Update June 28th, 2017

Boil Water Advisor
Notification – the Halton Region’s Acting Medical Officer of Health has issued a Boil Water Advisory for approximately 30 homes on Jessie Avenue and Glenda Jane Drive in the community of Campbellville in the Town of Milton. Tests of this water supply indicated a presence of E-coli, as such the boil water advisory is in effect as a precaution. Notification letters are being distributed to residents. While the advisory is in effect staff will be distributing water to residents. Please be assured that corrective actions are taking place and we anticipate that the matter will be resolved within 2 to 3 days.

And for the rest of us not on that system! – We are responsible for our own water systems! High water levels in the spring and fall can affect wells. Water should be tested at least three times/year: Spring, Summer & Fall.

The Health Department provides bottles: Pickup & Return for testing are available at –
Acton: Acton Library, 17 River St
Tue-Thu: 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Brookville: Brookville Veterinary Clinic 11280 Guelph Line
Mon-Thu: 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Burlington: Conservation Halton Office 2596 Britannia Road, Lowville )
Mon-Thu: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Campbellville: Campbellville Fire Station 2665 Reid Side Road
Mon – Thu: 24 hours

Fire Chief Appointment
Dave Pratt was appointed Milton’s Fire Chief at Monday’s meeting of Council. Chief Pratt has held the role of Deputy Fire Chief for the Town of Milton since 2008. Prior to joining the Milton Fire Department, he spent 8 years with the Halton Hills Fire Department. In his role as Fire Chief, Pratt will also be responsible for overseeing the Town’s Emergency Management Program as the Community Emergency Management Coordinator.

Fire Department Home Safe Program
The Home Safe Home Program is a proactive education program designed to provide fire and life safety information to the public. Operating annually from June to September, Milton Fire Department staff go door-to-door, educating residents on fire safety and promoting free home fire safety inspections. Topics covered during the inspections include smoke alarms, carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, fire extinguishers, sump pumps and developing a fire escape plan. Last year, Milton Fire Department staff visited over 2,000 homes. Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements can result in a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals and $100,000 for corporations. Any resident can request a Home Inspection from staff at any time and our Fire Prevention staff will provide that service. More information on the Home Safe Home Program, smoke alarms and CO detectors: www.miltonfire.ca.

Local Summer Activities & Camps
Stay Local /Play Local this Summer: I’d like your suggestions for favourite local attractions & camps for a Special Summer Edition of Events & Nass News. Please email your suggestions (with details and/or website) wherever possible to cindy@in.on.ca

Update June 26th, 2017

Council – June 26, 2017 – Agenda

Items that may be of interest:

  • ONB Appeal – Staff is requesting Council authorization for legal representation to support the decision of Milton’s Committee of Adjustment’s decision to refuse a Minor Variance to construct a two-storey dwelling at 69 Miles Street. The concern (also shared by Heritage Milton) relates to the size of the proposed building. The report also requests that staff be authorized to explore opportunities to reach a settlement. Staff Report: PD-025-17
  • Oak Ridge Horticulture Farms – following the Public Meeting of May 29th staff recommends an extension of the Temporary Use By-law for this property located at 11565 Guelph Line. Staff Report: PD-029-17.
  • Milton Education Village Secondary Plan – Staff is requesting an increase of $673,115 in the Milton Education Village Secondary Planning Capital Budgets to further the program and implementation strategy for the 400 acres encompassing the future university campus and surrounding lands. Staff Report: PD-040-17.
  • Public Meetings – Staff will prepare a report with recommendations following Public Meetings and include comments from the Public and Agencies. You can submit your comments through the Town Clerk to be included in this Report..
  • 130 Thompson Road South (Jackal Holdings) – Official Plan Amendment & Zoning By-law Amendment to permit three residential condominium apartment buildings. PD-028-17
  • 446 Pine and 72 Ontario Street – (Pine-Ontario Development Ltd.) Zoning By-law Amendment to permit a three-storey apartment building. PD-026-17
  • Bronte Street South & Louis St. Laurent Blvd. (Manaman Centre Inc.) – Official Plan Amendment & Zoning By-law Amendment to permit two six-storey mixed use buildings and one six-storey residential building. PD-027-17.

Your comments are always welcome.

  • Council agendas & reports are available on line at www.milton.ca .
  • If you wish to appear before Council, register with the Clerk by 10am the Monday morning of the meeting. Info at www.milton.ca.  This requirement can be waived by a resolution by Council.
  • Submit written comments to the clerk (troy.mcharg@milton.ca ) for distribution to all Councillors.
  • I also welcome the opportunity to share your views. Email cindy@in.on.ca

 

Campbellville Bus
Schedules & fares at www.miltontransit.ca or 62 Campbellville.

Commuters: Avoid GO Parking Lot congestion. Park at Mohawk Racetrack & take the Bus to the GO station for just 70 cents with your PRESTO card or GO Pass/ticket.

Students/Seniors/Employees: Connections to all Milton Bus Routes included in your fare.

Three Ticket Locations – Cristello’s, Mohawk Inn & the Mohawk/OLG Gift Shop. Or pay on the bus. Check the website, or email cindy@in.on.ca with questions

Scholarships
The Milton Chamber of Commerce offers $1000 scholarships in three categories: Deadline for application is June 30th. Information & Applications on the Milton Chamber website.

Movies in the Park
Free Movies in Brookville Park – Next show, July 22 “Back to the Future” – sponsored by Campbellville Community Association. Start time is at dusk! Bring your lawn chairs, bug spray, neighbours and friends for a fun night out under the stars! Concessions will be available for purchase. Free popcorn for DCCA members. August 26th feature is “Moana”.

Joint Church Service
The four Nassagaweya Churches (Ebenezer United, Nassagaweya Presbyterian, St. David’s Presbyterian and St. George’s Anglican) will host a Joint Service at 10am on Sunday, July 2nd in Brookville Park. All welcome. BBQ Lunch.

Stonehouse Sale
The Stonehouse of Campbellville Antique Stained Glass Windows is  celebrating the 150th birthday of Canada with a huge ONE month sale and free gifts June 30th ill the end of July. 30 %off everything and then 50 % off selected windows. The first 150 customers who make a window purchase afree Suncatcher Jar filled with beautiful antique glass pieces and /or a choice from the collection of old original hand drawings ( called “cartoons” )from many old churches across Canada. These are unique artworks.  Celebrate our wonderful history of stained glass!

Update June 15th, 2017 – Part One

2018 Budget: Share your thoughts and help set priorities for the 2018 Capital & Operating Budgets on Town infrastructure, programs and services. Comment on the road network, transit, recreation, library, planning for growth and more. Get involved to shape the future!

Fill out the Survey here are two ways to have your say:

Online: www.milton.ca/budgetsurvey  Deadline: Friday night, June 16

 Or if called by Phone: Answer the random call from Nanos Research

Transportation Master Plan Survey: Roads, Trails, Bikeways and Transit (Deadline: June 30)
Participate in the development of our Transportation Master Plan, which will define a network for walking, cycling, transit routes and streets to help you reach school, work and play destinations. Use our interactive survey and mapping tool to provide your feedback.   http://www.milton.ca/transportationmasterplan

Youth Needs Survey
What is missing in Nassagaweya? What would our youth like to see – what do they need? Ebenezer Church is looking to provide programs or services for youth. This is Community Outreach- not religious – outreach. Take a moment to share your ideas.  The Youth Needs Survey is online, and can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JDQPG5P

Campbell Avenue closure
The Town of Milton’s contractor (NEI Construction) will be reconstructing Campbell Avenue East. During this road work, Campbell Avenue East will be closed to through traffic, from east of Glenda Jane Drive to Canyon Road. Access to local homes and businesses will be maintained, except during the culvert replacement. During this replacement, the road will be closed to all traffic for one week (dates to follow as known). Construction will begin June 18th to be completed by October.

Town Programs for Recreation & Parks Month (June)
The Town of Milton is encouraging residents to explore its parks, trails and recreation programs. Free drop-in programs for the month include Zumba Kids on June 30 at 5:30 pm at the Milton Sports Centre and free swimming for parents on Father’s Day at both the Milton Leisure Centre and Milton Sports Centre pools. Residents will also have the opportunity to sample the new skateboard and scooter camp with partner Evolve Camps on June 18 from 11am-3pm at the Community Park skate park. In celebration of Canada 150, residents can also enjoy $1.50 skates all month long and $1.50 swims from June 25 to July 1. To view a full calendar of events and activities visit www.milton.ca/parksandrecreationmonth

Update June 15th, 2017 – Part One

Xplornet Internet
A number of Xplornet customers in NW Nassagaweya have been affected by service issues stemming from one tower. Most customers have been moved to a temporary tower or an alternative set up to ensure connections. Work has started on a site – the official schedule for this new tower should be available shortly,

Mohawk Racetrack
Exciting news as Woodbine Entertainment announces a $10 million investment in Mohawk to winterize the facility, “all with the view of bringing racing to this site year-round” starting as early as 2018. The renovated facility will be known as “Woodbine at Mohawk Park.” Construction will begin in the fall of 2017 and is scheduled to be completed by spring 2018. The upgrades include winterization of the grandstand, race paddock and maintenance facilities, new glass windows across the Terrace Dining Room, VIP suites and further customer amenities. Woodbine will be looking at other opportunities on the site to incorporate a mix of uses, complementary to horse racing and entertainment across its 440 acres.

RCMP Musical Ride
Experience the RCMP Musical Ride for yourself on August 1, 2017, along with an evening of live Standardbred racing at Mohawk Racetrack. Or join us the afternoon of August 2, 2017 and experience the RCMP Musical Ride along with an afternoon packed with performers, activities and displays – perfect for the whole family.
Tuesday, August 1st, 2017: Doors open at 5pm; post time 5:30pm; performance 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017: Doors open at noon; Musical Ride Performance at 2pm
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.ca
Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Children under 12 free, but ‘no cost ticket’ required.
Visit www.campbellville.net/musical-ride for more information or email communications@campbellville.net.
Event to perform rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges.

Tim Hortons at Mohawk
The kiosk is now open, serving beverages, donuts, TimBits, muffins & sweets.

New Campbellville Park
The preferred design for the redevelopment of this park, behind the Campbellville Plaza is currenting being prepared. It is anticipated to be presented to Council for approval at the July 25th meeting.

Halton Fresh Food Box Delivery
Two Nassagaweya locations: Mohawk Inn, Campbellville & Ebenezer United Church, Guelph Line between 20 & 25 Sideroad. For more information or place an order for July 4 pickup, email cindy@in.on.ca 519-853-3772. Three sizes, $10, $15, $20.
Deadline for July 4th delivery is June 25.

Read & Ride with Milton Transit
From July 3 to September 2, youth 14 years of age and younger can ride Milton Transit for free by showing their validated library card to the bus driver upon boarding any conventional service bus. Transit validation stickers are free and available at Milton Public Library (Main Library and Beaty Branch), starting June 24. Children 8 years and younger should be accompanied by a parent/guardian while riding any transit system. The kick-off for the Library’s TD Summer Reading Club is June 24th 1-3pm with games and special activities. More information: www.miltontransit.ca/readandride

Road Cleaning
Road sweeping should be complete. If your subdivision road has not been cleaned, please let me know & I will contact the Town.

Lost at Brookville Park
There was a binder left at Brookville ball park on a Sunday night in mid-May. It belongs to Brookville Masters League. If anyone picked it up, please call 647 517 4736.

Job Posting
The Mohawk Inn & Conference Centre is hiring permanent part-time help

Darling Home for Kids Fundraiser
This outstanding facility – offering respite and palliative care for children – is located in our own community. Every Thursday night, 6-8pm, Champs in Milton hosts “Catch the Ace – a fundraiser in support of this outstanding facility. Purchase tickets at 5 for $ or 25 for $20. Then draw a card with 50% going to The Darling Home, 20% to the winning ticket holder, and 30% going into the Jackpot. The winning ticket holder then tries to “Catch the Ace” to win the jackpot which increases in value every week until the Ace is found.

Steeles Avenue, /Bronte Road to Martin Street (RR 25)
An area to avoid if possible. Traffic restricted – often to one lane – as this road is rebuilt.

Roadside Brushing
The spring rains have been resulted in extraordinary foliage, great for gardens but a problem at rural intersections. The Town is aggressively clearing these a, but if you know of an intersection that is a concern, please email cindy@in.on.ca and I will ask Town crews to trim these asap.

Moffat Park
Moffat Park is currently in the capital forecast for redevelopment in 2019 (design) and 2020 (construction). Engineering Services has requested that the light at the entrance to the park be included in this project.

Summer camps
A number of you are hosting summer camps and special events this summer. I’d like to create a list – please send me information on your camps or suggest folks I should contact for information. Let’s keep it LOCAL! There is so very much to offer in our own backyards. Send info to cindy@in.on.ca

PIM meeting for interchange The Region will hold Public Information Session for the construction of Tremaine Road from Steeles Avenue to Campbellville Road (5 Sideroad including the new interchange at Hwy 401 on June 27, 6pm.

Special Community Events
The Campbellville (& Nassagaweya) Community Association hosts the first of three free Outdoor Movies on Saturday, June 24th, in Brookville Park. “The Lego Batman Movie” is the feature.
The Churches of Nassagaweya (Ebenezer United, Nassagaweya Presbyterian, St. David’s Presbyterian, St. John’s Anglican) host an Outdoor Service in Brookville Park on July 2nd.
Conservation Halton’s Family Fishing Derby (cancelled last year due to low water levels) returns on Saturday, July 15th, 9am-noon, Robert Edmondson Conservation Area, First Line Nassagaweya @ 10 Side Rd).

Update May 5th, 2017

Council – May 10, 2017 – Agenda

Items that may be of interest:

  • Notice of Motion –RCMP Musical Ride – I will introduce a Notice of Motion requesting that the Town of Milton become a participating partner in this iconic Event with a contribution of $5000. The Campbellville Community Association in partnership with Woodbine Entertainment Group will host the 2017 RCMP Musical Ride Cross Canada Tour on Tuesday & Wednesday, August 1 & 2. This Motion will be considered at the May 29th meeting of Council.
  • First Principles of Growth/Building a Complete Community – Council will consider this report which directs staff and members of Council to use as a foundation for enhanced government relations – essentially an advocacy program to articulate Milton’s unique circumstances, values and needs. Staff Report ES-007-17

Your comments are always welcome.

  • Council agendas & reports are available at www.milton.ca.
  • If you wish to appear before Council, register with the Clerk by 10am the Monday morning of the meeting. Info at www.milton.ca.  This requirement can be waived by a resolution by Council.
  • Submit written comments to the clerk (troy.mcharg@milton.ca ) for distribution to all Councillors.
  • I also welcome the opportunity to share your views. Email cindy@in.on.ca

Roadside Cleanup
This is the weekend! Let’s all pitch in to restore our local roadside to the best possible condition! Sadly, litter begets more litter. Saturday, May 6, beginning at 8am at the Nassagaweya Tennis Centre (Guelph Line just north of 401) – distribution of gloves, vests, garbage bags. BBQ Lunch for volunteers at noon (Thanks to Tim Hortons Regional Rd 25, Kelsey’s, Cristello’s Village Market, Mohawk, and the Nassagaweya Tennis Club.) Volunteers collect litter and leave the bags on the road’s shoulder. Volunteers with pickup truck pickup these bags and take then to bins. Drivers needed! Please do your part! If you have any questions, email cindy@in.on.ca or jhwoods@ican.net . If you cannot manage Saturday morning, clean when you can and either leave bags for pickup no later than Sunday noon, or save & include with your regular Garbage collection. 

Household Cleanup
E-waste/scrap metal/clothing/recycling Drive –
Saturday, May 6, 9am-2pm, St. David’s Church, Main Street, Campbellville. Drop-off electronics, scrap metal, appliances, clothing, newspapers, bottles, batteries, and unwanted items suitable for a garage sale at the fundraising event.

Campbellville Cleanup
The Campbellville Community Association’s Beautification Team will hold its Annual Village Spring Clean Up on May 13 & May 27, 9am-1pm. Student hours available.

Rural Advisory Committee
Background: In a recorded vote, Council did not support the development of a Rural Advisory Committee for 2018. Clr. Best & I introduced the Motion ‘to provide input to staff on specific subject matter affecting the rural areas.’

Next Steps: A group of local residents met earlier this week to considerer what might be might be recommended to the 2018 Council. And what issues – both local & regional – should be considered before 2018. If you were unable to attend, and wish to add your perspective, please email either John Opsteen (johnopsteen@hotmail.com) or me (cindy@in.on.ca) with your suggestions.

Let’s Ride the Bus Together!
Join the Campbellville Community Association (CCA) for this event on Thursday, May 18th at 8:57 am. We are meeting at the PARK and RIDE at Guelph Line and the 401 (off Reid Side Road). LET’S CHECK OUT OUR NEW CAMPBELLVILLE BUS SERVICE and ride it for one complete loop (approx time is 1 hour). Meet and network with other local small business owners on the bus! Bus fare is $3.50 (no change is provided on the bus) or tickets may be purchased at Cristello’s Village Market, Mohawk Racetrack store and The Mohawk Inn & Conference Centre. We look forward to seeing/meeting you all and getting to know you! And feel free to invite your friends and neighbours…ALL WELCOME!!!

Hospital Parking
Public access to Milton District Hospital has changed. Access is now from Bronte Street south of Derry Road only to allow for construction on the north-west corner of the property. The expansion is on-track to open for patient care in Fall 2017. Maps & information are posted at www.haltonhealthcare.com.

Hospital Volunteers
The expanded hospital will mean that more volunteers will be needed! For more information on joining this wonderful group: Volunteer Open Houses, May 30, 2pm & June 19, 1pm, in the Milton district Hospital Classroom. Free parking. (note entrance is off of Bronte Street) mdhvolunteer@haltonhealthcare.com

Water Testing
As rural residents, we are responsible for our own wells & septic systems. You should have your well water tested regularly, and especially in the spring. Sample Bottles are available at Brookville Veterinary Clinic, Guelph Line, Brookville; Acton Public Library; Milton Main Library; Campbellville Fire Station, Reid Sideroad. More info at Testing Your Well Water Supplies – Halton Region

Brookville Spring Fair
Brookville School will host its Annual Spring Fun Fair on Saturday, May 27th. A favourite feature is the Silent Auction. Donations welcome! An excellent opportunity to promote your business or talent! Items can be dropped off at the school, or email cindy@in.on.ca for pickup.

Lyme Disease/ticks
Halton region is starting a tick surveillance program in our area. If you find a tick on your pet (or yourself!) bring it in to Brookville Veterinary Clinic, Guelph Line, Brookville, to be identified. If it is a blacklegged tick, it will be tested to see if it is carrying Lyme bacteria.

Summer Camps
Thinking ahead? The Grand River Conservation Authority has opened registration for eight summer camps at Rockwood Conservation area for kids seven to 11 years old.  Themes include Survival Challenge, Stones and Bones (uncovering the mysteries of the past), becoming a Nature Science Detective and learning all about water at Splash camp. Descriptions of the camps and online registration are available at www.grandriver.eventbrite.ca.

(Camps are also offered in Halton Conservation areas & the Town of Milton, plus many local private facilities! I will send a more complete list in early June – send me info if you want your camp included.)

Source Water Protection Committee
The Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Committee needs an Agricultural Sector Representative. Eligible candidates are invited to submit their application by Wednesday, May 31, 2017 to sourceprotection@hrca.on.ca or fax to (905) 854-9220. The application form is available at www.protectingwater.ca. If you would like a copy of the ad with more information, email cindy@in.on.ca.

Sump Pump Safety
The Fire Department reminds you to keep a close eye on your sump pump! Submersible pumps are recommended, but if you have the stem/pedestal type, be certain it is clear of debris and not overheating. If you are concerned, contact the Fire Department for an inspection. More info on the Fire Department section of the Town website. www.milton.ca

401 Expansion Projects
Information on Hwy 401 Expansion projects are listed below.

http://www.infrastructureontario.ca/Hwy-401-Expansion/

https://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2017/04/widening-highway-401-to-keep-people-moving.html

Campbellville Bus
Schedules & fares at www.miltontransit.ca or 62 Campbellville.

