Peterborough council recap: Wolfe Street problems continue, Trent Amphitheater could be backed by the city

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Problems persist in the neighborhood around the Wolfe Street emergency shelter, Peterborough City Council told city staff Monday, March 7.

At Finance Committee and General Committee meetings, councilors were told that litter and trespassing continued to be concerns.

Here are some of the items on the agenda that evening:

• A verbal update on the Wolfe Street Overflow Housing Program and Homelessness Program activities;

• Asking City staff assist community partners in efforts around the Ukrainian humanitarian crisis.

• Financial statement audit reports for 2020;

• A report on the 2021 audit plan;

• The Treasurer’s Report on the 2020 Consolidated Financial Report, 2020 Trust Fund Financial Statements and Five-Year Review;

• 2021 Board Remuneration and Expense Statements;

• An appointment to the Board of Peterborough and Kawarthas Economic Development;

• Allocating $15,525 in community project grants to 18 community groups and $196,980 in community investment grants to 12 local not-for-profits and charities;

• Delegated authority to department heads to sign short-term student grant applications, contracts and funding agreements to support these positions, when student jobs are within approved budget;

• Creation of a permanent Poets Laureate program at $2,000 per year in the annual budget proposal, following the completion of the current pilot Poets Laureate program;

• Direct City staff to report back to Council in the spring with a report on the Traill College Amphitheater project, including funding options, budget implications, indication of confirmed funding from province, government federal and private sector, proven community partners, and other benefits for the City to consider contributing to the project.

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