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Update February 10th, 2018

Council –  February 12, 2018

Reports are available on the Town website. www.milton.ca Click on Town Hall/Mayor & Council/Council & Committee Meetings/Agenda by date of meeting.

I am also happy to send these reports upon request – they are not attached due to file sizes.

  • Habitat for Humanity –Staff Report PD-008-18. After reviewing policy, staff recommends denial of the Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment by Habitat for Humanity to permit a retail warehouse to facilitate re-location of their ReStore to 151 Steeles Avenue East (NW corner of Steeles Ave East and Chris Hadfield Way).  (The final decision is up to Council to accept or propose an alternative Motion. In anticipation of Council’s wishes, Appendix 1 offers suggestions – a very likely possibility.)
  • Annual Reports: 
    • Milton Seniors’ Advisory Committee – COMS-003–18
    • Milton Accessibility Advisory Committee Annual Report – CORS-011-18
    • Milton Youth Advisory Committee – COMS-001-18
    • Youth Strategy Update – Staff Report COMS-002-18 A Milton Youth Strategy is currently being developed to assess youth needs and set priorities for service requirements. With a grant from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport’s Ontario150 Partnership Program, the Community Services Department has completed the Youth 360 Project, a community outreach to youth, which gathered information and feedback to assist in the development of the Town of Milton Youth Strategy. This report presents the highlights of the #miltonyouth project.

Council agendas & reports are available at www.milton.ca

Waste Collection

The 2018 Collection Calendar should have arrived in your mailbox. Call 311 if you did not receive this. Note that blue BAGS are now acceptable for collecting recycling materials in an effort to minimize roadside litter.

Road Closures

Appleby Line will continue to be closed until July 1, 2018. Campbell Avenue East will be closed from April 2-September 14, although local access will be maintained.


Unfortunately our local Olympian Travis Gerrits had to withdraw from Olympic competition due to injury.  While he is doing his rehab to return to training, he continues as an Ambassador for Sports and Mental Health, with guest speaking appearances.

Update February 5th, 2018

Council – January 15 & 30, 2018

Items that may be of interest:

Reports are available on the Town website. www.milton.ca Click on Town Hall/Mayor & Council/Council & Committee Meetings/Agenda by date of meeting.

I am also happy to send these reports upon request – they are not attached due to file sizes.

  • Public Meeting/Habitat for Humanity –Staff Report PD-003-18. Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment by Habitat for Humanity to permit a retail warehouse to facilitate re-location of their ReStore to 151 Steeles Avenue East (nw corner of Steeles Ave East and Chris Hadfield Way).  The Final Report is anticipated to be on the Council Agenda of February 12. If you would like to add your comments to be included, email barb.koopmans@milton.ca
  • Annual Reports:
    • Heritage Milton – PD-005-18
    • Milton Committee of Adjustment & Consent – PD-006-18

Milton Public Library – in person – see Library website

  • Supportive Housing Study – Staff Report PD-007-18. Following the presentation of this report, Council directed staff to bring forward amendments to implement the recommended updates to the Town’s policy and by-laws relating to the establishment of group homes. This is required to meet current Provincial & Federal legislation and the Human Rights Code. (The Full Report is included in the Staff Report. If you would prefer, I can send the Power Point. Email cindy@in.on.ca)
  • Conservation Halton Geo Park – CAO Hassaan Basit presented the Vision for Conservation Halton’s future – a Marketing Opportunity featuring ‘The Giant’s Rib’ – a conceptual representation of the Escarpment as a Giant sleeping on his side. This Geo Park will include a system of interconnected parks of over 10,000 acres of Conservation Halton and Town lands. If certified by UNESCO, it would be the largest urban Geo Park in Canada …an unique opportunity for conservation, recreation, and education. If you would like a copy of the Power Point, email cindy@in.on.ca

Your comments are always welcome. Email cindy@in.on.ca or Submit written comments to the clerk (troy.mcharg@milton.ca ) for distribution to all Councillors.

