The report, which outlines the destinations and total expenses of each trip — in all, $128,673.62 for the quarter — is due to be presented at council’s regular meeting this afternoon at City Hall. Council and staff travel expenses came to $83,182.12 in the first quarter this year. This year’s second quarter expenses represent a 36.5 per cent increase over last year’s costs of $94,207.42 in the same period last year.
Of the city’s elected officials, only Mayor Dennis O’Keefe and Coun. Jonathan Galgay submitted expenses. O’Keefe’s three trips in the quarter cost a total of $12,235.43:
• $4,995.33 for the World Energy City Partnership meeting and OTC conference in Houston, May 2-7;
• $3,710.81 for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference and trade show in Edmonton June 3-8;
• $3,529.29 for meetings with senior cruise line executives in Seattle and Los Angeles April 13-17 (Deborah Cook of Community Services also attended, at a cost of $3,959.99).
Galgay also went to the OTC conference and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference:
• $5,264.93 for the Houston trip;
• $3,912.05 for the Edmonton trip.
Elizabeth Lawrence of the city’s office of Strategy and Engagement also went to Houston, at a cost of $4,490.26, bringing the city’s bill for the conference to $14,750.52.
Among city staff, the biggest travel expenses are:
• $24,543.71, nearly one-fifth of the total travel expense for the quarter, to send six people to the American Public Works Association’s snow conference in Grand Rapids, Mich.;
• $13,711.35 to send the Public Works department’s Blair McDonald and Corporate Services’ Sharon McDonald to Columbia, Md., for “Routesmart training”;
• $4,065.39 for acting city manager Kevin Breen to attend a Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators conference in June;
• $3,930.98 for Financial Services’ Susan Ralph to attend National Accessible Transit Committee Meetings and the Canadian Urban Transit Association’s conference in Winnipeg May 30-June 4;
• $3,712.71 for Colleen Kendell of Financial Services to go to the Canadian Payroll Association conference in Quebec City in June;
• $3,441.42 for Bruce Pearce of the Community Services department to attend the Youth Homelessness Forum and Canadian Housing and Renewal Association congress in Winnipeg April 28-May 1;
• $3,040.52 for Community Services’ Natalie Godden to attend the International Physical Literacy conference in Vancouver in June.
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