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Update May 15th, 2018

Wind Storm Pickup
The Region has agreed to a one-time pickup of Private Brush, recognizing that not all properties qualify for Burn Permits and some may not be able to take brush to the Waste Management site. This will only be offered by request on Thursday, May 17th.

If you wish a pickup, send me an email cindy@in..on.ca and I will include your address on the Pickup List. Curbside piles are to be arranged neatly with branches no wider than 3 inches in diameter and branches no longer than 6 feet.

Special Yard Waste Drop off
The Region Halton residents may dispose their yard waste free of charge at the Halton Waste Management Site starting Tuesday, May 8 up to and including Sunday, June 3.  The site is located at 5400 Regional Road 25.

Burn Permit
As you look to clean up after this Big Wind, remember that Burn Permits are required! Failure to obtain can result in an expensive visit by the Fire Department responding to an outdoor fire.

The $40 permit is good for the calendar year. Obtain a permit for open air burning

Turtles/Bees/Hummingbirds
My favourite critters are back and need us! Watch for the turtles on the roads as they make their way to lay their eggs.  The Hummingbirds and bees need us as they search for food. Consider embracing dandelions … at least for a few weeks … as a first source of food.

Rural Internet
Standard Broadband has started construction in Moffat, currently going down 15 Side Road to 1st Line and by end of next week will be reaching out to customers along 15 Side Road to schedule their installations.  They will then head East along 15 Side Road and building in the areas along the way. Fourth Line Nassagaweya has wireless, but Fibre is probably 12 months out.   

Fireworks
Anyone wishing to set off or display family fireworks will need to apply for a temporary permit through the Milton Fire Department no later than two days ahead of time and will need to meet requirements such as minimum lot line distances and other safety factors that demonstrate that the display is being held in a safe manner. The use of sparklers is not considered as fireworks. To obtain a permit or for more information about the fireworks by-law, contact the Fire Department at 905-878-9251 or www.miltonfire.ca/fireworks.

Fireworks & Grand Re-opening Celebration
Saturday, May 19, 6:30pm, Mohawk Park, Guelph Line & 401

Ribbon cutting ceremony, famous Fireworks Show and live racing. www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com .(Note: Fireworks supported by the Campbellville Community Association through an OLG Grant.) More details Fireworks & Family Fun Night

Campbellville Bank
The Scotia Bank, Main Street (aka Guelph Line) Campbellville has indicated that they intend to close and more all current accounts to their Milton branch, effectively leaving the Village without a Financial Institution. The DCCA (Destination Campbellville Community Association) will be requesting the Bank to hold a Public Meeting regarding this decision, as permitted under Federal Regulations. More details as they are known.

Update May 7th, 2018

Council

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.

  • Purchasing Report –Staff Report CORS-31-18 includes tenders for
    • The Milton Tennis Club redevelopment $1,435,318 for reconstruction of the current eight courts and design/construction of a grade beam for an air supported structure (bubble). The $385,829 costs for the bubble portion of this project will be reimbursed by the Canadian Winter Tennis.
    • ‘New’ Campbellville Park – the tender for $713,073 will include improvements to the existing baseball diamond, concession building & parking lot, a new children’s play area, park shelter and granular looped walking trail (design per COMS-011-17) (Note: This tender does not include the paving of the walking trail ($19,961) and parking lot ($22,385) I believe the paved walking trail would be a great benefit and will be seeking to amend this report to include this portion. I would appreciate your thoughts. This is the park behind Cristello’s Village Market.
  • Making it Possible – Strategy for Growth & Economic Development –Staff Report PD-023-18. Recommendations in principle for the long-term vision for population & employment growth.
  • Mid-Rise & Tall Building Design guidelines – Staff Report PD-022-18. Plan of Subdivision & Zoning Amendment By-law by Mattamy (Brownridge) for a plan of subdivision including 268 homes &109 townhouses and amenities including a trail system on the east side of RR25 north of Britannia Road. The Heritage Home (the Bowes House) will be maintained & relocated to a lot within the subdivision.

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.

(It is not necessary to register to speak at Public Meetings. Simply come & be recognized.)

  • 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

Habitat for Humanity
Has withdrawn their application for a  Zoning By-law Amendment to permit Habitat for Humanity to re-locate their retail warehouse & ReStore to 151 Steeles Avenue East (NW corner of Steeles Ave East and Chris Hadfield Way). This was unanimously approved by Milton Council. However, in a narrow 12-9 vote, this was defeated by Halton Regional Council.

