E News

Below is a list of E-News as distributed through email.
If you wish to receive these on a regular basis, please email me at cindy@in.on.ca

Some folks have indicated that they would like more information on Council projects & decisions. "Nass News" - an email version includes items that I think are of interest to Nassagaweya. This will continue to be INFORMATION, not OPINION. If you would like share your opinion or want more details and/or discussion, just let me know!

Six Milton Chamber of Commerce $1,000 SCHOLARSHIPS -The Milton Chamber of Commerce offers six $1,000 scholarships- one for a student graduating from each Milton high school including E.C. Drury School for the Deaf, one for a high school student registered in an Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and one for a child of a Chamber member and Chamber member employees. Scholarship Form Apprentice Scholarship Form Child of a Chamber Member Scholarship Form Deadline for applications is June 14, 2013.   More information: www.miltonchamber.ca or email info@miltonchamber.ca

Hidden Quarry - Halton Regional Council endorsed the Letter of Objection to the Ministry of Natural Resources with respect to the Aggregate Resources Act Application for the proposed James Dick ‘Hidden Quarry’ Link:  http://sirepub.halton.ca/agdocs.aspx?doctype=agenda&itemid=22123. Milton has submitted a formal letter to the Township of Guelph/Eramosa. Staff continues to review this application & will provide a detailed report upon completion of technical reports.

Telephone Survey - From June 3 - 30, the Town of Milton will conduct a telephone survey of Milton residents to help develop an updated community profile and assist with decisions & planning. Your feedback will help the Town evaluate current and future programs and services. Click here to view this article on the website. www.milton.ca

Trails and Cycling Master Plan Update: The first public input session will be held Thursday, June 27, Milton Sports Centre (Banquet Room). 6:30 - 8:30pm (Presentation at 7:00 pm).

Velodrome – Official ground-breaking event was held on June 7th. Following the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, the facility will be known as the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.  The facility will also contain major recreation facilities for residents. For additional details, visit the Velodrome page on the Town website.

2014 Budget Survey - Members of the Milton community are invited to provide input into the programs, service levels and priorities for the 2014 Operating & Capital budgets, through an online survey. The results of the survey will provide information to staff for consideration in preparing the 2014 budgets, including satisfaction with levels of service, recommendations for new services or elimination of existing services, and level of support for property tax increases. The survey is available through June 28th.

Oakridge Horticultural Farms – Following receipt of the Technical Report, Council denied the application for a Temporary Use Zoning By-law to temporarily permit a horticultural trade use at 11565 Guelph Line.

Special Recognition – Mayor Krantz accepted a traditional Chinese Paper Cutting from the Chinese Association, Artist Kris McNally & John Beaudette. Linda Leeds presented the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting. Retiring Board Members were recognized: Reid Frank (Milton Hydro Board), Brian Hall (Milton Accessibility Advisory Committee), Torben Ruddock (Downtown Business Improvement Area).

Parking – Council approved parking restrictions for Special Events, including the June 1 Downtown Street Festival, June 14 Relay for Life, July 1 Canada Day, July 19 Classic Car Show, Auguest 15-18 Ribfest, September 27-29 Fall Fair.

Milton Community Fund – Upon the recommendation of CSAC (Community Services Advisory Committee, Council approved travel grants to Charlie Barnes ($1125) to compete at the World Triathlon in London; Robin Kim ($628) to compete at the North American Irish Dance Championships in California; Quincy Brozo, Martin Marinov & Christian Arseneau ($750 each) to compete in Canadian Swim  Championships in  Montreal; Kyle  Zammit, Martin Marinov & Christian Arseneau ($300 each) to compete in Swim Provincials in Brantford; Jonathan Scripnick, Huston Browne & Keanu Nunes ($300 each) to compete in the Canadian Gymnastics Championships in Ottawa; Alexandria Tonkin & Ioannis Chronopoulos ($750 each) to compete in the Eastern Canadian Gymnastics Championships in Newfoundland.

Voting/Internet Voting – Council approved the purchase of additional voting machines, but turned down proposals for Internet voting in the 2014 Election.

Animal Control Services – Council approved a new service delivery model for Animal Control effective January,  2014. The Town will purchase two vehicles and hire two Animal Control Officers. Shelter Services will be provided by the City of Burlington. It is expected that this new model will provide 75% more service hours and a 13% decrease in the operating budget.

Heritage Designation – At the request of the property owner, Milton recognized the home at 3053 Derry Road as being of heritage significance, subject to a 30-day objection period. Under the provisions of the Niagara Escarpment Plan, this would permit a second house on one lot.

Recreation and Parks Month- Get out and about during Recreation and Parks month in June! Embrace the spirit of this special month by being active - in body and mind! The Calendar includes free events offered every day of the month. Click here to view this article & calendar (including free Father’s Day Skates & Swims.

Downtown Business District – Conservation Halton will host a Public Information Centre regarding the removal of the Special Policy Area/Floodplain in the Historic Downtown. Wednesday, June 19, 6-8pm, Conservation Halton Office, 2596 Britannia Road West, Burlington. Click here to view this article on the CH website.

Campbellville Pioneer Cemetery – A kind, energetic soul has been faithfully maintaining the grounds of this Historic Cemetery on McLaren Road. The Town would like to know their name. If you can help solve this mystery, please let me know. cindy@in.on.ca.

Water Tests – Rural residents are responsible for individual wells & septics. Water should be tested (regardless of purification equipment) on a regular basis, especially in the spring. Free sample bottles are available at the Brookville Veterinary Clinic on Guelph Line, the Campbellville Fire Station, the Milton & Acton Libraries, the Halton Regional Centre.

