Niagara-on-the-Lake News - Volume 9 - July 28 2015

 

 Volume 9, July 28, 2015   Facebook icon Facebook   Twitter icon Twitter   YouTube logo YouTube 
 
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TOWN TO APPEAL NDCSB'S PROPOSED FEE

The Town will join ranks with Fort Erie, Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet, and Thorold in the fight against a proposed Education Development Charge by the Niagara Catholic District School Board (NDCSB). While these other communities will appeal the Board’s fee under the former Welland County by-law, Niagara-on-the-Lake will launch its appeal against the former Lincoln County by-law. 

The Catholic School Board wants to charge an additional $186 per unit in the former Lincoln County municipalities ($172 in the former Welland County municipalities) to support future purchases of three elementary school sites, two in Niagara Falls and one in Grimsby. While this proposed fee will be an added cost to future housing units, it does not directly affect the Town’s finances.  However, the Town is legally required to collect the new fee, increasing its administrative workload without any net benefit to our residents.

FUNDING ASSISTANCE FOR HEALTH CARE COMMITTEE

Council has approved a funding request of $30,000 from the NOTL Health Services Steering Committee.  The Committee was formed in December 2012 in response to the closure of patient care beds at the NOTL Hospital. Through four Working Groups, it has held extensive public consultations and developed discussion papers on the future of health care delivery in our community.  These funds will be used to hire a consultant to assist with consolidating the Working Groups’ reports and develop a corporate structure for a not-for-profit health care centre that would serve as a Community Health Hub.

DOCK AREA DESIGN APPROVED

A final landscape design concept has been approved for the lands around the Melville Street Dock Area.  Staff will now move forward to develop a detailed design plan to be phased in over the next several years under the Town’s Parks & Recreation Master Plan.  Some of the proposed changes include funding for shoreline erosion control, demolishing the house at 105 River Beach Drive to turn the land into open green space, and relocating the cedar hedge on that property further west. 

Staff has been directed to reconsider a number of other proposals by the consultant, including widening of the pathway (in consultation with the Active Transportation Committee), plans to install a sidewalk along River Beach Road and a culvert viewing platform. Also, staff has been asked to review the possibility of small, decorative trees along Melville Street and leased parking spots for the Paddle Board and Kayak rentals.  Council members will be taken on a site visit of the Dock Area to allow them a visual understanding of the design plans.

NEW eSERVICE FOR TAX BILLS

The Town has introduced a new electronic service known as “eSend” that will be effective for the 2016 taxation year.  If you enroll in this new program, you can receive your property tax bill and notices via e-mail beginning in February 2016. It’s easy to sign up. Simply click on the Property Taxes button at www.notl.org and fill out the registration form. Please include only one e-mail address per property.

  
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At its July 27, 2015, meeting, Town Council approved:

A Zoning By-law Amendment to permit a property severance at 535 Gate Street for the creation of two building lots for single-detached housing.

An Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment to permit value-added marketing use (agri-tourism) on lands at 16006 Niagara River Parkway (Kurtz Orchards) to allow for weddings, dinner and lunch events and a restaurant.

An Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment to allow for the conversion of an existing six unit hotel into a six dwelling unit apartment building at 1391 Niagara Stone Road.

A Pre-Servicing Agreement with Brookfield Homes in connection with Phase III East in the Garrison Village Subdivision.

Servicing allocation for two apartment units at 106 Queen Street.

Ability of Lord Mayor and Town Clerk to sign service agreements with Bell Mobility Inc. and other providers for telecommunication antenna systems as part of the Town’s Comprehensive Telecommunications Plan.  However, staff will provide twice-yearly update reports to Council when necessary on the status of negotiations with each provider.

A Street Cleaning Policy to address a growing number of unclean and unswept municipal roads due to new housing development, as well as a new Sidewalk Installation Policy in future development areas.

COUNCIL MOTIONS APPROVED 

Councillor Collard – That the Town support in principle a proposal by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority for a Niagara River Remediation plan and that an application under the Ramsar Treaty be referred to staff for a report in September.

