Plans are in the works for a new gas station in Binbrook. The new owners of the Wills Property on Highway 56 are doing their due diligence in an effort to move forward with a gas station on this property. Councillor Johnson advises that the property is zoned for it and that residents are most anxious to have a local gas stations.

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Last Wednesday, January 31 an open house style public consultation was held at the Glanbrook Municipal Service Centre to inform the public on a Highway 56 Traffic study looking at the needs of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians from the areas of Cemetery Road to Rymal Road . To view the slides presented at this meeting follow the link below.

Highway 56 Traffic Study Presentation

Suggestions and comments on this material will be received until February 13, 2018. Find the comment sheet thorugh the following link:

Highway 56 Traffic Study Comment Sheet

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Binbrook

Highway 56 Traffic Study from Cemetery Road to Rymal Road

The City is undertaking a traffic study on Highway 56, between Rymal Road and Cemetery Road. The purpose of the study is to address the needs of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, and to investigate viable options for upgrading Highway 56 to accommodate current and future projected growth. The public meeting will allow for your suggestions and comments to be added and considered while developing the project.

Date: Wednesday January 31, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Glanbrook Municipal Service Centre Lobby, 4280 Binbrook Road

Mount Hope

Mount Hope Odour Update Public Meeting

Please join City of Hamilton, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport representatives and Councillor Brenda Johnson for a community meeting regarding community odour concerns.

Date: Monday, February 5, 2018
Time: 7pm to 8:30pm
Location: Warplane Heritage Museum – Dome Room, 9280 Airport Rd, Mount Hope

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The extreme fluctuation in temperatures along with the snow and rain we have been experiencing has been resulting in significant pavement damage causing potholes across the City.

City crews will continue to undertake pothole repairs with due diligence but note they are experiencing challenges due to the weather conditions.

During this harsh weather there is a heightened importance for motorists to drive defensively as they travel about the city, which includes:

– Reducing speed of travel and preparing for a slower than usual commute
– Maintaining constant attentiveness to road conditions
– Following other vehicles at a safe distance
– Maintaining optimum sight lines by thoroughly clearing your vehicle of snow, ice and mud
– Properly maintaining your vehicle, particularly tires, headlights, and windshield wipers

Please report potholes by calling 905-546-CITY. When you calling to report a pothole please be sure to provide detailed information as to location (street addresses or intersections) and estimated size of pothole. This will assist staff with prioritizing efforts.

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on Wednesday January 31, 2018 from 11:00AM to 1:00PM
You get your choice of 4 Home-made Gourmet Soups, Sandwiches, Dessert, & Fair Trade Tea, Coffee or water
Tickets – $10.00
Children – under 10, $5.00 – 5 & under, free
For Tickets Call 905-692-3198
CASE UNITEDCHURCH is located at 6180 White Church Road E., Mt. Hope
Proceeds to Glanbrook Food Bank & Case Building Fund

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Residents in Hamilton may continue to experience delays in recycling collection this week due to ongoing challenges experienced by the City’s contracted service provider.

Any residents with recycling that has not been picked up as scheduled should keep their blue boxes at the curb. At this time, some recycling collection crews are approximately one day behind schedule. Residents with recycling that hasn’t been picked up after two or more days should contact 905-546-CITY.

There are currently no delays to waste or green cart collection.

The City thanks residents for their patience and cooperation.

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With the recent onset of freezing temperatures, there is the chance that Hamilton residents may experience frozen water pipes in their homes. Hamilton Fire Department reminds building owners that the use of electrical equipment to thaw pipes may create fire hazards. The use of any electrical equipment to thaw frozen pipes, including arc welders, that is not CSA certified for pipe thawing is a contravention of the Electrical Safety Code and has the potential to start electrical fires in the building or adjacent buildings, even after the pipe thaws.

