Three things Hamilton council will debate today

Councillors are expected to ask Hamilton police for their policies that govern when they use force when policing the community. Follow the debate live starting at 5 p.m.

The request for new Tasers by Hamilton police will hit the council floor today.

Councillors will debate looking for information from police before talking about approving the $1 million for the purchase.

Coun. Brad Clark will introduce a motion at Wednesday's council meeting asking to see policies related to Taser use, and Hamilton Police Service's budget figures for the year so far.

Other items on today's meeting:

Rental Housing

The planning committee voted down a controversial law last week that would have seen landlords pay $100 per apartment to license their units, opting instead to focus more on an existing program that cracks down on derelict units.

Councillors chose not to go ahead with licensing rental housing with six or more units. The city decided instead to beef up an existing proactive enforcement program and hire four full-time staff to investigate local properties. Council is expected to ratify that decision.

Downtown Parking

A consultant told the city planning committee last week that Hamilton could use two more downtown parking garages. Councillors were skeptical, and balked at the idea of spending millions to build parking garages some said seemed unnecessary.

They voted to put out a request for interest for private operators who might want to bid on building the garages. Council will ratify that decision at Wednesday's meeting.

Reporter Samantha Craggs will tweet from the meeting at @SamCraggsCBC. Follow her tweets below.


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