City Council – June 14, 2016


True patriot love in all thy
sons command. With glowing hearts we see thee
rise, The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada, We stand on guard for thee. God keep our land, glorious and
free! O Canada, we stand on guard for
thee; O Canada, we stand on guard for
thee. P.M.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH GIRLS.
YOU DID A GREAT JOB. I KNOW MOM AND DAD ARE PROUD.
THANK YOU. OKAY.
OUR FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS COUNSELORS ARE THE ADOPTION OF
THE MINUTES FROM THE MAY 10TH MEETING.
MOVED BY CAROLYNN IONNONI IF THERE IS NO DISCUSSION TO THE
MINUTES ALL THOSE IN FAIR. THAT IS APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY.
DISCLOSURES OF A PECUNIARY INVESTMENT ANY DISCLOSURES.
COUNCILLOR PETER PETER ANGELO.
ANY OTHER DISCLOSURES OF PECUNIARY INTEREST?
COUNCELLOR CRAITOR.>>COUNSELLOR CRAITOR: THANK
YOU, YOUR LORDSHIP. THE CHECK IS PAYABLE TO MYSELF.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: THANK YOU, COUNCILLOR.
COUNSELLOR THOMSON.>>COUNSELLOR THOMSON: I HAVE
A CONFLICT WITH M 216007 UNDER PLANNING.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: ANY OTHER NO-NO?
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: I
CHECK 395045 MADE OUT TO A
MEMBER OF MY FAMILY.>>MAYOR DIODATI: I HAVE THREE
HERE. 394030.
394823 AND 39495 ONCE IN A WHILE.
CHECKS MADE OUT TO MYSELF AS WELL.
OKAY. IF WE HAVE NO OTHER OR NO
FURTHER DISCLOSURES OF A PECUNIARY INTEREST MOVE ON TO
THE PRESENTATION DEPUTATION PORTION OF OUR COUNCIL MEETING
AND FIRST UP IS THE MAYOR’S YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE.
I UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE NATALIE JANVARY AND SIFAR
HILANI, CO-CHAIRS GIVING US AN OVERVIEW OF THE 2015-2016
SCHOOL YEAR. WELCOME TO THE MICROPHONES.
YOU MAY TO HAVE BEND THEM UPWARDS A LITTLE BIT.
I’M NOT SURE. WELCOME.
>>HELLO. DO YOU WANT TO SING A SONG?
>>MAYBE A DANCE. HELLO, EVERYONE.
I’M NATALIE JANVARY. A GRADE 12 STUDENT
>>I’M SIFAR HILANI AT ST. MICHAEL.
>>THE MANDATE FOR THE MAYOR’S YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE WE
PROVIDE A VICE FOR THE YOUTH IN NIAGRA FALLS CONCERNING THE
CITIES YOUNGER POPULATION. WE ALSO ARE IN CHARGE OF
ENCOURAGING FACILITIES AND PROGRAM THAT WILL ENHANCE THE
QUALITY OF LIFE, HEALTH AND WELL-BEING FOR THE YOUTH IN OUR
COMMUNITY.>>SO BASICALLY EVERY YEAR MYAC
SEPARATES ITSELF INTO THREE SUBCOMMITTEES.
WE WENT WITH A COMMITTEE THAT FOCUSES ON YOUTH VOICE AND
GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AND ONE THAT IS JUST FOR FUN
EVENTS FOR YOUTH IN OUR CITY.>>SO AT THE BEGINNING OF THE
YEAR WE HAVE A LEADERSHIP DAY. A FULL COMMITTEE IN ABOUT EARLY
OCTOBER. THIS YEAR WE HAD IT HERE AT
COUNCIL OR IN CITY HALL. WE GOT TO KNOW EACH OTHER.
WE PLAN WHAT WE WANTED TO DO FOR THE YEAR.
ALSO TO START US OFF WE TOOK PART IN PLANTING DAFFODILS AT
THE OPENING OF THE MILLENNIUM TRAIL.
WE WENT BACK AND CHECKED OUT ALL THE FLOWERS AND IT WAS VERY
— WE CAME TOGETHER AS A COMMITTEE AND NICE TO SEE THAT.
>>SO THIS YEAR WE PRESENTED THE YOUTH VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
AWARD. WE GAVE IT TO MICHEL GILMORE
THIS YEAR. HE VOLUNTEERS WITH THE STANFORD
LAUNCH FIREFIGHTERS. IT WAS A FUN CLUB AND WE
RECOGNIZED YOUTH IN OUR COMMUNITY.>>WE ALSO TOOK PART IN THE
BULL FOR KID SAKE EVENT HOSTED BY BIG BROTHERS AND BUILDING
SISTERS OF NIAGARA. WE HAD DIFFERENT TEAMS GO OUT.
WE RAISED A BUNCH OF MONEY. ALL FOR A GREAT CAUSE.
WE LOVE TO DO IT AND HOPE TO DO IT NEXT YEAR.>>SO THIS YEAR ONCE AGAIN MYAC
WAS PART OF THE NIAGRA FALLS SANTA CLAUS PARADE.
WE HELPED OUT AND PUT BANNERS UP AND WALKED.
FUN DAY. YEAH.
>>WE ALSO HELPED OUT AGAIN AT THE NIAGRA FALLS COMMUNITY
OUTREACH KITCHEN. WE SPENT THE NIGHT HELPING OUT
SERVING FOOD. CLEANED DISHES THEN SOME OF US
EVEN GOT ON THE PIANO AND PLAYED A LITTLE MUSIC FOR
EVERYONE. IT WAS JUST A WONDERFUL NIGHT.
WE’RE HAPPY HOW WE CONTINUE TO DO THAT EVERY YEAR.
>>AND THEN AS WE DO EVERY YEAR THIS, YEAR WE HELPED WITH OUR
COMMUNITY CLEAN SWEEP. THAT IS AT OAKS PARK.
A FEW OF US WENT OUT PICKED UP TRASH, MAINTAINED THE
ENVIRONMENT THERE ON THE STREET.
YEAH, A GREAT DAY.>>AND WE LIKE TO CALL UP LUKE
FOR HIS CITIZENSHIP.>>HELLO.
SO I WAS SENT AS MY EXREP FOR THE ROTARY CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM.
I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT OUR COUNTRY THAT I THOUGHT I DIDN’T
YOU AND I DIDN’T DO. I GOT TO MEET A LOT OF GREAT
PEOPLE. IT WAS JUST A GREAT EXPERIENCE
OVERALL. I HOPE THAT MYAC CONTINUES TO
DO THAT.>>MAYOR DIODATI: WHAT SCHOOL
DO YOU GO TO?>>MEYER
>>MAYOR DIODATI: WE HAVE MEYER, SAINT MIKES AND
MEYERVILLE. OKAY.>>NOW WE WOULD LIKE TO CALL UP
EMILY AND LAUREN JORDAN AND
EMILY HUNTER.>>HI, I’M LAUREN GEORGE.
I GO TO ANN MEYER.>>I’M EMILY HUNTER.
GRADE 11 AND GO TO SAINT MIKE’S.
>>WE’RE THIS YEAR’S CO-CHAIRS FOR THE YOUTH VOICE COMMITTEE F
MYAC. ONE OF THE THINGS WE DO EVERY
YEAR. THIS IS OUR THIRD ANNUAL COMING
OF THIS OCTOBER IS THE NIAGRA SUM IT.
THIS IS WHERE ABOUT 350 STUDENTS FROM ACROSS THE REGION
HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO BROCK AND TAKE PART IN
WORKSHOPS FOCUSED AROUND SKILLS BEYOND THE CLASSROOM LEARNING.
SOME OF THE WORKSHOPS THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO TAKE PART IN
INCLUDE SELF-DEFENSE, STUDY SKILLS, TIME MANAGEMENT AND
DIFFERENT THINGS LIKE THAT. THEN THIS COMING OCTOBER WE ARE
HOSTING OUR THIRD ANNUAL EVENT. THOSE ARE SOME OF OUR SESSION
TOPICS .
>>SO JUST THIS APRIL, THAT JUST PASSED, WE HAD OUR — I
BELIEVE IT WAS OUR SECOND YOUTH FORUM IN OUR MOST RECENT YEARS. WHAT IT IS, WE HAD ABOUT 100
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS COME OUT TO HEARTLAND FORREST FOR A DAY
OF GATHERING INPUT. I KNOW NATALIE WAS TALKING
ABOUT IT BEFORE. PART OF OUR MANDATE IS TO BE A
VOICE FOR YOUTH AND PROVIDE THEM WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO
SPEAK OUT. WE HAD SEVERAL TOPICS LIKE
EMPLOYMENT, HEALTH AND WELLNESS, LIVING IN NIAGRA
FALLS, RECREATION, CULTURE, TRANSPORTATION AND ENHANCED
EDUCATION. SO WE HAD MANY GROUPS.
STUDENTS WERE ALLOWED TO GATHER AROUND.
ALL STUDENTS FROM DIFFERENT SCHOOLS.
THEY WERE ABLE TO PROVIDE THEIR INPUT ABOUT DIFFERENT VARIOUS
ASPECTS ABOUT THE CITY REGARDING YOUTH.
THEN WE’RE ABLE TO TAKE THAT INFORMATION AND TAILOR OUR
EVENTS TO SUIT THEIR NEEDS JUST ACCORDING TO WHAT THEY’RE MOST
INTERESTED N YOU CAN SEE IN THAT PHOTO WE ALSO HAD A
COUNCILLOR COUNTDOWN. WE HAD A FEW REGIONAL
COUNCILLOR COMES OUT AND THEY ANSWERED QUESTIONS FOR US AND
WE HAD LOTS OF FUN DOING THAT. THANK YOU.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: THANK YOU.>>THE YOUTH FORUM WAS A LOT OF
FUN. ESPECIALLY THAT TIME.
SOME OF YOU WERE THERE. WE GOT TO CUT OFF PEOPLE AS
THEY WERE SPEAKING. I WOULD LIKE TO CALL UP EMILY
AND MARCHELLO AND CHARMY.
>>THANK YOU, SCHOOL. WHEN YOU ARRIVE.
ANNOUNCE YOUR SCHOOL.>>I GO TO ST. PAUL CATHOLIC.
>>I GO TO SAINT MICHAELS.>>I GO TO WEST LANES.
>>SO OUR FIRST EVENT IS OUR RED ROOF CHRISTMAS PARTY AND
TAKES PLACE AT RED ROOF RETREAT IN ST. CATHARINE’S. THIS IS A
RETREAT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.
WHAT WE DO WE GO USUALLY DO THIS ONCE A YEAR.
WE HELP MAKE CRAFTS. BE BOWL AS YOU SEE IN THE
PICTURES AND BRING LITTLE SNACKS.
MAKE COOKIE THIS YEAR. HELPED THE KIDS DECORATE THEM.
IT IS BASICALLY JUST A GOOD TIME FOR US TO GIVE BACK DURING
THE CHRISTMAS SEASON AND FOR THESE KIDS JUST TO LIKE HAVE A
LITTLE FUN GETTING IN THE SPIRIT.
>>SO ANOTHER EVENT THAT WE HELD WE WENT FOR WHEELCHAIR
BASKETBALL AND BASICALLY WE
PLAYED WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL AGAINST CHILDREN WITH
DISABILITIES. IT WAS ACTUALLY PRETTY FUN.
WE ENDED UP LOSING.>>BY A LOT.
>> IN MAY WE HELD BRIGHT MAY.
BASICALLY WE DISPLAYED THE MOVIE WHEN A STRANGER CALLS.
IT WAS ON FRIDAY THE 13TH SO IT FIT THE THEME.
BEFORE THE MOVIE STARTED WE ALL HAD SHORT CLIP FROM EACH OF THE
HIGH SCHOOLS THAT PROMOTED MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS.
WE ALSO WERE COLLECTING DONATIONS THROUGH THE NIGHT
THAT. SUPPORTED
THE NIAGRA COALITION IN NIAGRA FALLS.
ALTOGETHER WE’RE DONATING $250.>>WE’VE HAD A FEW FRIGHT
NIGHTS AT CITY COUNCIL, TOO. THANK YOU FOR THAT.
>>THEN I JUST LIKE TO CALL LUKE TO TALK WITH ME ABOUT JUST
FOR FUN. SO AGAIN I’M FROM MEYER.
>>I’M ALSO FROM MEYER.>>WE WERE CO-CHAIRS FOR THE
JUST FOR FUN COMMITTEE THIS YEAR.
THIS YEAR WE HELD A YOUTH SKATING NIGHT AT THE GAIL
CENTER. WE DO THEY EVERY YEAR.
THIS YEAR WE WANTED TO SWITCH IT UP AND INVITE GRADES SEVEN
AND EIGHT STUDENTS FROM THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS FROM THE
AREA JUST TO GET THE WORD OF MYAC OUT TO THE YOUNGER
STUDENTS. WE HAD A GREAT TURNOUT.
A LOT OF KIDS CAME OUT. WE HAD MUSIC PLAYING.
THEN WE GOT TO TALK ABOUT MYAC A LITTLE BIT.
THE WORD IS OUT THERE AND THEY KNOW WHAT WE’RE ALL ABOUT.
>>NOT TO MENTION WE DID END UP RAISING A LOT OF FOOD FOR
PROJECT SHARE WHICH WAS GREAT. OUR NEXT EVENT. WAS SCHOOL AT
PALOOZA. MEYER WON THIS YEAR.
AND WE WERE REALLY HAPPY.>>MAYOR DIODATI: THE CAO WENT
TO STANFORD. SOMETIMES HE GETS SENSITIVE
WHEN MEYER DOES WELL. SORRY ABOUT THAT.
>>WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME PLANNING.
IT WAS A GREAT EVENT. HAD A GREAT TURNOUT.
THERE WAS A LOT OF PEOPLE THERE.
THEY WERE REALLY SHOWING THEIR SPIRIT.
ALL IN ALL WE WERE VERY HAPPY.>>WELL DONE.>>WE JUST WANTED TO BEFORE WE
GO THANK ALL OF OUR SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS AND ALSO THANK
COUNCIL FOR JUST LETTING US HAVE ALL THESE EXPERIENCES THAT
WE HAVE. I’VE HAD A GREAT FOUR YEARS AND
I’M HAPPY THAT I’VE BEEN A PART MOVE MYAC AND VERY THANKFUL FOR
IT.>>YEAH.
I HAVE DONE FOR IT THREE YEARS. REAL GOOD EXPERIENCE FOR ME.
I REMEMBER MY FIRST DAY PRINCIPAL CALLED ME INTO THE
OFFICE. I THOUGHT I WAS IN TROUBLE
ACTUALLY. HE DIDN’T TELL ME WHY I WAS
THERE. HE TOLD MY ABOUT MYAC AND PUT
ME ON IT. YEAH.
I DON’T REGRET IT WHATSOEVER. ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING
EXPERIENCES OF MY HIGH SCHOOL ACAREER.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT THIS YEAR.
I LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING IN YEARS TO COME.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS NOW AFTER THIS YEAR?>>I’M HEADING TO RYERSON NEXT
YEAR FOR PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION.
>>AND I’M HEADING TO WESTERN FOR INTI SCIENCE.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: WELL DONE. LET’S CLAP.
[APPLAUSE] AND RYERSON AND WESTERN TWO
GREAT UNIVERSITIES. I WOULD SAY COUNCILLOR ANGELO
WOULD LIKE TO SAY SOMETHING.>>COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO:
THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION BOTH OF YOU NEVER SEEM TO AMAZE
ME I JUST WANTED TO MENTION THE YOUTH FORUM ESPECIALLY YOUR
LORDSHIP BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WAS A LOT OF FUN AND GREAT WAY
TO CONNECT COUNCIL TO MYAC TO GET US OUT THERE AND TO ANSWER
A BUNCH OF QUESTIONS. YOU TALKED ABOUT SOME PEOPLE
GETTING CUT OFF. I COULDN’T REMEMBER IF IT WAS
THE STUDENTS OR POLITICIANS.>>MAYOR DIODATI: I WOULD LIKE
TO MENTION A COUPLE OF THINGS. NO. 1 BIG CALL TO BETH ANGLE.
IS SHE HERE IN THE AUDIENCE? BETH.
[APPLAUSE] BETH IS OUR RECREATION AND
CULTURE STAFF LIAISON THAT WORKS WITH THE MAYOR’S YOUTH.
WHAT A GREAT COMMITTEE. THE PART I LOVE YOU HEAR ALL
THE HIGH SCHOOLS. YOU DON’T HAVE A SEGREGATION OF
SCHOOLS. YOU HAVE AN INTEGRATION OF
SCHOOLS. THEY ALL COME TOGETHER TO WORK
TOGETHER AS ONE COMMUNITY. THAT IS REALLY WHAT WE ARE.
WE’RE ONE COMMUNITY. ESPECIALLY APPRECIATE THAT WHEN
YOU GO WAY TO UNIVERSITY. YOU’RE FROM NIAGRA FALLS.
THEY DON’T CARE WHAT HIGH SCHOOL THEY WENT TO THEY WANT
TO KNOW WHAT CITY YOU ARE. FROM IT COMES MORE TOGETHER.
ON BEHALF TO SEE HOW PROUD WE ARE THE GREAT INITIATIVES
WHETHER YOU’RE WORKING FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES OR
CLEANING THE CITY OR COMING UP WITH NEW INITIATIVES ARE OR
PLANTING TREES OR HAVING SOME FUN DOWN AT QUEEN STREET WITH
SCHOOL OF PALOOZA YOU’RE ACTIVE AND ENGAGED AND IT IS
IMPORTANT. THE REACH WE WANT THIS WE NEED
TO PASS THE BATON ONE DAY TO YOU.
WE TELL YOU GO OUT GET YOUR EDUCATION AND LIFE SKILLS.
GO SEE THE WORLD. LEARN ALL YOU NEED TO LEARN AND
COME BACK. IT IS YOUR CITY.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE PREPARED AND GROOMED SO
WE CAN PASS THE TORCH TO YOU SO YOU CAN RUN THE CITY.
ON BEHALF OF THE CITY I WANT TO SAY YOU’RE A GREAT GROUP OF
PEOPLE. SO PROUD WHAT YOU ALL GO ON TO
BECOME. SO MANY OF YOU HAVE DONE
INCREDIBLE THINGS AND YOU GROOM SOME GREAT STUDENTS TO COME UP
FROM BEHIND. I KNOW BECAUSE I HAVE MANY
PARENTS COME TO ME AND SAY WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO GET MY KIDS
ON THE MAYOR’S YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE.
IT IS UP TO THE PRINCIPALS. THEY MAKE THE DECISIONS NOT US.
THEY GO AND CHOOSE. SOME PEOPLE THEY FEEL THAT
THEY’RE GOING TO GET IN TROUBLE LIKE SIFAR AND YOU’RE GETTING A
REQUEST TO JOIN. ON BEHALF OF THE CITY AND CITY
COUNCIL, I WANT TO SAY YOU DO A TERRIFIC JOB.
REPRESENT US WELL. THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH.
THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE] NATALIE, I DON’T HAVE TO GO
FAR. HER RELATION IS PAISLEY AND WE
HAVE TRAILS NAMED AFTER HER. SOMETIMES THE APPLE DOESN’T
FALL TOO FAR FROM THE TREE WHICH IS TERRIFIC.
NEXT UP PRESENTATION WE HAVE GOT COUNSELLOR MOROCCO IS HERE
NOW AND WE WENT THROUGH CLOSURES OF A PECUNIARY
INTEREST. DID YOU WANT TO DECLARE?
>>COUNSELLOR MOROCCO: YES, I HAVE THREE CHECKS, 393740,
CHECK 394476 AND CHECK 395283 MADE TO MY SPOUSE.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: THANK YOU TO THAT.
NEXT PRESENTATION IS PORCHFEST. SHELLY GLICCA WILL INFORM US
AND SEEK COUNCIL’S ENDORSEMENT OF PORCHFEST.
AN EVENT THAT WILL HAVE MUSICIANS PERFORMING ON PORCHES
IN THE COMMUNITY. WELCOME.
>>THANK YOU. I’M REALLY GLAD TO BE HERE.
I KNOW A FEW OF YOU BUT FOR THOSE THAT I DON’T MY NAME IS
SHELLY GLICCA. I HAVE A PASSION FOR THE
COMMUNITY OF NIAGRA FALLS AND TO ME THE EVENT OF PORCHFEST
REALLY BRINGS TOGETHER THAT PASSION WITH THE ARTS AND
CULTURE IN THE CITY. I DID BRING SOME FLYERS IF
ANYONE WOULD LIKE THEM. I’LL JUST LEAVE THEM RIGHT
THERE. SO TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA WHAT
PORCHFEST IS, IT IS A SMALL SCALE COMMUNITY BASED MUSIC
FESTIVAL. IT STARTED IN ITHICA, NEW YORK
IN 2007. IT IS SPREAD ALL OVER NORTH
AMERICA. MUSICIANS WILL PLAY ON FRONT
PORCHES FOR TIPS AND THEY — THE COMMUNITY COMES TO THE
FESTIVAL SO THE PORCHES ARE ARRANGED THROUGH THE FESTIVAL
AS HOST PORCHES. ATTENDEES COME TO THE EVENT AND
THEY’RE FREE TO WALK AROUND AND TO VIEW THE DIFFERENT PORSCHE
STAGES. I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH BOTH
THE DEAN AND CLERK TO ENSURE THAT EVERYTHING THAT I’M DOING
IS REALLY ONBOARD WITH WHAT WE NEED TO DO IN THE CITY AND I
WOULD REALLY LIKE YOUR SUPPORT FOR THIS EVENT.
I’VE HAD WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL OUTPOURING AND SUPPORT FROM
LOCAL MUSICIANS. ON THE FLYER YOU CAN SEE THAT I
HAVE NEARLY 30 MUSICIANS ALREADY LINED UP TO PLAY
PORCHFEST. I’M WORKING ON GETTING A FEW
MORE PORCHES. ONE OF THE POTENTIAL PORCHES
THAT HAS APPROACHED MYSELF HAS BEEN THE NIAGRA MILITARY
MUSEUM. I UNDERSTAND THAT THE CITY OWNS
THE ARMORY PROPERTIES SO I WOULD ALSO SEEK YOUR PERMISSION
TO USE THE ARMORY PROPERTY AS A FRONT PORSCHE FOR THE EVENT.
DOES ANYONE HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS?
>>MAYOR DIODATI: ANY QUESTIONS OF COUNSEL? COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO.
>>COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO: I DON’T HAVE ANY QUESTIONS BUT I
WOULD BE HAPPY TO MOVE THE RECOMMENDATION.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: WE HAVE GOT A MOTION TO MOVE THE
RECOMMENDATION THAT YOU’RE SUGGESTING BY COUNSELLOR
PIETRANGELO. SECONDED BY COUNSELLOR KERRIO.
ANY DISCUSSION TO PORCHFEST? ALL THOSE IN FAVOR.
INCLUDING THE ARMORY. YES.
THAT IS APPROVED UNANIMOUS THROUGH INCLUDING THE ARMY.
>>THAT IS FANTASTIC. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
I APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT AND LOOK FORWARD TO MOVING FORWARD
WITH PORCHFEST. I THINK IT IS A GREAT COMMUNITY
CELEBRATION. I THINK WE CAN BRING SOME
TOURISTS INTO THE AREA FOR PORCHFEST AND JUST ON A SIDE NOTE I’M ALSO WORKING WITH THE
ORGANIZEER OF POEM FEST IN NIAGRA FALLS, NEW YORK.
OUR EVENTS COINCIDE THE SAME WEEKEND.
THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE IT.
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT.>>MAYOR DIODATI:
CONGRATULATIONS. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]
NEXT UP IS LIVESTOCK AND WE HAVE A PRESENTER HERE.
I HAVE GOT HOPEFULLY I SAY IT RIGHT.
RAFIK GUIRGIS IS THE ORGANIZER
AND GOING TO INFORM COUNCIL OF
THE SECOND ANNUAL LIVESTOCK NIAGRA MUSIC FESTIVAL.
>>THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK.
PROBABLY WONDERING WHO THIS IS GUY TALKING TO YOU RIGHT NOW.
LIKE THE MAYOR JUST SAID I’M RAFIK GUIRGIS.
I HAVE BEEN RUNNING CONCERTS IN THE CITY OF IN FOR FIVE YEARS.
I PUT ON OVER 140 CONCERTS WITHIN THE NIAGRA REGION.
EACH CONCERT SHOWCASING 4-5 BANDS.
I HAVE BEEN WORKING THROUGH A NUMBER OF VENUES THROUGH THE
CITY SUCH AS Q CLUB, YANKS,
MERCHANT HAS AND CABANA AND TOPS BREWERY AND CAPITAL Q AND
MANY MORE AS WELL. I’VE ALSO DONE 200 INDEPENDENT
ARTIST BOOKINGS FOR COVER MUSICIANS AND I HAVE BEEN
RUNNING THIS INITIATIVE THREE YEARS OF IT, THREE OF THE FIVE
YEARS AS SR ENTERTAINMENT AND LAST FOOTWAYS LIVESTOCK NIAGRA.
ONE OF THE THINGS I FOUND RUNNING CONCERTS IN NIAGRA
REGION, NIAGRA FALLS IS A HOT BED FOR TALENT.
SUBTERRAIN 81 NOT HIGHLIGHTED BUT IT IS THERE.
THE THING IS YOU SEE A LOT OF BANDS SUCH AS THE TRUE CITY AND
COLOR AND LEXUS ON FIRE. WHAT HAVE YOU.
AND PEOPLE SAY THESE ARE THE DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH.
WHAT I’M TRYINGS TO HERE THEY’RE NOT THE DIAMOND IN THE
ROUGH. WE’RE SITTING ON A DIAMOND MINE
OF TALENT. IT IS ABOUT TO BURT FROM THE
SEAMS AND EXPLODE. WE HAVE PORCHFEST, A LOT OF
GREAT INITIATIVES HAPPEN. THE CITY WANTS CULTURE.
THERE IS THIS ON-GOING IDEA THAT OUR CULTURAL IDENTITY IN
THE CITY IS NOT AS STRONG AS IT COULD BE.
I’M TELLING YOU IT IS. I’M TELLING YOU IT IS
ABSOLUTELY THERE. AND IT IS CITIZENS AND PEOPLE
SUCH AS MYSELF AND OTHERS ARE COMMUNITY LEADERS THAT ARE
TRYING TO TAKE, THE NEXT LEVEL AND BUILD A PLATFORM FOR
MUSICIANS TO BE ABLE TO SHOWCASE THEIR TALENT. WHAT WE’RE DOING THIS YEAR IS
THE SECOND ANNUAL LIVESTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL.
LAST YEAR WE DID 18 BANDS ON TWO STADIUM, 12 HOURS FOR
VENDORS. IT IS INDEPENDENTLY RUN
CONCERT. INDEPENDENTLY ORGANIZED BY
MYSELF. ALSO NOT-FOR-PROFIT
ORGANIZATION. ANYTHING THAT WE MAKE FROM THIS
INITIATE IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC I SHOULD MENTION BUT WE DO SELL
WATER AND T-SHIRTS ANYTHING THAT WE MAKE FROM THE
INITIATIVE GOES BACK AND CYCLES INTO THE NEXT YEAR H BRINGS US
INTO OUR SECOND ANNUAL LIVESTOCK NIAGRA.
SO WHAT WE’RE DOING THIS YEAR IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT.
LAST YEAR WE PUT A FOCUS ON A GREAT FOCUS ON LOCAL TALENT BUT
WE BROUGHT IN A COUPLE OF BIG HEADLINERS TO TRY TO BUILD THE
NAME UP. IT DIDN’T GO AS WELL AS WE
HOPED. WHAT WE’RE DOING IS A LITTLE
DIFFERENT. WE’RE DOING 45 BANDS ON FOUR
STAGES ON ONE PROPERTY AND 14 HOURS IN ONE DAY.
HOW THIS IS GOING TO WORK WE’RE GOING TWO STAGES OUTSIDE AND
TWO INSIDE AT THE BREWERY PROPERTY.
OF THE 45 BANDS, 41 OF THEM ARE DIRECTLY FROM THE NIAGRA
REGION. 38 OF THOSE ARE FROM NIAGRA
FALLS. EACH ONE OF THESE BANDS HAS A
VERY MINIMUM RELEASED AN ALBUM AND TOURED LOCAL ONTARIO
REGION. THEY’RE PROMINENT LOCAL BANDS
JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU HERE IS AN EVEN THAT IS GOING TO
HIGHLIGHT ALL THE TALENT WE HAVE HERE IN THE CITY.
ALL THE BAND NAMES. ALL THE DIFFERENT ARTISTS THAT
ARE PLAYING IN THE FESTIVAL THIS YEAR.
YOU MAY RECOGNIZE SOME OF THEM. SOME OF THEM YOU MAY NOT
RECOGNIZE. THAT IS EXACTLY THE POINT.
THE BANDS THAT YOU DON’T RECOGNIZE ARE THE ONE THAT YOU
NEED TO GO AND CHECK OUT LEARN MORE ABOUT.
WE’RE ALSO PARTNERING WITH THE NIAGRA INSTITUTE OF MUSIC AND
ARTS. WE BUILT A PLATFORM STAGE FOR
THEM IN ORDER TO SHOWCASE THE STUDENTS THAT THEY’RE TEACHING
IN ORDER TO GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT THEIR
MUSIC. AND WE ARE ALSO SHOWCASING A
NUMBER OF VENDORS FROM THE NIAGRA REGION.
ALL OF THESE VENDORS HAVE SOME TITLE OF COMMUNITY THEY’RE
ARTISIANS, CRAFT ART MAKER, THEY’RE PAINTERS, IT IS FROM
THE NIAGRA FALLS HUMANE SOCIETY.
ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING THAT IS LOCALLY BOUND IS PUT INTO ITS
FESTIVAL. THESE ARE SOME OF THE NUMBERS
THAT WE HAVE. THIS IS THE NUMBERS FROM THE
EVENT PAGE ON FaceBook ITSELF.
LAST YEAR WE HAD 100 INTERESTED AND A LITTLE OVER 300 GOING
THIS. YEAR AS YOU CAN SEE WE’VE GONE UP BY 300% IN TERMS
OF THE NUMBERS. 62,000 PEOPLE ON THE EVENT THE
PAYMENT COMES UP. 3700 OF THOSE PEOPLE ACTUALLY
CLICKED ON THE EVENT PAYMENT ITSELF READ IT.
1000 OF THOSE PEOPLE MADE A COMMITMENT TO GO OR ARE
INTERESTED IN GOING. WE EXPECT A BARE MINIMUM OF 600
PEOPLE TO SHOW UP AT THIS EVENT THIS YEAR.