Relay for Life – Friday, June 15th, Milton Fairgrounds. The Nassagaweya Tennis Club is walking all night (Note: a departure from policy;I’m declaring an interest). If you wish to donate to the Team: Click here to view the team page for Nassagaweya Tennis Club

Arts Grants – Milton has received three grants for arts & cultural programs: 1) from Business for the Arts, an artsVest sponsorship of $55,000 for training & matching incentive program; 2 & 3) from the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Presenters grant contributing $7,800 towards the Dance Moves Milton program; the Theatre Connects program contributing $20,000 to support theatre performances with audience involvement.

March 25, 2013

MPAC Deadline - Property Taxes are a function of The Town; however, the Assessment of your property is the purview of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. You can review comparable properties on-line. If you disagree with your assessment, the deadline for Request for Reconsideration is April 2, 2013. There is no charge for Reconsideration Requests which can be filed on-line, by fax or mail. Reconsideration forms are available on-line or call 1-888-297-6703. For more information on MPAC call 1-866-296-6722.

Public Information Meeting  The NCCC (Nassagaweya Community Consultation Committee) will host a meeting on Wednesday, April 10th,7pm at Mohawk Racetrack. A Panel of experts representing the Horse Industry will offer updates and answer questions. Inspector Barry Kory will discuss Rural Fire Safety. Rural Community Groups will display information. To book a table for a Community Display call Jean Woods 905-854-2107.

Quarry Application – James Dick Construction has applied to Guelph Eramosa Township for a Zoning By-law Amendment for a proposed Hidden Quarry (ed: that really is the name) at the north east corner of 6th Line (5th Line Nassagaweya) and Hwy 7. A Public Meeting was held March 25th. Milton Town Staff, Halton Region Staff, and many Nassagaweya residents attended this meeting. (ed: Milton Council met at the same time, not permitting Council members to attend.) Since the Quarry is outside of Town boundaries, Milton & Halton Region are only commenting agencies, but will comment on water, haul route & other potential concerns. Milton is represented on the Grand River Conservation Authority which will also review the application.

St.  Mary’s Quarry – St. Mary’s has withdrawn this application and associated legal challenges. FORCE, the community group that opposed the application, is holding two events. 1) 2012 AGM & Informational Meeting, Tuesday, April 2nd, 7pm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School, 1624 Centre Road, Carlisle. 2) A Community Celebration Event, Sunday, June 2nd, Lunch BBQ & Party, Carlisle Golf & Country Club. An easement will be placed on title to maintain these properties for conservation purposes.

Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review - Recognizing the high level of interest and angst surrounding the potential restrictions of the Natural Heritage Corridor, Town staff agreed to prepare an interim report responding to changes requested by the agricultural and rural communities prior to bringing a Final Report to Council.

Recycling: Halton Region Blue Box distribution. To help manage the new, expanded list of acceptable Blue Box items, Halton is distributing BIG Blue Boxes & new Green Carts, one each per vehicle free of charge while quantities last. Proof of residency required. The final public distribution will be Saturday, March 30th at the Milton GO station & Georgetown Operations Centre. BIG Blue Boxes will continue to be available at the Waste Management site.

Garbage Pickup - NOTE: New limits for garbage effective April 1st:  3bags/household free plus 3bags/household with tag. Introductory tags are free until September, available at Cristello’s in Campbellville, Turtle Gas Bar in Brookville, and the Sports Centre, Leisure Centre & Town Hall in Milton. More information on the program & changes at www.halton.ca/waste.

Walk of Fame  Congratulations to four new inductees of Milton’s Walk of Fame! Kevin Callan, author & outdoorsman, host of CBC’s The Happy Camper and winner of four national magazine awards & three film awards; J. Lloyd Chisholm (1911-1992) national cattle judge, Livestock executive, member of Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, owner of Royal Winter Fair Grand Champion; Norman Etheridge, Canadian Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Hall of Fame, instrumental in restoring the Avro Lancaster flying out of the Warplane Heritage Museum; Ronald Roberts(1925-2012), international insurance executive, hockey executive and player representative. More information on all Walk of Fame Inductees on the Town website.

Travis Gerrits – Congratulations to Nassagaweya’s own Travis Gerrits, Aerial Freestyle Skier, Medalist in three World Competitions this season, 2013 Canadian National Champion, and Member of the Canadian Ski Team for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Guelph Line Stop Light – Long awaited construction on the traffic signal at Guelph Line & Campbellville Road (across from Mohawk) will begin on April 22nd with completion by May 20th.

Hospital Board – Halton Healthcare Services (Milton District Hospital) is seeking a Board Member from the Milton Community, with interviews being conducted by Promeus Inc. More information is available on the HHS website www.haltonhealthcare.com or throughjudy.mandelman@promeus.ca.

Council Remuneration – Council received a report outlining Councillors remuneration for 2012. This report (CORS-019-13) is available atwww.milton.ca

Park Reconstruction – Council awarded tenders for Phase 3 of the Milton Community Park ($2,235,677), construction of the Sixteen Mile Creek Trail ($253,440), and redevelopment of Laurier Park ($562,812).

User Fees – Council approved the phasing-in of fees for Older Adult programs.

Milton Transit – Council approved a Five-Year Master Plan for Milton Transit, based on milestones reached and subject to yearly budget considerations. Council further approved the purchase of three medium duty, low-floor, eight-metre transit buses. (ed: transit costs are excluded from the Rural Taxes.)

Milton Community Fund – Upon the recommendation of CSAC (Community Services Advisory Committee), Council approved travel grants to Dave Anderson ($1,125) and Laura Seed ($1,125) to attend the Tiger Bowls World Invitational and China Open in Hong Kong, to Quincy Brozo ($300) to compete in Swim Championships in Napean, Ontario, Chris Lyons ($750) and Eddie Schmidt ($673) to compete in the Vex Robotics World Championships in Anaheim, California, to Cole Michaelis ($750) to participate in the National Wrestling Championships in Saskatoon, to Mackenzie Taylor ($300) to compete at the Highland Dancer championships in London, Ontario. NOTE: Community Grant applications, Round One, deadline is April 29th. Travel grants are considered throughout the year. $284,729 remains in the 2013 fund.


