Sharman will argue that Critical Staffing Additions of $2,355,289 are necessary

By Pepper Parr

November 19th, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Ward 5 Councillor Paul Sharman has always been a big picture thinker that he supports with data.

The following are the motions ward 5 Councillor Paul Sharman has put before Councillor.

Motion for Council to Consider:

Sharman Motion 1: Remove $2,200,000.00 “Multi-year Community Investment Funding (Report CM-03-22)” from the mayor’s budget.

Reason:

Recommend that a decision on the above 2024 budget provision be deferred until staff can formally investigate the development and application of new financing tools including those as outlined in recent BLP workshop held on Sept 18th in support of future community development and deliver attainable housing.

New municipal infrastructure financing tools could potentially be utilized to support provision of major community infrastructure as part of any future plans for development of new strategic growth areas and other communities inclusive of BLP land related partnership opportunities. The development of future communities in collaboration with private sector organizations will most certainly yield significant financial benefits to participating organizations. As such, the opportunity to fully analyze, scrutinize and explore all other options should be considered prior to approving and collecting such a dedicated levy, notwithstanding the need for additional funding does exist for a number of reasons.

An option may include the targeted use of additional long-term City debt properly supported by economic analysis and a project business case to justify such investment. Other options may include creation of public private partnerships (PPP) in co-operation with developers; application of Tax Increment Financing by-laws as allowed for by the Province; and specific funding agreement opportunities with land owners and developers.

Approved as per form by the City Clerk,

Reviewed by the City Manager – In accordance with the Code of Good Governance, Council-Staff Relations Policy and an assessment of the internal capacity within the City to complete the work based on a specific target date (quarter/year).

Comments:

City Clerk: none

City Manager:      none

Motion for Council to Consider:

Sharman Motion 2: Add $2,355,289.00 for the following critical positions to the 2024 budget:

Critical Staffing Additions
2024
Department Financial Mayor’s
/ Business Needs Proposed SERVICE
Case Position New FTE Value Budget Difference GRP
2024-031 Workday/EAMS Training Coordinator 1 $ 109,220 $  109,220 BDS
2024-032 Manager Organizational Development 1 $ 157,373 $  157,373 HR
2024-027 Firefighter (Stn 8) 4 $ 602,837 $ 301,419 $  301,419 EICS
2024-031 Application Analyst – Workday/EAMS 1 $ 136,391 $  136,391 BDS
Workday Analyst 1 $ 124,512 $  124,512 BDS
Data Engineer 1 $ 138,684 $  138,684 BDS
2024-030 Manager of Experience Strategy and Design 1 $ 190,512 $  190,512 BDS
Solicitor – General Litigation, Municipal Law, Insurance Pra 1 $ 190,512 $  190,512 LEG
M365 Product Manager 1 $ 157,373 $  157,373 BDS
Analyst – Compensation 1 $ 124,512 $  124,512 HR
Recruitment Coordinator 1 $ 130,906 $  130,906 HR
Transit Operations Supervisor 1 $ 108,470 $  108,470 CPRM
2024-032 Transit Maintenance Supervisor 1 $ 108,470 $  108,470 CPRM
Operator – Recreation Services 4 PT roles converted to FT 1 $ 100,000 $  100,000 RCC
Platform Administrator 1 $ 157,373 $  157,373 BDS
Web Designer 1 $ 119,562 $  119,562 CR&E
Total Critical Staffing Additions $2,355,289

Reason:

These positions are necessary to sustain the organization by filling critical, much delayed, staff shortages as well as to fulfill business transformation objectives.

Approved as per form by the City Clerk,

Reviewed by the City Manager – In accordance with the Code of Good Governance, Council-Staff Relations Policy and an assessment of the internal capacity within the City to complete the work based on a specific target date (quarter/year).

Comments:

City Clerk: none

City Manager:      none

Motion for Council to Consider:

Sharman Motion 3: Add the following high priority positions to the 2024 budget:

Reason:

These positions are necessary to achieve V2F goals

High Priority Staffing Addition
2024-033 Analyst – Government Relations/Grants 0.5 $      63,006 $      63,006 SR&A
Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator 1 $  119,562 $  119,562 CR&E
Supervisor Customer Experience 1 $  119,562 $  119,562 CR&E
2024-032 Technologist – Field Services 2 $  210,896 $  210,896 CPRM
Traffic Operations Student (increase fro 0.6 $      29,000 $      29,000 CPRM
Urban Forestry Supervisor 1 $  145,406 $  145,406 EICS
2024-031 Product Manager Workday/EAMS 1 $  157,373 $  157,373 BDS
$  844,805

Approved as per form by the City Clerk,

Reviewed by the City Manager – In accordance with the Code of Good Governance, Council-Staff Relations Policy and an assessment of the internal capacity within the City to complete the work based on a specific target date (quarter/year).

Comments:

City Clerk: none

City Manager:      none

 

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3 comments to Sharman will argue that Critical Staffing Additions of $2,355,289 are necessary

  • Wendy Fletcher

    Look at what we’re paying these people. Yet this Council has the audacity to suggest they don’t make enough. Twice or more the average Ontario salary which is 56K! Yet we’re paying a supervisor of customer experience or an Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator 120K a year? Wow. No wonder our taxes are so damn high. But the city also hides behind these 30K BMA Consulting Reports that pits everyone against each other using averages instead of real data.

    If I was ever elected I’d come in and clean house. People think they’re being underpaid? They could go get another job. So disgusted at the vast amounts of money being wasted so these folks can have cushy jobs they don’t do well and then have the gaul to complain. They can go try to get jobs in the private sector and see how long they last providing subpar performance. Same with most of this council. See how long they’d last spending the company’s $ without regard to cost cutting measures and the bottom line.

  • Anne and David Marsden

    Really, that should be very interesting. He couldn’t correctly argue the status of a single motion coming from Committee, that he chaired, that met not 14 hrs. before.

    See for yourselves at minute 33.00 in the November 14, 2023 Council Recording. Sharman claims “approved subject to further work and the day care issue may possibly be resolved” Then check the motion contained in Council minutes that was recommended to Council from the Committee he Chaired AND voted on 7-0 some 13 hrs. later.

    12.5
    Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility Pubic meeting of November 13, 2023
    This item has Video

    a.
    Zoning By-law Amendment – 1160 Blair Road (PL-65-23)
    This item has Video

    • Approve the Zoning By-law Amendment application, as modified by staff in community planning department report PL-65-23, to permit an expanded place of worship at 1160 Blair Road; and
    Approve Zoning By-law 2020.462, attached as revised Appendix C to community planning department report PL-65-23, to amend zoning “GE1-486” for the lands at 1160 Blair Road; and
    Deem that Zoning By-law 2020.462 conforms to the Official Plan of the City of Burlington.
    IN FAVOUR: (7) Councillor Sharman, Mayor Meed Ward, Councillor Galbraith, Councillor Kearns, Councillor Nisan, Councillor Stolte, and Councillor Bentivegna

    DON’T KNOW WHAT SHARMAN HEARD BUT THE MAYOR WAS QUITE CLEAR IN HER COMMENTS BEFORE THE VOTE REFERENCING THE DAY CARE FACILITIES: “WE ARE NOT THERE TONIGHT.”

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