Snow Issues

Once 2 cm of snow has accumulated, operators plow roads, starting with higher priority/ traffic Regional and Town roads, followed by arterial and then collector roads. These roads are cleared to bare, centre bare or snow-packed, according to their classification, within 2 to 12 hours after the end of the storm, depending on how much snow has accumulated. Residential roads are plowed after priority areas and once 10 cm of snow has accumulated, with the plowing starting as soon as the storm has ended.  Residential roads are plowed to a “snow packed” standard and not “bare pavement” as these roads are a different classification than priority roads. As you clear your driveways, remember it is against Provincial law & Town By-laws to push snow into the roadway – this snow is a hazard for drivers. Concerns about road plowing should be shared with  Engineering Services at 905-878-7252 x2500engineering@milton.ca or using the myMILTON mobile app (www.milton.ca/mymilton).

Mailbox damage

the Town will reimburse residents up to $100 towards repairs. To report mailbox damage by a Town plow, contact Engineering Services at 905-878-7252 x2500engineering@milton.ca or using the myMILTON mobile app (www.milton.ca/mymilton). Staff will assess the damage and leave instruction on where to submit receipts.

Milton Education Village

The Town hosted a community meeting & workshop on the vision for the Milton Education Village lands. The MEV will be a comprehensively-planned, complete urban neighbourhood, integrating post-secondary education, residential, commercial, employment and recreational uses into a 400-acre site located south of Derry Road, west of Tremaine Road and north of Britannia Road, adjacent to the Niagara Escarpment. Information boards from this presentation will be included on the Town’s website and on display in Town facilities throughout February. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments by emailing. Find out about upcoming opportunities to get involved in the planning process,

visit  www.milton.ca/MEVSecondaryPlan register for the mailing list.  Join our mailing list for updates about the Milton Education Village

Small Business Coffee Chat

Join the Campbellville Community Association on Thursday, February 22nd, 8:45am at the Nassagaweya Community Centre/Brookville Hall.

Rural Internet

Sadly, internet remains frustrating for many (I went without service for a week.). The CRTC has designated rural internet as an ‘essential service’ with designated speeds. However, this has not translated into Service! Yet.

The key issue is that rural areas in large municipalities are included in urban bundles worth $millions.

In our area, the Inuksuk consortium (Bell, Rogers, etc) is unwilling to share or release spectrum capacity.

They refuse to let rural areas be carved out of the urban bundles, the obvious solution. Presumably it is ‘future growth’ and protected at the highest levels. (The rural area of Ottawa has a similar problem)

Efforts continue. The Region will be releasing their report soon …

  • Bell is slowing improving in some small areas.
  • Standard is moving forward with fibre lines (not regulated by the spectrum) – a costly answer – along 15 sideroad to Moffat.
  • Xplornet is working on new technology.
  • There is a new company looking to expand using the small amount of unregulated spectrum.  Stay tuned.

Ebenezer Church (Guelph Line between 20 & 25 Sideroads) has Standard Broadband, and excellent service. The Congregation has agreed to share this WiFi. It can be accessed in the parking lot and the Community room is available when the Church is open. This includes Monday & Thursday mornings (9:30-11am (Free Exercise classes) and alternate Friday nights, 7-9pm (Youth drop-in) and of course, Sunday Mornings (9:30-noon). Email cindy@in.on.ca if you need help accessing the WiFi signal

Mohawk Racetrack Development

Ontario Gaming West GTA Limited Partnership (OGWGLP) has been announced as the provider for expanded gaming (including table games) at Mohawk following a competitive procurement process. OGWGLP consists of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (“Great Canadian”) and Clairvest Group Inc. and will take over day-to-day operations in spring 2018. Woodbine Entertainment has committed to grow harness racing … with a Master Plan for Mohawk Racetrack which includes a $10 Million renovation, year-round at Mohawk and re-branding Mohawk as Woodbine at Mohawk Park (to facilitate on-line wagering). (the NCCC/DCCA hopes to feature this plan at our Annual Public Meeting on April 18th) Remember that Tim Horton, Mohawk, is open 101m-10pm.