Commuters: Avoid GO Parking Lot congestion. Park at Mohawk Racetrack & take the Bus to the GO station for just 70 cents with your PRESTO card or GO Pass/ticket.

Students/Seniors/Employees: Connections to all Milton Bus Routes included in your fare.

Three Ticket Locations: Cristello’s, Mohawk Inn & the Mohawk/OLG Gift Shop. Or pay on the bus. Check the website, or email cindy@in.on.ca with questions.

 

Update April 3rd, 2017

Council – March 27, 2017 – Follow up

  • Rural Advisory Committee: Councillor Best & I introduced a Notice of Motion to establish a Rural Advisory Committee beginning in 2018 ‘to provide input to staff on specific subject matter affecting the rural areas’ and directed staff to prepare draft terms of reference for consideration by Council. This Motion will be consider by Council on April 10, 2017. This resolution is included in the Committee of the Whole March 27 Agenda – or email me for a copy.
  • Indoor Tennis: Council authorized staff to issue a Request for Proposal seeking a private operator to install, operate, and maintain a ‘bubble’ for winter tennis at the Milton Tennis Centre. Construction and court repairs are anticipated to commence following the 2017 tennis season. Staff Report PD-013-17
  • Council agendas & reports are available at www.milton.ca.
  • If you wish to appear before Council, register with the Clerk by 10am the Monday morning of the meeting. Info at www.milton.ca.  This requirement can be waived by a resolution by Council.
  • Submit written comments to the clerk (troy.mcharg@milton.ca ) for distribution to all Councillors.
  • I also welcome the opportunity to share your views. Email cindy@in.on.ca

Campbellville Bus
It’s Here! Schedules & fares at www.miltontransit.ca or 62 Campbellville. Commuters: Avoid GO Parking Lot congestion. Park at Mohawk Racetrack & take the Bus to the GO station for just 70 cents with your PRESTO card or GO Pass/ticket.

Students/Seniors/Employees – Connections to all Milton Bus Routes included in your fare.

Three Ticket Locations – Cristello’s, Mohawk Inn & the Mohawk/OLG Gift Shop. Or pay on the bus. Check the website, or email cindy@in.on.ca with questions.

Report Card 2017
Wednesday April 12, 7pm, Mohawk Racetrack Sports Lounge
Public Information Meeting with updates on Rural Internet, Campbellville Transit, Police & Fire Updates, Roadside Cleanup, RCMP Musical Ride,  Reports, Roadside Cleanup, RCMP Musical Ride, and more. Short Presentations. Share your concerns with the experts and ask questions. Community tables. Hosted by NCCC (Nassagaweya Community Consultation Committee) and DCCA (Campbellville Community Association.) Free.

Rural Internet
We are anticipating some exciting updates – here’s a teaser: Fiber Optic coming to Brookville, Moffat & area!

SIGN By-Law Review
Sign by-law 086-2009 regulates permanent advertising signage on private property within the Town. Technological advancements, business marketing needs, & community expectations necessitate review of this by-law. You can share your opinions through two on-line surveys – one for public & one for business. Complete one or both surveys. The responses will help guide staff in creating new regulations.

The public survey includes questions related to sign locations within the Town as well as opinion on traditional billboard signs compared to electronic signage. The survey also solicits feedback of how signage impacts the Town’s streetscapes.

The business survey (including home-based businesses) seeks perspective on how different types of signage impact business success as well as feedback on the Town’s role as regulator.

Campbellville ‘New’ Ballpark
Proposed design concepts will be available for review and comments at the second input session on Wednesday, April 19, Nassagaweya Tennis Centre Community Room, 6-8pm. (The ‘new’ ball park is located behind Cristello’s Village Market). An Information Session is scheduled for 9267 Guelph Line. Possible enhancements to the park include improvements to the baseball field, parking lot, and site drainage along with a new playground, site furnishings and minor upgrades to the concession building.. For more information on this redevelopment project, visit http://www.milton.ca/campbellvillenewpark or contact Thomas Chamberlain at Thomas.chamberlain@milton.ca
(Redevelopment of the Moffat Park is forecasted to begin with design in 2019.)

Rural Watch Newsletter:
You should have received the annual Newsletter in last week’s mail. It is packed with information! If you did not receive one, extra copies will be at the Public Meeting on April 12th. Or email me and I will send you a digital copy. cindy@in.on.ca

Break-ins/Thefts
There seem to have been a rash of these lately! Let’s nail these clods! A vigilant community is our best weapon. Note anything suspicious and call the Halton Police with as many details as possible.

905-978-5511 or 519-853-2111.  Do NOT take action on your own! If you are not already a member, join Rural Watch by emailing LoriWardell94@gmail.com  or Jean Woods: hjwoods@ican.net

Scholarships
The Grand River Conservation Foundation offers three scholarships for Post-secondary students who are planning a career in an environmental field. The deadline to apply is in May.  More information and applications are available on the scholarships page at www.grcf.ca  or call the Foundation in Cambridge at 1-866-900-4722 or 519-621-2763 ext. 2372.

Congratulations!

To Travis Gerrits in winning his fifth straight Canadian National title in Men’s Ski Aerials and Good Luck as you train to represent Canada in the 2018 Olympic Games!

To Bridget & Shawn Saulnier – Chairs of the 2017 United Way Campaign – and their team on raising an amazing $1,002,312 to support 23 worthy organizations in our community. And to Susan Capone & her amazing fitness ladies who put the campaign over the top!

Sad News
It has been a hard few weeks as we say goodbye to folks who have made such a difference to our Nassagaweya Community – and beyond: Betty Kennedy, Stewart White, and most recently Ken Wilson (our own Nassagaweya historian.) I know there are others as well, and my sincere apologies for not including everyone

Reminder

Thursday, April 20, 8:30am, 5 Star Ranch, 11233 Second Line Nassagaweya

Monthly Small Business Coffee Chat – Join the Campbellville Community Association (CCA) for this month’s meeting this month hosted by Gail Cook of Five Star Ranch. Kimberly Fowler of Creative Campbellville will be speaking about blogging for sole proprietors and small business – tips and tricks. Please RSVP on our Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/1885674721716350 or email Sandy Hatzis at mailto:marketing@campbellville.net?subject=Coffee%20Chat%20RSV

Update March 1st, 2017

Council – February 27, 2017 – Follow up

  • Transit to Campbellville – Council unanimously approved the proposed Transit Line to Campbellville beginning April 3rd through Labour Day with consideration to review ridership in mid-July to continue the service. In short, use it or lose it!

*If you have suggestions or questions, please let me know and I will share with Staff and the committee. This service is designed to help commuters, students, employees and visitors. Free parking will be available at Mohawk Racetrack. Staff Report ENG-002-17 is available at www.milton.ca or upon request.

  • Pedestrian Bridge – Contrary to the Staff Report, Council unanimously approved a Pedestrian Bridge behind Carriage Square to replace the bridge that has been scheduled for removal by Conservation Halton. Staff Report ENG-003-17.

Your comments are always welcome.

  • Council agendas & reports are available at www.milton.ca.
  • If you wish to appear before Council, register with the Clerk by 10am the Monday morning of the meeting. Info at www.milton.ca.  This requirement can be waived by a resolution by Council.
  • Submit written comments to the clerk (troy.mcharg@milton.ca ) for distribution to all Councillors.
  • I also welcome the opportunity to share your views. Email cindy@in.on.ca

 

J RCMP MUSICAL RIDE
The Campbellville Community Association in partnership with Woodbine Entertainment Group is thrilled to announce that they will host the 2017 RCMP Musical Ride Cross Canada Tour on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack in conjunction with a card of live Standardbred racing to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! This is a first for Campbellville/Nassagaweya!

Learn more about the Musical Ride at http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/musical-ride.

Want to be part of history in the making? In the weeks to come we’ll be approaching potential partners and recruiting volunteers. Event details will be updated at http://www.campbellville.net/musical-ride/ as they are available.

Job Fair
Woodbine Entertainment Group will host the first Milton Community Job Fair on Monday, March 6th, 4-8pm at Mohawk Racetrack in partnership with other organizations in order to connect employers and job seekers. The free event will include representatives from Woodbine Entertainment Group (Mohawk Racetrack), Staples, ClubLink, CSL Group, The Centre For Skills Development & Training, HMC Connections, Milton Banquet & Conference Centre, Moffat Scrap Iron & Metal Inc., Mohawk Inn & Conference Centre, and more. Job seekers should bring several copies of a resume. Employers interested in participating should contact Pavlo Farmakidis, WEG, 416 675-3993 ext. 2446, pfarmakidis@woodbineentertainment.com

 

Milton Youth Awards
Now open for nominations, deadline Monday, March 6. Eight Categories for youth between 13 & 18 years old, with the exception of the Champion for Youth Award given to an adult.  Eight categories: Painting a Path Award, Environmental Award, Unity in Diversity Award, Community Leadership Award, Personal Triumph Award, Spirit of Sport Award, Group Nomination and Champion for Youth Award.. Nomination form and information at www.milton.ca. Milton Youth Award Nomination Form

Brookville Minor Ball
Registration is now open and available online at www.Brookvilleminorbaseball.ca.  Six Divisions for youth born between 2002 & 2013. Team sponsorship opportunities also shown on website. Campbellville/Nassagaweya Ball Teams are legendary!  Many would say ‘magic!’

Milton Street Festival Volunteers
Recruitment is now underway for the Downtown Milton Street Festival on Saturday June 3rd, 2017, the Festival’s 10th anniversary!  Volunteer roles include; barricade attendant, welcome centre, volunteers, volunteer centre volunteers, kidz zone volunteers, greeters, safety officers, green team attendants and many more. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or a minimum of 14 years of age and accompanied with a parent/guardian. If you are interested in volunteering, log onto the volunteer page at https://app.betterimpact.com/Login/Volunteer.  Look under the opportunities tab and there you will find a list of volunteer roles and shifts  If there is something you are interested in volunteering for, please sign up on line.  You will be contacted within a week to verify your request.

Monthly Small Business Coffee Chat
Join the Campbellville Community Association (CCA) for this month’s meeting hosted by Fine Oak Things, Lumberyard Village (across from the Lions Hall) on Thursday, March 9, 8:30-10am. Jennifer Sibbitt of Sibbitt Consulting will give an informal talk about Tax Credits for small businesses. RSVP at www.facebook.com/events/1340453966013272 or email Sandy Hatzis atmarketing@campbellville.net. This is a FREE event for DCCA Members. Membership is $15/year. If you are not yet a member, you are welcome to join at your first Coffee Chat.

Campbellville ‘New’ Ballpark
Public input is being sought for the redevelopment of the ‘new; ball park (behind Cristello’s Village Market). An Information Session is scheduled for Wednesday, March 8, 6-8pm (presentation at 6:30pm) at the Nassagaweya Tennis Centre & Community Hall, 9267 Guelph Line. Online comments are also welcomed. Possible enhancements to the park include improvements to the baseball field, parking lot, and site drainage along with a new playground, site furnishings and minor upgrades to the concession building. Proposed design concepts will be available for review and comments at a second input session on Wednesday, April 19 as well as online. For more information on this redevelopment project, visit http://www.milton.ca/campbellvillenewpark or contact Thomas Chamberlain at Thomas.chamberlain@milton.ca
(Redevelopment of the Moffat Park is forecasted to begin with design in 2019.)

Update February 26th, 2017

Council – February 6, 2017

  • Renaming Milton Centre for the Arts – Council approved the sale of naming rights of the Milton Centre of the Arts to FirstOntario Credit Union for $1M for a period of 25 years with an amendment to require that “Milton” remain in the name. This amendment will require approval by the Board of FirstOntario Credit Union. Staff Report COMS-003-17 The $1M is to be paid over five years, invested through the North Halton Community Foundation as the lead gift to fund the universal free children’s program at the Centre.
  • Milton Ombudsman – Marshall Schnapp, Ombudsman for Milton, presented his report including that five of the requests to his office were concerns with the rural tax issue. He found that Council acted within their authority. As soon as complainant names are redacted, the Town will post further information on the basis for the decisions at http://www.milton.ca/en/townhall/ombudsman.asp
  • 2018 Election – Council received information on the new Provincial regulations for municipal elections & approved the “first past the post” option for the 2018 election. Staff Report CORS-007-17.

Your comments are always welcome.

  • Council agendas & reports are available at www.milton.ca the Thursday before the meeting. The next Council meeting is February 27th.
  • If you wish to appear before Council, register with the Clerk by 10am the Monday morning of the meeting. Info at www.milton.ca  This requirement can be waived by a resolution by Council.
  • Submit written comments to the clerk (troy.mcharg@milton.ca ) for distribution to all Councillors.
  • I also welcome the opportunity to share your views. Email cindy@in.on.ca

Monthly Small Business Coffee Chat
Join the Campbellville Community Association (CCA) for this free event – this month meeting at The Mohawk Inn & Conference Centre. Meet and network with other local small business owners over coffee and muffins courtesy of the Mohawk Chop House and Horsemen’s Lounge. Special thanks to Bridget Saulnier and Shawn Saulnier for hosting this month’s event. Fred Scheuer of Intrigue Media will be speaking about MARKETING STRATEGIES for small businesses. Thursday, February 9, 8:30am, Mohawk Inn & Conference Centre, Guelph Line at 401.

Rural Internet (For those of you affected, this is likely old news.)

MDS Wireless is no longer providing service. The following are messages from alternative providers.

Standard Broadband is dedicated improving broadband in our community and the Nassagaweya area a major part of our local community. We would be happy to help customers get setup on our network and have added additional installation appointments to our schedule for the coming weeks to ensure we can service who wishes to subscribe will be installed in a timely manner.  We would very much like to hear as well from any tower hosts as a number of locations in the community may not receive service from our current locations and we would be more then willing to take over sites that would help us service the community. Please reach out to us at 1-866-569-4147 or via email at sales@standardbroadband.ca if you have lost your current Internet service or are a tower host and we will do our best to help ensure your connectivity going forward.

Xplornet would be more than happy to be of service. Please direct any inquires to 1-877-959-5717.

Check www.xplornet.com website for more information and offers available. Enter your postal code to see what is available in their area.

Rural Internet – Progress Report
Efforts continue to improve rural service. The CRTC has deemed High Speed Internet an Essential and Basic Telecommunication Service. (One of the three recommendations I requested in my presentation to the CRTC Hearings last year and in meetings with Provincial ministries.) How & When this will yield results is unknown, but hopeful. The Region of Halton identified high speed internet as critical in the recent Rural and Agricultural Strategy report. Recognizing that this is an issue on all of rural Halton, the Region is looking into initiatives and programs that may be helpful.

Milton District Hospital
Congratulations to Nassagaweya’s own Tina Newlove! Her design for the 33 foot mural “Milton’s Nature Warms the Soul” will be featured in the welcome lobby of the expanded Milton District Hospital!  The ‘work in progress’ will be featured in the Milton Mall Wednesdays & Thursdays, 4-8pm, beginning next week through April. www.tinanewlove.com

Hidden Quarry
The CRC (Concerned Residents Coalition) continues its opposition to the Hidden Quarry.

A Community Meeting will be held Monday, February 13th, 7-9pm, at Rockwood United Church, 19 Harris Street. Information on the new re-zoning application, and an updated 3D scale model of the Hidden Quarry, will be featured. Learn what’s new and what to do.  www.hiddenquarry.ca

Grand River Conservation Authority
At its last meeting the Board passed a Motion “THAT GRCA staff review the new application by James Dick Construction Ltd. for the Hidden Quarry including all potential impacts of the proposal on the environment, including ground water flow and source water protection impacts and report back to the Board.”

Hydro One Tree & Brush removal
Hydro One Forestry will be removing tree & brush trimming/removal on their right of ways as required for safety and reliability of service. Nassagaweya areas affected include portions of Nassagaweya/Puslinch Townline, First & Second Lines Nassagaweya, 30 Sideroad (Arkell Rd) and 25 Sideroad. If trees are removed, wood will be left on site. Email cindy@in.on.ca if you would like copies fo the bulletin and map.

2016 Census Data
released today by Statistics Canada, confirmed that Milton continues be one of Canada’s fastest-growing communities with an estimated population of 110,128, up 30.5% since 2011 and 56.5% from 2006. Other statistics: an average age of 34 and 73% of residents with a post-secondary education. The Town is expected to continue to grow over the next 15 years and estimates a population of 145,000 in 2021, and 235,000 in 2031.

Summer 2017
The schedule for activities included in the Community Services Guide will be online starting February 23rd. Community Services Guide – Summer Camps Sneak Peek

Family Fun Day, February 20th
The Town of Milton facilities will feature activities for all ages: games, fitness, track cycling, sports, swimming, skating and more! Activities schedule: www.milton.ca/familyday

Update February 6th, 2017

Council – February 6, 2017

  • Renaming Milton Centre for the Arts – Council approved the sale of naming rights of the Milton Centre of the Arts to FirstOntario Credit Union for $1M for a period of 25 years with an amendment to require that “Milton” remain in the name. This amendment will require approval by the Board of FirstOntario Credit Union. Staff Report COMS-003-17 The $1M is to be paid over five years, invested through the North Halton Community Foundation as the lead gift to fund the universal free children’s program at the Centre.
  • Milton Ombudsman – Marshall Schnapp, Ombudsman for Milton, presented his report including that five of the requests to his office were concerns with the rural tax issue. He found that Council acted within their authority. As soon as complainant names are redacted, the Town will post further information on the basis for the decisions at http://www.milton.ca/en/townhall/ombudsman.asp
  • 2018 Election – Council received information on the new Provincial regulations for municipal elections & approved the “first past the post” option for the 2018 election. Staff Report CORS-007-17.

Grand River Conservation Authority
At its last meeting the Board passed a Motion “THAT GRCA staff review the new application by James Dick Construction Ltd. for the Hidden Quarry including all potential impacts of the proposal on the environment, including ground water flow and source water protection impacts and report back to the Board.”

Hydro One Tree & Brush removal
Hydro One Forestry will be removing tree & brush trimming/removal on their right of ways as required for safety and reliability of service. Nassagaweya areas affected include portions of Nassagaweya/Puslinch Townline, First & Second Lines Nassagaweya, 30 Sideroad (Arkell Rd) and 25 Sideroad. If trees are removed, wood will be left on site. Email cindy@in.on.ca if you would like copies fo the bulletin and map.

2016 Census Data
released today by Statistics Canada, confirmed that Milton continues be one of Canada’s fastest-growing communities with an estimated population of 110,128, up 30.5% since 2011 and 56.5% from 2006. Other statistics: an average age of 34 and 73% of residents with a post-secondary education. The Town is expected to continue to grow over the next 15 years and estimates a population of 145,000 in 2021, and 235,000 in 2031.

Update January 20th, 2017

Windrow Program
The Windrow (piles of snow left at the bottom of driveways after the snow plow passes) removal program is now open to rural residents. Eligible residents must register in person on Wednesday, January 25 from 9am until 3pm at Milton Town Hall (Engineering Services, 2nd floor), 150 Mary Street. A maximum of 25 spots are available, on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrants must provide identification with their address and age, and must sign a declaration that no able-bodied person under the age of 65 is living at the residence. Persons with disabilities need to provide a doctor’s note. The pro-rated fee is $25 for the remainder of this season; the fee is non-refundable. (If you require transportation, I am happy to personally drive you to Town Hall. Call or email me and we will set a time. My contact info is at the end of this email.) More information on the windrows removal program att www.milton.ca/windrows or call 905-878-7252 ext. 2500.

Campbellville Ice Rink
Strange weather conditions have forced the temporary closure of both ice rinks – Campbellville & Rotary Park. Current conditions, are posted on the Town website skating web page.

Tree Cutting
The Town has marked nearly 600 trees along our roadsides with a red ‘x’. These are dead trees destined for removal as staff & contractors are available. (Not needed for winter snow maintenance.)The Town and contractors will remove branches and brush. Larger pieces will be left in ditches or side of the road where they won’t pose a safety hazard for anyone who wishes to remove them for their BTU value. Please remove only when work is NOT in progress. Let’s keep everyone safe! (if we want this courtesy next year!)

An exact schedule is not possible … but this is the order in which work will be done.

