Niagara-on-the-Lake News, Volume 14, November 19, 2013

 Volume 14, November 19, 2013   Facebook icon Facebook   Twitter icon Twitter   YouTube logo Watch  
 
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NEW SPEED LIMITS FOR RURAL ROADS

Earlier this year, Hatch Mott MacDonald Consultants were hired to review the Town's rural road network and make recommendations for speed limits.  The study, which was presented to Council at its November 18, 2013, meeting, cites several new or changed speed limits to corridors (with the exception of regional roads.)  

All of the study's proposals were approved,  including a recommendation to keep Line 9 between Concession 1 and Four Mile Creek Road at 60 km/hr until a speed study can be carried out in the summer of 2014.  In all, the report identified the need for 130 new signs and 30 sign changes.  A copy of the full report is available for review on the Town's website. 
 

 
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At its November 18, 2013, meeting, Town Council approved:

A request to Niagara Region to invoke limited no parking restrictions on York Road only in areas which impede line of sight.

A contract with S-Park Solutions Inc. to install 55 new technologically-enhanced pay parking machines to replace existing aged ones in the Heritage District.

A seasonal parking permit pilot program for eligible residents in Old Town (other than Queen Street and short-term rentals) with one parking permit issued per household at a cost of $50.

The awarding of a contract with Ground Aerial Maintenance for the 2014 general maintenance, replacement and installation of street lighting.
 
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  COMPROMISE AT HAND FOR FOOD TRUCKS
Gourmet food trucks have become increasingly popular over the last several years and Niagara-on-the-Lake seems to be second only to Toronto as a favourite destination for this phenomena. At a public meeting on November 11, 2013, staff introduced a preliminary report which would continue to allow food trucks on private property (including wineries), however, they would not be permitted on public streets nor in the Heritage District. Overall, the staff plan was met with almost universal support from food truck proprietors and local restaurateurs.  Once all public comments from that meeting have been reviewed, a final report will be presented to Council, likely in December 2013.  
  INVOLVE MUNICIPALITIES IN WATER-WASTEWATER REVIEW: NIAGARA REGION  
At a special meeting on Thursday, November 14, 2013, Niagara Region Council called on its staff to include local area municipalities in a strategy to revamp the current water-wastewater network.  An earlier report by Stantec Consultants called for a move to a single-tier entity to manage water and wastewater in Niagara.  Many municipalities, including Niagara-on-the-Lake, felt that its infrastructure improvements at the local level were not fully recognized in this report. and moving to a centralized body may not yield savings to the consumers.  Following consultation with local municipalities, an update report will presented to Regional Council later next year.  
 
 

local volunteers accepting thanksLOCAL VOLUNTEERS CELEBRATED BY COUNCIL
The annual Volunteer Recognition Awards were handed out at the November 18 Council meeting, and recipients were presented with plaques by Lord Mayor Dave Eke on behalf of the Town and the Niagara Advance. This year's honourees include: Tracey Frena (Youth); Bob Knight (Historical); Suzanne Hebert (Cultural); Resa Mastromatteo (Education); Peter Flynn (Sports & Recreation);  Caribbean Workers Outreach Program (Community Assistance); Margaret Middleton (Service Club); Coner Newman, Katie Van Egmond, Brittany Klassen and Ben MacDonald (Volunteer Under 21); Gracia Janes (Environment); Wally & Howard Bogusat (Contribution to the Needy); and Bruce Pospiech (Community Events).  Bruce Pospeich was also awarded the Peggy Anderson Memorial Award as Volunteer of the Year. Congratulations to all of our volunteers who give so selflessly of themselves to make our community a better place to live, work and play.  
 
 

For more information on these or other issues, please visit www.notl.org.
 
 
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1812 BICENTENNIAL NEWS & EVENTS
 
 
niagara on fire posterBURNING OF NIAGARA
Join us for the signature event of the year - the 200th year commemoration of the Burning of Niagara.

CANDLELIGHT STROLL - December 6. The Town will be lit as if on fire following the annual Candlelight Stroll. Courthouse.

NIAGARA ON FIRE - December 7 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Outdoor sound and light show, film premiere & fireworks. Queen Street & Market Square.

OFFICIAL UNVEILING OF TOWN FLAG -  December 10 - 5:30 p.m. Reception, 6:15 p.m. Ceremony. Market Room, Courthouse.

BURNING OF THE TOWN COMMEMORATION - December 10 - 7:00 p.m. St. Mark's Church.
 
 
Please visit www.1812niagaraonthelake.ca for more information
on these and other events.

 
 
 
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
 
 
  a cop and others at the chili cookoffCHILI COOK-OFF AT CHATEAU GARDENS - Lord Mayor Dave Eke joined NOTL Fire Prevention Officer Scott Lawson and Lorraine Koop of Chateau Gardens for a chili cook-off on October 30, 2013.  The event was organized to celebrate the completion of the home's fire safety training. From the smiles all around, it looked like everyone was a winner that day!  
 
big crowd of the community indoorsBIG CROWD TURNS OUT FOR COUNCIL'S COMMUNITY UPDATE - Close to 100 residents participated in the second of a series of Council's Community Update sessions at the Community Centre on November 4, 2013. Updates were provided on a number of issues raised at the earlier session in May.  A full report on the evening will go to Council at its December 16, 2013, meeting.



 
 
water runoff illustrationOPEN HOUSE: RECONSTRUCTION OF FOUR MILE CREEK ROAD - The Town will host an Open House on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at the Public Works Department, Town Administration Offices, to provide details on the reconstruction and storm sewer project along Four Mile Creek Road, between East & West Line and Penner/Line 1 Road.  Residents are encouraged to view the proposed design and offer their comments before the construction commences in early 2014.  The Open House will run from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Please call Doug Kerr, Deputy Director of Public Works, at 905-468-3266 ext. 269 for further information.
 
 

food & drink posterICEWINE CELEBRATION HIGHLIGHTED BY LCBO - Niagara's annual Icewine Festival is front and centre in the coming holiday edition of Food & Drink, the LCBO's flagship publication. The magazine will feature eight pages of icewine events and a full-page article by James Treadwell, one of Canada's leading sommeliers. 

Please visit www.niagaraonthelake.com/icewine for more information on this year's event.

 
 
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