THESE ARE DEMOGRAPHICS AS YOU CAN SEE THE EVENT IS SOFT
TARGET. WIDE VARIETY OF PEOPLE IN A
LOCAL REGION. WE HAVE TRIED TO — WE HAVE
TRIED TO LAY OUT THE BANDS IN A WAY IT DOESN’T JUST TARGET
PEOPLE THAT ARE BETWEEN 19 AND 20 OR 19 AND 30.
BROAD CROSS ACROSS THE ENTIRE SPECTRUM.
THE REASON I PUT THIS PARTICULAR GRAPHIC UP IS TO
SHOWCASE THE POWER OF THE MARKETING TOOLS THAT WE ARE
USING TO PUSH THIS FESTIVAL. WE’RE USING SOCIAL MEDIA AND
PRINT MEDIA INBOUND AND OUTBOUND MARKETING.
JUNE 3 I PUT OUT A FaceBook ADVERTISEMENT SPECIFICALLY
TARGETED TO SPECIFIC DEMOGRAPHIC AND SPECIFIC TIME
OF DAY. YOU CAN SEE RIGHT THERE AND
THEN IT WENT FROM 3000 VIEWING IN ONE DAY.
AND YOU CAN SEE THAT THERE IS AN INTEREST IN LOCAL COMMUNITY.
WE HAVE — THIS PARTICULAR GRAPHIC SHOWS THAT WITHIN — IN
THIS MONTH ALONE 1000 PEOPLE UNIQUE IP ADDRESSES HAVE VISITED THE HOME STAGE OF
LIVESTOCKNIAGRA.COM THERE IS AN INTEREST IN THE COMMUNITY FOR
THIS. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE
BEEN BRINGING TO THE NIAGRA NAME THE LAST FEW YEARS WE RUN
FREE COMMUNITY INITIATIVES AND EVENTS ON QUEEN STREET.
TAKING THE LEADERSHIP POSITION TO TRY TO BRING PEOPLE DOWN TO
THE AREA. TO TRY TO BRING — ONE OF THE
THINGS I LEARNED YOU CANNOT CHARGE PEOPLE FOR CULTURE.
YOU CAN’T CHARGE A TICKET PROVIDES FOR SOMETHING THEY
OWN. YOU HAVE TO MAKE IT ABSOLUTELY
ACCESSIBLE AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE SO PEOPLE CAN COME IN NOT BE
AFRAID TO APPROACH THE EVENTS AND LEARN BEFORE NIAGRA AND
WHAT WE HAVE HERE AND THE TALENT THAT WE HAVE HERE.
I HAVE DONE THIS OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS BY SELF-FUNDING ALL
MY EVENTS. 50% SELF-FUND, 50% BY SPONSORS
AND TAPS BREWERY. THIS PARTICULAR EVENT FOR THIS
YEAR IS TO GIVE YOU JUST A REALLY QUICK FINANCIAL BREAK
DOWN. IT IS LAID OUT.
IT IS 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS EVENT.
$4500 OF THAT IS FOR THE TALENT THAT WE’RE PAYING ABSOLUTELY
EVERY SINGLE VIDAME SIX THAT IS PLAYING.
WHAT IS THE INDUSTRY STANDARD FOR THE ALLOTTED TIME AND ALL
FUNDED BY DONOR, SPONSORS AND MYSELF.
$2300 IN PRODUCTION, 800 IN MANAGEMENT, 1600s IN
MARKETING, $500 IN MISCELLANEOUS, LANYARD, WRIST
BANDS, TICKETS, WHAT HAVE YOU. AND THAT PUTS US AT 10,000.
OF THAT 10,000, 4000 OF IT WAS — WE HAVE $4000 DONATED BY
TAPS BREWERY TOWARDS THE CAUSE BECAUSE THEY SUPPLY THE VENUE.
WE RAISED $900 THROUGH APPLICATION FEES.
WE CHARGE APPLICATION FEE TO APPLY TO THE FESTIVAL.
WE RAISED ANOTHER $600 BETWEEN VENDORS AND DONORS.
SO THAT PUTS US AT A DIFFERENCE OF $4100 THAT’S LEFT FROM THE
$10,000 WHICH TO MAKE UP FOR THE DIFFERENCE I HAVE APPLIED
FOR PARTICULAR GRANTS. I’M IN THE PROCESS OF APPLYING
FOR PARTICULAR GRANTS TO COVER THE DIFFERENCE.
HOWEVER IF THAT FALLS THROUGH IT WILL BE SELF FUNDED.
SOME OF THE DONORS OR SPONSOR THAT WE HAVE ARE LISTED
, BROCK RADIO, MAN ON IS COUCH, CO-,
ROADWAYS CONTRACTING, AND RATHER DISCOVER AND OTHERS.
PROBABLY WONDERING HOW CAN YOU HELP? THE REASON I’M HERE I REALLY
BELIEVE IN THIS. I THINK THAT THE NUMBERS SHOW
HOW MUCH IT HAS GROWN IN JUST THE TWO YEAR PERIOD.
NEXT YEAR I THINK WILL BE A PINNACLE YEAR AND REALLY
DEFINING THAT THE MUSIC FESTIVAL IN THE CITY.
IT IS THE BIGGEST AND MOST PROMINENT LOCAL INDEPENDENT ONE
IN NIAGRA FALLS AND FIRST OF ITS KIND.
WHAT I’M ASKING FOR COUNCIL TOYS MATCH THE CONTRIBUTIONS
THAT WE RECEIVE FROM INDIVIDUAL DONORS AND SPONSORS IN ORDER TO HELP US FACILITATE AND MAKE US
INTERNAL CULTURE INITIATIVE FOR NIAGRA FALLS.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.>>MAYOR DIODATI: THANK YOU
VERY MUCH. RAFI DO, WE HAVE AN EYE ON THE
AMOUNT FOR NEXT YEAR? I KNOW YOU SEE THE TRAJECTORY.
ANY IDEA WHAT YOU THINK THAT NUMBER IS NEXT YEAR?
>>I’M PROJECTING 7500.>>MAYOR DIODATI: 7500.
DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?
I HAVE NO KNOW AND COUNSELLOR STRANGE.
>>YOUR COMMENT THAT WE’RE A DIME MINE IS TRUE.
WHEN WE STARTED DOING THE FUNDRAISER. WHO DID TAYLOR SWIFT AND
MICHAEL JACK TON IN OUR LAST SHOW.
YOU HAVE THE SENIOR THERE KATE WHO I LOVE.
BUT THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO STARTED ON FaceBook.
IT IS REMARKABLE. THERE IS TWO TEENAGERS IN EARLY
20S. THESE PEOPLE REEK OF TALENT.
IF YOU’RE ON FaceBook AND FOLLOWING THE POSTERS, THEY
POST THE COFFEE HOUSE PERFORMANCES IT IS AMAZING THE
PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE HERE. THE MOST FUN IN PUTTING THE
FUNDRAISER TOGETHER WAS FINDING THE TALENT AND LISTENING TO
PEOPLE AND HAVING THEM SING ACAPELLA WHILE YOU DROVE.
IT WAS REMARKABLE. I FULLY SUPPORT WHAT YOU’RE
DOING. WE’VE GOT A HOT BED HERE AND
THIS CITY IS FULL OF YOUNG AND OLDER PEOPLE WHO ARE FULL OF
TALENT. I CONGRATULATE YOU.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: EXCELLENT. THANK YOU FOR.
THAT COUNSELLOR STRANGE.>>YOUR LORDSHIP, THANK YOU FOR
THE PRESENTATION YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR THIS OBVIOUSLY.
SHOWCASE THE TALENT. LOOK AT THIS IT IS SECOND
ANNUAL LIVESTOCK. OBVIOUSLY IT IS ONE DAY EVENT
BUT IT IS A YEAR LONG
ORGANIZATION AND SPENT AND IT IS A GOOD WAY OF SHOWCASING SO
MUCH TALENT THAT WE HAVE IN NIAGRA FALLS.
I REMEMBER THIS LITTLE — AN OLD BAND FROM NOVA SCOTIA
COMING IN MY BAR WANTING TO PLAY FOR 100 BUCKS AND NOW
THEY’RE ALL OVER CANADA CALLED THE TRUES.
JUST AMAZING HOW A LITTLE BAND LIKE THAT IN SO LITTLE TIME A
VW VAN AND RUN DOWN ALL THEY WANTED TO DO WAS PLAY.
FOR PEOPLE IN BARS LIKE — WE WOULD GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY
TO PLAY AND ORGANIZERS LIKE YOURSELF IT IS AMAZING.
LIKE I SAID THERE IS SO MUCH TALENT OUT THERE.
WE JUST TO HAVE SHOWCASE IT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
THANK YOU.>>MAYOR DIODATI: SHOULD WE
REFER TO STAFF TO MAYBE SIT DOWN WITH THEM AND COME UP WITH
A PLAN? DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THAT MOTION
COUNTER? MOVED BY COUNSELLOR IOANNONI.
SECONDED BY COUNSELLOR STRANGE. REFER THIS TO OUR STAFF TO SIT
DOWN AND MEET WITH YOU AND COME UP WITH A PLAN AND BRING A
REPORT BACK TO COUNCIL. YES, MR. CLERK.
>>JUST A COUPLE OF POINTS. YOU DO HAVE A REQUEST LATER ON
IN THE AGENDA THROUGH CELEBRATE OLD DOWNTOWN WHICH IS RELATED
TO ROAD CLOSURES LIKE A FEE. RELATED TO THIS EVENT.
ALSO YOU MAY RECALL A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO YOU DID APPROVE AN
EARTHS AND CULTURE FUND THAT WE’VE ACTUALLY DIRECTED REPEAT
TO MAKE AN APPLICATION TO.>>MAYOR DIODATI: YES.
>>HOW MUCH DO WE HAVE NEST THAT FUND?
>>DO YOU HAPPEN TO KNOW HOW MUCH IS LEFT IN THAT FUND OR
MR. BURNETT?>>PERFECT.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: SO WE HAVE GOT IT.
IT IS IN THE Q. OKAY.
SO IN THE MEANTIME WE HAVE GOT A SUPPORT OF COUNCIL THAT WE’RE
GOING TO BRING THIS FORWARD. IT HAS COME TO STAFF.
SUPPORT THAT WITH A VOTE. COUNSELLOR IOANNONI WE HAVE THE
DOWNTOWN BA CAN WE MOVE THAT CLOSER FOR THE SAME THING?
>>MAYOR DIODATI: THAT IS UNDER —
>>THAT IS UNDER COMMUNICATIONS BUT THERE IS A NUMBER OF
DIFFERENT REQUESTS FOR THE DOWNTOWN.
I SUGGEST YOU — COUNSELLOR IOANNONI OKAY.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: WE’LL CALL THAT VOTE.
ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. OKAY.
THAT IS APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY. CONGRATULATIONS.
WELL DONE. WE’RE OBVIOUSLY SUPPORTIVE AND
REAL PROUD WHAT YOU HAVE DONE IN THE FIRST COUPLE OF YEARS.
THANKS, THANKS RAFIK. [APPLAUSE]
NEXT. THERE IS ALL THE MAYOR YOUTH
ADVISORY. THAT IS HOW MANY THAT IS HERE.
THANK YOU. HAVE A GOOD SUMMER.
ALMOST DONE. FEW MORE WEEKS.
NEXT ORDER BUSINESS IS SPECIAL PRESENTATION I’M COMING OUT TO
DO. I ASK COUNSELLOR STRANGE IF
HE’LL JOIN ME FOR THE FORMER PROPRIETOR OF THE HAPPY
WANDERER RESTAURANT FOR SEVERAL YEARS IN THE HOSPITALITY
INDUSTRY, HILDE MERCNIK. WE’LL COME TO YOU HILDA. DOES SHE WANT TO JUMP OVER THAT
— OKAY.>>DO YOU WANT TO GO THROUGH OR
HERE? MERCEDES.
THIS IS GOOD.>>MAYOR DIODATI: I COME UP TO
YOU HILDE. I’M GOING TO READ THIS.
IS THE CAMERA ON HER OKAY? I’M NOT SURE IF THAT CAMERA IS
ON. I’M JOINED HERE BY COUNSELLOR
STRANGE AND COUNCILLOR AND FORMER MAYOR AND COUNSELLOR
STRANGE SUGGESTED THAT WE RECOGNIZE YOU FOR A GREAT
SERVICE. I’M GOING TO READ A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND FOR EVERYBODY.
>>OH, THAT IS FINE.>>MAYOR DIODATI: THAT IS
GOOD. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING
HERE. CELEBRATING WHAT HILL DE.
IS THAT THE RIGHT WAY? HILDE MERCNIK HAS PROVIDED TO
THE GROWTH OF NIAGRA FALLS. HILDE ARRIVED IN CANADA 1950 TO
BEGIN A NEW LIFE FLED WAR-TORN GERMANY
IT WAS IN EDMONDTON IN 1952 SHE MET HANS HER HUSBAND TO BE AND
THEY WERE MARRIED THE FOLLOWING YEAR.
THEY CHOSE TO SETTLE IN NIAGRA FALLS IN 1961.
THEY PURCHASED HAPPY WANDERER PROPERTY ESTABLISHED AN ICE
CREAM STAND WHICH LATER EVOLVED INTO A COFFEE SHOP AND COUNTER
SERVICE. THE BUSINESS GREW INTO A
FULL-SERVICE RESTAURANT FEATURING GERMAN SPECIALTY.
AT THE SAME TIME THEY BEGAN A FAMILY, FIVE CHILDREN, TWO
GIRLS, CARMEN AND CHRISTINE AND THREE BOYS, FRED, GARY AND
VICTOR. AFTER THE TRAGIC UNTIMELY DEATH
OF YOUR HUSBAND HILDE CARRIED ON THE TRADITION SHE BEGAN WITH
HER HUSBAND FOR 45 YEARS. IT WAS THE DELICIOUS SERVING OF
SNITZEL AND SAUERKRAUT AND OTHER HIGH OFFERINGS WHILE
GERMAN MUSIC PLAYED IN THE BACKGROUND AND THOUSANDS OF
CUSTOMERS INFLUENCED THE EXPANSION TO 100 SEATS.
RESTAURANT BECAME A LANDMARK IN THE HEART OF THE AREA.
PASSERBIES WOULD ENJOY THE LANDSCAPING WHICH SHE WAS
AWARDED THE TRILLION PRIZE ON MANY OCCASIONS.
HILDE MERCNIK WAS LOVED BY EVERYONE.
HER STAFF WAS DEDICATED. SOME REMAINED WITH HER FOR OVER
20 YEARS. SHE KEPT A GUEST BOOK FOR
PATRONS TO REFER THEIR COMMENTS.
GENEROUS COMPLIMENTS SHE RECEIVED IS LASTING SOURCE OF
MUCH DESERVED PRIDE. THE HELP, WELFARE AND SCHOOLING
OF HER CHILDREN HOWEVER WERE A PRIORITY.
MOST IMPORTANTLY SHE WAS AND IS THE BEST MOTHER AND PROPRIETOR
THAT NIAGRA FALLS IS MUCH RICH FOREHER CONTRIBUTION.
HILDE ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF NIAGRA FALLS ALL THE RESIDENTS
AND COUNCIL WE WANTS TO CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU.
[APPLAUSE] FROM FORMER MAYOR WAYNE THOMSON
AND CURRENT COUNCILLOR, THIS IS A CERTIFICATE I SIGNED MYSELF.
YOU SEE A LITTLE HAPPY FACE AT THE BOTTOM.
THAT IS FROM ME. THIS AND A DOLLAR WILL GET YOU
COFFEE. AND ALSO A LITTLE EXTRA.
THANK YOU FROM COUNSELLOR STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL FRAMED
PICTURE OF THE FALLS AND ALL MAJESTIC GLORY THAT YOU CAN PUT
UP HELP REMIND YOU OF ALL THE GREAT YEARS YOU SERVED ALL THE
TOURISTS AND HELPED THE RESIDENTS OF NIAGRA FALLS.
THIS IS A GIFT FOR YOU. HILDE.
CONGRATULATIONS. [APPLAUSE]>>I’M DELIGHTED WITH THE
OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE YOU. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH HER FOR SO LONG.
FIRST OF ALL WITH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT.
HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO EAT THERE SO MANY TIMES.
IT WAS WITHOUT EXCEPTION A
FAVOR SPOT IN THE FALLS AREA. SHE LOST HER HUSBAND VERY YOUNG
AND FOUR CHILDREN AND SHE CARRIED ON AND BUILT THAT
BUSINESS AND SHE IS WITHOUT EXCEPTION AN INSPIRATION TO
EVERYBODY. CONGRATULATIONS.
[APPLAUSE]>>I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH
CHRISTINE AND LEGENDARY STORIES SHE TOLD ME ABOUT HER MOM AND
STUFF. WE DEFINITELY HAVE TO REWARD
HER FOR ALL THE GREAT YEARS OF WORK DOWN HERE.
YOU DON’T SEE THE MOM AND POP RESTAURANTS ANY MORE.
THEY’RE COMMERCIAL. JUST AWESOME THAT SHE CAME
OVER.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
THANKS, HILDE. [APPLAUSE] ME AND MIKE WILL COME TOGETHER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>THANK YOU COUNCIL APPRECIATE
IT VERY MUCH.>>MAYOR DIODATI: WE’VE GOT
ONE MORE PRESENTATION OF THE DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD
OF NIAGRA, HELGA CAMPBELL, TRUSTEE
FOR THE DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD OF NIAGRA WILL MAKE A
PRESENTATION TO COUNCIL ON THE SCHOOL BOARD.
SO WELCOME, TRUSTEE CAMPBELL.>>THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR.
JUST A QUICK — I HAD A LITTLE TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE WITH YOUR
RECOGNITION OF HILDE BECAUSE AS IMMIGRANTS TO CANADA IN THE
50S, MY YOUNGEST BROTHER, DONNIE, WHO YOU SAW TODAY,
WORKED AS A BUSBOY AT THE HAPPY WANDERER AND OF COURSE WE WERE
ALWAYS THERE FOR A LOT OF DINNERS AS WELL.
THAT WAS A NICE MEMORY. ANYWAY, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING
ME TO SPEAK TODAY. I HAVE BEEN A TRUSTEE WITH THE
BOARD FOR THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF.
DURING THAT TIME IT OCCURRED TO ME THAT THE FUNCTION OF THE
BOARD AND ITS IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY KIND OF FLIES UNDER
THE RADAR FOR MOST OF THE COMMUNITY.
I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO BE AWARE OF WHAT
THE BOARD IS ALL ABOUT AND THE KINDS OF IMPACT IT DOES HAVE ON
THE COMMUNITY. SO AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR
ALLOWING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY. I’LL BEGIN WITH SOME VERY QUICK
FACTS. AS YOU CAN SEE UP THERE, THERE ARE 100 — THE BOARD OPERATES
103 SCHOOLS IN 12 MUNICIPALITIES ACROSS THE
NIAGRA REGION. THERE ARE 83 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
AND 20 SECONDARY SCHOOLS. THE BOARD’S OPERATING BUDGET
THIS MAY COME AS A SURPRISE, TOO, BECAUSE I BELIEVE IT IS A
LITTLE BIGGER THAN THE CITY’S OPERATING BUDGET IS
430 MILLION. IT IS GOVERNED BY A BOARD OF 11
ELECTED TRUSTEE FROM THE 12 MUNICIPALITIES.
NIAGRA FALLS HAS THE TWO TRUSTEE, MYSELF AND KEVIN MAYES
AND WHAT IS NOT ON THE SLIDE THERE IS THAT WE HAVE TWO
STUDENT TRUSTEES AND WE’RE LUCKY IN NIAGRA FALLS THAT ONE
OF THOSE TWO STUDENT TRUSTEES THIS YEAR WAS KAITLYN HILLBORN
A STUDENT AND GOING ON TO BROCK.
THE TWO STUDENT TRUSTEES I SIT THERE AND THINK WHAT A
WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE FOR THESE YOUNG PEOPLE TO SEE HOW
GOVERNMENT WORKS, HOW DECISIONS ARE MADE.
THE KIND OF COLLABORATION AND COOPERATION THAT IS REQUIRED TO
MAKE GOOD DECISIONS AND THE MANY OPPORTUNITIES THEY HAVE
AND THEY’RE CONNECTED TO AN ONTARIO ORGANIZATION WHERE THEY
MEET IN TORONTO WITH STUDENT TRUSTEE FROM OTHER BOARDS AND
THEIR INITIATIVE THIS YEAR HAS BEEN MENTAL HEALTH.
OUR STUDENTS PUT ON A WALK AGAINST THE STIGMA FOR THE
BOARD THIS YEAR WHICH WAS INVOLVED A LOT OF THE STUDENTS
FROM ACROSS THE BOARD. GOING ON ACROSS NIAGRA OR IN
NIAGRA FALLS — WE’RE STILL ACROSS NIAGRA, YES.
36,000 STUDENTS FROM JK TO 12, 24,200 ELEMENTARY STUDENTS,
11,900 SECONDARY STUDENTS AND STUDENTS FROM OVER 38 DIFFERENT
COUNTRIES SPEAKING OVER 40 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES SO WE HAVE
AS YOU CAN IMAGINE A LARGE ESL PROGRAM THAT IS A SECOND
LANGUAGE PROGRAM. AND ALSO JUST FOR YOUR
INFORMATION WE HAVE THE BOARD HAS AN INTERNATIONAL
COORDINATOR AND THROUGH THAT COORDINATOR WE HAVE 200
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS PRESENTLY GOING TO SCHOOL IN
OUR SYSTEM. OF COURSE THAT BRINGS INCOME
INTO THE BOARD BECAUSE THOSE STUDENTS PAY TUITION PAY A FEE.
IN NIAGRA FALLS, SPECIFICALLY, WE HAVE 15 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
AND THREE SECONDARY SCHOOLS. 7000 STUDENTS ALL TOLLED 4500
ELEMENTARY STUDENTS AND 2500 SECONDARY STUDENTS.
WE ALSO HAVE LARGE FRENCH EMERSION PROGRAM IN NIAGRA
FALLS. TWO ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS OFFER
FRENCH EMERSION AND FRENCH EMERSION BY THE WAY BEGINS IN
GRADE ONE. THAT IS OPPOSED TO THE
LANGUAGE, THE FRENCH CLASS BEGINS IN GRADE FOUR FOR ALL
STUDENTS. BUT FRENCH EMERSION BEGINS IN
GRADE ONE AND OPERATES OUT OF JON MARSHALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
AND THE SENIORS THE SEVEN AND EIGHT IN FRENCH EMERSION GO TO
FRENCH PHILIPS. MEYER IS THE SCHOOL THE
SECONDARY STUDENTS GO TO FOR FRENCH EMERSION. I’M SURE YOU KNOW THE SECONDARY
SCHOOLS IN NIAGRA FALLS ARE MEYER, STANFORD AND WESTLIN AND
ACROSS NIAGRA, YOU’LL NOTICE THAT THE DSBN IS ONE OF THE
LARGEST EMPLOYERS IN THE NIAGRA REGION.
WE GO OVER 4700 STAFF. 2300 TEACHING STAFF.
1400 SUPPORT STAFF. THAT IS YOUR SECRETARIES AND
EAS AND SO ON. 1000 CASUAL EMPLOYEES. THIS MAY BE A TERM NEW TO YOU.
SPECIALIST HIGH SKILLS MAJOR. AND WHAT THAT IS ALONG THE WAY
AND YOU MAY GO BACK OR THINK BACK TO THE DAY WHEN IS WE HAD
A VOCATIONAL SCHOOL. VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS HAVE KIND OF
GONE OUT OF FAVOR ACROSS THE PROVINCE.
WHAT IS REPLACED THEM IS THIS FOCUS ON SOME AREAS MORE HANDS
ON KIND OF EMPLOYMENT WHERE STUDENTS ARE GIVEN THE SPECIFIC
SKILLS TO BE VERY PROFICIENT IN THOSE KINDS OF JOBS AND ALL TOGETHER ACROSS THE BOARD WE
HAVE 46 DIFFERENT AREAS OF HIGH SKILL MAJORS AND YOU CAN SEE
SOME OF THEM, SOME OF THE TYPES THAT WE SEE HERE IN OUR SCHOOLS
IN NIAGRA FALLS IN MEYER THERE IS THE BUSINESS SPECIAL HIGH
SKILLS MAJOR, CONSTRUCTION, JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY SERVICES,
SPORTS, AT STANFORD WE HAVE ARTS AND CULTURE, HEALTH AND
WELLNESS, HOERITY CULTURE, HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY AND AT WESLEYAN
BUSINESS AND HORTICULTURE. THE REALLY — I THINK THE
REALLY SPECIAL PART ABOUT THIS PROGRAM IS THAT THE KIDS, THE
STUDENTS THAT GO THROUGH THOSE COURSES THROUGH THE HIGH SKILLS
MAJOR THEY GET PREFERENTIAL ENTRANCE TO NIAGRA COLLEGE AND
BROCK UNIVERSITY AND ALSO THEY GET MANY APPRENTICESHIP HOURS.
THERE IS SOMETHING ELSE THAT — IT ALLOWS THE STUDENTS TO MATCH
THEIR PARTICULAR SKILLS AND APTITUDES IN A CAREER PATH OF
THEIR CHOICE. THEY LEARN IN A REAL WORK
ENVIRONMENT ON THE JOB WITH EMPLOYERS AS WELL AS IN SCHOOL.
SAME TIME RECEIVING TRAINING AND THIS IS REALLY THE
IMPORTANT PIECE BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT EMPLOYERS ARE GOING TO
LOOK AT IN ANY ONE OF THOSE SECTORS.
THEY RECEIVE CERTIFICATION SPECIFIC TO THE SECTOR THAT
THEY HAVE BEEN STUDYING IN. THAT IS REAL NICE TICKET FOR
KIDS TO HAVE IF THEY’RE GOING DIRECTLY INTO EMPLOYMENT AFTER
HIGH SCHOOL. A COUPLE OF EXAMPLES OF THE
CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM SPECIFICALLY THE SPECIAL HIGH
SKILLS MAJOR REGIONAL CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM IN THE
NIAGRA REGION. THIS PROGRAM BEGAN IN 2004.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY.
SINCE THEN WE’VE BUILT 22 HOUSES WITHIN THE REGION IN
PARTNERSHIP WITH VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONS AND CONTRACTORS.
INCLUDING MOUNTAIN VIEW HOMES IN NIAGRA FALLS, CARPENTRY,
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, PARK LANE BUILDERS AND HAG MEN
CONSTRUCTION, ET CETERA. THE BOARDS REGIONAL
CONSTRUCTION STUDENTS HAVE ALSO PARTICIPATED IN TWO COMMERCIAL
BUILDS WITH WALKER ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP AND
MOUNTAIN VIEW HOMES BUILDING THE NEW WALKER LIVING CAMPUS
AND THOSE TWO ORGANIZATIONS WERE BIG PARTNERS WITH THE
BOARD IN BUILDING THAT OUTDOOR LIVING CENTER.
I HOPE ONE OF THESE TIMES YOU GET TO SEE THAT BECAUSE IT IS A
BEAUTIFUL SPOT AND THERE WERE NO TAXPAYER DOLLARS INVOLVED IN
THAT. IT WAS ALL DONE THROUGH THE
WORK OF THE STUDENTS AND THROUGH THE PARTNERSHIP THAT
THE BOARD HAD GAINED THROUGH THE COMMUNITY.
AND BEYOND THE REGION THE DSBN HAS BUILT SIX HOMES
INTERNATIONALLY IN PARAGUAY, EL SALVADOR AND VIETNAM.
NOW, NEW SCHOOLS YOU’LL SEE A WHOLE LIST OF NEW SCHOOLS THAT
HAVE BEEN BUILT. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT YOU MAY
HAVE HEARD BUT THIS HAS BEEN A BIG ISSUE FOR BOARDS ALL ACROSS
THE PROVINCE IS THAT OUR ENROLLMENT IN SCHOOLS CONTINUES
TO DECLINE. PEOPLE JUST ARE NOT HAVING THE
CHILDREN THAT THEY USED TO HAVE.
THIS YEAR BOARDS ARE FACED AND I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS STILL AS
AN ADMINISTRATOR FROM THE TIME I BEGAN AS AN ADMINISTRATOR
EVERY YEAR WE WERE CUTTING STAFF BECAUSE THERE WERE FEWER
AND FEWER STUDENTS IN OUR SCHOOLS.
AND THE REASON WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BUILD THESE SCHOOLS
THERE IS A PLUS SIDE. IS BECAUSE SO MANY SCHOOLS
BECOME THEIR ENROLLMENT BECOMES SO LOW THAT IT IS NOT FEASIBLE
ECONOMICALLY TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THEM.
BECAUSE SCHOOLS ARE FUNDED ON A PER PUPIL BASIS.
SO THAT IF YOUR SCHOOL GETS BELOW A CERTAIN NUMBER YOU NOT
ONLY DON’T GET ENOUGH MONEY COMING INTO THE SCHOOL FOR EACH
OF THOSE STUDENTS BUT YOU ALSO GET PENALIZED NOW BY THE
PROVINCE IF YOU’RE OPERATING BELOW A 50% CAPACITY LEVEL.
SO YOU CAN SEE THAT AT SOME POINT WHEN ENROLLMENTS GET LOW
IN A SCHOOL YOU CAN’T REALLY AFFORD TO RUN THAT SCHOOL ANY
MORE. WHAT HAPPENED IS THAT YOU
CONSOLIDATE AND GO THROUGH ACCOMMODATION REVIEW PROCESS
AND YOU CONSOLIDATE THE SCHOOLS.
LET’S SAY THERE IS THREE SCHOOLS THAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT
THAT COULD ALL BE COMBINED FOR ONE BIG SCHOOL.
THAT IS HOW THE NEW SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN BUILT.
SO THERE IS THAT PLUS SIDE BECAUSE WITH THE NEW SCHOOL
OBVIOUSLY YOU CAN GET A MUCH MORE ATTRACTIVE AND APPEALING
ENVIRONMENT THAN SOME OF THE OLDER SCHOOLS THAT WE’VE HAD.
SO THE NEW SCHOOLS THAT HAVE BEEN BUILT BY THE DSBN IS
CROSSROADS AND NIAGRA ON THE LAKE FOR A FEW AND NIAGRA FALLS
AND ONE OF THE — HERE IS AN INTERESTING PIECE.
FORREST VIEW IS HUGE SCHOOL. I THINK IT IS OUR LARGEST
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN NIAGRA FALLS.
IT WAS RECENTLY BUILT AND HAS PORTABLES.
