Niagara-on-the-Lake News - Volume 5 - May 11, 2017

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Engineer's Report - Routh Drain 
An open house was held at 5:30 p.m. on May 1, 2017, to provide landowners an opportunity to discuss any issues with the engineer from K. Smart Associates Limited. The engineer was also present at the Committee of the Whole meeting to explain the process regarding the Routh Drain 2016 Engineering Report. The report was later approved at the May 8, 2017, Council Meeting. 

Presentation from KPMG Auditors 
Representatives from the Town's auditor, KPMG, spoke to the Audit Findings Report for 2016. The auditors stated there were no significant deficiencies and ultimately were satisfied in estimates and assumptions from staff. Council approved the Audit Findings Report for the year ended December 31, 2016, at their May 8, 2017, Council Meeting. 


Niagara Region Transit
Niagara Region CAO and Commissioner of Public Works spoke to report OPS-17-032 regarding the adoption of a new governance model for Niagara Region Transit.

Council approved report OPS-17-032, as amended, providing consent to the passage of By-law No. 2017-21 of the Regional Municipality of Niagara, being a by-law to provide the Niagara Region with the non-exclusive authority to establish, operate and maintain an inter-municipal passenger transportation system for the Niagara Region. Council's approval was given on the condition that an alternative to the assessment based funding formula would be provided.

Community Health Hub 
Representatives from the NOTL Health Services Steering Committee discussed the proposed community Health Hub.

Council approved Councillor Collard's motion, which states that the Community Health Services Steering Committee report on the proposed health hub (on lands abutting the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre) be received and referred to Senior Management for review and to report back on the potential of a Council Workshop, future uses contemplated for the proposed site, and options for using the proposed land both legally and financially. 

Four public meetings were held on May 1, 2017,
for the following properties.  Staff reports will be presented to Council at a future meeting.

  • 1446 Line 6 Road - Zoning By-law Amendment
  • 534-538 Butler Street -  Zoning By-law Amendment
  • 105 Delater Street  - Zoning By-law Amendment
  • Four Mile Creek Road, Apricot Glen (Phase 4) - Zoning By-law Amendment

council business
Council approved the following at their May 11, 2017, meeting:

The allocation of the 2016 Operating Budget surplus and the transfer of $60,000 from the Capital Levy Reserve in 2017 to the Ash Borer remediation program. 

2016 financial statements for The Corporation of the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

A special event permit to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Canada Sesquicentennial Committee for their various Canada 150 events scheduled throughout this year. 

A special event permit to Friends of Niagara National Historic Sites for events to be held at Simcoe Park and Fort George on July 1, 2017. 

The Town's Senior Management Team continue to meet with the Manager of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce & Visitor & Convention Bureau Inc. to share information and work jointly in matters of shared interest and to continue the existing partnership. 

Zoning By-law Amendments for:

  • 300 Taylor Road 
  • 489-495 Victoria Street Subdivision on the northwest corner of John Street West and Victoria Street
  • 1757 Four Mile Creek Road

A Site Plan Agreement for 524 York Road. 

A tender from Touchstone Site Contractors for the site preparation for a park in Queenston. 

That the Simcoe Park wading pool be staffed at the level outlined in the Niagara Region Public Health's requirements. 

The purchase of a Light Rescue Squad Truck in 2017. 

The 2017 Tax Rates and Waste Management Fee. 

Council approved motions at the May 11, 2017, meeting:

Councillor Wiens - That Mathew Rocca be appointed to the Glendale Task Force to fill the vacant member position for the balance of the 2014-2018 term of Council.

Councillor Collard - That Council call on the federal government to use its constitutional powers to eliminate all barriers to trade and allow for the growth of domestic industry in particular the VQA wine industry of Ontario and Niagara.

Lord Mayor Darte - That Council delegate approval authority for all site plans and site plan control agreements for marihuana for Medical Purposes Productions Facilities to the Director of Community and
Development Services.

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


Sign up to receive your property tax bills and notices by e-mail and receive a tote bag. Complete the registration form on our Property Taxes webpage. (Please include only one e-mail address per property.)


Community Update with Town Council 
Monday, May 29, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Community Centre Auditorium

Annual Senior Citizens Strawberry Social 
Monday, June 19, 2017
11:30 a.m. (doors open) / 12:00 p.m. (lunch is served) 
Community Centre Auditorium 
Please RSVP to Lauren Kruitbosch at 905-468-3061 ext. 307 or by June 21st.

Canada 150 Events
In celebration of Canada's 150th Anniversary, Niagara-on-the-Lake is hosting a number of events throughout the year. For more information and to view the full list of events, please visit

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

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