March 16, 2012

Public Meetings: There are three Public Meetings scheduled for Monday night, March 18th. Two apply to Nassagaweya.

  1. Oak Ridge Horticultural Farms - Application for a Temporary Use Zoning Amendment to permit horticultural trade at 11565 Guelph Line.
  2. Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review – Final Draft Release – to bring zoning by-laws into conformity with the current Official Plan and the new Official Plan currently under appeal.

(Editorial note: Most of the changes are minor & impact Urban Milton. However, there are many, including myself, who are concerned that the proposed Natural Heritage Corridors – if imposed on this rural area – will have serious impact on agricultural uses and rights of private property owners. The full document is available on-line for review.)

This is an opportunity to share your comments either in person Monday night or in writing by March 25th. (Delegate Registration is NOT required for Public Meetings.) No decisions will be made at this meeting; Staff will include public input & prepare recommendations for Council’s consideration at a later date.

St. Marys Quarry – It may actually be over! (see the FORCE press release attachment)

Recycling: Halton Region Blue Box distribution. To help manage the new, expanded list of acceptable Blue Box items, Halton is distributing BIG Blue Boxes & new Green Carts, one each per vehicle free of charge while quantities last. Proof of residency required. Distributions will be held March 23rd in Oakville & Burlington, and March 30th at the Milton GO station & Georgetown Operations Centre. BIG Blue Boxes will also be available the Waste Management site. More information on the program & changes at www.halton.ca/waste.

Spring/Summer Programs – The 2013 Community Services Guide is now available on-line and at Town facilities (it is no longer mailed to all residences.)Resident Registration opens on March 19th for General interest/arts, recreation & summer camps; March 21st for swimming lessons. (Two days later for non-residents) 6am Internet & Phone; 9am Walk-in registration at Sports Centre, Leisure Centre & Seniors’ Centre. Click here to view this article on website.

Pan/Parapan American Games – Council received a report from Ian Troop, CEO of Toronto 2015 outlining the event, and Milton’s participation with the Velodrome – the only facility of its kind in Canada, and only one of two in North America. Council also received the Velodrome Milestone Report #5. The $56M project is funded by Grants ($38.4) and Town sources ($17.6M) from Sponsorship, Fundraising, Development Charges. Taxes are not part the funding. Legacy Fund contributions will be confirmed soon. More information on this project is available on the website, www.milton.ca

Campbellville Old Ball Park – Council approved sending the original design of the Park to tender, with construction in 2013 pending confirmation of Slots funding.

Sports Centre Expansion – Council approved the tender of $2,018,230 for the expansion of the Gymnastics Centre with costs to be shared with the Springers Gymnastics Club. Construction will begin in April with substantial completion by December 2013.

Annual Reports – Council received Annual Reports from Heritage Milton & the Naming Conventions Committee; Annual Reports from the Milton Public Library, Milton Seniors’ Activity Centre Advisory Board, and Milton Youth Advisory Committee were received at the January meeting. Fourth Quarter reports were received from Engineering Services, Licensing & Enforcement, and Fire Department.

Speed Limit requests – Council received reports on speed studies form Fifth Line & Fourth Line South of Britannia and Lower Base Line and Second Line Nassagaweya South of 10 Sideroad. Council approved the recommendation that existing 80km/h speed limits be maintained

Milton Community Fund: Council approved Guidelines for the 2013 Milton Community Fund. These are posted on line with application deadlines of April 29th and September 30th. $296,752 is available for distribution, funded from the Town’s share of Slots at Mohawk Racetrack revenue.

Economic Study – Council received the Greater Toronto Countryside Mayors Alliance Phase Two report: Economic Strategies for the Sustainability of the Greater Toronto Countryside Municipalities and endorsed the general directions as they apply to Milton’s rural area.

Milton Sports Hall of Fame – Council received a report identifying opportunities to work with the community to establish a Milton Sports Hall of Fame

 October 17, 2012

Horse Industry - A quick update – The resignation of Premier McGuinty & his decision to prorogue the legislature have raised questions. The OHRIA website features three items which may interest you.  www.value4money.ca

  1.  John Snobelen was interviewed on the Motts.ca and discussed the Second report he and fellow panelists have prepared on the future of Ontario’s horse racing industry. In a six minute interview, Snobelen suggests the Government can take action on the report without reconvening the Legislature. Although he does not reveal the content of the Report’s recommendations, he sounds optimistic. The report is expected to released within weeks.
  2.  The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has announced a new revenue sharing agreement with the municipalities involved in the Slots at the Raceway program, which includes Hanover. Mayor Kathi Maskell says the agreement is a good one for Hanover, as it increases the municipal share of the slots revenue by a quarter of a per cent to 5.25%. Maskell says she’s now hopeful the provincial government will do what it takes to ensure horse racing continues in Hanover. Milton Staff is preparing a Report scheduled to come to Council on October 29th.
  3. This site also has a report “A  thriving equine industry is vital to the health of the New York State economy, according to the results of a study released today.”

(Declaration: An exception to my Policy of Information Only) Horse Racing is the cornerstone of the Horse Industry (and it IS an Industry) and Mohawk Racetrack is absolutely critical to Nassagaweya. At their October 6th meeting, Halton Regional Council unanimously passed the Motion of Support unanimously passed by Milton Council in September. The first Interim Report of the Transition Panel is on my website. www.cindylunau.ca   

St. Marys Quarry - In August, the Ontario Divisional Court dismissed St Marys Cement’s appeal seeking to overturn the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) decision to deny a Permit to Take Water while under a Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO) which precludes quarrying. St. Marys Cement continues to challenge, now appealing to the Ontario Court of Appeal.  There are also challenges to the MZO and federally under NAFTA filings. (see attachment)

Recycling: The Region’s final Special Waste Drop-off Day for 2012 will take place on Saturday, October 20 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at the Mohawk Racetrack (parking lot).A complete listing of acceptable and unacceptable items can be found at www.halton.ca/waste.

