Successful Grant Application for Konkle Creek

The Town of Lincoln has been successful in our CWWF application for the Konkle Creek Project. We will be receiving funding of approximately $600k.

The exact amounts are $397,306 from the federal government and $198,653 from the provincial government.

This is fantastic news that will enable us to get moving on Phase#1 of the Konkle Creek rehabilitation (the area lying between Lincoln Square and Greenlane). Think: walking trails.

Dianne Rintjema

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Ward One Meeting…. January 24/17

Good Afternoon Everyone;

Thank You for your attendance at our last Ward Meeting……

Please join Councillors Rob Foster and Dianne Rintjema:

  • TUESDAY JANUARY 24TH, MEETING ROOM "A" FLEMING CENTRE (BESIDE THE LIBRARY) – 7:00-9:00PM ***COFFEE AND SNACKS

This gathering will have a casual atmosphere…….We want to hear your concerns and opinions regarding issues in Ward One, and your opinions regarding priorities for Ward One.

***If you are not able to attend… Please feel free to email us at drintjema and rfoster with topics of interest.

***Please share this information with anyone you feel may be interested.

Konkle Creek Reconstruction Update

Many of you have read about the on going plans to reconstruct the section of Konkle Creek that lies between Meadowood Park and Greenlane Road- The area has been fenced off for about six years now as the erosion and flooding that occurs there was determined to be a hazard for pedestrians.

The required Environmental Assessment process has been completed, the preferred design option chosen, land purchased along the West side of the creek, the detailed design completed (proposing to complete the work in two phases)… but the project has been pushed back several times for lack of external funding.  The estimated cost is over two million dollars. In the meantime staff monitors the erosion and is prepared to do spot fixes as necessary.

The Creek is important for several reasons – It provides storm water control and drainage for a significant portion of Beamsville lying to the south of Lincoln Square – but is also included in the vision for The Town’s Active Transportation initiative and the Trail and Bikeway Master Plan with a walking trail planned to run through either on the East side, or a combination of the East and West side with a small bridge.

This is an update with significant enthusiasm attached as The Town has applied for the following funding and is very hopeful that it will be successful so that Phase One of the project can commence in 2017:

  • Clean Water and Wasterwater Fund (CCWF) Phase 1
    to support all municipal governments and their respective water, wastewater or storm
    water projects. Federal ($570 million) and provincial ($270 million) funding is a total of
    $840 million with municipal contributions of $1.1 billion reflecting a 50-25-25
    contribution.  Funding will be provided on a formula based system with a base
    component of $50,000 federal and $25,000 provincial. In other words, a minimum of
    $75,000 is guaranteed. Deadline for submission is October 31, 2016. 
    The subject funding is supposed to give municipalities the ability
    to move ahead with a project that they “otherwise would not have done without the
    funding help” and something that is beyond the next budget year (i.e. 2017). Based on
    this criteria and the conversations with Federal representatives, Konkle Creek (Phase 1) which is
    planned for 2018 and has a preliminary cost estimate is $1.4 million has been submitted.

Re-Imagining Prudhommes

This morning I attended the session that marks the beginning of the public processes in the update of the Town of Lincoln Secondary Plan for the very impressive Prudhommes Waterfront Property that recently changed hands and is slated for development.

A very interesting discussion…. A very interesting presentation.
Let me see if I can capture some of the messages from the consulting group:

  • Think Big – How do you develop a gem waterfront property? You connect the dots… Take what you already have and bring it all together. Find ways to Connect the development to nearby Jordan Village, Balls Falls, Vineland, The Beacon Property, Charles Daley Park and you retain the authenticity of your community.
  • Make the necessary investments now to create the big, connected vision – Bigger vision creates business and employment.
  • Not just condos…. The possibilities are endless… residential, commercial, recreational, educational… There are three kilometres of waterfront in that 55 acre parcel..Think of places like Collingwood, Muskoka, Port Credit….
  • We have everything we need to make this “A centrepiece of a remarkable tourism and recreation experience” that is so “much more than the sum of it’s parts”
  • Walking and cycling trails, connecting the harbour to the Lake, renovation of the beautiful old stone trestle…
  • Toronto is talking about Ferry Service connecting places like Toronto Island, Mississauga, Ontario Place… Why not Niagara?

At this point all ideas only…

Will there be challenges? Yes… But the interest is strong. There were people in attendance today from The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, The Chamber of Commerce, The Twenty Valley Tourism Association, FBH Group (The developers) other Local Developers and Business People, Niagara Connects, The Niagara Region, The Town of Lincoln Council, Mayor and Staff, The Media, and abutting land owners and more….

Mayor Sandra Easton and Council and our CAO Mike Kirkopoulos recognize the incredible potential for this property and are aware that public involvement is key in the implementation of the complex planning and building process. We will therefore be continuing to create opportunities for public involvement and input.

Please consider attending the open house tomorrow night (Thursday the 8th) at The Fleming Centre from 4:00-7:00 where which you can review the results of today’s session, talk with the consultants, review information, ask questions, and most importantly – submit comments.

Dianne Rintjema,

What’s Happening with Prudhomme’s?

We’ve all heard that Prudhomme’s has changed hands and that the new owner plans to develop. All true…

What is the Town doing?
Council fully recognizes and appreciates the value and potential for this property and wants to ensure that it’s potential is maximized for all stakeholders. It has therefore undertaken to review and update the Prudhomme’s Secondary Plan (the site specific plans within the Town of Lincoln Official Planning Document which lay the vision for the development of that property).