Town Staff will be completing:

  • 5th Line Nassagaweya – Dead end to Highway 7
  • 4th Line Nassagaweya – 10th side Rd to 32 Sideroad

Miller Tree will be completing

  • McNiven Rd – No 3 Sideroad to Derry Rd
  • No 3 Sideroad – Twiss Rd to Milburough Line
  • Milburough Line – 10th Concession to Campbellville Ave.
  • Conservation Rd – Milburough Line to dead end

Mailbox Damage
The Town offers compensation for mailboxes damaged by snowplow. For more information, phone Town Hall (Ext. 2500) staff will walk you through the procedure. More info also at

http://www.milton.ca/en/live/wintermaintenancefaqs.asp

Delivery of Canadian Champion Newspaper
Many of you are concerned that you are not currently receiving the Canadian Champion (including me). The following note is from Iouliana Polar at the Champion:It is hard for us to find drivers and currently we have 1 route without a driver and some rural residents aren’t getting their paper. If anyone is interested in a part time job, they could give our office a call 905-878-5947 . Vehicle is mandatory, we pay gas allowance. It is once a week on Thursday.”

Intermodal Terminal
The Milton Says No have joined forces with residents in Halton Region to produce a community letter – including residents from Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills in the expression of our opposition to the proposed location of the CN intermodal terminal. This is a public commentary period of the environmental assessment process. They have put together a letter from our community containing our comments on the sufficiency of CN’s EIS (environmental impact statement). Should you wish to sign the letter, you can do so at the following link. https://www.change.org/p/ceaa-community-letter-jan-2017. They hope to gather 30,000 signatures before the March 6thdeadline.

Hidden Quarry
JDCL has submitted a new application for re-zoning (after the OMB dismissed the first application.) The CRC (Concerned Residents Coalition) is gearing up for this next round. You can help by renewing your membership. 2017 Memberships can be paid on-line at www.hiddenquarry.ca.  

No Parking Zone
the reconstruction of Campbell Avenue Ease with curbs & gutters means that there is no longer room for safe street parking. No Parking Anytime signs will be installed in spring 2017 on Campbell Avenue East of Main Street (Guelph Line).

Milton University Campus
the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development issued a call for expressions of interest for Milton’s university site. During this stage, universities and their partners are invited to submit an overview of their vision for a university in Milton. There is an expectation that they will partner with colleges and businesses. (Milton Council has passed a motion indicating support for Wilfred Laurier University.)
The winning bid is expected to be announced in the fall.

Coats for Kids – Keeping Kids Warm
A huge thank to our community for donating used winter clothing to keep kids warm this very strange winter. My best guess is that over 15 huge bags were filled though donations+ at Brookville & Hitherfield School.

5th Monthly Small Business Coffee Chat
Small Business and Business from Home are a large part of our community – often disconnected from one another. The Campbellville Community Association hosts free monthly events so these business owners can meet over coffee and muffins. Join us Thursday, February 9th, 8:30am.  Location and topic to be announced.

Milton Hospital
the Expansion is on-time and on-budget! Construction will be complete in early spring with doors opening in the September. The MRI arrived this week! Although the Province covers the new building, equipment is funded through the community! Your help is needed.For more information on the Our Home, Our Hospital fundraising campaign please click the link to go to the page directly.  To read more about naming a room in the hospital, please click Make Your Mark. 

Update December 9th, 2016

Council Agenda: December 12
Items of particular interest to Nassagaweya.

  • Ward Boundaries
  • Education Village
  • Aggregate Resources Act

Your comments are always welcome.

  • If you wish to appear before Council, register with the Clerk by 10am the Monday morning of the meeting. Info at www.milton.ca  This requirement can be waived by a resolution by Council.
  • Submit written comments to the clerk (troy.mcharg@milton.ca ) for distribution to all Councillors.
  • I also welcome the opportunity to share your views. Email cindy@in.on.ca

Ward Boundaries
In 2016, Milton will elect two additional Regional Councillors (four from the current two). Council decided to revert to four wards (from the current eight wards) with each of the reconfigured wards electing one Local and one Regional Councillors. The final recommendation will be presented to Council on Monday. The proposed new boundary for Ward 3 (Nassagaweya) would include all of Milton Heights, a portion of the ‘Scott’ neighborhood, and a portion of the northwest industrial area. The full report and map can be seen at:

Ward Boundary Review Final Report CORS-079-16 – Ward Boundary Review

Education Village
Council will be asked to recommit to Wilfred Laurier University as it prepares its submission to the Province for a University Campus designated for Milton. ES-019-16

Aggregate Resources Act Review
Council will consider Staff Report PD-053-16 which endorses the Halton Area Planning Partnership submission to the Province on Bill 39 (the Aggregate Resources Act.) The report includes 38 recommendations to strengthen the Act and Regulations.

2017 Budget
At its meeting on December 8, Council approved the 2017 Budget: $91.4 million Capital Budget (plus $35 million for hospital expansion). $121.7 million Operating Budget. Tax increase of

Urban area: $12.70/$100,000 assessment or 5.2%.

Rural area: $27.17/$100,000 assessment or 11.82%.

The difference is due to the removal of the final portion of Urban tax levy which included services (largely transit) not offered in the rural area. This decision by Council was reconsidered and could not be appealed again this year.

Before you panic: The Town budget is only 34% of your tax bill. When combined with the Region, the overall percentage is considerably less. Milton taxes remain considerably lower than surrounding municipalities. Your property assessment determines your taxes. MPAC assessment notices were just sent. If your property is similar to the average rise in assessed values, your taxes will remain proportionate. If your property’s value has risen more than the average, you will pay more. More on MPAC, and how to appeal your assessment in the next Nass News.

2017 Budget Highlights:

Projects for the rural area include:

Capital projects: Appleby Line design ($114,300), Resurfacing program ($980,700), three Bridges ($1.75M), Streetlights ($56,500), Pioneer Cemeteries ($43,100), Campbellville Ball Park (behind the Plaza) design $84,200), Nassagaweya Cmty Centre/Brookville Hall) energy repairs ($412,700). Appleby Line & the Ball Park designs are to facilitate reconstruction in 2018. The final portion of the Campbell Avenue reconstruction awaits approvals from Conservation Halton.

Operating Budget: $100,000 increase for enhance roadside brushing. $20,400 to extend the Windrow Removal program to the Rural area.

Windrow Program: The 2017 Budget extends the Windrow Clearing program to up to 25 residents who live in the rural area and qualify for the program. (windrows are the piles of snow left at the bottom of the driveways after the snowplow passes.) To qualify, you must be either over 65 with no able-bodies person under 65 living in your household; be physically unable, as certified by your doctor, to clear the windrow and have ho able bodied person living in your home. This is the link, or email cindy@in.on.ca for an application form.  http://www.milton.ca/en/live/snowclearingwindrowprogram.asp#windrow

Rural Transit: Council approved $150,000 for a Pilot Program to extend transit to Campbellville.

Rural Transit: A local committee is already set to work with the Town to develop this program. Would you use transit? What do you want? Email your thoughts to cindy@in.on.ca

Regional Taxes (courtesy of Colin Best) The Region’s 2017 Budget includes total $874 million of operating budget and $203 million of capital budget, which will be used to maintain existing levels of service, to ensure state of good repair of the Regional assets and to enhance services in various areas including paramedics, housing, road network and grant programs promoting safety and welling of Halton residents.  The Region’s 2017 Budget ensures that the residents in Ward 3 will have continued access to high quality Regional services.  The Regional services are provided at the Region-wide level and it is challenging to break down the cost by each Ward.  There are however approximately $204,000 in capital projects included in the 2017 Budget that will specifically be located within Ward 3.  This capital funding will be used to reline the Walkers Line Well Feeder main and for building rehabilitation at the Museum.

Campbellville Country Christmas Santa Parade

Santa comes to Campbellville on December 18th. Parade participants welcome. You MUST pre-register. Emailparade@campbellville.net for an entry form. Santa will again greet families following the parade. Party at St. David’s Church hall. Hot chocolate provided by the Mohawk Inn Chop House, music by Kim Atkins, conversations with Santa and friends.

Rogers Hometown Hockey
December 17 and 18, the Town of Milton will come together for the love of the game when the Rogers Hometown Hockey tour rolls into the town. Rogers Hometown Hockey is a two day festival that celebrates our national passion for hockey with a weekend of free outdoor activities – games, interactive experiences, and live entertainment for the whole family culminating with an outdoor viewing party of an NHL game broadcast live from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio with Ron MacLean and co-host Tara Slone.: https://www.milton.ca/en/play/hometownhockey.asp.

Coats for Kids – Keeping Kids Warm.
Good, clean, used winter clothing (hats, mitts, boots, sweatshirts, snow pants, coats, etc) will be distributed through Social Service Agencies. Collection bins located in the front hallways of Brookville School and Hitherfield School. Or email cindy@in.on.ca for other arrangements.

New Year’s Events
Share New Year’s Eve with the traditional ringing of the Bell at Midnight!. Then join the Mayor and Council for the traditional New Year’s Day Levee, 1-3pm in Town Hall. Refreshments, fellowship, and updates on Town Activities.

Update October 29th, 2016

Ward Review
In time for the 2018 Election, the Town of Milton will be divided into four Wards (from the current 8 Wards.) This review results from the addition of two Regional Councillors for Milton. Each of the four reconfigured wards will be represented by one local and one regional Councillor. New ward boundaries could seriously affect the rural voice! Please share your thoughts on preliminary options for revised ward boundaries by completing a short survey before November 30.

The presentation, preliminary proposed boundaries, and survey are found at

http://www.milton.ca/en/townhall/CouncilcompositionReview.asp

or email cindy@in.on.ca for copies of these files.

2017 Budget Open House: Councillors Best & I will share details on the proposed Town and Region budgets on Wednesday, November 30th, 7:30-9m in the Escarpment Room of the Mohawk Inn, Guelph Line at Hwy. 401. Join us to share your comments, concerns and ideas on how the budgets could be improved. Council will consider the Budgets on December 5th & 6th.

Small Business Coffee Chat
Small Business and Business from Home are a large part of our community – often disconnected from one another. The Campbellville Community Association will host a free event so these business owners can meet over coffee and muffins. Please join us at Fine Oak Things in the Lumberyard Plaza (Guelph Line at the Railway Tracks) on Thursday, November 24, 8:45am.  Special thanks to Jonathan Nameth for hosting the first event.

Campbellville Tree Lighting
Barb and Paul Singleton of the Stonehouse of Campbellville will perform the ceremonial Tree Lighting at the Campbellville Pond Park on Friday, November 25th, 7:pm. Join us for refreshments (courtesy of Tim Hortons Regional Rd 25 and the Trail Eatery) music (with Reuben St Louis), and fellowship.

Campbellville Country Christmas Santa Parade
Santa comes to Campbellville on December 18th. Parade participants welcome. Email parade@campbellville.net for an entry form. We are in need of at least one convertible for our Honorary Mayors to ride in the parade. Can you share such a vehicle? Email cindy@in.on.ca

Tree Cutting
You may have noticed a number of trees marked with a red ‘x’. These are dead trees destined for removal in the upcoming months as staff & contractors are available. The Town has agreed that branches and brush will be removed, but the larger trunks will be cut into 4’ lengths and left by the side of the road for anyone who wishes to remove them for their BTU value.

Rural Speed Limits
The majority of new speed limit signs have now been erected. Unfortunately, there are errors. Some are wrong postings, and some may be a discrepancy between what was intended and what was actually passed. You can help!  If the speed limit on your section of road has been increased, please send me a quick email. (Some of you have already indicated sections.)

Once there is a complete list, we will work with Council and staff to correct this. 60km signs that have been retained for reposting. 15 Sideroad from Guelph Line to the western boundary of Moffat will be a consistent 60km, signs not yet complete, waiting for utility locates to come back so posts can be dug in.

Aircraft Noise Complaints
Telephone number for noise complaints:  416-247-7682. An automated system gives you a choice of just making a complaint or making a complaint with a return phone call. Follow the information that is requested and you get a call back in a day or so.  You should provide a specific time as to when the incident occurred (noisy aircraft) or if there was a time period when a cluster of airplanes were  disruptive provide this information.

Rural Internet
Update coming in separate email. (Includes some folks not on Nass News)

Update October 29th, 2016

Annual Shotgun Deer Hunt
November 7-11. The five day Shotgun Deer Hunt continues through Friday. People walking in or near wooded areas should be aware and wear bright coloured clothing and also keep an eye on their pets during this period. In fact, it would be best to stay out of the woods completely this week. Any problems with trespass or other concerns should be reported to the police 905-878-5511.

Ward Review
In time for the 2018 Election, the Town of Milton will be divided into four Wards (from the current 8 Wards.) This review results from the addition of two Regional Councillors for Milton. Share your thoughts on preliminary options for revised ward boundaries the public information session which will include a short presentation.  Sessions are scheduled for

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Milton Sports Centre (Banquet Room)
605 Santa Maria Blvd.

 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Nassagaweya Community Centre (Brookville)
11264 Guelph Line

Each of the four reconfigured wards will be represented by one local and one regional Councillor. New ward boundaries could seriously affect the rural voice!

 

Rural Speed Limits
The majority of new speed limit signs have now been erected. Unfortunately, there are errors. Some are wrong postings, and some may be a discrepancy between what was intended and what was actually passed. You can help!  If the speed limit on your section of road has been increased, please send me a quick email. (Some of you have already indicated sections.)

Once there is a complete list, we will work with Council and staff to correct this. 60km signs that have been retained for reposting.

I have confirmation that 15 Sideroad from Guelph Line to the western boundary of Moffat will be a consistent 60km, signs not yet complete.

Council meeting, November 7
Council received the Discussion Paper for the next Regional Transportation Plan including the Region, GTHA and Metrolix. The Town report will include naming a GO Bus stop in Campbellville as a priority and an invitation for CEO of Metrolinx to appear before Council to discuss transportation issues of significance to Milton.. The Town also received the the 2017 Milton Transit Service Plan with a Council request to include to costs for transit service to Campbellville.

2017 Budgets
Budget preparation is well underway for consideration on December5 & 6. Councillor Best and I will host a Budget Review meeting in late November, once the Budget documents have been released. Stay tuned for the date and location.

Rural Internet
I heard through the grapevine that Rogers and possibility Cogeco have significantly lowered their prices for the hub service. This has not been advertised. If you have this feature, it may be worth a call to their Customer Service. (Let me know what happens.)

Small Business Coffee Chat
Small Business and Business From Home are a large part of our community – often disconnected from one another. The Campbellville Community Association will host a free event so these business owners can meet over coffee and muffins. Please join us at Fine Oak Things in the Lumberyard Plaza (Guelph Line at the Railway Tracks) on Thursday, November 24, 8:45am.  Special thanks to Jonathan Nameth for hosting the first event. Please RSVP by November 18th to sandyhatzis@remax.net.

Campbellville Honorary Mayor
The tradition continues! Barb and Paul Singleton of the Stonehouse of Campbellville have been selected as the Honourary Mayors for 2016 in recognition of their significant volunteer & community contributions to Campbellville and our surrounding area. Their first duties will be to preside over the Holiday Tree Lighting on November 25 and the Campbellville Country Christmas Santa Parade on December 18

Update October 29th, 2016

Milton Education Village
The Province has selected Milton as the site for a new university/college campus! There will be a call for proposals in January 2017, and Ontario universities will be encouraged to work in partnership with local communities, business, and other institutions to develop innovative proposals. Although the proposal will be open to all, Wilfred Laurier University is a distinct possibility. Milton has designated lands adjacent to the Velodrome for this purpose. (I cannot resist expressing my delight that this is finally going to happen!)

Remembrance Day Service
Sunday, October 30, 1:45pm, Haltonville Cenotaph, Guelph Line & 15 Sideroad
The Haltonville Parade begins at 1:45pm for the Ceremony at the Haltonville Cenotaph at 2pm. The Milton Parade will be held November 6th, 1:30pm for a 2pm Ceremony. The Remembrance Day Parade at Evergreen Cemetery will be held on November 11th at 11am.

Campbellville Honorary Mayor
The tradition continues with the selection of the 2016 Honourary Mayor to recognize significant volunteer & community contributions to Campbellville and the surrounding area. The first duties will be to preside over the Holiday Tree Lighting and the Campbellville Country Christmas Santa Parade.  If there is someone you think is deserving of this recognition, please submit their name, along with a brief description of their significant contributions by Noon on Tuesday, November 1st to parade@campbellville.net.  The criteria for selection are posted on the Campbellville Community Facebook page, or email cindy@in.on.ca.

Airspace Noise Review
An Independent organization is consulting with concerned stakeholder groups to set the scope of a review of aircraft noise disturbance around the Toronto Pearson Airspace. The second round of Public Meetings will include one Halton meeting: Wednesday, November 2, 6:30-8pm, Hilton Garden Inn, 2774 South Sheridan Way, Oakville. The draft Terms of Reference will be available on www.TorontoAirspaceReview.ca from September 21.

Milton Part-time Firefighters
Milton is accepting applications for part-time firefighter positions. Interested applicants should apply online at www.milton.ca under the Careers section by 3:00 pm on Thursday November 3, 2016. This site includes more information, or email cindy@in.on.ca & I will send a recap of the qualifications.

Hidden Quarry – OMB Hearing
OMB Vice-Chair Stefanko adjourned the Hearing, ruling that the Board cannot hear a case filed under a repealed GET zoning bylaw.  James Dick can, however, re-apply under the new bylaw.  A second application would also require an amendment to the new 2014 Wellington County Official plan which designates the site as Greenlands. James Disk is expected to reapply.

Lunchroom Supervisors
Brookville School is looking for Supply Lunchroom Supervisors, who would be available to fill in when our regular team is unavailable. This is a paid position, with duties in our Kindergarten and Primary areas, where you work for an hour over the nutrition breaks. If you are interested in this, please contact the school for more information. 905-854-2424.

Milton District Hospital Campaign
Introducing the Our Home, Our Hospital Campaign Team! Help raise the  final $5 million needed to help fund 100% of the new equipment needed for our hospital. Every piece is critical, and every piece must be funded by our community. Give generously. We’re in this together. View the Campaign Launch Video. #OurHomeOurHospital.

Be Local Buy Local
A limited number of vendor spaces remain for this annual Christmas Craft Market hosted by the Mohawk Inn & Conference Centre in support of the United Way of Milton on Saturday, November 19th. Deadline for reserving a space is Monday, October  31st.  For more details visit our event page and Facebook page

Council meeting, October 24:  Heritage Master Plan
Council received this extensive report prepared by a committee of volunteers chaired by Nancy Cuttle and including rural representation. The Report is on the website: PD-039-16

Update October 2nd, 2016

Council meeting, October 3rd

Three reports relate to Ward 3:

  • Community Fund Allocations:  Council will consider community grants through the Milton Community Fund as recommended by the Community Services Advisory Committee. Staff Report COMS01716
  • Appleby Line North – Council will consider the Road Safety Review for the section of Appleby Line from Derry Road north to the entrance of Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area, including upgrades to the Guardrail system. Staff Report ENG02916
  • Provincial Growth Plan – Council will consider Milton’s response to the Co-ordinated Provincial Plan Review on the Growth plan, Greenbelt plan and Niagara Escarpment plan. Staff Report PD04616

Delegations are welcome to speak to any item on the Agenda. Requests should be made by 10am on Monday through the Clerk’s Office. (Forms available on-line.)

If you miss this deadline, and wish to be heard, let me know & I will ask Council to consider your request.

Council meeting, September 26th

  • Milton District Hospital presented an update on the Milton District Hospital redevelopment. The project is 60% complete, on-time and on-budget! The addition will be substantially complete in April 2017 with an anticipated opening in the fall of 2017. There will be an opportunity for the public to tour the Hospital prior to opening.
  • Regional Council representation – Council unanimously supported the Region’s proposal to increase Milton representation on Regional Council from two to four members plus Mayor. (This must be passed by three of the four Halton municipalities.) Consultation for the new Ward Boundaries will commence this fall with at least two opportunities to provide input. One of these meetings will be held in our rural area. Stay tuned for date & location. Effective with the 2018 Election, four wards will elect one Local Councillor and one Regional Councillor in each of Four Wards.

Halton Region Rural Agricultural Strategy – This is a Report that will greatly impact our rural area. It is worth taking time to read it. It will be presented and discussed at the Region’s Planning & Public Works Committee meeting on Wednesday morning.  Clr. Best is Chair of the Committee and has provided this link. If you cannot access it, I have made copies and will forward upon request. Note the sizes!