September 27, 2012

Horse Industry: (Declaration: An exception to my Policy of Information Only) Horse Racing is the cornerstone of the Horse Industry (and it IS an Industry) and Mohawk Racetrack is absolutely critical to Nassagaweya. Council unanimously passed my Notice of Motion supporting the Industry. (Motion attached along with the 40+ folks receiving a copy.) I also sent these folks the “Horsepower in Halton” brochure prepared for the annual HAAC Tour. (attached) The Region is considering this Motion at their Council meeting next Wednesday. (Oct. 6) The full Transition Panel Report is on my website. The Transition Panel is due to release another report very soon. The Interim Report is on my website www.cindylunau.ca   The lobbying continues! 

Guelph Line Bridge Reconstruction: Reconstruction is complete! Guelph Line re-opened today. The Region is responsible for repairing damaged to Fourth Line Nassagaweya during the detour. 

Guelph Line( Main Street): Guelph Line (Main Street) will be closed at the Campbellville RR tracks from October 2-5 for track maintenance & re-profiling of the CPR Crossing.  

Road works: The Town is working to solve Road Condition concerns on Campbell Ave, Jessie Ave/Glenda Jane, Churchill Estates, Random Acres, Conservation Road. 

Annual Report: The 2011 Annual Report for the Corporation of the Town of Milton is now available on-line & at Town Facilities, providing updates on key capital projects and community-focused initiatives and the \2011 Financial Report. www.milton.ca  

Special Weekend: The Town hosts two events this weekend:

Culture Days, Friday - Sunday with free, hands-on interactive activities including dance, photography, music, video, film , literary arts and more. (Schedule attached)

Sports Day in Canada – Saturday, September 29, Freee activities at the Leisure Centre, Sports Centre and Memorial Arena. (Schedule atrtached)

Glen Eden Job Fair:  Saturday, Sept. 29, 10am – 4pm at the Main Chalet, 5234 Kelso Road. Every year Glen Eden hires 600 seasonal staff - visitor service , lifties, food service, rental operators, cashiers. You don't have to be a snow pro, but a season’s pass is an employee bonus.


Mohawk Inn - The Mohawk Inn has new owners. (Perhaps you have noticed some of the changes underway.)
Job Fair - Tuesday, June 19, 1-3pm
cooks, servers, bartenders, front desk , marketing + sales, hostess...... Bring Resume.

Older Adult Strategy - Public information session
Wednesday, June 20, 1-3pm, Milton Seniors' Activity Centre, 500 Childs Drive -
Draft recommendations for the older adult strategy will be presented based on public feedback received from public input sessions and public survey in April. For those unable to attend the session, the presentation will be available for viewing and commenting online at www.milton.ca/en/play/olderadultstrategy.asp.

Posted June 23, 2012

Old Campbellville Ball Park: A revised concept for the Old Campbellville Ball Park ( will be presented to Council on Monday night. Although Delegation Registration is officially closed, I expect that comments will be permitted. Please let me know if you wish to speak so that I can introduce a Motion to permit this.  This report is also available on the Town website. www.milton.ca
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Horse Racing Industry/Mohawk Slots: Milton hosted a meeting on Thursday with Racetrack Mayors and the OLG. Talks continue. A Report will be presented to Council on Monday night. The Report is still being finalized, but I will share it as soon as possible.
 Guelph Line Closure:  Guelph Line will be closed from 25 Sideroad to the Eden Mills Rd effective July 3 for Bridge Reconstruction.  The designated Detour Route will be Fourth Line Nassagaweya. It is scheduled to reopen no later that September 28.

Go Transit: Addition trains from the Milton GO Station became effective on June 25. Schedules have therefore changed somewhat. The new schedule is available on the GO website.

Hydro Update: The Consultant Report on the Hydro Event on April 9th is available here & the Milton Hydro website. I would encourage you to file your damages with Milton Hydro, even if you are not seeking compensation from Hydro's insurer. It is important the Hydro understand the extent of the damage. If you have further questions, please let me know.

Hydro April 9 Update (pdf)

Reminder ...
2013 Budget: You are invited to provide your comments & input as the 2013 Budget is prepared. Please complete the brief on-line survey with your priorities/comments by June 29th. www.milton.ca & click on Public Notices. Note: only one survey per computer will be accepted, so combine your family's opinions. Survey deadline is June 29. www.milton.ca Please note that only one survey will be accepted per IP address.



 July 31, 2012

Guelph Line Bridge Reconstruction: Reconstruction of the bridge on Guelph Line (north of 25 Sideroad) remains on schedule, completion mid September. The official detour is 4th Line Nassagaweya. The Town is monitoring road conditions & repairs will be made. The Police are increasing enforcement of speed limits.

Future Casino: Milton Council identified Milton as a Willing Host Municipality for a Gaming Facility. Milton continues to meet with the OLG. Milton’s share from Mohawk Slots revenue has been approximately $6M/year. Current policy requires that this revenue be applied to the Capital Budget in the following year. This revenue also funds the Police “Nass Car” patrolling Nassagaweya 24/7 and the Milton Community Fund.

Horse Industry: (Declaration: An exception to my Policy of Information Only) Horse Racing is the cornerstone of the Horse Industry (and it IS an Industry) and Mohawk Racetrack is absolutely critical to Nassagaweya. In the last few weeks I have participated in four key meetings (including an appearance before the Province’s Transition Panel).  The Horse Industry is a whole eco-system and it affects all of us. Many are sharing their concerns & seeking ways to secure its future in Nassagaweya, as well as Ontario. (I will leave it at that, lest I launch into a ‘Rick Mercer Rant.’) I am hopeful that the message is being heard.

