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:
- The Friends of Laura Secord will be erecting a monument in an expression of gratitude to First Nations who discovered Laura lost and wandering and delivered her to Lieutenant James Fitzgibbon to warn of an impending attack by American troops (the Battle of Beaverdams) in 1813. The monument is to represent a camp hearth and will be designed by Native artists, to be built on the east side of the parking lot at DeCew House Heritage Park, on the slope facing the road. Friends representatives Caroline McCormick and David Brown said the project will be paid for entirely by them, with a target date for completion in June, 2016.
- Dan Giancola of BTO Performance in Thorold was at Council Tuesday night to announce his 2,000-mile “Rock to the Lock” bicycle ride from Hopewell Rock, N.B. to Lock 7 in Thorold next August to raise funds for research for a cure for little-known disease Cystenosis. Accompanying him was his inspiration, a spirited young lady named Abbi, who lives with this metabolic illness every day, taking 35 pills a day to fight the symptoms along with trips to the hospital in Toronto for treatments that give her side effects which are much like those of chemotherapy. They’ve found sponsors and Dan asked Council to help him with a celebration at Battle of Beaverdams Park at the end, to which Council happily agreed. Stay tuned for updates over the year.
- In the continuing battle against what various municipalities consider to be outrageous contract awards from the interest arbitration system for essential services, Niagara mayors and CAOs will be meeting with Ontario Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn at the AMO (Association for the Municipalities of Ontario) Conference being held in Niagara Falls in the coming week.
- The Non-Profit Housing project proposed for the property beside the Beer store has been given approval for the approximately 40 units that will be built there.
- The City of Thorold has a new Honorary Historian, following in the footsteps of the late Esther Somers and the late Alan Hughes. Sarah King-Head is eminently qualified for this position and she will be awarded the appointment at a future Council ceremony. Congrats Sarah.
- The City of Thorold just awarded a new contract for junk removal at properties under order. The City gave the contract to 1-800-GOTJUNK so now, if you don’t clean up your own property, all the has to do is “just point and the junk disappears.”
- Because of positive results from a questionnaire sent around to Port Robinson, the issue of transit and para-transit to that area has been forwarded to the 2016 budget deliberations. That doesn’t necessary mean they’ll get it, but at least it hasn’t been ruled out.