COUNCIL BRIEFS: NOVEMBER 17, 2015

Council Briefs-001

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:

  • After a minute of silence for those affected by the Paris attacks on Friday, Mayor Luciani reminded everyone about the 22nd annual Thorold Christmas Arts & Craft Show on Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day at Thorold Secondary School. He also reminded everyone of the 25th annual Thorold Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, November 28 at 2:00 p.m. – bring your donations of unperishable food, unused toys, new socks and, of course, your letters for Santa.
  • Dan Pelletier, Executive Director of the Thorold Community Activities group was on hand to highlight the TCAG’s revitalized organization. Susan Morin of Venture Niagara, who is now spearheading Thorold’s Tourism programme, was there to outline the advances they’ve made in organization, including the great new website at thoroldtourism.com, working with the Tourism Advisory Committee. They both have done a great deal to bring other organizations together and I’m glad to be working with both of them on various things.
  • MZE Architects were there to ask for, and receive, permission from the City as building owners to nominate the Ontario Paper Seniors’ Centre for an 11th annual Niagara Community Design Award in the category of Adaptive Re-use.
  • If you noticed a stench (I did, and I live across town), it was likely the composting operation at Walker Environmental, although it could also have been Resolute Paper, which also composts. Staff has been instructed to look into it and have Walker’s give Council and update.
  • If you live on Capri St., you are about to find you’re no longer allowed to park on the inside of the bend, as soon as they can put up the signs.
  • The City and St. Catharines had agreed to each put in in $266,000 for the repaving of St. Davids Rd. from Collier to Hwy. 406 as a prerequisite to getting the Region to take it back off their hands. Now, however, the money is to be handed over to the Region instead because they are going to do and environmental impact study for a plan to add further improvements – it seemed like a waste to pave it just to have it ripped up again. The money was approved by Council last night but who knows when the road work will be done.
  • Recently Council was requested to put in a sidewalk on the west side of Ormond St. between St. Davids Rd. and Regent St. for the safety of Thorold High students. Due to the cost of cutting into and shoring up the hill at Tim Horton’s, the request was put off to the 2017 budget.
  • In light of a progress and cost report on the work at the new arena, Councillor Ugulini praised Chief Building Official Martin Wild for getting the work done on time and under budget. If you’re expecting to see the money, however, forget it – Council decided last meeting to spend the surplus on the roof of the old arena and on extra work on the new.

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