Should you experience frozen pipes, take the following steps to ensure your safety:
• If the frozen section is under the City’s responsibility, call 905 546-CITY (546-2489).
• If the frozen pipe is the building owner’s responsibility, hire a qualified contractor to thaw the pipes.
• Make sure that any hired contractor uses CSA certified equipment that is designed for thawing water pipes.
• If you attempt to thaw out the pipes yourself use hot water bottles, hot towels, hair dryers or small heaters. DO NOT USE AN OPEN FLAME TO THAW THE PIPE.

The City is responsible for frozen water service lines from the property line to the water main. Building owners are responsible for water service lines from the property line to, and inside their buildings.

Home owners can prevent water pipes from freezing in unheated areas by wrapping the pipes in insulation, opening a faucet to allow a small trickle of water to flow through the pipes, or opening interior doors to let heat from the house warm unprotected pipes in cold cellars and other similar areas.

Business and residential building owners should take similar precautions to ensure that sprinkler piping is not allowed to freeze. A frozen sprinkler pipe will not let water flow, allowing a fire to grow unchecked. There is also the possibility of sprinkler pipes breaking due to ice expansion. Make sure that wet sprinkler systems are adequately protected and that dry sprinkler systems have had all water drained from them.

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Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas Season and a Joyous New Year!!

A reminder that all City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed from Monday December 25 to Friday December 29. Offices will reopen on Tuesday January 2nd. For emergencies involving roads, water mains, sewer systems, public health and safety issues, please call 905-546-2489.

I can also be reached through email at Brenda.johnson@hamilton.ca or through the contact form on my webpage www.brendajohnson.ca during this time.

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December 18, 2017- With the holiday season upon us, we are entering one of the most festive times of the year. But it can also be a deadly time of the year.

The Hamilton Fire Department is urging everyone to pay special attention to fire safety during the holidays, and to drink responsibly. Careless smoking and unattended cooking are two of the leading causes of home fires in the City of Hamilton and are a leading cause of fire fatalities.

“Unfortunately the holidays are a time when we have experienced tragic home fires in our City” said Fire Chief David Cunliffe. “These behavioural based fires, caused by careless smoking and unattended cooking are absolutely preventable. It is important for our citizens to remember… cooking, smoking and alcohol are a dangerous mix.”

The Hamilton Fire Department also is reminding everyone about the law requiring working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. Take a few minutes to test your smoke alarms and make sure everyone in the home knows exactly what to do if the smoke alarms sound in an emergency. Develop and practice a home escape plan with everyone in the home.

Enjoy a fire safe holiday season by following these tips:

• Stay in the kitchen when cooking. Cooking is a major cause of home fires, so don’t leave the kitchen if there’s something cooking on the stove. If a pot catches fire, don’t try to move it. Cover the pot with a lid to smother the flames and turn off the burner.

• Keep things that can burn such as cooking utensils and paper towels a safe distance from the stove as they can easily ignite if they are too close.

• Keep an eye on any drinkers in your household and make sure all cigarettes are properly extinguished and the stove is off before going to bed.

• Cigarettes can smoulder among upholstered items for hours before igniting. Check sofas and chairs for cigarettes that may have fallen between the cushions. Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers.

• Drink responsibly. Excessive alcohol consumption is a contributing factor in many residential fires.

• Install and maintain working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas of the home. Smoke alarms also are required on every storey. Failure to comply with the smoke and carbon monoxide alarm requirements can result in a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals and $100,000 for corporations.

• Develop and practice a home escape plan with everyone in the home.

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Yesterday it was decided by council to not fight the Ontario Municipal Boards decision of how to distribute the City of Hamilton Ward boundaries. This means starting in October of 2018 there will be new ward boundaries through the city of Hamilton.

How do the ward boundary changes affect Ward 11?

Ward 11 will be split into three different parts with sections of the Ward joining Ward 10 and Ward 9. the new Ward 11 will include from Glancaster Road to the city limits in the east, and from the hydro utility corridor to the city limits in the south. To view a map of the current and new ward boundaries Click Here.

Why were the Ward boundary changes needed?

