On August 21st a developer hosted open house & presentation was held at the 447 Wing to discuss the proposed Mountaingate Community. The developer is proposing to introduce 430 residential units, which are predominantly single detached and street town homes. The plan also includes some higher density town homes closer to Airport Road. 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.

Mountaingate Community Presentation Panels

Mountaingate Community Presentation Slides

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Twenty Rd. E. will be CLOSED to through traffic between Nebo Road and Miles Road, commencing Monday August 21st August 28th until approximately November 30th, weather permitting, due to the Nebo Trails Limited development installing storm and sanitary sewers and road improvements. The actual work zone closure segment on Twenty Road is between Nebo Road and a point 0.4 km westerly thereof.

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Due to the ongoing construction at Mount Hope Park the ‘A Day in the Park’ event will not be able to happen this year. We are looking to 2018 to bring ‘A Day in the Park’ back in full swing at the newly renovated park.

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On August 14, 2017, a blue-green algae bloom was detected in the Binbrook Reservoir (Lake Niapenco) by the City of Hamilton Public Health Department. The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Area is restricting public access to Lake Niapenco through Binbrook Conservation Area.

Blue-green algae (also known as cyanobacteria) are naturally occurring microscopic organisms found in fresh, brackish, or marine water. Under certain conditions such as warm water temperatures and high nutrient loads, cyanobacteria can multiply quickly and create blooms.

Cyanoblooms can occur in Canada at any time of year but are more common in summer or early fall. They can appear as a blue sheen, scum, mats, or foam on the water’s surface, and may be red, brown, green, or blue.

Cyanobacteria can produce cyanotoxins, high concentrations of which are harmful to animal and human health, in both drinking and recreational water. Not all cyanobacteria species produce toxins, but every bloom should be treated as toxic until known otherwise. As the safety of the public is the NPCA’s primary concern, the Binbrook Reservoir has been closed for public access until the water is deemed safe by the City of Hamilton Public Health Department.

This algae bloom does not affect the operation of the splash pad or the park’s potable water system. The Binbrook Conservation Area will remain open for patrons to enjoy the park’s other land-based amenities.

Visitors are encouraged to contact the park directly at 905-692-3228.

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in order for CN Rail to complete urgent track repairs at the railway crossing, Fifty Road will be closed between Barton Street North & South Service Road beginning this Wednesday, August 16 at 8 am. The closure is expected to last approximately three days and is expected to wrap up by the evening of Friday, August 18.

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Take note of this fun local event happening in Binbrook, this Saturday August 12th at the Binbrook Conservation Area.

The Binbrook Conservation Area will be hosting Movie night this Saturday August 12th. The admission for the evening will be any non-perishable food items that will be donated to the local area food bank. The feature film for the evening will be ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol.2’ and will begin at dusk.

Over night camping will also be available Saturday evening, $30 per campsite, all proceeds to go to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Foundation. Please call the area directly in advance if you wish to reserve a site – (905) 692-3228

The Hamilton Amateur Astronomers will be on hand as well for the annual astronomical event, the ‘Perseids Meteor Shower’ that will take place in the night sky throughout the evening. The Hamilton Amateur Astronomers will provide telescopes free for the public to use.

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Follow the link to give your opinion on the new Mount Hope Gateway design concepts, now including the donation of a historic Beechcraft plane. Voting closes on August 11.

Click Here to Complete Survey

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Construction of the White Church Road Bridge (east of Miles Road) is scheduled to commence on or about July 31, 2017 and be substantially completed by October 2017, weather permitting.

The work involves removal of the bridge, lowering the elevation of the road and raising the rail trail to create an “at-grade” intersection. Any areas disturbed will be fully restored.

In order to do this construction, White Church Road will be closed between Ferris Road and Tyneside Road. Miles road will be closed between Chippewa Road to Airport Road. local and emergency access will be maintained east and west of the bridge. The Rail-Trail will also be closed between Airport Road and Miles Road connections.

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Bring your child to the Erland Lee Museum (552 Ridge Road, Stoney Creek) on Wednesdays during August! The program will provide them with a variety of activities, crafts, and games all related to three themes: “Canada 150 Celebration” (August 2), “A Sporting Chance” (August 9), and “Life on the Farm” (August 16). Camp runs from 10:00am to 3:00pm on each day. Ages 4-10. $35 per child per day. For more information, email curator@fwio.on.ca.

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Great news for Mount Hope Village! After working closely with the Warplane Heritage Museum, Councillor Brenda Johnson is thrilled to announce that the Museum has donated a Plane for the Mount Hope Gateway Feature which will be located at the north end of Homestead Drive at Upper James Street.

“It’s been a long time coming, but it’s perfect” says Brenda Johnson.