A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE SAY HOW COME YOU BUILT IT SO SMALL YOU
NOW NEED PORTABLES RIGHT WAY. THE TIME IN WHICH YOU ARE
PERMITTED TO BUILD A SCHOOL BY THE PROVINCE IS BASED ON YOUR
PRESENT ENROLLMENT. IT IS NOT BASED ON BUT WE HAVE
A PROJECTION THAT WE’RE GOING TO HAVE THIS MANY MORE KIDS IN
THE AREA. YOU DON’T GET THE MONEY FOR A
SCHOOL EXCEPT BASED ON WHAT YOU PRESENTLY HAVE.
SO THAT IS WHY — I KNOW WITH I USED TO THINK.
WHY DID THEY BUILD A SCHOOL SO SMALL AND NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN
RIGHT WAY A YEAR OR TWO LATER YOU NEED PORTABLES.
THAT IS THE EXPLANATION FOR THAT PIECE. DIAMOND TRAIL IN 20 VALLEY AND
VINE LAND. HARRIET TUBMAN.
THIS ONE I WENT TO THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THIS SCHOOL.
IT IS REALLY A GEM. YOU CAN’T REALLY SEE IT BUT IN ONE OF THE SIDE PIECES THERE IS
A STATUTE OF HARRIET TUPMAN SHE WAS ONE OF THE INFLUENTIAL
PEOPLE OF THE RAILROAD NORTH THAT ALLOWED THE SLAVES TO
ESCAPE AND COME TO CANADA. THAT SCHOOL WAS NAMED IN HER
HONOR. CLOSER TO HOME FOR US, JON
BRANDT AND RIDGEWAY AND 40 ERIE SECONDARY THOSE ARE TWO SCHOOLS
PRESENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION. RIDGEWAY TO OPEN THIS COMING
FALL. THE PUBLIC SCHOOL.
THEN GREATER 40 ERIE SECONDARY SCHOOL WHICH WILL COMBINE
RIDGEWAY AND HIGH SCHOOL AND PRESENT SECONDARY SCHOOL AND
THAT OPENS IN 2018 OR 2017. THE FALL OF 2017. CURRENT RENE OLD AGGRAVATIONS
IN OUR NIAGRA FALLS SCHOOLS, I WAS RECENTLY AT A FINANCE
MEETING AND I WAS — I HAVE TO SAY I WAS BLOWN AWAY.
THERE WERE 150 PROJECTS THAT WERE LISTED THAT THE FACILITIES
DEPARTMENT WAS PRESENTLY ENGAGED IN WORKING ON IN THE
VARIOUS SCHOOLS IN THE REGION. IN NIAGRA FALLS, MEYER HAS HAD
LIBRARY RENOVATIONS WHICH ARE COMPLETED.
FRONT ENTRANCE COMPLETED. OUTDOOR SPORTS PORT WHICH WAS
PRESENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION. THIS MAY BE NEWS.
WE ARE PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT THIS.
MEYER WILL HAVE A NEW SYNTHETIC SPORTS FIELD TURF.
SYNTHETIC TURF. WHICH WILL NOT ONLY BENEFIT THE
SCHOOL ITSELF BUT THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE IT WILL ALLOW FOR A LOT
MORE ACTIVITIES TO TAKE PLACE IN THAT LOCATION.
OKAY. CURRENT RENOVATIONS. THEN WE GO ON TO — OH, FURTHER
ON IN WEDNESDAY LANE, WE HAVE A NEW GREENHOUSE.
IT IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. A NEW FRONT ENTRANCE.
THIS IS ONE OF THE ENTRANCES THAT IS SO CONDUCIVE TO
CREATING A NICE ENVIRONMENT FOR KIDS WHERE THEY WALK IN AND
THEY’RE SORT OF A TIERED
ENTRANCEWAY WHERE KIDS CAN SIT AND HANG OUT.
IT IS VERY EXCITING. SCIENCE LAB RETROFIT.
THIS IS ALWAYS A BIG — IT IS EXPENSIVE BUT IT IS NECESSARY
SO WE GO THROUGH ALL THE SCIENCE LABS TO MAKE SURE THAT
THEY’RE OPERATING AT A CAPACITY THAT ENABLES THEM TO DO THE
KIND OF WORK THAT THE CURRICULUM DEMANDS.
STAND FORD COLLEGIATE, THERE WAS JUST THE OFFICIAL OPENING
OF THE NEW CAFETERIA ENTRANCE. IT IS BEAUTIFUL ATRIUM. BROAD.
VERY LIGHT AND BRIGHT. THAT HAS JUST BEEN COMPLETED
AFTER A MONTH’S OR AFTER A YEAR’S WORK OF CONSTRUCTION.
THE DUST COLLECTION SYSTEM RETROFIT AT STANFORD. HERE YOU HAVE SOME SPECIFICS ON WHAT WAS PAST BY THE BOARD FOR
THE CONSTRUCTION OF TURF FIELDS AND TRUCKS.
BEGINNING WITH MEYER HERE. SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL IN ST.
CATHARINE’S AND TWO MORE SITES TO BE DETERMINED IN THE
FOLLOWING YEAR. THE NEXT — I MENTIONED THIS AS
WELL. THE OUTDOOR EDUCATION THAT HAS
BECOME A BIG FOCUS FOR THE BOARD AND THAT IS TO PROVIDE
STUDENTS WITH THE KIND OF CURRICULUM THAT ALLOWS THEM TO
BE OUTSIDE AND LEARN A LOT OF THOSE KINDS OF ACTIVITIES THAT
TAKE PLACE OUTSIDE. THAT IS A PICTURE OF THE WALK
LIVING CAMPUS. THAT WAS BUILT AS I SAID BEFORE
WITH OUR SPECIAL HIGH SKILLS MAJOR STUDENTS AND IN
PARTNERSHIP WITH MOUNTAIN VIEW HOMES.
IT PROGRESSED RIGHT NOW AS THE ST. JOHN’S OUTDOOR STUDY
CENTER. NOW, AT THE WALK FOR LIVING CAMPUS WHAT HAPPENS THERE IS
SCHOOLS WILL ARRANGE FOR A CLASS FOR A NUMBER OF STUDENTS
TO COME FOR THE DAY AND ACTIVITY ITS, SOME LEARNING
ACTIVITIES ARE ARRANGED FOR THE STUDENTS.
THERE IS AN INDOOR CLASSROOM BUT THERE IS A LOT OF OUTDOOR
EXPLORATION KIND OF ACTIVITY THAT GOES ON FOR THE STUDENTS.
IT IS REALLY QUITE INTERESTING. YOU CAN SEE IN THE ONE AREA
YOUNGER STUDENTS PARTICULARLY WOULD HAVE A BALL AND THE
INSTRUCTORS TELL ME THAT THE KIDS COME IN MUDDY BUT HAPPY
ESPECIALLY IF IT HAS BEEN A RAINY DAY.
BUT THEY SPEND MOST OF THEIR TIME OUTDOOR. THE OUTDOOR LIVING — THE WALK
FOR LIVING CAMPUS IS ALSO A GREAT
PARTNERSHIP WITH NIAGRA PENINSULA CONSERVATION
AUTHORITY AND NIAGRA PARKS. YOU CAN PROBABLY SEE A LITTLE
BIT OF A THEME DEVELOPING HERE WHERE THERE ARE A LOT OF
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS INVOLVED.
INCLUDING THE CITY AND I’LL REFER TO THAT IN A SPECIFIC ONE
IN A MINUTE. THE ONE IN ST. JOHN’S WITHIN
THE SHORT HILLS PROVINCIAL PART IS CURRENTLY BEING REVITALIZED
AND RENOVATED AND WILL OPEN TO STUDENTS IN THE FALL OF THIS
YEAR FOR THIS KIND OF — SAME KIND OF
OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE. ONE OF THE THINGS, TOO, THAT
THE BOARD HAS DONE IS REALLY CONFIGURED I THINK IN A LOT OF
WAYS TO THE NIAGRA FALLS ECONOMY.
FIRST OF ALL WITH THE CONVERSIONSED CONFERENCES THAT
HAVE BEEN HELD, INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, THE CONNECT
CONFERENCE THIS YEAR. LARGEST CANADA’S LARGEST
EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE.
2300 PARTICIPANTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.
CHRIS HAT FIELD WAS A KEYNOTE SPEAKER. I WAS REALLY LUCKY TO BE THERE
AND HE’S A VERY ENGAGING IF SOME OF YOU HAVE HEARD HIM.
A VERY ENGAGING SPEAKER. SOME OF THE EXPERIENCES THAT HE
SPEAKS ABOUT ARE JUST I GUESS MIND BLOWING IS THE ONLY WAY TO
DESCRIBE IT ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT HE HAS SEEN
AND DONE. AND THIS WAS HOSTED AT THE
SCOTIABANK CENTER. THE NEXT CONFERENCE THAT — I
SHOULD MENTION SOME THINGS ABOUT WHAT THE CONNECT
CONFERENCE REALLY IS, HOW IT BENEFITS OUR STUDENTS.
THAT IS IT DOES BENEFIT THE STUDENTS, TEACHERS,
ADMINISTRATORS, INDUSTRY LEADERS AND ABOUT DEVELOPING
PARTNERSHIPS, SHOWCASING PRODUCTS AND MAKING CONNECTIONS
WITH EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY LEADERS.
SO ON TOP OF WHAT HAPPENED ON THE STAGE THERE WAS ALL KINDS
OF EXHIBITS BY VARIOUS LEADERS IN TECHNOLOGY.
THE OTHER CONFERENCES IS THE INTERNATIONAL CONCUSSION
SUMMIT. AND WE’VE HAD THIS — I THINK
THIS IS THE SECOND ONE. I REMEMBER ONE FROM LAST YEAR.
WORLD-RENOWNED EXPERTS EXAMINE COMPLEX ISSUES AND YOU KNOW
THAT CONCUSSIONS ARE NOW BIG IN THE SPORTS WORLD ESPECIALLY AND
A LOT OF THINKING GOING ON ABOUT WHAT WE SHOULD INVOLVE
KIDS IN. THE PARTICIPANTS AT THIS
CONFERENCE INCLUDE EDUCATOR, HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS,
COACH, ATHLETES, PARENTS AND IT WAS HOSTED AT THE HILTON IN
NIAGRA FALLS. AGAIN ANOTHER CONTRIBUTION TO
THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. FURTHERMORE EVERY YEAR THE DSBN
HOST HAS A GALA IN THE WINTER WHERE — AND IT IS TO CELEBRATE
EVERYTHING THE BOARD DOES. IT IS NOT CHEAP TO GO TO BUT IT
IS KIND OF A HAPPY TIME FOR PEOPLE.
THROUGH THAT IT IS A MAJOR FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT THINGS
LIKE THE WALKER, LIVING CAMPUS, AND IT IS WELL ATTENDED MOSTLY
BY THE STAFF OF THE DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD AND IT IS HELD AT
THE HILTON. SO THERE IS ANOTHER CENTER THAT
BENEFITED FROM OUR ASSOCIATION WITH THE BOARD.
AND FINALLY I’M GOING TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE STRATEGIC
PLAN. I’M WEARING
THE SHIRT THAT KIND OF PUT TOGETHER THE THEME THAT
CAME OUT OF THE VARIOUS CONSULTATIONS AT THAT WE HAD ON
DEVELOPING THE STRATEGIC PLAN. THAT IS THE — EVERYBODY THAT
IS A STAKEHOLDER IN THE DSBN COMMUNITY WHEN WHETHER IT IS
PARENTS, STUDENTS OR STAFF OR WHETHER IT IS THE COMMUNITY. SO WHAT WE DID WAS WE HAD A LOT
OF — WE HAD THREE DIFFERENT SESSIONS WHERE WE PULLED
EVERYBODY TOGETHER AGAIN AT THE SCOTIA CENTER.
WE WANTED STUDENTS. WE HAD REPRESENTATIVES FROM
ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS STUDENTS PARTICIPATING.
WE HAD TEACHERS. WE HAD COMMUNITY MEMBERS.
WE HAD SUPPORT STAFF. WE HAD ADMIN STAFF.
AND THROUGH THIS PROCESS WE GAINED AS MUCH INPUT AS WE
COULD ON LINE. THERE WAS SOMETHING ON THE
BOARD’S WEBSITE ASKED FOR INPUT ON THE VARIOUS INITIATIVES OF
THE STRATEGIC PLAN. WHAT PEOPLE SAID WAS GOOD.
WHAT WASN’T SO GOOD. WHAT WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT
DOING MORE. AND THROUGH THAT PROCESS WE
DEVELOPED THE NEW STRATEGIC PLAN.
THAT IS THE MISSION OF THE BOARD BUT IT IS COMMITTED TO A
PROCESS BY WORKING TOGETHER TO INSPIRE, EMPOWER AND SUPPORT
ALL LEARNERS TO ACHIEVE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL.
VISION HAVING SUCCESS TOGETHER AND CORE VALUES BEING RESPECT,
RELATIONSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITIES.
ONE OF THE MAIN THEMES THAT CAME TOGETHER AND I THINK THIS
IS REPRESENTED IN THE I MATTER
THEME IS MENTAL HEALTH. DIVERSITY.
THAT WE NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THOSE ARE BIG PIECES OF
WHAT WE DEAL WITH ON A DAILY BASIS AND EVERYBODY INVOLVED
HAS TO RECOGNIZE AND FEEL THAT THAT REALLY IS, THAT THEY ARE
IMPORTANT AND THAT WE ARE ADDRESSING EVERYBODY’S
CONCERNS. SO I THINK THAT IS KIND OF THE
END OF MY PRESENTATION. IF ANYBODY WOULD LIKE ANY —
ASK ANY QUESTIONS I WOULD BE HAPPY TO ANSWER THEM.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
I HAVE COUNSELLOR MOROCCO AND COUNCELLOR CRAITOR.
>>COUNSELLOR MOROCCO I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR
COMING IN AND BRINGING THIS PRESENTATION.
ALL THE YEARS I DON’T REMEMBER HAVING ONE OF OUR SCHOOL BOARD
TRUSTEE. I CAN GO BACK TO 2003 BUT OTHER
PEOPLE THAT MIGHT HAVE SEEN A PRESENTATION BEFORE AND I SEE
SOME ARE SHAKING THEIR HEAD. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR TAKING
TIME AND SHARING THIS WITH THE STAFF AND COUNCIL AND ALSO THE
COMMUNITY. I THINK THAT IS GREATLY
APPRECIATED. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: YES, AGREED. I WAS THINKING THE SAME THING.
I DON’T KNOW ANY TIME I HAVE SEEN THAT.
WE’VE GOT REGIONAL COUNSELORS IN THE ROOM.
IT IS A VERY POPULAR PLACE. WE’RE CONNECTED.
COUNCELLOR CRAITOR.>>COUNSELLOR CRAITOR: THANK
YOU. I, TOO, WANT TO SHARE WITH HOW
EXCITED I AM THAT YOU ARE HERE. I WANTED TO SHARE WITH COUNCIL
AT THE PROVINCIAL LEVEL I LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT THE
IMPORTANCE OF SCHOOL BOARD. TRUSTEES AND WORKED A LOT WITH
THE SCHOOL BOARDS. I MET SO MANY OF THE TRUSTEES
AND WHAT I REMEMBER SITTING HERE THINKING ABOUT IT NOT THE
LAST MUNICIPAL BUT THE ONE BEFORE I REMEMBER THINKING HOW
IMPORTANT THE ELECTION OF OUR TRUSTEES ARE.
BECAUSE OF WHAT I HAD LEARNED. I TOOK THE TIME IF YOU REMEMBER
CORRECTLY TO GO TO YOUR DEBATES.
IT WAS THAT SAME TIME AND I CAN REMEMBER IT WAS ONLY CANDIDATES
THERE AND MAYBE A COUPLE OF THE FAMILY MEMBERS.
I REMEMBER SEEING MYSELF AND I THINK I SHARED THIS WITH YOU
AND COUNSELLOR CAMPBELL. I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS TIME ONE
OF THE MOST IMPORTANT POSITIONS THAT WE HAVE IN OUR COMMUNITY
AND YOU’VE CLEARLY SHOWN IT IN A BUDGET OF OVER $430 MILLION
AND THE ISSUES THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD AND TRUSTEES HAVE TO DEAL
WITH WHICH IS THE PARENTS. THEY HAVE THEIR CHILDREN THERE
THEY’LL ALWAYS HAVE CONCERNS. SCHOOLS.
THE WAY YOU ARTICULATE CLOSING OF SCHOOLS THAT BECOMES SO
POLITICAL. WHEN YOU CLOSE THE ONE ON THE
LAKE EXTREMELY POLITICAL. EVERYBODY RALLIES AND
DEMONSTRATIONS. BUT SOME OF THE SCHOOL BOARDS
LIKE WHEN YOU CLOSED THE ONE IN FORT ERIE.
THEY DID IT IN A WAY THEY WERE ABLE TO INDICATE TO THE PUBLIC
AS TO WHY. IT WAS REALLY FOR THE BENEFIT
OF THE STUDENTS. SOMETIMES YOU GET THE BUILDING
HOW IMPORTANT THE BUILDING ISUAL FORGET THAT.
THERE IS A FUTURE AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE CHANGES FOR IT.
BUT WANTED TO SAY THAT I’M HOPING THAT WE EDUCATE THE
PUBLIC MUCH MORE IN THE WAY YOU HAVE SO THEY UNDERSTAND THAT
HOW IMPORTANT TRUSTEES ARE, HOW IMPORTANT THEIR ROLES ARE AND
THAT THEY GET INVOLVED. REALIZE THE AMOUNT OF WORK AND
TIME THAT THE TRUSTEES PUT IN. I KNOW MANY OF THEM IT IS NOT
LIKE YOU GO TO ONE MEETING AND IT IS NOT THE ISSUES YOU DEAL
WITH AND TOUGH DECISIONS YOU HAVE TO MAKE.
I WANT TO SAY THE SAME THING AND COUNCIL SAYS THE SAME.
IT IS GREAT. NOT TRYING TO PATRONIZE YOU IN
ANY WAY BUT IT IS GREAT YOU COME OUT HERE.
I HOPE A LOT OF THE PEOPLE OUT THERE WATCH AND GET A CHANCE TO
SEE HOW IMPORTANT THE ELECTION IS AND THE IMPORTANT ROLE THAT
THE TRUSTEES PLAY. CONGRATULATIONS.
>>THANK YOU.>>MAYOR DIODATI: DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS
OF OUR PRESENTER?>>I’LL SAVE MINE FOR LATER.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: GOOD CALL. WE’RE LOOKING FOR A GOOD CALL
TO PROCEED THE MESSAGE PRESENTATION.
FIRST BY COUNSELLOR CAMPBELL. SECOND BY COUNSELLOR MOROCCO.
THAT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU TRUSTEE CAMPBELL.
APPRECIATE YOU COMING UP. [APPLAUSE]
NEVER HAD SO MUCH CLAPPING. NORMALLY WE DON’T HAVE TOO MUCH
CLAPPING IN HERE. YEAH.
NEXT UP WE HAVE GOT REPORTS PORTION OF OUR AGENDA. WE HAVE RECREATION AND CULTURE
REPORT 2016. WE HAVE GOT THE ALLISTER YOUNG
ARTS AND CULTURE ENDOW MEANT FUND 2016 RECIPIENT AND TO
PRESENT TO COUNCIL WE HAVE LAURA MOFFET.
WELCOME.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO RECOMMEND
THE AWARD RECIPIENT TODAY. I KNOW THE AGENDA IS VERY FULL.
WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. I AM THE COGECO CHAIR OF THE
ARTS AND CULTURE MUSEUM COMMITTEE.
I WILL BE PRESENTING THE ALLISTER YOUNG ARTS AND CULTURE
ENDOW MEANT FUND. JUST A LITTLE BACKGROUND, THE
ARTS AND CULTURALLYSTER YOUNG ARTS AND CULTURE ENDOW MEANT
FUND IS AWARDED ANNUALLY TO ONE NIAGRA FALLS RESIDENT AND ANY
CREATIVE ARTS FIELD. SEVERAL CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE
TO THE ENDOW MEANT FUND SINCE IT BEGAN IN 1998 INCLUDING THE
NAME. FROM THE YOUNG ENDOWMENT FUND
TO THE ALLISTER YOUNG ARTS AND CULTURE ENDOWMENT FUND.
THE APPLICATION MUST BE RESIDENTS OF NIAGRA FALLS.
APPLICANTS MAY SUBMIT ONLY ONE APPLICATION TO EACH DEADLINE.
MEMBERS AND RELATIVES OF THE ARTS AND CULTURE COMMITTEE ARE
NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY. RECIPIENTS MUST BE ACTIVE
ARTISTS IN ANY CREATIVE FIELD IN THE CITY OF NIAGRA FALLS. AND RECIPIENTS MUST HAVE
ACCUMULATED SUBSTANTIAL VOLUNTEER HOURS IN ARTS OR ARTS
OR IN AN ARTS ORGANIZATION IN NIAGRA FALLS.
THE RECIPIENTS MUST BE GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL OR OLDER
TO RECEIVE THIS AWARD. APPLICANTS ARE REQUESTED TO
PROVIDE A SAMPLE OF THEIR WORK. CELLS MAY AND STATEMENT OF
THEIR INTENTION FOR THE ENDOWMENT FUNDS.
THIS YEAR THE CULTURE MUSEUM RECEIVED SEVERAL VERY WORTHY
APPLICATIONS FOR THE AWARD. WE BELIEVE THAT IT WAS THE BEST
YEAR OF APPLICATIONS IN RECENT MEMORY AND SHOWCASES THE BREATH
AND DEPTH OF THE LOCAL TALENT IN OUR COMMUNITY.
THERE WERE MANY NOTABLE APPLICANTS AND THEY RANGED FROM
ESTABLISHED VISUAL ARTISTLESS TO EXPOSERS TO VIDEO ARTISTS
AND TO MUSICIANS. WE ENCOURAGE THEM ALL TO APPLY
AGAIN IN THE FUTURE. COMMITTEE REVIEWED THE 11
APPLICATIONS AND WITH GREAT DETAIL AND AGREED TO ONE — TO
RECOMMEND CITY COUNCIL TO APPROVE THE THOUSAND DOLLARS
ENDOWMENT THAT IS IN YOUR REPORT TO COUNCIL BY CITY
STAFF. AFTER CAREFUL REVIEW AND
CONSIDERING IN — THIS WAS REALLY VERY DIFFICULT —
TRISTIN IS RECOMMENDED AS 2016 RECIPIENT.
HE IS A LOCAL ANIMATOR AND ILLUSTRATOR WHO CREATED
ANIMATION FOR WEB AND TV BASED PROGRAM.
HE WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE FUSION AND ILLUSTRATION OF
MUSIC TO CREATE ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEOS, ALBUM PROMOS, CONCERT
POSTERS AN ALBUM ARTWORK. HE INTEND TO HAVE THE FUNDS ASSIST IN THE COST OF HIRING A
LOCAL STOP MOTION ANIMATOR TO ASSIST IN ANIMATION OF A NEW
MUSIC VIDEO AS HE STATED IN HIS
APPLICATION, IN MY NICHE ANIMATION CAREER THE WORK I
PURSUE HAS BEEN FOCALIZED ON INFUSING MUSIC WITH MY CARTOONS
CREATING ANIMATED MUSIC, VIDEOS , ALBUM PROMO, CONCERT
POSTERS, ALBUM ARTWORK, I STRIVE TO INTEGRATE MY IMAGERY
WITH MUSIC. WE’D NOW LIKE TO SHOW A QUICK
2 MINUTE DEMO REAL OF HIS WORK TO SHOWCASE HIS SKILLS.>>MAYOR DIODATI: WOW.
[APPLAUSE]>>UNFORTUNATELY TRISTAN CAN’T
BE HERE TONIGHT BUT WE WILL MAKE SURE HE GETS HIS —
>>MAYOR DIODATI: YOU KNOW WE’RE GOING TO GET A MOTION TO
SUPPORT THIS. WE’RE LOOKING FOR A MOTION TO
APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION AWARDING TRISTAN THE RECIPIENT
OF THE ALLISTER CULTURE AWARD. DO WE HAVE ANY DISCUSSION TO
THAT MOTION? SEEING NONE ALL THOSE IN FAVOR.
OKAY. THAT IS YOU THAN MUS.
WELL DONE. VERY TALENTED.
>>I’M A SELF-TAUGHT ANIMATOR FROM NIAGRA FALLS ONTARIO RIGHT
NOW I’M IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, TO TELL YOU WHAT
I DO. I HAVE DEVELOPED A VERY
REFINISH OF CREATING ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO WORKING WITH
CLIENTS LIKE METHOD MAN, JOEY BAD ASS FROM PRO ERROR, BRANDON
BURNETT AND MORE. I BUILT A REPUTATION FOR ME TO
CREATE VIDEOS AND SHOWS THAT I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ACCUMULATE
ANIMATOR WHO FOLLOWS THE CLASSIC PRINCIPLES OF
ANIMATION, I CREATE FRAME BY FRAME ANIMATION.
I SPENT 12 TO 14 HOURS EVERY DAY LABOR USUALLY DRAWING EACH
INDIVIDUAL FRAME. I ALSO WORK WITH OTHER PEOPLE
IN MY COMMUNITY A STOP MOTION ANIMATOR FROM TORONTO, ONTARIO,
AS WELL AS PEOPLE ACROSS THE GLOBE.
WORKING HARD I’M ABLE TO ACHIEVE EMPLOYMENT THROUGH MY
ANIMATIONS AND LIKE TO THANK THE COUNCIL FOR BESTOWING TO ME
THE ALLISTER YOUNG ARTS AND CULTURE ENDOWMENT FUND FOR
2016. THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING ME.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: DO YOU HAVE A VIDEO NEXT WEEK GIVE US 649
NUMBERS, TOO. THANK YOU VERY MUCH
. THAT FEELS TERRIFIC.
THE TALENT WE’RE ON THE DIAMOND MINE IN THIS COMMUNITY.
I AGREE WITH THAT COMMENT. MOVING ON TO REPORTS WE HAVE
THE 2016 — 2014 CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.
I DON’T KNOW ANYONE FROM COUNCIL IF THEY HAVE ANY
QUESTIONS ON THE CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS THE REPRESENTATIVE IS HERE.
RECEIVE THE FINANCIALS MOVE BY COUNSELLOR THOMSON AND SECOND
BY COUNSELLOR KERRIO. ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS AT ALL
IN REGARD TO THE FINANCIALS? SEEING NONE CALL THE VOTE.
ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. THAT IS APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY.
THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL
YOUR WORK ON THIS. NEXT UP LAST REPORT UNDER
REPORTS IS UPDATE ON THE STRATEGIC INITIATIVES.
IT IS IN YOUR COUNCIL PACKAGE. IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS WE
HAVE GOT OUR CAO HERE THAT CAN ANSWER THEM.
OTHERWISE WE’RE LOOKING FOR A MOTION TO RECEIVE THE STRATEGIC
INITIATIVE. COUNSELLOR KERRIO.
MOVED BY COUNSELLOR KERRIO AND SECONDED BY COUNSELLOR CAMPBELL
WE RECEIVE THE STRATEGIC INITIATIVE.
ANY QUESTIONS? COUNSELLOR THOMSON.>>COUNSELLOR THOMSON: I
PROBABLY SHOULD QUIT TALKING ABOUT THIS. EVERY TIME I SEE
THIS THING ABOUT THE REGIONAL AIRPORT COME UP, THIS HAS BEEN
GOING ON FOR 20 SOME ODD YEARS. WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET THE
REGION TO TAKE THIS OVER. I CAN RECALL ALL THE DISCUSSION
AND EVERY TIME IT COMES UP SOMEBODY FROM ANOTHER
MUNICIPALITY — I’M NOT GOING TO NAME ANY — WE HAVE A
LANDING STRIP HERE. WE HAVE ONE REALLY SUBSTANTIAL
AIRPORT WHERE THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF EFFORT OVER THE YEARS.
A LOT OF TIME. EVEN THE GOVERNMENT IS — GOT
INVOLVED RECENTLY AND THIS IS OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT HERE.
OUR OPPORTUNITY. HERE WE HAVE THREE
MUNICIPALITIES SUPPORTING IT FOR THE INTENT BENEFIT OF THE
ENTIRE REGION. EACH YEAR WE’RE ASKED FOR
ADDITIONAL DOLLARS TO TRY TO HELP THIS
INITIATIVE AND I
RECALL MANY YEARS AGO WHERE OTHERS WERE INVOLVED AS ONE OF
THE PARTNERS AND THEY SAID WE’RE NOTIFYING YOU NOW BECAUSE
WE HAVE TO GIVE A YEAR’S NOTICE.
IF THINGS DON’T CHANGE AND IT DOESN’T BECOME A REGIONAL
RESPONSIBILITY, THEN WE ARE GOING TO WITHDRAW.
I THINK THERE IS ONE YEAR NOTIFICATION THAT HAS TO BE
GIVEN. I’M AT THE POINT WHERE EACH
YEAR WE HEAR THE SAME SITUATION.
YOU HAVE THE SAME POLITICAL DEBATE AT THE REGION.
ONE OF THE MOUNTING THAT ARE SUPPORTING IT FOR THE BENEFIT
OF EVERYBODY ELSE. I THINK IT IS TIME WE SENT A
RESOLUTION JUST SAYING THERE IS NOT A CHANGE IN THE NEXT YEAR
HOPEFULLY THERE IS BECAUSE THAT IS THE BEST THING FOR EVERYBODY
INVOLVED. NOT ONLY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
MAYBE WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TOURISM FLIGHTS IN THERE.
THERE IS ALL KINDS OF OPPORTUNITIES.
THERE IS NO OTHER AIRPORT THAT HAS THE OPPORTUNITY THAT WE
HAVE HERE AND DO WE NEED IT? ABSOLUTELY.
SO I’M ON THE VERGE OF SAYING IT IS TIME TO PULL THE PLUG AND
17 THE RESOLUTION. I THINK YOU HAVE TO GIVE THEM A
YEAR’S NOTICE. SO IS THERE A DEBATE GOING ON
IN THIS REGION?>>I CAN GIVE YOU — I’LL ASK
THE CAO. WE HAVE OUR BOARD MEMBERALL
ALSO COUNCIL LIAISON BUT MAYBE IF YOU WANT TO GIVE AN UPDATE
DISCUSSIONS WITH THE REGION.>>THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR.
WHAT IS HAPPENING THERE IS A STUDY THAT HAS BEEN UNDERWAY.
SO LAST YEAR THREE
MUNICIPALITIES THAT FUND THE AIRPORT PASSED RESOLUTION TO
ASK THE REGION TAKING OVER CONTROL.
