Niagara-on-the-Lake News, Volume 1, January 20, 2015

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OFFICIAL PLAN UPDATE; FINAL DISCUSSION PAPER ON AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT RELEASED 

While there have been a number of secondary plans and amendments to the Town’s Official Plan (OP), it has been over 20 years since the entire Official Plan was revised.  The review process began in 2012 with the preparation of the Town’s Vision Statement, followed by the launch of a formal OP review in 2013. 

To date, three discussion papers and open houses have been held.  The fourth and final paper, dealing with agriculture and the natural environment, will be available January 22 on the Town’s website at www.notl.org.  A community engagement session will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m. at the Virgil Fire Hall.

Also, Council has allowed for the hiring of outside planning professional(s) to expedite the completion of the final OP  Review report.  Some of the key areas to be examined in the OP Review include protection and preservation of our agricultural sector; an updated Queen-Picton Heritage Conservation District Plan; urban design guidelines and the introduction of a development permit system. The revised Official Plan is expected to be completed by the end of this year. 


NEW PROTOCOL FOR
TELECOMMUNICATIONS TOWERS  

Council has approved a new telecommunications facilities protocol to improve existing policy on the siting and design of radio and telecommunications towers and antenna structures.  The protocol encourages the placement of these towers on municipally-owned lands and suggests appropriate shrouding be applied where necessary.  It also sets out three processing options for applicants and seeks to clarify the jurisdiction and roles of Industry Canada, the Town, the Niagara Escarpment Commission and Niagara Region, as well as adjacent municipalities. 

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CONVENIENT PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR
​PROPERTY TAXES

Do you pay your bills on-line?  Why not avoid postage, line-ups or cheque writing by paying your property taxes on-line or by phone through your bank?  The following financial institutions (with their corresponding payee account name for tax payments) have partnered with the Town to provide on-line or telephone payment options for residents.  For more information, please contact Donna Lake, Revenue Coordinator, at 905-468-3061 x 230 or dlake@notl.org.

 
Bank of Montreal - Niagara-on-the-Lake, Town of, Taxes
CIBC - NIAGARA ON THE LAKE - TAXES
HSBC - TOWN OF NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE TAXES
Meridian Credit Union -  NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE TAXES
President’s Choice Financial -  NIAGARA ON THE LAKE - TAXES
Royal Bank (RBC) - NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE ONTARIO - TAXES
Scotiabank - NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE TAXES
TD Canada Trust - NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE TAX
  
council business

At its January 19, 2015, meeting, Town Council approved:

A site-specific zoning amendment to allow for a restaurant on the ground floor of Two Sisters Vineyards at 240 John Street.

Adoption of a report calling for the inclusion of villas outside urban properties in the Official Plan.

A loan agreement between the Town and Niagara-on-the-Lake Energy.  The loan amount of $3,000,000 over 10 years is to allow NOTL Hydro to purchase a transformer and other capital investments.

The 2015 Corporate User Fee Schedule.  Only minor adjustments have been made to these fees which the Town charges for services, programs, permits, applications and facility rentals.

Membership on the Town’s various statutory and advisory committees for this term of Council.  Please see the Town’s website at www.notl.org for the complete membership list by committee.

A tender from Anthony’s Excavating Central Inc. of $81,517.00 for the construction of a new municipal drain on the Niagara Parkway in the Village of Queenston.

DELEGATIONS

Based on presentations made to Council, the following motions were approved:

Receive a presentation made by Sarah Kaufman, Niagara Historical Museum, and refer a funding request to the Discretionary Grant Committee.

Accept a request by David Hemmings to designate the Town as an age-friendly community and provide staff support for provincial funding applications.

Thank and receive a report from Sandra O'Connor and Sue Hotte of the Save the NOTL Hospital Group.

Support in principle the current and future work of the NOTL Health Services Steering Committee, approve a staff planner on the Site Selection Working Group and allow access to the Town's website to post health-care related information for the community. 

Refer a request by Ron Fritz and Jim Armstrong for a Queenston park (located next to Willowbank) to staff for 2015 capital budget deliberations.

MOTIONS APPROVED 

Councillor Disero:  That staff investigate a more efficient or direct NOTL Transit route for residents to travel to the NHS St. Catharines Hospital site or GO Transit depots at Fairview Mall and Niagara Falls and that a report come to Council no later than September 2015.

