We are advised that the really wet conditions a couple of weeks ago prevented staff from doing a lot of their spring grass cutting and then it was followed by very hot sunny conditions which made for the perfect growing weather. In fact the grass grew faster than normal and our staff have been hard pressed to catch up.
The priority for grass cutting as been the sports fields so that our programmed sports can continue without disruption. Now they are diligently working to complete all the grass cutting in our local parks.

We would like to thank all the residents for their patience and staff will continue to work to keep our parks and sports fields cut nicely.

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Councillor Brenda Johnson brought a motion to Council today asking that the splash pads be opened now and also stay open longer in September if the warm weather continues. We are advised that both Binbrook & Winona Splash Pads opened early this afternoon and are ready to enjoy !!

This motion also addresses futures years by requesting that the splash pads be opened for the May long weekend depending on the weather.

This is great news as Councillor Brenda Johnson requested this early opening in this years budget, but council didn’t support it at the time. But Brenda was persistent in her efforts and finally won the battle with unanimous support from her Council.

City crews will begin activating spray pads this afternoon. It will take a few days to get all locations turned on.

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The Water Tower Park and Winona Park Splash Pads will be some of the first splash pads in the City to open. We can’t confirm the actual day, but Ward 11’s 2 splash pads are on the first list to open for the summer and will remain open until the week of Sept 3rd, 2018.

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Glanbrook Community Services, formerly known as Glanbrook Home Support
Reserve the Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Southbrook Golf Course (staying local!!!)

Time: T-off at Noon, shot gun start, best ball.
Price: $150.00 per golfer

Sponsors, prizes and golfers being accepted now.

2018 Sponsor and Golfer form coming soon!

Address: Glanbrook Community Services
4280 Binbrook Road, Binbrook, ON, L0R 1C0
Phone: 905-692-3464
Email: leah@glanbrookcommunityservices.ca

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Ward 11 “Winona Gardens” receives the 2017 Legacy Award at the recent Stoney Creek Chamber Community Awards held on May 17th at Winona Vine Estates.

Brenda & Jeff

Jeff Beattie proudly accepted the award and was recognized for his achievement and commitment to the community as he is the third generation to operate the family business.

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UPDATE: Extra extensive repair work was discovered at this bridge culvert location which will result in this segment of Nebo Road remaining closed until approximately June 22nd.

The resurfacing and waterproofing of a concrete box culvert bridge, will have Nebo Road between Dickenson Rd. and Airport Rd. CLOSED to through traffic. The bridge closure site is 1.0 km southerly of Dickenson Rd.Local Access is still available. Those who live on the North side of the bridge have access from Dickenson Road, and those who live on the South side of the bridge will have access through Airport Road.

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Was your home hit hard by the recent heavy rainfall, on April 20, 2017, causing flooding to your basement? The City of Hamilton may be able to help. We’ve set up the Residential Municipal Disaster Relief Assistance Program (RMDRAP). It’s meant to help in cases just like this. If the basement in your residential property was flooded as a direct result of the storm, you may be eligible for some financial assistance from the City of Hamilton.

How to apply for assistance:

1. Call our Hotline: Telephone 1-866-596-2242. You’ll reach our Program Administrators, Cunningham Lindsey Canada.
2. Don’t Wait! The deadline for submitting a completed application is August 31, 2017.
3. Tell your neighbours: We will have all this same information on the City of Hamilton website.

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Upgrades to the Mount Hope splash pad & park have finally started! The contractor who is doing the work has put fencing up around the area and significant work will start shortly. The park area is now closed as they start construction. Phase one of the project which includes the splash pad,playground equipment, and sun shelter, is scheduled to be completed at the end of June, weather permitting. Phase Two includes a shade structure, multi-use court, tennis court, exercise stations, asphalt walkway, seating and plantings which are scheduled to be completed by August 17th, weather permitting. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the weather cooperates!

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Please Note: Emergency repair work for a collapsed cross culvert on Nebo Road ‎, has Nebo Rd currently CLOSED to through traffic between Dickenson and Airport Roads, with expected road reopening around noon today.

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The Winona Community Centre is CLOSED due to a power outage. Power is expected back tomorrow and regular programming will resume at that time.

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In order to finish off construction work from last year’s bridge removal project on White Church Rd. E., the road will be closed to traffic between Miles Road & Tyneside Road as follows (weather permitting):

– Fully closed for the week of May 7 to May 12 ( a large crane will be on site)
– Intermittent day-time closures for the following two weeks, May 12 to May 25th.

