Report: March 27, 2006

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO AT MISSISSAUGA

Erindale College

Report of the RESOURCE PLANNING AND PRIORITIES COMMITTEE meeting of Erindale College Council held on Monday, March 27, 2006 at 3:10 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge.

Present: R. Reisz (in the Chair), U. Krull, D. Crocker, J. Tran, D. Pond, G. Rattan, K. Duncliffe, P. Pliner, S. Munro, M. Georges, S. Munro
Regrets: R. deSouza, C. Jones, M. Lord, C. Capewell, M. Jalland
In attendance: L. Paris, B. Louie

1. Adoption of the Agenda

The agenda was approved (D. Pond/ D. Crocker)

2. Minutes of the Previous Meeting (February 27, 2006)

The report of the previous meeting was approved. (D. Crocker/D. Pond)

3. New Business

a) UTM Campus Police Annual Report – Len Paris, Manager, UTM Police Services

Mr. Paris gave an overview of the UTM Police Annual Report, which is also presented to the University Affairs Board each year. The report is also sent to Peel Regional Police as part of an agreement with them.

He noted that the activities of the department focused on campus community safety and policing programs. He discussed some of the programs coordinated by UTM police, such as: Walksafe Patrol Services, Work Alone Program, First Aid, CPR and Defibrillation Program, weekly media summaries, Crime Stoppers, Group Liaison with student leaders, Student Emergency Fund, and Safety Audits/Surveys. He reported that the department was also very active in the UTM community by participating in over 15 committees, including the planning committees of all of UTM’s capital projects. The department’s officers also participated in training, which included safety and evacuation and emergency response procedures.

Mr. Paris reported that one of the largest expenditures of the department during the past year was updating campus cameras (CCTV) and monitoring, which represented a move away from tape to digital recording. The telephone voice recording system was also made current, an improvement that would aid in the investigation of bomb threats. A major communication upgrade now allows for both grounds personnel and officers to use the emergency radio system; in the past these users had two separate radio systems.

Mr. Paris noted that the enrollment growth demands an increase from the current staffing level of 11 officers and one manager. He reported that lack of office space was an ongoing issue, but the opening of the new library should help in this regard.

Mr. Paris proceeded to discuss UTM police services statistics. He reported that there were 896 occurrences in 2005 as compared with 709 in 2004, but added that most of the difference could be attributed to an increase in service calls due to enrolment growth. There were 88 crimes against persons (up 21 from 2004) and 153 crimes against property (up 20 from 2004.) Most occurrences are during the months of September to November and the majority of them take place in the South Building (242), followed by the residences (212) and then parking lots and roadways (179.)

He reported that UTM property damage was at $6,850 and theft was valued at $17,000, and added that both figures were considered low. The number of parking tickets is consistent from year to year at around 5000, with the 2005 figure at 5017.

Injury and illness figures for 2005 were 48 and 31 respectively, with most of these attributed to sports related injuries. He added that illness is only reported if officers need to manage transportation to a hospital.

Mr. Paris continued his presentation by discussing UTM police services priorities for 2006/2007, which included a continued commitment to community programming and links and staff development. The department was also committed to expanding its existing office space, acquiring a new hybrid vehicle patrol car and pursuing equipment upgrades.

He encouraged members of the committee to read the annual report.

The Chair opened the floor to questions.

A member commented that it would be useful to include statistics on the ratio of officers to students in next year’s annual report. Mr. Paris commented that UTM police services had 10 officers in 1983 and 12 in 2006.

In answer to a member’s question, Mr. Paris explained that campus police are widely consulted in when new buildings are under design and construction at UTM. He added that police services routinely consult with the Office of the Registrar regarding renovations, noise and its effects on exam schedules.

In response to a member’s question Mr. Paris explained that revenue from parking tickets is collected by and is the property of the City of Mississauga.

b) Capital projects update – Ben Louie, Development Manager, Capital Projects

Regarding the Recreation, Athletics and Wellness Centre (RAWC), Mr. Louie reported that it was 75% complete. Glass installation and the roof have been completed, and masonry work is in the preparatory stages. The grand/main staircase, which affords a view of all the activity in the centre, is under construction. The double gym is in the process of being completed and the flooring is anticipated to begin in a few weeks. Mr. Louie commented that much of the work has been done without major disruption to the campus. The new building will be completed by June with some further renovations occurring to the old/existing athletics areas in July and August.

Regarding the Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre (HMALC) Mr. Louie reported that a problem had arisen with the contractor because of the difficulty of winter construction. As a result, the project’s completion deadline has been delayed by a couple of months, but capital projects will continue to work on an accelerated completion plan with the contractor, with a revised schedule of the end of July.

Regarding Phase 8 of residence, Mr. Louie reported that the tower crane was now in place and much activity would be occurring at that location in the near future, working within the confines of the spring exam schedule.

Regarding infrastructure, Mr. Louie reported that electrical upgrades were currently being made to the campus by Enersource. UTM’s chiller will also be upgraded and work was continuing on the storm management pond.

There was no other business.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:05 p.m. (D. Crocker/D. Pond)

Secretary _______________________________ Chair ______________________________