Rural Roads: A number of rural roads are currently being resurfaced. This is scheduled maintenance to avoid costly reconstruction in future years. Sadly, there are a number of roads that have gone beyond this point and need to be worked into future Capital Budgets. The tar & chip is a safer surface for rural roads and the chips generally work into the surface within a few weeks. A schedule was previously circulated & is available on my website.

Budget/Property Tax Projection: Council directed Staff to continue preparation of the 2013 Budget within the guidelines of a 1.1% - 5% tax increase.  This is standard practice and the actual increase (in my 14 years Budget years) has always been less than the maximum. The Budget will include results of the On-line Community Survey.

Council Compensation: Upon the recommendation of a Community Panel, Council approved increases to be phased in over three years. 2012 Council $28,723/ Mayor  $69,369. 2013 Council $30,421/ Mayor $73,609. 2014 Council $32,120/ Mayor $77,850.

Velodrome: Council held a public meeting for a Zoning Amendment to permit a Velodrome at a site west of Tremaine Road between Derry Road and Britannia Road. The process moves forward.

Canada Post: Two matters. 1) Council passed a motion requesting Retail Postal services remain in Downtown Milton when the main Milton facility moves to Lawson Road. 2) Canada Post continues to review Rural Mailbox locations to provide for safe delivery. This is a Canada-wide initiative. You may be required to relocate your mailbox, or participate in a Community Mailbox.  New mailboxes cannot interfere with water drainage. The Town has offered to help find suitable locations, & I’m happy to discuss further.

Source Water Protection: Council directed staff to develop a strategy to implement inspections of Septic Systems in the “vulnerable areas” as mandated by the Clean Water Act. Approximately 43 properties are affected in Nassagaweya – various properties in Campbellville west of Guelph Line, Appleby south of Hwy. 401, Kelso Road, First & Second Lines Nassagaweya north of 25 Sideroad.

Milton Community Fund: Upon the recommendation of CSAC (Community Services Advisory Committee), Council approved $188,810 in grants to 18 organizations & 25 individuals under the spring round of the Milton Community Fund Program, funded through Milton’s share of the Mohawk Slots: Fine Arts Society of Milton $3,000; Halton Agricultural Society $12,402; Italian Canadian Club of Milton & District $15,450; Leash Free Milton $2,372; Milton Chinese Association $4,200; Milton Community Nursery School $16,950;  Milton Concert Presentations $13,000; Milton Curling Club $30,209; Milton Marlin Swim Team $6,646; Milton Soccer Academy $9,677; Milton Speed Skating $780; Milton Youth Soccer Club $12,775; Nassagaweya Tennis Club $1,356; North Halton Girls Hockey Association $6,799; Optimist Club of Milton $4,722; Soccer Development Model Academy $1,140; St. John Ambulance - Oakville, Milton & Halton Hills $3,545; Track 2000 BMX Club Inc. $18,915. Travels Grants were approved for Anthony Richard $750; Chris Leeder $175; Christian Arseneau $618; Colin Scarffe $1,050; Connor Lewis $1,050; Ethan Chin $750; Jack Whitford $1,050; Jade Lacsamana $618; Jason Lacsamana $1,050; John Swan $175; Jonathan Scripnick $750; Keanu Nunes $750; Kyle Zammit $1,050; Luka Tesla $1,050; Martin Marinov $618; Quincy Brozo $618; Sarah Gillard $1,050; Stefan Tarla $300; Tariq Lashley $1,050; Vasil Kecheliev $1,050. The deadline for Fall Applications is October 1, 2010. More information at www.milton.ca.

Fire Ban: Due to extremely dry conditions, the current Fire Ban remains in place for Brush Fires & Agricultural Lands. As of today, Small Container fires are now permitted. This condition may change again. Burn permits are required for all outdoor fires. These are available on-line or at the Main Fire Station on Steeles Avenue. http://burnpermits.milton.ca or call 905.878.9251 The Fire Department will advise of current conditions when you call to activate your permit.

Campbellville Park: Council approved a design for Campbellville’s Old Ball Park, subject to minor changes in concept plan, to be included in the  2013 Capital Budget.

Rabies Control: The north end of Nassagaweya is included in the Province’s Aerial Baiting rabies control program. Packets of vaccine will be dropped by aircraft. The vaccine is not harmful to people or pets. www.mnr.gov.on.ca

 Cycling Routes: The Region has produced a Cycling Map identifying rural roads suitable for cycling. The Milton North Loop is 15 Sideroad (Moffat), First Line Nass, 30 Sideroad, Second Line Nass,  25 Sideroad, Sixth Line Nass, 20 Sideroad, Fourth Line Nass, 15 Sideroad, Moffat to 18 organizations & 25 individuals.  The Milton West loop is Kilbride, Milbourough Line, Campbellville Road, Twiss Road, Conservation Road, McNiven Road, Kilbride. www.halton.ca/activetransportation.

Milton Centre for the Arts: The 2012 – 2013 season brochure will be delivered to households and available in Town facilities this week. Additional information and the full season line-up is available at www.miltoncentreforthearts.ca or by calling 905-878-6000.

Stay updated on performance news and information by signing up for Happenings, the Milton Centre for the Arts e-newsletter, at this website.

Senior of the Year Award:  Don Joyce was honoured as  Milton’s Senior of the Year.

Halton Farm Guide: The Region has produced a pamphlet that contains a list of Halton-based pick-your-own farms, nurseries and garden centres, farmer's markets and horse farms. Includes information about fresh produce availability. For a free copy of “Simply Local – Your Guide to Halton Farms” order on-line, call  905-825-6000, 1-866-442-5866), or email me your address & I’ll drop one in your mailbox.


