Niagara-on-the-Lake News - Volume 3 - March 3, 2015

 Volume 3, March 3, 2015   Facebook icon Facebook   Twitter icon Twitter   YouTube logo YouTube 
 
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TOWN TAKES POSSESSION OF FORMER HIGH SCHOOL PROPERTY
The Town of Niagara-on-the Lake has officially become the owner of the lands and building at 1875 Niagara Stone Road, the former Niagara District Secondary School. Council will now begin to seek public input and review possible uses of the site.


BUILDING PERMITS UP AGAIN FOR 2014
Growth levels in Niagara-on-the-Lake remained strong last year, resulting in a 42% increase in building permits over 2013.  There were 766 building permits in 2014, with a construction value of $151 million.  This value represents a 33% increase over last year.

When compared to our neighbouring municipalities of St. Catharines and Niagara Falls, the Town continues to demonstrate excellent growth given its smaller population and competitive tax rate.  Last year, Niagara Falls had 1,237 permits valued at $141,197,244; while St. Catharines had 1,046 permits valued at $108,087,074.


EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN APPROVED
Council has approved a revised Emergency Response Plan, which reflects changes to the structure and composition of the Emergency Control Group, the main body responsible for overseeing any major local incident or emergency situation. 

A copy of the Emergency Response Plan is available for viewing on the Town’s website.


TOWN FIRST TO BROADCAST LIVE COMMITTEE & COUNCIL MEETINGS
Through a partnership with Livestream, residents can now watch live Committee and Council meetings from any computer or mobile device.  The Town is the first local municipality in Niagara to offer this service.

Viewers can access the broadcast link on the Town’s website through a dedicated link here. Footage from all meetings will be archived and available for viewing at this link.


THUNDERHAWKS TAKE ONTARIO TITLES
Members of the NOTL Thunderhawks Intermediate Provincial A and Bantam Field Lacrosse Teams took the Provincial Championships in May last year. The bantam team went undefeated in tournament play, while the intermediate team ended its winning record with no losses and one tie.  Team members were presented with special plaques by Lord Mayor Pat Darte at the March 2, 2015 Council meeting.  Congratulations Thunderhawks!

  
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At its March 2, 2015, meeting, Town Council approved:

Zoning By-law Amendment to allow for setback and lot coverage changes and  service allocation for one lot at 411 Nassau Street.

Zoning By-law Amendment to permit a 4-room Country Inn at 28 Prideaux Street.  Under a heritage grant provided last year, the main dwelling was restored, a new carriage house was constructed, the parking lot was resurfaced, and the parking area extended to allow for additional vehicle parking.

Zoning By-law Amendment to allow for the expansion of Pillitteri Estate Winery to include a new retail and hospitality area, outdoor patio and event area, and education centre. As part of the site plan agreement, all outdoor activities will be held during regular business hours.

Subdivision Agreement with The Village to facilitate development of 12 single-detached residential lots, three semi-detached residential blocks, and one block for use as a laneway, as well as one block for parks dedication, Perez Road and Rampart Street.

Creation of a floral display at Queen & Mississagua Streets to recognize the centenary commemoration of the First World War.

Tender from Dynamic Industrial Services Ltd. of $47,210 for the 2015 Sewer Flushing Project.

Tender from C.R.L. Campbell Construction & Drainage Ltd. of $641,385.40 and associated engineering costs of $46,880 from Quartek Limited for the extension of Concession 4 Road between Line 2 and Line 3 Roads. Work is expected to begin as soon as possible for completion by late spring.

Tender from Demar Construction Inc. of $404,902.64 and associated engineering costs of $64,000 from R.V. Anderson Associates Ltd. for the Stewart Road Watermain Replacement program from Eastchester Avenue to 900 meters north of Eastchester Avenue.

Tender from Demar Construction Inc. of $102,857.46 for the William Street Sanitary Sewer Replacement program.

MOTIONS APPROVED 

Councillor Disero (three motions)  Traffic measures – Director of Operations to report back on viability of more 4-way stops in Old Town, reduced speed limits for Front & Princess Streets in Queenston, and stop lights at the Community Centre entrance.

Upper Canada Lodge – Request of Lord Mayor and Regional Councillor to open dialogue with Niagara Region about  future service options for the facility.

St. Davids Subdivision Issues – Town staff, St. Davids Ratepayers' Association and Council to hold a workshop to examine process and compliance requirements for subdivisions in St. Davids.

Councillor Mazza – Staff prepare a report for the April 13 Council meeting on options and pricing for video recordings of closed session meetings.

Councillor Miele – Creation of a Budget Committee and that staff investigate the formation of an Audit Committee and report back to Council in May 2015.

 

For more information on these or other issues, please visit www.notl.org.
 
     
 
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
 
 
 
TREATY OF GHENT COMMEMORATION - Hundreds of guests joined organizing partners Friends of Fort George, Parks Canada, and the Town’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Ghent on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  This treaty ended the War of 1812.  Following a service at St. Mark’s Church, participants formed a procession to the Court House where a special re-enactment signing ceremony and reception were held to mark this important occasion.  Invited guests included Paul Dyster, Mayor of Niagara Falls, NY, and Hilary Renner of the US Consul General’s Office.  Denis Robert, Honourary Consulate General for Canada for West Flanders, Belgium, sent videotaped greetings.
 
 
REIF ESTATE WINERY WINS ENTREPRENEUR AWARD - Klaus Reif of Reif Estate Winery was on hand at the recent Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards to receive the “Established Enterprise Award” presented by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.  Congratulations to Klaus and Reif Winery!  (Photo courtesy of Sheryl Thornton.)
 
 
TOWN RAISES $653 FOR ALZHEIMER SOCIETY - Lord Mayor Pat Darte, Council members, and Town staff hosted their annual Alzheimer Coffee Break on Thursday, February 19.  Proceeds go to support the worthy work of the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Foundation.
 
 
MARCH BREAK ACTIVITIES - Looking for something the kids can do this March Break?  There’s lots to do around town.  The Community Centre is hosting a March Break Camp from March 16-20 for children 5-12 years old.  Activities include theme days, skating, and crafts.  Please visit the Town’s website, call 905-468-4386 or e-mail cc@notl.org for further information.  The Public Library has a special “Super Hero Week” during March Break, including a Mario Kart Tournament, Super Hero Training Night, Megamind Movie Night, and Meet a Firefighter. Space is limited, so please register in person at the library.
 
 
NIAGARA PUMPHOUSE ARTS CENTRE - The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is also offering a March Break Art Workshop for children 5-12 years on Wednesday, March 18, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. An artist-educator will be available to introduce students to professional art supplies and tools to create finished work in the studio.  For more information, please visit www.niagarapumphouse.ca.
 
 
FABULICIOUS - You still have two days left to take advantage of this great winter dining extravaganza at some of Niagara-on-the-Lake's finest restaurants with special three-course menus at amazing prices.  Program ends March 5.  Please visit www.niagaraonthelake.com or further information.
 
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