It was suggested that the issue relating to the Victoria Park Bus Terminal Replacement be referred to the Design Review Subcommittee.

7. Hullmark Development

Virginia Dabrus, Property Development Department, introduced David Craddock (NORR), Simon Ko, and Carlos Antunes (Kirkor Architects & Planners), and Melissa Cristofoli and Leona Savoie (Tridel) who gave a PowerPoint presentation on the proposed development to be constructed on the southeast corner of Yonge and Sheppard. (Copies of the presentation were also distributed to ACAT members.)
ACAT received the foregoing presentation and noted that any comments should be forwarded to Glenn Johnston who will refer them to the developer and TTC staff.

8. Subcommittee Reports and Updates

Communications

Dean Milton reviewed the minutes from the Communications Subcommittee meeting held on September 15, 2008.

9. Deputations

Nil.

10. Easier Access Presentation – Dufferin Station

Brian O’Neill, Deputy Chief – Engineering Design gave an overhead presentation on the above matter. (Copies of the presentation were also distributed to ACAT members.)

11. Subway Elevator Service

Anna Noviss advised that a meeting was held with staff on September 18, 2008 to discuss this matter. Results of a 9-week audit were reviewed as well as other suggested improvements that will be discussed further at an upcoming meeting.

It was noted however by Anna Noviss that recent improvements have been observed.

12. Announcement of New Attendant Care Provider

Dean Milton introduced the new attendants from Access Apartments who will be assisting ACAT members during meetings.

13. ACAT Orientation – October 15 and 17, 2008

Dean Milton advised that the October 15th session would take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and the October 17th session would be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Advertisements will appear in the Toronto Sun and Toronto Star on October 4 and 11. As well, information will be available on the web, at community organizations, and through the RideLine and Reservations line at Wheel-Trans.

14. Sedan Taxi Contracts Update

Tom McPherson, Superintendent - Wheel-Trans Customer Service and Planning, advised that staff is looking for an adviser that could commit time required to conduct the review and evaluation process of the sedan taxi contracts along with TTC staff.

Anna Noviss moved that Howard Wax be the adviser on behalf to fulfill the foregoing role.

ACAT approved the foregoing motion.

15. 2009 Wheel-Trans Operating Budget

Bill Frost, General Superintendent - Wheel-Trans gave an overhead presentation regarding the 2009 Wheel-Trans Operating Budget which was approved by the Commission at its meeting on September 18, 2008.

Penny Lamy also requested that the RFP for the Secret Shopper Program be brought to ACAT for review.

16. Other/New Business

Howard Wax raised the issue of the identification of Accessible Taxis (AT) that have received the required training and adherence to TTC standards.

Tom McPherson advised that blue decals will appear on new AT’s and that, each year, a new decal will confirm re-certification.

17. Next Meeting

The next meeting of ACAT will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2008, in the 7th Floor Boardroom, 1900 Yonge Street.

18. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 2:50 p.m.
Freda Stanois
Secretary
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