  • Report LPS93-16 – Strategy -158KB
  • Appendix #1 – Report – 30 pages – 7,619KB
  • Appendix #2 Background Report – 192 pages – 59,819KB

The Ag. report is the second item on the regular agenda. There are some appendices as well.

http://sirepub.halton.ca/pubmtgframe.aspx?meetid=1600&doctype=AGENDA

Mohawk Racetrack
Great news for the Horse Industry and Mohawk Racetrack! Woodbine Entertainment Group has reached a long-term lease agreement with the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation for gaming operations at Mohawk Racetrack. The completion of the lease agreement will provide reassurance to the province’s Standardbred racing and breeding industry and allow Mohawk to thrive as the hub of the sport in Ontario.

Hidden Quarry – OMB Hearing 
The Ontario Municipal Board Hearing on the proposed Hidden Quarry began last week. The next session will take place on Thursday, October 6 at 9:30am in the Guelph Eramosa Township Council Chamber, 8348 Wellington Road 124. You can support through attending sessions as you are able. The sessions will generally run Monday to Thursday (not Thanksgiving Monday) at 9:30am. More information is contained on the Concerned Residents Coalition Facebook page and website.

Suspicious Character
There have been residential Break &  Enters in Campbellville & Brookville. If you see something suspicious, or if someone knocks on your door with a lame excuse, take note of a description and license plate if safe to do so. Call 9-1-1, or the non-ememrgency line –  905-878-5511; 519-853-2111. Police Bulletin attached.

Halton Business Conditions Survey
Halton Region is conducting a short survey on the current business and economic conditions faced by local businesses, such as expansion planning, innovation, exporting and the desirability of Halton as a business location. If you operate a business from home, this is your opportunity to share your ideas and concerns The information gathered from the survey will better inform initiatives and policies that impact your business and help target programs to fit your needs and those of the Halton business community.

Milton Chamber of Commerce  Community Awards
Nominate an outstanding Milton business or individual for the 2016 Community Awards: The Community Awards Gala celebrates businesses and individuals who have made exceptional contributions through their involvement and leadership in the community. Nominations will be accepted until 4pm on October 17. To nominate or learn more, visit miltonchamber.ca/communityawards.

Stonehouse of Campbellville Christmas Display
This outstanding outdoor event is a well-established Christmas tradition in support of Halton Women’s Place. The Singletons are asking for volunteers to help set up this display which opens on November 13th. If  you can help, please contact Barb Singleton at 905-854-0261.

Sports Hall of Fame
The historic Campbellville Merchants Baseball team is honoured as just one of five and the only team, to be inducted as Initial members of Milton’s Sports Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 24. Tickets are $50 each available through info@miltonsportshof.com . Other inductees are Ed Whitlock (running), Scott Hogarth (martial arts) and John Tonelli (hockey), builder Carole Murray  (swimming). The Sports Hall of Fame will be located at the Milton Sports Centre.

Canada Post
I was invited to share my perspective regarding the future of Canada Post and recent appeared before Parliament’s Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates at their meeting in Kitchener. I emphasized the importance of Rural Mail service and working closely with municipalities to minimize issues. This committee is travelling across Canada.

Update September 23rd, 2016

Council meeting, September 12
There were no items on the Agenda specifically dealing with our Rural area. Two Public Meetings were held regarding Official Plan Amendments for urban Milton developments.

Ward Boundary Review
With Council’s decision to revert to four wards will require changes in ward boundaries. Consultations will commence this fall with at least two opportunities to provide input. One of these meetings will be held in our rural area. Stay tuned for date & location. Effective with the 2018 Election, four wards will elect one Local Councillor and one Regional Councillor in each of Four Wards.

Hometown Hockey
Rogers Hometown Hockey has selected Milton as a stop on 2016/17 Tour!

December 17 and 18
a two day festival free outdoor activities, games, interactive experiences, and live entertainment for the whole family culminating with an outdoor viewing party of an NHL game broadcast live from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio with Ron MacLean and co-host Tara Slone. Rogers Hometown Hockey will profile with a segment called “My Hometown Must”.

Miltonians are asked to send along their suggestions for a quintessential Milton experience. Whether it’s enjoying a park along the Niagara Escarpment, trying the indoor cycling track at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre, watching the demolition derby at the Fall Fair or visiting a local hotspot located in Downtown Milton, join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #MiltonMust. For more information about Hometown Hockey visit www.hometownhockey.com

Transit Survey
An Open House to review and receive feedback on upcoming plans for Milton Transit services, including future initiatives, will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 6:30-8:30pm in the Lobby of the Milton Sports Centre. The Draft Plan will be on-line after Sept. 20th at  www.miltontransit.ca/future<http://www.miltontransit.ca/en/transit-programs/Planning-for-the-Future.asp>. Comments on the service plan will be collected online from September 21st to 25th inclusive.  Click on the link on www.miltontransit.ca/future<http://www.miltontransit.ca/en/transit-programs/Planning-for-the-Future.asp> to access the survey.

(If you feel transit should come to Campbellville, this is a chance to share your thoughts.)

Transportation Master Plan
This report, with study to being later this year, will include all forms of transportation. The Rural Area will be included in the study. More information will be sent when consultation dates are set.

Airspace Noise Review
An Independent organization is consulting with concerned stakeholder groups to set the scope of a review of aircraft noise disturbance around the Toronto Pearson Airspace. The review will develop and publish it findings, conclusions and any associated recommendations on the reduction of aircraft noise disturbance around the Toronto Pearson Airspace. The meeting in Halton will be Thursday September 29, 6:30pm-8pm, Holiday Inn Oakville at Bronte, 2525 Wyecroft Rd. The draft Terms of Reference will be available on www.TorontoAirspaceReview.ca from September 21.

Conservation Halton Awards
Nominate a person or group who has made a difference to the community over the past year for a Conservation Halton Award. Categories: Citizen, Citizen (Youth), Community, Education, Stewardship.

Nominations must be received by midnight, Friday, October 7.

Click here for more information on the Conservation Halton awards and to find the nomination form.

Update August 23rd, 2016

Council meeting, August 22

Hidden Quarry
Council unanimously passed my Notice of Motion to support the Concerned Residents Coalition environmental studies with a donation of up to $10,000 to be funded from slot reserves. Ed Note: A huge thank you to the CRC for their incredible work on this issue.

Public Meeting
Council held a Public Meeting for a proposed amendment to the Zoning By-law to permit a garden suite at 3058 30 Sideroad. The full report (PD-030-16) is available on the website. If you wish to comment on the application, contact Milton staff. Following the public meeting, staff will consider all comments and present a report for consideration at a future meeting of Council.

Speed Limits
Signage for the reduced default speed limit on Rural Roads – 70 km (60 km/50 km in some areas) has been delayed. (email me if you wish to receive a maps showing these speed limits & phase-in schedule for signs.) Enforcement is only possible after signage has been posted. Phases One & Two – the southern rural and west of Guelph Line – are now underway. Phase Three and Four will follow, with completion of the project by mid-October.

Open Air Burning
is again permitted with a burn permit and appropriate notification/permission from the fire department. More information on burn permits is available on the town website.

Campbell Avenue Road Reconstruction
This project is now underway in three phases:

Phase One
East of Main Street (Guelph Line) to just east of Glenda Jane.

Campbell Avenue is now closed except for local access – Expect delays.

Campbell Avenue will shift slightly north at Glenda Jane, with the ‘stop bar’ from Glenda Jane being further north. This intersection will be raised about two feet, and the Campbell Avenue knoll will be reduced about 1 ½ feet. This will minimize sight line concerns as much as possible. There will be an oversized sidewalk on the north side of Campbell Avenue from Main Street to just west of Wheelihan Way.  Completion of this section is anticipated for early November.

Phase Two
The remaining section of Campbell Avenue east to Campbellville Road (aka 5 Sideroad) is delayed pending approvals from Conservation Halton and the Ministry of the Environment. It is unlikely to proceed until 2017.

Phase Three
The section under the 401 has been delayed by the bridge reconstruction. This section, including the roundabout north of the 401 is now not likely until 2019.

Electric Car Charging Station
The Plaza in Campbellville has been selected as a site for two Car Charging Stations! Over 200 applications were received by the Ministry of Transport. Campbellville is one of 27 successful sites. It will be listed on MTO grid system maps.

Wildlife
Coyotes have been spotted in our rural area. Never feed or approach them, and keep pets away to avoid conflict. There is more information on ‘coyote proofing’ your property, ‘what to do’ and ‘how to protect your pets’ on the Town website.Visit Animal Control web page to determine whom to contact with animal concerns, including dead or injured wildlife.

Fall and Winter Recreation Guide
Now available. Registration for swimming opens on August 30th for residents. Registration for general interest programs is now open. Convenient links for on-line access:

Fall & Winter 2016 – 2017
Community Services Guide

Cycling Programs at Mattamy National Cycling Centre

Fall and Winter cycling programs can be viewed here.

Printed guides are available at the Library and Town recreation facilities.

Bella Electric Strings with Mini Carew
Saturday, September 17, Milton Centre for the Arts.

A Benefit Concert in Support of Milton District Hospital Foundation in Honour of Dr. Scott A. Vanstone. BELLA ELECTRIC STRINGS have rocked out to audiences worldwide and  performed with some of the biggest names in the business, including Beyonce, Andrea Bocelli and Richard Marx. Tickets: $100.

I have reserved tickets for a Group of Nassagaweya Ladies (and gentlemen). If you wish to join us, let me know by email as soon as possible! cindy@in.on.ca

 

Update July 24th, 2016

Council meeting, July 24

There are at least three issues on Monday’s Council Agenda that have the potential for significant impact on our Rural Area:

Council composition
In a narrow vote, Council voted to reduce the size of Council effective with the 2018 Election. Council would return to four Wards with a Local & a Regional Councillor per ward.(Cls  Boughton, Cluett, Duvall,  Hamid,  Malboeuf, Mayor Krantz))

The defeated option was to remain at eight Wards with a Local Councillor per ward, and four  Regional Councillor representing two wards each.( Clrs Best, Huffman, Lunau, Pollard, Di Lorenzo)

The risk is that as Milton continues to grow, our rural area will be combined with an urban centre. And the risk that residents will have less access as Councillors represent large areas, issues, and constituents. .

 

2017 Taxes
A huge thank you to those who shared their thoughts on 2017 Budget priorities.

Ward 3 (Nassagaweya) had 113 of the 643 responses to the Survey.

The full report can be found on-line – CORS-042-16.

Councillor Best & I will be introducing an amendment to include the urban levy in 2017 tax consideration.

Hidden Quarry
My Notice of Motion indicating Milton Council’s opposition to this project will be considered. The CRC (Concerned Residents Coalition) is registered to delegate.

Update June 29th, 2016

2017 Budget
Share your thoughts on the 2017 Capital & Operating Budgets and help set priorities for Town infrastructure, programs and services. Participate in the Budget Survey – deadline June 30:

Share what you consider important improvements/changes in our area.

(Sidewalks, full-time firefighters, park improvements, road ways, programs, services, ???)

Complete the survey online Hard copies are available at Town of Milton facilities. (The surveys can be filled out returned to customer service staff at each facility.) For general information on Town of Milton Budgets, visit our Capital and Operating Budgets web page.

Council meeting, June 27
Highlights. (I am happy to answer questions on these or other matters.)

Council Composition
Council voted 6/5 to accept Option #6, reverting to four Wards – each electing a Local and a Regional Councillor in the 2018 election, a total of 8 members plus the Mayor. Step two in the process will be to establish these ward boundaries. Public consultations will be held in the fall.

Hometown Hockey Tour
Council authorized the CAO to act on behalf of the Town with the potential of hosting a Hometown Hockey event in Milton.

Downtown Milton Condo Proposal
Council heard multiple delegations, and ultimately denied the condominium development proposed Main Street, downtown Milton.

Senior of the Year
Jan Mowbray was honoured with the Senior of the Year Award for 2016.

Hidden Quarry
A Notice of Motion was presented to be voted on at the July meeting endorsing the Region of Halton’s opposition to the Hidden Quarry application that will be considered by the Ontario Municipal Board in September.

Development Charges Policy
Council approved a development charge by-law – with a new provision that will allow for one-time exemption for up to 538 sq.ft. for any commercial or retail component of an agricultural development. (This is an important concession for our agriculture community.)

Transportation Master Plan
Council awarded a tender for a Transportation Master Plan – with assurances that this will consider the rural area as well.

Celebrate Campbellville Street Festival
Congratulations to the DCCA (Destination Campbellville Community Association) in hosting another great Campbellville Street Festival. (I did take photos and will post these on the Campbellville Facebook page.).

Provincial Open House
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is hosting Open Houses throughout the Province with recommended changes to four provincial land use plans (Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan & Niagara Escarpment Plan).The Open House in Halton will be Thursday, July 7, 5-8pm, in the foyer of Oakville Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road. Registration not required.  More info at www.ontario.ca/landuseplanningreview  – Shaping Land Use in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, a guide to proposed changes to the land use plans and the four proposed revised plans. Information on how to provide input, as well as the dates and locations of all public open houses can be found on this website.

Fireworks
With these hot, dry conditions, the Milton Fire Department reminds you to take precautions with fireworks and open air fires. Permits are required (with fees waived for Canada Day celebrations) through the fire department.

More info on the Fireworks Safety video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bASET2QfjGA

Hydro Outage
Hydro contacted by email & phone to alert residents to the planned outage on Wednesday, June 29th. If you not notified, contact Hydro to be added to their list.

Job Opportunity
Mohawk Inn is looking for an experienced Recreation Program Manager at Toronto West KOA for July and August, suitable for a college or university student studying recreation. To apply, send resume to jobs@mohawkinn.comindicating availability and work experience.

Brookville & Hitherfield Grads
Congratulations to Grade 8 Grads … and Best Wishes for your new adventure as you enter High School. Oh, the Places You Will Go!

Brookville Award
Congratulations to Brookville School, chosen as one of just five elementary schools in Ontario to receive a “Premier’s Award for Accepting Schools”.

Update May 30th, 2016

2017 Taxes

Share your thoughts on the 2017 Capital & Operating Budgets and help set priorities for Town infrastructure, programs and services. Participate in the Budget Survey – deadline June 30:

Share what you consider important improvements, changes in our area.

Complete the survey online Hard copies are available at Town of Milton facilities. (The surveys can be filled out returned to customer service staff at each facility.) For general information on Town of Milton Budgets, visit our Capital and Operating Budgets web page.

 

Council meeting, June 27

The Council Chambers in Town Hall is under construction. The June 27th Council meeting will be held at the Milton Centre for the Arts, Mattamy Theatre. If you wish to delegate for any Agenda item, you must contact the Clerk by 10am Monday morning.

The Agenda includes:

Council Composition
Council will consider Dr. Williams report on the future composition of Milton Council. This report is online at www.milton.ca. Staff Report ES-013-16.

Hometown Hockey Tour
Authorization for the CAO to act on behalf of the Town with the potential of hosting a Hometown Hockey event in Milton.

Downtown Milton Condo Proposal
Council will hold a Public Meeting regarding this proposed development. Staff is recommending “Receiving the Report”, which is essentially a denial of the plan. (Report # PD- 028-16)

Senior of the Year
Jan Mowbray will be honoured with the Senior of the Year Award for 2016.

The full agenda is available on the website: www.milton.ca

Celebrate Campbellville Street Festival

Congratulations to the DCCA (Destination Campbellville Community Association) in hosting another great Campbellville Street Festival. (I did take photos and will post these on the Campbellville Facebook page tomorrow.

Update May 30th, 2016

2016 Tax Levy  
Council unanimously deferred the 2016 Tax Levy By-Law until the May 30th meeting, pending reports from the Ombudsman, requested by citizens. Sadly, none of these investigations will be completed by Monday’s meeting – a date that the Town Treasurer has identified as the date by which the Town must pass its Tax By-law in order to meet Provincial regulations.

(Editorial note: Multiple people have requested that The Ombudsman consider whether the Town met the requirements under the Provincial Municipal Act with its Motion in February. I will ask Council to defer the removal of the Urban Levy until the Ombudsman’s report is received for review. One of these meeting is scheduled for Tuesday morning. If you wish more information on one of these complaints, email nassavoice@gmail.com.)

Speed Limits
Council will be asked at the May 30th Meeting to approve a capital project to install signage reflecting the reduced speed limits on rural roads. The project cost is $104,160. (Report ENG-016-16.) The default speed for our Rural Roads was reduced from 80km to 70km. Lower speed limits (60km) will remain on roads previously at that limit, with one exception.  Although these lower limits are now in effect, they cannot be enforced until signage, posted at regular intervals, is in place. This program will begin this spring. Guelph Line, a Regional Road, will remain at 80km except where posted.

Council Composition
The Province has approved changes to representation at Halton Regional Council to reflect the growth in Milton. Two additional Regional Councillors (total four) will represent Milton effective with the 2018 Election. This will mean changes to the local Town Council as well. There are a number of ways to determine representation, and it will affect our Rural Area.

Public Open House:  Tuesday, May 31, 7-9pm (Presentation at 7:30pm), Milton Room, Town Hall.

Learn & share your thoughts!  This could have a profound effect on our Rural Voice!

Can’t attend?

  1. Read the Phase 1 Report and Summary of Alternatives documents.
  2. Fill out the Comment Sheet and scan/send to the Town Clerk by clicking on the link on the bottom left-hand side of this web page OR bring to the Town Clerk’s Division at 150 Mary Street by June 15, 2016

Campbell Avenue Reconstruction
The final design is underway, fine tuning the grading of the roadway in order to maximizing the site lines, as well as reviewing the impacts on the 3 driveways at the top of the knoll.  The contract is expected to go to tender in mid-June, with a mid to late July start of construction.

Celebrate Campbellville Street Festival
The Celebrate Campbellville 2016 Street Festival is right around the corner and volunteers are needed! If you have a couple hours to spare and want to have some fun, join us on Saturday, June 25. Put in a couple hours helping out, and then join the party for a few more! Click on the following linkhttp://vols.pt/bHr29S to sign into the VolunteerSpot sign up page and follow directions to the activity schedule. If the link doesn’t work, copy and paste this (http://vols.pt/bHr29S) into your browser.

For information, email Amelia at: campbellville2016@gmail.com.

Aircraft Noise Complaints
There is a way to register concerns with aircraft noise. Track aircraft in real time to note any concerns with flight numbers, altitude and irections.  http://www.torontopearson.com/webtrak/##

You can also report online with the details and even backup the time frame for previous flights. Register noise complaints at  416-247-7682, 8:30am to 4:30pm, or leave a message after hours with the particulars and request a call back.

Update – May 6th, 2016

Milton Community Fund
The Town of Milton is accepting grant applications until June 13, 2016.  The Community Fund was established in 2001 to distribute a portion of the funds received from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) Mohawk location for the benefit of the community. The Fund has distributed more than $5,724,000 to a wide range of not-for-profit community organizations and individuals since it was established. More info on the fund at www.milton.ca or email Milton Community Fund

ANNUAL ROADSIDE CLEANUP CAMPAIGN
Saturday, May 7, 8am start from the Nassagaweya Tennis Centre beginning at 8am with the distribution of bags, vests, gloves, student volunteer hour sheets. Volunteer BBQ at noon. Sponsors: Tim Hortons, RR 25, Kelsey’s Milton, Cristello’s Village Market, Town of Milton, Region of Halton, Heritage Safety Products, Mohawk Racetrack, Nassagaweya Tennis Club.

2016 TAX LEVY
Council will consider the 2016 Tax Levy By-Law at theMonday, May 9th Meeting. Delegations are permitted. However, discussion will be limited to the By-Law. Displeasure can be noted, but reconsideration is not possible. According to the Procedural By-Law “During the term of Council, a motion to reconsider shall not be permitted more than once with regard to a previous decision of Council nor shall a vote to reconsider be reconsidered.”

In a close vote (6-5) Council approved removing 50% of the Urban Levy which covers transit & other urban area services. This essentially raises 2016 rural taxes disproportionately. The remaining 50% is scheduled to take effect in 2017. Our Rural community continues to oppose this plan. The good news is that we continue to enjoy very favourable tax rates when compared to neighbouring communities.

