Niagara-on-the-Lake News - Volume 6 - May 12, 2015

 

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NOTL TRANSIT UPDATE: PILOT PROJECT FOR ST. DAVIDS & QUEENSTON - FIRST MONTH FREE

Residents from St. Davids and Queenston will soon have access to NOTL transit service as part of a pilot project approved by Council.  This new route, which will run from July 1 to October 31, connects the Village of Queenston with St. Davids along York Road and on to existing stops at Niagara College and the outlet mall in Glendale.  And for the first month of operation in July, ridership is free.

The fare will stay at $3 per person on the existing Heritage-Old Town route and for the new Glendale-Queenston route (after July).  However, passengers on both routes will now be able to use a free transfer in Glendale to connect with the other NOTL transit route.  They will continue to have access to existing connections with Niagara College Student Transit service to Niagara Falls, Welland and St. Catharines for an additional $3, and with Niagara Regional Transit Route 50/55 to Niagara Falls or St. Catharines for an additional $6 fare.

Full route and schedule information for the new Glendale-Queenston transit service will be made available in local newspapers, on the Town’s website, via social media and through this newsletter in the very near future. Staff will monitor ridership and report back to Council with a status report in September.

SUMMER TRANSIT SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

Niagara-on-the-Lake Transit summer service began on Monday, May 11, 2015, and runs until October 10. Current transit service on the Old Town-Glendale route will be split into two bus routes, with a transfer point at the Community Centre (14 Anderson Lane).  The Heritage-Old Town route will make 2 circuits per hour within the Old Town and connect with the Old Town-Glendale route hourly at the Community Centre.  Fare remains $3 one-way.

  
council business
At its May 11, 2015, meeting, Town Council approved:

Release of lands from Part Lot Control at 8-16 Evergreen Lane for the development of a 5-unit townhouse and 546 Lansdowne Avenue to convert three existing lots into two.

Tender of $135,300 from Norjohn Contracting and Paving Limited for the Town’s annual Surface Treatment Program.

Tender of $110,716 from Burlington Paving Company for the reconstruction of two asphalt tennis courts at St. Davids Lions Park and one asphalt tennis court and one basketball court at Garrison Village Park.

Tender of $89,750 from United Technologies for the replacement of the chiller unit at the Court House.

Tender of $122,950 from Black & McDonald for the replacement of the chiller and condenser units at Centennial Arena.

COUNCIL MOTIONS APPROVED 

Councillor Collard - That all Notices of Motion presented to Council be accompanied by the potential budgetary impact for current and future year budgets.

Councillor Miele - That staff investigate the AMO/LAS Sewer and Water Line Warranty Service program on behalf of residents.

 

HERITAGE PROPERTY REVIEW

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.

Currently, the Town provides financial assistance, in partnership with Niagara Region, to eligible residential and commercial property owners to undertake heritage restoration work and exterior maintenance through the Heritage Property Grant Incentive Program.

However, in response to a request from the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce, Council asked staff to launch a public review of this program and whether there is merit to adopting the Ontario Heritage Property Tax Relief Program.

Residents are encouraged to view the background report on the Town’s website, complete the on-line survey (hard copies are also available at the Town Municipal Office) and join us for a public information session on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Simpson Room, NOTL Community Centre, 14 Anderson Lane.

A facilitator from urbanMetrics, a market, economics and strategic real estate advisory firm with expertise in municipal heritage conservation programs, will host this session.

For more information on these or other issues, please visit www.notl.org.
 
     
 
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
 
 
 
COUNCIL COMMUNITY UPDATE - Town Council hosted its first Community Update for this term on April 27 at the Community Centre. Approximately 60 people attended the round-table session to voice their concerns on areas such as future development projects, transportation, street lights, health care services, future use of the former NDSS site and parking in Old Town.  A full report of the issues raised will be submitted to Council in the near future.
 
 
COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM LAUNCHES 2015 PROGRAM - The Town’s Communities in Bloom (CIB) Organizing Committee held an inaugural media conference on Monday, May 11, to outline coming community activities in advance of the formal panel judging in July.  CIB is an internationally-renowned organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement.  Residents are encouraged to join in the activities and can contact Kevin Turcotte, Manager of Parks & Recreation, at 905-468-4261 or kturcotte@notl.org for more information.
 
 
PARKS CANADA HOSTS PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS SUMMER CONCERT - There will be a public information session for residents who want to learn more about the coming Mumford & Sons concert in June on The Commons. The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. at Navy Hall (305 Ricardo Street). A final block of tickets will go on sale shortly through www.ticketmaster.ca or by calling 1-855-985-5000.  Free parking will be provided on Parks Canada property off the Niagara Parkway.
 
 
NIAGARA JAZZ FESTIVAL - Lord Mayor Pat Darte was on hand to join organizer Juliet Dunn and a representative from TD Bank for the launch of the TD Niagara Jazz Festival on April 30, 2015.  This year’s Niagara Jazz Festival will include a range of concert venues across town between July 23 and 26, including a concert on Saturday, July 25, at Simcoe Park. Photo courtesy of Gord Hunchak.
 
 
BIKE SAFETY RODEO - Once again this year, the Niagara-on-the-Lake Safety Committee will host a bike safety rodeo for our off-shore farm workers.  This year's event will be held on Sunday, May 24, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Centennial Arena.
 
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