Niagara-on-the-Lake News, Volume 6, May 7, 2013

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VOLUME 6, May 7, 2013
calculationsCOUNCIL APPROVES 2012 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - Town Council approved the 2012 Consolidated Financial Statements at a special meeting on April 29.  Once again this year, an operating surplus has been posted and those funds will be transferred to reserve accounts. Better financial reporting procedures and a staff commitment to keeping expenses in line have contributed to extra savings.  These funds will help put Town reserves on a better footing for future contingencies.

NEW RULES FOR VACATION RENTALS - New licensing and zoning bylaws have been passed to better regulate the operations of the short-term rental industry.  Designed to allow for greater equity and fairness among all vacation rental property owners, these new rules will help to control and enforce parking and disruption to neighbours in areas where vacation apartments, cottages, country inns, villas and bed & breakfasts are located.
 
COUNCIL CALLS FOR CHANGES TO ANNE STREET CONDO PROJECT - Council has called on staff to continue negotiating with the developer of the Anne Street condominium project in the face of opposition from residents in the surrounding area.  The proposed 4-story, 142 unit condominium project has been the subject of much public debate and consultation over the last several months.  At its meeting on May 6, Council endorsed an amendment to the staff report, requesting a reduction of the units to range from 88 to a maximum of 105.
 
$2 MILLION IN ROAD PROJECTS APPROVED - As part of the Town's 2013 Capital Roads and Storm Water budgets, several tenders have been awarded for major road work this summer.  Centennial Infrastructure will carry out work on Tanbark Road from York Road to Highway 405, which consists of road reconstruction and 320 metres of a storm sewer system.  Rankin Corporation has been awarded a hot mix asphalt resurfacing tender for resurfacing of a number of thoroughfares, including Concession 2 Road (Line 8 to Line 6), Simcoe Street (Mary to Centre Streets), Niven Road (Garrison Village to Niagara Stone Road), Anne Street (King to Victoria Streets), Queenston Road (York Road to the urban boundary), and Niagara Boulevard.
 
farmFARMERS INVITE PREMIER TO NOTL - The Town's Agricultural Committee is asking for more of a voice for local farmers.  Recent recommendations approved by Council include asking for representation on the Niagara Regional Agricultural Advisory Committee and a call for Lord Mayor Eke to invite Premier Wynne, who is also the Minister of Agriculture and Food, to our community to witness first-hand the challenges facing local farmers as a result of provincial legislation and policies.
 
FUTURE OF FOOD TRUCKS - Roughly 40 people attended a public information meeting at the Community Centre on April 29 to express their views on the existence of food trucks in Town.  While opinions seemed to be divided, it was clear that both those in favour and those against felt very strongly about this growing culinary phenomenon. The issue remains what, if any, role the municipality should play in their operations.  Town staff is expected to present Council with a report later this year.
 
niagara collegeNIAGARA COLLEGE RANKS #1 - AGAIN - For the eighth year in a row, Ontario's community college students have ranked Niagara College as the best in student satisfaction, quality learning, facilities and resource services and for endowing students with the skills they need for careers.  The annual survey, which is administered by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, also found that 92% of employers were satisfied with graduates from the College.  Congratulations to President Dan Patterson and his team!
 
AFFORDABLE HOUSING A MUST FOR NEW GROWTH - The Student Demographic Analysis Committee has called on Council to ensure affordable housing is a major plank in the Town's Official Plan if we are to welcome young families into this community.  The Committee is also looking at the status of Parliament Oak School and hopes to work with the District School Board of Niagara in any determination of the school's future.
 
For more information on these and other issues, please visit www.notl.org.

COUNCIL MOTIONS

Councillor Kaiser introduced a motion calling for greater boating safety in the Niagara River.  Council approved the measure, which supports an application to Transport Canada by Ontario Power Generation to designate the 20 metre area around the Sir Adam Beck 1 Generating Station as non-navigable for boats.

1812 BICENTENNIAL NEWS & EVENTS

battle of fort george recreationBATTLE OF FORT GEORGE 200TH ANNIVERSARY - May 25-26, 2013.  Come celebrate 200 years at Fort George with historical re-enactments, musical performances and other family fun activities.

golf club and ball1812 BICENTENNIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT - Sunday, May 26, 2013, at Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course. $175 for 18 holes of golf, cart, dinner and prizes. $65 for dinner only. Registration at 12:00 Noon, Shotgun Tee-Off at 1:00 p.m.  All net proceeds go toward future 1812 Commemoration events.
 

in memory of laura secordLAURA SECORD COMMEMORATIVE WALK - Saturday, June 22, 2013.  Follow the steps of one of Canada's greatest heroines as Laura Secord's epic journey is re-enacted on the 200th anniversary of this event.  There will be family activities all day long at Laura Secord Homestead, followed by a special themed dinner in the evening. www.friendsoflaurasecord.com.

Please visit www.1812niagaraonthelake.ca for more information on these and other events.

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

heritage council meetingSPECIAL HERITAGE COUNCIL MEETING - Jim Hill, Superintendent of Heritage for the Niagara Parks Commission, entertains the audience with a speech on who really won the War of 1812 at the Special Heritage Council Meeting on April 22.  Held at the Niagara Historical Society & Museum, the event paid tribute to residents who help conserve and preserve historical landmarks.
 

outlet centre constructionGROUND BREAKING FOR OUTLET CENTRE - Dignitaries and guests were on hand to mark the official ground breaking of The Outlet Collection at Niagara on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.  The site will be the largest outdoor retail outlet in Canada and will feature premium stores, such as Calvin Klein, Brooks Brothers, Banana Republic and Bass Pro Shops, restaurants and a food pavilion.  Phase one of the shopping centre is slated to open in Spring 2014.
 
VIRGIL SPLASH PAD & PAVILION TO BE UNVEILED - Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. The official opening of the new Virgil Sports Park Splash Pad & Pavilion will be held on May 11.  The new facility, which features an environmentally-innovative splash pad, sheltered pavilion and handicapped accessible change rooms, was made possible through the generous donations of the Hummel family (in honour of Arthur Dalfen), the Virgil Business Association, proceeds from the Niagara Golf Classic Tournament and funding from the Town.
 
COMMUNITY UPDATE - Town Council invites the public to the first in a series of Community Update Sessions on Monday, May 13, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Community CentreLord Mayor Dave Eke and Council members will be on hand to hear residents' views on issues and concerns and to discuss Town programs and services.
 
VIRGIL STAMPEDE - May 18-20, 2013.  Don't forget this exciting, annual carnival, featuring mid-way rides and the ever-popular mud bog.  www.virgilstampede.com
 
PLUM POX VIRUS SURVEY - Beginning Monday, May 27, 2013, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will be conducting a Plum Pox Virus (PPV) survey in communities across the Region, including Niagara-on-the-Lake.  Inspectors with federal government-issued identification and trained students will be going door-to-door to sample  PPV-susceptible plant species and enforcing a propagation ban.  The survey will last until the end of August.  For more information, please contact Ashley Stecjuk at 905-938-8214 or ashley.stecjuk@inspection.gc.ca.
 
DINER EN BLANC - June 24, 2013.  Mark your calendar for this internationally-inspired event.  Register at www.niagaraonthelake.com.
 
PARKS CANADA CONCERT - June 29, 2013, at Butler's Barracks.  City and Colour headline an all-star musical line-up.  Tickets are available through Ticket Master at 1-855-985-4357.  For general inquiries, please call Parks Canada at 905-468-6614.
 
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