Update May 4th, 2018

Sad news
Two Miller Tree Service employees were injured this afternoon (Friday) while working on Fourth Line Nassagaweya just north of 20 Sideroad. Sadly, one died at the scene; the other was transported to the trauma unit in Hamilton with life threatening injuries. Our deepest condolences to their families and to the Millers and their extended family of employees. Names and specific circumstances have not yet been released.

HYDRO Service
The wind caused disruptions to Hydro throughout the GTA. Service to the north end of Nassagaweya, north of 15 Sideroad & east of Guelph Line. It may be interrupted for some time, due to loss of supply from Hydro One.

WATER, Recharge & WiFi 
The Nassagaweya Tennis Centre Community Room will be open for Water & recharging. (No WiFi)

Ebenezer United Church, Guelph Line between 20 & 25 Sideroads has WiFi and will be open this morning. And WiFi always works from the parking lot. Text me at 905-691-3795 if you need the password.

Roadside Cleanup
The official day is Saturday, May 5. Vests, bags, gloves available at the Nassagaweya Tennis Centre beginning at 8am.  Volunteer BBQ at noon, courtesy of Kelsey’s Milton, Cristello’s Village Market, Tim Hortons Regional Rd 25, Mohawk Park, and Nassagaweya Tennis Club. Drivers with pickup trucks needed; report to Jean at the Tennis Centre for a route to collect. Attn: Students: Volunteer Hours apply.

However – do your part anytime! If you can’t pick up today, gather & include with your weekly garbage. Every little bit helps! Litter begets more litter.

Sherwood Community Centre Park
Design options are now on the Town website. Have a look and share your thoughts. The Centre & Park (Main Street, east of Tremaine Road) will be undergoing design in 2018. Your ideas are welcome to help shape the features & design. The complex will include a Branch Library, Swimming Pool, Ice Pads, Community Spaces & Playing Fields,

Milton Youth Award
Congratulations to Ebenezer Church upon receiving the Champion of Youth Award at the Milton Youth Advisory Committee Awards Night. Ebenezer holds a Youth Drop-In every other Friday night, 7-9pm in their Community Room, Guelph Line between 20 & 25 Sideroads.

Ice House/Esso Station
The Town has issued a permit for alterations to the interior of the convenience store (east end of the property closest to the Post Office).We do not regulate the gas pumps and tank systems which fall under the jurisdiction of TSSA. I have asked by-law to review the property under the Property Standards by-law to address the debris.

Compost Giveaway
May 7-12, 8am-4:30pm and Sunday May 13 8am-noon. Halton Waste Management Site, 5400 Regional Rd. 25. Bring your own bags or containers and a shovel. Donation of non-perishable food item or cash donation. www.halton.ca/compost or call 311 Rain Barrel sale will be held at the Milton GO Station on Saturday, June 9, 9am-1pm.

Campbellville Bank
The Scotia Bank, Main Street (aka Guelph Line) Campbellville has indicated that they intend to close and more all current accounts to their Milton branch, effectively leaving the Village without a Financial Institution. The DCCA (Destination Campbellville Community Association) will be requesting the Bank to hold a Public Meeting regarding this decision, as permitted under Federal Regulations. More details as they are known.

Burn Permit
As you look to clean up after this Big Wind, remember that Burn Permits are required! Failure to obtain can result in an expensive visit by the Fire Department responding to an outdoor fire.

The $40 permit is good for the calendar year. Obtain a permit for open air burning

Slots Revenue
The Town’s share for hosting OLG Slots at Mohawk Racetrack was $1,085,387 for the fourth quarter of 2017, bringing total revenue to $107.9 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.

Milton Education Village
The Province has announced that it will invest $90 million to support the Milton Education Campus of Wilfred Laurier University and Connestoga College. The academic focus will be on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) and will include up to 2,000 new undergraduate spaces within 5-10 years. Some courses will be offered this fall in the Milton Innovation Centre, 555 Industrial Drive. The Milton Education Village will be a 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  www.milton.ca/MEVSecondaryPlan register for the mailing list.  Join our mailing list for updates about the Milton Education Village

Update April 30th, 2018

Sherwood Community Centre Park
The Sherwood Community Centre Park (Main Street, east of Tremaine Road) will be undergoing design in 2018. Your ideas are welcome to help shape the features & design.

