Niagara-on-the-Lake News - Volume 8 - June 23, 2015

 

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NEW QUEENSTON-GLENDALE TRANSIT ROUTE LAUNCHED - FIRST MONTH FREE

NOTL Transit will be expanded to include an 11-hour daily service between Queenston and Glendale, Monday to Saturday, excluding holidays. 

This new service will run on a pilot basis from Thursday, July 2 until Saturday, October 31, 2015.

During the last municipal election, many residents of St. Davids and Queenston indicated their desire for an additional transit line to allow easier access to connector hubs in Glendale. 

Earlier this year, Wally Beck of Transit Consulting Network was engaged to advise Town staff on how best to provide transit service to these residents.

Following his review, Mr. Beck recommended a full-service route be adopted to accommodate shopping trips and connections to essential services.  Following free service in July, the fare will be $3 cash one-way with free transfers to all NOTL Transit routes. 

Children under 6 will continue to ride for free.  Fee-for-service connections are also available to St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, and Welland via Niagara Regional Transit, Niagara College Student Transit (NCSAC), and WEGO. 

The buses are equipped with bike racks and stroller/walker storage.  Detailed bus stop and schedule information will be available shortly and plans are underway to provide passenger information tours of the new route. Please see the Town’s website for future schedule and route information.


PROPOSALS SOUGHT FOR FORMER NDSS SITE

Council has approved a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) process to develop the former Niagara District Secondary School site at 1875 Niagara Stone Road.  At the end of last year, Council approved the purchase of the former school property from the District School Board of Niagara. 

Under the purview of a special committee which includes Lord Mayor Pat Darte, Deputy Lord Mayor and Operations Committee Chair John Wiens, and Councillor Jamie King, a 3-stage process will be created to assess all submissions. 

Respondents must demonstrate the necessary experience, expertise and financial means to successfully develop the property; and they must meet stated criteria, including how their proposals will contribute to the local community.

The RFEI will be issued in the near future, with a closing date at the end of August 2015.  Also, Council agreed with a staff recommendation to hire a Fairness Monitor to oversee the RFEI process. 

SPECIAL COUNCIL SESSION - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF NOTL ENERGY INC.

A special session of Council was held on June 22 for the Annual General Meeting of Niagara-on-the-Lake Energy Inc.  At that meeting, a resolution was passed authorizing the Town Clerk to vote all shares of Niagara-on-the-Lake Energy Inc. held by the Town to adopt the 2014 Financial Statements and appointment of an auditor.  Another resolution called for Town support of all construction and operation projects under the provincial Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program.

  
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At its June 22, 2015, meeting, Town Council approved:

A debenture issue of $1,270,000 to fund the balance of the purchase of the former high school property at 1875 Niagara Stone Road.

A comprehensive telecommunications plan to provide guidance to staff, service providers and residents on acceptable sites for antenna tower systems.  Locations include Lakeshore Cemetery, Old Town, East and West Line, Queenston, St. Davids, York Road, Niagara District Airport, and McNab Area.

An amended Site Plan and Site Plan Agreement for a one-story addition at 1350 Niagara Stone Road (Crossroads Public School).

A bylaw to release lands on Pierpoint Drive from part lot control to allow for the creation of separate land units for the next 3 years.

An agreement between the Town, Lais Hotel Properties Ltd, and Meridian Credit Union regarding five (5) parking spaces on Picton Street (Prince of Wales Hotel).

That budgetary adjustments be made to the 2016 Capital Budget and 10-year Capital Forecast to address a $2.86 million infrastructure funding gap as identified in the Town’s Asset Management Plan.

COUNCIL MOTIONS APPROVED 

Councillor Maria Bau-Coote – That the Town follow Niagara Region’s April 2015 Aging Strategy and Action Plan by creating an Age-Friendly Steering Committee and that staff report back to Council in the fall of 2015 outlining a Terms of Reference for the Age-Friendly Steering Committee with the guidance of the Regional Municipality of Niagara's Action Plan.

Councillor Disero – That in recognition of our Six Nations and Native Allies during the War of 1812 as part of the Bicentennial Legacy Working Group’s activities, and following the release of the federal Truth and Reconciliation Report and the subsequent call by Vancouver, Toronto and Edmonton to declare a “Year of Reconciliation,” staff be requested to prepare a proclamation naming 2015-2016 a “Year of Reconciliation” to be proclaimed by the Lord Mayor later this year.

Councillor Flynn – That the Town request Niagara Regional staff and the Niagara District Airport Commission and Airport Liaison Committee work together on the possible transfer of airport operations  to Niagara Region and that this motion be forwarded to Niagara Region should the councils of St. Catharines and Niagara Falls pass a similar resolution.

Councillor Flynn - That the Town's CAO work with the Niagara District Airport Commission and Taiyo Energy Inc. to partner on the development of solar ground mounted units on airport property for submission to FIT by the July 13 intake deadline.

 

For more information on these or other issues, please visit www.notl.org.
 
     
 
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
 
 
 
WAYNE GRETZKY WINERY - Lord Mayor Pat Darte and CAO Mike Galloway were among the dignitaries at Andrew Peller Ltd. for the announcement of the Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery and Craft Distillery earlier this month. The new operation, which will produce Wayne Gretzky branded wines and craft distilled spirits, will be located in Virgil on property adjacent to Trius Winery.  Construction will begin later this year, with a Grand Opening planned for Spring of 2017.
 
 
LANDSCAPE OF NATIONS -Six Nation's Chief Ava Hill joined the Town's War of 1812 Bicentennial Working Group for its announcement that it has raised $1 million to fund a Native Memorial at Queenston Heights.  The memorial, known as Landscape of Nations, pays tribute to the significant contribution made by the Six Nations and their Native Allies during the War of 1812.  The Group needs to raise another $350,000 to complete the project.  Plans are underway to provide interpretative and educational tours at the site once the artwork is fully installed. Please visit www.landscapeofnations.ca or call Town offices for more information on how you can help. Pictured with Chief Hill are Working Group Co-Chairs Tim Johnson and Dr. Richard Merritt.
 
 
SIGNATURE GARDEN AT NAVY HALL -  Members of the Town's Communities in Bloom (CIB) Committee partnered with Parks Canada, Mori Gardens and local sponsors to create a signature garden on the grounds of Navy Hall on June 8.  The garden is one of a number of projects in the works for the CIB competition.  A judging panel will be here next month to determine whether the Town qualifies for a “5 Bloom” rating, allowing us to compete in the provincial category in 2016.  The Town will be evaluated on the following categories:  tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape, and floral displays. To find out more about the competition and/or how you can participate, please contact Kevin Turcotte, Manager of Parks & Recreation, at 905-468-4261 or kturcotte@not.org or Tony Chisholm, CIB Communications Chair at 468-5533 or tachisholm@gmail.com.
 
 
 
SENIOR CITIZENS STRAWBERRY SOCIAL - Approximately 320 seniors attended the Town's annual Strawberry Social at the Community Center on Wednesday, June 17.  Thank you to Town Council, staff and community volunteers for helping to make the event such a success. Special thanks to Vince and Eileen Pillitteri at Seaway Farms for generously donating the berries!
 
   
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