Posted June, 16, 2012

New Playground:  A new senior playground at Brookville has been approved by the Parent Council, in the school colours (orange & black). This project was approved in the 2012 Town budget with cost ($45,000 +HST) shared 50/50 between the School Council & the Town. It will be located on the north side of the property - current site of the volleyball courts. Completion is anticipated before September 1, 2012.  Congratulations to Brookville Public School - Achieving EcoGold Status for the fifth year in a row ... Keeping it GREEN in Brookville!
Hydro Update: The Report on the Hydro Event on April 9th is now complete. 
To accommodate residents, two Information Meetings are scheduled to present this report:
  • Tuesday, June 19, 7:30pm, Ebenezer United Church Hall, 12274 Guelph Line (north of 20 sideroad)     (Brookville Hall is not available on this Tuesday night) 
  • Saturday, June 23, 9am, Nassagaweya Community Centre (aka Brookville Hall)

Update June 15, 2012 (pdt) Failure Investigation Report (pdf 6pg.)
April 9th, 2012 Report (pdf)

Electronic Sign: The electronic sign at the Nassagaweya Tennis Centre & Community Hall is now available for rent. If you, your organization, or even your local business would like more information on putting your message on this sign, let me know & I'll forward the information & reservation forms.

rates & reservation forms attached.
The NTC sign is the $38 category.
a few messages can be rotated

The priority is:
1) events taking place at the building
2) Town messaging
3) affiliated groups
4) standard/commercial users

Sign Request Form (pdf) - Sign Template (pdf)

 GTA West Corridor Study: Community Services received a report on the Draft Recommendations for improved transportation corridors. The recommendation in this report is widening the 401 to 12 lanes (one high occupancy & two regular lanes each direction) as an alternative to a new corridor through Halton. More information, GTA West Project Team site www.gta-west.com. Further widening of the 401 will be required west of the new interchange (the new Tremaine Rd. Interchange). The Niagara Route is expected to join the 401 somewhere between Hwy. 6 & the Millborough Town Line.
Turtles: Very few will likely remember the teasing I endured my first term standing up for these ladies - who continue to bear offspring even after 100 years. The good news is that there is an effort to identify where these species (along with frogs & snakes) as they seek roadside gravel for birthing sites. You can help at risk turtles and other species by telling Conservation Halton where you see them on our roads. Submit your observations online by using the CH Road Ecology Survey. (June & July are prime months.) www.conservationhalton.ca Click on Natural Environment, and then the "Road Ecology Survey" to report & view the 2011 results. or call 905-336-1158, ext. 305..
Old Campbellville Park: Staff is compiling results from the three Public Information Meetings and the on-line survey, and working towards a final concept incorporating as requests as possible. It is anticipated that this report will be posted on the Town website on Thursday night, June 22 and presented to Council on June 25. I'm happy to forward this report to you upon request ... and discuss it anytime.


June 12, 2012

Hog Weed, Invasive Species: Giant Hogweed & Garlic Mustard are quickly taking over our native plants. Giant Hogweed is actually a health hazard since its sap sensitizes the skin to ultraviolet light can result in severe and painful burning and blistering. More information on Giant Hogweed (control & removal) & information on other invasive species: www.conservationhalton.ca/invasivespecies
Steve Beaulieu at Oak Ridge Nursery is qualified and willing to remove plants. His phone number is 905-854-6184. email: steve.oak@hotmail.com I'm awaiting names of other contractors who are willing to remove this plant. I will these upon request when available.

House Demolition: The property at the corner of Reid Sideroad & Main Street (Guelph Line) was used by the Ministry of Transport during the Guelph Line/401 entry. The Town purchased this property and it will be used as a site for a Campbellville Entry sign and parkette. This house will soon be removed and the property graded for better sight-lines at this corner.  A preliminary concept is available. I will forward upon request. 2014 is the Centennial of the Village.

Horse Racing Industry: The Province has agreed to Transitional Funding for the Horse Racing Industry and has established an expert multi-party panel to work with the Horse Industry to shape its future. Great News!
I have agreed to help ensure that all aspects of this issue - including rural life - are heard and represented.  If you would like to participate in consultation sessions - or can recommend someone - please let me know. This is moving quickly - but in the right direction!
Mohawk Slots/ Future Casino: Milton continues to meet with the OLG to identify the Mohawk Racetrack property as a potential site for continuing Slots and an expanded Casino. Milton will host a meeting of Racetrack Mayors next week.
User Fees survey: The Town of Milton is reviewing user rates and fees for participating in recreation programs and renting Town facilities. This survey is an opportunity for you to provide valuable information that will assist in delivering affordable programs and services through better understanding of the balance between what the user should pay and the level of tax support. The survey is available at Town facilities and online. Survey deadline is June 20. www.milton.ca/en/townhall/ratesfees.asp Please note that only one survey will be accepted per IP address.

2013 Budget: You are invited to provide your comments & input as the 2013 Budget is prepared. Please complete the brief on-line survey with your priorities/comments by June 29th. www.milton.ca & click on Public Notices. Note: only one survey per computer will be accepted, so combine your family's opinions. Survey deadline is June 29. www.milton.ca Please note that only one survey will be accepted per IP address.

GTA West Corridor Study: A Public Information Centre will be held Thursday, June 14, 4-8pm in the Milton Sports Centre Banquet Hall to review the results of the Draft Recommendations for a transportation corridor between Hwy 400 & Hwy 401, including widening the 401 as an alternative to a new corridor through Halton.
Smoke Alarm Program: From June to September, Milton Fire Department staff will be conducting a door-to-door check of smoke alarms on weeknights & weekends providing homeowners with vital information on the importance of working smoke alarms and checking to ensure there are working smoke alarms on every storey as well as outside all sleeping areas. Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements can result in a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals and $100,000 for corporations. More information:  www.miltonfire.ca or call 905-878-9251, ext. 2815.
Hydro Update: The Report on the Hydro Event on Easter Monday will be available next week. Information meetings are being arranged for next week and details will be sent tomorrow.