A Community Meeting on May 1, 6 – 8pm (presentation at 6:30 pm)
Milton Sports Centre – Banquet Room will review the park concepts & provide feedback for the detailed design of the park.

Youth Bursary
The DCCA (aka Campbellville Community Association) is offering two Youth Bursaries –

One for a Grade Eight Student. One for a Grade Twelve Student.  Student must reside in Nassagaweya. Winner will be based on Community participation, not just academic achievements. Note deadline May 1.

Roadside Cleanup
The official day is Saturday, May 5. Vests, bags, gloves available at the Nassagaweya Tennis Centre beginning at 8am.  Volunteer BBQ at noon, courtesy of Kelsey’s Milton, Cristello’s Village Market, Tim Hortons Regional Rd 25, Mohawk Park, and Nassagaweya Tennis Club.

However – do your part anytime this week! Leave bags on the roadside for pickup on Saturday. Drivers with pickup trucks needed on Saturday. Youth Volunteer Hours apply.

Update March 19th, 2018

Council Update

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.

  • Transportation Master Plan –Staff Report ENG-006-18 to endorse the report including recommendations for the road network, transit network, active transportation network, road classifications, goods movement, transportation demand management, traffic calming, transportation safety, and monitoring.  The 227-page report can be found on-line at www.milton.ca//transportationmasterplan
  • Fire Department Semi-Annual Report –Staff Report ES-004-18. to receive for information.
  • Plan of Subdivision – Staff Report PD-011-18. Plan of Subdivision & Zoning Amendment By-law by Mattamy (Brownridge) for a plan of subdivision including 268 homes &109 townhouses and amenities including a trail system on the east side of RR25 north of Britannia Road. The Heritage Home (the Bowes House) will be maintained & relocated to a lot within the subdivision.
  • Halton Catholic Trustee Determination & Distribution Appeal – Staff Report CORS-022-18
  • Annual Statement of Remuneration & Expenses – Staff Report CORS-017-18 – to receive the 2017 report for Mayor & Councillors.
  • 2017 Milton Transit Q4 Key Performance Indicators & Annual Summary – Staff Report ENG-007-18
  • Notice of Motion & Motion – to suspend rules for immediate consideration supporting the OLA/FOPL Pre-Budget Submission for a modern, sustainable approach to Ontario’s Libraries.
  • Public Meeting –Staff Report PD-013-18. Proposed Official Plan & Zoning Amendment by Briarwood (Milton towers & Milton Greenfields) for three apartment buildings and seven townhouse buildings (688 units) at the southeast corner of Regional Road 25 and Derry Road.
  • Public Meeting – Staff Report PD-015-18. Proposed Plan of Subdivision & Zoning Amendment By-law by Primont Homes for a plan of subdivision including amendments to the original plan. At Regional Road 25 north of Britannia Road

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.

(It is not necessary to register to speak at Public Meetings. Simply come & be recognized.)

Habitat for Humanity –At their last meeting, Council approved a site & use specific Zoning By-law Amendment to permit Habitat for Humanity to re-locate their retail warehouse & ReStore to 151 Steeles Avenue East (NW corner of Steeles Ave East and Chris Hadfield Way). Further, Council agreed to defer the Town’s portion of Development Charges, interest free, for 10 years.

Movision TrafficLink System –The Town will implement the Movision TrafficLink system along Thompson Road South, between Main Street East and Derry Road, using collected data for timing of stop lights. This system is already in use on Main Street downtown. Other intersections will be identified for future upgrades.

Summer Program Registration – Registration for residents begins Tuesday, March 20 at 6 a.m. online at www.milton.ca/programs and walk-in registration begins at 9 a.m. at Town recreation centres. Non-residents registration begins two days later, Thursday, March 22. Registration for summer camps is already underway. In addition to registered programs, a wide variety of drop-in programs are offered, including sports, skating, fitness, track cycling and swimming.  Older adults can try a variety of registered and drop in programs at the Milton Seniors’ Activity Centre. For registration, visit www.milton.ca/programs.

Mohawk Career Fair –Saturday, March 24, 11am-3pm, Hiring for Customer Service, Food & Beverage, Kitchen and many more. https://www.facebook.com/events/705611719585769

Milton Hydro BoardApplications for two vacancies (four-year term) on the Board of Directors are being accepted until March 29, 4:30pm. For more information please see the Application Details or call 905-878-7252, ext. 2164.

