Transit System in Niagara: On Demand

The Niagara Region will be coming to the Town of Lincoln’s Community Service and Infrastructure Committee this Wednesday December the 4th at 6:00pm (meeting is open to the public – see the Agenda here https://lincoln.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/93485

[Agenda likely will be uploaded by Friday November 29th]) to present a transit model that is intended to allow residents in municipalities (including Lincoln) to travel within their own municipality and also beyond the borders of their own municipality (to another existing transit hub) and this system will be run on an on-demand basis. Proposed is that residents will be able to call roughly an hour ahead and book their pickup, which will be right to your residence (an exception being if you have a sidewalk in front of your house – it will then pick you up a certain distance away).

The system is proposed to run from 7am to 10pm Monday to Saturday.

What about our existing "ULinc" intramunicipal transit system? At this time is is proposed that the existing system continue to run for a month to overlap with the commencement of the Regional On-Demand system, which the Region is hoping to implement in April of 2020, afterwhich it is proposed that the ULinc system will stop (it is currently 100% contracted out – Lincoln owns no part of the system).

Cost to riders? Currently it is proposed that the charge be $3.00 to travel within Lincoln and $6.00 to travel beyond Lincoln’s borders.

Cost to taxpayers? Currently the ULinc system costs $175,000 per year (some of which is covered by Gas Tax Funding – I don’t recall the exact amount at the moment). It is proposed that this be our portion of the cost to the Region for Lincoln to participate in the system and would provide us with designated vehicle(s) within Lincoln.

The hope is that all municipalities will want to participate but if one does not, it will not recieve designated vehicles that travel within their own borders, but that municipality will benefit from the Regional portion which will allow them to call ahead for a vehicle to pick them up and take them beyond the border of their municipality to another muncipality that currently has a transit system (for example, from within West Lincoln to within St. Catharines).

What about Regional Specialized Transit? It is my understanding this this is to continue as it for the time being but ultimately be phazed out by the proposed new On-Demand System.

Is there a Municipality that is doing this right now? The thought is that on-demand transit systems work well and are most beneficial in areas of large geographic areas with a low population density. My understanding is that Sault Ste. Marie has successfully implemented an on demand transit system.

Hats off the The Region for initiating this process. Transit is extremely important to people from just being able to go the hairdresser all the way to being able to see a doctor and accessing education and employment (and for employers to be able to sustain a workforce).

I hope that this is clear – This is just my preliminary understanding but details of the proposed system will be provided by a representative of the Region at next Wednesday’s meeting, and at some point Lincoln will be asked to make a decision.

You can attend the meeting or watch it when it is uploaded onto the Town’s website. Feel free to email me and Councillor Russell with your questions/comments @ drintjema or arussell.
Dianne Rintjema

Konkle Creek Phase 2

The reconstruction of Konkle Creek has been an important move for The Town of Lincoln. Necessary as the creek is an important Storm Water management tool that carries water to Lake Ontario and often at a high rate of speed. This has caused erosion to the banks ovee the last 25-30 years to the extent that certain areas of the creek became hazardous during times of high rain/spring thaw.

The reconstruction involves re-routing the creek and providing it more room to "meander" as creeks will naturally do

It also involves stabilizing the banks by planting, and then establishing root systems.

Along the creek will be a walking path which connects to the overall Trails system.

Then Open House gives you an opportunity to view the details of Phase 2, ask questions, and provide input.

Dianne Rintjema

TOWN OF LINCOLN WARD 1 MEETING DISCUSSION

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

MINUTES

Date of Meeting: May 23rd, 2019

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Fleming Centre – Room A

Lincoln, Ontario

Meeting Commenced: 7:00 p.m.

Discussion Points:

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.

Action Items:

  • 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.

Dianne Rintjema
Councillor

Town of Lincoln
Direct: 905-563-2799 ext. 309
Tel: 905-563-8205
drintjema@lincoln.ca

lincoln.ca
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Ward 1 meeting, Town of Lincoln

Councillors Rintjema and Russell are holding an open agenda Ward meeting on Thursday May 23rd from 7 to 9 pm at the Fleming Center. Again this is an open agenda as our meetings are designed so that we can listen to what you have to say. Join us for a coffee.

Dianne Rintjema

Seniors Campuses…. Why didn’t we do this before?

With improvements in health and life expectancy, more of us are living into old age, and for longer than ever before. This will take on even greater significance over the next two decades as the number of Canadians aged 65 years and older is expected nearly to double. Indeed, 2015 is the first year Canadians aged 65 and over outnumbered those who are younger than 15 years of age. And by 2035 there will be more than 10 million older adults living in Canada, who will also account for roughly one-quarter of Canada’s population, up from 16 percent in 2015.

What are the consequences for how we organize our communities and local services to allow individuals to remain engaged and active members in our communities for as long as possible? (Institute for research on public policy, "Designing a National Seniors Strategy for Canada).