Nass News, May 26, 2012
Old Campbellville Ball Park Three concepts for Park redevelopment are now available for comment. (3 Concepts attached and also on the Town website. Please take time to complete the on-line survey, indicating which what features you like in these concepts. A final design will be compiled considering these comments. Comments should be sent by June 1st.  http://www.milton.ca/en/play/campbellvillepark.asp
Velodrome:  Milton Council approved the next step to as a Host Community for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. Members of the public are invited to attend an information session on Thursday, May 31, 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Milton Sports Centre Banquet Room for updates on the Milton Velodrome project and to learn more about facility component and use options. More information on the project: www.milton.ca/en/townhall/velodrome.asp

Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw Review: The second draft of this review is now available for public review and comment. A Public Open House will be held on Wednesday, June 6th, 6:30-8:30pm, in the Milton Room, Town Hall. Comments will be consolidated for final presentation to Council in September. 

Road Closure: Crawford Crescent adjacent to the Plaza will be closed for Celebrate Campbellville Street Festival on June 15th & 16th.

Road Closure: Guelph Line will be closed to traffic between 25 & 32 Sideroads from July 2nd to mid-September for replacement of the Blue Springs Creek Bridge. More information on detour routes & construction will be shared as available. The nature of the project makes one-lane traffic impractical, since work must be completed in this time frame to comply with Department of Fisheries regulations. 

GTA West Corridor Public Information Centre, Round #5 will be held on June 14th, 4-8pm in the Milton Sports Centre Banquet Room. This includes a review the results of the Draft Recommendations for a transportation corridor between Hwy 400 and Hwy 401, including widening Hwy 401 as an alternative to a new corridor through Halton. 

Slots Dollars: Milton continues to work with the OLG regarding the Town's Agreement for sharing proceeds from the Gaming activities at Mohawk Racetrack. The Town received $1,337,242 for the fourth quarter of 2011 from the Slots at Racetrack program, bringing the total to $73,525,957 since the program began in 1998. The Province has indicated that communities that continue to host gaming sites will continue to receive financial support; this discussion continues. Support for the Horse Industry itself continues to be a concern. (I'd be happy to discuss this further upon request.)
2013 Budget: You are invited to provide your comments & input as the 2013 Budget is prepared. Please complete the brief on-line survey with your priorities/comments by June 29th. www.milton.ca & click on Public Notices. Note: only one survey per computer will be accepted, so combine your family's opinions.
Hydro: A significant Hydro 'event' was felt in Brookville, Moffat and adjoining areas on April 9th. There was no more information on May 25. When more information is available, another Public Meeting will be held, The Report is now expected to be complete in June.
Invasive Species: Giant Hogweed & Garlic Mustard are quickly taking over our native plants. Giant Hogweed is actually a health hazard since its sap sensitizes the skin to ultraviolet light can result in severe and painful burning and blistering. More information on Giant Hogweed (control & removal) & information on other invasive species:www.conservationhalton.ca/invasivespecies.
GO Trains: Two additional trains, one morning/one evening, will service the Milton Corridor beginning June 25th. (There will be adjustments to Milton Transit schedules to match these changes.) More details:  www.gotransit.com/schedules or 1-888-438-6646.

Posted May 1, 2012

Nass News, April 25, 2012
TAXES:  The Second Installment Deadline is Monday, April 30th. This is also the enrolment deadline if you wish to pay monthly. Email me if you wish to see how Town of Milton taxes (not including the Region's portion) compare to other municipalities. Rural taxes remain somewhat lower than Urban taxes since we are not included in the Transit & Streetlight levy.
Community Fund: April 30th is the Spring deadline for Community Fund Grant Applications.
(October 1st is the Fall deadline). Information on this program funded through the Town's proceeds from the Mohawk Slots is available at www.milton.ca or 905 878.7252, ext. 2539.
Old Campbellville Ball Park:  Three concepts for this Park redevelopment will be presented on Thursday, May 17th, 6:30 - 8pm at the Campbellville Lions Hall. A final public session to comment on the preferred design will be held May 31st.
Hydro: A significant Hydro 'event' was felt in Brookville, Moffat and adjoining areas on Easter Monday. The most recent update letter from Hydro is attached. When more information is available, another Public Meeting will be held.
Milton Hydro Appointments: Milton Hydro is an Independent Corporation with the Town of Milton as the sole shareholder. At its meeting on April 23rd, Milton Council re-appointed Ian Bourke and Robert Pyatt to 4-year terms on the Hydro Board of Management. Duncan MacIntyre was selected as the alternate should another vacancy occur in the next year.
Horse Racing: Milton Council unanimously approved a Motion supporting Horseracing (attached) presented as a Notice of Motion.
Slots Dollars: Milton continues to work with the OLG regarding the Town's Agreement for sharing proceeds from the Gaming activities at Mohawk Racetrack.
Older Adult Strategy: The Town is developing a strategy to meet the current & future needs of those 55+.  Your participation is needed. Two public meeting have been held. The Online Survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/MiltonOAS .  An Public Meeting will be held in late Spring prior to finalizing the strategy.
Speed Limits: Reduced Speed Limit signs of 60km are now posted on Twiss Road between Campbellville Road & Conservation Road (Steeles Ave.)  Additional speed limit studies will be conducted this year including areas where residents have requested consideration of reduced limits on other Rural Roads.
Special Events Permits: Council approved a Noise By-Law Exemption for the Patty Conklin Foundation Festival including fireworks, demolition derby, dog show on May 18-21.
Mohawk Family Fireworks: Mohawk Racetrack will host their Family Festival on May 20th. Horseracing returns on May 17.
Main Street CPR Crossing: Construction has begun on this underpass. Main Street at this location will be closed the weekends of May 5/6 and May 13/14 (midnight to 5am Monday)
to facilitate construction.  It is anticipated that another 5 weekend closures will be required over the next 4 years of construction.
Parking Restrictions: Council approved parking restrictions in the vicinity of the Milton Fairgrounds and Downtown Milton to accommodate the Farmers' Market (opening May 12), the Patty Conklin Festival (May 18-21), Downtown Street Festival (June 2), Relay for Life (June 15), Canada Day (July 1), Classic Car Show (July 20), Ribfest (Aug 16-19), Steam Era (Sept. 3), Milton Fall Fair (Sept. 21-23).
Local events for your calendar;
May 26 Brookville School Fair.
June 15-16, Campbellville Street Festival.
House Demolition: The property at the corner of Reid Sideroad & Main Street (Guelph Line) was used by the Ministry of Transport during the Guelph Line/401 entry. The Town purchased this property and it will be used as a site for a Campbellville Entry sign and parkette. This house will soon be removed and the property graded for better sight-lines at this corner.  A preliminary concept is available. I can forward it upon request.