Note also that the Rail Trail will be closed at its approaches to white church road as well.

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Police advise that they have made 3 arrests recently and hope that this will slow things down a bit. These break ins were not exclusive to Binbrook. Also, Niagara Region have arrested 2 people in a stolen car that they believe was involved in the incidents from Binbrook. Police are still working on this and would like to remind all residents to not leave valuables in their vehicles and contact the police if you see any suspicious people or activity.Please report all incidents to the police, this can be done online as well. Click Here to Report A Crime Online

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Do you have an “in case of emergency” contact for your dog? That’s what your dog licence is. The City of Hamilton is going to help you get one. They are forgiving any late fees for dog licences in May.

It’s as easy as one, two and three. Firstly, log on to the city website or drop by Animal Services, City Hall or one of the municipal centres, to get an application. Secondly, submit your application and pay the fee. Thirdly, when you receive it, put your tag onto your dog’s collar.

Here’s the peace of mind for you as a dog owner. If your dog is wearing its tag and gets lost and Animal Services finds them, they’ll get a free ride home once year. It’s also most likely that your dog will be returned to you safe and sound and, if not the next day, certainly within a couple of days.

Here’s what happens to your dog when they are not licensed and they don’t have a tag on their collar.

https://youtu.be/9dviHvqjpJg

Dog licences must be renewed every year and it is important to do this so your contact information is up to date. The City of Hamilton’s Responsible Animal Ownership Bylaw requires that all dog owners obtain an annual dog licence. The tag must be attached to the dog’s collar.

“We know that people get busy and often forget about renewing or even buying a dog licence. For this reason, we are forgiving any late fees for the entire month of May,” said Ken Leendertse, Director of Licensing and Bylaw Services. “We know dog owners love their pets. Keeping them safe by buying an annual licence helps to ensure that they are.”

The licence program is also a community builder. One dollar from each licence goes towards funding Hamilton’s leash-free dog parks. Licensing fees are also used to care and feed other lost or stray pets the come into the shelter. So your fee helps take care of other animals in their time of need.

The City of Hamilton’s Animal Services estimates that there are approximately 70,000 dogs across Hamilton but only about half are licensed. So at any point, that’s a significant amount of animals that are open to being lost with no way home. Animal Services aims to change all that.

For more information, please go to:

www.hamilton.ca/animalservices

www.facebook.com/HamiltonAnimalServices

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The contract has been awarded for and construction is scheduled to begin May 7th for the following: the supply and installation of the spray pad, new playground equipment, asphalt walkways and seating within these areas. This phase of the project is anticipated to be completed by June 29th, 2018 weather permitting.

The project also includes a shade structure, multi-use court, tennis court, exercise stations, asphalt walkway, seating and plantings. These works are to be completed by August 17th, 2018 weather permitting.

This is a 1.2 million dollar outdoor project, this amount includes the park master-plan, grading and removal of the pavilion. This project, coupled with the upgrades to the Mount Hope Hall, which was in the approx value of 1.2 million totals almost 2.5 million dollars in upgrades to the Mount Hope Community Park & Hall.

The quonset hut replacement is included in the next phase of this park.

It’s taken a while to get to this stage and I would like to thank the community for their patience. As I have mentioned before the splash pad delay was unavoidable if we wanted to receive the additional two million in upgrades to the park & hall.

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This past Thursday April 19 an Ontario Municipal Board pre – hearing was held regarding a proposal for a ten-storey building on Binbrook Road. (Please follow the links for further information on this topic: Ten Storey Update 1 ; Ten Storey Update 2)

The OMB pre-hearing is an opportunity to determine the formal hearing dates and times and to also identify hearing participants. At the hearing this past Thursday it was determined that another pre-hearing would take place on November 1, 2018 at 10am at the new OMB location downtown Hamilton.

The pre-hearing was rescheduled to give the applicant the opportunity to have settlement discussions with City staff. Please note that at this time staff has been instructed to deny this application in its current form and also know that staff cannot agree to a settlement without council’s approval. The application will need to go through council before a settlement is granted or denied. The rescheduling of the pre-hearing will also give those wishing to seek a party or participant status to find time to organize their statements and decide which status they would most like to seek.

If a settlement is reached prior to November 1 it will be presented at the pre-hearing on November 1. If it is brought to a hearing, a hearing will likely not occur until Fall of 2019.

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