Niagara-on-the-Lake News - Volume 11 - October 15 2015

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At the October 13 Council meeting, Deputy Lord Mayor John Wiens and Fire Chief Alex Burbidge presented a number of service award medals to our dedicated firefighters, many of whom received honours from the Governor General for exemplary service and the Ontario Government for long service.  This year’s recipients are:

Exemplary Service - Simon Drakeford, Dean Fillipetti, Ray Hunter, Stanley Lament, Rick Legros, David Rigby, Jo Zambito.

Exemplary Service 1st Bar and 30-Year Long Service – Terry Flynn, Rick Gray, Tom Jenkins, Victor Martens, Michael Vriens.

Exemplary Service 2nd Bar and 40-year Long Service – Greg Warner.

Provincial Long Service Medal for 25 Years – Danny Gordon, Greg Pillitteri, James Neufeld, Darren Trostenko, Robert Copeland.

Provincial Long Service, 35-Year Bar – David Jones, Frank Digweed.

Congratulations to all of these individuals and thank you for protecting our community. 


Each year Town Council, in partnership with Niagara Advance, celebrates those individuals who give their time and energy to making Niagara-on-the-Lake a better community for our residents.  This year’s Volunteer Award recipients are:

Eva Parisi – Work with Seniors

Katherine Reid – Work with Youth

Val O’Donnell – Contribution to Heritage

Tony Chisholm – Contribution to Culture

Historic Strollers – Contribution to Education

Jack Shrubb – Contribution to Sports and Recreation

NOTL Kinsmen – Work with Service Clubs

Owen Bjorgan – Work with the Environment

Anne Marie, Kyra & Teri Simone – Community Assistance

Joe Pillitteri – Contribution to Community Events

Julia Bains – Volunteer under 21

Tony Chisholm – Peggy Anderson Award for Outstanding Volunteerism

Congratulations to all of our recipients and a special acknowledgement to Tony Chisholm for receiving the Peggy Anderson Award!

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At its October 13, 2015, meeting, Town Council approved:

Staff Budget Reporting Timelines for 2016 and a limit on any increase to the 2016 Operating Budget to no more than the Consumer Price Index for residential properties.

Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments to provide greater consistency for residential policies in the Old Town.  These amendments will help clarify what constitutes a block face and deals with lot depth and size.

An amended site plan for 16006 Niagara River Parkway (Kurtz Orchards) to allow for an event tent and reconfigured parking area.

Amendment to Water on Construction fees to reduce unaccounted for water usage in new residential developments.


Councillor Collard – That the Town requests the Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport to work with other government jurisdictions to devise a way for public libraries to purchase e-books from publishers at a fair and reasonable price.

Councillor Disero – That the Director of Operations provide Council with an update on recommendations from the Town’s 2012 Rural Roads Study;

That the Director of Community & Development Services ask the Town’s Agricultural Committee to develop a communications protocol so members and stakeholder organizations are better informed of policies and regulations which may impact our agricultural community; and

That the Town temporarily house a Heritage Wheel discovered at a Queen Street retail store and that staff report back on options for a long-term location.

Councillor Miele – That Town staff meet with Niagara Regional staff to review the safety of the Line 2 Road and Regional Road 55 intersection on behalf of pedestrians, students and motor vehicles using the thoroughfare and that findings be reported back to Council.


The gazebo at Queen’s Royal Park has been replaced with a structure that is not only identical to the original version, but now boasts more durable flooring and a fully-accessible public ramp. Also, the original weather vane has been refurbished and a path of interlocking stone connects it to the King Street sidewalk.  Further landscaping will be done next spring.
The original gazebo was built in 1981 for use in the film “Dead Zone” and was donated to the Town following the film’s production.
Over the years, the gazebo has become a popular attraction for both residents and tourists and often serves as a venue for wedding photographs.
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COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM  - Thanks to the tremendous efforts of Town residents and business supporters, Niagara-on-the-Lake has qualified to compete at the national Communities in Bloom next year. Following a judging session in July and recommendations made at the Ontario Communities in Bloom Conference in Perth last month, the Town was awarded a 5 Bloom rating, which means it now qualifies to compete nationally in 2016. At the provincial conference, the Town also received a Criteria Award for Landscape as well as special mention for “Partnerships with Business and Town in Floral Displays.”
ALZHEIMER COFFEE BREAK - On September 28, Town Council and staff hosted a Coffee Break in support of the Alzheimer Society of Niagara where over $150 was raised in support of this worthy cause. Pictured are Alzheimer Society Niagara Foundation Chair Bob Miller, Councillor Betty Disero and Lord Mayor Pat Darte. 
  NATIONAL ANGEL SUMMIT - On October 6, Lord Mayor Pat Darte joined Regional Chair Alan Caslin in welcoming over 300 investors and entrepreneurs to the National Angel Summit, sponsored by the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO), at Queen’s Landing.  NACO members provide financial and intellectual support to many start-up entrepreneurs, particularly youth.  Pictured is the Lord Mayor speaking to participants at a tour and reception at Fort George.
  COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR - The NOTL Family Health Team is holding a Community Health Fair on Thursday, November 5, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Community Centre.  Activities include interactive demonstrations and door prizes.  Admission is free.  
VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED - Do you have time to assist clients of Newark Neighbours who don’t have access to a car? This organization does a great job in collecting food supplies for our community’s less fortunate.  However, these clients often have no way of picking up those goods.  Please contact Hilary Bellis, Volunteer Liaison, Newark Neighbours, at 905-468-3519 or for more information on how you can help out.
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