COUNCIL NEWS

FROM THE NOVEMBER 23, 2020 COUNCIL MEETING

FILLING THE VACANCY OF WARD 2 COUNCILLOR POSITION 

Due to the resignation of Councillor Christopher Coady, a report was presented by the Clerk, which outlined the various options for filling the vacancy of the office of Councillor for Ward 2. The Clerk was subsequently given direction that the vacancy of the Office for One (1) Councillor Position for Ward 2 for the remainder of the 2018-2022 term of Council be filled through the appointment of the third place candidate in the 2018 Municipal Election for Ward 2, being Shelley Ann Bradaric.

NEW CORPORATE FLAG POLICY

Council adopted the Corporate Flag Policy which has been developed to create guidelines that are both consistent and appropriate for flag raising requests and for flying flags at half-mast at all municipal facilities within the Township of West Lincoln that have a flag pole(s). The Clerk has been provided delegated authority under specific guidelines as outlined in the report and policy to approve community flag raising requests. 

WATER AND WASTEWATER RATE STUDY AND A WATER FINANCIAL PLAN

Mr. Gary Scandlan of Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. who was retained by the Township to undertake a water and wastewater rate study and a water financial plan for the municipality reviewed in detail a PowerPoint presentation and advised that the purpose of the study was to look at the current and future water and wastewater system capital needs, the cost recovery options for capital, the estimated future operating costs over the next 10 years and the recommended new rates to recover the cost of the water and wastewater systems.  Mr. Scandlan also reviewed the legislation that has been passed by the Province since the Walkerton E. coli outbreak; reviewed the current water and wastewater rates that were in effect as of July 1, 2020, the existing and forecasted customers/users and billable volumes, the capital needs and financing, the reserve balances as of December 31, 2019, the lifecycle infrastructure costs (existing), a summary of the water and wastewater asset inventory and replacement schedule, the operating  budget and expenditures, and proposed forecasted water, bulk water and wastewater rates.

TOWNSHIP OF WEST LINCOLN CHRISTMAS BREAK HOLIDAY HOURS

  1. The Main Administration Office will be closed for the period between December 24th, 2020 to and including January 1st, 2021.
  2. The Public Works Yard will be closed December 24, 25 and 28th and January 1st and will be open on December 29th, 30th & 31st, 2020.
  3. The Arena will remain open, subject to program scheduling, from December 24th, 2020 to January 1st, 2021 inclusive, with the exception of December 25th, 2020. 

APPOINTMENT OF A NEW SECRETARY-TREASURER OF COMMITTEE OF ADJUSTMENT

Council passed a by-law to appoint Meghan Birbeck as the Township’s new Secretary-Treasurer for the Committee of Adjustment.

WEST LINCOLN PARADE COMMITTEE

The Parade Committee had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year's parade therefore in lieu of the Santa Claus Parade, the Parade Committee is having a Residential and Business Lighting Décor Contest, which is currently underway and is advertised within the community. For more information, please visit the Township of West Lincoln’s website at https://www.westlincoln.ca/en/recreation-and-leisure/west-lincoln-christmas-parade.aspx

“NO PARKING” ZONE ON GATEWAY AVENUE

Township Planning and By-law reported they have received several complaints relating to parking on Gateway Avenue at South Grimsby Road 6. Council approved staff’s recommendation that the south side of Gateway Avenue between South Grimsby Road 6 and Creekview Drive (a total length of 54 metres) be made a “No Parking” Zone such that vehicles would no longer be allowed to park on both sides of Gateway Avenue within the stretch between the two intersections. 

 PUBLIC CONSULTATION – ROAD NAMING (PERS)

Naming of Regional Road 14 (Canborough Street, Smithville, to the Intersection next to the former Mobros Horse Farm)

Due to complaints received from first responders, the Township received a request from Niagara Region mapping staff to correct the name of Regional Road 14 have come from Regional mapping staff who receive the complaints from emergency responders as the section betwenn Canborough Street to the intersection next to the former Mobros Horse Farm has been referred to as Smithville Road whereby others have referred to it as Townline Road, Smithville Townline Road, or an older Regional Road name of Regional Road 614. Council authorized staff to commence consultation with residents of the street and, if required, hold a future street naming discussion at a public meeting

York Street vs. York Road

Regional mapping staff have recently brought to Township staff’s attention discrepancies with respect to the suffix usage for Regional Road 9, known as York Road/Street, which needs to be addressed for the purposes of 911 PERS compliance. The segment from Regional Road 2 (Caistorville Road) to Westbrook Road needs to be consistently called York Street or York Road, while the Regional Road 9 term will also continue to apply. Council authorized staff to reach out to the property owners along this portion of road with respect to their comments and preferences before a by-law is passed by Township Council.