2017 TAXE$/BUDGET$
The Town will be conducting a survey as part of the 2017 Budget process. Watch for this, and take part in the survey! Pre-budget deliberations will begin at the end of May. This will be an opportunity to share your opinion on the removal of the second half of the Urban Tax Levy proposed for 2017.

2016 CAPITAL PROGRAM
$7.53 Million is planned for our rural area. This includes Campbell Avenue reconstruction (no roundabout at Wheelihan Way/Glenda Jane, but with Roundabout at Campbell Ave/Campbellville Rd aka 5 Sideroad in 2017). Roads scheduled for resurfacing include Nassagaweya/Puslinch Town line from 20 to 30 Sideroads, Second Line Nass from Hwy 401 to 25 Sideroad, Fifth Line Nass from 30 Sideroad to beyond 15 Sideroad, 14 Sideroad from Appleby Line to Tremaine Road, Pineridge, Ennisclare, and Sixth Line Nass from 25 Sideroad to Hwy. 7. Six bridges are scheduled for new guardrails. Streetlights will be installed at Reid Sideroad/Twiss Road and First Line Nass/10 Sideroad. The Pioneer Cemetery at First Line Nassagaweya/3 Sideroad will be improved

RURAL INTERNET
Improvements continue, but much more is needed! I appeared before the CRTC Hearings in April, and am pleased to report that the Hearing members heard our pleas, and I believe they also understand our concerns. Our Public Information Meeting on April 27th included updates from Xplornet, Standard Broadband, and Bell. For those of you who were not at this meeting, I will provide a recap in a separate email. I am awaiting phone contact numbers from two providers.

FLASHING GREEN LIGHTS
on vehicles identify part-time firefighters responding to emergencies. Please pull to the side of the road and let them pass. It could be your neighbour (or your family) needing assistance!

HALTON WASTE MANAGEMENT PILOT PROGRAM
Sundays through July 10,
8am-noon at the Halton Waste Management, Regional Rd 25.  An extra day to drop off yard waste, recyclable, reusable items, household hazardous waste and garbage. If successful, Sundays may be added to the schedule. For a full list on acceptable materials, check www.halton.ca

RURAL GARBAGE PICKUP
By now you know there are two zones in Nassagaweya for Garbage Pickup. If you want a reminder of Garbage Day, signup for an email reminder of your garbage pickup days.  http://webaps.halton.ca/forms/waste_collection_calendars.cfm

BURN PERMITS
Open air burning is legal in the Town of Milton, provided you follow the rules outlined in the Open Air Burning By-law and obtain a valid 2016 Burn Permit. All open fires, including backyard chimineas and outdoor fireplaces, require a valid burn permit. More info & permit applications at burn permits or www.milton.ca

STEWARDSHIP GRANTS
The Grand River Conservation Authority offers programs to help farmers with conservation initiatives. With support from the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative, the GRCA is developing some additional programs related to soil health and cover crops.

https://www.grandriver.ca/en/our-watershed/Landowner-grants-and-resources.aspx

SPEED LIMITS
The default speed for our Rural Roads has been reduced from 80km to 70km. Lower speed limits (60km) will remain on roads previously at that limit, with one exception.  Although these lower limits are now in effect, they cannot be enforced until signage, posted at regular intervals, is in place. This program will begin this spring. Guelph Line, a Regional Road, will remain at 80km except where posted.  A map showing all speed limits will available at the PIM on April 27th.

RACOONS/RABIES
There have been an elevated number of cases of racoons with distemper in the area.  This is very contagious for your pets and potentially fatal if they are not vaccinated.  The MOE is asking that you call Jo Allan Animal Control if you see a racoon exhibiting unusual behaviour.  Contact Anne at 519-843-7734 office or 519-820-8676 cell. TheThe Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry annual wildlife rabies control operations is using light aircraft to drop vaccine baits. The khaki-green coloured bait is made of wax-fat with an attractant flavour. A label with a toll-free telephone number (1-888-574-6656) and “Do not eat” warning are on the exterior of the bait and a plastic package containing the liquid rabies vaccine is embedded in the centre. If found, the bait should not be touched but left for wild animals to consume. For a photo and detailed description, or visit the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s website for more details

APPLEBY LINE
The closure of Appleby Line and Campbell Avenue for the MTO Hwy 401 bridge work will continue through November 15, 2016.

MOHAWK SLOTS
The Town received $1,018,713 as the fourth-quarter payment for the Town hosting OLG Slots at Mohawk Racetrack. Payments since 1999 total $95,801,446. These funds will be held in a special Reserve Account and be used for Capital Projects as well as funding the Milton Community Fund.

MATTAMY NATIONAL CYCLING CENTRE COMMITTEE – The Town is seeking four volunteers to serve on the Mattamy Cycling Centre Management Committee. www.milton.caBoards and Committees page. Applications due Thursday, May 12 at 4:30 p.m.

CN INTERMODAL PROPOSAL – If you are opposed to this proposal, you may wish to sign the on-line petition – https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-113 deadline Sunday, May 7th

MILTON COMMUNITY FUND – The Town of Milton is accepting grant applications until June 13, 2016.  The Community Fund was established in 2001 to distribute a portion of the funds received from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) Mohawk location for the benefit of the community. The Fund has distributed more than $5,724,000 to a wide range of not-for-profit community organizations and individuals since it was established. More info on the fund at www.milton.ca or email Milton Community Fund

SCHOLARSHIPS
A number of organizations are offering scholarships. A few I am aware of:

Grand River Conservation Foundation: S.C. Johnson Environmental Scholarship.
$4,000 scholarship for study in the conservation or environmental fields, open to full-time students who have completed their third year or sixth semester of an honours program at a watershed university (Waterloo, Guelph, Laurier) or second year of engineering at Conestoga College. S. C. Johnson Scholarship application form, deadline May 29, 2016.

Grand River Conservation Foundation: Allan Holmes Scholarship.
$3,000 in memory of Allan Holmes for a student in a graduate-level program focused on applied research in the field of resource management.

Allan Holmes Scholarship information sheet.   Allan Holmes Scholarship application form,  by May 15, 2016.

Grand River Conservation Foundation: McEwen Clean Water Prize
$2,000 created in 2010 by Murray McEwen, for a student enrolled in the second, third or fourth year of an undergraduate program, or a graduate student in any year with a strong interest in the protection, development and restoration of clean water resources. The applicant must be registered at a watershed-based university or college: University of Waterloo, University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University, Conestoga College, Mohawk College Brantford or Nipissing University. McEwen Clean Water Prize information sheet. McEwen Clean Water Prize application

Contact for GRCF Scholarships: Doina Hartley, (519) 621-2763 x2372

Ontario Aerospace Council
Three $1800 Scholarships for Aerospace Students entering or enrolled in an aerospace study. Applications to be submitted by May 16, 2016 to leigh.kras@theOAC.ca  .  (contact me for the one-page flyer.)

Milton Chamber of Commerce
Eight $1000 scholarships available. A scholarsip for a student from each of the six Milton High Schools, one for a student entering an apprenticeship program, one for a child of a Chamber Member.  Application forms at each High School, the Chamber office or on-line at www.miltonchamber.ca. Deadline June 10, 2016.

HOME OWNER WORKSHOPS
Conservation Halton is offering a series of FREE workshops for homeowners. These are held at the Milton Seniors’ Centre, 6:30-8pm.

Upcoming workshops:

Wednesday, May 11, Working with Nature: Selecting the “Right” Plants
Want a diverse garden with more birds and wildlife but less upkeep, watering and mowing? Naturalizing your yard by using native species, organic fertilizers, or a backyard pond. How to make your garden a low-maintenance oasis.

Wednesday, May 18, Rain Gardens & Low-Impact Landscaping.
Discover how adding a rain barrel or garden to your home can be a simple, inexpensive way to direct rain water away from your home towards your plants, garden, or lawn. Manage storm water using low-impact techniques.  Register in advance.

You can click here to register for any or all of the Milton Homeowner Workshops. www.conservationhalton.ca

BROOKVILLE SCHOOL FUN FAIR
This annual event is a great way to meet your neighbours and support our local school. Donations for fair prizes and/or the Silent Auction would be greatly appreciated. Contact the school at 905-854-2424 or email cindy@in.on.ca for more information on how you can help! And plan to attend on Saturday, May 28th, 10am-2pm.

Update – February 20th, 2016

Campbell Avenue East & Roundabout
The Staff Report will be considered by Council at the February 22nd Council meeting. Reconstruction of Campbell Avenue from Campbellville Road (5 Sideroad) to Main Street (Guelph Line) including a proposed roundabout at Wheelihan Way/Glenda Jane. If you wish to delegate to the Council Meeting, you must register with the Clerk by 10am Monday morning. Information on-line at www.milton.ca.   Another roundabout is proposed at the intersection of Campbellville Road (5 Sideroad) & Campbell Avenue East, but will not be constructed until 2017 following completion of MTO work at the Appleby Line bridge.

Roundabout – Community Survey
The Concerned Citizens of Campbellville (CCC) has requested community feedback through a survey, provided in my Nass News email.

Please note, this survey MUST be returned to campbellville2015@gmail.com in order to be included with the CCC comments.

Hidden Quarry
The CRC (Concerned Residents Coalition) will host a Community Meeting on Monday, February 22, 7pm at the Rockmosa Community Centre with updates & issues at the OMB (Ontario Municipal Board) Hearing, 3D Model of the Quarry site. More information at www.hiddenquarry.ca

Appleby Line – Road Closure for Bridge Structure Removal
The Ministry of Transportation will be conduct bridge structure removal work on Appleby Line at Highway 401 from Feb. 22 & March 4. To expedite this work Appleby Line will be closed between Limestone Road & Campbellville Road.  Access will be maintained for all residents on this portion of Appleby Line.  Traffic will be detoured via Campbell Avenue East, Canyon Road and Limestone Road.

Community Services Director
Milton welcomes Kristene Scott as Director, Community Services. (Jennifer Reynolds retired at the end of last year after more than 20 years with the Town.) Kristene Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Health Science and a Master’s Certificate in Municipal Leadership. Most recently she was General Manager, Parks and Recreation, with the City of Guelph, and has also headed up the Parks and Recreation Department for the Town of Caledon and previously worked as a Recreation Manager with the City of Brampton. She and her family have been residents of Milton since 2007.

Spring & Summer 2016 Community Services Guide
will be available on Thursday, February 25 at Town facilities and online. Registration for general interest programs, sports, fitness, cycling, and art programs opens on March 8. Registration for swimming programs will open on March 29. (Registration for non-residents will open 2 days later.) Register online at https://eservices.milton.ca starting at 6:00 am and in person at Town facilities starting at 9:00 am (11:30 am at Milton Centre for the Arts). More information at www.milton.ca .

Milton Youth Awards
celebrate citizens between the ages of 13 and 18 who take an active role in making our community a better place. In addition, adults and businesses who work to support local youths are eligible for the Champion of Youth award. A recognition event will be held on May 4 during National Youth Week, May 1-7. To nominate someone who acts as a leader, innovator or overall goodwill ambassador, complete a nomination form at www.miltonyouth.ca or call 905-875-5393, ext. 2611.The nomination deadline is March 6.

Brookville Minor Ball
Registration is now open for the 2016 Season. Register on-line at http://brookvilleminorbaseball.ca. For more information, email bmbamailbox@yahoo.com.

Arrow
Brookville School met Arrow at a School Assembly following their award winning submission to name this new Police Service Dog.  Arrow demonstrated how he can locate ‘a hidden substance’ (which may soon be legal) just by smell. The students selected the name Arrow to represent a dog that would be fast, sharp, lean & on the mark.

Council decisions, Urban
Lowe’s Home Improvement Store has applied for a zoning amendment to permit it to add a garden centre to its proposed retail store at the former Target  store location in the Milton Mall.

Health & Wellness Fair
Brookville School will host its 3rd annual Health & Wellness evening on Thursday, April 21, 6:30-8pm.  Community organizations & businesses that fit under the health and wellness umbrella are welcome to participate.  For more information, contact wheatleyrot@hdsb.ca. Particular areas they are looking for are organic skincare and healthy cooking/food preparation demos.

Conference
I will be attending the Rural Ontario Municipalities Association/Rural Ontario Good Roads Association Conference in Toronto next week. I have meetings scheduled with The Minister of Infrastructure & the Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Affairs to present two issues: 1) Rebuilding the Horse Industry. 2) Rural Internet.

Hydro
did the brief power outages on Wednesday & Friday surprise you? If registered with Milton Hydro’s new 24/7 Power Outage Phone Line /  1-844-NO-HYDRO (1-844-664-9376) you would have received advance notification. In other news, Hydro offices have moved to 200 Chisholm Drive (down the road from Kelsey’s). Ontario Electricity Support Program(OESP) – if you are in a lower income home, you may qualify for a reduction on your electricity bill. The OESP will reduce the cost of your household electricity by applying a monthly credit directly to your bill.  More info & qualifications https://ontarioelectricitysupport.ca/

Downtown Redevelopment
A Public Information Centre, hosted by the Planning & Development Department on Wednesday, March 2nd, 3-7:30pm & 6-7:30pm  in the Milton Room of Milton Town Hall will show the proposed Mill Street redevelopment applications for a condominium development in downtown Milton. More details on the applications at Development Applications Page.

Update – February 2nd, 2016

Taxes – Budget Information Meeting
Clr. Colin Best & I are co-hosting a Meeting to review the Budget as prepared by Staff.  The meeting will be held:

Thursday, February 4th, 7pm at the Nassagaweya Community Centre (Brookville Hall) on Guelph Line, Brookville. (Note: change of location.)

This meeting will include a presentation and a chance to look at how the Town proposes to allocate our taxes in the coming year. Share your thoughts on the 2016 Town Capital and Operating budgets which  will be presented at the Budget Meeting on February 8th. This report is also on-line at www.milton.ca

Council Meeting – Budgets
Council will debate the 2016 Capital and Operating Budgets on Monday, February 8th and possibly continuing on Tuesday, February 9th. Delegations concerning items (and rates) in the Budget will heard on Monday, February 8th. If you wish to delegate, you must register with the Clerk by 10am, February 8th. Each delegation will be limited to a five minute presentation. If you wish more information, email cindy@in.on.ca

Rules of Procedure – Notice of Motion:
The Rural Tax issue began when Council suspended its Rules of Procedure without debating the consequences. To ensure debate is never denied without consideration, I introduced a Notice of Motion at the last Council meeting to be voted on at the February 8th meeting of council.

Campbell Avenue & Roundabout
Public Meeting #3 was held Thursday, January 28th, co-hosted by the Concerned Citizens Committee and the Town of Milton, at the Mohawk Inn & Conference Centre. The Town and the CCC each made presentations. This project – the reconstruction of Campbell Avenue East of Guelph Line and proposed roundabout – is included in the 2016 Capital Budget. If you missed the meeting, both presentations are available.

Town Power Point – email cindy@in.on.ca

CCC Power Point – email ronmckerron@gmail.com 647-545-0544

The Staff Report will be considered by Council at the February 22nd Council meeting. This report, including the Staff recommendation, will be posted on the Town website www.milton.ca  on Thursday, February 18th, or email cindy@in.on.ca for your personal copy.

Mohawk Slots
The Town received $1,059,651 as the quarterly payment for the Town hosting OLG Slots at Mohawk Racetrack. These funds will be held in a special Reserve Account and be used for Capital Projects as well as funding the Milton Community Fund. The revenue since January 2000 now totals $94,782,733.

C’ville Skating Rink 
The Boards are up, the rink has been flooded. But conditions are totally weather dependant! The Rink is located in the Campbellville Old Ball Park, Campbell Avenue at Wheelihan Way. Flood light switch is on the outside of the building. There is a Skating Party set for the afternoon of Family Day, February 15th, weather permitting.

Hospital Board
Halton Healthcare Services is seeking two new Board members. This is the Board that represents the Milton, Halton Hills, and Oakville hospitals. If you are interested, please see the notice attached.
Coldest Night of the Year Walk
February 20th in support of Milton Transitional Housing. A fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in 100+ communities across Canada. Organize, join, or sponsor a team. (a number of Councillors have teams.) www.coldestnightoftheyear.org. Call 905-691-3734 or emailcnoymilton@gmail.com for more information.

Waste Collection Calendar
The Region will begin new routes and days for waste collection in our rural area in April. Watch for the new calendar which will be distributed in March.  The current schedule is on the Region website.

Update – January 15th, 2016

Tax rates
Your bill includes Town, Region, & Education taxes. The Town portion is approximate 30% of your entire bill. The impact of Town taxes is mitigated when combined with the Region. For example, a 5.73% local would represent a 1.70% overall when combined with the Region.

Regional Taxes
The Region approved its Budget with a 1.9% tax increase – or roughly a $6 increase per $100,000 of assessment. The Region continues to differentiate between urban & rural areas. Rural taxes do NOT include water & waste water, or enhanced garbage collection.

Town Urban Tax Levy
Covers services specific to the Urban area. The largest item is transit. It also covers Sidewalks & Sidewalk maintenance, Crossing Guards, and Streetlights. The removal of Urban Tax Levy results in the Rural Area being assessed for Services that are not available in the Rural Area.  Based on 2015 Tax Rates, this decision would result in… (The percentage drops when blended with the Regional assessment.)

Urban Area: a savings of $l.74 per $100,000 assessment or .71% local or .23% Region.

Rural Area: an increase of $12.38 per $100,000 assessment or 5.73% local 1.70% Region

These amounts will double in 2017 when100% of the levy is removed.

The impact on Commercial & Industrial properties is even higher.

Tax Impacts
(still being calculated –the impact if applied to 2015 Budget)

Commercial and Industrial rates are considerably higher than residential rates.

Property Class Rural Increase in 2016 per 100,000 of assessment value Urban Savings in 2016 per 100,000 of assessment value
Commercial 18.03 -2.54
Industrial

Residential

 

29.21

$12.38

Amounts double in 2017

-4.11

-1.74

Rural includes Campbellville, Brookville, Moffat, subdivisions, other properties in Ward 3 (Nassagaweya) and the largest portion of Ward 1. The Tax Calculator on the Town website incorrectly included these Rural areas in the Urban category.

TheTax Calculator has been taken down, but will be restored when corrected. The 2015 tax calculator shows each property’s taxes, and the tax levy portions for the Town. http://www.milton.ca/en/Tax/PropertyTax.aspx . Type in your address or roll number for 2015 assessment. (Sideroads are prefaced with ‘No” – i.e. No 25 Sideroad)

Council Decisions
Two Notices of Motions were presented at the December 14th meeting, moved by Clr. Malboeuf, seconded by Clr. Hamid.

Notice of Motion #1
To Suspend Rules of Procedure
where it is deemed impractical or not in the best interests of the Town of Milton to delay consideration…the pertinent rules contained in section 7.9 of Procedure By-Law 063-2015 be waived to permit immediate consideration by Council of the notice of motion on the agenda related to the urban service area tax levy phase-out due to timing requirements for 2016 budget preparation.  Without debate, this Motion passed.

Note: Much to the surprise of every Councillor, this Motion was ruled ‘non-debatable’ – as is contained in the Appendix of the Rules of Procedure; however, never in my 15 years on Council has this been enforced.  I will be introducing a Notice of Motion to permit debate on suspending the rules, since a decision of this magnitude – regardless of the issue – requires explanation & debate.

Notice of Motion#2
To 
remove fifty per cent of the net cost of the programs and services normally funded through the urban service area tax levy be included in the urban service area tax levy in the 2016 budget; AND FURTHER THAT one uniform tax rate be implemented for the 2017 and future budgets. For: Mayor Krantz, Clrs Mike Boughton, Mike Cluett, Rick Di Lorenzo, Rob Duvall, Zeeshan Hamid, John Pollard, Rick Malboeuf. Against: Clrs Colin Best, Arnold Huffman, and Cindy Lunau.

Note: Notices of Motion are intended to be introduced at one Council meeting, and considered at the next Council meeting. This permits public notice and transparency, allowing the public an opportunity for to respond  – and staff time to report on the implications if requested.  The suspension of the Rules short-circuited this process.

