For those who may have been busy with holiday preparation or parties and missed out on the December 18 Council meeting, in the spirit of the season we are (as always) giving you the gift of notes for your reading pleasure.
If you are not on Metrolinx mailing list, you missed a recent update they sent out in regards to the GO Niagara Extension. We have posted a copy of that newsletter for you below so you can get up to speed with all the happenings on the GO Niagara Extension.
This past week Town Hall had quite a full schedule with several end-of-year meetings. If you were too busy buying gifts or are already celebrating the holiday season, we have the meetings notes for you.
We apologize for a long-ish post, but we have done our best to trim things down without disposing of the interesting information.
Photo Credit: The Rosseau Group
If you were surprised when it was announced Rosebay was seeking (and received) permission to build two towers at 14 and 18 stories on the previous Planet Nite Club site… well, you better sit down.
If things weren’t already hot at the Region of Niagara HQ over last week’s ejection of a reporter and unlawful seizure of his equipment, local MPP’s of all parties have turned the oven to broil by taking their concerns to Municipal Affairs Minister, Bill Mauro.
Admin & Finance Agenda – 3:30 pm, December 11
On Monday, the Admin & Finance Committee will discuss the 2016 audited financial statements and a number of reports.
The agenda is viewable at: https://grimsby.civicweb.net/filepro/documents?expanded=542,761,79389&preview=89326
It will be interesting to hear if anyone brings up the missing $9 million (after taxes etc., maybe closer to $6 million left) from the sale of the Town’s shares in Niagara Region Broadband (read our previous post here).
In a scene reminiscent of the Soviet-era, a St. Catharines Standard reporter was forcibly removed and had his notes and laptop illegally seized while attending a meeting at Niagara Region headquarters.
Hot on the heels of Ed Smith’s win over the NPCA in the courts, Welland NDP MPP Cindy Forster and St. Catharines Liberal MPP Jim Bradley have been bringing forth citizen’s concerns on the floor of the legislature.
You can read the full text of their comments here: http://www.iheartradio.ca/610cktb/news/local/two-local-mpp-s-continue-to-raise-niagara-issues-of-concern-at-queens-park-1.3487822
The Auditor General says the pending audit of the NPCA should be finished by summer. More details are available at: http://www.iheartradio.ca/610cktb/news/local/auditor-general-says-audit-of-npca-should-be-out-by-the-summer-1.3487825
a packed an almost empty house at Council this past Monday, on both sides of the podium. For those who weren’t there, as usual we have the notes.
The full agenda is viewable at: https://grimsby.civicweb.net/filepro/documents?expanded=543,79798&preview=89068
With Mayor Bentley absent for Council, Alderman Joanne Johnston took the reins as Deputy Mayor chairing the meeting. The agenda was light, but the energy perked up when the Public Works meeting minutes were put forward for approval.