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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.

Update November 6th, 2017

Rural Internet

Rural Internet/Region Survey:  The Region has taken up the cause! Please take time to complete the Survey at http://www.halton.ca/cms/One.aspx?portalId=8310&pageId=158488 If you cannot complete this, send me an email and I will have a hard copy mailed, or personally delivered, to you. The survey closes at the end of November.

Standard Broadband: The latest updates on this service:

“Standard Broadband has received municipal permits from both Halton Region and the Town of Milton for our proposed Fiber To The Home network covering the Moffat and Brookville areas. Our initial construction is slated to begin in the next few weeks and we anticipate completion in Spring 2018. In the coming weeks we will have new information posted on our website at standardbroadband.ca/ftth as well as a mailer and flyers circulated that will provide residence with the information on how to sign up and book their installation.”

Xplornet:  The latest updates on this service:

“Xplornet is working on upgrading the backhaul capacity for the Milton network.  The switch to LTE has prompted a number of customers to take advantage of the higher speed packages that became available.  This increased demand on the backhaul network which takes the traffic to the Internet connection point.  We are working to have that upgraded by the first week in December.  These network upgrades will help existing customers do more of what they want online. In addition, Xplornet continues to seek out alternatives to try to help more people in the Milton area and advance the service being provided.”

Background: For information (as sent in Nov.6 Nass News) email cindy@in.on.ca. Efforts continue!

 

2018 Budget (aka taxes)

As proposed, the 2018 budget maintains current services levels and has a proposed 7.5% tax impact for the Town’s share of property taxes or 3.34% when combined with the Region budget (Town share is approx. 1/3 of the total). Milton taxes are at least 34% lower than neighbouring municipalities. h sustainability and affordability. The proposed 2018 budget is now available to review online at www.milton.ca/budgets.
Community Meeting – Tuesday, November 28, Nassagaweya Tennis Centre, 7pm, hosted by the Rural Advisory Committee, Councillor Best & Councillor Lunau (aka Cindy.) A review of what is included (and not) in the proposed budget. Ask questions, raise concerns, show support for programs. Have your say in an informal setting.

Council deliberations: Council meets on December 4 (& 5 if needed) to deliberate the budget. Historically, items are removed (and occasionally added) to affect the final budget and tax rate. If you wish to delegate at this meeting, you must register before 10 am on Monday, December 4 at www.milton.ca/delegate.

Hydro Surges –

Service interruptions in the Moffat area have caused both angst and damage. A solution must be found. The explanation from Hydro follows:

“The outage on Saturday would have impacted only the people on a certain circuit. The risk of a higher circuit breaking and falling into a lower circuit will always be present on those poles that have a higher voltage circuit above a lower circuit as exists on Second Line. We will examine the possibility of removing the lower voltage circuit but it would reduce the reliability of customers as we would be removing the ability to transfer customers from one circuit to another station feed. We have identified those customers (approximately 57) potentially impacted; however, not all people on that circuit would necessarily experience damage. The recommendation is to process both a home insurance claim as well as submitting the claim to Milton hydro who will forward the information to our insurance adjusters to make decisions regarding payments. Milton Hydro is not the decision maker in whether a claim is paid or not.”

 

Other News…

 

Campbellville Christmas –

  • Official Tree Lighting – Friday, November 24, 7pm- The first duties of the newly inaugurated Honorary Campbellville Mayors, Bridget & Shawn Saulnier, will be to turn on the lights at the Campbellville Gazebo Park. Join the festivities! Music, friendship, hot chocolate & TimBits courtesy of Tim Hortons, RR 25.
  • Campbellville Santa Parade – Sunday, December 17th – Likely the Last Santa Parade in Canada, traditionally held the Sunday before Christmas (but the 24th doesn’t allow Santa time to fill the sleigh) Join this very community parade, organized by the Campbellville Community Association & the Parade Committee. After the Parade, meet Santa at St. David’s Church.
  • Local Features: Massive Light Display at The Stonehouse at 8565 Guelph Line, Ride the Rails at the Radial Railway Museum, Holiday Open House at Rocky Ridge Ranch, Road to Bethlehem at Country Heritage Park. Info will be included in my Events email.

If I’ve missed your event, email me at cindy@in.on.ca to be included.

  • Shop local! Many local entrepreneurs have great offers. Follow Campbellville Community Association on Facebook.

 

Black Friday Deals-FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton – Save up to 50% off tickets for select performances with the special offer code (on the website.) Discount valid from Friday, November 24th, 10am to Monday, November 27th, 11pm. Kick-start your holiday shopping or experience a performance this holiday season.

This offer is only valid for a limited time. http://www.firstontarioartscentremilton.ca/en/black-friday.asp

HWY. 401 – Efforts continue at all levels to get the Ministry of Transportation to acknowledge the dangerous conditions of the temporary lanes on Hwy 401. Please take care!

 

Youth Survey- Youth 12-18 Years old have the opportunity to WIN an IPAD just for completing a short survey. Responses will be used to understand what is important to youth in Milton and to develop programs and services to meet their wants, interests and needs. Deadline: Nov. 30.

 

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.

 

World Cycling Event- Mattamy National Cycling Centre, Dec. 1-3. The three-day UCI Track Cycling World Cup features cyclists from around the world and will be broadcast in more than 50 countries. Tickets for the UCI Track Cycling World Cup on sale at www.twcmilton.com.

 

Coats for Kids- Please share the hats, coats, mitts, boots that your kids have outgrown. Bins at Brookville and Hitherfield schools or email cindy@in.on.ca. Clothing will be distributed to children through social agencies and groups