Niagara-on-the-Lake News, Volume 6, May 13, 2014

 Volume 6, May 13, 2014   Facebook icon Facebook   Twitter icon Twitter   YouTube logo YouTube 
 
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NEW OUTLET MALL AND VIRGIL STAMPEDE MEAN BUSY VICTORIA DAY WEEKEND

The Glendale area will be alive and buzzing later this week with the official opening of the Outlet Collection at Niagara on Thursday, May 15. Featuring over 100 high-end retailers, the mall will be Canada’s largest open-air shopping centre.  It will also include a food court, community event area, and special information kiosk by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Convention Bureau.

Residents are reminded to expect heavy traffic volumes in the Glendale Avenue and Taylor Road areas during the entire Victoria Day weekend. Exit ramps off the QEW at Glendale could be closed, depending on traffic flow.  However, mobile vision signs will be used to redirect visitors from Toronto to the Highway 405 exit to Stanley Avenue if necessary.  All major thoroughfares to Old Town will be open, including Regional Road 55, Lakeshore Road, Niagara Parkway, East & West Line and Four Mile Creek Road.

NOTL Transit

To address an anticipated increase in ridership demands because of the mall, Niagara-on-the-Lake Transit will add a second bus to its daily summer schedule (Monday - Saturday, except statutory holidays) beginning Thursday, May 15, and running to October 11. 

NOTL Transit will also add an Evening Commuter service consisting of a single, one-hour loop between the Courthouse and the new bus stop at the outlet mall, beginning at 9:00 p.m.

The Virgil Stampede kicks off Friday, May 16, with a concert by Kim Mitchell.  The Stampede will feature a children and youth “Ride All Day” promotion on Saturday, May 17, and NOTL Transit will offer free rides to passengers 16 years of age and under who are traveling to the Stampede that day.  The free rides will be valid on the Saturday only, from 7:48 a.m. to 6:55 p.m., including the additional loop at the new mall.

For more route and schedule information, please visit the NOTL Transit section on the Town’s website.

 

  
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At its May 12, 2014, meeting, Town Council approved:

A tender of $154,785.50 from Norjohn Contracting and Paving Ltd. for the 2014 Road Surface Treatment Program.  Given the severity of our winter this year, Council also approved a staff request for an additional $60,000 to make extraordinary road repairs.

Creation of a scattering garden at the Niagara Lake Shore Cemetery following a donation to fully fund this project by an individual who wishes to memorialize the garden in the name of a family member.

2014 Queen Street Tree Inventory for the area maintained by Parks & Recreation staff on Queen and Picton Streets.

In principle, the placement of six historical markers around a flagpole to be erected at Lowrey Park in St. Davids.  These markers will commemorate local individuals and events from the War of 1812.

COUNCIL MOTIONS

Direction to staff to respond to an assistance request from organizers of the "2015 Ontario Heritage Conference Niagara" and report back to Committee of the Whole at the earliest convenience.

Direction to staff to investigate a request by the owner of Niagara Sunset Cruises to use Melville Street Dock through changes to an existing lease agreement and report back to Committee of the Whole at the earliest convenience.

Request for Lord Mayor to provide letter of support to Niagara Region in an effort to seek answers from the provincial government regarding exclusion of Niagara municipalities' concerns with the 2014 Provincial Planning Statement.

 
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  PUBLIC HAS SAY ON NEW MEDICAL MARIHUANA REGULATIONS

Town staff hosted a public information session on May 5 to elicit feedback from residents concerned about the federal government’s new medical marihuana regulations and applications for licensed facilities in our community.  Producers licensed under the new system must abide by a range of stringent federal requirements as well as local by-laws.  Based on public input, staff will now review the Town’s existing zoning by-law to determine if a new definition is required for this type of facility, as well as whether other provisions are needed (i.e. separation from schools, hospitals, parks; setbacks from property lines and buffering; and fence requirements).  A statutory public meeting is scheduled for June 16 at which time staff will make a recommendation to Council.  Please e-mail your comments to abutler@notl.org

   PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON HERITAGE PROPERTY TAX RELIEF   

At its meeting on May 12, Council approved the hiring of a facilitator to carry out public and stakeholder consultations on the feasibility of implementing a tax relief program for owners of heritage properties.  The Town currently administers a joint Heritage Grant Incentive Program with Niagara Region.  However, there has been interest in recent years from the Chamber of Commerce and heritage property owners to investigate the benefits of the Provincial Heritage Property Tax Relief Program.  

A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be issued in the near future and a report to Council is expected in early 2015.

