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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