CN Intermodal Proposal –  Public Information Session Wednesday, April 4, 7pm, Milton Sports Centre Banquet Room. An update on the process underway by the Region of Halton’s Court Challenge of this proposal and the impacts of the proposal on local municipalities. (More info on this concern in the last Nass News Edition-email cindy@in.on.ca if you want further details.)

Scholarships – The Milton Chamber of Commerce is offering four $1,000 scholarships to students attending their first year of post-secondary education; one for a student from each Milton high school including E.C. Drury for the Deaf, one for a high school student registered in an Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and one for a child of a Chamber member. The new Application deadline is March 31, 2018

https://www.miltonchamber.ca/about-milton-chamber/scholarship-fund/

Milton Youth Awards – The Milton Youth Advisory Committee’s Awards recognize youth in eight categories.

View information on the eight categories and to apply. Nominees must be between the ages of 13 and 18 (with the exception of the Champion for Youth Award) and must be a Milton resident. Nominees should have completed a minimum of one year of their contributions within or for the benefit of the Milton community. The Youth Awards will be presented at a ceremony on May 2. Nomination deadline Saturday, March 24, 11:59pm.

Part-time Firefighters Those interested in exploring firefighting opportunities are encouraged to attend an information session on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Milton Sports Centre for an overview of the fire service, details about the tests used by the department, and answers to questions about the recruitment process. The application deadline is April 3, 2018. Details about the recruitment process at

Milton Fire Department Part-time Firefighter Recruitment Process Guide.

Sherwood Community Centre Park The Sherwood Community Centre Park (Main Street, east of Tremaine Road) will be undergoing design in 2018. Your ideas are welcome to help shape the features & design. Sherwood Community Centre Park Survey (survey available until March 20 @ 11:59 pm)

A Community Meeting on May 1, 6 – 8pm (presentation at 6:30 pm), Milton Sports Centre – Banquet Room will review the park concepts & provide feedback for the detailed design of the park.

Sherwood Community Centre Park Map

Sherwood Community Centre Park – Potential Park Program & Elements

Sherwood Community Centre Park – Neighbourhood Context & Existing Conditions

Airport Noise – The GTAA and NAV CANADA will hold Community Briefings including a hour of technical review and analysis led by an industry expert. The new proposals include new flight paths for overnight flights, changes to the preferential runway system and a summer weekend runway alternation program.

Community Open House: April 5, 7-9pm, Milton Sports Centre

Drop-in style evening events will be held in communities across the GTA and include the same information as the briefings. GTAA and NAV CANADA representatives available to answer questions one-on-one and speak to the impact and benefits of the proposed changes on your community. Event also in Halton Hills on April 3.

Shop Local! Updates– Campbellville offers solutions for gifts and treasures! Grumblin’ Grannie’s welcomed a new shipment from Bali. New Store: Cate & Co is a boutique offering a wide variety of vintage & vintage inspired giftware, recreated furniture, repurposed items, a DIY paint line Fusion Mineral Paint, local artisan wares, workshops, and yummy gourmet foods. The Village of Campbellville has something for nearly every occasion!

Tall and mid-rise building guidelines – In recognition of the Province’s emphasis on urban intensification and increasing developer interest in pursuing mid-rise and tall buildings in Milton, the Town is proactively developing design guidelines to aid the integration of these developments into the community. To review the draft guideline documents, visit https://www.milton.ca/en/build/urbandesignguidelines.asp To provide your comments on the draft, please email planning@milton.ca by Friday, March 23.

 Mid Rise Building Guidelines  /  Tall Building Guidelines 

Small Business Coffee Chat- Join the Campbellville Community Association on Thursday, March 22nd, 8:45am at the Nassagaweya Community Centre/Brookville Hall. Meet other local small business owners over coffee and muffins courtesy of the Campbellville Community Association. Program feature: WARREN STRUTT, CPA, CMA, Partner at ARMSTRONG STRUTT, Chartered Professional Accountants, as he discusses a GRAB BAG of SMALL BUSINESS TAX ISSUES. Please RSVP through the Campbellville Community Association Facebook page or Sandy Hatzis sandyhatzis@remax.net 905-462-2280. https://www.facebook.com/events/178515212873767/

Update February 26th, 2018

Council Update:

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.