THE CONSULTANT IS JUST DOING A STUDY FOR THE REGION RIGHT NOW.
THAT STUDY IS EXPECTED LATER THIS SUMMER.
WE’LL HAVE A REPORT BACK TO THIS COUNCIL TO BE ABLE TO TELL
US WHAT THAT DIRECTION IS. I THINK IT IS THAT TIME THAT
WILL DEPENDING ON WHAT THAT DIRECTION IS WE CAN HAVE A
DECISION OF WHETHER OR NOT WE WANT TO KEEP THEM ON NOTICE
THAT THE THINKING OF THREE MUNICIPALITIES ARE IF WE’RE
GOING TO RAISE OR ELEVATE THE LEVEL OF ACTIVITY INCLUDING
FLIGHTS IT REALLY NEEDS TO BE RAISED TO A HIGHER LEVEL.
THERE NEEDS TO BE ANOTHER CAPITAL INFUSION AND WE CANNOT
TAKE THAT ON OURSELVES. THE VIEW HERE IS IF WE CAN GET
THE REGION TO BUY INTO IT THE CAPITAL INFUSION CAN COME AT A
HIGHER REGIONAL LEVEL. THAT IS WHAT WE’RE HOPING THE
REPORT IS GOING TO COME BACK AND SAY.
>>SO STILL HAS TO BE THE DEBATE.
STILL GOING TO HAVE THE SAME ARGUMENTS.
>>ACTUALLY I CAN TELL YOU THIS. AT THE REGION THERE IS
AN ABSOLUTE APPETITE FOR THE REGION TO BE AT THE TABLE.
POLITICALLY THERE IS AN APPETITE.
THE OTHER AIRPORT IN NIAGRA SOUTH WHICH IS NOT ACTUALLY
CLASSIFIED AS AN AIRPORT. I FORGET THE EXACT ARROW DRONE.
NOT ACTUALLY CALLED AN AIRPORT. SO RECENTLY WE’VE GOTTEN
DESIGNATION AT THE NIAGRA DISTRICT AIRPORT WHICH MEANS
YOU HAVE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS AND SECURITY AND RECENTLY WE
WENT WITH A CHAIR, THE>>MAYOR DIODATI: OF ST.
CATHARINE’S WE MET WITH THE PORTER OWNERS ABOUT THAT.
YOU MIGHT HAVE READ ABOUT IT. HAVING US BE THEIR HUB FOR ALL
THEIR FLIGHTS BECAUSE THEY CANNOT GET THE BIG JETSON AND
THEY’RE GOING TO CLOSE DOWN BUTTONVILLE AND GOING TO HAVE
TO STOP EXPANSION OF PEARSON. WE’RE IN A VERY GOOD POSITION.
THE REGION IS ACTUALLY INTERESTED POLITICALLY.
WE’RE IN A GOOD PLACE. MAYBE IF WE COULD I CAN ASK
COUNCILLOR COUNSELLOR MOROCCO IF YOU WANT TO GIVE US YOUR
VIEW AS LIAISON.>>COUNSELLOR MOROCCO: THANK
YOU FOR BRINGING THAT UP COUNSELLOR THOMSON.
THERE HAVE BEEN MANY YEARS WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO MOVE THIS
AIRPORT AHEAD. JUST A QUICK OVERVIEW, THERE IS
A LOT OF ACTION ON THE NIAGRA DISTRICT AIRPORT.
ACTUALLY BEEN DOING A LOT OF LOBBYING WITH OUR REGIONAL
COUNCILLORS TO TRY TO GET THEIR SUPPORT AS WELL AS OUR OWN
REPRESENTATIVES THAT SIT ON THE REGIONAL COUNCIL FROM NIAGRA.
BUT WE HAVE HAD AS MANY APPROVAL BUT ONLY PROBLEM IS IT
IS SO EXPENSIVE FOR US TO OPERATE AN AIRPORT THAT IT IS
JUST FAR BEYOND WHAT WE HAVE GOT IN REVENUE SOURCES.
THIS WEEK ACTUALLY FRIDAY THE
AIRPORT CHAIR GARY MURPHY IS
ACTUALLY FLYING TO OTTAWA TO MEET WITH THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION AND SEE IF THERE IS SOME WAY — APPARENTLY THERE
IS NINE OTHER AIRPORTS. WE’RE ALL WORKING TOGETHER
ACROSS CANADA TO SEE IF WE CAN WORK AND GET THE FUNDS A LITTLE
REDUCED TO HELP US. YES, COUNSELLOR THOMSON, WE
HAVE BEEN MEETING WITH A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT AIRPORTS.
THERE IS TALK NOW ABOUT A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT AIRPORTS
LOOKING AT DOING TORONTO NIAGRA, TORONTO OTTAWA, I
SHOULD SAY NIAGRA FALLS, NIAGRA ON THE LAKE I’LL REFER TO IT.
BUT THERE IS A LOT OF ACTION COMING THAT WAY.
WE JUST HOPE THAT WE CAN CONSTANTLY KEEP MOVING FORWARD
TO COUNSELLOR THOMSON IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT WE
MAKE SURE THAT WE GET THIS TAKEN OVER BY THE REGION
BECAUSE IT IS DEFINITELY A REGIONAL AIRPORT.
WE NEED THAT SUPPORT TO HAPPEN SOONER THAN LATER.
JUST BECAUSE IT WILL BE MORE RECOGNIZED, TOO.
I THINK THAT WAS ABOUT IT. WE ACTUALLY ARE ALSO DOING SOME
MORE REVENUE BUILDING THERE. WE HAVE GOT SOLAR PANELS GOING
UP AND HANGERS COMING IN AND THERE ARE THINGS ACTUALLY
MOVING FORWARD. WE’RE GLAD TO SEE THE
PROGRESSION HAPPENING.>>COUNSELLOR THOMSON: I
APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS AND I STILL THINK WE SHOULD DO IT AND
EXTEND A MESSAGE TO THEM THAT WE’RE NOT PLAYING AROUND ANY
MORE. COME TO THE END OF THE ROPE.
I’LL WAIT UNTIL THE REPORT COMES THROUGH.
SEE WHAT TRANSPIRES AT THAT PARTICULAR TIME WITH THE
DEBATE. IS THERE ANY UPDATE ON THE
CASINO UNIT AND THE REPORT?>>THANK YOU PUBLICATION MAYOR.
WE HAVE BEEN MEETING WITH THE CONSULTANTS.
THE REPORT IS COMING ALONG NICELY U THE TREASURER AND I
HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH THEM AGAIN TOMORROW.
WE’RE EXPECTING TO HAVE A REPORT TO BE BACK IN FRONT OF
COUNCIL IN THE FALL. WHAT OUR HOPE THAT IS WE CAN
HAVE A DECISION MADE BY COUNCIL SO AS WE GET INTO THE 2017
FUNDING CYCLE WE CAN HAVE DECISIONS MADE ON WHAT LEVEL OF
FUNDING WE SUBMIT TO THE CASINO UNIT.
>>ARE YOU GETTING ANY UPDATE FROM THE OTHER MUNICIPALITIES
WITH RESPECT TO WHAT WINDSOR DID?
DID RANA EVER HAVE A CASINO
UNIT WHAT IS GOING ON IN TORONTO?
THEY JUST WORK IT INTO THE REGULAR POLICING SYSTEM?
>>YEAH. IT IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT
BUT WE HAVE THAT INFORMATION CONSULTANTS HAVE GATHERED THAT.
FOR EXAMPLE, WINDSOR IS 1 TIER. WE HAPPEN TO BE 2 TIER WITH
LOCAL AND REGIONAL BUT THEY HAVE BLENDED THAT INTO NORMAL
POLICES AND THEY HAVE NOT NEAR THE LEVEL OF FUNDING THAT THEY
PUT TOWARDS THIS IN WINDSOR.>>ANYWAY, I’LL WAIT FOR THE
REPORT TO COME BACK. THE OTHER ONE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A
BIT OF INTEREST. WE’VE HAD MORE PROBLEMS WITH
THE RAILROAD IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS THAN WE’VE EVER HAD
WITH BREAK DOWN AND STOPPAGE AND I HAD A CONVERSATION WITH
THE CAO PRIOR TO THE MEETING. AND HE INDICATED THERE ARE SOME
THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON THAT COULD GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY
TO GET BACK INTO SERIOUS DISCUSSIONS TO RELOCATE IT
GOING THROUGH — A RAIL LINE GOING THROUGH THE CITY.
I APPRECIATE THAT. I THINK THESE PRIORITY THAT WE
CAN PULL THEM OFF I THINK WE’RE GOING TO BE IN GREAT SHAPE.
THANK YOU.>>MAYOR DIODATI: THANK YOU
FOR THAT COUNCILLOR. IF THERE ARE NO — WE HAVE A
MOTION ON THE FLOOR RIGHT NOW TO RECEIVE THE STRATEGIC
INITIATIVES. THAT WAS MADE BY COUNSELLOR
IOANNONI.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: I WAS
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING. WELLAND JUST ANNOUNCED THEY’RE
GETTING GE. I WAS LISTENING TO THEIR MAYOR
AND THEIR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICER ON THE RADIO.
THEY TALKED ABOUT HOW STRONGLY THEY WENT AFTER GE.
THE SECOND THEY KNEW THAT GE WAS LOOKING TO MOVE HOW
STRONGLY THEY WENT AFTER GE. DID WE MAKE ANY ATTEMPT.
I’M JUST CURIOUS TO UNDERSTAND HOW THAT WORKS.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: THAT IS CURIOUS HOW YOU BRING THAT UP
COUNCILLOR. THANK YOU.
THAT GE MOVEMENT STARTED RIGHT HERE IN NIAGRA FALLS.
THIS IS WHERE IT BEGAN. THROUGH OUR CONTACTS THROUGH
OUR CONTACTS OR POST SECONDARY CONTACTS AND RELATIONSHIPS
BECAUSE IT IS ALWAYS ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP.
THEY REACHED OUT TO US. WE REACH OUT TO GM OR GE RATHER
THROUGH OUR CONTACTS. YES.
UNFORTUNATELY THEY REQUIRED 50-ACRES OF HEAVY INDUSTRIAL OF
WHICH WE DON’T HAVE IN NIAGRA FALLS.
SO WE THEN MET WITH THE PRESIDENT OF GE.
ALONG WITH SOME OF HER SENIOR STAFF.
WE MET WITH THE MAYOR OF ST. CATHARINE’S AND THE CHAIR OF
THE REGION. WE MET THEM AT THE ONTARIO
ECONOMIC SUMMIT AT NIAGRA ON THE LAKE.
WE GOT TOGETHER AND WE SAID IF IT CAN’T FIT HERE IT WILL FIT
SOMEWHERE IN NIAGRA REGION. YOU DEFINITELY WANT TO BE HERE
BECAUSE WE COMPETE WITH GULF, WINDSOR, QUEBEC AND THIS IS A
COMPANY THAT FACTORY THAT MOVED FROM WISCONSIN.
HEAVY INDUSTRIAL AS THEY REFER TO IT IS BRILLIANT PLANT.
ONLY THE SECOND BRILLIANT PLANT IN THE WORLD OUTSIDE OF INDIA.
SO IT WAS HERE THAT IT STARTED. WE BROUGHT THE REGION TO THE
TABLE. JUST LIKE GENERAL MOTORS IS IN
ST. CATHARINE’S, 40% OF THE WORK COMES FROM NIAGRA FALLS.
IF GE LOCATES IN WELLAND 20% STILL COME FROM NIAGRA FALLS
BECAUSE WE HAVE ALL THE SKILLED LABORERS HERE AS WELL.
THE PROBLEM IS WE DID NOT HAVE THE HEAVY INDUSTRIAL CLEARED
LAND AND THEY NEEDED 50-ACRES OF THAT AND WELLAND DID.
THEY HAD A SITE PUT ASIDE ACTUALLY THAT THEY WERE SAVING
FOR THEIR HOSPITAL IRONICALLY BUT THEY DECIDED OFF THE 140
THAT THIS WOULD BE MORE APPROPRIATE FOR THE JOBS.
THESE WILL BE GOOD PAYING JOBS. A LOT OF ENGINEERS.
THIS IS GOING TO TIE IN TO POST SECONDARY.
GOING TO BE VERY, VERY, VERY GOOD FOR THE REGION.
WE FELT YES WE WISH IT COULD HAVE BEEN IN NIAGRA FALLS BUT
BEING IN NIAGRA IS STILL GOING TO BE GREAT FOR THE REGION.
GOING TO BENEFIT ALL OF US. I THINK IT SHOWED THAT WE
PLAYED TEAM. AS A MATTER OF FACT I GOT A
NICE TEXT MESSAGE. THANKING US FOR PLAYING TEAM
FROM THE MAYOR OR THE CHAIR OF THE REGION.
AND IT WAS ACKNOWLEDGED THAT OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
IS WHERE IT STARTED. THEN WE WERE ABLE TO PASS THE
PUCK TO THOSE GUYS AND SO WE GOT THE ASSIST AND THEY GOT THE
GOAL. IT WAS NICE THAT WE WERE PART
OF IT.>>FUNNY HE DID NOT MENTION
THAT. I LISTENED TO THAT THINKING
THAT WAS VERY INTERESTING. LET’S TAG TEAM ON TO YOUR —
THAT TIES INTO POST SECONDARY. DO WE KNOW ANY MORE ABOUT THE
APPLICATION WE PUT OUT THERE?>>THERE IS SOME MORE
INFORMATION WE’RE WORKING GOING THEM MORE.
THEY GO BACK THEY WANT TO KNOW MORE.
SOME SPECIFIC PROPRIETARY STUFF WE’RE STILL WORKING ON WITH
THEM TO FILL THE REQUIREMENTS.>>DO WE HAVE ANY IDEA WHEN WE
GET ANY ANSWER FRACTHEM?>>MAYOR DIODATI: I DON’T KNOW
IF WE DO. MAYBE —
>>THEY HAVE NOT GIVEN US ANY FIRM INDICATION BECAUSE WITH
THE NEW G THEY HAVE GOT NEW MINISTERS IN THE PORTFOLIO.
THEY HAVE NEW STAFF. AS THE MAYOR INDICATED THEY
ASKED FOR CLARIFICATION ON A NUMBER OF THINGS.
WE’RE GETTING THAT BACK TO THEM.
WE’RE HOPING TO MEET WITH THEM AND THEIR STAFF AGAIN.
WE HAVE BEEN MEETING WITH OUR POST SECONDARY PARTNERS.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: WHO IS THAT?
OUR POST SECONDARY PARTNERS BECAUSE WE WERE IN THE DOWNTOWN
MEETING AND TOLD IT WAS RYERSON.
WHEN I WAS ASKED I COULDN’T ANSWER THAT.>>MAYOR DIODATI: IT IS
RYERSON UNIVERSITY.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: WHO
ARE THE PARTNERS WE SUBMITTED THE FED DEV?
>>MAYOR DIODATI: IT WAS RYERSON.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: THERE WAS ANOTHER ONE.
WHEN WE HAD THE PRESENTATION IN APRIL 2 YEARS AGO — A YEAR AGO
THERE WAS AN INDEPENDENT PRIVATE INVESTOR BECAUSE WE HAD
THAT CONVERSATION.>>MAYOR DIODATI: THERE ARE
PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTORS WORKING WITH RYERSON.
THE APPLICANT FOR THE FILE IS RYERSON UNIVERSITY.
SO WHAT IS ON FILE IS RYERSON UNIVERSITY AND WE’RE NOT EVEN
TECHNICALLY PART OF THE APPLICATION BECAUSE IT IS FED
DEV APPLICATION THROUGH RYERSON UNIVERSITY.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: SO RYERSON WAS THE APPLICANT WHEN
YOU BROUGHT THE DISCUSSION TO COUNCIL IN CAMERA.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: RYERSON HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE APPLICANT.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: YOU DIDN’T TELL US THAT BUT THANK
YOU.>>MAYOR DIODATI: WE’LL CALL
THE VOTE ON THE MOTION. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?
ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. THANK YOU.
GREAT. NOW WE’LL MOVE ON TO OUR
PLANNING MATTERS. MR. CLERK WOULD YOU INTRODUCE
THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA PLEASE.>>YOUR LORDSHIP A PUBLIC
MEETING IS BEING CONVENED TO CONSIDER ZONING BYLAW TO PERMIT
A AGRICULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY ZONING FOR 9042 AND GIVEN FIRST
CLASS MAIL AND PLANNING ACT ON FRIDAY MAY 13, 2016 BY POSTING
A SIGN ON THE PROPERTY IN QUESTION.
ANYONE WHO WANTS KNOWN OF THE BY LAW AMENDMENT TO PARTICIPATE
IN ANY SITE PLAN PROCESS IF APPLICABLE RESERVE THEIR
OPPORTUNITY TO APPEAL TO THE ONTARIO MUNICIPAL BOARD SHALL
LEAVE THEIR NINE ON THE SIGNING SHEETS OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL
CHAMBER.>>MAYOR DIODATI: WOULD YOU
PLEASE EXPLAIN THE PURPOSE AND REAP FOR THE PROPOSED BY-LAW
AMENDMENT.>>THANK YOU.
THIS APPLICATION INVOLVES A FARMHOUSE AND 16-ACRES OF LAND
BLIND THAT FOR ACCOMMODATE A SEVERANCE.
18 ACRES ON THE SOUTH SIDE
OFNETTERBY ROAD. THERE ARE FARM RESIDENTS MT.
SAINT. THIS HAS BEEN HEARD BY THE
COMMITTEE OF ADJUSTMENT AND GRANTED.
A CONDITION THEY GET THIS ZONING IN ORDER TO FULFILL THE
REQUIREMENTS OF THE APPROVAL. THERE IS A PROPOSAL TO SEVER .4
HECTOR, 1 ACRE OF LAND FROM THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE
PROPERTY. THE BALANCE OF THE LAND,
SCHENECTADY 6.8 HECTORS WHICH IS A LITTLE OVER 16-ACRES WILL
BE RETAINED FOR AGRICULTURAL PURPOSES.
THE PLANNING ACT AND PROVINCIAL POLICY STATEMENTS REQUIRE IF
YOU SEVER THE FARMHOUSE FROM THE FARM LANDS, THEN THE FARM
LANDS MUST BE ZONED FOR AGRICULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY. THERE IS SOME ADDITIONAL LANDS
THAT EXTEND INTO POETICULE BURN AND SUBJECT TO ZONING IN PORT
COAL BURN. PROPERTY IS AT 9042 NETHER BY
ROAD AND THE CITY OF NIAGRA FALLS.
UNDER THE HUMBER STONE BYLAW 70-69. NO ONE THAT CAME OUT FOR OPEN
HOUSE IN MAY. PROVINCIAL POLICY STATEMENTS
PROVIDE FOR THIS KIND OF CONSENT YOU CAN SEPARATE THE
FARMHOUSE FROM THE FARMLAND. IT COMPLIES WITH THE POLICY.
OFFICIAL PLAN PROVIDES THAT .4 HECTORS WHICH IS 1 ACRE LAND IS
SUFFICIENT FOR A DWELLING AND SEPTIC FIELD.
BALANCE OF THE LAND AS I HAVE SAID WOULD BE USED FOR
AGRICULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY TO PRESERVE THE LANDS.
IN ORDER TO RECOGNIZE THIS THE HUMBER SUM BYLAW DOESN’T ALLOW
A HOUSE TO EXIST ON ITS OWN WITHOUT A FARM.
SO THE PROPOSED LANGUAGE WOULD ALLOW A DWELLING AS A PERMITTED
USE ON ITS OWN. AGAIN IT WOULD REDUCE THE LOT
AREA FROM 10 HECTORS TO .4 WHICH IS 1 ACRE.
THEREFORE WE RECOMMEND THE APPLICATION COMPLY WITH THE
PROVINCIAL POLICY STATEMENT AND REGIONAL POLICY PLAN COMPLIES
WITH YOUR OFFICIAL PLAN AND PROTECTS FARMLAND AND THEREFORE
WE RECOMMEND THAT COUNCIL APPROVE THE ZONING BYLAW AND TO
ESTABLISH SITE-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS FOR PART ONE WHICH
IS THE FARM DWELLING.>>MAYOR DIODATI: THANK YOU.
DOES ANY MEMBER OF COUNCIL HAVE A QUESTION?
I DO ACTUALLY. SIR, WOULD THE SEVERANCE, I
GUESS THE REASON BEHIND IT BE BECAUSE THE APPLICANT IS
WANTING TO I GUESS RETIRE FROM FARMING?
>>NO. IT IS ACTUALLY DIFFERENT FROM
THAT. THIS IS AN ACTIVE FARMER. HE HAS OTHER FARMS IN THE AREA.
HE’S CONSIDERED TO BE CONSOLIDATING FARM OPERATIONS.
HE WOULD BE USING THE SAME EQUIPMENT THAT HE USES ON HIS
OTHER FARMS TO FARM THIS LAND. IT IS A FARM CONSOLIDATION.
>>THANK YOU. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? OKAY. COUNCIL WILL NOW HEAR FROM THE
APPLICANT OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE.
DOES ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE WISH TO SPEAK TO THE
APPLICATION?>>MR. CHAIR GARY DAVIDSON.
I’M THE VICE PRESIDENT OF DAVIDSON FARMS LIMITED.
WE PURCHASED THIS PROPERTY. WE ARE BASICALLY SEVERING OFF
AT THE COMMITTEE ADJUSTMENT COMPLETED THE SEVERENESS AND AS
A CONDITION OF THE SEVERENESS AS YOU HEARD WE HAVE TO REZONE
THIS PORTION OF PROPERTY. PORT COAL BURN COUNCIL
COMPLETED THEIR REZONING LAST NIGHT.
AND EVERYTHING IS OVER NOW. I GUESS WEEDING A PERIOD FOR
PORT COAL BURN. WE’VE DONE THIS NUMEROUS TIMES
BEFORE. I THINK THIS IS NOW PRIMARILY
BASED IN PORT EARY BUT WE’VE ALSO GOT FARMS IN PORT COAL
BURN AS WELL. THIS WOULD BE OUR
15TH AGRICULTURE SEVERENESS WHERE WE ARE ATTAINING THE
AGRICULTURAL LAND.>>I WOULD LIKE TO ADD MEMBERS
OF THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED
FAILURE TO MAKE ORAL WILL RESULT IN ONTARIO BOARD
DESPISING ANY FAILURE TO SIGN IN THE SIGN-IN SHEET IS STAFF
REJECTING APPEAL FOR SECTION 34-19 OF THE PLANNING
ACT. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OF COUNCIL?
OKAY. SEEING NONE. WE GOT IT.
OUT OF ORDER. ANYBODY FROM THE PUBLIC HERE
OTHER THAN THE APPLICANT WHO WISHES TO SPEAK TO THE PROPOSED
BYLAW AMENDMENT. SEEING NONE WE HAVE DONE THINGS
OUT OF ORDER BUT MAKE IT FUNKY TONIGHT.
THAT IS GOOD. LIKE YOU TELL ME ALL THE TIME
YOU FORGOT MORE THAN I KNOW. ACTUALLY YOU’RE RIGHT IT IS.
THE PUBLIC MEETING WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPOSED ZONING BY LAW
AMENDMENT IS NOW CONCLUDED. MOVED BY COUNCILLOR COUNSELLOR
THOMSON, SECONDED BY COUNSELLOR MOROCCO WE’LL CALL THAT VOTE.
ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. THAT IS UNANIMOUS.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I ALSO LIKE TO POINT OUT I’M
SITTING ON THE BACK CUSHION THERE AND THERE SEEMS TO BE
MAYBE SOME FLEES OR SOMETHING THAT COMES OUT OF THERE.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: OUT OF THE CUSHION?
>>I THINK SO. I JUST THOUGHT YOU MIGHT WANT
TO HAVE THAT CHECKED OUT. I JUST SEEM TO BE GETTING ALL
THESE FLEAS BACK THERE.>>MAYOR DIODATI: THANK YOU
FOR THAT. COUNSELLOR STRANGE CAN YOU GO
LOOK? COUNSELLOR STRANGE HAS BEEN
SLEEPING HERE AT NIGHT TIME. OKAY.
MOVING ON. MR. CLERK WOULD YOU PLEASE
INTRODUCE THE NEXT ITEM ON TONIGHT’S AGENDA.>>YOUR LORDSHIP A PUBLIC
MEETING IS NOW BEING CONVENED TO CONSIDER PROPOSED AMENDMENT
TO CITY ZONING BY-LAW TO AN EXTENSION OF SITE-SPECIFIC
TURIST COMMERCIAL ZONE AND REMOVAL OF OFFSITE PARKING
PERMISSION. IN RELATION TO 6158, 6170
STANLEY AVERAGE PARCEL 6158 ALLENDALE AND 6220 STANLEY
AVENUE. NOTICE WAS GIVEN BY FIRST CLASS
MALE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PLANNING ACT ON FRIDAY MAY 13,
2016. BY POSTING A SIGN ON THE
PROPERTY IN QUESTION. ANYONE WHO WANTS NOTICE OF THE
PACKAGE OF THE ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY
SITE PLAN PROCESS IF APPLICABLE OR PRESERVE THEIR OPPORTUNITY
TO APPEAL TO THE ONTARIO MUNICIPAL BOARD SHALL LEAVE
THEIR NAME ON THE SIGN IN SHEETS OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL
CHAMBER.>>
>>MAYOR DIODATI: I TO HAVE AN EXPLANATION AND THE PURPOSE FOR
THE BY-LAW AMENDMENT.>>THIS PROPERTY INVOLVES THE
LANDS ASSOCIATED WITH THE WIN DUMB HOTEL ON STANLEY AVENUE. THE WINDOM HOTEL IS LOCATED ON
PARCEL ONE EAST SIDE OF STANLEY AVENUE SOUTH OF ROBINSON
STREET. ALSO INVOLVES PARCEL THREE
WHICH IS A PARKING LOT ON THE EAST SIDE OF STANLEY AVENUE.
WHEN THE WINDHAM WAS BUILT THE OWNER OF THE HOTEL DID NOT OWN
PARCEL THREE BUT OWNED TWO WHICH IS THE FORMER ZIPPO PLANT
ON ALLENDALE. COULDN’T PROVIDE ALL THE
PARKING ON PARCEL ONE SO PROVIDED SOME OF THE PARKING ON
PARCEL TWO. HE’S NOW ACQUIRED PARCEL THREE.
HE WANTS TO PROVIDE ALL THE REQUIRED PARKING ON PARCEL ONE
AND THREE AND REMOVE ANY REQUIREMENT FOR PARKING ON
PARCEL TWO. THE ZIPPO PLANT.
THAT WILL BE A STRAIGHT TC ZONE.
AGAIN THIS IS SITE PLAN. SHOWS THE LOCATION OF THE
HOTEL. YOU CAN SEE THE PARKING LOT TO
THE SOUTH OF THE HOTEL WHICH WILL ACCOMMODATE ALL OF THE
PARKING NEEDS FOR THAT PROPERTY WITH SOME EXCESS PARKING AS
WELL. AGAIN THE ZONING INVOLVES THREE
PARCELS OF LAND. THE LANDS HAVE SIGHT SPECIFIC
PROVISION FOR THE HOTEL. BASICALLY IT IS TO CONSOLIDATE
THE TWO PARCELS, 1 AND 3. REMOVE THE OFFSITE PARKING OF
THE OTHER PROPERTY. NO RESIDENTS CAME TO THE
MEETING IN MAY. AGAIN PARCEL TWO WILL REVERT TO
A STRAIGHT TC ZONE AND PARCEL ONE AND THREE WILL BE FOR THE
HOTEL AND ASSOCIATED PARKING. SUPPORTING THAT IT IS
ELIMINATING OFF-SITE PARKING AND TRAFFIC CONFESSION WITH
VALET PARKING BACK AND FORTH. THIS IS AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE
CITY. AS WELL THERE IS A SECTION 37
AGREEMENT ARCHED AND THAT REQUIRES PAYMENT TO THE CITY
FOR STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS. THOSE ARE BEING HELD IN A
RESERVE FUND. SO WE’VE COLLECTED THE MONEY.
THERE IS NO LONGER A NEED FOR THAT SECTION 37 AGREEMENT.
WE CAN RELEASE THAT. WE RECOMMEND A RELEASE OF IT.
THEN THE SITE PLAN AGREEMENT WILL BE MODIFIED TO RECOGNIZE
PARCELS ONE AND THREE ARE NOW PART OF THAT SITE PLAN
AGREEMENT AND PARCEL TWO WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE SITE PLAN
AGREEMENT. THEREFORE, STAFF IS
RECOMMENDING THE REMOVAL OF THE OFF-SITE PERMISSION AND
CONSOLIDATION OF THE REQUIRED PARKING FOR THE EXPANDED HOTEL
WHICH IS IN KEEPING WITH THE OFFICIAL PLAN AND ENCOURAGES
PARKING PROVIDED ON-SITE WHICH IS AGAIN CONSISTENT WITH THE
CITY’S POLICIES. SO STAFF IS RECOMMENDING THAT
COUNCIL APPROVE THE ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT APPLICATION,
REZONE ALLENDALE FROM A SITE-SPECIFIC TOURIST
COMMERCIAL TO A STRAIGHT TOURIST COMMERCIAL AND THEN TO
APPLY THE SITE-SPECIFIC ZONING TC 914 SOUTHWARD TO ALSO
INCLUDE 6220 STANLEY AVENUE AND THERE IS A BY-LAW ON COUNCIL
AGENDA ASSOCIATED WITH THIS APPLICATION.
THOSE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS.>>MAYOR DIODATI: THANK YOU.
ANY QUESTIONS FROM COUNCIL? SEEING NONE.
MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED FAILURE TO MAKE ORAL OR
WRITTEN SUBMISSION OF THIS MITTING ADMISSING ANY REFERRAL
IT RECEIVES. FAILURE TO SIGN THE SIGN-IN
SHEET RESULT IN STAFF REJECTING APPEAL AS SECTION 34-19 OF THE
PLANNING ACT. COUNCIL NOW HEAR FROM ANYONE
OTHER THAN THE APPLICANT WHO WISHES TO SPEAK THE PROPOSED
ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT. ANYONE HERE OTHER THAN THE
APPLICANT. SEEING NO ONE HERE COUNCIL HEAR
FROM THE APPLICANT OR HIS OR HER REPRESENTATIVE. MR. CLERK.