Council webcast
Council meetings are available on the Town webcast. You can access this http://www.milton.ca/en/townhall/webcasts.asp The December 14th discussion comes at 1 hour, 47 minutes (1:47:00) of the recording. The January 11th discussion is one of the first items on the Agenda, approximately 8 minutes (08:00) into the recording.

Tax Assessment
Taxes are based on your property assessment; the Town has no role in this assessment. It is determined by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) and available on their website. For most purposes, taxes are reflected in a “per $100,000” value.

Final decision
Clr Best & I continue to work to resolve this issue. More discussion will take place regarding the Urban/Rural tax levy at the budget discussion on Monday, February 8th.

Delegations
If you wish to share your opinion on February 8th, you can register as a delegate. http://www.milton.ca/en/townhall/attendingameeting.asp?_mid_=8391 . Deadline for registering is 10am on Monday morning, February 8th. If not a delegate, you may wish to attend the Council meeting. You can also share your opinions by email. If you wish more information on this, I’m happy to discuss procedures & what to expect.

Update – January 7th, 2016

Taxes
The Region approved its Budget with a 1.9% tax increase – or roughly a $6 increase per $100,000 of assessment. The Region continues differentiate between urban & rural areas and does not tax the rural area for water & waste water, or enhance garbage collection. Milton Council begins consideration of the Town Budget on February 8th.

The Town website shows the 2015 tax calculator including the general tax levy portions for the Town.http://www.milton.ca/en/Tax/PropertyTax.aspx. Type in your address or roll number for 2015 assessment. (Sideroads are prefaced with ‘NO” – i.e. No 25 Sideroad)

Taxes/ Council Delegations
Many of you have asked how you can share your opinions.

1)    Colin & I will share all emails we received with all of Council.

2)    Email the Mayor directly and ask that he share your email with Council. Gordon.Krantz@milton.ca

3)    Although delegations will not be heard on Monday night, Colin & I will raise our objections to the procedure and the Motions. Your presence in the Council Chamber will speak volumes. It will be within the Approval of the Minutes – one of the first items on the Agenda, so you would not have to stay beyond 7:30pm. Council meets at 7pm in Town Hall.

4)    If our objections are not successful, Delegations can be heard at the first Budget meeting on February 8th.

Taxes – Notice of Motion
Clr. Malboeuf, seconded by Clr. Hamid introduced two Notices of Motion which were passed by Council.  The first waived Rules of Procedure to immediate consider the Notice of Motion. The second Notice of Motion removed 50% of the Urban Service tax levy and included it in the General Levy in 2016, and 100% in 2017. Recorded vote for the tax levy:

For: Mayor Krantz, Clrs Mike Boughton, Mike Cluett, Rick Di Lorenzo, Rob Duvall, Zeeshan Hamid, John Pollard, Rick Malboeuf.

Against: Clrs Colin Best, Arnold Huffman, and Cindy Lunau.

Editor’s note: My opinion – I am profoundly disappointed & disheartened with both decisions. In my opinion, waiving the Rules of Procedure was wrong and unnecessary. These Rules are designed for transparency and to allow for Public Discussion.

The removal of Urban Tax Levy results in the Rural Area being assessed for Services that are not available in the Rural Area – the largest budget item is Transit.  This decision will result in…. (The percentage drops when blended with the Regional assessment.)

Urban Area: a savings of $l.74 per $100,000 assessment or .71% local or .23% Region.

Rural Area: an increase of $12.38 per $100,000 assessment or 5.73% local 1.70% Region

These amounts will double in 2017 when100% of the levy is removed.

Note: Colin & I continue to look for ways to reconsider this decision. Delegations will not be heard at the January 11th meeting of Council. However, Registered Delegations will be heard at the February 8th Budget meeting of Council.

Horse Barn Fire
People wishing to make donations to the victims of Monday night’s tragic barn fire at Classy Lane Training Centre are being asked to do so through an official GoFundMe page which has been set up by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association which can be accessed by clicking here. Donations can also be mailed to: Central Ontario Standardbred Association. PO Box 297, Campbellville, ON L0P 1B0. Cheques should be made out to “Classy Lane Barn Fire.” For further details, please contact COSA by calling 905-854-2672 or by visiting the organization’s website. For more information on the fire, click here.

CRC
The Concerned Residents Coalition (CRC) is holding a bottle drive to help fund their research into Hidden Quarry concerns. To arrange pick-up, contact Elisabeth Crha at 519.856.1428 or email ecrha@crcrockwood.org. Or drop-off at 136 Bernardi Cres, Rockwood.

Suspicious visits/calls
There have been reports of a man in a safety vest posing as a meter reader. This is NOT a Union Gas individual. And phone calls demanding immediate payment to Revenue Canada are also bogus. Beware. Report suspicious activity to the Halton Police at 519.853.2111 or 905. 878.5511.

Rural Agricultural Strategy
The Draft Halton Rural Agricultural Strategy is now online. Your comments are critical to this document. It is extensive, but the index will help you find areas of interest. Please review, and submit your comments before Friday, January 22ndwww.halton.ca/planning_sustainability/agriculture_environment/rural_agricultural_strategy/

Santa Parade
Congratulations to the winners of the Best Entry in the 2015 Campbellville Santa Parade! Best Community Entry: Nassagaweya Presbyterian Church .  Best Commercial Entry: Five Star Stables.

Clothing Drive
A huge thank you to the many folks who donated gently used winter clothing through the bins at Brookville School and Hitherfield School.

Community Services Director
Jennifer Reynolds retired after 24 years as Director of Community Services. Jennifer headed many, many of the Town’s projects, including Town Hall, Milton Sports Centre, the Velodrome, Milton Centre for the Arts, and Destiny Milton 1, 2, & 3 Strategic Plans. She also served as President of Sports & Recreation Ontario. She will be missed! The search for her replacement is underway.

Mohawk Slots
The Town received $1,768,029 as the third-quarter payment for the Town hosting OLG Slots at Mohawk Racetrack. These funds will be held in a special Reserve Account and be used for Capital Projects as well as funding the Milton Community Fund.

Campbell Avenue & Roundabout
The Town continues to develop plans for the reconstruction of Campbell Avenue, east of Guelph Line. The Town is working to develop potential alternatives to the proposed roundabout at Wheelihan Way/Glenda Jane. A community meeting will be held to discuss these options. The date & location will be advertised here & in the Milton Champion.

Glen Eden
Glen Eden is set to open this Friday, January 8 from 8:30am to 9:30pm. Five lifts & eight runs will open, as well as the Terrain Park. The most up to date information can be found on the Glen Eden website, on conditions, which runs and lifts will be open, as well as the Terrain Park location, number of features and other details. The Tube Park will not be open this weekend at Glen Eden, an update will be provided over the coming days and weeks.

C’ville Skating Rink
The Boards are up, the rink has been flooded. But conditions are totally weather dependant! The Rink is located in the Campbellville Old Ball Park, Campbell Avenue at Wheelihan Way. Flood light switch is on the outside of the building.

Milton Transitional Housing
Two fundraising events in support of this worthy organization:  January 16, 11am at Italian Canadian Club of Milton, Milton Fashionista Flip. Tickets are $10-then just $2 per item of clothing you want to take home. February 20th the Coldest Night of the Year walk inviting you to participate or sponsor a team. www.coldestnightoftheyear.org.

Fresh Food Box
The Halton Fresh Food Box needs volunteers, once a month, the first Tuesday of the month, from 8:45am to 11 am to help pack food boxes. Contact me if you can help or want more information.

Update – December 7th, 2015

Public Information Centre

Rural Agricultural Strategy. Halton Region presents the background report for the Rural Agricultural Strategy. The purpose of the Strategy is to identify how the Region can support the long-term sustainability of the rural economy (e.g., farms, farm support businesses, non-agricultural uses, cottage industries and home occupations). The meeting is to allow the public to review and comment on the background report. A consultant will give a presentation and answer questions. All are welcome to attend.

Shop local & support our local businesses

The DCCA website has a great list of local businesses. www.campbellville.net and check their Facebook for up-to-the minute offers. This is a special weekend for Terre Blue Lavender Farm, Mohawk Inn’s Be Local/Buy Local Artist & Vendors Show, and the Originals Loft; The Big Brothers/Big Sisters Auction ends Sunday. See my Events calendar for details or email me.

Share the Dream Prize Draw

Supporting our Milton Olympian Travis Gerrits as he begins the World Cup Season in Beijing, China. Prize: three GOLD Leafs tickets for February 18th, 2016 against the Rangers + Keg Gift Card & Limo ride to & from the game. Tickets are $10/each; 3 for  $20. Email cindy@in.on.ca or any member of the Share the Dream committee.  Draw is December 19th, the date of Travis’ first World Cup Competition.

Campbellville Lions Hall

This building has been sold to the owners of the Flying Monkey.

“The plans for the Lions Hall in the short term are to start running Spinning and Fitness classes in mid-December. This will continue throughout the winter until the new Flying Monkey Spin & Yoga Studio is built and operational at 12 main St N (hopefully by Spring 2016).  Long term plans for the Lions Hall are to completely renovate and restore the building and turn it into an athletic assessment and training facility. “

Campbellville Roundabout

The Town continues to look for options for the final design of Campbell Avenue East. In order to have all information requested by residents and considering the upcoming holidays, the Town will wait until mid-January to hold the next Public Information Meeting. The date will be advertised in the Champion and this e-news, as well as personal emails to those who have requested information. Email cindy@in.on.ca to be added to this list.

The Last Santa Parade in Canada (Campbellville).

Sunday, December 20, 1:30pm. Entries welcome. Traditional route from Reid Sideroad, via Crawford Court to Main Street to Lion’s Hall. NEW Location Following Parade: Refreshments & Visits with Santa in community hall at St. David’s Church. (Entry form for parade attached).

Honourary Mayors

Congratulations Ruth Hull and Gary Williams, selected as Honourary Mayors of Campbellville, receiving their chains of office from out-going Mayor Tony Cristello. This remarkable couple has transformed the Village of Campbellville with their remarkable leadership and efforts to secure event funding, beautify our Village, connect us with each other and much more! The Honourary Mayor designation is a 34 year tradition started by the Campbellville Lions Club in 1982 with Lloyd Crawford as the first Honourary Mayor. Their first duty was to light the Campbellville Tree. Next they will preside over the Santa Parade.

Bell Ringing in the New Year and New Year’s Levee

Ring in the New Year in Victoria Park, Milton at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Then join the Mayor and  Council for the traditional New Year’s Day Levee, 1-3pm at Town Hall. Exchange New Year’s Wishes and refreshments; view displays and updates on Town Projects.

Skating Rink

Old Ball Park, Campbell Avenue & Wheelihan Way

Will open as weather permits. Light controls on side of building.

Main Street

Construction is finally completed on two sections of Main Street, Milton. The underpass east of Ontario Street, and the section between Bronte Road and Scott Blvd.

Trees for Planting

Grand River Conservation is offering trees for planting. If a landowner wants the GRCA to look after the planting, they need to be within the GRCA watershed (approx north of 20 Sideroad0.  If you are simply ordering trees over-the-counter, it’s best to be in the GRCA watershed but it’s not an absolute requirement. Order trees from the GRCA now for spring 2016  Deadline for orders is March 1st, and subject to availability. Halton Conservation has a similar tree program, so a Halton resident can order trees through them as well:  http://www.conservationhalton.ca/landowner-tree-planting.

Hydro Interruptions

They can happen with bad weather. If you are not already registered, call Milton Hydro and be added to the list to be called in the event of Power Interruptions.(905) 876-4611.

Halton Food Box

Friday, December 18th is the deadline for orders to be delivered on January 5th, 2016. Three sizes: $10, $15, $20. Three pickup locations: St. David’s Church in Campbellville, Mohawk Inn, Ebenezer Church on Guelph Line between 20 & 25 Sideroads. Email cindy@in.on.ca for more information. 519-853-3772

Children Winter Clothing Drive

4th Annual Nelson the Giant Winter Clothing Drive for Children collecting gently used winter apparel (hats, mitts, sweaters, scarves, coats, boots, snow pants, etc.) for distribution on December 15th.  . Bins are located in Brookville and Hitherfield Schools. If you have items that you need to have picked up, please email Cindy Lunau at cindy@in.on.ca .

Hidden Quarry

The Ontario Municipal Board held a very brief Pre-Hearing Conference on November 9th. Their next Pre-Conference date is March 2, 2016 as events proceed towards the major anticipated 6-7 week event in September 2016. The Town of Milton is working with the Region of Halton to identify & support local concerns. The CRC (Concerned Residents Coalition) continues its fund-raising efforts to support their major studies. Information on how you can help at www.crcrockwood.org.

Update – October 21st, 2015

Road Closure – 25 Sideroad
25 Sideroad will be closed between 6th Line Nassagaweya and Nassagaweya-Esquesing Townline from 9am to 4pm on Monday & Tuesday, October 19th & 20th to permit the marking of the pavement including the ‘S’ bend. The detour will be south to 20 Sideroad.

Campbell Avenue Reconstruction
Detail design for this project will be presented at a Public Information Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6-7pm, at the Nassagaweya Tennis Centre/Community Hall, across from Mohawk Racetrack. Design includes reconstruction of Campbell Ave. East including a roundabout at Glenda Jane/Campbell Avenue. There will be a 15 Minute Presentation at 6pm followed by questions & discussion.

Rural Speed Limits
In the wee-hours of the morning of August 24th (1:30am) Council approved the Staff Report that recommended maintaining the current speed limits on most roads, and increasing the speed limit on a few roads. (The Report is on the website, www.milton.ca – Report ENG-016-15.) A number of delegations waited more than 5 hours to be heard. (Editorial comment: It was not Council’s finest hour – fatigue was evident. There is a real possibility that some of these decisions will be reviewed when the By-law is presented on October 26th. )

Hidden Quarry
Milton Council, Halton Region Council, Halton Hills Council, and Guelph Eramosa Township (GET) Council have all unanimously raised objections to the Hidden Quarry application by James Dick. Milton Council’s concerns include traffic, air quality, water resources, blasting impacts. It is now in the hands of the OMB (Ontario Municipal Board). Milton, Halton, and GET, as well as the CRC (Concerned  Residents Coalition) have Objector Status at this Hearing.  For more information on how you can support this fight, go to the CRC website: www.hiddenquarry.ca

Internet Update
Efforts continue at all levels to improve Internet Service in our rural areas. Standard Broadband has expanded its service around the Hamlets of Moffat and Brookville. I’ve heard favourable comments from these customers. Xplornet is installing improved equipment on some of their towers. I’ve had reports that this has resulted in greatly improved service. However, these improvements may come with costs, and may not help everyone. Lobbying continues at all levels of Government & Industry! The 363 responses to the survey have been widely shared. Additional information will follow in an Internet Edition of Nass News.

Brookville Park
The new equipment has been installed and the re-build will be complete before the end of October. The Town’s insurance is covering the replacement cost; it will not affect the Town’s insurance rates.

(Editorial comment: Kudos to the Community Volunteers and the DCCA for the very successful Bring Back The Play event at Brookville Park. A good time was had by all & $1000 was raised in donations and Silent Auction to support the Salvation Army Food Bank.

Steeles & Tremaine Construction
The 3-way stop will remain at Steeles Avenue at Tremaine until the Tremaine Road is complete.

401 Overpasses
T
he Ministry of Transport continues its work on bridges and overpasses in this area. Campbell Road & Appleby Line Overpasses: Nightly closures of some lanes of the 401 maybe required. Full closure of traffic on Campbell Avenue East and Appleby Line may be required, but not at the same time with the detour route being directed to the other road. Work will commence this Fall to be completed in the spring of 2018.

Horse Industry
I was privileged to be included in a meeting in which the OLG stressed its commitment to the Horse Racing Industry. Stephen Rigby, OLG President & CEO announced that Cal Bricker has been appointed to the new position of Senior Vice President, Horse Racing to lead the integration of horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy and OLG’s modernization.

Village Gate
Reid Sideroad & Main Street/Guelph Line – Entryway enhancements continue … a work in progress! The Garden is well underway. Dufferin is donating Armour Stones for additional seating areas. The Milton Horticultural Society has planted a memorial tree. The Time Capsule will be buried in the spring. What would you like include in this capsule? There’s room!) Contact any member of the DCCA or email cindy@in.on.ca.

Fire Safety
As we move into cooler weather, a few safety reminders. Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.* Have your chimneys cleaned & inspected. * Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment. * Test your Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors monthly. * Turn off portable equipment before leaving a room. Also: Outdoor Open Air Burning requires a permit. Information on the web site at www.miltonfire.ca.

Halton Food Box
Fresh, local produce to support local farmers and encourage healthy eating. Three sizes: $10 Bag; $15 small box; $20 large box. Pickup available at three Nassagaweya locations the first Tuesday of each month.  St. David’s Presbyterian Church, Campbellville; Mohawk Inn, Ebenezer United Church. For more info or to place an order (deadline for November 3rd orders is October 23rd. email cindy@in.on.ca  519-853-3772.

Remembrance Day Service
Sunday, November 1, 1:45pm, Haltonville Cenotaph, Guelph Line at 15 Sideroad. The Haltonville Parade at 1:45pm for the Ceremony at the Haltonville Cenotaph at 2pm. The Milton Parade will be held November 8th, 1:45pm for a 2pm Ceremony. The Remembrance Day Parade at Evergreen Cemetery will be held on November 11th at 11am.

Special Waste Drop-off Day
Saturday, October 24, 9am-3pm, Mohawk Racetrack Parking Lot, Guelph Line. Halton Region will accept Household Hazardous Waste Depot for the collection, recycling and/or disposal of Hazardous Waste as well as electronic equipment (TVs, computers & monitors, printers, etc.) www.halton.ca.

Rural waste pickup dates will change for part of our rural areas in the new year.

Update – August 25th, 2015

Rural Speed Limits
The long awaited Report will be presented to Council tonight (Aug.24th).  The Report is on the website – Report ENG-016-15. It is a large document which I emailed to those who registered at our Rural Roads Public Meeting in June. If you also wish to have a copy, I will forward it upon your request. Delegations have registered. If you wish to delegate & have missed the deadline, email me & I will ask for a resolution to allow you to be heard.

Brookville Park
Misadventure by youth resulted in a fire which destroyed the Playground equipment at Brookville Park. A report for Council consideration tonight (August 24th) recommends replacing the equipment and the tree this year. The make safe and staff time has been charged to the insurance account.  An insurance claim should recover replacement & all expenses.  As long as Council approves the recommendation, the equipment will be replaced within 5 weeks. I am confident that this will happen.

Street Closures, Steeles Avenue & Main Street Milton
CPR needs to close Steeles Avenue from August 25-27, 2015 for an emergency repair of track at grade crossing.  This will require the use of Peru Road and 3rd Sideroad as a detour route.  This closure will severely restrict access east and west of the CNR rail line in Town. As a result, the scheduled closer of Main Street between Scott Boulevard & Bronte Street will be delayed. This section will now be closed from Friday, August 28 at 7:00 a.m. to Monday, November 30, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. to complete the road & infrastructure. During this closure, traffic will be detoured via Bronte Street, Derry Road, Tremaine Road and Steeles Avenue. Only local traffic will be permitted.

Village Gate
(Reid Sideroad & Main Street/Guelph Line)
Entryway enhancements continue … a work in progress! and will include the burying of a Time Capsule and Ribbon Cutting in the Fall. What would YOU like to have included in this Time Capsule? (There’s room!) Contact any member of the DCCA or email cindy@in.on.ca.

Hidden Quarry
A Staff Report is on tonight’s Council Agenda (Aug. 24th). I will be requesting  that the Report be deferred to the September 14th meeting to allow for delegation by the CRC & other interested residents. (It is also on the Agenda for tonight’s meeting of Halton Hills Council.) For more information on the CRC (Concerned Residents Coalition) www.hiddenquarry.ca

Community Services Guide
The Fall & Winter edition of the Community Service Guide is now available on the website www.milton.ca with hard copies at Milton Library locations and Town Hall. Registration for cycling, School Breaks, Fitness, Sports, Art & general Interest are now open. Swimming Registration begins Sept.1st.

Campbell Avenue Reconstruction
Detail design for this project continues, including two round-abouts at Glenda Jane and Campbellville Road. Reconstruction has been deferred pending the completion of Ministry of Transport replacement of the Hwy 401 Bridge at Campbellville Road starting in the spring of 2016. I will email project update info upon request.

