As most of you know Councillor Foster and I held another open agenda Ward meeting last Thursday to get a sense of what is happening in our Ward and to just have relaxed dialogue about our Town.
We were very happy that people enjoyed the open forum and stayed for the whole meeting to chat and sip coffee.
Below is the follow-up letter sent out the next day ….for your information.
Please feel free to contact either Councillor Foster (email@example.com) or me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or to provide further input and/or to be added to the email list.
Good Evening Everyone;
Thank You very much for attending our Ward Meeting tonight. The conversation was fulsome and lively with a few laughs in there for good measure. Good discussions… Good Points… It is so nice to have the opportunity to listen in a casual setting like we had tonight.
For those of you on Facebook… Go to “Town of Lincoln, Ontario” and “like” our page. Councillor Foster created the page and he and I update it regularly (staff will soon take it over once we implement our new social media policy). It is just one of the actions Council is taking to increase communication in accordance with our Future Focus Plan. We want to communicate with residents… and particularly with those that are interested (like yourselves)…. and we do our best to update it regularly.
Below is a précis of what we heard from you tonight. We have taken note and will keep your contributions and suggestions in mind as we continue. If there is any measurable progress or change related to that which was discussed tonight we will do our best to contact you and let you know.
WHAT WE HEARD:
1.Speeding on Lincoln Avenue… What can be done?
2.Bylaw enforcement… Clean Yards, Signs, broken down cars in driveways, open fires in the Urban Boundary. The Town needs to move to a more proactive model
3.The Town should be proactive in ensuring that development does not create issues for abutting existing development, particularly drainage issues
4.Is there a water pressure issue particularly on Ontario Street?5.Consider the benefits of a full-time bylaw enforcement officer… one that lives in the Municipality and therefore has “skin in the game”. Costs related to having a Full Time Equivalent position can be recouped through fines.
6.Parking is an issue in Lincoln Square. Consider this for any further development and what can be done to help with the existing issue?
7.The on-street parking on Greenlane s/s, East of Ontario Street is dangerous as cars move out into the opposite lane to pass. Also discussed was the Town’s plans to develop parking on the opposite side of the street through a cost-sharing situation when the parcel across the road is developed. Also discussed was the benefits of parked cars as a traffic calming measure
8.General discussion about speed with the urban boundary. Please take action on any studies undertaken on this rather than let them “sit”.
9.Stormwater management Pond at Greenlane and Bartlett needs to be cleaned up – garbage gets caught on the fence and looks a mess.
10.Planting further trees (and replacing the ones that have died) in Hilary Bald Park would create much needed shady areas. Discussed was OntarioGreen’s proposal to work with Town Staff to rally volunteers and obtain funding to replant and naturalize sparse areas in the Town. Also discussed was the development proposal for Lincoln Ave just North of King Street where the woodlot is. Can some of those native trees be repurposed?
11.Hilary Bald Park: Vandalism would be curbed with lighting along walkways.
12.Ontario Street is the gateway road into Beamsville… How can we beautify it? Signs clutter the view
13.Ash Trees… Where is the Town in its work to replace these trees? 14.Federal Funding… Are we better off to think collectively at the Regional level to go after this money in the future? Example discussed is transit… we need to get our heads around transit as a Region
15.Downtown Beamsville. What can we do to fill in the storefronts? What is being done about the empty property beside the Hardware Store… and the former Mister Convenience?
Again – Thank You….We are very pleased with the meeting tonight and will keep your addresses on file to let you know of any future Ward meetings.