Ward boundary changes were needed to adapt to the growing disparity in the Ward populations. For example in 2016 Ward 11 had a population of 45,180 while Ward 14 had a population of 15,996. The new Ward boundaries will reflect a more even population in each Ward.

How does Councillor Brenda Johnson feel about the changes to Ward 11?

Councillor Johnson supports the splitting up of Ward 11. She believes the drastic population growth that Ward 11 is experiencing does call for a change.

Why did Councillor Johnson vote to appeal the Ward boundary changes?

Councillor Johnson does support the changes to Ward 11 however she does not support the new ward boundaries as a whole for the city. She voted in favour to appeal the changes due to how the decision will affect area rating. For more information on Councillor Johnson’s decision Click Here.

What is area rating?

Area rating is the process by which you are taxed accordingly with the city services you receive. Former municipalities (Glanbrook, Stoney Creek, Flamborough, Ancaster & Dundas) currently only pay for the services they receive whereas the former City of Hamilton gets charged for all services because they receive all services. For more history and information on area rating Click Here.

What do these changes mean for the current residents of ward 11?

When the new boundaries take place in October 2018 area rating could be eliminated in the next council term, which means you could be taxed for full services without actually receiving full services. For more information Click Here.

As stated previously, the vote to appeal the decision by the OMB was defeated at Council yesterday. The period in which you can appeal ends on December 27th.

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Yesterday evening a developer hosted open house and presentation was held at the Stoney Creek Municipal Centre. The developer is proposing for a mix of two and three storey conventional townhouses and three-storey back to back houses at 1288 Baseline Road at the corner of North Service Road and Lockport way. Find in this post the panels & presentation slides that were presented at the informational evening. Please email me at brenda.johnson@hamilton.ca with your comments or concerns.

To view the presentation slides that were presented at the meeting please click the link below

Baseline Road Public Open House Presentation Slides

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A bridge maintenance repair is requiring Tapleytown Road to be CLOSED to through traffic between Green Mountain Rd. and Ridge Rd. from Monday Dec. 18th until or before Friday Dec. 22nd. The road closure site on Tapleytown Rd. is 0.5 km northerly of Green Mountain Rd.

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During the holiday season, Canadian Blood Services is calling upon communities all across Canada to GIVE LIFE by donating blood this December.
Get involved in a blood donor clinic and encourage others to join you by sponsoring a clinic, donating blood with a team, or visiting a clinic to thank donors. Canadian Blood Services will be holding a donor clinic at the Binbrook Fairgrounds (2600 Highway 56) on Wednesday December 20th from 3pm – 7pm.

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Community Meeting & Workshop for the Elfrida Growth Area Study will be on Wednesday December 6th at Valley Park Recreation Centre from 6pm – 8:30pm.

Why you should attend this meeting:
-you can share what is important to you to help us plan for a new community in the Elfrida area
-staff will present three very different development scenarios for Elfrida and we need —you tell us what features you like/dislike, and what other elements we may need to include/consider
-small group discussions
-information will be shared about the Elevated Water Storage Facility and Pumping Station -Study for Pressure District 7 – Class EA study initiated to identify the preferred site for a new water storage facility and pumping station

Do you have accessibility requirements to participate? Contact us at 905-546-2424 ext. 4498 or elfrida@hamilton.ca. Advance requests are encouraged to enable us to meet your needs adequately.

For more information on the project follow the link: https://www.hamilton.ca/city-planning/planning-community/elfrida-growth-area-study

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This Saturday, November 25th Volunteer Firefighters from Station 18 in Binbrook will be driving through the Binbrook neighbourhoods for their annual Christmas food & toy drive! They will be accepting donations from 9:30am to 2:30pm. If you miss them driving through your neighbourhood you can also donate right at the station! (2636 Hwy 56)

Volunteers from station 19 (3303 Homestead Drive) will be doing the same thing the following Saturday December the 2nd. They will be accepting donations from 9:30am to 2:30pm and will also be accepting donations at the station.

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