This morning I attended the Kendal Women’s Breakfast held at the Kendal United Church and what a treat that was for me. Lia Peacock, a young Grade 11, Trinity College student, who has just returned from a trip to Ecuador to help build a room onto a school there, was our speaker. Lia lives with her parents in Kendal and did a great job telling us all about her experiences while on this 2 week trip with her classmates. What I found most interesting was just how these young adults gave of themselves to make a better life for others in a completely different world from te one they are all used to. Lia put in a lot of hard work and had many great experiences to share with all of us, and this was enjoyed by all who attended.
What great things we’ve been working on in Ward 4! We finally got the site plans for the Brookhouse development and they are exciting to say the least! I have asked our Planning Department to provide me with 3 of the pictures for your perusal. I spoke with Bright Star Corporation yesterday and they have assured me once the permits are issued, they will be starting right away. We’re very excited as this has been a long time coming and it is definitely needed in Newcastle.
Check these out!
21 Brookhouse A-300 – Exterior Perspective 21 Brookhouse A-202 Typical Plan Floor 2-4 21 Brookhouse A-201 Ground Floor Plan
Now wouldn’t you like to see this in Orono?
Orono Senior’s Complex (1) Well, you very well could, sooner than you think!
Orono now has 3 hour customer parking on the Main Street! This was extended just after Christmas and should alleviate any issue with getting what has been felt in the past to be and “unwarranted” parking ticket. Orono was left to 2 hour parking limits as it was felt that was sufficient, and if you read the Orono Weekly Times, you will know the parking study done was very old and business’ of today felt it not sufficient, so the DBIA Chair, Lisa Roy, sent a letter asking for an extension of one hour on the Main Street to help the local business’ of today. Council endorsed it and the Region complied. Onward and upward in Orono for 2014!
The Firehouse Bistro has started up a knitting group on Sunday afternoon so for all you talented knitters out there, drop in and see Valerine and get all the details! She’d love to see you and while you are there enjoy a fancy burger or pulled pork sandwich and home made fries…mmmm good!
Monday evening at Council we passed a motion declaring Clarington a disaster area and asking Premier Wynne for help with the financial impact after the ice storm through the Christmas holidays. Mayor Foster is working hard with the other GTA Mayors to ensure Clarington is in the mix of Municipalities receiving disaster funding from the Province and not left out in the cold…literally.
Also at Council last Monday evening, we made an amendment to the motion I made and that Council passed, regarding the Municipal Contractor who is contracted by the Municipality to clear your sidewalks if you are in non compliance of clearing them yourselves. The first motion was, if he came and cleared your sidewalk and notified you that you would be billed, we would waive that fee for the period of Dec. 20 to Jan.3rd. The amended motion has the date now extended to Jan 4th as that was a Saturday and it was felt that would be better for you to get the job done. Please if you have any questions, contact the Municipality of Clarington at 905-623-3379 and speak to Len Creamer Manager of Law Enforcement or contact via email email@example.com Please note, it is very important to keep your walks clear for everyone who is trying to walk along our streets and be aware that the contractor, if called by our by law department to come and clear it for you, will be billing you on behalf of the Municipality. Be sure to clear and salt in icy areas. Please think of your neighbours out walking. There is lots of sand at the Municipal Yard on Taunton Road in Orono and is FREE to the public so if you are not able to find salt, the sand works just great too.
Council is grappling with a question that the City of Ajax would like us to support. So far the information we’ve seen from our Staff report leads us to believe it is too soon for Clarington to support this, however I am going to put it out there and see if you agree…here is the motion Ajax has asked us to support and which at present Council does not.
1) THAT the Town of Ajax Council petition the Council of the Regional Municipality of Durham to include the following question on the region wide ballot on October 27, 2014….Are you in favour of the Council of the Regional Municipality of Durham taking all necessary steps to reduce the size of the Regional Council by distributing the seats based on the population of each local municipality. YES or NO
2) THAT the Council of the Municipality of Clarington be advised of the support of Ajax and Whitby for a ballot question on representation and that Clarington Council be requested to support a region wide ballot question on this issue in light of Clarington’s significant under representation.
So I wonder, do you feel we in Clarington, need to add one more Regional Councillor to the mix at this time? Our Staff report says no, not at this time…….Will we really be just “shuffling the deck chairs to give Ajax and Whitby what they want?”
Once again the “Trees for Rural Roads Program” is now accepting Applications for 2014. In our continued effort to restore trees along roadsides, the Municipality of Clarington in partnership with the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, and support from Maple Leaves Forever, is offering the “Trees for Rural Roads” program again in 2014. Native trees are being offered FREE OF CHARGE to Clarington’s rural residents to be planted along municipal roads on private land. Available species are: sugar, red and silver maples; red and white oak, white pine, spruce and white birch.
Applications are due March 31, 2014 with pick up taking place in April. The program is subject to budget approval in early 2014. To participate please complete an APPLICATION FORM and return it to the Clarington Planning Department or one of the local Conservation Authorities.
Clean Water-Healthy Land Financial Assistance Program, Municipality of Clarington…the goal of the Clean Water Healthy Land Financial Assistance Program is “through stewardship, to improve overall watershed health”
This initiative is available for landowners, residents, community groups, schools, and businesses within Clarington and the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority. Financial Assistance can be applied for to complete stewardship projects that will benefit your community, such as: Tree Planting, erosion control, water well upgrades or decommissioning, habitat creation or enhancement, stream fencing, alternate water supplies
For more information on this initiative or apply for funding contact the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority at 2216 County Rd 28, Port Hope, ON L1A 3V8 Phone 905-885-9824 or firstname.lastname@example.org ww.grca.on.ca
While we are discussing the GRCA mark your calendars! Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at he GRCA Millennium Building, 2216 County Rd 28, Port Hope at 7 pm there will be a Trout and Salmon of the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Watersheds Seminar. This will be a look at the population, biology and health of Steelhead, Brown Trout, Chinook and Coho Salmon. For more information contact Brian Morrison, resident GRCA Fisheries Biologist, at 905-885-8173 or email@example.com
Did you know based on our Priority Green Clarington Survey” 76% of residents feel that Clarington should become a leader in environmental issues and the top three characteristics that residents enjoy most about the community in order are: small town feel, quietness, and openness/greenspace
Green neighbourhoods provide and opportunity for an improved quality of life that will be felt at both individual and community levels. Clarington’s Priority Greenspace contacts are Amy Burke Priority Green Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org or Carlos Salazar Manager, Community Planning&Design email@example.com or both can be reached at 905-623-3379
Coming up tomorrow night from 4:30-6:30 at the Kendal Community Hall is the Annual Chili Dinner. Great chili’s to choose from along with salad, rolls, coffee, tea, and dessert. Adults $12 and Children 4-12 yrs $6 under 4 are free. Come on out and join us for this great fundraiser for the Newtonville Community Hall and get warmed up on a cold winters evening…Thank you, Frank Palmieri of No Frills for helping out Newtonville Hall Board.
Monday, January 20th Mayor Foster will be speaking at the Newcastle Ratepayers meeting at 7:30 pm with an update of what is going on in Clarington. Everyone is welcome so come on out and join us.
So as you can see there is a lot of things going on in Ward 4!
…..if you see Councillor Woo and Councillor Hooper around town, wish them a very happy birthday…as both had birthdays this past week!
Remember, there are many great things happening around Ward 4, so get out and enjoy them…in the meantime….. have a wonderful week and be kind to one another!