Slots Revenue

The Town’s share for hosting OLG Slots at Mohawk Racetrack was $1,120,0989 for the third quarter of 2017, bringing total revenue to more than $106 million. Slots revenue is held in a Reserve Fund until the following year when it is used to support the Town’s Budget for Capital projects and to support the Milton Community Fund.

Piano Lessons

A local resident is offering piano lessons in her home in Brookville for children, youth and the young at heart. All levels welcome.  For more information contact Jodi at 905-699-4166.

Summer Camp Registration

The Town of Milton Summer Camp Guide is now available online and in Town facilities. Online registration starts at 6am on February 13 at www.milton.ca/camps and walk-in registration begins at 9am at Town Facilities. Registration for non-Milton residents opens two days later. Some of the new and exciting camps include LEGO Animation, Archery and Fencing, and Aspiring Artists. Returning camp favorites include Splash Camp, Visual Art Camp and Kindercamp. Camps are offered for ages 4 – 14 years. Teens 13+ can enjoy Leaders in Training camps and learn valuable skills.

The 2018 Spring/Summer Community Services Guide will be released on March 8 with swimming and additional recreation programs. Registration for swimming and additional recreation programs in the Spring/Summer Community Services Guide will begin March 20. For more information on camp, visit www.milton.ca/camps

Senior of the Year

This is your opportunity to honour an outstanding senior from our community! Nominate this senior to be recognized with this Provincial Award. Deadline for nomination is March 8, 2018.  Complete a nomination form and provide additional information. Online Nomination Form plus 2 pages (maximum) describing how the nominee fits the criteria and is deserving of this award and 3 letters of reference. Nominations will be reviewed by Milton’s Community Services Advisory Committee (CSAC) and recommended to the Province.

Summer jobs

The Milton Chamber of Commerce will be hiring students for the Farmers’ Market, Market Coordinator and Scholarship Café Assistants. Send cover letter & resume to info@miltonchamber.ca. Descriptions of the positions is available on the Chamber website www.miltonchamber.ca.  Enter ‘employment’ in the search window. Deadline April 20, 2018.

Camp KidsTown is looking for enthusiastic, energetic, nurturing and motivated individuals to join our Summer 2018 season. Located in the heart of Milton. Program Co-Ordinator, Jr. & Sr. counsellor positions, and specialty instructors. Please send resume to info@campkidstown.com.

Chamber Scholarships

The Milton Chamber of Commerce Scholarship applications are now on-line. $1000 for a post-secondary institution or a student entering an apprenticeship program. Deadline March 31, 2018.


Chamber Community Awards

Congratulations to the Award recipients and nominees for the Milton Chamber of Commerce Awards! Campbellville’s Liz & Peter Lambrick named as Citizen(s) of the Year. Anne Eadie: Lifetime Achievement; David Coulter: Joyce Hagevik Volunteer of the Year; Honorary Community Builders Award: Milton District Hospital Foundation. Moffatt Scrap Iron and Metal Inc. is nominated for Business of the Year (6-59 employees) A full list of nominees is shown on the Chamber website www.miltonchamber.ca The Awards will be presented at the Chamber Gala on April 13th at Granite Ridge Golf Club.

Address Confusion

All Milton taxpayers, regardless of their telephone exchange or mailing address, are entitled to rates offered to Milton residents. Great improvements have been made to ensure this, but occasionally a new member of staff may get it wrong. And some delivery personnel can be confused. (I understand this situation very well. I have an Acton phone number, a Rockwood address, and Milton taxes. When asked for my address I always write 25 Sideroad (Milton) RR  2 Rockwood.)

It has been suggested that the Town ask Canada Post to harmonize our addresses. A caution, under ‘be careful what you ask for’ – Rockwood address enjoy savings on car insurance, since Rockwood falls outside of GTA rates. You may want to check with your broker to see how much difference it would make for you.