Will there be public consultation through this review?
Yes. Mayor Easton and Council have made Public Input and Communication a priority in this process.
Keep your eye on the local paper, Town Website, Social Media, or call (905) 563-8205 to find out when any of the multiple public sessions/open houses/input opportunities will take place.

When is this going to start happening?
Very soon… Please attend the following if you can:

………*Sept 7th at 7pm The Fleming Centre
A Public Presentation and Question and Answer Session

………*Sept 8th from 4-7pm at The Fleming Centre
A Drop In Session to Review Work in Progress.

KING STREET VINELAND RECONSTRUCTION – STUDY COMPLETION

NOTICE OF STUDY COMPLETION
***The Regional Municipality of Niagara (Niagara Region) has completed a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study for the section of Regional Road 81 (King Street) from Vinehaven Trail to 23rd Street, in the Town of Lincoln.
Public Comment Invited
***A Project File containing details of the study recommendations, as well as a description of the planning and public consultation process undertaken has been placed in the public record for a 30-day rev…iew period in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Class EA. The project file is available for review at the following locations beginning August 19, 2016:

Lincoln Public Library
Moses Rittenhouse Branch
4080 John Charles Boulevard, Vineland, ON

Hours: Monday to Thursday
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Clerk’s Department
Town of Lincoln
Clerk’s Department
4800 South Service Road,
Beamsville, ON

Hours: Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Clerk’s Department
Niagara Region
1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way
Thorold, ON

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Interested persons should provide written comments or questions to the Region through one of the following project team members:

John Rizzo, C.E.T.
Project Manager Transportation Engineering
Niagara Region
1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way
P.O. Box 1042
Thorold, Ontario L2V 4T7
905-980-6000, Ext. 3646
Fax: 905-685-0013
john.rizzo
Andrew McGregor, MCIP, RPP
Senior Planner, EA & Approvals
Parsons Inc.
4342 Queen Street, Unit 407
Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 7J7
905-356-7003, Ext. 6409
Fax: 905-356-7008
andrew.mcgregor
Simon Ip, P.Eng.
V&S Engineering Group
53 Scott Street West
St. Catharines, ON L2R 1E2
905-687-9010
simonip

GO TRANSIT PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION

Notice of Public Information Centre – Niagara Go Hub and Transit Stations Study

Notice of Public Information Centre

Niagara Go Hub and Transit Stations Study

Niagara Region is planning for the long term future of its communities. The extension of two-way GO Transit service to the Region is anticipated in the near future and is a critical component of achieving growth, prosperity and sustainability in Niagara. GO Transit in coordination with the Region and local municipalities has identified four future GO Transit stations in Niagara Region: located in Grimsby, Beamsville (Lincoln), St. Catharines, and Niagara Falls.

The purpose of this study is to complete the planning framework and implementation program to guide the development of the four stations and surrounding areas. The goal is to create transit supportive environments that support intensification, foster economic development, encourage multi-modal transportation networks, and make efficient use of regional and local infrastructure/services.

This work requires input from residents and stakeholders throughout the study to ensure that the results meet the expectations of community members and achieve the growth and sustainability goals for the Region and local municipalities. To commence the project with the community, the Region and local municipalities are holding four public consultation events, one in each municipality for which a station is being planned. The events will provide an introduction to the study, outline the study goals and objectives, provide information on best practices for station area planning and design, and begin a conversation around the vision for each station area. Attendees will be involved in helping to establish the station area vision by working with a team of designers and planners through an interactive workshop. Details regarding the public consultation event are provided below. All interested attendees are welcome.

Lincoln Public Open House

Date: June 23, 2016
Location: Fleming Centre Concourse, 5020 Serena Drive, Beamsville
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

The public open house will run from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and include the following activities:

  • 6:30-6:45pm: Doors open, open house to review display boards
  • 6:45-7:05pm: Presentation
  • 7:05-8:10pm: Visioning Workshop
  • 8:15-8:30pm: Group Discussion/Wrap-up

If you require any accommodations for a disability in order to attend and participate in meetings or events, please let us know in advance so that arrangements can be made in a timely manner. Special accessibility accommodations and materials in alternate formats can be arranged by contacting the Niagara Region’s Accessibility Advisory Coordinator at 905-980-6000 ext. 3252 or accessibility@niagararegion.ca

For more information please visit: www.niagararegion.ca/projects/go-hub-transit-stations/default.aspx

GO Rail to Niagara

GO TRANSIT…. Have a look here within tonight’s Committee Report… The Region is working together with Lincoln, Grimsby, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls to establish and plan for "Transit Hubs" for Go Rail.

NOTE also that Grimsby is having a very interesting "Local Transit Symposium" on April 21st from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Grimsby Town Hall…

https://lincoln.civicweb.net/filepro/document/66054/Economic%20Development%20Planning%20Committee%20-%2011%20Apr%202016%20-%20Agenda%20-%20Pdf.pdf

ROUNDABOUT BEAMSVILLE

Please be advised that Greenlane Road, between King Street and Mountainview Road, will be closed during the weeks of April 4 to 8, 2016; and April 11 to 15, 2016, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. This road closure is required for the construction of the new approach to the roundabout for the Intersection and Watermain Improvements on Regional Road 81 (King Street) at Durham Road and Greenlane in the Town of Lincoln. Please use alternate routes during this phase of construction.