On January 15th the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) held its Annual General Meeting of 2020 at the Ball’s Falls Centre for Conversation. During this meeting Councillor Brenda Johnson was elected as the Chair, and Board member for Grimbsy, Mr. Bruce Mackenzie was Elected as Vice- Chair.

Councillor Johnson had the following statement regarding her new elected position,

“I want to thank the Board of Directors for having the confidence in me and choosing me as their next leader in 2020. I am really looking forward to working with the amazing NPCA staff including former Chair Dave Bylsma, and former Vice-Chair Diana Huson. I want to thank you all for your hard work and getting us through a very challenging year. To our newly hired CAO Chandra Sharma, who comes to the NPCA with a huge menu of skillsets and qualifications, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is blessed to have you on staff. On a personal note I am not interested in what happened in the past, we as a board dealt with that, I would now like to focus on today and what we will do tomorrow. Let’s get to work!”

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The above property will be coming to the City of Hamilton committee of adjustments on Thursday January 23rd. The property owner plans to demolish the existing commercial/office building and put in a gas station, restaurant with drive thru, bay car wash & commercial building. They will be asking the committee of adjustments for a minor variance to allow for smaller setbacks from the property lines than required and allow for less and smaller parking spaces than required.

The public meeting is scheduled for Thursday January 23rd at 3:05pm at City Hall rooms 192 & 193. This public meeting will allow for any members of the public to speak to the committee regarding this request. If you are unable to attend the meeting you may also send your comments in writing to the secretary-treasurer prior to the meeting date by emailing morgan.evans@hamilton.ca or scott.baldry@hamilton.ca.

To view the committee of adjustment notice regarding this property please click the following link: 2506 – 2520 Regional Road 56

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Please note, Hamilton Water is currently (morning of December 20) responding to a watermain break located near the intersection of Homestead Dr and Longview Dr, Glanbrook. Emergency repairs will be underway shortly and local residents can expect a water service disruption due to watermain shutdown. Staff will be going door to door to make every attempt to notify residents of the watermain shutdown.

To accommodate the repairs, a full road closure is necessary at the intersection of Homestead Dr and Longview Dr. This closure is expected to remain in place until the end of the day when repairs are complete. It is estimated that repairs will be completed by approximately 6:00 P.M.

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In 2015 a motion was brought to council which passed unanimously for City staff to look at the feasibility of buying the property that The 447 Wing occupies (3210 Homestead Drive) or to find a city owned facility to accommodate the Wing. The staff report came back with negative results because the city of Hamilton does not have policies that allow council to use tax payer dollars to buy property for private clubs nor did they have space that was appropriate for the Wing to use.

Currently 3210 Homestead Drive is zoned for mixed use which means it includes both commercial and residential space. The owner is proposing to demolish both 3210 & 3200 Homestead Drive (currently the Wing & The Pigeon) and build another mixed-use building. The City of Hamilton including Councillor Johnson cannot legally oppose such use as it’s currently being used for the same purpose today.

I want to thank everyone who came out to the community meeting on Monday December 9th regarding 3200 & 3210 Homestead Drive. We had many community members as well as members of the 447 Wing. Also in attendance was the City staff, owner of the property and his consultants. Many great questions were asked of both the owner and city staff. Suggestions for relocation to places such as Bobbie’s was mentioned. Having said that, the owner made a public commitment that he will have further talks with the Wing regarding the possibility of the Wing finding a home within the new building.

If you would like to be kept up to date with this particular development, please send an email to Brenda.johnson@hamilton.ca with your name and address indicating your interest and you will be added to the email list.

To view the proposal for the property please click the following link: 3210 & 3200 Homestead Application Drawings

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On Monday December 9th from 7-8:30pm there will be a community meeting at the Mount Hope Community CRC Church (3076 Homestead Drive) regarding development plans for 3200 & 3210 Homestead Drive (current Pigeon & 447 Wing buildings). There is a proposal by the owner to redevelop the subject lands with a two storey commercial building, comprised of offices, retail , and restaurant uses. This will be an open house style meeting with staff on hand to take comments and answer questions regarding the application.

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In July of 2018 the City of Hamilton sent out press releases advising citizens that there was a significant event that had happened at the Chedoke Creek (July 12, 2018, July 18, 2018). As a result of these press releases several media sources covered the issue including but not limited to CHCH, the Hamilton Spectator and all local radio stations, informing the citizens of this significant event.

What was failed to be disclosed was the volume and duration of the discharge of the storm water runoff and sanitary sewage into the Chedoke Creek especially when it first became known to Council in August 2018.

I would like to formally apologize to the residents of this City that this information was not brought forward publicly in 2018 or at any other subsequent Committee or Council meetings.

We are working with staff to rectify this issue and reports will be brought forward identifying all responses to provincial orders since July of 2018 as well as timelines and inventories of water samples, and environmental assessments.

For detailed questions and answers, access to the released reports, and a detailed chronology of the issue please Click Here to be redirected to the City’s website

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The Binbrook Santa Claus Parade & Tree Lighting has been RESCHEDULED for Sunday December 8 starting at 3pm with the parade route heading down Binbrook Road starting at the Skate Park and making it’s way into the Davis gate at the Binbrook Fairgrounds.