>>WE WERE PROVIDED AN E-MAIL WHICH IS ON YOUR DESK BASICALLY
SAYING THAT HE’S IN AGREEMENT WITH THE RECOMMENDATION OF
STAFF. DIDN’T FEEL THERE WAS ANYTHING
PRESSING THAT REQUIRED HIM TO BE IN ATTENDANCE.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: FAIR ENOUGH. WELL THEN THIS PUBLIC MEETING
WITH RESPECT TO THE ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT IS NOW
CONCLUDED. LOOKING FOR
A MOTION BY COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO AND
SECOND BY COUNSELLOR KERRIO. ANY DISCUSSION TO THE MOTION?
CONFLICT BY COUNSELLOR THOMSON. CALL THE VOTE.
ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. OKAY.
THAT IS UNANIMOUS. WITH ONE CONFLICT.
THANK YOU FOR THAT. MR. C INTRODUCE THE NEXT ITEM
ON THE AGENDA.>>YOUR WORSHIP A PUBLIC
MEETING IS NOW BEING CONVENED TO CONSIDER A CITY INITIATED
AMENDMENTS TO THE CITY ZONING BY-LAW.
THIS IS TO AMEND THE ZONING OF A FORMER NATURAL CORRIDOR
ADJUST THE FRONTAGE LOT AND EXPAND LIST OF PERMITTED USES
AND THIS IS IN RELATION TO THE PROPERTY BUSINESS PARK NOTICE
WAS GIVEN. NOTICE WAS GIVEN BY I BELIEVE
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REGULATIONS A NUMBER OF PEOPLE
WERE NOTIFIED BY FIRST CLASS MAIL ON MAY
13, 2016. NOTIFICATION TO ALL OWNERS OF
LAND WITHIN 120 METERS OF THE LAND TO WHICH THE APPLICATION
IS SUBJECT TO. ANYONE WHO WANTS NOTICE OF THE
PASSAGE OF THE ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT OR PRESERVE THEIR
OPPORTUNITY TO APPEAL TO THE ONTARIO MUNICIPAL BOARD SHALL
LEAVE THEIR NAME ON THE SIGN-IN SHEET OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL
CHAMBER.>>MAYOR DIODATI: I NOW ASK
THE DIRECTOR OF PLANNING TO EXPLAIN THE PURPOSE AND REASON
FOR THE PROPOSED BY-LAW AMENDMENT.
>>I JUST POINT OUT WE’RE USING A NEW SLIDE FORMAT DEVELOPED BY
DALE MORE TON’S OFFICE. WE’VE TRIED TO INTRODUCE A FEW
MORE GRAPHICS AND LESS WORDS. I HOPE THAT IS ACTUALLY WORKING
FOR EVERYONE. MAYBE MY WORDS ARE NOT AS FEW
AS THE SLIDES. IT DOES INVOLVE THE LANDS CITY
CLERK POINTED OUT OF THE CITY’S BUSINESS PARK. IT IS ALL OF THOSE LANDS FROM
CHIPPAWA CREEK NORTH TO WARREN CREEK.
FROM HEARTLAND FORREST ROAD ON THE WEST EAST TO MONTROSE ROAD.
IT IS A CITY STAFF INITIATED AMENDMENT.
REMOVE AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ZONE WHICH
RECOGNIZES A FORMER NATURAL HERITAGE CORRIDOR IF THAT IS IDENTIFIED AS A CONNECTING LINK
BETWEEN WARREN CREEK TO THE NORTH AND THE WELLAND RIVER TO
THE SOUTH AS WELL THE STAFF INITIATED AMENDMENT IS TO
RECOGNIZE A 50-METER FRONTAGE AS THE MINIMUM LOT FRONTAGE
RATHER THAN 60 METERS. 50 METERS IS SMALLEST LOT IN
THE INDUSTRIAL PARKS. WE WANT TO HAVE THOSE
CORRESPOND WITH THE LANDS THAT WE’RE SELLING.
AND WE ARE ALSO ADDING A RESTAURANT AS A USE WHICH COULD
ESTABLISH WITHIN THIS INDUSTRIAL PARK.
THERE WERE NO SIGNIFICANT CONCERNS AT THE PUBLIC MEETING.
ALTHOUGH THERE WAS ONE LETTER OF CONCERN EXPRESSED BY A LOCAL
LANDOWNER. IT WAS HER BELIEF THAT THE
CORRIDOR AREA DOES FORM AN IMPORTANT LINKAGE BETWEEN THE
HEARTLAND FORREST AND WELLAND RIVER. IF YOU KNOW THIS INDUSTRIAL
PARK WE HAVE BASICALLY CLEAR-CUT THE PROPERTY IN ORDER
TO READY IT FOR INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES.
THERE ARE NO BASICALLY LARGE STANDS OF TREES OR WOODED AREAS
THAT WOULD SERVE THAT CORRIDOR. THE REGIONAL POLICY PLAN
RECOGNIZES THAT THIS PROPERTY IS IN THE GROWTH AREA OF THE
CITY. THE BUSINESS PARK IS LOCATED
WITHIN THE URBAN AREA. UNDER THE CITIES AND REGIONS
OFFICIAL PLAN IT IS RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF OUR STRATEGIC
ECONOMIC GATEWAY AREAS AND THE PARK IS DESIGNED TO CAPITALIZE
ON LONG TERM BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN THE AREA.
THE PROVINCIAL POLICIES NATURAL HERITAGE MAP IDENTIFIES A WOOD
LOT CORRIDOR WITHIN THIS PROPOSED AREA.
HOWEVER AS I SAY THE PROPERTY HAS BEEN CLEAR-CUT.
THE MPCA RECOMMENDED THAT AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY BE
PREPARED TO INVESTIGATE THE IMPACT OF REMOVING THAT
CORRIDOR BUT THE CITY HAS THE ABILITY TO WAVE THE REQUIREMENT
FOR SUCH A STUDY IN CONSULTATION WITH THE REGION
AND THE NBCA AND THEREFORE WE HAVE NOT REQUIRED SUCH A STUDY
TO BE UNDERTAKEN. THE CITY’S POLICY, THE GARDINER
SECONDARY PLAN THE REASON FOR THAT IS THAT WE HAD THE
GARDINER SOUTH SECONDARY PLAN IN THAT SECONDARY PLAN WE
CIRCULATED IT TO VARIOUS AGENCIES AND CONSERVATION
AUTHORITY. AT THAT TIME THE CORRIDOR WAS REMOVED AS
A DESIGNATION IN THE OFFICIAL
PLAN AND WE ARE BASICALLY BRINGING THE ZONING BY-LAW UP
TO DATE WITH THAT OFFICIAL PLAN AMENDMENT.
THE AMENDMENT WAS DONE IN 2012. WE SHOULD HAVE DONE IT BEFORE
NOW BUT WE’RE CATCHING UP AT THIS POINT.
THE ZONING BY-LAW CHANGE FROM ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND
INDUSTRIAL WHICH IS THE SAME DESIGNATION OR SAME ZONE AS
EITHER SIDE IN CONFORMITY WITH THE OFFICIAL PLAN OF THE
REDUCTION FROM 60 METERS TO 50 METERS.
THE SMALLEST LOT. IN ADDITION TO THE RESTAURANT
USED WILL SERVICE THE CURRENT AND FUTURE EMPLOYEES OF THE
AREA. THIS IS TRYING TO PROVIDE A
BALANCED APPROACH BETWEEN NATURAL PROTECTION AND ECONOMIC
RETURN. THE AMENDMENT IS RECOMMENDED
FOR THE REASONS ON THE SCREEN WHICH I HAVE ENCAPSULATED AND
THEREFORE WE RECOMMEND THAT COUNCIL APPROVE THE ZONING
AMENDMENT TO REZONE THE EPA CORRIDOR TO PRESTIGE INDUSTRIAL
SPECIAL PROVISION 849 TO REDUCE THE LOT FRONTAGE FROM 60 METERS
TO 50 METERS AND TO ADD A RESTAURANT AS A COMMITTED USE.
THERE IS A BY-LAW ON TONIGHT’S AGENDA FOR COUNCIL’S ADOPTION.
THOSE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS.>>MAYOR DIODATI: THANK YOU
VERY MUCH. DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OF
COUNCIL? OKAY SEEING NONE.
MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED FAILURE TO MAKE ORAL OR
WRITTEN SUBMISSION AT THIS PUBLIC MEETING RESULT IN THE
ONTARIO MUNICIPAL BOARD DISMISSING ANY REFERRAL THAT IT
RECEIVES. FAILURE TO SIGN IN SIGN-IN
SHEET STAFF REJECT APPEAL SECTION 34-19 OF THE PLANNING
ACT. COUNCIL WILL NOW HEAR FROM
ANYONE WHO WISHES TO SPEAK TO THIS PROPOSED BY-LAW AMENDMENT.
IS THERE ANYONE HERE THAT WISHS TO SPEAK TO THIS? OKAY.
SORRY I DIDN’T SEE YOU IN THE CORNER THERE.
DID YOU WANT TO HAVE — COME ON UP TO THE MIC MR. BEAM.>>HI.
I’M JON BEAM. I LIVE AT 8891 MONTROSE ROAD.
I’M FURTHER THAN THE 120 METERS AWAY FROM THE PROPERTY.
I LIVE RIGHT ON THE WELLAND RIVER.
I DON’T AGREE THAT YOU — LAST YEAR YOU GUYS CLEAR-CUT
EVERYTHING. NOW YOU’RE TRYING TO PASS A
BY-LAW TO GET RID OF THE CORRIDOR.
I HAVE LIKE FROM WHAT I AM LIVING THERE I SEE DEER COMING
THROUGH THE AREA. LIKE A LOT OF WILD LIFE COMING
THROUGH. COYOTE, DEER, RACCOONS.
I HAVE EVERYTHING ON MY PROPERTY AND GOES DOWN TO THE
WELLAND RIVER. GO RIGHT BACK UP.
THE PATHWAY AT THE END OUTSIDE OF MY PROPERTY.
I JUST DON’T THINK THAT CHANGING THE ZONING FOR IT —
IT IS TOO LATE NOW. YOU CUT THE TREES DOWN.
YOU PUT IN THE DRAINS TO DRAIN THE
PROPERTY. NOW YOU RUINED A PIECE OF
PROPERTY. ALSO THE PART WITH THE
RESTAURANT, SOMEBODY BOUGHT MONTROSE HOTEL.
THEY’RE TRYING TO RUN THE RESTAURANT.
THE GUY IS INVESTING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO THE PROPERTY.
YOU’RE GOING TO PERMIT A RESTAURANT OVER ON THE OTHER
HALF WHERE YOU ALREADY HAVE ONE THERE THAT IS GOING TO TRY TO
SURVIVE. THE GUY IS TRYING TO MAKE A GO
OF IT. I DON’T THINK YOU NEED A
RESTAURANT ON THE OTHER SIDE. I JUST DON’T THINK THAT YOU
SHOULD BE GETTING RID OF THE WILD LIFE CORRIDOR.
THEY HAVE NO WAYWHERE TO GO. THEY’RE GOING TO BE IN AN
INDUSTRIAL AREA OUT ON THE ROAD.
RIGHT NOW YOU HAVE DEER CROSSING ROAD ALL THE TIME.
IT IS HIGH TRAFFIC AREA. THEY NEED SOMEWHERE THAT IS
SAFE.>>MAYOR DIODATI: THANK YOU
FOR THAT. APPRECIATE THAT.
THANK YOU. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OF COUNCIL?
ANYONE ELSE HERE HAVE ANY COMMENT OR QUESTION?
OKAY. IF THERE IS NO FINAL QUESTIONS
FROM COUNCIL THE PUBLIC MEETING WITH RESPECT TO THE ZONING,
PROPOSED ZONING BY-LAW AMIE IS NOW CONCLUDED.
MOVE BY COUNSELLOR THOMSON WITH SECONDED BY COUNSELLOR STRANGE.
DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER COMMENTED COMMENT BEFORE I CALL THE VOTE?
ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. OKAY.
THAT IS APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
NOW OF COURSE LOOKS LIKE — LOOK AT THAT.
CIC COUNCILLOR LEAVING HE KNOWS IT IS THE MAYOR’S REPORTS AND
ANNOUNCEMENTS. SO YES THERE IS A FEW
ANNOUNCEMENTS IT HAS BEEN A FEW WEEKS I’LL START OFF WITH
OBITUARIES. UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS A BIGGER
SECTION OF TONIGHT’S ANNOUNCEMENT. CHRISTINA, MOTHER OF JACK
RETIRED BRIAN FIRE CAPTAIN WITH THE CITY PASSED AWAY.
MARGARET FRANKLIN, MOTHER OF TOM AND CEMETERIES PASSED AWAY.
IRENE THE SISTER OF FRANK IN ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES IS NO
LONGER WITH US. DAWN ELSELY PALED AWAY.
MARY MAUREYS, FATHER OF SUSIE AND PARTNER OF COUNCILLOR MIKE
STRANGE PASSED ON. KYLE KUBIC FIRE PREVENTION
OFFICER. BOB
FATHER OF TAYLOR. NIAGRA FALLS FIREFIGHTER WORKS
AT THE CENTER ARENA AND WENDY FORMER CHIEF OF THE NIAGRA
POLICE SERVICES HAVE ALL PASSED AWAY.
IT HAS BEEN A SAD AND BUSY MONTH.
OUR CONDOLENCES GO TO THE FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST THEIR
LOVED ONES. WHAT IS HAPPENING?
BUILDING NIAGRA TOGETHER IT WAS HELD AT THE OLD STONE IN WITH
MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS. COUNCILLOR COUNSELLOR THOMSON
JOINED ME THERE. WE HAD THE GRAND OPENING OF THE
LITTLE SHOP OF BEAUTY SALON AND SPA ON QUEENS STREET.
70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DUTCH CANADIAN FRIENDSHIP TULIP
GARDEN HELD AT THE NIAGRA FALLS ARMORY.
TOUCH OF TRUCK AT THE GAIL CENTER ALL THE YOUNG YOUNG KIDS
CAME AND TOUCHED THE BIG TRUCKS AND BULLDOZERS AND SNOW PLOWS.
TUG OF WAR TOOK PLACE ON THE RAINBOW BRIDGE THIS. YEAR WE
WERE NOT SUCCESSFUL. NIAGRA FALLS NEW YORK SQUAD WON
AND WE WERE THERE TO WATCH THAT AS WELL.
IT WAS TYPICALLY THE NIAGRA FALLS CANADA TEAM OR NIAGRA
REGIONAL POLICE DO TYPICALLY WIN.
CITY OF NIAGRA FALLS PUBLIC WORKS WEEK HAVE YEARLY BBQ AT
THE CENTER. RESPECT FOR LAW AWARDS NIGHT
TOOK PLACE AT OPTIMIST CLUB RECENTLY.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HAD GROUND MAKING ON
CALDONIA STREET. GRAND OPENING OF MIDNIGHT
SOCIAL TOOK PLACE ON QUEEN STREET.
21ST ANNUAL LIGHTNING BY THE FALLS GYMNASTICS COMPETITION
TOOK PLACE AT THE GAIL CENTER. WE HAD OUR RETIREY LUNCHEON
HERE IN TOWN. THE GRAND OPENING OF THE NEW
LOCATION FOR THE LIFETIME FINANCIAL TOOK PLACE ON PORTAGE
ROAD. GRAND OPENING OF SALON HAIR-ZONA IN CHIPPAWA.
I WAS JOINED BY COUNSELLOR MOROCCO.
COUNCILLOR>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: WAS
THERE AND I’M NOT SURE IF OTHERS WERE THERE IT WAS BUSY
BUT WHAT THAT IS?>>I WAS EARLY.
COUNSELLOR STRANGE WAS THERE LATE AS WAS COUNSELLOR
PIETRANGELO AND COUNSELLOR THOMSON.
I THINK MOST OF THE COUNSELORS SWUNG BY BUT IT WAS A GREAT
EVENT. VERY WELL ATTENDED AND VERY
EXCITING AND EVERYBODY WENT AWAY REALLY HAPPY.
WELL DONE AND KUDOS TO THE DOWNTOWN
BIA FOR THE BEST SPRING LISHIOUS TO DATE.
THE CITY IS A PARTNER WITH THE DOWNTOWN BIA AND GREAT
PARTNERSHIP. ANNUAL TOURISM KICKOFF I WAS
JOINED BY COUNSELLOR THOMSON AS WE KICKED OFF TOURISM.
EXPECTING ANOTHER BANNER SEASON.
I WAS AT TIM HORTON’S CAMP DAY WHERE PROCEEDS FROM THEIR CAR
WASH AND ALL FOOD BOUGHT AND T-SHIRTS WENT TO TIM HORTON’S
CAMP. PARKS AND RECREATION MONTH HAD
THEIR KICKOFF WALK AT ROZBERG
PARK AND JOINED BY COUNSELLOR STRANGE.
THE FEDERATION OF CANADIAN MUNICIPALITY TOOK PLACE IN
WINNIPEG. I WAS THERE REPRESENTING THE
CITY. WAS GREAT THIS YEAR.
WE DID HAVE THE PRIME MINISTER THERE AND TYPICALLY THE PRIME
MINISTER IS NOT THERE AS OF LATE.
THE FACT THAT THEY’RE GOING TO GIVE SIGNIFICANT FUNDS FOR
INFRASTRUCTURE IS GREAT HAVING HIM THERE MAKING HIS PROMISE
PERSONALLY GREAT TO HAVE. HE GOT TWO STANDING OVATIONS.
PEOPLE WERE HAPPY TO HAVE HIM THERE.
IT WAS IMPORTANT. NIAGRA FALLS APPRECIATION GOLF
TOURNAMENT TOOK PLACE AT THUNDERING WATERS.
SHRINERS HAD FLAG RAISING CEREMONY ACROSS BY CITY HALL.
JOINED BY COUNSELLOR CAMPBELL AND COUNSELLOR THOMSON.
I DID NOT REALIZE COUNSELLOR THOMSON WAS A SHRINER.
LEARNED THAT NIGHT. CWD CIRCUS WORLD HAD THEIR
CREATE WHAT IS DIFFERENT 55TH CORPORATE ANNIVERSARY.
I WAS THERE TO DO A WALK THROUGH WITH THEM AS WELL.
THEY HAVE NOW HIT 100 EMPLOYEES AND COMPANY SUCCESSFUL AND
PROUD OF WHAT THEY HAVE DONE AND JANE FAMILY.
GRAND OPENING OF PANORAMA CONDOS AND THEY HAD THEIR GRAND
OPENING AT THEIR OFFICES AT 7000 McCLOUD ROAD.
PATH STONE HOPE AWARDS TOOK PLACE AT THE LAST FRIDAY AT THE
CASINO IN THE GRAND BALLROOM FEATURING MARGARET TRUDEAU
TALKING ABOUT THE FACT SHE SUFFERED FROM BEING BIPOLAR FOR
MANY YEARS AND THAT TREATMENT DOES EXIST.
TALKED ABOUT HER STRUGGLES UNTIL SHE GOT TO THAT
TREATMENT. SECOND TIME I HEARD HER VERY
EXCITING BIG CROWD. NIAGRA FALLS SCHOOLS IN BLOOM
HAD SCHOOLS IN EXCELLENT TEAR MONEY AND THAT WAS
MCED BY COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO AND MIKE
STRANGE AND ATTENDED BY COUNSELLOR CAMPBELL.
THAT WAS YESTERDAY. WE LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING
COUNSELORS FOR REPRESENTING CITY COUNCIL AT DIFFERENT AND
EVEN. COUNSELLOR CAMPBELL FOR
REPRESENTING THE CITY AT THE NIAGRA CONCERTS.
JARVIS CHURCH, SIR ADAM BECK PUMP GENERATING STATION
RESERVOIR TOUR AND CZECH REPUBLIC DELEGATION.
COUNCILLOR STRANGE FOR REPRESENTING THE CITY OF RIGHT
OF SILENCE. BLUE WATER DAY CELEBRATION AT
HEARTLAND FORREST. SAVE INTERNATIONAL AND VALUE
ANALYSIS CANADA CONFERENCE. 5TH ANNUAL CLUB CONFERENCE AT
THE OAK CENTER AND DAVID Mc GREGORY-McKEANON GOLF
TOURNAMENT. I WANT TO THANK COUNSELLOR
MOROCCO FOR THE ART OPENING AND IOANNONI FOR REPRESENTING THE
CITY AT THE PRIDE AND IT IS HALF MASS AFTER THE SAD EACH
THAT TOOK PLACE IN ORLANDO. COUNSELLOR THOMSON WAS ALSO AT
THE PRIDE NIAGRA FLAG RAISING YOU COULD NOT MISS IT IF YOU
SAW THE FaceBook PICTURE. GOOD PICTURE.
COUNCELLOR CRAITOR REPRESENTING CITY AT THE CHING-MIN AND THE
NIAGRA SHRINE CEREMONIAL DINNER.
THANK YOU TO ALL COUNCILLOR MEMBERS AND REPRESENTING MYSELF
BECAUSE I CANNOT BE AT ALL PLACES ALL THE TIME.
AS MUCH AS YOU TRY SOMETIMES WE HAVE THREE, FOUR EVENTS A
NIGHT. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE COUNCIL
FOR BEING THERE. DID I MISS SOMETHING?
COUNSELLOR IOANNONI. SAY THAT
ONE.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: EXTEND
CONDOLENCES TO WAYNE AND RECEIPT A RITA FOREFATHER
PASSED AWAY. IF WE CAN EXTEND OUR
CONDOLENCES TO HIM.>>MAYOR DIODATI: WE WILL.
SORRY TO HEAR THAT FOR MPP GATES FOR THE LOSS OF HIS
FATHER-IN-LAW. WHAT WAS THE OTHER EVENT I
MISSED? OKAY.
IN PENINSULA ENERGY RODEO EVENT THAT TOOK PLACE WITH ALL THE
LINES MEN. THAT IS GREAT.
ANOTHER EVENT THAT WE HAD. THANK YOU FOR THAT.
NOW ONE THING I WOULD MENTION THE CAO AND MYSELF THIS PAST
WEEKEND WE WERE BUSY PARTICIPATING IN THE END BRIDGE
RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER OF THE BEEN USING EXCUSES EVERY YEAR
WHEN STEVE COEN OF SOLID STEEL ASKED US AND ONE YEAR KEN TO DO
READ PAPER AND I HAD TO CONDITION MY HEAR THIS. YEAR
HE WAS NOT ACCEPTING OF ANY EXCUSES AND WE ACCEPTED THE
CHALLENGE AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU WE RODE AROUND WELCOME TO
HUNDRED 30-KILOMETERS. SATURDAY.
THEY WERE HARD KILOMETERS. 35 DEGREES PLUS HUMIDITY.
THE HUMID INDEX I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT WAS BUT IT WAS DEADLY.
AS WELL, I CREATED A NEW TERM CALLED THE WINDEX BECAUSE IT
WAS SO WINDY AT POINTS WE WERE PEDALING I DON’T THINK THAT WE
WERE GOING ANYWHERE. WE WERE BARELY ABLE TO BALANCE.
BETWEEN THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY AND FACT WE NEVER HAD THE BEST
BIKES. WE’RE RIDING KIND OF MOUNTAIN
BIKE HYBRIDS NOT THE BEST CAO HAS A BIG BANANA SEAT AND
BASKET ON THE FRONT. I WAS A BIT EMBARRASSED BUT
THAT IS OKAY. THAT IS HIS BIKE.
WE RODE THE MONSTERS. THE TERM THAT WE HEARD OVER AND
OVER AND OVER WAS ON YOUR LEFT. THAT IS WHAT PEOPLE SAY WHEN
THEY PASS YOU. THEY SAY ON YOUR LEFT.
BY THE END WE’RE GETTING A LITTLE IRRITABLE PEOPLE ARE
SAYING ON YOUR LEFT. WE KNOW.
YOU DON’T HAVES TO IT. THEN I TELL YOU THIS HE’S A
BEAST. GIVE THE GUY CREDIT. GUY IS IN GREAT SHAPE.
HITTING HILLS IN EVERRING HAM HIT THEM HARD.
HE WAS A MACHINE. GIVE THE GUY CREDIT.
IN GREAT SHAPE. TOWARD THE END THE HEAT WAS
GETTING TO US BY THE 115-KILOMETER WE HAD ENOUGH.
WE MADE IT. NO SWEETER SOUND THAN THE SOUND
OF THE BEER CAN OPENING AS IT CAME OUT OF THE ICE WATER.
THEY SPONSOR AND THAT SOUND WAS AMAZING.
AND WE WERE VERY MUCH FANTASIZING ABOUT IT.
NOW MIND WE’RE THE ONLY ONE THERE IS AT HOME.
THE LIGHTS WERE OUT. BUT WE MADE IT.
WITH OUR MINOR LIGHTS ON THE FRONT.
I’LL SAY THE ONLY REASON WE’RE ABLE TO PULL IT OFF IS THANKS
TO KNOWN AS BUTTER. BUTT
BUTTER. LUBRICATION COUNSELLOR
PIETRANGELO YOU USED SOMETHING CALLED GLIDE I THINK YOU SAID.
WHEN YOU AND COUNSELLOR STRANGE GO FOUR RUNS TOGETHER.
GLIDE. KEEPS YOU FROM GETTING SORES
FROM RIDING REPETITION. THE CHAFING.
IT WAS — BUT I WILL SAY ON THE SUNDAY IT WAS A NICE DAY.
WEATHER WAS MUCH BETTER. THE NICE THING I WANT TO SAY
TWO THINGS. THIS IS THE BIGGEST CYCLING
RIDE IN CANADA. TO RAISE MONEY FOR PRINCES
MARGARET AND CANCER RESEARCH. SO MANY PEOPLE THERE TELLING
THEIR STORIES 20 YEARS AGO THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN DEAD AND TODAY
THEY CAN SEE THEIR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS BECAUSE OF RESEARCH
EVENTS LIKE THIS. THEY RAISED MORE THAN
$17 MILLION AND SURVIVORS RIDE IT IN AS WELL.
MORE THAN 4200 RIDERS. IN ADDITION THAT WE WERE ON THE
TEAM STEVE COEN TEAM KNOWN AS STEVE CYCLE PATHS.
PSYCH OWE PATHS AND OUR TEAM WITH LEADERSHIP OF STEVE COEN A
NIAGRA FALLS BOY IS THE NUMBER ONE TEAM IN THE COUNTRY.
WE RAISE — JUST CRACKED JUST OVER $1 MILLION.
STEVE COEN. HOW ABOUT A BIG HAND FOR STEVE
COEN. [APPLAUSE] DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU WANT
TO ADD? I HAVE TO POINT OUT ONE OTHER
THING. EVERY TIME WE TOOK A BREAK WE
WOULD GO HAVE OUR GATORADE. REAPPLY THE BUTT BUTTER.
HE REALLY LIKED DOING THAT. YOU JUST USED IT — WE’LL TALK
ABOUT THAT LATER. VERY AWKWARD MOMENT.
I’M GLAD THAT WE GOT THROUGH IT. THEY DO GIVE IT TO YOU, TOO.
DUCK BUTTER. THEY HAVE GOT THEIR TERMS.
THEY SOLD ME THE TUBE 30 BUCKS I THOUGHT THEY WERE JOKING.
YOU’LL NEED THIS. WHAT KIND OF A RACE IS THIS.
NOT A RACE BUT A RIDE. WE KEPT TELLING OURSELVES AS
PEOPLE SAID ON THE LEFT WE KEPT SAYING IT IS NOT A RACE BUT A
RIDE.>>HOW MANY JARS DID YOU BUY?
>>MAYOR DIODATI: I GOTS TO WHAT WAS THAT COUNCILLOR?
JUST ONE BIG TUBE. A TUBE NOT A JAR.
BUT I WILL SAY THIS. ONCE WE FIGURED THIS THING OUT
THE WEATHER WAS A LITTLE BETTER ON THE SUNDAY WE GOT TO SAY IT
TO A FEW PEOPLE. WE WOULD PASS THEM AND SAY ON
YOUR LEFT. WE RODE BY THEM AND SAID LET’S
DO IT AGAIN. ON YOUR LEFT.
WE WERE HAVING A KICK SAYING TO IT OTHER PEOPLE.
CAO GREAT SHAPE. WHAT IS COMING UP? ROTARY GYM FEST TAKING PLACE
NIAGRA SQUARE. GO TO THE WEBSITE FOR ALL THE
DETAILS. GRAND OPENING OF U HAUL MOVING
AND STORAGE ON KENT AVENUE. THIS SATURDAY.
JUNE 18. 11:00 A.M.
LOCAL AUTHOR DAY TAKES PLACE AT THE LIBRARY ON VICTORIA AVENUE
THIS SATURDAY FROM 12:00 TO 3:00.
THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITY LIVING FUNDRAISING EVENT THIS SATURDAY
AT 7:00 P.M. 62ND ROSE AND
FLOWER SHOW TAKES PLACE A WEEK FROM TODAY AT THE NIAGRA FALLS
PUBLIC LIBRARY. GRAND OPENING OF PAUL’S
RESTORATION TAKES PLACE ON DON MURRAY WEDNESDAY JUNE 22ND AT
1:00 P.M. HOSPICE NIAGRA SWING HARD TO LIVE LONG TAKES PLACE
AT THUNDERING WATERS NEXT
FRIDAY JUNE 24TH. CANADA DAY THE 5 K RUN OR WALK
FOR ST. JOHN’S AMBULANCE TAKES PLACE AT 9:00 A.M. AT OKLAHOMA
CITY PARK ON CANADA DAY. PARADE BEGINS AT 11:00 A.M.
ENTERTAINMENT, BIRTHDAY CAKE, KIDS FUN ZONE, GOOD CITIZEN
SHIP AWARD AND LIVE MUSIC ALL DAY LONG
AND IN CONCLUSION, I WOULD LIKE TO MENTION TWO
THINGS. FIRST NEXT COUNCIL MEETING WILL
BE TUESDAY JULY THE 12TH. THAT WILL BE IN FOUR WEEKS.
AS WE GO INTO SUMMER SCHEDULE. ALSO I WOULD LIKE TO
ACKNOWLEDGE OUR CAO KEN TODD AT THE CAMA AWARDS.
WHICH IS THE CAO AS CROSS CANADA THAT MEET JUST BEFORE
THE FCM ALL THE MAYOR’S AND COUNCIL MEET.
HE WAS GIVEN THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION ADMINISTRATOR AND
KENORA TODD HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED FOR HIS 30 YEARS OF MUNICIPAL
SERVICE IN MANAGEMENT CAPACITY AND PRESENTED WITH HIS
30 YEAR PIN AT THE LONG SERVICE
WINNIPEG. CONGRATULATIONS.
[APPLAUSE] HE KEPT WEAR WEARING IT ON OUR
BIKE RIDE AND REFLEX IN MY EYES HE WANTED ME TO KNOW.