Internet Service
Update later this week.

Update – November 9th 2014

HYDRO Outage 
You have likely received a phone call from Hydro – but in case you were missed … there will be a Hydro Outage on Monday (Nov. 10th) at 11am and will last approximately 10 minute to accommodate the installation of new equipment.

Roadways & Railways

Derry Road CNR Crossing
Derry Road will be closed to all traffic between Scott Boulevard and Bronte Street from Closure start date: 5:00 a.m. Friday, November 7, 2014 to Closure end date: 8:00 p.m. Monday, November 10, 2014 – including pedestrian routes. Specified detour routes will be posted and access to. Local and Businesses will be maintained at all times

Main Street East
To accommodate final steel bridge components (now on-site) for the Main Street Grade Separation, lane restrictions and intermittent road closures will be in effect from Tuesday October 28 to Friday December 5 daily between 9am and 4pm on Main Street East.  One lane of traffic maintained at all times, except during intermittent road closures.

WHY NOW & NOT YEARS AGO?
Three words of explanation: Your Property Taxes. These very costly projects are largely funded through Development Charges which can only be collected as development occurs – not retroactively.

Campbell Avenue
A Public Information Centre will be held for the proposed design for the reconstruction of Campbell Avenue from Main Street (Guelph Line) proceeding east to Campbellville Road (5 Sideroad) on Wednesday, November 19th, 5-7pm at the Nassagaweya Tennis Centre & Community Hall (across from Mohawk Racetrack).

Milton Hospital
Tenders have closed and proposals from the three approved consortiums are being evaluated. Construction is expected to start in the spring of 2015. The 330,000-square-foot expansion (from 125,000 square feet) will include the expansion of emergency, surgical services, inpatient units, critical care, the addition of 66 new beds, improved infection prevention in 80 per cent of the rooms and a special care nursery.

Street lights
The Town Budget includes adding street lights at three intersections per year. Please let me know if there is an interesetion you feel would be a best location for 2015.

Milton Sports Hall of Fame
Plans for the Milton Sports Centre include a Sports Hall of Fame. If you are interested in participating in this Committee, contact Don Crowder (don.crowder@milton.ca) by November 28th. The Campbellville  Merchants Intermediates 1952-1967 Baseball Team will be inducted into the Ontario  Baseball Hall of Fame on November 15th.

Mohawk Slots
The Town received $1,782,087 as the second-quarter payment for the Town hosting OLG Slots at Mohawk Racetrack. These funds will be held in a special Reserve Account and be used for Capital Projects as well as funding the Milton Community Fund.

Election Updates
The newly elected Council is meeting every Monday night in November to update new members on Town Programs. The Current Council is meeting on Monday, Sept. 10th to vote on a Re-count for Ward 1 where just 18 votes separated the top three candidates. The Inauguration of the new Council takes place on December 1st.

Internet Upgrades
This issue remains at the top of the Agenda. Some progress is being made – but too soon for any announcements.

Narconon Applications
7651 Milburough Line – The Committee of Adjustment denied two Minor Variance Applications from Social Betterment Properties (Narconon Canada): 1) to permit a drug & alcohol rehabilitation Centre under zoning which allows for Group Home Type 2.  2) To classify Milbourough Line as a Collector Road. Town of Milton staff did not support either application. The applicant has appealed both decisions to the Ontario Municipal Board. I will send more information when available.

Leaf Pickup
This service is NOT included in Rural Waste Pickup – and NOT included in your tax bill. Colin (our Regional Councillor) has asked the Region to consider that this service be include in the 2015 Budget to include the Village, Hamlets and subdivisions.More information when available.

Update – October 24th 2014

Narconon Applications
7651 Milburough Line – The Committee of Adjustment last night (Oct. 23rd) denied two Minor Variance Applications from Social Betterment Properties (Narconon Canada): 1) to permit a drug & alcohol rehabilitation Centre under zoning which allows for Group Home Type 2.  2) To classify Milbourough Line as a Collector Road. Town of Milton staff did not support either application. The applicant has 30 days to appeal this decision to the Ontario Municipal Board. If you wish more information, feel free to contact me.

MADD Filming
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will be filming a Public Service Announcements on Sunday, October 26th beginning at 5pm at the Milton Quarry on Steeles Avenue. Steeles Avenue between Tremaine Road and Bell School Line will be closed to through traffic to allow for an accident scene to be created. Local residents will have access to their homes. The Rain Date for this filming will be Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

Campbellville Updates
Work has begun on the still to be named ‘parkette’ at the corner of Reid Sideroad & Main Street (Guelph Line). This will include a Campbellville Entryway Sign (similar size as Lowville’s), the Horse sculpture, benches, time capsule, garden & other features. Another sign will be erected at the south end of the Village in 2015. Negations continue to re-open the Lions Hall. The Lions Hall WILL be again be the site for Santa’s Reception on December 21st.

Fires – Safety First!
Following last year’s storm, we have an abundance of firewood! Before you start your wood stove and/or fireplace, have your chimney cleaned and inspected. Mohawk Chimney Sweeping in Moffat has helped me for 30 years. 905.854.2683.

Carbon Monoxide
Silent & Deadly! Carbon Monoxide Detectors are now required near the sleeping areas in every home. Make certain you have many of these, as well as working Smoke Alarms!

Aluminum Wiring 
Debunking the Myths
If your home was built between 1960 and 1976, there’s a good chance you have aluminum wiring. There are steps you can take to protect your home & family. The Fire Department will host a Free Public Seminar on Thursday, November 13, 7:30-9pm at the Milton Sports Centre.

Milton Hospital Job Fair
Milton Hospital will host a Nurse Recruitment Open House on Wednesday, October 29th from 6-9pm. There are immediate openings. For more information please contact: 905-338-4432 ext. 4894, or recruitment@haltonhealthcare.on.ca

Track Cycling Coach/Facilitator jobs at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre
Interested in working at Milton’s brand new, state-of-the-art Mattamy National Cycling Centre? New job postings for Track Cycling Competition Development Coach, Track Cycling Coach/Instructor and Track Cycling Facilitator. Learn more at the Town of Milton’s Careers webpage.

Tree Planting 
Conservation Halton is looking for rural landowners with open land interested in tree planting. There are multiple funding opportunities available which can reduce the cost of planting up to 90%. To discuss planting opportunities for the 2015 spring planting season call 905-336-1158.

Flu Clinics
Have you had your shot yet? (I have.) Doctors’ offices and pharmacies can help, including our own Campbellville Pharmacy on Crawford Court.

Other Dates to Note:

Special Waste Drop-off Day
Saturday, Oct. 25, 9am-3pm, Mohawk Racetrack Parking Lot

Acceptable items include pesticides, paint, motor oil, antifreeze, propane tanks, computers, stereos, TVs, DVD players and VCRs. Drop off free of charge. No commercial wastes. For a complete list of acceptable and unacceptable items please visit www.halton.ca/dropoff.

2014 Municipal Election: Monday, October 27, 9am-8pm.
Ward 3 Voters between Hwy 7 & 10 Sideroad (Poll 301) vote at the Nassagaweya Community Centre, Brookville (across from the School). Voters Between Derry Road & 10 Sideroad vote at the Nassagaweya Tennis Centre, Guelph Line across from Mohawk Racetrack. The Inaugural meeting of the next Council is December 1st.

Remembrance Day Services
The Haltonville Parade will be held November 2nd, 1:45pm for the Ceremony at the Haltonville Cenotaph at 2pm. The Milton Parade will be held November 9th, 1:45pm for a 2pm Ceremony. The Remembrance Day Parade at Evergreen Cemetery will be held on November 11th at 11am.

Toronto 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay
The Route has been announced.  Miltonians can enter for their chance to bear the torch. Those selected, will join 3,000 torchbearers, including Milton’s own Colonel Chris Hadfield, in its 41-day journey to more than 130 communities (including Milton) from May 30 to July 10, 2015. Entries will be accepted until December 1, 2014. Learn more at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am website

Update – Election Edition 2014

ELECTION INFORMATION – Ward 3

Who Can Vote:

Voters’ List for 2014 Municipal Election – Check the Voters’ List and find out where to vote at www.MiltonVotes.ca or in person at Town Hall, 150 Mary St. The List includes names, addresses, and school support for each qualified voter. To be eligible to vote, you must be:

  • A Milton resident or property owner
  • The spouse of an owner or resident
  • At least 18 years of age
  • A Canadian citizen
  • Not prohibited by law to vote

Add or update your information by submitting an “Application to Amend” form (available at www.MiltonVotes.ca. and Town Hall). You can also present proof of ownership/residency & identification at your correct poll on the day you Vote.  Ward & Poll maps are available on the website.


When/Where to Vote

Advance Voting:

Monday, Oct. 13– Friday, Oct. 17 10am-6pm – Hugh Foster Hall

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 10am-6pm – Nassagaweya Tennis Centre, Guelph Line @ 401

Saturday, Oct. 18, 10am-6pm – Milton Mall

Sunday, Oct. 19, 10am-5pm – Milton Mall

 

Election Day: Ward 3
Monday, Oct. 27, 10am–8pm

Poll 301           Nassagaweya Community Centre, Brookville

Poll 302           Nassagaweya Tennis Centre, Guelph Line @ 401

 


All Candidates Meeting: Ward 3

Wednesday, Oct. 15th, 7-9:30pm, Mohawk Racetrack Sports Lounge, Guelph Line,@ 401

The Campbellville Community Association (DCCA) along with Nassagaweya Community Consultation Committee (NCCC) and Milton Rural Residents Association (MRRA) are holding an All Candidates Meeting for the various seats representing this Ward and the Region at the up-coming Municipal Election.

The meeting will start with a meet-and-greet (from 7:00 until 7:45 pm), where you can have some one-on-one time with the candidates.  This will be followed by a moderated question and answer session.

Candidates will be present for the following positions:

  • Mayor
  • Regional Chair
  • Local & Regional Councillor
  • Local Councillor Ward 3
  • Public School Board Trustee

Brief biographies of the candidates are being posted on the Campbellville Community Association website (http://www.campbellville.net/election/). If you are unable to attend, but have questions or concerns that pertain to our community, please send them to membership@campbellville.net and the DCCA will endeavour to ask on your behalf, identifying the issues/questions of greatest/broadest concern to the community.

Update – October 5th

Early access to TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games – tickets 
Until 9pm on October 6, you can place your name in a lottery for a chance to purchase passes for Pan Am events. If your name is chosen, you will be notified by Pan Am in late November. This is your opportunity to secure a spot at the track cycling competitions happening in Milton at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre! Tickets that are not purchased during the early access period will be sold ona first-come, first-serve basis as of December 2014. For more information, including ticket pricing and a detailed competition schedule, visit the Tickets page on the TORONTO 2015 website.

Toronto 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay
The Route has been announced.  Miltonians can enter for their chance to bear the torch. Those selected, will join 3,000 torchbearers, including Milton’s own Colonel Chris Hadfield, in its 41-day journey to more than 130 communities (including Milton) from May 30 to July 10, 2015. Entries will be accepted until December 1, 2014. Learn more at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am website.

Union Gas
Union Gas will begin connecting homes in the Moffat area this fall. To quote Union Gas “If a resident (within the parameters of the Moffat project) wants to still contribute, we certainly wouldn’t turn them away.” The cost is approximately $3200. If Union Gas receives more than their costs, a credit will be applied to contributing accounts. ContactBPullen@uniongas.com

Teen Volunteer Hours
The Radial Railway Museum on the Guelph Line is looking for High School Student to help with their Halloween Spooktacular “Creatures of the Night” on October 18th & 25th. Contact the Museum for more information: 519-856-9802. streetcar@hcry.org.

Community Fund
Council approved grants to the following organizations under the Milton Community Fund program as recommended by the Community Services Consultation Committee:

  • 1st Campbellville Scouts, $9,351
  • 2990 Lorne Scots Milton Army Cadet Corps $13,518
  • Arts Milton $10,000; Destination Campbellville Community Association  $22,544
  • Escarpment Probus Club $734
  • Halton Healthcare Services (Milton Hospital) $25,248
  • Junior Optimist Octagon International $1,000; Knights of Columbus $10,451
  • Milton BMX Racing  $31,576
  • Milton Chinese Arts Society $11,426
  • Milton Choristers $3,000; Milton Community Garden $7,125
  • Milton Concert Band $21,177
  • Milton Curling Club  $16,866
  • Milton  Girls Softball  Association $10,386
  • Milton Good Neighbours Community  Day $3,000
  • Milton Lions  Club $11,028
  • Milton Marlin Swim  Team $5,562
  • Milton Referees Association $4,972
  • Milton Show Choir for Youths  $6,364
  • Milton Skating Club $18,547
  • Milton Speed Skating $5,169
  • Milton Youth Soccer Club $167,475
  • North  Halton Girls Hockey Association $7,890
  • Ontario Electric Railway Historical Association $14,672
  • Optimist Club of Milton $8,968
  • Soccer Development Model Academy $1,056
  • St. John Ambulance $9,932

Grants in this round totaled $308,037. The full Report, COMS-030-14,  includes information about the applications & the program is available on the Town website. www.milton.ca

 

Community Fund- Recognition Program
These Grants recognize individual and team accomplishments for activities in 2014 through September 15th

  • Alexandria Tonkin $500
  • Huston Browne $1200
  • Ioannis Chronopoulos $350
  • John Harland $700
  • Kevin Iwasa-Madge $1000
  • Maria Chronopoulos $150
  • Mackenzie Taylor $700
  • Ralitza Kechelieva $150
  • Zain-Olivier Trottier $350
  • Vasil Kecheliev $150

The full Report, COMS-031-14, includes information about the applications & the program is available on the Town website. www.milton.ca .  The deadline for the final round of applications in 2014 is January 15, 2015.

 

Remembrance Day Services
The Haltonville Parade will be held November 2nd, 1:45pm for the Ceremony at the Haltonville Cenotaph at 2pm. The Milton Parade will be held November 9th, 1:45pm for a 2pm Ceremony. The Remembrance Day Parade at Evergreen Cemetery will be held on November 11th at 11am.

 

2014 Municipal Election
Information to follow in a separate email, including dates, times and All Candidates Meeting. The Inaugural meeting of the next Council is December 1s

Update – September 19th

Contaminated Water
A well contaminated with TCE (trichloroethylene) was detected in Kilbride. The source and extent remains unknown and the investigation is now expanding into Campbellville.  In the next day or so, Health Department staff and MOECC will be visiting twelve homes in Campbellville near the intersection of Derry and Twiss Road to advise residents of the investigation and to request their approval to collect well water samples to be tested for TCE.  To date, well water sampling in Kilbride has identified TCE in 12 private wells. Four of these wells had TCE concentrations that slightly exceeded the Ontario Drinking Water Quality Standard of 5 µg/L (micrograms per litre).  The results have ranged from trace amounts to 6.75 µg/L.

This certainly points out the importance of every rural home owner routinely submitting water samples for testing. This is free! Bottles for sampling are available through the Region & Milton Mail Library and at other key locations including Fire Station #2 in Campbellville & the Brookville Vet Clinic. Bottles are available for Pickup during open hours. However, since samples must be refrigerated & picked up with 24 hours, sample bottles are only accepted at the Library, Tuesday – Thursday; at the #2 Fire Station & Brookville Vet Clinic Monday-Thursday. This test is for bacteria only.

http://www.halton.ca/cms/one.aspx?portalId=8310&pageId=11608#Q3

TCE is a chemical – it is not normally found in well water. The Health department is working to find the source of this contamination. This highlights why it is so important to be aware of what we flush through our septic systems and dispose on our properties! When we poison the land, we threaten to poison ourselves.

Open Meeting
The Halton Region Federation of Agriculture invites residents to attend an “Opening Meeting” on Thursday, September 25th, starting at 7:00 pm, in the in the Niagara Room at Country Heritage Park. The HRFA will discuss important issues including MPAC and Taxation, Heritage Designations, ROPA 38 (Regional Official Plan Amendment #38), and Succession Planning. RSVP to Nancy Comber. 905-878-4955speccomm@lara.on.ca

Open House to present Community Services Master Plan and Milton Library Master Plan

Tuesday, September 23, 3-5pm and 6:30-8:30pm, Milton Sports Centre Banquet Room.

These Master Plans will assist planning for the next four to five years is now in the final stages; this Plan covers recreational and cultural service planning as well as municipal parks and facility development. Your voice is important. Please review the draft plans and fill out a quick survey, available online and at Town Facilities. Master Plans available online:

Surveys also available online to be completed by September 30th .

http://www.milton.ca/en/play/masterplans.asp

Community Services Master Plan page

Draft – Milton Public Library Master Plan

Rural Speed Report
This Report was scheduled to be presented to Council in September. It has been postponed pending further investigations on how roadway geometrics, sightlines, and driveways may affect recommended speed limits.

Update – September 13th

Rural Watch Alert
Police are looking for a vehicle known to frequent the Acton/Brookville (Mohawk) area that is associated to a wanted party. Suspect vehicle – A grey 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup licence plate #AH91640. Alternate vehicle – a white 2006 Chevrolet Silverado with a New Jersey licence plate #E27BWC.

Wanted party is a white male, approx 55yrs old, heavy set. If seen please contact police immediately via 9-1-1.  You will be asked to provide the vehicles location, direction of travel (if mobile), and a description of the occupants (if available).  If spotted, please ensure your own safety (driving or otherwise) above all else.  Do not approach this vehicle; the police will be happy to do that for you when they arrive!

Woodbine Contest
As part of Woodbine Cares Week, the Woodbine Entertainment Group (which includes Mohawk Racetrack) is offering a $10,000 donation to the charity that receives the most votes by September 19th, The Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (OSAS) is one of the choices. Take time to cast your vote atwww.woodbineentertainment.com. A cheque will be presented to the winning charity on Sunday, September 21st at Woodbine.

Municipal Elections
Registrations are now closed for the Municipal Election set for Monday, October 27th, 2014. Ward 3 (Nassagaweya) includes the Campbellville, Brookville, Moffat and surrounding rural areas. Ward 3 will vote for one candidate in each of the following categories: Regional Chair, Mayor, Regional Councillor, Local Councillor, and School Board (either Public or Separate). Ward Map, Voter List, Candidate List, and more information are included on the Town website, www.milton.ca.  Helpful links: ‘Am I on the List?’ and ‘Where do I Vote?’ .

Update – September 12th

Marathons
The Milton Half Marathon on September 14th and Share the Road for Greg on September 21 will take place on Nassagaweya Roadways. E-mail me if you wish specific routes. (It’s an extensive list.) Event organizers are responsible for providing Special Permits for residents when these are required for residents to access their properties.

Phone Scam – Milton Hydro
Hydro has warned customers not to provide their credit card information over the phone. A phone scam is operating in this area with threats to disconnect service unless payment is made immediately through a third party. If you have any questions regarding your Hydro Account, call Hydro 905-876-4611 or Toll Free 1-855-9489. More info on the scam at www.miltonhydro.com

Bell Towers
Bell has promised competitive pricing for its Broadband Service from its new Towers. I will have more information and contact information very soon.

Community Connection
A mother with a young son, no pets would like to stay in the Brookville School District. If you have a short-term, or longer rental property (or perhaps need a house-sitter for the winter months, please let me know & I’ll put you in touch.

Milton Transit Accessibility Plan
Information Meeting on Friday, September 25, 2-4pm, Milton Room, Milton Town Hall. You are invited to provide feedback on the 2015 Milton Transit Accessibility Plan while learning how we plan to comply with the Integrated Accessibility Standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. The 2015 Milton Transit Accessibility Plan is available for review on the Accessible Milton page until September 26, 2014. To provide comments in advance, please email accessability@milton.ca.An ASL Interpreter will be available.

Update – September 2nd

Road Reconstruction Update
20 Sideroad, West of Guelph Line.
Stage One between First & Second Line Nassagaweya is now complete. Stage Two between Second Line Nass & Guelph Line will now proceed with this section of road closed. The project is on schedule to be completed by September 30th. 25 Sideroad is the Detour Route.

