The Brock Homecoming wasn’t the only thing on tap on Tuesday, just almost. The balance of the rest was housekeeping, but there were a few items worth mentioning.
Councillor Jim Handley asked Council to back a motion for a $10,000 budget overrun to finish the construction of the washrooms near the splash pad in McAdam Park. He organized the drive to do the project with donated money and labour and is mostly completed, but he hit a snag with the doors, fixtures and the electrical work. There is yet $1,200 of the donated funds in the City’s account, but he figures it could cost up to $10,000 to complete. The washrooms didn’t turn out to be quite free, but Jim went a long way toward getting it done with those who were willing to donate time, money and skills to the project. As Councillor Neale pointed out Tuesday night, it was a great initiative and would have cost the city a great deal more to do.
Mayor Luciani announced the upcoming ceremony for the First Nations Peace Monument’s unveiling in DeCew House Heritage Park on Beaverdams Road. It’s scheduled for Saturday, October 7, 2017, the ceremony and festivities to take place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This monument, which the Mayor described as “phenomenal”, was designed by internationally renowned architect Douglas Cardinal, is sponsored through the efforts of the Friends of Laura Secord. At the Mayor’s suggestion, Council donated $5,000 toward the project.
The Port Robinson Ferry, known to many by now as Bridge-It, was on the agenda again Tuesday. In part, this time it was to support the newly laid out short-cut from the Greater Niagara Circle Route’s eastern leg to the western on the Niagara Parkway at Chippewa. This route, which presently consists of quiet country back roads, and will make it possible to do the route in shorter bites and also to facilitate its use for cycling, is to be known as the Bridge-It Route. The other part of the business with this topic was to obtain Council’s support in the Port Robinson Ferry Committee’s quest to have the Region maintain their portion ($66,500)/yr. of the cost to keep the ferry running for another ten years, to coincide with the Seaway’s permission to operate on the canal. Hopefully, it will keep open a popular alternative transportation and tourist route.
Finally, if anyone had any plans to break into City hall, it will now be much more difficult, with a number of new security cameras added to close up weak spots in the surveillance.