Niagara-on-the-Lake News - Volume 7 - July 20, 2017

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PUBLIC MEETINGS UNDER THE PLANNING ACT:
Three public meetings were held on July 10, 2017, for the following properties.  Staff reports will be presented to Council at a future meeting.

  • 1436 Niagara Stone Road - Application for Zoning By-law Amendment 
  • 723 King Street - Application for Zoning By-law Amendment 
  • 14606-15608 & 15618 Niagara Parkway - Application for Zoning By-law Amendment 

TOWN COUNCIL WORKSHOP
John Mascarin from Aird & Berlis LLP led Council members through a workshop regarding Municipal Accountability: Bill 68, Codes of Conduct & Integrity Commissioners on July 17, 2017. Click here to view the presentation. 

PRESENTATIONS AT THE JULY 17, 2017, TOWN COUNCIL MEETING:

Niagara-on-the-Lake Step Challenge
Members of the Town's Active Transportation Committee announced the winning teams and individuals of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Step Challenge and presented them with their awards. 


Regional Council - Mid-Term Update 
Regional Chair Alan Caslin provided Council with a mid-term update regarding Regional Council's Strategic Plan and Priorities. Click here to view the presentation. 

Heritage District 
Janice Thomson, President of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce, spoke to a previous motion of Council regarding the potential of a Pedestrian Mall on Queen Street. Ms. Thomson noted that the Town's Heritage District is a unique area and therefore, must be protected. 

Council approved the following motions at the July 17, 2017, meeting:

Councillor Miele – That Council request Regional Council to make changes to the proposed Region of Niagara Development Charges By-law as outlined in the City of Welland Report, and that a copy of the resolution be forwarded to the Niagara Region and all area municipalities. 

Councillor Disero – That Operations staff review the parking regulations on Regent Street between Centre and William Street and make the adjustments they feel appropriate to allow for adequate traffic flow and pedestrian access.  

Councillor Miele - Request the Lord Mayor and Regional Councillor Gary Burroughs to petition the Regional Municipality of Niagara to report back to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Town Council with regards to implementing a Community Safety Plan in St. Davids, specifically the intersection of Four Mile Creek Road and York Road, to address traffic and pedestrian safety issues. 

Councillor Miele - Create an Indoor Pool Committee for the purposes of gathering information only, and that a Terms of Reference be brought back to Council for adoption. 

Council rose from closed session with the following:
Whereas the property owner of 325 King Street has advised the Town by way of a letter dated June 27, 2017, that they would not accept the Town's final offer to purchase the property.

That should any Community Hub Group intend to pursue the Surplus Property Transition Initiative Application and requires a letter of support from Council, that delegations will be accepted for the September 11, 2017, Committee of the Whole meeting as per the delegation policy. 

     

    council business
    Council approved the following at their July 17, 2017, meeting:

    Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendments for 1397 York Road and 242 & 246 Four Mile Creek Road, and that the Region review the parking on the west side of Four Mile Creek Road from 234 Four Mile Creek Road to the corner of Four Mile Creek Road and York Road intersection. 

    Zoning By-law Amendment and approval of a Plan of Condominium for W/S Four Mile Creek Road.

    Zoning By-law Amendment for 421 Johnson Street.

    That Town staff begin a public consultation process to facilitate the development of a Long-Term Rental Licensing By-law, and that Council include resource requirements for developing the By-law in the 2018 Operational Budget deliberations. 

    That the Lord Mayor and Town Clerk be authorized to sign a Subdivision Agreement for the lands known as “Woodcastle Acres”, and that Council delegate authority for site plan approval to the Director of Community & Development Services.

    The receipt of information regarding the following two Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire & Emergency Services programs and the acknowledgement that these programs will be funded through the Operating Budget to be addressed at the end of the year.
    • Health & Safety Program
    • Training Program 

    The adoption of the volunteer firefighter compensation framework, including adjustments, for consideration as part of the 2018 Operating Budget and the development of a volunteer firefighter compensation policy for Council approval.

    Acceptance of the proposal in the amount of $52,600 for the Butler's Trail Pedestrian Bridge in order to continue to allow access for local residents and to preserve admittance to the Colonel Butler historical burial site.

    The naming of Queenston Park as "Queenston Village Common." 

    The following projects:
    • Proposed Lavigne Drain Realignment

    • 2018 Byron Street Reconstruction 

    A new outdoor Municipal Sign & Council Chambers Coat of Arms.

    A revised Council meeting schedule for the remainder of 2017 to include an additional meeting being Public Meetings under the Planning Act, when required and the Council meeting schedule for 2018.

    A policy on investments.

    That the discretionary grant process be administered for 2018 at an amount no greater than $100,000 to be funded from parking reserves.

    Visit the Agendas & Minutes page on the Town's website for a complete list of reports. 


      FACILITY RENTALS
      Requests for facility rentals can be completed online. Visit the Town's website to request a location for your next meeting or event.



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      EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

      Citizenship Ceremony 
      Niagara-on-the-Lake hosted a special Citizenship Ceremony on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre. Nineteen new Canadian citizens were sworn-in in the presence of family, friends and many local residents who attended to show their support to the new citizens. 

       


      Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre 
      The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre has a number of exciting events taking place throughout the summer months. Click here to view their complete list of upcoming events or visit www.niagarapumphouse.ca for further details. 


      Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Tournament
      The Town's 19th annual Golf Classic Tournament will take place on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Whirlpool Golf Course. Shot gun start at 11:00 a.m.; four person scramble.


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