Youth Week (pdf)

Posted March 29, 2012

Some folks have indicated that they would like more information on Council projects & decisions. "Nass News" - an email version includes items that I think are of interest to Nassagaweya. This will continue to be INFORMATION, not OPINION. If you would like share your opinion or want more details and/or discussion, just let me know!
I also send an "Events" email - a calendar of activities that may interest Nassagaweya residents. If you do not already receive this & wish to be included, let me know. - The most recent Events email will go out later today.
Nass News, March 29, 2012
Milton Hospital
- Milton Council unanimously passed a resolution seeking the Province's assurance that the Hospital project is on track. A huge 'Thank you' to the many who worked to make certain that this 'trial balloon' didn't fly. According to the Senior Policy Advisor to Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Health, the Milton Project is (& I quote) "On track and not impacted by the budget."


Drummond Report - Council approved Staff Report PD-015-12 directing staff to work with Provincial agencies on the impacts of the Drummond Report on the Town of Milton, highlighting concerns with infrastructure priorities, consolidation of schools for the Deaf, OLG directions, and  impacts on racetrack & horse-breeding operations. The full report (as well as all Council Agendas, Minutes, & Reports) are available on www.milton.ca. Click on Town Hall & scroll down.

Horse Racing - Racetracks are still under fire. Mohawk Racetrack appears safe, but the loss of Slots Revenue Sharing and the closure of three Racetracks could well affect Nassagaweya. This has never been a 'subsidy' - it is Revenue Sharing for providing a safe, suitable, secure location - rent free. The Council resolution dealing with the Drummond Report included concerns on the impact to racetrack and horsebreeding operations. (I would be happy to discuss this further upon request.)
Slots $$s - The Town will meet with the OLG to discuss the revenue sharing agreement for host communities. The Mayor's Group for Host OLG Communities will meet as a group in April to develop an approach that maintains the strength of working collaboratively & ensure the best possible deal for host communities.

Velodrome - Council approved funding & sponsorship agreements for the Velodrome ... major steps closer to Ground-breaking. Following the PanAm games, the velodrome will be known as the Mattamy Cycling Centre, Home of  Canadian Cycling.

Campbellville Park (old) Redevelopment - Thursday, April 12, 6:30 - 8:30pm, Campbellville Lions Club Hall  - A Public Input session to discuss options & visions for the Park. Proposed concepts are posted online with the option to submit through an online survey.
www.milton.ca/en/play/campbellvillepark.asp & click on online feedback survey.

Speed Limits - Council approved reducing the speed to 60km on Twiss Road between Campbellville Road & Conservation Road, consistent with the Twiss Road speed limit south of Conservation Road. The Town conducts speed studies on Rural Roads, surveying a number each year. If you have a request for a road to be studied this year, please let me know.

Road Projects - Summaries of 2011 & 2012 road projects are attached. Note that three streetlights are planned for this year. Please help identify those most needed for the 2013 budget (& be moved forward if budget permits.) Send me a quick email.

Film Location - The Sharpe Feed Mill in Moffat will be the site of Nikita Films for filming on Thursday March 29, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. All filming will be taking place on private property; gun fire will be used for one scene under the supervision of Halton Regional Police ETF officers.

Milton Hydro - There are currently two vacancies for the Board of Management for the Milton Hydro Board of Directors. Applications are due Thursday, April 5, 2012, no later than 4:30 p.m. Application form Information is available on the Town website www.milton.ca under Public Notices or call 905-878-7252, ext. 2164 for more information.

Stoplight - The Region plans to install a Traffic Signal at the Campbellville Road (5 Sideroad) & the Guelph Line. (Nassagaweya Tennis Centre intersection)

Earth Hour - Saturday, March 31, 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. - Join the Town of Milton in powering down during Earth Hour, a one-hour lights-out event created by the World Wildlife Fund to show support for action on climate change. For ways to conserve energy during Earth Hour and all year long, visit

Summer Camp Fair - Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. A sneak peek at 2012 summer camp programs offered by the Town & local organizations, including games, activities, face painting, arts & crafts. For more information, call 905-878-7252, ext. 2611.



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Horse Racing Fact Sheet.pdf

Posted on Thursday March 01, 2012  

 Auction - Closing Thursday, March 15, 2012: 
The Town offers surplus items through an on-line Auction. Currently, office items are being sold via an online public auction, as per the Town’s Purchasing by-law. Bidding process: Register and place your bids online. 

Several office items have become surplus to the Town’s needs and are being sold via an onlinepublic auction, as per the Town’s Purchasing by-law. 
Bidding process:
Register and place your bids online. The auction will conclude on Thursday, March 15, 2012. Items must be picked up by the successful bidders on Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. only

Talk of Town Survey - Closing March 16, 2012.
The Town is evaluating how best to provide information on programs, services, and events. Please respond to the Survey by detaching & mailing the survey printed on the front page, or filling out the online survey at www.milton.ca.  This could become the final issue of this publication.
NCCC Public Information Meeting - Thursday, March 22, 2012, Nassagaweya Community Centre, Brookville.
Roads, Speeding Survey, Park Re-development, Roadside Cleanup - all topics for the NCCC PIM on March 22nd.
Also Community Group displays. Come, Learn, Share!

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