WHAT THAT IS? HOW HUMBLE HE IS HE DID NOT
TELL ME. I HAD TO HEAR ABOUT IT THROUGH
THE GRAPEVINE BECAUSE HE IS NOT THE GUY TO TELL US.
THAT IS THE CAO WE HAVE. LET’S MOVE ON TO COMMUNICATIONS
AND COMMENTS OF THE CITY CLERK. WHY DON’T WE DO ONE AT A TIME.
FIRST ONE IS CLIFTON HILL BIA DOWNTOWN BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
LUNDY’S LANE BIA AND MAIN AND FERRY BIA IS REQUESTING
APPROVAL OF THEIR RESPECTIVE BUDGETS.
OKAY. MOVED BY COUNSELLOR KERRIO.
SECONDED BY COUNSELLOR THOMSON. ANY DISCUSSION ON THEIR
BUDGETS? CALL VOTE ALL THOSE IN FAVOR.
OKAY. THAT IS APPROVED.
THANK YOU UNANIMOUSLY. I WOULD CALL MR. BARKER TO
SPEAK TO THE SCVFA REQUEST FOR THE RELIEF OF THE NOISE BY-LAW
IN COMMUNICATION TWO. CALL HIM UP IF HE WOULD LIKE TO
ADDRESS COUNCIL.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE
OPPORTUNITY. I LIVE AT 6855 CHRISTINE COACH.
THE BACK OF MY HOUSE IS BACKING ON TO DORCHESTER ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HILL IS THE
GRANDSTAND WHERE THE ACTIVITIES TAKE PLACE. I HAVE BEEN LIVING THERE FOR 11
YEARS. THINGS HAVE GOTTEN WORSE IN THE
LAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS. BUT TWO YEARS AGO MR. CLERK
WITH ONE OF HIS ASSOCIATES CAME TO MY PROPERTY JUST TO SEE HOW
CLOSE WE WERE TO WHERE THE MUSIC PLAYS.
AND THEN HE TOLD ME HIS RECOMMENDATION I BELIEVE WAS
TWO YEARS AGO TO THE COUNCIL WAS, TO GIVE PERMISSION FROM
SEVEN TO 9:30 UP UNTIL THEN PERMISSION WAS BEING GIVEN FOR
THE MUSIC TO BE PLAYED FROM 7:00 TO 10:00.
IN ITS WISDOM THE COUNCIL INSTEAD OF TAKING THE
RECOMMENDATION OF MR. CLERK TO GET PERMISSION FROM 7:00 TO
9:30, EXTENDED 10:00 TO 10:30. AND THEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE
FIREMEN’S PARK AT THE INTERVIEW SAID WE HARDLY GO PASSED
9:30 WHEN IT IS DARK. WELL, IF THEY DON’T GO PASSED
9:30, WHY EXTEND IT TO THREE AND A HALF HOURS. BY THE WAY, THEY HAVE NEVER ON
A TUESDAY OR THURSDAY START PLAYING AT SEVEN.
THERE IS ALWAYS ARRANGEMENTS INDIVIDUAL MUSICIAN PLAYING
WITH THEIR INTERESTS AS EARLY AS 630.
THE SAME KIND OF THING ABOUT THE ISSUE TUESDAYS AND
THURSDAYS HAS TO BE TAKEN WITHIN THE LARGER CONTEXT. LAST SUNDAY OUR NEIGHBORHOOD
NOT JUST ME. THE ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD.
TO DO LISTEN TO SOME TYPE OF ACTIVITY WITH A LOT OF CARDS.
THAT STARTED AT 9:00. ACTUALLY AT 8:30.
LASTED UNTIL 6:00. THE PROBLEM IS NOT SO MUCH THE
NOISE. IT IS THE BASE SOUND THAT GOES
THROUGH ANYTHING. AND AT TIMES IT MIMICS YOUR OWN
HEARTBEAT. THAT IS ONE ACTIVITY.
THERE IS THREE DAYS OF SOMETHING COMING UP IN TERMS OF
ACTIVITIES. I CAN’T UNDERSTAND THAT.
BUT WHAT I DON’T UNDERSTAND IS THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE A SOAP
BOX DERBY AND THEY’RE IN NEED OF CLOSING THE DOOR OR THE
ROAD. THAT IS FINE TOO
A.BUT WE RECEIVE FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW NOT FROM THE CITY
BUT FROM THE PEOPLE WHO MANAGE THE PARK UNNOTICED.
BY THE WAY, I THINK WE SHOULD RECEIVE THAT NOTICE FROM THE
CITY. ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES NEIGHBORS
SAID CAN WE CLOSE THE ROAD AND SEND A NOTICE BECAUSE WE LIVE
ON THE CITY? I THINK IT IS INAPPROPRIATE FOR
THE PEOPLE WHO MANAGE THE PARK TO SEND US NOTICES BECAUSE IT SEND THE MESSAGE OF A LOT OF
PEOPLE AT COLLEGE THAT THEY ARE EMPOWERED TO DO THAT AND
ANYTHING ELSE THEY WANT. THE POWER SHOULD BE TAKEN AWAY
FROM THEM. I SEE NO REASON FOR THAT
SPECIFIC ACTIVITY TO START AT 7:00 IN THE MORNING.
THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE A RACE AT 9:00.
I SEE NO COMPELLING REASON. LAST YEAR THERE WERE ONLY THREE
CARS. FOR IT TO START AT NINE.
THE BY-LAWS ABOUT 9:00 HAVE BEEN PASSED IN THE PAST FOR
GOOD REASON. AND I HAVEN’T HEARD ANYTHING
FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW WHY THE ROAD HAS TO BE CLOSED
AT SEVEN. CLOSING THE ROAD AT SEVEN IS
NOT THE PROBLEM. IT IS THE PICKUP TRUCKS AND
OTHER THINGS THAT ARRIVE THERE TO CLOSE THE ROAD AND PUT UP
THE HAY BALES OR WHATEVER AT 7:00.
I THINK THAT IS TOO EARLY. I GET SERIES OF IN ADDITION TO
MUSIC ON TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS AND
ACTIVITIES ONE OF THEM IS WHOLE DAY ACTIVITY WITH OVER
300 BEATLES ALL OVER THE PLACE RUNNING UP AND DOWN DORCHESTER
WITH ALL KINDS OF VERY NICE AND NOT SO NICE PEOPLE OUT THERE.
I’M A UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR AND UNDERSTAND OUR RIGHTS BALANCES
RESIDENTS AT COLLEGE ZERO VERSUS THE ENJOYMENT OF THE
PUBLIC. BUT THERE HAS TO BE OF ALL THE
ACTIVITIES THAT TAKE PLACE OVER THERE, ALL THE SUNDAY
ACTIVITIES, EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY FOR ABOUT EIGHT OR
NINE WEEKS PLUS OTHER THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON, EITHER LIMIT
THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HOURS OR TUESDAY/THURSDAY AT LEAST
PLEASE GIVE US A BREAK. TWO-AND-A-HALF HOURS IS PRETTY
MUCH THE LENGTH OF MOST GOOD MOVIES AND MOST GOOD CONCERTS.
WHY MUST IT BE THREE AND A HALF HOURS.
ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO THE COUNCIL IT SHOULD BE IN ITS MINUTES
USED THE WORD WE ASK THESE PEOPLE TO FIND WAYS OF
MITIGATING NOISE. I WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO FIND
OUT YOUR LORDSHIP, WHAT HAS BEEN DONE TO MITIGATE THE
NOISE. AGAIN I EMPHASIZE THE FACT THAT
IT IS NOT THE NOISE. IT IS THE BASE THAT GOES
THROUGH EVERYTHING. YOUR DRYWALL SHAPES, YOU CAN REALLY FEEL YOUR BODY SHAKING
WITH THE BASE. AND FINALLY, SOME OF YOU ARE
SITTING HERE MAY THINK IT IS ONE PERSON IN AN AREA THAT IS
COMPLAINING ABOUT IT. THAT IS NOT THE CASE.
ABOUT FIVE, SIX, MAYBE SEVEN YEARS AGO WHEN THE COUNCIL WAS
GOING TO BUILD A SIDEWALK YOU SENT SOMETHING TO PEOPLE WITHIN
200 FEET OF THE SIDEWALK ALONG DORCHESTER SAYING DO YOU WANT
IT OR NOT. BEFORE ANYONE REACHES THE
CONCLUSION THAT I OR TWO OF MY FRIEND ARE THE ONLY ONES
COMPLAINING ABOUT THE NOISE I SUGGEST YOU GO OUT THERE, SEND
SOMETHING SIMILAR TO WHAT YOU DID PREVIOUSLY AND REALLY
CONFIRM THAT TWO OR THREE OF US ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO ARE
COMPLAINING ABOUT IT. WITH RESPECT SOME OF THE PEOPLE
HAVE BEEN COMPLAINING ABOUT THIS FOR YEARS.
YOU MAY CHECK THE TAX ROLL AND YOU CAN REVIEW THAT SOME PEOPLE
CULTURALLY BECAUSE THEY AREN’T FAMILIAR WITH THE CANADIAN
ENVIRONMENT BASED ON THEIR CULTURAL
BACKGROUND OR DEFICIENCY IN TERMS OF SPEAKING
THE LANGUAGE ARE NOT PREPARED TO SIGN ANYTHING
OR AND HERE. SOME TIME AGO I THINK IT WAS
THREE YEARS AGO I SENT A MEMO HERE AND TWO OF MY COLLEAGUES
WERE IN ATTENDANCE AND ONE OF THE LOCAL NEWSPAPERS HAD AN
ON-GOING COMMENTARY WHERE SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO OPPOSE US USE
COMMENTS LIKE GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM.
OTHER COMMENTS. THAT IS INTIMIDATION.
THAT IS THE ONLY REACH WHY SOME OF THE PEOPLE DON’T SHOW UP
HERE. I’M ASKING EITHER YOU PUT A
LIMIT ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HOURS OR REDUCE THE FREQUENCY
OR PLEASE SEVEN ASSUMING THEY START AT SEVEN BUT THEY NEVER
WILL BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO REALLY PRACTICE INDIVIDUALLY
THEIR MUSIC. 7:00 TO 9:30.
BALANCES OUR NEEDS. WE ARE PATIENT BUT THERE IS A
LIMIT TO OUR PATIENCE. I DON’T HAVE TO STAND HERE AND
PLEAD WHY THERE SHOULD BE SOMETHING AGAINST ENFORCING
YOUR OWN BY-LAW. THE PEOPLE WHO WANT THE BY-LAW
TO BE OVERRULED SHOULD BE HERE ARGUING WHY IT SHOULD CHANGED
YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT AT THE EXPENSE OF SOME OF THE RESIDENTS WHO BY THE WAY ON AN
AVERAGE BASES REPRESENT SOME OF THE HIGHEST TAXES PAID AS
OWNERS OF HOUSES IN THIS ESSENTIAL AREA AS SUCH.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>MAYOR DIODATI: THANK YOU.
DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OF COUNCIL FOR MR. BARKER?
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. APPRECIATE.
WE’RE GOING TO GET SOME ANSWERS.
LET’S START OFF FIRST MR. DREND.
HE ASKED MADE THE QUESTION WITH REFERENCE TO THE ROAD CLOSURE.
THOSE WERE HANDED OUT BY THE SCVFA MAILBOXES.
ADDRESS COUNCIL ON THAT ISSUE.>>THANK YOU MR. MAYOR.
POLICY FOR ROAD CLOSURE SPECIAL
EVENTS THE EVENT ORGANIZER IS REQUIRED TO DO THAT.
IT IS OUR POLICY THAT THEY MUST SEND OUT NOTICES TO THE AREA OF
COVERAGE. IT JUST DEPENDS ON THE SIZE OF
THE ROAD CLOSURE. THAT IS FOR OUR STANDARD
POLICY. WITH RESPECT TO THE SOAP BOX
DERBY AND LENGTH OF TIME. THE TIME OR REASON WHY IT RUNS
THE WAY IT DOES AND SET UP IS A FEW HOURS EARLIER IS EXACTLY
WHAT THE GENTLEMAN SAID. THERE IS PEOPLE PUTTING BAILS
ON THE ROAD TRYING TO MAKE IT SAFE.
THE TIME TO DO IT IS REALLY SET UP TIME MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS
SAFE.>>MAYOR DIODATI: ANY
QUESTIONS OF COUNCIL? MAYBE IF YOU CAN HELP US ON THE
NOISE BY-LAW PIECE. ANY MITIGATING EFFORTS OR ANY
KIND OF ENFORCEMENT OR ANYTHING AROUND THAT.
I KNOW MR. BROCK WELSH IS MOTIONING HE WANTS TO SPEAK
FROM THE CVFA AND THEN COUNCIL CAN MAKE THE MOTION.
>>YOUR LORDSHIP THE REASON WHY THE REQUEST IS ON THE AGENDA
THE NOISE BY-LAW FOR THE CITY BASICALLY PROHIBITS AMPLIFIED
MUSIC AFTER 9:00 P.M. THAT IS PART OF THE NOISE BY-LAW.
HOWEVER THERE IS A PROCEDURE WHERE AN ORGANIZATION OR AN
EVENT HOLDER CAN REQUEST RELIEF TO THE BY-LAW.
COUNCIL PASSES NUMEROUS OF THESE DURING THE SUMMER SEASON.
ARGUABLY A LOT OF OTHER MUNICIPALITIES IN THE
RESIDENTIAL SECTION YOU HAVE A NOISE PROHIBITION AT 11:00.
MOST PEOPLE SEEM TO THINK THAT OUR PROHIBITION IS 11:00 AS
WELL BUT IT IS ACTUALLY 9:00 IN THE BY-LAW FOR THIS SECTION OF
THE CITY. THIS REQUEST HAS COME FORWARD
FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS. MR. BARKER HAS PREVIOUSLY
EXPRESSED HIS CONCERN. HE HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO ATTEND
DIRECTLY BUT SOME OF HIS CORRESPONDENCES HAVE BEEN ON IN
THE PAST. HE’S CORRECT IN THE SENSE THAT
IN THE FIRST YEAR I MADE THE RECOMMENDATION THAT 9:30 SEEMED
TO BE A FAIR CUT OFTENTIMES. HAVING SAID THAT MY BELIEF IS
THAT THE EVENTS THAT TAKE PLACE, CONCERT SERIES AT LEAST
TEND TO FINISH WHEN IT STARTS TO GET DARK.
THERE IS AN EXTERNAL LIGHTING AND MR. BROCK WELL CAN SPEAK TO
THAT FURTHER. FOR THE MOST PART IT IS MY
UNDERSTANDING THAT MOST OF THE MUSIC IS DONE AT A FAIRLY
REASONABLE HOUR DESPITE MAYBE THE RELIEF TO THE BY-LAW
EXTENDING TO 10:30 OR 11:00 P.M. MY MANAGER BY-LAW SERVICE
HAS ATTENDED THE CONCERT SERIES
ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS AND HAS DROVE AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
TO ASSESS THE NOISE. HE’S OF THE OPINION THAT IT IT
ISN’T OFFENSIVE. ALTHOUGH OBVIOUSLY OTHER PEOPLE
— CERTAIN PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERENT SENSITIVITIES.
MR. BARKER IS CORRECT THOUGH IN THE SENSE THAT HE IS NOT THE
ONLY INDIVIDUAL THAT HAS COMPLAINED.
ALTHOUGH I WOULD SAY WE’VE PROBABLY HAD MAYBE THREE
COMPLAINANTS HAVING SAID THAT. SOME PEOPLE MAY NOT COMPLAIN.
SOME PEOPLE MAY FEEL THAT THEIR COMPLAINTS WILL FALL ON DEAF
EARS. HE IS CORRECT. WE HAVE HAD ISSUES WITH AN
EVENT THAT IS CALLED A FACE-OFF WHERE PEOPLE WITH VEHICLES SHOW
UP OPEN THEIR CARS HAVE THEIR
MUSIC GOING AND WE’VE MADE THAT SUGGESTION TO THE CVFA THE BASE
SHOULD BE TURNED DOWN. A LOT OF TIMES IT IS NOT THE
VOLUME OF THE MUSIC BUT THING LIKE BASE THAT TEND TO BE A
LITTLE BIT MORE OFFENSIVE TO
FOLKS. I SAY THE CONFIGURATION OF THE
BAND SHELL IS SUCH IF WE WERE STARTING FRESH WE WOULD
RECOMMEND TO THEM THAT THEY PLACE THE BANDSTAND SO THAT THE
NOISE IS GOING UPWARD AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT IT IS. IT IS FACING TOWARDS THE WEST.
MR. BARKER IS DOWN THE HILL AND TO THE EAST.
YOU KNOW. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS
WHEREAS HE INDICATED THERE HAS TO BE A BALANCE BETWEEN
PEOPLE’S RIGHTS. I WOULD SAY THAT IN AN URBAN
ENVIRONMENT ESPECIALLY IN THE SUMMERTIME WHERE ACTIVITIES ARE
ENCOURAGEED. THAT EVEN GOING TO 11:00 I
THINK IS REASONABLE BUT I APPRECIATE FOR SOME PEOPLE THAT
IS NOT REASONABLE. COUNCIL HAS APPROVED THIS IN
THE PAST. RELIEF TO THE BY-LAW.
IT IS YOUR PREROGATIVE TO APPROVE IT OR REJECT IT AGAIN. THIS IS IS POPULAR CONCERT
SERIE, TUESDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHTS.
GETS MANY PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY OF ALL AGES TO
ATTEND. THE MUSIC ITSELF I THINK IS
FAIRLY UNOFFENSIVE AS FAR AS THE TYPE OF MUSIC.
ONCE AGAIN PERHAPS BASE MAY BE A LITTLE BIT OFFENSIVE TO
INDIVIDUALS. I APPRECIATE THE CONCERNS
MR. BARKER HAS EXPRESSED. OBVIOUSLY ENFORCEMENT WHEN WE
DEAL WITH NOISE COMPLAINTS IT IS USUALLY FOR NOISE OVER A
PERSISTENT PERIOD OF TIME. WE ASK FOR INDEPENDENT NOISE
LOGS FOR THE NOISE. I’M NOT SURE THAT IS THE BEST
CASE IN THIS PARTICULAR SITUATION.
WE VEIN HAD AN OCCASION WHERE THE NOISE HAS BEEN SO OFFENSIVE
THERE HAS BEEN COMPLAINTS FROM BLOCKS AROUND.
I KNOW THAT THE CEVA USED IN THE PAST MR. BARN SIDE WHO IS A
VERY PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN AND IS VERY COGNIZANT OF THE NOISE
CONCERNS.>>MAYOR DIODATI: ANY
QUESTIONS OF THE CLERK. COUNSELLOR MOROCCO.
>>COUNSELLOR MOROCCO: I DON’T THINK THE GENTLEMAN WAS OPPOSED
TO MUSIC. SO MUCH AS THE BASE.
MAYBE THEY COULD ACTUALLY TRY TO SEE IF THERE IS SOME WAY
THEY CAN HAVE THE BASE LOWERED A LITTLE BIT.
MAYBE THAT WOULD HELP WITH THE THUMPING TO DO SOMETHING
BECAUSE WE DEFINITELY WANT TO PROMOTE EVENTS AND ACTIVITY IN
OUR COMMUNITY. WE DON’T WANT IT TO BE OFFENSE
TO THOSE THAT LIVE IN THE AREA. IF THAT IS SOMETHING THEY CAN LOOK AT THAT WOULD BE
GREATLY APPRECIATED.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: ONE SECOND I’M GOING TO CALL MR. BROCK
WELL. COUNSELLOR MOROCCO.
>>COUNSELLOR MOROCCO: WHY DO THEY HAVE TO HAVE A BASE OFF
NIGHT? HERE IS THE THING.
IF WE’RE ALLOWING THAT WHY DO WE NEED A BASE OFF.
THAT IS WHAT IS IRRITATING THEM STOP DOING IT.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: ASK THE CLERK WHAT THAT IS.
>>TOTALLY INCORRECT. IT IS ONE EVENT.
THAT EVENT IS NOT AT NIGHT TIME.
THAT IS ONE A YEAR EVENT. I MEAN I KNOW THAT IT HAPPENED
TWO YEARS AGO. I KNOW THAT IT PRESIDED SOME OF
MR. BARKER’S CONCERNS AND SOME OF THE OTHER NEIGHBORS
CONCERNS. SOMEONE WENT OUT AND TALKED TO
THE SCVAFA AT THE TIME AND SAID THIS RECENT EVENT WAS VERY
OFFENSE TO NEIGHBORS BASED ON THE BASE. THIS IS NEWS TO ME THAT THE
EVENTS CONTINUED. BUT I DON’T DOUBT MR. BARKER ON
THIS. MAYBE BEFORE BROCK WELSH CAN
GIVE SOME MORE INFORMATION TO IT BUT THAT BASE OFF THING WAS
A DAY TIME EVENT. IT WOULDN’T HAVE RAN AFOUL WITH
THE PROHIBITED TIMES. THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT YOU
CAN’T HAVE OFFENSIVE NOISE DURING THE TIME THAT YOU’RE
ALLOWED TO HAVE AMPLIFIED MUSIC.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: LET’S GET TO MR. BROCK WELSH TO STEP UP.
>>THANK YOU , MR. MAYOR PAUL
BROCK WELSH A MEMBER OF THE SCVFA FOR 15 YEARS.
NO WAY DO WE WANT TO HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH THE NEIGHBORS.
WE’RE CERTAINLY WILL TO COMPROMISE.
NOW THAT WE HAVE THE BUILDING — SORRY I’M LOSING MY VOICE —
NOW THAT WE HAVE A BUILDING WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE INTERESTED
IN OUR PARK. THERE IS GOING TO BE A LOT MORE
ACTIVITIES HAPPENING OUT THERE. WE DON’T WANT TO CREATE THESE
PROBLEMS. WE DO WANT SOME RELIEF AS FAR
AS TIMES ARE CONCERNED BUT AS FAR AS THE NOISE IS CONCERNED,
I HAVE BEEN WORKING TUESDAY AND THURSDAY FOR 16 YEARS AND I
DON’T FIND THE MUSIC OFFENSIVE. I DON’T FIND IT EXTRAORDINARILY
LOUD. YES IF THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH
THE BASE IF THAT IS WHAT THE REAL ISSUE IS THEN WE CAN
ADDRESS THAT. I’M MORE THAN WILLING TO GO BACK TO THE SCVFA AND I’M THERE
EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY ANY WAY.
WE WILL ADDRESS THAT ISSUE. WE DON’T WANT NEIGHBORS UPSET
WITH US. BUT WHAT NEIGHBORS HAVE TO
UNDERSTAND WE HAVE 130-ACRE PARK THAT WE NEED TO PAY FOR.
WE HAVE EXPENSES. IF WE DON’T HAVE EVENTS OUT
THERE THEN WE CAN’T PAY FOR THESE THINGS AND WE CANNOT
OFFER THE COMMUNITY WHAT WE OFFER THEM IF WE’RE BEING
RESTRICTED AS TO WHAT WE CAN DO.
WE GIVE TO THE COMMUNITY. WE GIVE TO PROJECT SHARE.
JUST TO GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE A WOMAN LOST HER DAUGHTER IN A
FIRE YEARS AGO. SHE DIDN’T HAVE MONEY FOR A
TOMBSTONE. SHE WROTE A LETTER TO US AND ASKED IF WE WOULD GIVE HER A
COUPLE THOUSAND DOLLARS BECAUSE SHE COULD NOT AFFORD IT.
WE WROTE THE CHECK. WE DO A LOT OF THAT IN THE
COMMUNITY AND A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT.
IN ORDER TO DO THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE MONEY.
I MAKE NO EXCUSES FOR THE CARS THAT ARE OUT THERE.
FOR THE PEOPLE THAT ARE OUT THERE.
FOR THE CON CERTIFICATES OUT THERE I MAKE NO EXCUSE FOR.
THAT WE’RE COMING UP WITH ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT WAYS TO
SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY. TO KEEP US FLUID.
I APOLOGIZE TO THE NEIGHBOR THAT LIVES CLOSE TO THE PARK. IN NO WAY HAVE WE EVER MEANT TO
CAUSE YOU ANY GRIEF. I WILL PERSONALLY MAKE SURE
THAT I GO BACK TO OUR MEMBERSHIP AND WE WILL MAKE
ARRANGEMENTS WHEN CONCERTS ARE OUT THERE THAT THE BASE —
MAYBE WE CAN START BY ASKING THE GROUPS TO TURN THE BASE
DOWN AND GO FROM THERE.>>MAYOR DIODATI: THAT SOUNDS
LIKE SOME REASONABLE COMMENT. DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OF
COUNCIL MR. BROCK WELSH?>>I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE
TALKING ABOUT. I GO TO ALL THE MONTHLY
MEETINGS AND I’M SURE IT HAPPENED.
I’M NOT DENYING THAT. BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS OR
WHEN IT HAPPENED OR WHAT IT INVOLVES OR WHO WAS INVOLVED OR
WHO ORGANIZED IT. WE DON’T ORGANIZE A LOT OF
EVENTS. FOR INSTANCE, WHEN WE HAVE THE
CAR SHOWS, PEOPLE COME IN AND BRING THEIR CARS IN AND THEY
ORGANIZE THE WHOLE EVENT. THEY JUST PAY US A PRICE TO
HAVE THAT EVENT ON THE PROPERTY.
SO THAT COULD HAVE BEEN SOMETHING THAT EVERYBODY IN THE
CLUB HAS A DIFFERENT RESPONSIBILITY.
THAT WAS DEFINITELY SOMEONE ELSE’S RESPONSIBILITY.
AGAIN I COULD FIND OUT ABOUT THAT AND GET BACK TO YOU ON
THAT. WE COULD TRY TO RESOLVE THAT
MATTER AS WELL. WE’RE NOT IN ANY WAY TRYING TO
CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR ANYBODY IN THE COMMUNITY.
THAT IS FOR SURE.>>MAYOR DIODATI: I THINK IT
IS CLEAR THE COMMUNITY IS VERY APPRECIATIVE AND SUPPORTIVE OF
WHAT YOU PEOPLE DO. SAME TIME AS MR. BARKER SAID
BALANCING OFF THE PEACEFUL ENJOYMENT OF YOUR OWN PROPERTY.
I UNDERSTAND WHAT HE MEANS ABOUT THE BASE.
THAT WILL RESONATE THROUGH EVERYTHING.
>>SURE. YOU DON’T THINK ABOUT THAT.
AS FAR AS WHEN I GO TO SEE A GROUP I LOVE THE BASE THE BEST.
I WAS PROBABLY THE ONE TELLING THEM TO TURN THE BASE UP WHEN I
SHOULD HAVE TOLD THEM TO TURN THE BASE DOWN.
THAT IS PART OF THE PROBLEM. BROCKWELL IS AT IT AGAIN.
CAN I MENTION ONE OTHER THING OF IN ALL AUTHOR ANNOUNCEMENTS
YOU FAILED TO MENTION THE SCVFA IS HAVING THEIR ANNUAL CARNIVAL
THE 23RD TO THE 26 AT YOUR FIREMEN’S PARK.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: YOU’RE RIGHT.
DO THE COMMERCIAL AND GET TO THE MOTION.
>>I WANT TO WELCOME EVERYBODY TO COME OUT TO OUR ANNUAL
CARNIVAL. NOT ON THE GREEN THIS YEAR.
GOING TO TRY AT THE FIREMEN’S
PARK. THURSDAY — STARTING ON A
THURSDAY THIS YEAR. THURSDAY JUNE 23RD.
START AT 5:00. GO UNTIL 11:00.
SAME FOR FRIDAY. WE’RE GOING TO TRY SATURDAY AND
SUNDAY THIS YEAR. PLEASE COME OUT AND WISH US
WELL AND COME OUT AND SPEND MONEY.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: YOU ARE GOING TO ADD NEW FEATURES.
>>WE’RE WORKING ON IT. WE DON’T KNOW HOW WELL IT IS
GOING TO GO. IN THE PAST I WAS THE FIRST
PERSON THAT HAD THE CARNIVAL THERE AND IT DIDN’T GO TOO
WELL. WE’RE WORKING ON IT.
A THING IN PROGRESS. EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE BEEN DOING
FOR IT 80 PLUS YEARS.>>MAYOR DIODATI: THRILLS ART,
CRAFTS.>>DUNK TANK FOR THE MAYOR
HIMSELF. YEAH.>>
>>MAYOR DIODATI: IT HAS BEEN MOVED FROM STANFORD GREEN TO
THE PARK ITSELF WHICH THEY TRIED YEARS AGO THIS. YEAR
FOOD TRUCKS IS TO MAKE IT A LOT MORE FUN.
CRAFTS AND ARTIST TO MAKE IT FUN.
>>THE BUILDING IS BEAUTIFUL. COME OUT AND SEE IT, THE NEW
BUILDING. IT IS BEAUTIFUL.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>MAYOR DIODATI: LADIES AND
GENTLEMEN, WE HAVE A SITUATION. IT IS OBVIOUS I HAVE KNOWN
MR. BROCKWELL A LONG TIME. RETIRED SCHOOL TEACHER, HIGH
SCHOOL TEACHER.>>NEXT YEAR.
ONE MORE YEAR.>>MAYOR DIODATI: I THOUGHT HE
WAS RETIRED LOOKS CASUAL TONIGHT.
I DO BELIEVE THAT HE WILL MAKE CONTACT WITH MR. BARKER.
HOPEFULLY EXCHANGE PHONE NUMBERS.
HE CAN VISIT HIM ON CHRISTINE AND ACTUALLY HAVE THAT
DISCUSSION. ESPECIALLY AROUND THE BASE.
>>DEFINITELY GET THAT RESOLVED.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: I THINK SO. WE CAN STAY IN TOUCH.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT EVERYBODY IS BLEEDS.
I ALWAYS SAY WE’RE NOT GOING TO GET EVERYTHING THAT WE WANT BUT
AS LONG AS WE ALL GET SOME OF WHAT WE WANT WE’RE IN A BETTER
PLACE AND WE GO FROM THERE.>>THANK YOU MR. MAYOR AND
COUNCIL.>>MAYOR DIODATI: WE HAVE A
RECOMMENDATION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF COUNCIL.
REGARDING THE RELIEF FROM THE NOISE BY-LAW.
WHAT THEY’RE SPECIFICALLY ASKING FOR IS TWO THINGS.
COUNCIL CAN DECIDE WHAT THEY WANT TO DO.
THE FIRST IS IN REGARD TO THE NOISE BY-LAW OF 9:00 P.M.
MOVING THAT TO 10:30 FOR THE SUMMER BLUES IN THE PARKS AND
THEN OF COURSE ADDING ON THE CARNIVAL WHICH WILL BE TAKING
PLACE THE 23RD TO THE 26 AS WELL.