Temporary Road Closure
Appleby Line (Campbellville Rd. to Limestone Rd) Canadian Pacific Railway requires emergency track work at the mainline level crossing on Appleby Line. Appleby Line will be closed from Campbellville Road to Limestone Road from Tuesday, September 9th to Friday, September 12th.

Union Gas
Union Gas has received commitment from enough residents of Moffat to supply natural gas to the Hamlet; they hope to have these residences connected by the end of 2014. Anyone who has not yet signed up will not be considered for at least a year and then only if capacity permits. If you have missed this deadline and wish to be considered, contact Union Gas immediately to see if you can be added.

Nassagaweya Community Consultation Committee
Monthly meetings of the NCCC resume on Monday, September 8th, 10:30am at the Nassagaweya Community Centre (Brookville Hall.) All are welcome.

Rural Speed Limit Report
This Report is scheduled to come to the Community Services Standing Committed meeting on September 15th. The Report will be available on the Town website on Thursday, September 11th.

Community Services Master Plan
This Master Plan which will assist planning for the next four to five years is now in the final stages; this Plan covers recreational and cultural service planning as well as municipal parks and facility development. Your voice is important. Please review the draft plan available on the website http://www.milton.ca/en/play/masterplans.asp until Sept. 30th and fill out a quick survey, available online and at Town Facilities. A Public Open House will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 3-5pm & 6:30-8:30pm at the Milton Sports Centre Banquet Room for feedback. All are welcome to attend.

Milton Public Library Master Plan
This Master Plan which will assist planning for the next five years is now in the final stages; this Plan includes planning for the next library branch which will be located in Milton’s west end at the Sherwood District Park community centre and other library resources  and services. Your voice is important.  Please review the draft plan available on the website Draft – Milton Public Library Master Plan and Complete a Feedback Survey by September 30, 2014. A Public Open House will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 3-5pm & 6:30-8:30pm at the Milton Sports Centre Banquet Room for feedback. All are welcome to attend.

Bell Towers
Bell has a new Tower installation on Sixth Line Nassagaweya just south of 25 Sideroad. It will offer both Broadband and Mobility Services. Bell is also seeking a site for a proposed Tower in the area of 30 Sideroad and Guelph Line.

Public Meeting
A Public Meeting was held for a proposed Zoning Amendment to permit a commercial development on the north east corner of Tremaine & Derry Roads to include gas station with drive through Tim Hortons, car wash and future use building. This report is available on-line Staff Report PD-038-14. (Just across the Road from Ward 3). Your comments are welcome through the Planning Department: Chris Lupis, 905-878-7252 Ext. 2305.  A Technical Report with recommendations will come to Council, in early 2015.

Marathons
The Epic Tour of Halton on September 7th and the Milton Half Marathon on September 14th will take place on Nassagaweya Roadways. Contact cindy@in.on.ca for a list of routes.

Slots Revenue
The Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (OLG) paid Milton $1,830,459 as Second Quarter payment from OLG Slots at Mohawk. To date, Milton has received more that $86 Million from this agreement. These funds will be held in a Reserve Fund & considered in the 2015 Budget; the Slot Reserve Fund supports the Milton Community Fund & Capital projects.

Major William Halton Day
The Town of Milton joined the City of Burlington and the Region of Halton in declaring September 22nd as Major William Halton Day. “Major William Halton – 1769 – 1821. Halton Region and Haltonville were named after a largely forgotten civil administrator who dedicated his life to public service. William Halton served as the private Secretary to Francis Gore, Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada who was dispatched to the Province of Upper Canada with the threat of war looming against the US. Within days of Halton receiving its name in 1816, Wm Halton returned to England as the provincial Agent for Upper Canada.”

Glenda Jane Drive & Jessie Avenue
In a Special Council Meeting, Council approved the tender for reconstruction of Glenda Jane Drive & Jessie Avenue with construction to be completed this year.

Hidden Quarry
In a Special Meeting on August 12th, Guelph Eramosa Township Council received an 26 page Application Status Report on the “Hidden Quarry” proposal by James Dick Construction at the north east corner of 6th Line (5th Line Nassagaweya) and Hwy 7. The Concerned Residents Association (CRA) www.hiddenquarry.ca issued a Five Page Press Release following this meeting.  (If you would like a copy of these documents, send me an email) Since the Quarry is outside of Town boundaries, Milton & Halton Region are only commenting agencies, but Staff will comment on water, haul route & other potential concerns as studies continue.

Milton Hydro – Tree Trimming Policy
Hydro has updated its Tree Trimming Specifications along with recommended species to be planted near power lines. This document is available on-line at www.miltonhydro.com

Employment Opportunities
The Town of Milton is seeking Life Guard/Swim Instructors, Customer Service for the MCA, Fitness Instructors, and Crossing Guards. More info at www.milton.ca under the ‘Work’ heading/careers. (I also understand that Mohawk Inn & Fern Ridge Landscaping are hiring.) There are still some openings for people to work as Election Officers. You must apply in person at the Town Clerk’s Division and will be required to complete a brief written test. No appointment is necessary. Election positions are filled on a first come first served basis so make sure to get your application in early. For more information please contact Brett Stein, Election Advisor at 905-878-7252 ext. 2109. Go to Election Employment for additional information on election positions and the hiring process.

Community Energy Challenge
Jointly funded by the Ontario Power Authority and Milton Hydro. Customers who enroll in the Milton Community Energy Challenge will receive weekly Energy Insight reports through emails to help them better understand their household energy use based on smart meter data and usage comparisons to similar households. Participants will be able to track their household energy use, view school challenge team rankings, earn badges, complete energy saving tips for additional reward points, and redeem earned points for rewards. Reward points can be redeemed for gift cards, similar to credit card company rewards programs. As part of this program, a sample of participant data will be included in follow-up surveys or studies by Milton Hydro and the OPA. Full info at www.miltonhydro.com

Update – August 10th

Road Closure
August 25-September 12 –
Sixth Line Nassagaweya between 20 & 25 Sideroads will be closed to through traffic for reconstruction. Fifth Line Nassagaweya will be the detour route.

Road Resurfacing
Through September – 20 Sideroad between Guelph Line & First Line Nassagaweya, requiring closure of the road in two stages. Stage One between First & Second Line Nass. Stage Two between Second Line Nass & Guelph Line in August as Stage One is complete. 25 Sideroad is the Detour Route. This is a Region of Halton project.

Bridge Repair
Through November – First Line Nassagaweya North of 25 Sideroad. Work on the MTO Bridge will require some Lane Closures.

Union Gas
Urgent –
If you live in the Hamlet of Moffat, and are interested in the potential of Union Gas providing service, it is essential that you register NOW. Submissions were due the end of July. Union gas will determine individual costs by the number of forms received. You must send them a form to acknowledge you are interested regardless of whether you plan to hook up now or in the future. If Union Gas doesn’t receive enough forms, the project will be closed. Contact Linda Moffatt lmoffat@xplornet.ca for more information.

Fall/Winter Programs
The 2014 Community Services Guide is now available on-line and at Town facilities. Resident Registration for General Interest, Art Program, Fitness/Sports & cycling opens on August 19th; Swimming Lessons open on August 26. (Two days later for non-residents) Community Services Guide Accounts can be set up at a Town facility or by creating an account online at eservices.milton.ca. Registration by Internet/phone starts at 6:00 a.m. on registration start dates and is available at eservices.milton.ca or by calling the automated phone line at 905-875-5400 or 1-800-418-5494, ext. 2430. In-person registration starts at 9:00 a.m. on registration start dates at the Milton Leisure Centre, 1100 Main Street East, Milton Sports Centre, 605 Santa Maria Boulevard and Milton Seniors’ Activity Centre, 500 Childs Drive.

Quarry Application
Milton Staff continue to monitor the “Hidden Quarry” proposal by James Dick Construction at the north east corner of 6th Line (5th Line Nassagaweya) and Hwy 7. Since the Quarry is outside of Town boundaries, Milton & Halton Region are only commenting agencies, but will comment on water, haul route & other potential concerns. Milton is represented on the Grand River Conservation Authority which will also review the application.

GO Transit Changes
Upcoming
changes to GO Bus Routes –Effective August 30th, the GO Busses on Route 21 & 27 will no longer stop in Downtown Milton, but will continue service from the Milton GO Stations. Milton Transit Busses will service this link. More about Milton Transit services at www.miltontransit.ca More info on GO Bus service changes at: www.gotransit.com/public/en/updates/schedulechanges

Election Employment
The Town of Milton is seeking people to work in various positions for the October 27th Election. Application forms are available at www.MiltonVotes.ca, and Town Hall Monday-Friday between 8:30am & 4pm. All applicants are required to submit their completed application in person at the Town Clerk’s Division and will be required to complete a brief written test. No appointment is necessary.

Election positions are filled on a first come first served basis so make sure to get your application in early to avoid disappointment. For more information please contact Brett Stein, Election Advisor at 905-878-7252 ext. 2109. Go to Election Employment for additional information on election positions and the hiring process.

Education Village
Council unanimously endorsed Wilfrid Laurier University’s submission to the Province to locate a campus in Milton. Halton Region has also endorsed this proposal. The deadline for Requests for Proposals is Sept. 26th. If selected, WLU would begin to offer programs very quickly through temporary facilities.

Tax Payments
Residents can now pay property taxes with their credit card online through Plastiq, an online third party payment service provide. A fee of 1.99% of the amount paid is charged by Plastiq for each transaction. Plastiq’s terms and conditions are available online at http://www.plastiq.com/. For more information www.plastiq.com/milton.

Road Reconstruction

  • Sixth Line Nassagaweya, 20 to 25 Sideroads. August 18-September 5 (new dates) 20 Sideroad to 25 Sideroad will be closed to through traffic for reconstruction. Fifth Line Nassagaweya will be the detour route.
  • First Line Nassagaweya north of Arkell Road to Hwy. 7 – through November – A Road Reconstruction project in conjunction with the County of Wellington. It will include a 1 metre paved shoulder.
  • Glenda Jane Drive & Jessie Avenue, Campbellville (Council approved additional funds for streetlights & improvements requested by the residents. The Tender closes August 14.)

Note: Last year’s reconstruction of Sixth Line Nass included a pilot project for a new road surface, called expanded asphalt. The results were positive and will become the standard. A ‘Sealant’ was added this year to preserve this Surface.

Road Resurfacing

  • 20 Sideroad between Guelph Line & First Line Nassagaweya through September This Regional of Halton project will require closure of the road in two stages. Stage One between First & Second Line Nass. Stage Two between Second Line Nass & Guelph Line in August as Stage One is complete. 25 Sideroad is the Detour Route.

Bridge Repair– Correction

  • First Line Nassagaweya at 401 – through November. Work on the MTO Bridge will require Lane Closures. One lane will remain open.

Ashpalt Overlay

  • Amos Drive, Brookville
  • Boland Crescent, Campbellville

Surface Treatment     

  • Nassagaweya Puslinch Town Line Arkell Road to First Line Nassagaweya
  • Campbell Avenue East, Glenda Jane to Campbellville Road

(Note: Reconstruction of Campbell Avenue East of Guelph Line is forecast for 2016)

  • Conservation Road – Milburough Line to First Line Nassagaweya
  • Fifth Line Nassagaweya – 15 Sideroad to 25 Sideroad
  • 14 Sideroad   – Bell School Line to Appleby
  • 15 Sideroad – Puslinch border to First Line Nassagaweya
  • 20 Sideroad – Fourth Line Nassagaweya to Nassagaweya/Esquesing Town Line
  • 28 Sideroad – First Line Nassagaweya to Second Line Nassagaweya
  • Second Line Nassagaweya – 10 Sideroad to 15 Sideroad
  • Steeles Avenue – Appleby to Bell School Line
  • Tremaine Road – north of Campbellville Road
  • Walkers Line – north of Derry Road

Note: Surface Treatment consists of a base treatment, covered by gravel. This lengthens the ‘life’ of the roadway. It also eliminates the road grading and calcium applications to control dust. Unfortunately, immediately following this treatment, dust is created as the gravel binds to the surface, and some gravel ‘floats’ to the shoulders.

June 2014

Road Closure
The Railway Crossing at 3 Sideroad & First Line Nassagaweya will be closed to traffic from 7am Tuesday, June 17th (tomorrow) until 7pm Wednesday, June 18 to facilitate crossing repairs. Detours will be First Line Nassagaweya & Conservation Road, Milburough Line

Tax Survey
The Town of Milton is asking for your help in shaping the 2015 Budgets. Please share your opinions through a short survey www.milton.ca by June 30th. Operating and Capital Budgets web page or call 905-878-7252, ext. 2470.

Brush Cleanup/Burn permits
Cleanup of brush continues with a one-time program! Call the Region at 311 before June 27thto request pickup.Visit Halton Region’s website for more information including a detailed map and instructions on how to place bulk brush. The Halton Waste Management Site will waive fees for brush drop-off until June 30th. n Burlington collection area 8, Halton Hills collection areas 1 and 2, and Milton collection areas 1 and 2, oversized bulk brush is collected by appointment only, starting June 9, 2014.


May 1st, 2014

Community Tragedy

On Tuesday 29th April, at 11 pm, tragedy struck a local business.  Fire broke out at Maranatha’s Flower Shop and B & B. Dave, Martha, their lodger Suzanne and two guests from BC were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and minor injuries.

Dave and Martha, as well as Suzanne (a local Halton Policewoman) lost all their possessions in the devastating fire, which completely destroyed the property.

As a community, we want to do something to help them.  So if you would like to contribute something to assist Dave and Martha in replacing some of their belongings, please hand your donation – in the form of Gift Cards, cash or cheques (made out to Mr and Mrs McPhee) – in to the receptionist at The Mohawk Inn, Guelph Line

Bridget and Shawn Saulnier, owners of the Mohawk Inn, have kindly agreed to act as the collection point for this community activity.

Donations will be accepted until 14th May 2014.

Thank you for your generosity in supporting members of your community.

Liz Lambrick, President
Campbellville Community Association (DCCA)
www.campbellville.net
Campbellville and Surrounding Nassagaweya Area – Ours to Share!

Brush Removal

Regional Council has approved a brush collection service in the rural community for materials related to the December ice storm.

The collection in Nassagaweya is May 5th – 23rd !  

The Region’s contractor, Miller Waste Systems will be utilizing approximately 7 rear packers to collect brush in piles 20 feet in length along the roadside, piled 4 feet high with branches no longer than 6 feet in length and 3 inches in diameter.  More details at http://www.halton.ca/cms/One.aspx?portalId=8310&pageId=114218

The Region will also be co-ordinating management of brush material received at the Mohawk Racetrack through to May 19th.

The Waste Management site on RR 25 is waiving tipping fees temporarily.

Burn Permits (good all year) are free through May – but you MUST apply & follow the rules.

Rural Watch

Break-ins were down in 2013, but unfortunately this year has started badly with five incidents in February. Some thieves are targeting  families going to funerals. Others are first checking to see if someone is home.

The good news is that a vigilant resident led to the arrest of one group, by noting the license number of a suspicious vehicle. An arrest was made and some possessions recovered.

If you have a hunch something is wrong, do not ignore it.

What are you to do? Do not challenge them.

  • Get a description and the plate number of the car.
  • Note the direction the vehicle is travelling.
  • Note the description of the person or persons.
  • Call the police immediately 905-878-5511or 905-853-2111.

To be on the calling list for Rural Watch, email Jean Woods at hjwoods@ican.net

Save the Date

The NCCC (Nassagaweya Community Consultation Committee) will host their Annual Public Information Meeting on Wednesday, April 16th at Brookville Hall.  Hydro & Police will be among the featured speakers.  More information will follow.

Animal Control

The Town of Milton has assumed enforcement of Milton’s Animal Control By-law (previously contracted to the Oakville-Milton Humane Society). For concerns –

  • Regarding Animal Control issues, call the Town of Milton 905-878-7252, ext. 2254.
  • To report dead wildlife on public roads within the Town of Milton, call 905-878-7252 ext. 2500.
  • To report domestic farm animals loose on the road, call Halton Region Police 905-878-5511.
  • To report domestic farm animals trespassing, call Doug McPhail, Poundskeeper, at 905-877-1819.
  • The Oakville-Milton Humane Society will continue to take in injured wildlife; investigate animal abuse, cruelty, and neglect; act as a resource for Milton whenever possible taking in pets that need to be re-homed. They can be contacted at 905-845-1551.
Dog Tags

By-laws require that all dogs be licensed, and be leashed when not on their owner’s property; this includes rural properties. To encourage compliance, the Town is waiving late fees for license renewals. Go to Dog Licensing for an application form or to learn about fees and regulations.

Snow on Roads

When clearing driveways of snow, please be careful not to leave snow rows on the public roadway. This is dangerous to both the private plow operator and for traffic (as it may turn to ice). It is also prohibited and subject to fines under the “Road Fouling’ by-law.

Mailbox Damage

The Town will reimburse residents up to $100.00 towards repairs or replacement of mailboxes damaged by a Town plow. Report damage and staff will assess the damage and leave instructions on where to submit receipts. Call 904-878-7211 (or 1-800-4185494) ext. 2500.

Emergency Numbers

Please make certain that your Emergency Number is visible at the end of your driveway, not hidden by a snow bank.

Summer Employment

If you, or one of your family is looking for work, check the Town listings (Under ‘Work” click on ‘careers’.  www.milton.ca Positions are currently listed: Program Instructor/Interior Design, Life Guard/Swim Instructors, Preschool Drop In Staff. Mohawk Racetrack is also hiring.

Garbage Calendar

The new Garbage Calendar has been distributed by Region. Call 311 if you have not received yours.

Hospital Expansion

Infrastructure Ontario and Halton Healthcare Services have announced the three teams shortlisted to design, build, finance and maintain the Milton District Hospital expansion project. More information is available at www.haltonhealthcare.on.ca/.

Council Appointment

Milton Council voted for Brian Penman to replace Tony Lambert as a local Councillor and a Regional Councillor representing Wards 1,5,6,7,8.

Milton Hydro Board

The Town of Milton is currently accepting applications for the Milton Hydro Board of Directors. Two vacancies are available for a four-year term. Visit Boards and Committees web page for at www.milton.ca for more details. Deadline 4:30pm, March 6.


 

Storm Edition

Thank you for sharing your comments & concerns.

Colin & I further highlighted the need for

  • better communication
  • more coordination with Bell Canada
  • concerns for vulnerable neighbours
  • notification/assistance for private lines
  • continuing debris cleanup

Of particular note –

  •  Burn Permit fees will be waived through May, 2014. However permits WILL be required.  http://burnpermits.milton.ca/
  •  Debris cleanup will continue through the spring. All roads (not just Hamlets) will likely be included.

The NCCC (Nassagaweya Community Consultation Committee) is planning a public Information Meeting on Wednesday, April 16. The focus will be Emergency Planning. Hydro will be a featured guest.

Hydro Ice Storm Report – Ice Storm Debrief – Survival 101 

If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to let me know & I will pass these on.

Also … I have an extensive list of tree contractors -large & smaller – some of whom may ‘work for wood’. (My devastated property was a magnet for door-to-door quotes.)


Tree Trimming Contractors


 

Business Edition

Mohawk Inn & Conference Centre offers flexible and affordable office space, complete with Wi-Fi, reception and other business support services. Ideal as a satellite sales office, or as an alternative to working from home, Mohawk Offices offers both private and shared office space.Mohawk Offices offers flexible leases. Units range from 350 to 700 square feet, and can be adjoined to create more space. Or, if you find you need less space, that’s an option too.

Milton Innovation Centre: The former Town Annex facility on Industrial Drive is now The Milton Education Village (MEV) Innovation Centre. It is designed for is a place for the business community to meet and a space designed for new and existing business in a growth phase.  Providing an ecosystem for technology intensive companies and business in the manufacturing and production industries, the innovation centre will provide access to entrepreneurs in four ways:  1)Collaborative space; 2) Business services; 3) Accelerator/incubator programming; 4) Education and training. 

Halton Region Surveys: Halton Region is seeking the perspectives of businesses in the hamlets and rural clusters in order to obtain their views on how to improve their viability and ensure continued rural development throughout Halton Region. Please take the time to complete one of the two short confidential surveys.

Rural Businesseshttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FR9H9YW

Agriculture/Farming:  www.surveymonkey.com/s/YJP2LHW