Niagara-on-the-Lake News - Volume 11 - November 24, 2016

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Canadian Award for Financial Reporting
Deputy Lord Mayor John  Wiens presented Brenda Garrett, Manager of Finance/Treasurer, with the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting. Congratulations to the Town’s Corporate Services Department!

NOTL Soccer Club U13 Girls Champions

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Soccer Club U13 Girls team was presented with plaques on behalf of the Town for their accomplishment as Ontario Cup Champions. Congratulations girls!

Niagara Regional Police Update
Police Chief Jeff McGuire provided Council with a brief update regarding Niagara Regional Police services and information specific to policing issues in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Did you know that you can report crime online? 
Click here for more information.

Communities in Bloom Committee Update

The Manager of Parks and Recreation provided an update on the Communities in Bloom Committee's 2016 accomplishments and advised that the Town intends to participate internationally in 2017.

Niagara District Airport Commission
A representative from the Niagara District Airport gave a budget presentation.

Facility rentals can be requested 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. Please complete the registration form on our Property Taxes webpage. (Please include only one e-mail address per property.)

council business
At its November 21, 2016, meeting, Town Council approved:

The adoption of three (3) policies by way of by-law; Street Cleaning, Sidewalk Installation and Municipal Street Naming.

The authorization of requested expenditures in the estimated amount of $200,000.00 from the water/wastewater reserves, to engage engineering firms to prepare a tender ready for drawings to fulfill the requirements of the Clean Water and Waste Water find (CWWf).

The authorization of the Lord Mayor to send a letter of approval permitting the Royal Canadian Air Force Snow Birds to fly as low as 500ft for the Canadian Polish Congress’ 100th Anniversary Pilgrimage in NOTL on June 11, 2017.

2017 user fees and charges for Town departments, which will be incorporated in the 2017 Operating budget.

Revised water and wastewater rates effective January 1, 2017.  

That the staff report regarding the Provincial Heritage Property Tax Relief, be deferred to a future Committee of the Whole meeting.  

Councillor Motions

Councillor Flynn - That the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake pay its portion of the $158,500 required to replace the Hydro infrastructure that has been deemed unsafe by the ESA, to be funded out of the Capital Reserve.

Councillor Collard – That staff investigate the benefits and costs of adding a leaf removal service from the side of the road for our residents and report back in time for possible inclusion in the 2018 budget.

Councillor Collard – That staff investigate the costs and benefits of increasing securities from developers to ensure that work is completed in front of developments.

Councillor Collard – That staff examine the Council – Chamber relationship to determine whether it is in the Town’s best interest to continue the existing partnership or to take on the role of Economic Development on its own and to report back to Council by April 1, 2017.

Councillor Collard - That the Town respond to the EBR regarding the taking of water via the Nestle issues and that any future changes not impact the agriculture community.

Councillor Miele - That Austin Kirkby be appointed to the Agricultural and Irrigation Committees for six months, replacing Council Members, and that Mrs. Kirkby's knowledge be utilized when meeting with different agencies.

For more information on these or other issues, please visit

CANDLELIGHT STROLL - The Candlelight Stroll, an event put on by the Chamber of Commerce, is a guided stroll winding through the historical town, accompanied by local choirs and seasonal entertainment. This year’s stroll will be held on Friday December 2, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The stroll begins at the Old Courthouse building located at 26 Queen Street. Click here for more information or call 905-468-1950

ARTFUL TREASURERS - The 10th annual Artful Treasurers, artist and artisan show, will take place on December 2 & 3 at 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This event is in coordination with the Holiday House Tour. Call 905-468-5455 or visit: for details.

NOTL CHRISTMAS PARADE - The 2016 season's parade will be taking place on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at 11:00 am. We hope to see everyone there! Click here if you are interested in registering an entry for the parade or would like to review the parade route map.

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