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West Lincoln council notebook: McNally House returns, transit talks, trees to be planted

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With the final council meeting of the summer now in the books, here’s a short summary of some of the things discussed at the July 26 meeting.

McNally House voted into 2022 budget discussions

Grimsby’s McNally House Hospice is seeking $9.5 million in funding for an expansion that would see the creation a new 10-bedroom facility and operate it alongside the current six-bedroom building. To fund this expansion, McNally House is seeking the help of west Niagara municipalities and, so far, only Lincoln council has made a financial commitment.

After being voted out of 2022 budget discussion at a previous council meeting, executive director Pamela Blackwood and co-chair of the Life in Every Moment campaign Murray Bain, presented a request asking West Lincoln councillors to re-evaluate their decision, requesting an annual commitment of $14,000 for five years.

After deliberation between councillors and McNally representatives about the nature of the request and the potential impact on municipal levy taxes, council voted unanimously to receive the new information and refer it back to the 2022 budget discussions, but no commitments were made.

Transit reported received, feedback by Aug. 25

Matt Robinson, director of GO Transit’s implementation office, presented revisions of Niagara Transit Governance’s revised strategies, as the region moves into Phase 2 of implementing a “integrated and consolidated” transit system.

One such option provided to council was to opt-in to NRT (Niagara Regional Transit’s) onDemand’s pilot project for an annual cost of $250,000 to allow for pick up and drop off West Lincoln residents within their municipality. Right now, NRT onDemand does not offer inter-municipal services for West Lincoln, as NRT is a regional service and municipal transit services fall within the jurisdiction of the municipality. This is also why there is an annual opt-in fee.

Council was not asked to make a decision, but rather to receive the information and provide further feedback by Aug. 25, which council voted in favour of doing, with the exception of Coun. Jason Trombetta.

Parkettes to be renamed

As part of a report on an update of “Parkland/Parkette Bylaw and Naming of Parks, Parkettes and Trails,” West Lincoln council approved the renaming of the following parkettes, which were previously unnamed:

Streamside Subdivision — Catalina Parkette

Dennis Drive — Olde Town Parkette

Harvest Gate — Auburn Trail Parkette

50 million trees progress

West Lincoln council unanimously passed a motion to create a bylaw to authorize the planting of trees by Land Care Niagara in township-owned property north of Anastasio Park.

This comes after a Smithville Christian High School teacher, Scott Antonides, and his students advocated for West Lincoln Council to join the 50 Million Trees program. The property in question is 0.769 hectares in size, above the 0.5 hectares required to participate in the program.

“I think this is awesome that we were able to move so quickly on something that came, so this is really good,” said Mayor Dave Bylsma.

The next council meeting will be on Sep. 27 at 7 p.m.

Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News

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