Councillor Disero – That a motion forwarded by MPP Wayne Gates on the province’s proposed sale of Ontario Hydro be referred to staff for a report in September;

That Mr. Finn Madsen be thanked for his delegation on a proposed UNESCO World Heritage designation and that this be referred to staff and the MHC for a report in September, which may include an invitation to the UNESCO community committee to address Council; and

That the three (3) recommendations made by the Integrity Commissioner be adopted, including the creation of a Committee to review Council's Code of Conduct.

Councillor Miele – That staff prepare a report for the September 14 Committee of the Whole meeting to investigate the possibility and financial implications of installing lights at the Niagara-on-the-Green Park.

Councillor Wiens – That the speed limit on Line 9 Road be reinstated to 60 km/hr from 100 metres east of Concession 3 to Concession 1.

For more information on these or other issues, please visit www.notl.org.
 
 
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
 
 
 
NEW LAKESHORE WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY - Lord Mayor Pat Darte joined MP Rob Nicholson, MPPs Jim Bradley and Wayne Gates, Niagara Regional Chair Alan Caslin and Regional Councillor Gary Burroughs on July 9 for the official ground breaking of the Town’s new wastewater treatment plant.  Scheduled to be operational in 2017, this state-of-the-art facility will ensure we have sufficient treatment capacity for the next two decades and reduce the noise and odours associated with the current plant. Photo Courtesy of Niagara Region.
 
 
NOTL LIBRARY CELEBRATES 215TH ANNIVERSARY - On June 29, the Library hosted a reception to officially open its Community Garden and celebrate its 215th anniversary.  Niagara-on-the-Lake had the first circulating public library in Upper Canada.  In 1800, 41 members of the then Niagara Library donated $4 annually to purchase those books voted on by the majority of members.  A Garden Party, sponsored by Vintage Hotels and Reif Estate Winery, is being held on Monday, August 17, to raise funds for the Community Garden at the Library.  Please contact Beth Labelle at 905-468-2023 x 202 for ticket information.
 
 
COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM JUDGES VISIT TOWN -  Members of the Town's Communities in Bloom (CIB) Committee welcomed Carole Audette-Boucock of Fort Erie and Sandy Carins from Gravenhurst who were in town recently to review our entry in the Communities in Bloom competition.  The Committee organized an extensive tour of the community, including a classic horse and buggy ride. The judges will determine whether the Town qualifies for a “5 Bloom” rating, allowing us to compete in the provincial category in 2016. A big thank you to all of our residents who took the time to spruce up their homes to help us showcase the beauty of our town.
 
 
  ​NATIVE MEMORIAL GETS FUNDING BOOST FROM SHAW - The Town’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Working Group was among the recipients in this year’s Shaw Festival Town Preview Funding Program.  The Working Group is raising funds to complete a historic art installation at Queenston Heights to recognize the contributions of the Six Nations and its Native Allies during the War of 1812.  The memorial will be known as Landscape of Nations. Pictured with the recipients (seated at right) is Lorraine Joyner, the Working Group’s representative for the ceremony. Photo courtesy of Shaw Festival Theatre.  
 
ART BY THE LIGHTHOUSE - The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre will present its 10th annual Art by the Lighthouse show and sale on August 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  The show features over 30 artists with original paintings, sculpture, jewelry, textile art and more.  Free admission.  Please visit www.niagarapumphouse.ca.
 
 
DISTRICT #1 BOOT DRIVE - The Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire Department, District #1, will host its annual Boot Drive in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada on Saturday, August 8, 2015, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  The Boot Drive will take place at the intersections of Queen and Picton Streets and Queen and Mississagua Streets.
 
 
PEACH FESTIVALS - The month of August means peach celebrations.  Be sure to mark your calendar for the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Peach Festival on Queen Street on Saturday, August 8, and the St. Vincent de Paul Peach Festival on Sunday, August 9.  Please visit www.niagaraonthelake.com for more information.
 
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