  • Habitat for Humanity –Recommendation COW-011-18 (Minutes of February 10) to permit Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment by Habitat for Humanity for 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).
  • Movision TrafficLink System –Staff Report ENG-004-18. To implement the Movision TrafficLink system along Thompson Road South, between Main Street East and Derry Road, to improve traffic flow in this corridor – a single source contract for $125,201.
  • Public Meeting –Staff Report PD-010-18. Proposed Zoning Amendment By-law to permit a Public Secondary School on Bronte Street South between Britannia Rd and Louis St. Laurent Ave.
  • Public Meeting – Staff Report PD-012-18. Proposed Plan of Subdivision & Zoning Amendment By-law y Mattamy (Brownridge) for a plan of subdivision on 208 acres east of Sixteen Mile Creek valley, south of Louis St. Laurent Avenue, north of Britannia Road West and west of Thompson Road.
  • Business Licensing By-law – Staff Report CORS-012-18
  • Sustainable Halton Lands Secondary Plan Update – Staff Report PD-009-18
  • Preferred Growth Options Update – Staff Report ES-003-18

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.

(It is not necessary to register to speak at Public Meetings. Simply come & be recognized.)

NOTE Deadline: Street Festival – June 2, 2018 – Applications for Vendors are still open for the 2018 Downtown Milton Street Festival until February 26th at 4 pm. Apply to be one of the many diverse and engaging Vendors on the day of the event.

Property Taxes – A gentle reminder that the 1st installment is due February 28. Your assessment is based on the MPAC value of your property, and calculated as this relates to other Milton properties. Commercial & Industrial pay at a higher rate.

Lieutenant Governor Visit – The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor, will make her first official visit to Milton on March 9 to learn about the community and meet Miltonians at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre with a meet and greet from 3:30-4pm, open to members of the public.

Court Challenge to CN truck-rail project –  The Region of Halton, the Town of Milton, the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills and the Town of Oakville, and Conservation Halton are commencing a joint Court application to confirm their jurisdiction to review the impacts of a major truck-rail project proposed by Canadian National Railway (CN) in the Town of Milton.  The application follows CN’s assertion that the project is a matter of exclusive federal jurisdiction, and that neither the province nor the municipalities have any regulatory role. The application seeks to confirm the legitimate role and jurisdiction of the Province and the Halton Municipalities with respect to CN’s proposed project. Since 2014, the Halton Municipalities have cooperated in assessing the 400-acre project for potential effects relating to areas of provincial and municipal responsibility through the Federal Environmental Assessment process. While the review is not yet complete, Halton’s municipalities are concerned that the project, located in close proximity to existing and planned residential communities, could have major implications for the community of Halton. Over 1,600 truck trips are planned for the site every day, resulting in local concerns for Halton residents including traffic congestion, safety, noise, dust, lighting and environmental issues. For more information, please visit halton.ca/cn.

 

Scholarships – Retired Teachers of Ontario are offering 25 scholarships worth $1500 each available to RTO/ERO family members in their last year of post-secondary education.  Deadline: 4:30 pm EST, March 15, Apply: https://www.rto-ero.org/programs-servic…/scholarship-program

 

Regional Road 25 Public Information Centre – The Region will hold an information Session on Thursday March 8, 6:30-8:30pm, Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf, 7801 Campbellville Road (aka 5 Sideroad). Looking at road improvement alternatives and intersection improvements to the section of Regional Road 25 between Steeles Avenue and Campbellville Road (5 Sideroad). Your input is important.

 

Airport Noise – The GTAA and NAV CANADA will hold Community Briefings including a hour of technical review and analysis led by an industry expert. The new proposals include new flight paths for overnight flights, changes to the preferential runway system and a summer weekend runway alternation program. Registration is recommended.

Community Briefings:

March 3, 10am-4pm, Westin Toronto Airport, Sutton Ballroom, 950 Dixon Rd. Presentations at 11am & 2pm.

April 7, 10am-4pm, Four; Points by Sheraton, Windsor Ballroom, 6257 Airport Rd, Mississauga. Presentations at 11am & 2pm.

Community Open Houses: April 5, 7-9pm, Milton Sports Centre

Drop-in style evening events will be held in communities across the GTA and include the same information as the briefings. GTAA and NAV CANADA representatives available to answer questions one-on-one and speak to the impact and benefits of the proposed changes on your community. Events also in Oakville on March 7 and Halton Hills on April 3.

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.

Olympics

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.

www.miltonchamber.ca/about/scholarship-fund.

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.

911

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.