What Will Happen To My Ash Tree?

As you know, the Emerald Ash Borer is making it’s way through Ash trees all over North America and killing them.

We have Ash trees in our parks and in the boulevard in Lincoln. While campaigning, I have had a lot of questions about the tags that have been attached and what they mean. When will this tree come down? My tree looks fine… Why does it have to be removed?

The tags are just part of a tracking system. The number on the tag means nothing in terms of the state of the tree or the order of removal. If your tree looks good – It probably is – for now. The project of removing and replacing trees is ongoing and it sort of a moving target. If the trees are in bad shape – They will come down and be replaced with a tree known to be hardy. If the tree is in good shape it till stay for longer and hopefully will never be taken down.

Some good news: I am told that Natural Resource Canada has release a wasp that kills Emerald Ash Borer. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Community Services staff will be bringing more information to Council in the new year about where they are and what progress has been made.

If you have a tree in front of your house and it has been tagged you will be notified when it is to come down – and you will be given a choice of what type of tree will be planted.

It’s a sad thing but it’s unavoidable at this point. The lesson learned: Plant a variety of trees, work hard to prevent transporting invasive species.

Dianne Rintjema

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ELECTIONS IN LINCOLN: What Do I Need To Know?

Next Monday October 27th is voting day for Ontario’s Municipal Elections. For details of where to vote for your particular Ward – See your yellow voting card that you should have received in the mail by Friday October 10th.  If not – Call (905) 563-8205.

In Lincoln, you can vote at Town Hall tomorrow (Monday the 20th) for the last of three advance polls.

  • You will vote for TWO COUNCILLOR CANDIDATES for your Ward
  • You will vote for ONE MAYOR for Lincoln
  • And a school board trustee

WHAT WARD DO YOU LIVE IN?

  • The major North/South Roads you see from left to right are: LINCOLN AVE, SANN ROAD, and VICTORIA AVE
  • KING STREET is the southerly boundary of WARD 1
  • The centre of each of these roads is the dividing line between Ward boundaries

town of lincoln map Here is a link to the Town’s Website where you can find more information: http://www.lincoln.ca/content/municipal-elections Dianne Rintjema

Mountain Road, Beamsville Reconstruction Public Information Centre

The Region of Niagara has scheduled a Public Information Centre (PIC) for the reconstruction of the portion of Mountain Street, Beamsville (as shown below).

These PICs are casual atmospheres in which boards are on display around the room and people like Regional Staff, Project Managers, and engineers are usually there to answer your questions and take input.

November 4th, 2014
5:00 to 8:00 pm
Fleming Centre rooms C & D
(The new Community Complex)
5020 Serena Drive, Beamsville

Dianne Rintjema

What Did The Region Say About The Trucks?

The Region held a Public Information Centre (PIC) last week and had about 50 or more display boards up around the room at Jacob Beam Public School. What did those boards say? First, some background. Originally, The Region was focused on establishing a designated escarpment crossing to re-route trucks away from our downtowns in Grimsby, Beamsville and Vineland. During their update to the “Escarpment Crossing Study” they did studies and concluded that 55-60% of the trucks that you see going through our downtowns are actually servicing local businesses. So they regrouped back in the spring and decided to take a Master Plan Approach to look at the problem. Here is a link to a report from back in the spring that outlines the approach: http://www.niagararegion.ca/council/Council%20Documents/PW%2031-2014.pdf What was presented at the PIC last week under the Master Plan approach – is a plan for short-term, medium-term, and long-term solutions. There has been word on the street that the Region is building an extension to Tufford Road for truck traffic. That is not the plan for now. That, (see page 50 in the link below) is a long-term solution (15-20 years) and only if the short and medium-term solutions are not enough. I have asked the questions, but have not heard satisfactory answers as to why Tufford Road has been chosen as the preferred option when Park Road/Bartlett makes the most sense. Here is a link to the presentation boards that were up around the room at the PIC last week. Have a look: http://www.niagararegion.ca/living/roads/projects/Escarpment-study/PDF/PIC2-display.pdf Here is someone at the Region that you can contact with questions: Mike DiPaola, P.Eng. Project Manager, Niagara Region, mike.dipaola 905-685-4225 ext. 3644 2201 St. David’s Rd, P.O. Box 1042, Thorold, ON L2V 4T7 Dianne Rintjema