Niagara-on-the-Lake News - Volume 2 - March 1, 2016

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Firefighters are planning a commemoration of the bicentennial of Fire Services within the Town and former Township. Town Council will be recognizing the 200th Anniversary with a display in the floral bed at Queen Street and Mississagua Street.

Council appointed Councillors Jim Collard, Betty Disero, and Paolo Miele at its February 29, 2016, meeting to join a focus group pertaining to the celebration and commemoration of the anniversary, and approved a Terms of Reference for the focus group.


At its February 29, 2016, meeting, Council directed Town staff to
move forward in principle on an agreement with Parks Canada to create more than 200 additional parking spaces at the Fort George parking lot to address the limited parking spots in Old Town. Consultant services will be contracted for a potential design and the engineering and preparation of tender documents for the expansion of the existing parking lot, which would be financed from the Cash-in-Lieu of Parking Reserves.
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At its February 29, 2016, meeting, Town Council approved:

A Zoning By-law Amendment and proposed site plan for a 3‑unit townhouse at 135 John Street West rather than the four units previously turned down.

The 2015 Summary Report for the NOTL and Bevan Heights Water Distribution Systems.

Tender of $472,871.07 from Demar Construction Inc. for Byron Street Storm Sewer and Road Reconstruction, and engineering costs of $39,100.00 from Kerry T. Howe Engineering Limited.

Tender of $990,914.25 from Alfred Beam Excavating Limited for the Four Mile Creek Road Storm Sewer and Road Reconstruction, and engineering costs of $82,465.00 from Kerry T. Howe Engineering Limited.

Tender of $187,077.62 from Demar Construction Inc. for the Garrison Village Drive Sanitary Sewer Replacement.

Tender of $517,846.02 from Nexterra Substructures Inc. for the Stewart Road watermain replacement, and engineering costs of $60,000 from R.V. Anderson Associates Limited.
Facility rentals can now be requested online. Visit the Town's website to request a location for your next meeting or event.
The Town has introduced a new electronic service known as “eSend.”  By enrolling in this new program, you will receive your property tax bills and notices via e-mail. It’s easy to sign up. Simply click on the Property Taxes page of the Town's website and fill out the registration form. Please include only one e-mail address per property.

Volunteers are needed for the Town's Snow Removal Assistance Program. Please contact the Operations Department at 905-468-3266 if you are interested in helping. Senior or physically-challenged residents may also contact the Town to sign up to receive this service. Further details are available on the Town's website.

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  VEGETATED BUFFERS AND INVASIVE SPECIES WORKSHOP - The Town will be conducting a workshop on invasive species (focusing on phragmites) and discussing vegetated buffers along municipal drain watercourses. Two identical workshop sessions will be held on March 11 and an open forum is scheduled for March 12. Visit the Town's website for more information.  

• Sign up through the Town's website for a March Break Camp at the Community Centre from March 14-18 for ages 6-12. More information is available on the Community Centre's webpage.

• Public Skating will be available from March 16-20 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm at the Meridian Credit Union Arena. Admission is $3 for adults and $2.50 for youth.
NIAGARA ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARDS - The annual Awards Gala, which honours Niagara’s elite entrepreneurs, recognized over 70 nominees and 18 recipients on February 26.  The list of recipients will be available at
NIAGARA PUMPHOUSE ARTS CENTRE - The Pumphouse will be hosting a Celebration Party on March 6 and a March Break Culture Camp from March 14-18 for ages 6-12. Registration for their Spring Art Programs is also available.  For more information on what is being offered, call 905-468-5455 or e-mail
WILLOWBANK LECTURE SERIES - Willowbank's "Telling Heritage: A Lecture Series" is continuing through March. Visit their website at or call 905-262-1239 ext. 21 for more information.
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