Councillor Miele:  That staff investigate a process to license rooming houses and student rentals, including safety requirements, and that a report be prepared for the March 2015 Committee of the Whole meeting.

Councillor Wiens:  That a letter be sent by Lord Mayor Darte to Parks Canada in support of The Lincoln & Welland Regiment Foundation’s proposal for a Niagara Military Heritage Centre on the former DND rifle range lands on Lakeshore Road.

CORPORATE RESOLUTION

Appointment to Board of Directors of Niagara-on-the-Lake Energy Inc. for 2014 – 2108 term:  Town - Lord Mayor Pat Darte, Councillor Jamie King, CAO Mike Galloway; Residents - Jim Ryan, G. Robert Cheriton and Jim Huntingdon.

 
 
For more information on these or other issues, please visit www.notl.org.
 
     
 
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
 
 
  FORT GEORGE NEW YEAR'S LEVEE - Lord Mayor Pat Darte joined other dignitaries and hundreds of guests to usher in the annual New Year's levees at the Royal Canadian Legion #124 and Fort George on Wednesday, January 1. This year, local resident Barb Gelb was selected to be the honourary cannoneer at Fort George.  Congratulations Barb!
Photo Courtesy of Melinda Cheevers, Niagara This Week.
 
 
TOWN RECEIVES FINANCIAL REPORTING AWARD - For the third straight year, the Town has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association for its financial reporting.  The award, bestowed for the Town’s 2013 Annual Report, honours excellence in governmental accounting and financial reporting.  Pictured are Lord Mayor Pat Darte receiving the award from Town CAO Mike Galloway.
 
 
LOCAL CEMETERY BIG HIT ON YOU TUBE - Donald Combe, Sexton at St. Mark’s Church, and local videographer Tony Chisholm have produced an entertaining video series chronicling the history of the many people buried in St. Mark’s cemetery.  These videos, now available on You Tube, are based on Mr. Combe’s extensive knowledge of the many historic and fascinating characters buried in the cemetery.  While they have been carefully researched, the videos are fun and easy to watch.  Take a look at: http://youtu.be/GRkbPuPCQyc; http://youtu.be/XQbpRI45iBw; http://youtu.be/7b8mhGW9Ark;  https://www.youtube.com/watchv=4R6I6uFoH4s&feature=youtu.be
 
 
HYDRO RANKS LOWEST IN DELIVERY RATES - Years of effective investment and building a reliable system has led to NOTL Hydro having the lowest delivery rate in the Region.  At $37.47, NOTL Hydro’s delivery charge ranks the lowest among all Niagara electrical utilities.  Other future system improvements include conversion of certain Old Town and Virgil electricity lines to underground transmission lines and continued updating of old rural lines.  For more information, please visit http://www.notlhydro.com/news/index.php?a=51.
 
 
NIAGARA ENTREPRENEUR GALA AWARDS DINNER - Tickets for the 2014 Niagara Entrepreneur Awards Dinner are now on sale.  The award ceremony, which will be held at the Marriott Gateway in Niagara Falls on Friday, February 20, 2015, honours Niagara’s elite entrepreneurs.  Nominees from Niagara-on-the-Lake include:  Ernest Grimo, Grimo Nut Nursery; Drew Hutchison, Eric Offert, Brian Roy and Tom Taylor, Tree Amigos Landscaping Inc.; Catherine O’Donnell, Willow Cakes and Pastries; Brenda and Kirk Petrunick, Simply White; and Klaus W. Reif, Reif Estate Winery.  Please visit www.niagaraentrepreneur.com for ticket information.

 
 
PUMPHOUSE OFFERS WINTER FUN - Looking for something fun to do during the cold, winter months?  Check out the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre for a range of workshops and events, including Children & Youth Art Classes, the Instructors’ Exhibition and the Members & Students Show.  Please visit www.niagarapumphouse.ca for dates and information.
 
 
ICEWINE FESTIVAL - The Niagara IceWine Festival continues this weekend (January 24-25) with a number of exciting events, including Icewine VillageShop, Sip, Sample and Savour and Icebreakers’ Comedy Festival. www.niagaraonthelake.com 
 
 
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