Niagara-on-the-Lake News - Volume 4 - April 20, 2016

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Town Council has announced a private secondary school will be opening in Niagara-on-the-Lake this fall.

At a special announcement on Monday, April 18, at 9:00 a.m., Lord Mayor Darte and Council announced that Royal Elite International Academy, currently located in St. Catharines, will be moving to the former Niagara District Secondary School (NDSS) site and will open for the 2016 school year. Further information is available on the Town's website.

Above Photo Courtesy of Melinda Cheevers, Niagara This Week

At a Special Council meeting on Thursday, April 14, Council announced the appointment of Milena Avramovic as the Town’s new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).

Milena originally joined the Town in 2011 as the Director of Community & Development Services.  In 2013, Milena accepted the position of CAO with the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, and is now returning to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Milena will start at the Town on May 16.

Lord Mayor Pat Darte, Councillor Jim Collard, and Interim CAO/Director of Operations Sheldon Randall attended a special announcement on Monday, April 18, in Fort Erie regarding funding for Niagara municipalities.

Niagara-on-the-Lake will receive $87,000 to construct a new 1.2 kilometre cycling and walking path alongside Niagara Stone Road from St. Michael School to Henegan Road to provide a safer route to schools and tourism destinations. This new path coincides with Town Council's commitment to making our community more walkable and bicycle friendly.

Committee of Adjustment meetings will now be recorded and available for viewing on the Town's Livestream site by the end of next business day and will be retained for 30 days.

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At its April 18, 2016, meeting, Town Council approved:

Finance Advisory Committee's 2015 Audit Findings Report, Operating Budget Surplus Reserve Allocation, and Consolidated Financial Statements.

Zoning and subdivision approvals and servicing allocation for the Royal Albion Village Condominium at 683 King Street. Town staff will work with the developer to include a sidewalk in the scheme for the condominium section.

Heritage Restoration and Improvement Grant Applications for 14487 Niagara Parkway; 55 Queen Street; 96 Johnson Street; 177 Victoria Street; 58 Johnson Street; 392 Mississagua Street; and 239 Wellington Street.

A revised terms of reference for the Town's Active Transportation Advisory Committee to allow for a secondary or post-secondary student to volunteer as a member of the committee. Notice for applications will be advertised in the local newspapers.

Tender of $199,566.98 from Demar Construction Inc. for the Nassau and Palatine Watermain Replacement from William St. to Lakeshore Rd. and Johnson St. to Orchard Ave.

Tender of $117,880 from Touchstone Site Contractors for site preparation for St. Davids Park.

Tender of $60,316.46 from PlayPower LT Canada Inc. for the replacement of the playground equipment and swing set at Homestead Park.

Funding from the Parking Revenue Reserve for further enhancements for the 2016 Communities in Bloom program.

A revised Draft Plan of Subdivision for Woodcastle Acres at 1532 Concession 4 Road.

Please note, the Community Update session scheduled for May 2, 2016, has been cancelled. Further information about a new date will be provided.
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.

For more information on these or other issues, please visit
  AUTISM ONTARIO'S 'RAISE THE FLAG' CAMPAIGN - Representatives from Autism Ontario's Niagara Chapter joined Lord Mayor Pat Darte and Councillor Maria Bau-Coote at the Town Municipal Offices on April 4 at 10:00 a.m. to raise their flag in recognition of World Autism Day as part of their 'Raise the Flag' campaign. Visit for more information. Photo Courtesy of Helen Scott, Autism Ontario's Niagara Chapter.  
CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY FLAG RAISING - Representatives from the Cancer Society NOTL Branch joined Lord Mayor Darte and Councillor John Wiens at the Town Municipal Offices on April 5 at 10:00 a.m. to raise the flag for Cancer Awareness Month. The flag will continue to fly for all of April. Visit for more information.
FUNDING FOR NOTL PUBLIC LIBRARY - Library Board Chair Andrew Porteus will make a special announcement about funding for the Library's planned interior renovation. The announcement is scheduled for Friday, April 22, at 4:00 p.m. at the NOTL Public Library at 10 Anderson Lane.​
NIAGARA PUMPHOUSE ARTS CENTRE - Families are encouraged to visit the Pumphouse on Sunday, April 24, at 2:00 p.m. to see the current exhibition and get their hands messy working on their own artwork in the studio. Space is also still available for the 7 or 8 week Spring session starting in May. For more information about the Pumphouse, call 905-468-5455 or e-mail
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