Good Question. At this year’s Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference I attended a seminar on "Building a Seniors Campus – A sustainable model to support positive aging and strengthen our communities". The County of Simcoe held this seminar and provided examples of two Senior Campus’s within their Municipalities: SimcoeVillage https://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/ltc/simcoe and Georgian Village https://www.simcoe.ca/LongTermCare/Pages/georgian.aspx.

It piqued my interest because I am aware that The Region of Niagara is in the process of planning to redevelop two of its long term care facilities "Linhaven" in St. Catharines, and Gilmore Lodge in Fort Erie into Seniors Campus. The goal is to create mini communities if you will that will support people right from the downsizing stage of life right through to the end of life.

These campuses are very much in the planning stage now but some of the potential facilities on the sites could be: Palliative Care facilities, Alzheimer Care, Long Term Care, Assisted Living, Independent Living, Affordable Housing etc. ..Great idea. The goal is also to design spaces that attract private investment in the form of value added commercial uses. Coffee shops, hair salons, clothing shops, medical offices, drug stores… In other words the Region is proposing to develop complete communities for seniors.

The following services are services that could be available to seniors living independently within the campus: nursing and personal care, medication management, attendant care, meals, housecleaning, laundry, and transportation, physiotherapy, occupational and recreational therapy, dental, pharmacy, audiology.

These communities make sense not only because they support the Region’s ability to coordinate and customize care on an individual basis according to changing needs but also because the comprehensive nature of the campuses allows for seamless transitions as people’s needs change.

I was fortunate to be able to keep my mother close by after my father passed away – But it was tough at times. Finding appropriate support, and appropriate housing. That’s another blog post for another time.

Keep your eye out for more on this. Innovative thinking and change that can’t come fast enough.

Dianne Rintjema

Lincoln Action Park

I went to the Design Workshop that Town of Lincoln Community Services staff put on today led by the consultant, Canada Ramp Company.

I was impressed with not only the number of Action Parks (skateboards, bike pump tracks etc) that they have designed throughout North America but also the variety of layouts, design features, and materials, the number of activities that people use these parks for, and the large range of ages enjoying them. These parks are great for getting people out exercising!

After the presentation the attendees broke out into four groups and cut out symbols representing components and design features from images that the consultants provided and pasted them on to a site plan grid. Afterward each group got to present their idea of what they would like to see in the Action Park.

Have a look at their website or Facebook page. Canadarampcompany.ca or https://www.facebook.com/canadianrampcompany/ and keep your eye on the newspaper and website and social media for further information and some preliminary designs.

Very exciting!

Dianne Rintjema

Town of Lincoln Budget Process

As you may be aware, at Lincoln we discuss budget year-round.

We start the budget process at the end of May (The first meeting to discuss the 2019 Budget will be May 16th 2018) and in regular years we have the budget ratified by early December. This allows us to plan comprehensively and keep top of mind all objectives and priorities that we are considering throughout the year thereby ensuring that they are in the budget planning process.

(Note that during an election year certain decision making powers are restricted under The Municipal Act changing the budget schedule – We still have the budget finalized by mid-February – see below)

By ensuring that our budget is finalized in December of the prior year (as opposed to some Municipalities that wait until the new year to start the budget process for that year) – we get our project tenders out right off the hop in January and typically we get very good pricing as a result.

These are all public meetings. Council has been focusing on trying to enhance public participation in the budget process by holding more frequent public information sessions, posting on-line surveys, and focus groups.

Keep your eye out for notices in the local paper, on-line, and through social media through our communications department and feel free to send comments/questions directly to me and/or Councillor Rob Foster at:

drintjema@lincoln.ca

rfoster@lincoln.ca

TOWN OF LINCOLN 2019 BUDGET SCHEDULE…..

  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (CBP-COW) Budget Overview
  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Launch of Public Outreach Survey , Public outreach ongoing throughout year – focus groups, Board/Agency outreach
  • Wednesday July 18, 2018 (CBP-COW) Budget Engagement Update 2017 Year in Review
  • Wednesday, November 21, 2018 Introduction of the Budget Process
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018 10 Year Capital Plan Friday
  • December 7, 2018 Budget distributed to Council
  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019 First Council Business Planning COW meeting to review Capital Budget
  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Second Council Business Planning COW meeting to review Capital Budget
  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019 First Council Business Planning COW meeting to review Operating Budget
  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Second Council Business Planning COW meeting to review Operating Budget
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Council Business Planning COW meeting final review of 2019 Operating and Capital Budgets, including formal public meeting Monday, February 18, 2019 : Regular Council meeting for final adoption of 2019 Operating and Capital Budgets

Konkle Creek Public Information Session Summary

See the following link for a sum-up of the Public Information Session that staff held in September:

https://lincoln.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/72854?preview=82849

Dianne Rintjema
Ward 1 Councillor, Town of Lincoln
Tel: (905) 246-5335
Web: lincoln.ca

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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

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.