THERE IS NOISE THERE. NOT BANDS BUT THERE IS NOISE
UNTIL 11:00. MOSTLY TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS
FOR THE WEEKS OF THE SUMMER. THEY’RE ASKING FOR IT TO GO
FROM 9:00 TO 10:30 AND THAT IS WHAT THEY’RE ASKING FOR.
WE’VE HEARD THE DISCUSSION. THE COOPERATION THAT WE EXPECT
TO TAKE PLACE ESPECIALLY AROUND THE BASE.
NOW WE’RE LOOKING FOR A MOTION OF COUNCIL.
COUNSELLOR MOROCCO.>>COUNSELLOR MOROCCO: MOVE
THE RECOMMENDATION BASED ON WHAT I HEARD ABOUT THE BASE.
SOMETHING I JUST WANTED TO MENTION I CAN APPRECIATE
MR. BARKER’S CONCERNS. CONSIDERATION OF THE BASE BEING
TOO LOUD HAS BEEN NOTED. IT IS NICE THAT MR. BROCKWELL
IS HERE. EVEN IF THERE IS AN EVENT SUCH
AS A BASE OFF GOING ON PERHAPS HE CAN TAKE THAT BACK TO THE
MEMBERSHIP AND SHOULD THAT EVENT COME ALONG THEY CAN SAY
NO TO THAT ONE. WOULD IT PROVIDE TOO MUCH
DISTURBANCE FOR THE NEIGHBORS BUT OTHER THAN THAT HOPEFULLY
HE’LL BE UNTIL UP TO WITH MR. BARKER AND THINGS IMPROVE.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: COUNSELLOR KERRIO.
>>COUNSELLOR KERRIO: DO WE HAVE THAT IN A MOTION?
THEY’LL GET TOGETHER AND MAKE THEM HAPPY.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: COUNSELLOR MOROCCO YOU’RE AGREEABLE TO
THAT FRIENDLY MOTION THE TWO GET TOGETHER?
>>COUNSELLOR MOROCCO: YES.>>MAYOR DIODATI: MAYBE IT IS
IN PART OF THEIR CONTRACT RULES WHEN YOU RENT THE PARK CERTAIN
THINGS TO HAVE GO THROUGH YOUR FILTER PROCESS.
IS THERE ANY OTHER DISCUSSION TO THAT MOTION?
SEEING NONE CALL THE VOTE. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR.
THAT IS UNANIMOUS. HOPEFULLY YOU CAN EXCHANGE
NUMBERS AND WE’LL HAVE SOME PROGRESS ON THAT.
THANK YOU BOTH MR. BROCKWELL AND MR. BARKER.
APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. THANK YOU. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE AN AGENDA
THAT WE HAVE TO FOLLOW. NEXT ITEM THE MUSEUM PART.
ALSO BEING ASKED FOR RELIEF OF THE NOISE BY-LAW FOR THE NIAGRA
FALLS MUSEUM FOR THE FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY — MOVED BY
COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO AND SECOND BY COUNSELLOR STRANGE.
ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. THAT A PROVED UNANIMOUSLY.
NO. 3 PEACE FLAGS IN THE WIND REQUESTING APPROVAL OF
PROCLAMATION FOR JUNE 19 TO JUNE 24.
MOVED BY COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO.
SECONDED BY COUNSELLOR KERRIO. ALL IN FAVOR.
THAT IS APPROVED. CITY OF PICKERING REQUESTING
THE MINISTRY OF CHILD AND YOUTH SERVICES REINSTATE ADEQUATE
FUNDING FOR CHILDREN IN NEED OF IBI THERAPY.
MOVED BY COUNSELLOR MOROCCO. SECONDED BY COUNSELLOR THOMSON.
ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. THAT IS UNANIMOUS.
STAND UP KIDS FOR AUTISM REQUESTING FREE USE OF A
BASEBALL DIAMOND FOR A FUNDRAISING EVENT MOVED BY
COUNSELLOR MOROCCO SECONDED BY COUNCELLOR CRAITOR.
DID YOU WANT TO SPEAK TO THAT COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO?
>>COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO: I DID.
I THINK IF WE COULD REFER THE LADY OVER TO STAFF TO ORGANIZE
WHEN THEY WANT TO HAVE THE EVENT.
I THINK EVERYONE HERE UNDERSTANDS.
GO AHEAD.>>MAYOR DIODATI: MR. CLERK.
>>IN YOUR ADDITIONS THERE IS MODIFICATION.
ORIGINALLY SHE WAS LOOKING AT A CERTAIN DATE.
SUBSEQUENTLY SHE’S HAD A MEETING WITH ROB McDONALD.
THEY ARE REQUESTING PATRICK COMINGS AND IT IS IN YOUR
ADDITION. THERE IS A SPECIFIC DATE
RELATED TO THAT. ALSO A SPECIFIC COST.
SO IT IS — THEY ARE IN CAMERA. I DIDN’T GIVE YOU FOLDERS.
SO IT WOULD BE FOR SO IT IS
AUGUST 14, PATRICK COMINGS AND WHAT THE FEE WOULD BE $651 AND
92. SO WE’VE GOT A MOTION ON THE
FLOOR. WE’LL CALL THAT VOTE.
ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. THAT IS APPROVED.
THANK YOU. REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF NIAGRA
REQUESTING THE PROVINCE INCREASE FUNDING BY RESEARCH
AIMED TO ENHANCE TESTING AND SECONDED BOUQUET CASEMENT ALL
THOSE IN FAVOR. THAT IS APPROVED.
REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF NIAGRA REQUESTING THE PROVINCE
INCREASE FUNDING FOR RESEARCH AIMED TO HELP ENHANCE TESTING
FOR LYME DISEASE. MOVED BY COUNSELLOR STRANGE AND
SECONDED BY COUNSELLOR KERRIO. THAT IS APPROVED.
CITY OF ST. CATHARINE’S REQUESTING SUPPORT OF
RESOLUTION CALLING ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO EXPEDITE
RECOGNITION OF GORD DOWNIE FOR THE ORDER OF CANADA. APPROVED. THE EM BRIDGE RIGHT TO CONQUER
CANCER AND PERMIT FEET FOR TENT ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR EVENT.
WHAT THAT IS? MOVED BY COUNSELLOR KERRIO.
SECONDED BY COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO.
ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. THAT A PROVED.
GREATER NIAGRA CIRCLE TREK COMMITTEE REQUESTING
APPOINTMENT OF CURTIS THOMSON PARK IN THE CITY COMMITTEE
MEMBER MOVED BY COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO SECONDED BY
COUNSELLOR STRANGE. ALL IN FAVOR APPROVED.
CANADIAN GARDENS COUNCIL REQUEST JUNE 17 BE PROCLAIMED
AS GARDEN DAY. MOVED BY COUNSELLOR MOROCCO,
SECONDED BY COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO.
ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. THAT IS APPROVED.
ANY ADDITIONAL ITEMS FOR COUNCIL’S CONSIDERATION
MR. CLERK?>>YOUR LORDSHIP NOW THAT YOU
READ THEM. THERE IS ACTUALLY THREE
COMMUNICATIONS I’LL GO THROUGH THEM INDIVIDUALLY MANY ONE IS
THE ANNUAL REQUEST FROM THE NATIONAL CONGRESS BATTALION
CANADIANS. THEY DO AN EVENT IN FLAG
RAISING SO A REQUEST FOR A FLAG RAISING JUNE 24TH.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: MOVED BY COUNSELLOR THOMSON SECONDED BY
COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR.
THAT IS APPROVED. THANK YOU.
>> REQUEST FROM CELEBRATE OLD
DOWNTOWN REQUESTING A GRANT EQUAL TO FEES ASSOCIATED WITH
RODE CLOSURES. IT IS FOR TWO SPECIFIC EVENTS
THAT ARE OUTLINED. ONE IS ACTUALLY THE — WHAT DO
YOU CALL IT NOT THE WOODSTOCK BUT THE LIVESTOCK EVENT AND
ANOTHER EVENT THAT THEY’RE HAVING AT THE
END OF THE MONTH. ALSO WAIVING RELATED BUSINESS
LICENSE FEES FOR THE FIRST EVENT WHICH IS CALLED ROCK AND
SWAP. QUEEN STREET ART CRAWL.
IT IS SCHEDULED FOR MAYBE THIS WEEKEND.
>>>>MAYOR DIODATI: MOVED BY
COUNSELLOR MOROCCO, SUPREME COURTED BY IOANNONI.
ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. SUPPORTING OUR DOWNTOWN.
>>FINALLY THERE IS A LAST MINUTE CORRESPONDENCE FROM A
LAW FIRM HERMAN AND HERMAN. RELATED TO AN EMPLOYMENT
EXECSTION THROUGH SERVICE CAN TODAY.>>I WAS GOING TO SUGGEST THAT
BUT I THINK IT HAS BEEN VOTED BY THE SOLICITOR.
DOESN’T AFFECT ANYBODY’S EMPLOYMENT.
CONTROLLED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
IT IS LENGTHY AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY WHERE THEY CAN’T GET
THE PEOPLE — ENOUGH PEOPLE TO WORK AND THIS GIVES THE
OPPORTUNITY WHERE CIRCUMSTANCES MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT THEY CAN HAVE TEMPORARY WORKERS FILL
SOME POSITIONS AND SO I WOULD JUST MOVE THE RESOLUTION.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: OKAY. MOVED BY COUNSELLOR THOMSON.
LOOKING FOR A SECONDER ON THAT. SECONDED BY COUNSELLOR KERRIO.
ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. THAT IS UNANIMOUS.
ANY OTHERS? SO WE’RE AT THE CONSENT AGENDA.
MOTION BY COUNSELLOR IOANNONI SECONDED BY COUNSELLOR KERRIO
TO MOVE — MOVED SECOND BY COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO MOVE
CONSENT AGENDA. YOU HAVE A QUESTION COUNSELLOR
KERRIO?>>YES ON
TS-2026. CONTRIBUTES 26,000 TOOFF SET
THE EXPENSE PARKING BUDGET AND THEN THEY SAY 13,000 OF IT IS
COMING FROM THE CIP FUND. JUST A LITTLE CONFUSING.
IS THAT –>>MAYOR DIODATI: THAT IS THE
VERY LAST ONE?>>YEAH.
THE LAST ONE. IS THAT CIP FUND.
THAT IS THE TAX FUND. THAT IS OUR FUND.
NOT THE BIA. THE DOWNTOWN BIA CONTRIBUTES
26,000 TO OFFSET THE EXPENSE. THEY GO ON TO EXPLAIN 13,000 OF
THE 26,000. IT DOESN’T COME FROM THE BIA.
IT COMES FROM THE TAXPAYER.>>MAYOR DIODATI: THE TAXPAYER
THAT PUT THAT FUND.>>IF IT IS NOT NEEDED WE COULD
REALLOCATE THAT MONEY TO BE USED SOMEWHERE ELSE.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WE UNDERSTAND THAT IS
NOT COMING –>>THAT IS NOT COMING FROM THE
BIA.>>MAYOR DIODATI: FROM THE
CITY. YOU’RE RIGHT.
ANY OTHER DISCUSSION ITEMS ON ANY CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS?
SEEING NONE WE HAVE A MOTION TO MOVE THE CONSENT AGENDA.
ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. THAT IS UNANIMOUS.
RESOLUTIONS WE HAVE TWO HERE. THERE IS ONE EXTRA ONE?
NO. OKAY.
SO FIRST RESOLUTION THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE COUNCIL
OF THE CITY OF IN AUTHORITY THE APPLICATION, SUBMITTED BY CITY
STAFF FOR CANADA 150 COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE INTAKE TWO
FUNDING FOR THE SILVIA MARK PLACE.
THE SECOND THEREFORE BE RESOLVED THAT THE COUNCIL OF
THE CITY IN AUTHORITY THE APPLICATION SUBMITTED BY CITY
STAFF FOR CANADA 150 COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE INTAKE TWO
FUNDING FOR THE CHIPPAWA LIONS PARK.
FIRST BY CALL THE VOTE ALL THOSE IN FAVOR.
THAT IS UNANIMOUS. MR. CLERK, RATIFICATION OF IN
CAMERA ITEMS.>>YES, TWO ITEMS. NO. 1 THAT SUBJECT TO THE
COMPLETION OF DUE DILIGENCE THE CITY ACCEPT THE ASSIGNMENT OF
THE LEASE OF THE CENTER FOR COURT CAFE FROM 162-4609
ONTARIO, INC., TO TAVIS LIMITED.
NO. 2 IS RELATED TO A PIECE OF PROPERTY IN THE MONTROSE
BUSINESS PARK THAT COUNCIL ACCEPT THE OFFER OF INTEREST
FOR COMPANY TO BE INCORPORATED TO PURCHASE LANDS IN THE
MONTROSE BUSINESS PARK AT A PRICE OF $33,000 AN ACRE.
THAT THE MAYOR, CLERK AND CITY SOLICITOR TAKE WHATEVER ACTIONS
AND SIGNING WHATEVER DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE
TRANSACTION.>>MAYOR DIODATI: LOOKING FOR
A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE IN-CAMERA ITEMS.
MOVED BY COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO.
SECONDED BY COUNSELLOR STRANGE. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR.
OKAY. THAT IS UNANIMOUS.
THANK YOU FOR. THAT ON TO BY-LAW.
MR. CLERK ANY ADDITIONAL BY-LAWS OR AMENDMENTS FOR
COUNCIL’S CONSIDERATION. MOVED BY COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO
AND SECONDED BY COUNSELLOR MOROCCO THAT THE BY-LAW GIVEN A
FIRST READING. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR.
THAT IS UNANIMOUS.>>BY LAW 2016 TO 2016 BEHAVIOR
ALL THOSE IN FAVOR? THAT IS UNANIMOUS.
2016-51 TO 2016-63 READ SECOND
AND THIRD TIME PASS.>>MAYOR DIODATI: NEW
BUSINESS. ANY NEW BUSINESS?
COUNSELLOR MOROCCO AND COUNSELLOR IOANNONI.
>>COUNSELLOR MOROCCO: I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT AND JUST
THANK A NUMBER OF THE ARTS AND CULTURE COMMITTEE THAT DID
ATTEND THE OPENING OF THE THUNDER GALLERY OPENING.
I WAS QUITE IMPRESSED BY THE ARTWORK THAT WAS ON DISPLAY
FROM LOCAL ARTIST THROUGHOUT THE REGION.
THEY TALK ABOUT THE DIAMOND AND THIS IS THE CITY OF DIAMOND WE
HAVE A LOT OF TALENT JUST NOT IN MUSIC INDUSTRY BUT ALSO IN
THE ARTS. I JUST WANTED TO SAY THERE WAS
A NUMBER OF PEOPLE THERE IN ATTENDANCE FROM THE ARTS AND
CULTURE. AND I THINK ALSO LOOKING AT
ANOTHER NIAGRA ARTIST SHOWCASE THAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN THROUGH
CANADA AS WELL. CHRISTINE HAS ALSO HAD SOME OF
HER PHOTOS ON DISPLAY THAT ARE BEAUTIFUL
PHOTOS OF THE NIAGRA FALLS AREA.
I THINK THAT IS PRETTY MUCH BIT.
I WANTED TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM AND TO ALL OF THEM THAT
COME IN. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEND OFF A
LETTER ON BEHALF OF THE CITY TO OUR NEW MINISTER OF TOURISM.
ELEANOR McMAN. I THINK THAT WOULD BE GREAT.
ALSO ANOTHER CLOSE FRIEND IS KATHERINE McGARRY WHO IS THE
MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES. THERE IS A NUMBER OF NEW
RESOURCES THAT ARE NOW IN PLACE AND I THINK IT IS JUST NICE WE
ACKNOWLEDGE THEM.>>MAYOR DIODATI: WHO IS THE
SECOND ONE?>>KATHERINE McGARRY IS
MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ELEANOR McMAN IS NEW
MINISTER OF TOUR DESIGN.>>MAYOR DIODATI: THAT IS
GREAT. SEND CONGRATULATORY.
>>JUST MAKE TO IT ALL THE NEW MINISTERS BECAUSE THERE IS A
NUMBER OF NEW MINISTERS. I DIDN’T WANT TO NAME THEM OFF.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: THAT IS A GREAT IDEA FROM OUR OFFICE.
ALL THE ANNOUNCEMENTS IS YESTERDAY A LOT OF SHIFTING AND
NEW MINISTERS. GOOD TO SEE MINISTER OF FINANCE
THE SAME AND MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION AND HEALTH.
KEY ONES FOR OUR COMMUNITIES. I’M GLAD THAT WE HAVE SOME
STABILITY CONTINUITY. COUNSELLOR IOANNONI.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: THANK YOU.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: ET CETERAD BY COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO.
ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. THANK YOU.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: LAST MEETING WE HAD A MOTION PASSED
FOR THE SOCCER FIELD USAGE. DO WE HAVE ANY IDEA WHEN THAT
IS COMING BACK?>>THE MOTION WAS TO GET THE
STAKEHOLDER TOGETHER FOR A MEETING.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: THAT HAS NOT BEEN DONE.
THAT WAS A MONTH. DO WE HAVE — CAN WE FIND OUT
WHEN THAT IS HAPPENING. I’M HEARING FRAY NUMBER OF
THEM. THEY WATCHED US PASS THAT.
THEY WERE HAPPY BUT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN CONTACTED YET.
I HAVE A NUMBER OF ITEMS. SECOND ITEM IS MAYBE EIGHT
WEEKS AGO THERE WAS A RESIDENT THAT COMMITTED SUICIDE JUMPING
OFF THE OVERPASS OF OUR HYDROCANAL ON DRUM AND DRODE.
RIGHT BESIDES LIONS PARK. THAT IS NOT THE FIRST TIME THAT
HAPPENED. I HAD A NUMBER OF CALLS FROM
RESIDENTS WHO SAID IS THERE — YOU KNOW WHEN YOU DRIVE ON THE
HIGHWAYS IN NEW YORK STATE YOU CAN SEE THEIR OVERPASSES HAVE
THE FENCING. IT IS NOT ATTRACTIVE BUT THAT
IS PRECIOUS MOMENTS IF SOMEBODY IS SCALING A FENCE TO GET OVER
THAT SOMEBODY PASS IN A CAR WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO
PERHAPS STOP THEM. I’M NOT SURE ARE WE IN CONTROL OF THAT OR WHERE COULD SOMEBODY
–>>MAYOR DIODATI: OR
OPG.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: DO WE
CONTROL THE OVERPASS OF THE BRIDGE ARE WE PUTTING THE
FIENTSING UP DO WE HAVE TO ASK OPG TO PUT FENCING UP.
I WANT TO MAKE A MOTION — A REPORT BACK FROM STAFF
EXPLAINING HOW WE CAN DO THAT.>>MAYOR DIODATI: OVER THE
CANAL.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: THEY
HAD MESSAGE HEALTH ISSUES AND THE GENTLEMAN SAID TO ME THOSE
MOMENTS WHERE SOMEBODY COULD HAVE STOPPED THEIR CAR PULLED
THEM DOWN FROM THE FENCE ARE VERY PRECIOUS.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: THEY DID THE SAME THING DON VALLEY.
THEY DID THE FENCING BECAUSE THEY WERE JUMPING DOWN ON THE
ROADWAY. WE HAVE A MOTION BY COUNSELLOR
IOANNONI. SECOND BY COUNSELLOR STRANGE WE
HAVE A STAFF REPORT TO FIND OUT WHO IS RESPONSIBILITY AND WHAT
NEEDS TO HAPPEN FOR FENCING TO GO OVER THE OVERPASSES OVER THE
HYDROCANAL. SPECIFICALLY THE ONE ON DRUM
AND ROAD. CALL THE VOTE ALL THOSE IN
FAVOR. THAT IS UNANIMOUS.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: THANK YOU.
THE LAST COUNCIL MEETING WE ALSO DISCUSSED IN REGARDS TO
HAVING THE SWING SET EXPANDED
IN THE SUBDIVISION BEHIND RED PATH.
I HAVE A PETITION THEY DID NOT LIKE THE ANSWER.
IT IS NOT FAST ENOUGH. I UNDERSTAND THAT.
SUMMER IS GOING THROUGH. I HAVE A PETITION I SUBMIT TO
THE CLERK FROM ALL THE RESIDENT BEHIND IN RED PATH.
THEY JUST LIKE COUNCIL TO KNOW THEY’RE REALLY NOT HAPPY WITH
THE DELAY.>>MAYOR DIODATI: I KNOW
COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO POINTED OUT THAT PARK IS ISOLATED THEY
CANNOT GO TO ANOTHER NEIGHBORHOOD PARK.
THEY HAVE TO DRIVE SOMEWHERE.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: KIDS
TO HAVE WAIT THEIR TURN. WHEN YOU HAVE KIDS LINED UP IT
IS A LITTLE — THE OTHER QUESTION WAS IN REGARDS TO OUR
BURNING BY-LAW, WHAT EXACTLY DID WE APPROVE THAT NIGHT
BECAUSE I HAVE RESIDENTS WHO ARE VERY CONFUSED OVER WE
COMMITTED TO THE 1972 BY-LAW OR DID WE CHANGE IT AND EXPAND THE
BURNING TIME TO 11:00.>>MAYOR DIODATI: ASK MR. BE
MUST BE. MR. BE MUST BE TO HELP US ON
THAT ONE.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: AND
DISTANCES, PLEASE.>>COUNSEL APPROVED WAS THE
STATUS QUO. THE STATUS QUO CONSISTED OF THE
FIRE CODE AS IT EXISTED IN — THE FIRE CODE PROVISIONS THAT
RELATE TO COOKING. OUTDOORS. THAT IS WHAT IS CURRENTLY BEING
ENFORCED.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: SO
WHAT TIME IS THAT?>>THERE IS NO SPECIFIC TIME IN
THE FIRE CODE. WHAT THE TIMES THAT WE’RE USING
TIME IS ENTERED INTO THE GUIDELINES THE FIRE CHIEF IS
PUT ON THE WEBSITE AND THEY RELATE TO THE NUISANCE
PROVISIONS OF THE BY-LAW BECAUSE IT WAS ALSO PROVIDED IN
THE DIRECTION OF STAFF THAT WE ADDED A NUISANCE PROVISION TO
THE BY-LAW. BEST ESTIMATE IF SOMEBODY COULD
NOT PUT A FIRE OUT IS 11:00. SO THAT IS WHAT WE’RE USING AS
A GUIDELINE TO TELL PEOPLE PUT YOUR FIRE OUT BY 11:00. THAT IS WHAT WAS IN PLACE.
IT WAS REFERENCES TO WHAT HAS BEEN IN PLACE FOR ALL THOSE
YEARS HAS ALWAYS WORKED AND THAT IS WHAT IS IN PLACE FOR 40
YEARS AND APPARENTLY FINAL.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: THANK
YOU. THE DISTANCE.
GUILTY THERE IS NO SPECIFIC DISTANCE IN THE FIRE CODE.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: THEY HAVE BEEN RECOMMENDING FIN METERS.
>>YES. AGAIN THAT IS A GUIDE FROM THE
CHIEF. BECAUSE HE IS ON FIRE SAFETY
BASIS. HAS TO BE TERMINATION.
HE HAS MADE BASED UPON IT AS FIRE CHIEF.
NOW, HAVING SAID THAT, THAT DOES NOT SAY ANYWHERE THAT
STRICTLY GOT –>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: IN THE
1972 BY-LAW?>>
THE 1972 BY-LAW IS NOT WHAT IS BEING ENFORCED. THAT IS NOT WHAT WAS BEING
ENFORCED AT THE TIME ALL THIS CONTROVERSY STARTED.
AND STAFF WAS DIRECTED TO RETURN TO THE STATUS QUO.
THE STATUS QUO WAS IT IS HELD TO BE OVERRULED BY THE FIRE
CODE. WHEN IT CAME TO COOKING FIRE.
FIRE CODE DOES NOT SPECIFY DISTANCES.
FIRE CODE DOES NOT SPECIFY TIMES.
THAT IS WHY WE HAVE THE HOT DOG EXEMPT SEAN.
YOU COOK. THE FIRE CODE THAT WAS IN PLACE
AT THE TIME THE CONTROVERSY STARTED.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: OKAY. THEY ASK THE QUESTION I’M SURE
WE’RE GOING TO GET THE E-MAILS. THEY’RE PROBABLY COMING IN NOW.
SO MY LAST QUESTION IS AND I’M STARTING TO GO BACK TO THIS, IN
REGARD TO THE FED DEV GRANT AND MR. TODD SAID THAT IT WAS
RYERSON DO, WE HAVE A COPY OF THAT APPLICATION?
>>MAYOR DIODATI: I DON’T KNOW IF WE WOULD.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: LET’S GO BACK TO THAT EVENING.
BECAUSE I OBJECT — IT IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST HEATED
IN CAMERA DISCUSSIONS I HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN.
WE APPROVED AND I’M GOING TO ASK FOR A COPY OF THAT MOTION
THAT EVENING. WE APPROVED IF I’M NOT MISTAKEN
UP TO $10 MILLION FOR 10 MILLION-DOLLAR TO PARTNER
WITH THIS GRANT. SO WE WOULD HAVE TO HAVE AN
APPLICATION FOR THAT. WE WOULD HAVE TO HAVE A COPY OF
THAT OR WE WOULD NOT HAVE COMMITTED MONEY.
I VOTED AGAINST IT BUT WE WOULD NOT HAVE COMMITTED MONEY TO IT.
WE KNOW I ASKED FOR THE GRANT APPLICATION THAT NIGHT AND I
WAS TOLD NO. I WAS TOLD THAT I WOULDN’T BE
TOLD WHO THE APPLICANT WAS. SO I LEARNED MORE TONIGHT IN
THE FIRST TWO MINUTES I ASKED QUESTIONS IN OPEN COUNCIL THAN
I DID IN AN IN-CAMERA SESSION WHERE IT DIDN’T BELONG.
SO I’M GOING TO ASK AGAIN. DO WE HAVE A COPY OF THAT
APPLICATION BECAUSE TOMORROW MORNING I’M GOING TO BE ON THE
PHONE TO FED DEV. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT.
IF WE COMMITTED MONEY AND WE DID TO THIS APPLICATION, DO WE
HAVE A COPY OF IT?>>MAYOR DIODATI: WE CAN GET
YOU AN ANSWER BUT I THINK YOU HAVE CALLED FED DEV BEFORE AND
THEY’RE NOT –>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: FED
DEAF ASKED ME COULD I HAVE THE APPLICATION WITH THE CITY OF
NIAGRA FALLS AS A PARTNER. I WAS ASKED WHO WAS THE MAIN
APPLICANT. AND AS A CITY COUNCILLOR I SAID
TO THEM, I’M SORRY I DON’T KNOW THEY WOULDN’T TELL ME.
TOMORROW I’LL TELL THEM RYERSON IS IT AND WE HAVE IT IN CAMERA
AND ON TAPE AND I’M ASKING AS A COUNCILLOR WHO OBJECTED TO A
$10 MILLION INVESTMENT TO AN APPLICATION WE WERE TOLD
NOTHING ABOUT CAN I HAVE A COPY OF THE APPLICATION?
>>MAYOR DIODATI: YES. YOU WERE TOLD A LOT ABOUT IT.
YOU JUST DIDN’T KNOW THE NAME OF THE APPLICANT.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: NO. I ASKED WHO THE APPLICANT WAS.
I CAN BRING MY OWN NOTES. I DIDN’T KNOW WE WERE GETTING
INTO THIS DISCUSSION TONIGHT. I WAS DENIED EVERY QUESTION I
ASKED. EVERY SINGLE, SOLITARY ONE.
ALL-OF-US IN THE ROOM EVERYBODY WATCHED IT.
I’M ASKING NOW CAN I HAVE A COPY OF THAT APPLICATION.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: ASK THE CAO TO COMMENT.
>>WELL PUBLICATION MAYOR, I THINK FIRST OF ALL AS I HAVE
INDICATED IT IS NOT OUR APPLICATION. WE ARE NOT PART OF THE
APPLICATION. I THINK IN FAIRNESS TO RYERSON
IF THAT APPLICATION IS TO BE RELEASED WE HAVE TO GET THEIR
PERMISSION TO RELEASE IT. WE CAN CHECK WITH THEM.
IF THEY WOULD LIKE US TO HAVE THAT APPLICATION CIRCULATED IN
THE PUBLIC REALM BUT IT IS UP TO THEM.
IT IS THEIR APPLICATION.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: SO WE
ARE A PARTNER, $10 MILLION ON AN APPLICATION THAT WE WERE
TOLD NOTHING ABOUT THE EVENING OTHER THAN TRUST YOU.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: WELL, I DON’T THINK THAT IS —
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: THAT IS SO TRUE.
WE WERE ALL IN THE ROOM.>>MAYOR DIODATI: IT IS NOT
TRUE.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: DID I
ASK YOU FOR –>>MAYOR DIODATI: LET HIM
ANSWER THE QUESTION COUNCILLOR.>>THAT EVENING WE PROVIDED AS
MUCH DETAIL.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: IN
CAMERA WHERE WE WERE TOLD NOT TO BE.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: COUNCILLOR AT THAT TIME THE APPLICANT DID
NOT WANT IT KNOW WHO THE APPLICANT WAS.
WE HONORED THEIR WISHES. WE HAD INDICATED ALL OF THE
DETAILS AT THAT WE COULD PROVIDE TO YOU THAT NIGHT AS TO
WHAT WAS GOING ON. THE ONLY THING YOU DIDN’T GET
THAT NIGHT WAS THE NAME OF THE APPLICANT.
WHO THE INSTITUTION WAS.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: WE
WERE TOLD THERE WERE THREE PARTNERS.
WE ARE NOT GIVEN THE NAME OF THE OTHER TWO PARTNERS.
YOU ASKED COUNCIL TO SUPPORT THE SPENDING OF $10 MILLION AND
THEY DID. WE DID NOT RIGHTSON REPORT THAT
WAS THE ARGUMENT WE HAD IN THE BACK ROOM.
WE WERE TOLD IT WAS NOT AN IN-CAMERA ITEM.
THAT WAS ALSO THE ARGUMENT WE HAD IN THE BACK ROOM.
I HAVE LEARNED MORE FROM PEOPLE ON QUEENS STREET THAN I LEARNED
IN CITY HALL AND I ASKED THE QUESTIONS SO I KILL CALL FED
DEV TOMORROW — I CAN’T IMAGINE THAT WE’RE A PARTNER TO
SOMETHING WE DON’T HAVE A COPY TO BUT THANK YOU I’LL GO
THROUGH THE FED DEV AND I’LL GET THAT INFORMATION.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: GOOD LUCK WITH THAT COUNCILLOR.