Emergency Services will recognize your home phone location, regardless of your exchange. However, this does NOT apply to cell phone numbers. Post your location (including your exact address) prominently in your home. Remember to include Nassagaweya after 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, & 6th Line)

Milton Public Library News

  • Leslie Fitch has announced her retirement after 27 years at Milton Public Library. Mark Williams, has been appointed CEO/Chief Librarian effective July 1st.
  • Visit the Library’s new, improved website. www.mpl.on.ca
  • Rural Patrons can request books be sent by mail, with a pre-paid return envelope.
  • Library cards MUST be renewed annually & in person (I have asked for this policy to be reviewed.)

Milton High School Op-Shop   

Recognizing that many students struggle financially, Milton District High School has just opened an Op-Shop (standing for Opportunity) with gently used clothing such as jackets, hats, shoes, socks, shirts and more – free of charge. Help by donating clean, gently used items. Contact info: 905-878-2839 ext. 230 wrigglesworb@hdsb.ca


Update December 7th, 2017

Council – December 5, 2017 –

2018 Budget Highlights:

(A personal thankyou to Rural Residents Don Drybrough, Betty Robertson, Debbie Duclos, Olga Shewchun, and Jim Harding for their presentations to Council.)


Council approved a Capital Budget of $73,053.955 and an Operating Budget of $56,796,921. This is a 5.64% increase for Town of Milton taxes, or a 2.73% increase when blended with the Region Taxes. (The Town portion is approximately 35% of your tax bill.) The combined increase is $19.64/$100,000 of assessment.


Capital Rural projects for 2018 include

  • Campbellville ‘new’ Ballpark (behind Cristello’s)
  • Shoulder Widening of 15 Sideroad 2nd Line Nass to Moffat
  • 2 Bridge reconstructions
  • Surface treatment of 9 roads
  • 2 Streetlights (email cindy@in.on.ca with suggested locations)

One other project that will benefit our area is the Sherwood Community Centre with dual ice pad, swimming pool, branch library walking track, and community rooms. This is located at he NE corner of Tremaine Road and Main Street.

Reconstruction of Appleby Line north of Derry Road, designs for Moffat Park, and reconstruction of the final phase of Campbell Avenue are projected for 2019.


The Operating Budget maintains most current services and programs.

Rural Transit – Sadly, the Pilot project for Route 62 will end at the end of the year. However, the Town has committed to look for alternative transit services as part of the Transit Master Plan scheduled for next year. Although the Pilot Project failed to meet the ridership required to continue this service, the service proved valuable for many residents and demonstrated that a less expensive transit delivery would be benefit our rural community.

Fire Service – The budget includes five additional firefighters. (We will be meeting with the Fire Chief to discuss the potential of locating crews in Station 2 (Campbellville)



401 Noise Levels Thursday, December 7, 7 pm, Nassagaweya Tennis Centre Community Room (5 Sideroad & Guelph Line). The Concerned Citizens of Campbellville Committee will hold a meeting to discuss the 401 Expansion with the ever-increasing highway noise levels and the current safety problems during the bridges expansion construction. The purpose of the meeting is to share the CCC findings over the past few months and to solicit input from others. The CCC has met with representatives of the Town of Milton, Halton Region, The Ontario Ministry of Transportation and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. All welcome.


Small Business Coffee Chat- Join the Campbellville Community Association on Thursday, December 14, 8:45am at the Campbellville Fire Hall. Meet other local small business owners over coffee and muffins courtesy of the Campbellville Community Association. Constable Duncan Lyn, Halton Regional Police, will speak about Fraud, Scams and Phone Calls. Please RSVP through the Campbellville Community Association Facebook page or Sandy Hatzis sandyhatzis@remax.net 905-462-2280.


Campbellville Santa Parade- Sunday, December 17. There is still time to enter! Join this very community parade, organized by the Campbellville Community Association & the Parade Committee. After the Parade, meet Santa at St. David’s Church and enjoy music by Kim Atkins, Hot Chocolate courtesy of the Mohawk Inn Chop House and Tim Bits. There will be a bin for Food Box donations.


Coats for Kids-  Please drop-off any snowsuits, coats, mitts, hats, boots that no longer are needed by your family and help other Milton kids stay warm. Drop-off bins in the lobby of Brookville and Hitherfield Schools. Or email cindy@in.on.ca to arrange a pick-up.