There is some Activity on Greenlane Beside Sobeys

I have had a couple of Beamsvillites ask “What is happening on that property beside Sobeys on Greenlane Road?”.

The answer is… I don’t know for certain yet. It looks like they are cleaning up the property.

The property is zoned Commercial with a (H) meaning a holding provision. Before the property can be developed, there has to be consultation (site plans etc.) with the Planning Department to remove the (H). To date there has been no site plan application filed so nothing concrete to talk about.

If there is any commitment at the Town’s Planning Department I will post further information.

Dianne Rintjema

This Will NOT happen to you if you live in Lincoln

Port Colborne is dealing with the reality of the costs of having to upgrade their water distribution pipes and storm water pipes. The full article is below but if you just want the numbers from the article:

8% – Possible water rate increase percentage in 2015

$963,400 – Dollars the city is losing each and every year in lost water

70 – Kilometres of storm sewer pipes a 1978 study recommended replacing but 20 Kilometres of storm sewer pipes have been replaced

54 Million – The cost to repair all of the ageing sewer pipes in the city.

Allow me to do a little bragging for the Councils that have represented you over the last few decades.The next time you see a current or former Councillor from the Town of Lincoln – remember how he or she protected you.

They made the decisions that don’t get headlines – That don’t get people all excited – But the decisions that are the right thing to do. Invest in infrastructure over time. Replace leaky pipes so that your taxes are not paying for close to a million dollars in leaked water annually.

In Lincoln we have less than a kilometre of cast-iron pipes to replace (vs. 60km in Port Colborne) and a 7% water loss average (vs. 40% in Port Colborne).

And there are Municipalities in Niagara in worse shape.

Here’s wishing Port Colborne the best as they undertake this huge investment in time and energy and tax dollars. It has to be done sooner or later.

Dianne Rintjema

Truck Route Study – Second Public Information Session Scheduled

You may recall that there has been one Public Information Centre held for the Niagara Escarpment Crossing Study Class Environmental Assessment (Truck Route Study) that is being undertaken by the Region of Niagara.

The second ones have now been re-scheduled (having been originally scheduled for June) to the following dates and locations:

September 23, 2014
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Central Public School Gym
10 Livingston Avenue, Grimsby

September 24, 2014
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Jacob Beam School Gymnasium
4300 William Street, Beamsville

These are informal sessions with maps and information posted around the room – You can float around and chat with Regional Staff, Consultants, and Other interested residents or just have a look.

The following is the contact information should you have questions:

Mike DiPaola, P.Eng.

Project Manager, Niagara Region,


905-685-4225 ext. 3644

2201 St. David’s Rd, P.O. Box 1042, Thorold, ON L2V 4T7

Melissa Alexander, MCIP, RPP

Environmental Planner, Hatch Mott MacDonald


5035 South Service Rd., Sixth Floor

Burlington, ON L7L 6M9

Project Website:

Dianne Rintjema