 
 

WAR OF 1812 BICENTENNIAL UPDATE

Limited quantities of the War of 1812 commemorative flag and the new Town flag are still available for purchase at the Town Administration Office, 1593 Four Mile Creek Road in Virgil.

This year, 1812 commemoration events will move to St. Davids where community members are organizing a number of activities, including the installation of historical marker stones and plaques.  Plans are underway to host a major event July 18-19, 2014, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Burning of St. Davids.  Further details to follow in future editions.

Please visit www.1812niagaraonthelake.ca for more information.

 
 
For more information on these or other issues, please visit www.notl.org.
 
     
 
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
 
 
  HERITAGE COUNCIL AWARDS - Town Council and the Municipal Heritage Committee (MHC) hosted its annual heritage awards at the Niagara Historical Society & Museum on April 24.  This year, Janice Johnston was given a special honour for 10 years of service with the MHC.  Councillors Jamie King, Jim Collard, Maria Bau-Coote, Terry Flynn, and Lord Mayor Dave Eke are shown with recipients Paul O'Connor & Melissa Rocchi (278 Regent St.), Steve & Elaine Bartolini (223 King St.), and Chris & Jane Hutchings (96 Johnson St.). Congratulations to all!  
 
NEW VIRGIL SPORTS PARK EQUIPMENT ANNOUNCED - Members of the Virgil Business Association (VBA) were on hand earlier this month for the groundbreaking of the new playground and fitness equipment at the Virgil Sports Park. The VBA has committed $50,000 toward this project from funds raised at the Virgil Stampede.  Remaining funds for this project included $21,179 from the Niagara Golf Classic and a contribution from the Parks & Recreation Reserve Fund. The playground equipment will cater to 2-5 years olds and 5-12 years olds.  The fitness equipment will be stationed along the trail and features QR Codes that link to demonstration videos.  Final installation is scheduled for June 30.
 
 
COUNCIL'S COMMUNITY UPDATE - Council hosted its final Community Update session of this term on Monday, April 28.  About 20 residents were in attendance to provide Council members with a list of issues and concerns, including development, zoning and by-law enforcement; the future of the NOTL Hospital and Parliament Oak School; property standards; medical marihuana facilities; and roads, traffic and transit.  A full staff report will be presented to Council at the June 16 Committee of the Whole meeting.
 
 
WORKERS WELCOME CONCERT - Lord Mayor Eke joined hundreds of residents in welcoming back our off-shore workers at the 8th Annual Workers Welcome Concert at Orchard Park Church on May 4.  The event, which honours the valuable contribution these workers make to our local farms, is always a fun and music-filled evening.
 
 
VIRGIL STAMPEDE AND MORE - This will be a jam-packed Victoria Day Weekend, starting with the Virgil Stampede.  Activities include face painting, London Reptiles exhibit, Kids’ Bike Safety Rodeo, entertainers, and of course rides and the midway. (www.virgilstampede.com). Other events across town include free admission weekend at Riverbrink (www.riverbrink.org), a special Music Niagara concert at St. Mark’s Church (www.musicniagara.org) and of course, the always popular Shaw Festival which launches The Philadelphia Story this weekend (www.shawfest.com). Whatever your plans are this holiday weekend, enjoy safely!
 
 

LAURA SECORD LEGACY TRAIL - The Friends of Laura Secord have received a $75,000 Trillium Grant to support research and technical development of a digital tour of the 32 km Laura Secord Trail. This initiative builds on last year's successful Laura Secord Commemorative Walk on the 200th anniversary of her historic trek to Beaverdams. The Friends of Laura Secord was formed in 2010 to "preserve, strengthen and perpetuate the legacy of Canadian heroine Laura Secord."  Please visit www.friendsoflaurasecord.com for information.




 
 
NIAGARA PUMPHOUSE ARTS CENTREThe Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre offers a number of exciting programs and events for residents of all ages.  Coming up: Pathway and Behind the Horizon Series: Paintings by Beata O'Connell (May 2 - June 2); Art Forgeries and Fakes by Forensic Document Examiner and Forgery Analyst Graham Ospreay (May 24) and the Grand Bazaar Sale (June 14). Please call 905-468-5455 or visit www.niagarapumphouse.ca for details.
 
 

ARE YOU ON THE VOTERS' LIST? 
- Municipal elections will be held on Monday, October 27, 2014, and efforts are underway to ensure eligible electors are registered to vote.  Make sure you are on the voters' list to have your say.  Please visit www.voterlookup.ca or call 1-866-296-6722 to learn more.
 
 
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