In addition to the larger stories, other items go through Thorold City Council and General Committee. Some may be important to someone affected and others are just a little interesting. The following are some of those items:
- In case anyone’s been interested in the construction going on at the corner of Thorold Stone Rd. and Thorold Townline Rd. this past while, the grand opening of the Petro-Can will be taking place this Friday at 1:00 p.m. For those who want the answer to the truly burning question that everyone seems to have: yes, a Tim Horton’s will be opening there as well in the near future.
- Fire Station #3 in Port Robinson has been taking a bit longer than the City initially expected due to some unforeseen problems. It is now expected to be done by next Monday, the 13th of April.
- CAO Frank Fabiano was the only delegation to Council Tuesday night, on the public side of the wall to promote the drive for GO Transit expansion into Niagara. He said the Region and lower tier staff have been holding meetings with ministers and the Ontario Premier since October but it appears they now need a little political pressure from Niagara’s citizens to get the point across. Fabiano projected the Niagara Region’s website onto the screen and pointed out the “Niagara GO” button there. If you hit this, it will take you to a page where you can make your will known to the Ontario politicos through a number of media, including a Twitter connection and a place to upload selfies of you holding up a sign saying where you’d go. Mayor Luciani expressed his pleasure at the solidarity of the $100-150 million project, saying, “It’s unusual to find an issue that all the mayors agree on.”
- Council passed a motion against the move to bury radioactive waste near the Bruce Nuclear Plant, approximately just a mile from Lake Huron or anywhere else in the Great Lakes Region. The motion cited the importance of the Great Lakes to the well-being of the large population surrounding them and stated they should not be placed at risk. Councillor Paone added that he isn’t against burying the wastes in a more secure area but that the powers that be didn’t even consider any other options.
- Councillor Handley once again brought up the issue of the flag pole at the Canadian Corps’ National Headquarters and Museum, which was installed at their request by the City. The City, as per policy, billed the Corps for the work and the Councillor has been trying to get Council to forgive it. Their Community Grant application was turned down because the City funds only programmes and will not pay for capital costs (costs involving property). Handley told Council he would pay for it himself out of his Council pay but Council agreed to forward the issue to tonight’s budget meeting.
- In Committee of the whole, Council was faced with a late report which recommended an interim control by-law which would place a moratorium on building permits for properties with five or more bedrooms. Developer Shane Webber pointed out that the report stated that this had been a problem for at least the last 8 years. “Why are we trying to solve this overnight?” Mr. Webber wanted to know why there was no public meeting for this process so that others could address the measures and Council was told that a public meeting was not necessary for an interim control by-law but, should the measure be considered for a permanent zoning by-law, then a public meeting would be required. The need for the freeze was highlighted by examples such as a semi-detached house which had been developed to contain 9 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms on each side and that the present by-law only required one parking space for each side. The discussion turned to the economic hardship caused those who bought land and then had the rules changed, with Councillor Wilson pointing out that, in future, building permits would no longer be applied for resulting in dangerous conditions due to a lack of inspections. In the end, Council decided that , despite what they might think of the projects, they are legal right now and they shouldn’t change the rules on those who brought property in midstream, so they OK’d the study but declined the interim moratorium.