Immediately following the parade beginning at 4pm the Binbrook Fairgrounds will be open for a Christmas Village followed by a tree lighting ceremony at 6pm. All events are free! Parking is limited so please try and walk if able.

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For detailed questions and answers please check out the following web site for more details

• With respect to Chedoke Creek, we want to assure you that we have been taking, and continue to take, this matter very seriously
• Unfortunately, there will be times, such as this one, when a legal matter and investigation is ongoing, and we are not able to share information until the investigation is complete
• We cannot comment on discussions held in closed session
• We are committed to providing updates to the public regarding the investigation at the earliest time possible.

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Tuesday, Open Skate 18+yrs of age from 12:30pm -12:30pm
Tuesday, Open Skate for the Family from 1:30pm -2:30pm
Thursday, FREE Open Skate for the Family from 4pm-5pm
Friday, FREE Open Skate for the Family from 12pm-1:30pm
Friday, Open Skate for the Family from 7:30pm-9pm
Sunday, Open Skate from 1pm-3pm
See the calendar for further info and applicable admission fees.

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Sunday, Dec., 1st in Binbrook, starting at 4pm at the Agriculture Fairgrounds
1st Annual Santa Claus Parade which includes Tree Lighting & Binbrook Christmas Village and lots of Fun !!
Sunday, Dec., 8th in Mount Hope, from 3-6pm at the Mount Hope Community CRC.
Tree Lighting with lots of Fun Activities, Games, Special Performances, Hot Chocolate & Refreshments and a visit from Santa. Tree Lighting at 5:30pm. This year, in an effort to give back, we are asking if you are able, to bring a donation of either a pair of mittens, or socks, or a hat or a scarf to hang on our mitten tree. We will be donating all items to mission services for those in need this winter. CRC is the Christian Reformed Church, 3076 Homestead Dr

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Due to the winter storm, all locations of the Hamilton Public Library (with evening hours) will close at 7 pm tonight (November 11). The study halls at Red Hill and Terryberry will be cancelled tonight.

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This year the Annual Glanbrook Remembrance Day Service is being held on Sunday November the 3rd, 2019, starting at 2pm. It is tradition that the Glanbrook Service always be held on Sunday prior to November 11th, but given special circumstances this years service will be on the 3rd.

The is an excellent local Remembrance Day Service for Glanbrook and the former Township of Glanbrook chose a Sunday so that all local residents could have the opportunity to attend the service.

On November 11th the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum will again be hosting their annual Remembrance Day Service at 10:30. This is the largest indoor service in Canada and is also televised so all can view. Pease remember to come early to obtain a seat and this is a very heavily attended event.

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The replacement of another cross culvert in the same vicinity as one done back on Sept. 18 will require that Twenty Rd. E. be CLOSED to through traffic between Miles Road and the easterly intersection with Greti Drive, as scheduled for Tuesday Oct. 29th between 9 am and 2 pm. The culvert’s road excavation site is between #7186 and #7222 Twenty Rd. E. (0.7 km westerly of Miles Rd.).

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Thank you to everyone who attended the community policing meeting at the Glanbrook Municipal Centre last Thursday. It was a very informative meeting with many thoughtful questions being asked.

Three police officers were in attendance including our local Crime Manager Sargent Clark, Acting Sargent Woodard, and Auxiliary Officer Eleftheiou. These officers gave presentations as well as took questions from those who attended.

The following information was shared:

The top three traffic complaints in the area are for speeding, trucks off truck routes and running of stop signs. Council does not have jurisdiction over day to day operations of the Hamilton Police. when Councillor Johnson’s office receives complaints of these nature they are forwarded to the police services.

Ward 11 is a part of the Hamilton Police’s division 30. This division also encompasses the areas of Ancaster, Flamborough, Dundas, Upper Stoney Creek and the entire Hamilton Mountain. The Glanbrook area makes up 5% of the population of Division 30, and 7% of its total housing. Beat officers within Division 30 must first attend to 911 calls and other emergencies before taking on traffic enforcement duties.

There are over 300 traffic tickets given a month in ward 11, White church Road is one of the highest with approximately 50 tickets a month being administered on the street.

In relation to the rest of the city, ward 11 experiences
– 2.6% of total break & enters
– 0.4% of robberies
– 5.8% of automobile thefts
– 2.6% of thefts from automobiles
– 1.9% of total calls for services

The Hamilton Police Services has a crime mapping program that is available to the public to identify when and where certain types of crime have taken place in Hamilton during the last 60 days. You can find the crime mapping website by Clicking Here

A presentation was also made regarding crime prevention with tips on how to make your property safer. Crime Prevention Tips

In addition to posting the information on her web & social media pages, Councillor Johnson’s office sends out email notifications regarding times and dates of upcoming public meetings and community events. If you would like to be added to this list please email Brenda.johnson@hamilton.ca with your name & valid email address.

If you have any ideas or requests for what you would like the next public meeting to cover, please also email Brenda.johnson@hamilton.ca with the topic and she will add it to her list of future meetings.

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