Niagara-on-the-Lake News - Volume 7 - June 2, 2015


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Council has approved the creation of a new Finance Advisory Committee to address all financial matters of the Town, including monitoring the budget cycle from beginning to year end, reviewing the proposed budget, and meeting with the Town’s auditor.

This new committee will operate in the same fashion as the Town’s other three advisory committees during Committee of the Whole proceedings.  It will be chaired by the Lord Mayor and consist of all Council members.


Residents can now enrol their children in summer camp and aquatics programs through the Town’s website.

A new on-line registration tool allows users to register for programs and view the activity schedule for all summer camp programs at the Community Centre and aquatics programs at area pools.

Summer Camp runs from June 29 to September 4, 2015, and includes Adventure Camp, Sports Camp, and Leaders in Training. 

Aquatics lessons will take place at the Niagara and St. Davids pools. Two sessions will be offered that run Tuesday through Friday.  Session 1 runs from July 7 to July 24 and Session 2 runs from August 4 to August 21.

Plans are underway to expand the on-line registration system in the near future to include all recreational programs and meeting room rentals at Town facilities.

Please visit to access this new registration system and for more information on our summer camp and aquatics activities.

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At its June 1, 2015, meeting, Town Council approved:

Zoning By-law Amendment for the development of an estate winery on agricultural lands owned by Lailey Vineyard Winery at 15940 Niagara River Parkway.

2015 Tax Rates for the General and Special Area Budgets in preparation of the tax levy.  In addition to the general levy, these rates relate to street lighting, consolidated storm water management, waste management services and a special rate for the Niagara Health System (NHS).

Deferral of sidewalk installation in the Lancer Subdivision at 120 John Street until all servicing is completed.  Upon approval of the Subdivision Agreement, the developer is required to submit an additional 80% value for works for sidewalks and swales.


Proclamation – That the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake proclaims the Week of June 20, 2015, as "United Empire Loyalist Week."

Resolution – Support for a funding application to the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Grant for two projects: the first priority being renovations to the St. Davids Pool and Change House and the second concerning building upgrades at the NOTL Public Library to meet accessibility standards and optimize space.

Resolution – Appointment of Joy Lambert to a vacancy on the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library Board.

Councillor Disero – Due to the increase in population, development, and maintenance of required infrastructure that could place a strain on staff resources, the CAO and senior management should review staffing levels in all areas of operations before the 2016 budget deliberations to ensure a continued high level of quality service to our ratepayers.


Heritage conservation is an important part of the Town’s commitment to its residents and visitors, and it plays a vital role in our economy and identity.

How we support heritage buildings in the future is an important focus of a special public information session on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Simpson Room of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre (14 Anderson Lane).

Thank you to everyone who participated in the on-line survey. A facilitator from urbanMetrics will be on hand at the meeting to review responses to the survey and use real-time, live audience polling to gather additional insights on the options before us.  Please see the Town’s website for more information.

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ST. DAVIDS SMART LOCKER - Lord Mayor Pat Darte joined Fire Chief Alex Burbidge, and Cathy Simpson and Andrew Porteus of the NOTL Library on May 27 to officially open the Library’s new Smart Locker program at the St. Davids Fire Hall.  The Smart Locker is a new way for everyone to access the main library by requesting items on-line to be delivered to the locker.  Clients will be notified by e-mail when the items arrive.  For further information, please visit or call 905-468-2023.
DOCK AREA DESIGN CONCEPT TO BE UNVEILED - The Town is hosting a community engagement session to introduce a preferred design option for the public lands in the Dock Area.  The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2015, in the Council Chambers.  Please contact Leah Wallace at 905-468-3061 ext. 245 or for more information.
PARKS CANADA HOSTS PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS SUMMER CONCERT - Mumford & Sons will headline a concert in the Commons on Monday, June 15, 2015.  Opening the concert is The Maccabees.  A final block of tickets has been released. Please check or call 1-855-985-5000 for ticket information.  Traffic measures will be put in place to control the flow of vehicles through town that evening. A section of the Niagara River Parkway between the concert parking area and King Street will be impacted and John Street will be closed to local traffic only.
HELP SAVE A BIT OF NIAGARA'S HISTORY - The Friends of Fort George, in partnership with Parks Canada, will be hosting a special fundraising event at the Junior Commissariat Officers' Quarters (JCOQ) on June 12 to help raise much needed funds for the restoration of the building. The evening will include a BBQ dinner, musical entertainment, a live auction, cash bar and a 50/50 draw! Heritage interpreters will be set up at different stations highlighting the 200 year history of this unique building. Parks Canada will also be opening up the JCOQ for a rare opportunity to look inside the building.

Tickets: $35 for members, $40 for non-members and $20 for children.  For more information, call the Friends of Fort George at 905-468-6621 or email
MUSEUM OFFERS FREE ADMISSION, "WAR HORSE" SHOWING - The Niagara Historical Museum celebrates its founder, Janet Carnochan, on June 4 with free admission to the Museum, an outdoor showing of Dreamworks' hit movie “War Horse” and a car rally.  Be sure to visit the Museum's exhibit “Life Under Canvas:  Niagara Camp 1915-1919.”  For more information, please call 905-468-3912.
PUMPHOUSE REGISTRATION - Registration for art classes at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is now open for the summer session.  June events include an opening reception for artist Daniel Pigeon on June 7 and the Grand Bazaar on June 13.  Please call 905-468-5455 or e-mail for more information.
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