Niagara-on-the-Lake News - Volume 12 - December 15, 2016

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2016 Audit Planning Report Presentation
Representatives from KPMG presented the audit approach for the 2016 financial audit. KPMG's audit team will begin field work on March 20, 2017, and the 2016 audited financial statements will be presented to Committee of the Whole on May 1, 2017.

Niagara-on-the-Lake War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee
The Co-chairs of the 
Niagara-on-the-Lake War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee provided Council with a final presentation on behalf of all Committee members. Council thanked the Committee and acknowledged that its mandate ends on December 31.

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority Audit
Following a delegation, Council passed a motion to conduct a forensic audit of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA).

Trails in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Council received a delegation supporting the Active Transportation Committee requesting staff to begin the planning, locating and engineering of an off-road trail connecting Virgil to St. Davids.

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.)


council business
At its December 12, 2016, meeting, Town Council approved:

Finalization of the 2017 Capital Budget in the amount of $7,871,734, the Operating Levy in the amount of $10,169,509, and a 2.56% increase on the 2016 typical assessment of $431,492.

The subdivision and development agreement for Royal Albion Place (683 King Street) and, as per Councillor Miele's motion, reconsideration of Council to approve the removal of Holding Symbol.

That the annual indexing of Cash-in-Lieu of Parking (set at $22,870 per stall) and the Development Charge both have a 3.2% increase applied effective January 1, 2017.

Councillor Motions

Councillor Miele - That effective January 2017, all Committees of Council that meet in the Town's Operation or Administration buildings, hold their meetings in the Council Chambers, if available, and be videotaped for podcast.

Councillor Disero - Motion was deferred to February regarding an overnight parking pass, signage and parking designations in The Village. Staff were directed to report back by mid-January with a defined process and timeline regarding the possibility of a pilot project in The Village.  

That staff discuss and report on the possibility of bringing arguments to the Province that would provide for either provincial policy or legislation that would acknowledge the value and uniqueness of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

That staff review the possibility of removing the stop sign located 100 meters from the intersection of Garrison Village Drive and that a left turn lane be installed into the commercial plaza.

Councillor Collard - That staff obtain three quotes to hire a professional firm to recruit a CAO and that the awarded firm be requested to have this position filled no later than June 1, 2017.

Councillor Flynn - That Councillor Disero be appointed to the Board of RiverBrink Art Museum Inc.  

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The Niagara Pumphouse offers art classes for all ages in drawing, painting, mixed-media, jewellery making, needle-felting and more! Call 905-468-5455 or visit: for details.

SHAW FESTIVAL FILM SERIES - The Shaw Festival Theatre is hosting weekly screenings of critically acclaimed films and documentaries. The next screenings are on December 17, 2016 (Captain Fantastic) and December 31, 2016 (Florence Foster Jenkins). Packages are available for purchase by contacting the Box Office at 1-800-511-7429 or visit

CANADA 150 NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION - Ring in 2017 by celebrating Canada's 150th Birthday! Everyone is invited to attend a free, family-friendly street party at the Cenotaph on Queen Street on December 31, 2016, from 11:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. The event will include live music by the Berger Black Goold trio as well as other special appearances.
On behalf of Town Council & Staff,
we wish all our readers a

Beautiful Holiday Season
and a
Happy and Healthy New Year!
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