For Immediate Release
July 14, 2017
Public input sought on new Mount Hope Gateway as City lands historic aircraft donation
from Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

HAMILTON, ON – Thanks to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the new Mount Hope Gateway is landing a new permanent fixture – an historic training aircraft, a Beechcraft CT-134 Musketeer, announced the City of Hamilton Friday.

The Beechcraft will become part of the Gateway design on the outcrop of land at Homestead Drive and Upper James Street.

The public is invited to attend an Open House on Wednesday, July 26 between 4pm and 7pm at 447 Wing (3210 Homestead Drive) to review and vote on three design concepts for the new Mount Hope Gateway that will include the unique addition of this historic plane.
Quick Facts
• During their 21 years of service, Musketeers trained approximately 5,000 Canadian military pilots and served with 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School and the Canadian Forces Flying Instructor School
• The Beechcraft RCAF CT 134 Musketeer was a military training derivative of the Sundowner built by Beechcraft for the Canadian Forces. The CT-134 was a single engine, low-wing, four-seat light aircraft with fixed landing gear and a limited aerobatic capability.
• Reflective of the City of Hamilton’s history, the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport was used as training facility during World War II.

Additional Resources
Beechcraft CT-134 Musketeer
“This is amazing news for the Mount Hope Village. Through public consultation and working with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, we have created the perfect gateway feature; it’s long overdue.”

Councillor Brenda Johnson, Ward 11
City of Hamilton

“The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is pleased to contribute a RCAF CT 134 Musketeer basic training aircraft that was in service from 1971 to 1992 and part of a fleet in which over 5000 RCAF pilots were trained to fly in to this Gateway Project. We are pleased that this aircraft will be displayed in honor of RCAF Station Hamilton located at the Mount Hope Airport and home of the British Commonwealth Air Training Program No. 10 Elementary Flying School, and No. 33 Air Navigation School, and the City of Hamilton 424 “Tiger” Squadron based in Mount Hope until 1964.”

David G. Rohrer, President & CEO
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

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A reminder that if you ride an ATV through rural fields and trails you MUST get written permission from the property owner before doing so. Otherwise you will be charged with trespassing. Please respect our farmers and their properties. ATV’s can ruin crops and land and threaten a farmers livelihood. A $10,000 machine can do $10,000 in damage very quickly.

Stoney Creek farmer struggles with ATV trespassers

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To safely complete the replacement of the bridge over the Red Hill Creek, the City of Hamilton will close Dartnall Road between Rymal Road and Stone Church Road East beginning July 4, 2017 for approximately four months. The construction will also include road widening, drainage and lighting improvements. Detour signs will be posted. The City of Hamilton thanks motorists for their patience as we complete these important infrastructure improvements.

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The Hamilton Fire Department advises that as Canada Day approaches, many people will be purchasing family fireworks to celebrate the holiday. The public is reminded that Fireworks can only be set off on your own property, and only on Canada Day or the two days immediately before or following Canada Day.

If you are setting off family fireworks, we urge you to follow these fireworks safety tips to ensure that the risk of fire and burn injuries is minimized and that everyone in attendance enjoys the show safely.

• Handling and discharge of fireworks must only be done by adults. Appoint one person to be in charge, who knows about the hazards of fireworks and essential safety precautions

• You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase and set off fireworks

• Carefully read and follow the label instructions on fireworks packaging including those for required clearances and set-backs. Choose a clear, open space, away from buildings and combustible materials. Also check that there are no overhead wires or tree branches

• Fireworks are not allowed to be discharged over roadways.

• Always keep a water hose or pail of water close by

• Set up a ‘safe zone’ and keep all spectators, children and pets out of this area. The label on the firework will tell you how far it will reach – the safe zone should be at least this distance.

• Keep fireworks in a closed box, away from the activation area, taking them out one at a time

• If not equipped with a base, firmly set the firework at least half its length in a bucket of sand or dirt, angled slightly away from spectators and check the wind direction and speed before lighting

•Never lean over a firework at any time, and light it only at the tip of the fuse

•Light only one firework at a time, and never try to light a firework, or hold a lit firework, in your hand

•Use a flashlight to see what you are doing

•If a firework is a dud or misfires, approach it with caution. Never try to re-light a firework. Leave it for at least 30 minutes and then place it in a bucket of water

•Supervise the use of all sparklers, especially with children. Sparklers burn extremely hot and can ignite clothing and cause severe burns. Children should have only one lit sparkler at a time and should not wave or point the sparkler in the direction of other people. Sparklers may remain hot for several minutes after burnout and should be immediately soaked in water to avoid injury

•If someone is burned, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes and seek medical attention if necessary

For additional information on fireworks safety, visit The City of Hamilton Fire department web-site at www.hamilton.ca/fire

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