Councillor Russell and I recently held our first Ward 1 meeting for this term of Council. Below is a synopsis of the discussion. Our Town is growing but it is still very possible to have these casual style meetings where the Agenda is not structured, rather it is you, the attendees/residents that lead the discussion and we are there to listen. We in fact, believe that these intimate settings are even more important during a time when we are experiencing growth and we intend to continue to provide for avenues such as this for you to interact with us, seek information, and provide input because we believe that is one of the greatest advantages of having local, reachable politicians.
TOWN OF LINCOLN WARD 1 MEETING
Date of Meeting: May 23rd, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Fleming Centre – Room A
Meeting Commenced: 7:00 p.m.
1. Skateboard Park: Residents from Lincoln Square inquired about the status of the plans for a skateboard park. The skateboard park is to be established on the north side of the Fleming Centre in the currently undeveloped park area. The skateboard park design is not finalized, nor has the exact location of the skateboard park within the park area been determined.
2. Dufferin Avenue: A resident inquired about the plans for the final coat of asphalt, and also had concerns about the storm sewer in the area. The resident’s address was noted and Town will follow up.
3. Bartlett Road and Traffic Flow: Questions centred on general traffic flow and if the Town has plans to divert traffic from Ontario Street to Bartlett Road. This led to discussion regarding truck traffic through the Beamsville downtown area and what is being done to alleviate the pressure/redirect. Director Graham noted that the Town is working with the Niagara Regional Police and The Ministry of Transportation. Discussion was had about the recent motion moved by Mayor Easton and Councillor Brunet regarding a number of items directed at alleviating inappropriate truck traffic.
A resident had questions about whether there will be establishment of a designated East/West Route through Beamsville. It was noted that Greenlane Road is currently has the highest traffic counts in Lincoln (not including Regional Roads) and that with the establishment of the secondary plan for the GO Station hub at Ontario and Greenlane, the apartments that will be constructed on the north side of Greenlane West of Sobeys, and the plans for the new West Niagara High School at Durham Road and Greenlane, capital investments are planned and detailed design is in progress for the urbanization of sections of Greenlane in anticipation of the proposed developments and to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians.
A resident had questions about Central Avenue lying between King and the Rannie Square parking lot and whether the Town has plans to open the section up to two way traffic. There are no plans to do so.
4. Downtown Beamsville: A resident questioned how downtown Beamsville will change in order to accommodate the growth from the Vista Ridge and Cherry Heights Development. Discussion centred on possible initiatives for providing more parking (within the BDSS site?) and on the recent successful expansion of the BIA Boundary coupled with the ongoing work of the Economic Development Department at the Town of Lincoln.
5. Sign Bylaw: A resident inquired about the signs along Ontario Street and noted that signage loses its effectiveness as the number of signs increase. The Town is in the process of finalizing its bylaws and will be bringing a draft bylaw to Council for approval in the coming months.
6. Konkle Creek: Phase 1 is complete. Phase 2 is proposed for 2020 and a public information session for review of the phase 2 design is planned for June 25th 2019.
7. Tree canopy along King Street: A resident had questions about some of the mature trees being removed/cut back along King Street (for example – the trees in front of Jacob Beam School). Will the trees be replaced? It was noted that King Street is a Regional Road and the trees within the boulevard are generally the responsibility of the Region but staff will inquire.
8. Storm Water management ponds and fencing: A resident asked if The Town will fence in the SWM Pond in the new Cherry Heights Development as it has for others within Lincoln or leave it open for recreational purposes. Discussion was had regarding resident safety and how this is handled in other municipalities (providing rescue floatation devices for example), and the general benefits of having a SWM Pond that is designed to retain (and filter) storm water. The pond at Cherry Heights will not be fenced.
9. Pathway from King to Fleming Centre: A resident noted that on several occasions cars have been seen turning into the pedestrian walkway that leads from King Street to the Fleming Centre and then trying to back out once they realize that it is not meant for motorized vehicles. Comments from residents were that the curb cut on King existed prior to the establishment of the walkway and is wide enough to accommodate a small car and that is part of the problem. The resident inquired as to whether installing bollards would be a possibility.
10.Lighting at Hilary Bald Park: The back of Hilary Bald Park has no lighting. Residents are concerned walking through the east/west pathway at night for several reasons – one being that they are seeing more coyotes around the residential area recently and are therefore uncomfortable walking their dog through the park. Discussion was had about the soon-to-be finalized Parks Master Plan and that lighting needs can be considered across the Town’s Parks taking advantages of economies of scale and also considering factors such as light pollution for surrounding residents.
11. Graffiti on noise barrier on Greenlane: Concerns were raised about graffiti and whose responsibility it is to clean up and if there is anything that can be done the wall’s surface to make clean-up easier.
- Send information to attendees re:
- Parks Master Plan
- Skateboard Park
- Transportation Master Plan
- The Heritage Register
- Bill 108
MEETING ADJOURNED AT 9:00 p.m.
Town of Lincoln
Direct: 905-563-2799 ext. 309