I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: THERE
WAS NO LUCK IN THE BACK ROOM GETTING INFORMATION.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: WE TOLD YOU AND ALL THE REST WE WOULD GET
BACK TO YOU WHEN WE HAD DETAILS ON WHETHER THE APPLICATION WAS
APPROVED AND AT THAT POINT YOU AS A COUNCIL HAD THE
OPPORTUNITY TO GET FULL DETAILS ON THE APPROVAL.
AT THAT POINT IF YOU WANTED TO CHANGE YOUR MIND ON THE
APPLICATION YOU COULD. AND WE HAVE NOT BEEN IN A
POSITION TO REPORT BACK TO YOU SIMPLY BECAUSE THE APPLICATION
HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED. THAT IS WHAT WAS TOLD TO YOU
THAT NIGHT. I DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU’RE
GETTING THAT WE DIDN’T FILL NEW ON THIS INFORMATION.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: I WAS THERE.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: THAT WAS WHAT WAS TOLD TO YOU THAT
NIGHT. THE REASON WE HAVE NOT BEEN
BACK AS YOU HAVE BEEN ASKING OVER THE LAST NUMBER OF MONTHS
THE APPLICATION HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED.
WE HAVE NOTHING TO REPORT BACK TO YOU ON.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: DID WE APPROVE $10 MILLION?
>>MAYOR DIODATI: YOU APPROVED A COMMITMENT IN PRINCIPLE TO
ENTER INTO THIS –>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: THERE
WAS NO IN PRINCIPLE IN. THAT
>>MAYOR DIODATI: COUNCILLOR IT WAS TOLD WE WOULD REPORT
BACK TO YOU AND IF COUNCIL AT THAT POINT WANTED TO CHANGE
THEIR MIND AT THAT POINT THEY COULD BACK OUT OF THAT
APPLICATION. WE DIDN’T HAVE THE DETAILS TO
PROVIDE YOU THAT NIGHT BECAUSE THE MIXED NOT BEEN APPROVED.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: I’M NOT EVEN GOING TO GET INTO WHAT
IS TRUE AND WHAT IS NOT. I’LL CONTACT FED DEV TOMORROW.
HE SAYS GOOD LUCK. IF WE’RE PARTNER TO SOMETHING
AND AN APPLICATION THAT WE DON’T HAVE A COPY OF, THERE IS
BIGGER PROBLEMS AROUND HERE.>>MAYOR DIODATI: COUNCILLOR,
WE’RE NOT THE APPLICANT. THE APPLICANT IS THE ONE THAT
CONTROLS THE PROCESS. IF WE’RE GOING TO RELEASE THAT
DOCUMENT TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, IN MY OPINION WE NEED
TO GET AT APPROVAL OF THE APPLICANT AND WE’RE NOT
THE APPLICANT.
>>OKAY YOUR LORDSHIP. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR
MAYBE OTHERS TO CLARIFY WHAT WE UNDERSTOOD FROM THAT MEETING.
I KNOW IN THE MEETING THE QUESTION WAS ASKED A COUPLE OF
TIMES, TO MR. TODD ACTUALLY, ARE WE ACTUALLY MAKING THE
COMMITMENT TO SPEND $10 MILLION?
THE ANSWER THAT CAME BACK WAS NO.
YOU’RE MAKING A COMMITMENT THAT SHOULD A POST SECONDARY
INSTITUTION COME HERE YOU MIGHT HAVE TO SPEND UP TO THAT
AMOUNT. PROVIDED THAT YOU AGREE WITH
THE TERMS THAT WE COME TO WITH THE PARTNER.
THAT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING YOUR LORDSHIP.
SOS TO OPENLY THAT WE’VE COMMITTED TO SPENDING
$10 MILLION I THINK A NUMBER OF US AROUND THE TABLE UNDERSTOOD
THAT WE NEED TO SEE THE TERM SHEET WITH THE PARTNER BEFORE
WE ACTUALLY COMMIT TO SPEND THE MONEY.
THAT IS MY UNDERSTANDING. THAT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING THEN.
IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING TODAY YOUR LORDSHIP.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: THAT IS EXACTLY THE WAY THE CO
EXPLAINED IT AND THAT IS THE UNDERSTANDING.
I UNDERSTOOD IT, TOO. COUNSELLOR IOANNONI.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: ACTUALLY, COUNSELLOR
PIETRANGELO ASKED THE QUESTION AND MR. TODD’S QUESTION IS YES.
NO IN THE SPAN OF THREE SECOND AND COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO
ANSWER WAS WHICH IS IT? YOU HAVE GIVEN US TWO ANSWER IN
THE SPAN OF FIVE SECOND. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT WE COMMITTED
TO. WE WERE GIVEN NO INFORMATION
THAT NIGHT. MY QUESTION THAT NIGHT WAS, IF
THE FED DEV APPLICATION IS APPROVED AND WE’VE COMMITTED AS
A $10 MILLION PARTNER AND WE PULL OUT HAVE WE ACTED IN BAD
FAITH OR ARE WE COMMITTED TO THAT $10 MILLION BECAUSE WE
DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT YOU SUBMITTED IN THAT APPLICATION.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: WE DIDN’T PUT IN AN APPLICATION.
IT WAS THE UNIVERSITY.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: WE
DON’T KNOW WHAT INFORMATION WAS GIVEN TO RYERSON IN REGARD TO
WHAT WE COMMITTED OR WHAT WE DIDN’T.
I’M ASSUMING IT WILL BE IN RYERSON’S APPLICATION AS
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS. DID WE GIVE THEM SUPPORTING
DOCUMENTS FOR THEIR APPLICATION?
>>MAYOR DIODATI: I THINK WE’LL EXPLAIN IT AGAIN.
YOU HAVE THE — WE HAVE THE OPTION TO NOT GIVE —
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: THAT IS NOT WHAT I ASKED.
DID WE GIVE THEM SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: WE GAVE THEM A RESOLUTION OF THIS COUNCIL
MADE. YES.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: I’LL BRING COPY NEXT TIME WE COME TO
COUNCIL BECAUSE I HAVE IT ALL WRITTEN DOWN BUT THE CLERK HAS
E-MAILED IT TO US AGAIN AND I’LL BRING THAT CONVERSATION
BACK.>>MAYOR DIODATI: JUST TO
REMIND YOU COUNCILLOR YOU MAY HAVE SOMETHING WRITTEN DOWN
THAT YOU WROTE DOWN BUT THAT CAME FROM — I’M STILL TALKING.
THAT CAME FROM AN IN-CAMERA MEETING AND THAT IS NOT PUBLIC
INFORMATION. SO IF YOU WANT TO BRING THAT
BACK DO IT IN AN IN-CAMERA MEETING.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: I WILL NOT BECAUSE CLERK TOLD US IN
CAMERA THAT NIGHT IT DOESN’T BELONG IN CAMERA.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: LET’S GET A LEGAL OPINION AND FIND OUT FROM
OUR SOLICITOR WHAT IS OR ISN’T WE’LL NOT PLAY LAWYER.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: WE DON’T USE OUR CLERK UNLESS IT
IS CONVENIENT FOR US.>>MAYOR DIODATI: DEAL WITH
LAW OUR CLERK HAS A LAW DEGREE BUT NOT A LAWYER.
WE DEAL WITH OUR SOLICITOR. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE DON’T
BREAK ANY RULES.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: WE
HAVE NEVER FOUND TO GO IN CAMERA PROPERLY.
>>JUST FOR CLARIFICATION, I DRAFTED THE RESOLUTION TO GO IN
CAMERA ON THE BASIS OF POSSIBLE PROPERTY ACQUISITION ON THAT
MATTER. OKAY.
A DISCUSSION OR A QUESTION WAS ASKED ABOUT THE SPENDING OF
MONEY I.E. SPENDING OF THE PUBLIC PURSE AND I MADE THE
COMMENT THAT SPENDING OF THE PUBLIC PURSE IS USUALLY
APPROVED IN COUNCIL WHICH IS NOT CONTRARY TO WHAT WAS JUST
MENTIONED ABOUT THE $10 MILLION THAT IT WOULD HAVE TO COME
FORWARD AT A LATER DATE FOR COUNCIL TO APPROVE IT IN OPEN
COUNCIL. SO THAT WAS THE CONTEXT.>>I LOOK FORWARD TO COUNCIL
TONIGHT. THE RESPONSE FROM THE CLERK
WHEN I E-MAILED HIM AND SAID, WHEN YOU RATIFY THAT FED DEV
RESOLUTION THAT NIGHT DID YOU COMMIT COUNCIL TO THE
RESOLUTION THAT BOTH THAT WAS PASSED IN CAMERA AND YOU SAID
YES. I HAVE THAT E-MAIL.
YOU SAID YES IT DOES. I HAVE THAT.
IT IS IN ALL MY FED DEV APPLICATION INFORMATION.
SO I DON’T KNOW WHAT — WHAT DID WE APPROVE?
DID WE APPROVE THE 10 MILLION THAT NIGHT BECAUSE IN YOUR
E-MAIL TO ME YOU SAID IN THAT RATIFICATION THAT DIDN’T
MENTION THE $10 MILLION THAT WE WERE COMMITTED TO IT.
WHETHER I HAVE NOTES OR NOT WE THEN SUBSEQUENTLY PASSED A
MOTION TO RECORD IN CAMERA WHICH WAS AFTER THAT.
BUT I’LL BRING IT BACK AT THE NEXT MEETING.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: GOOD. MR. CAO PLEASE.>>JUST TO CLARIFY THE
SITUATION THAT NIGHT WE HAD A PARTNER, POST SECONDARY PARTNER
THAT THIS COUNCIL AS PART OF THEIR STRATEGIC PRIORITIES
WANTED TO US GO AND FIND AND MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN DOWNTOWN.
WE HAD A PARTNER THAT WAS AN APPLICANT TO A FED DEV
APPLICATION. THAT AT THAT POINT IN TIME, DID
NOT WANT THAT MADE PUBLIC BECAUSE THEIR FEAR OF THAT WAS
MADE PUBLIC WOULD IT COMPLETELY COMPROMISE THE APPLICATION.
WE THOUGHT THIS WAS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE DOWNTOWN.
WE CAME IN CAMERA TO COUNCIL TO ASK THEM FOR APPROVAL TO MOVE
FORWARD WITH THE PARTNERSHIP WITH THIS POST SECONDARY
INSTITUTION. THE REQUEST WAS THAT WE COULD
SPEND UP TO $10 MILLION ON THIS APPLICATION.
BUT THE APPLICATION — WE WOULD NOT BE FIRMING THAT UP AND
COUNCIL WOULD HAVE A CHANCE TO CHANGE THEIR MIND IF ONCE THAT
APPLICATION GOT AT APPROVAL POINT AND WE REALLY TO DO PUT
OUR MONEY ON THE LINE THAT THIS COUNCIL HAD FULL DETAILS AT
THAT POINT BECAUSE WE WOULD HAVE BEEN OUT OF THE COMPROMISE
POSITION IF IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MADE PUBLIC AT THAT TIME IT
WOULDN’T MATTER. I’M IN A POSITION TODAY I’M
TELLING YOU THE RYERSON NAME BECAUSE IT IS FAR LONG IN THE
PROCESS HAVING THAT NAME MADE PUBLIC AT THIS TIME DOESN’T
MATTER. AT THE POINT IN TIME WE WERE
HAVING THAT IN-CAMERA DISCUSSION IF THAT INFORMATION
HAD BEEN MADE PUBLIC WE MIGHT AS WELL GONE HOME AND NOT
WORRIED ABOUT THE APPLICATION BECAUSE IN OUR OPINION IT
WOULDN’T REACH FIRST BASE. WE’LL STAND HERE AND BE
CRITICIZED IF YOU WANT COUNCILLOR OVER THAT.
WE WERE TRYING TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN DOWNTOWN.
STILL TRYING TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN DOWNTOWN.
IT IS NOT AN EASY ROAD TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN DOWNTOWN.
IF YOU THINK THAT WE’RE TRYING TO PULL A FAST ONE ON YOU HERE
SO BE IT. WE TOLD COUNCIL QUITE CLEARLY
WE WOULD BE BACK ASKING FOR FINAL APPROVAL ON THAT
$10 MILLION BEFORE THIS COUNCIL COMMITTED IT.
NO SENSE DOING IT THAT NIGHT. IF WE DID IT IN OPEN COUNCIL OR
THAT INFORMATION WAS KNOWN AT THE TIME OUR EFFORTS WOULD HAVE
BEEN LOST IN THIS APPLICATION IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DEAD.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI:>>MAYOR DIODATI: ANY OTHER
DISCUSSION OR COMMENTS? I HAVE TO ECHO THE CAO COMMENTS
–>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: NO.
OUR CAO JUST CALLED ME A BITCH. HE JUST DID.
>>I NEVER HEARD THAT.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI:
INAPPROPRIATE.>>I NEVER HEARD THAT
COUNCILLOR.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: YES HE
DID INAPPROPRIATE.>>I NEVER HEARD THAT
COUNCILLOR. DID YOU HEAR ANYTHING,
COUNCILLOR?>>I’M NOT GOING TO SAY.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: INAPPROPRIATE.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO.
>>COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO: I WAS JUST GOING TO SAY I DON’T
UNDERSTAND –>>MAYOR DIODATI: COUNCILLOR
DO YOU MIND? SHOW SOME RESPECT IN THIS
CHAMBER. WE’RE HAVING COUNCILLOR
COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO SIT DOWN.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: HE JUST CALLED ME A BISHOP AND YOU
DON’T REPRIMAND HIM.>>MAYOR DIODATI: YOU HAVE
SAID SOMETHING JUST BECAUSE YOU SAID THAT DOES NOT MAKE IT
TRUE. I HAVE NOT HEARD THAT
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: YOU DID NOT HEAR THAT?
>>MAYOR DIODATI: I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU HEARD.
YOU TOLD US THINGS THAT YOU WROTE DOWN AND THINGS THAT YOU
RECALL COUNCILLOR BUT I’M SORRY WE DON’T RECALL THINGS YOU DO.
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: THAT IS NOT THE ISSUE.
YOUR CAO JUST CALLED ME>>MAYOR DIODATI: MINE OR OURS
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: NOT MINE.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: YOU DIDN’T VOTE FOR HIM WHEN WE HIRED HIM?
>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: I DID.>>MAYOR DIODATI: I DON’T KNOW
COUNCILLOR BUT THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF HEATED STUFF
GOING ON. I DON’T KNOW WHAT WAS SAID BUT
I KNOW RIGHT NOW I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE WHOLE GOAL AND
OBJECTIVE OF THIS DISCUSSION WAS WE’RE WORKING TO BRING
SOMETHING –>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: I’M SO
OUT OF LINE.>>MAYOR DIODATI: I’M OUT OF
LINE? OUR WHOLE GOAL COUNCILLOR IS TO
BRING A POST SECONDARY EDUCATION ALONG WITH OUR
STRATEGIC INITIATIVES TO OUR DOWNTOWN AND I’M NOT REALLY
SURE WHAT YOUR OBJECTIVE IS HERE.
WE’RE BRINGING IT HERE AND YOU’RE OBJECTING TO IT.
ARE YOU TRYING TO STIFLE OUR EFFORTS I’M NOT SURE WHAT THE
GOAL IS HERE.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI:
MR. MAYOR I CAN STAND HERE AND ASK YOU ANYTHING.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: YOU CAN BUT WHAT IS YOUR GOAL.
WHAT IS YOUR GOAL.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: I
DON’T ANSWER TO YOU.>>MAYOR DIODATI: I CAN ASK
YOU ANYTHING, TOO.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: YOU
CAN BUT YOU CANNOT ALLOW TO CALL YOUR CAO TO CALL ME A
BISHOP IN COUNCIL.>>MAYOR DIODATI: I DID NOT
HEAR THAT.>>COUNSELLOR IOANNONI: WE’LL
TAKE CARE OF THAT, TOO, BECAUSE I’M SURE IT WAS PICKED UP
BECAUSE IT WAS NICE AND LOUD.>>NOTHING MORE.
THANK YOU.>>MAYOR DIODATI: YES.
MR. SOLICITOR.>>I WOULD JUST LIKE TO CORRECT
SOMETHING I SAID EARLIER. THE SET BACK AND THE GUIDELINES
I SAID 15 METERS IT WAS 15 FEET.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: OKAY.>>WE DON’T GET ANY MORE
E-MAILS ON THE ISSUE BUT I DO FEEL THAT SHOULD BE SO IT
DOESN’T CAUSE ANY MORE APPARENTLY MORE THAN YOU HAVE.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: 15 FEET. COUNSELLOR STRANGE.
NEW BUSINESS. VAN TWO ITEMS SECOND ONE YOU
MENTIONED ON THE PROGRAM. I JUST THOUGHT ABOUT IT
EARLIER. IT IS A BIG YEAR COMING UP.
NEXT YEAR 100 YEARS OF CONFEDERATION. JUST WONDERING IS THERE ANOTHER
PROGRAM THAT GOES THROUGH EVENTS AND STUFF WE CAN GO DO
AND ASK FOR FUNDING FOR PARTICULAR EVENTS BECAUSE WE’RE
HOLDING 150 YEARS IN DOING EVENTS AND I CAN’T THINK OF A
BETTER PLACE. I KNOW OTTAWA IS GETTING SOME
FUNDING I BELIEVE BEING THE CAPITAL OF CANADA. I THINK IT
IS SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT. NEXT YEAR IT COULD BE AMAZING
HAVING 150 YEAR SIGN OR SOMETHING THAT YOU’RE ENTERING
CANADA AND IT IS A GREAT — IT WOULD BE A GREAT YEAR.
I THINK WE CAN REALLY CAPITALIZE ON IT.
I’M NOT SURE IF THAT IS COMING OFF OR IF YOU KNOW.
>>THERE HAS BEEN APPLICATIONS OUT THERE ALREADY.
WE HAVE SUBMITTED AND WE WERE TURNED DOWN FOR A COUPLE OF
INITIATIVES. I DON’T KNOW IF THERE IS GOING
TO BE OTHER ROUND OF THAT BUT AT THIS POINT WE HAVE BEEN
TURNED DOWN FOR THE APPLICATIONS THAT WE’VE MADE.
THE 150 APPLICATION YOU SEE NOW ARE A LITTLE DIFFERENT.
THEY’RE NOT FOR EVENTS BUT THEY’RE FOR PROJECTS AND
PROGRAMS. IF THERE IS ANY MORE ROUND
WE’LL CERTAINLY APPLY FOR A DIFFERENT PROGRAM
FOR .
THAT>>ESPECIALLY THE BOARD IT HAS
>>MAYOR DIODATI: MAKE A MOTION REFERRING TO STAFF TO
COME>>MAYBE WE CAN COME UP WITH
SOMETHING.>>SOMETIMES YOU GET THIS AND
MAYBE MIGHT BE ONE COUNCIL MEETING EVERY MONTH AND REALLY
LIKE TO JUMP ON IT IF WE CAN. COMING UP PRETTY QUICK.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: MAYBE JULY 1 IS NOT THE BEST EVEN THOUGH IT
IS BIRTHDAY BECAUSE WE’RE BUSY THAT WEEKEND.
WE HAVE A PARADE AND BUNCH OF THINGS AND MAYBE A SERIES OF
EVENTS FOR THE YEAR.>>THAT IS WHAT OTTAWA IS DOING
AN EVENT EVERY MONTH CELEBRATE AND SOMETHING I THINK TOURISTS
CAN CAPITALIZE ON THE YEAR AND OTHER STUFF AS WELL.
CELEBRATE CANADA.>>MAYOR DIODATI: MOTION BY
STRAIN STRAIN SECONDED BY COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO.
REFER TO STAFF FOR SOME IDEAS AND SUGGESTIONS AROUND THE
CANADA 150 CELEBRATION. CALL THE VOTE.
ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. OKAY. THAT IS UNANIMOUS.
>>AND SOMETHING THAT IS THE LAST FEW WEEKS YOU HAVE SEEN ON
THE NEWS AND ALL OVER THE PLACE.
ESPECIALLY WHAT HAPPENED IN ORLANDO.
WE HAD THIS YEAR TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AND YOU KNOW YOU
GOT TO ABOUT WHAT IS
GOING ON IN WOODSTOCK. FIVE SUICIDES.
A FEW WEEKS. A MONTH.
AND A LOT OF ATTEMPTS AS WELL FOR KIDS IN WOODSTOCK.
A COMMUNITY THAT IS PROBABLY JUST THE SIZE OF OURS.
SO I THINK REALLY HITS HOME AND WE HAVE PROGRAMS AND SOMETIMES
AWARENESS IS NOT OUT THERE. STRESS CENTER NIAGRA.
KIDS AND COAST NIAGRA AND OTHER PROGRAMS OUT THERE.
JUST GO ON TO THINK OF ALL THE TEAM WHAT IS — TEEN WHAT IS
THEY’RE GOING THROUGH. IT IS CRAZY.
THEY’RE GETTING BULLIED AND COMMITTING SUICIDE AND GOING ON
FaceBook AND TELLING EVERYBODIED EVERYONE I
COMMITTED SUICIDE. KIDS.
IF YOU HAVE GOT BULLIED OR TEASED OR WHATEVER YOU WENT
HOME FROM SCHOOL AND IT STOPPED THERE.
IT STOPPED. NOW IT IS ALL OVER SOCIAL MEDIA
TEXTING BULLIED WHILE YOU’RE HOME AS WELL.
IT IS PRETTY CRAZY. I KNOW IN NIAGRA REGION WE’VE
HAD A FEW SUICIDES IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS.
I REMEMBER TALKING TO COUNCILLOR COUNSELLOR
PIETRANGELO ONE DAY NOT KNOWING I WAS — THIS ONE KID SUICIDAL
AND JUST SEEMED GREAT ATHLETE. GREAT KID.
AWESOME GIRLFRIEND. WHY DID HE COMMIT SUICIDE?
I DON’T THINK THERE IS ENOUGH AWARENESS OUT THERE AND I WOULD
HATE TO NOT BE PROACTIVE ON THIS. SOMETHING LIKE THAT
HAPPENED TWO YEARS FROM NOW WHERE WE HAD FIVE TEENAGERS
COMMIT SUICIDE WE WOULD REALLY REGRET THAT WE DIDN’T BE
PROACTIVE. I THINK WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING
IN OUR REGION AND IN OUR MUNICIPALITYS TO TRY TO HELP
AND TO OUR SCHOOL BOARDS. I THINK THERE HAS TO BE SOME
KIND OF PROGRAM WHERE IT IS IN THE CURRICULUM.
YOU TALK ABOUT THAT SORT OF STUFF.
BULLYING OR THE MENTAL ILLNESS OR PEOPLE GETTING MADE FUN OF.
PEOPLE ARE MADE FUN OF BECAUSE OF CERTAIN CLOTHING.
IT IS TOUGH ENOUGH FOR A KID GOING THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL.
THEY SHOULD NOT BE GOING THROUGH THAT BUT CONCENTRATE OR
SCHOOL AND MARKS. GOING TO UNIVERSITY.
BEST YEARS OF THEIR LIFE. NOT WORRY THINKING ABOUT
SUICIDE. I NEVER KNEW IT.
WHEN I WAS A KID I NEVER KNEW WHAT SUICIDE WAS.
SUICIDE? YOU GO HOME.
THAT FEELS IT. THE END OF THE BULLYING.
NOW IT IS ALL OVER SOCIAL MEDIA.
A WAY OUT FOR KIDS CHIT IS NOT. IT IS HORRIBLE.
I DON’T LIKE SEEING IT. I DON’T WANT TO BE IN A
COMMUNITY LIKE WOODSTOCK IN A COUPLE OF YEARS.
I WOULD LIKE TO BE PROACTIVE AND PUT SOME PRESSURE ON THE
REGIONAL COUNCIL AND OTHER MUNICIPALITIES, 12 OPENER 11
MUNICIPALITIES AND I WOULD LIKE TO PUT A MOTION IN TO REQUEST
CITY STAFF AND COUNCIL TO CENTER A REQUEST FOR REGIONAL
COUNCIL TO HAVE A COMMITTEE DEDICATED TO TEAM MENTAL HEALTH
AND RESOURCES AND AWARENESS IN OUR SCHOOLS.
I THINK THIS CAN HAVE ONE REP FROM MUNICIPAL COUNCIL AND EACH
SCHOOL BOARD IN THE REGION AND DO SOMETHING VERY POSITIVE.
I THINK WE NEED TO START HERE AND BE A LEADER IN OUR REGION.
IF I CAN MAKE A MOTION.>>YOU JUST MISSED THE
PRESENTATION YOU SHOULD HAVE GRABBED HER.
>>WE COULD BE A LEADER FROM OUR CITY NIAGRA FALLS CITY
COUNCIL AND PUT A NEEDED PRESSURE ON THE REST OF THE
MUNICIPALITIES AND REGIONAL COUNCIL.
SET UP A COMMITTEE AND STIR IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: MOVED BY COUNSELLOR STRANGE, SECONDED BY
COUNSELLOR MOROCCO. ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION TO THE
MOTION? SEEING NONE CALL THE VOTE.
ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. THAT IS APPROVED.
COUNSELLOR MOROCCO.>>COUNSELLOR MOROCCO: THERE
IS ONE MORE THING I WANTED TO MENTION.
THE PARAMEDIC CHIEF OF CANADA HAD THEIR CONFERENCE AND I
WANTED TO RECOGNIZE OUR REGIONAL PARAMEDIC CHIEF.
KEVIN SMITH AWARDED THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD.
I WANT TO SEND HIM A CONGRATULATIONS FROM ALL ACROSS
CANADA HE WAS SELECTED THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: GREAT. FANTASTIC.
COUNCILLOR COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO.
>>COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO: I THINK I FORGOT TO BRING IT UP
LAST MEETING BUT I HEARD A MONTH AGO THE CITY OF ST.
CATHARINE’S RECEIVED SOME FEDERAL FUNDING DOLLARS TO
UPGRADE THREE PARKS IN THE CITY OF NIAGRA FALLS.
I DO REMEMBER OUR CAO WAS OUT AT FCM LAST YEAR WHEN THE
APPLICATIONS FOR THAT SAME GRANT WERE PUT IN.
BUT I NEVER HEARD THAT WE GOT ANY MONEY FROM THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT.>>MAYOR DIODATI: NO.
NO FEDERAL FUNDING NO. NO.>>DO THEY ONLY GIVE IT OUT TO
SPECIFIC MUNICIPALITIES OR JUST WONDERING WHY WOULD IT BE THAT
WE DIDN’T GET ANYTHING IN AND
ST. CATHARINE’S DID.>>MAYOR DIODATI: THAT WAS
DONE BEFORE THE LAST GOVERNMENT THOSE ANNOUNCEMENTS.
I DON’T KNOW. THAT IS A GOOD QUESTION.
>>COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO: THE ANNOUNCEMENTS JUST CAME OUT
PROBABLY ABOUT A MONTH AGO. IT WAS THREE PARKS IN ST.
CATHARINE’S. THEY RECEIVED ABOUT HALF A
MILLION DOLLARS.>>MAYOR DIODATI: WE HAD MADE
APPLICATION. I THINK THEY HAD JUST GOTTEN
THEIR APPROVAL JUST BEFORE THE LAST ELECTION ON A COUPLE OF
THOSE. THOSE WERE PART OF THAT WHOLE
150 FUNDING ROUND. ARE THOSE THE ONE THAT YOU’RE
TALKING ABOUT? I KNOW ST. CATHARINES RECENTLY
GOT ANNOUNCEMENTS ON SOME OF THE GRANTS FROM WHAT COUNSELLOR
STRANGE WAS TALKING ABOUT. WE HAD SUBMITTED APPLICATION
FOR THAT AND DIDN’T GET ANY APPROVALS ON THAT.
I’M NOT SURE IF THAT IS THE ONE THAT YOU’RE REFERRING TO.
WE HAD NO EXPLANATION WHY WE DID NOT GET THE MONEY.
>>COUNSELLOR PIETRANGELO: THE OTHER ISSUE I HAD WAS JUST IN
REGARD TO FUNDRAISER HELD BY GREAT WOLF LODGE.
RAISING MONEY FOR THE CAR WASH. IT WAS SUCCESSFUL.
REALLY, REALLY SUCCESSFUL. THERE WERE CARS LINED UP
VICTORIA AMP ALL THE WAY PAST BRIDGE STREET AND THE LIBRARY
AND MORRISON STREET. PAST MCCRAY ALL THE WAY INTO
THE COURT. SO SUCCESSFUL THAT I THINK IT
WAS BLOCKING SOME TRAFFIC. I JUST WANTED TO BASICALLY ASK
THROUGH YOU TO STAFF IF WE CAN REACH OUT TO GREAT WOLF LODGE
AND SAY LISTEN YOU HAVE VERY SUCCESSFUL EVENT.
MAYBE WE CAN HELP YOU COORDINATING THE TRAFFIC SO IT
DOESN’T CLOG UP THE STREETS. I WAS THINKING OF USING THE
GAIL CENTER PARKING LOT AS PEOPLE WOULD SHOW UP THEY CAN
GET A NUMBER LIKE WHEN YOU WOULD GO THERE YOU WOULD GET A
LITTLE TICKET AT THE DELI. THEY CAN GET A TICKET NUMBER
AND THEY CAN TAKE 10 CARS AT A TIME THIS. TIME THE CARS ARE
NOT LINED UP BLOCKING TRAFFIC ON THE STREET.
JUST SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
>>MAYOR DIODATI: DO YOU WANT A DIRECTION FROM STAFF?
MAYBE TO FOLLOW UP WITH GREAT WOLF LODGE.
THAT SOUNDS GOOD. ANY OTHER NEW BUSINESS?
COUNSELLOR THOMSON.>>COUNSELLOR THOMSON: I HAD
IN INQUIRY WITH RESPECT TO AN OUT OF TOWN DEVELOPER WHO
WANTED TO — WAS INTERESTED ON A PIECE OF PROPERTY AND THEY
ASKED ME TO SEE IF I COULD GET SOME INFORMATION FROM CITY HALL
WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPERTY. AND I GOT SOME COMMENTS BACK
FROM A PLANNING STAFF INDICATING THAT THE REGION IS
CURRENTLY UNDERTAKING A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE
NEEDS FOR RESIDENTIAL LANDS AND ANY FUTURE CHANGES WILL BE
SUBJECT TO THEIR FINDINGS. I FOUND THIS AND SO DID THE
PEOPLE WHO WERE INTERESTED VERY CONCERNING.
ARE YOU AWARE OF THIS KIND OF DISCUSSION TAKING PLACE AT THE
REGION? I KNOW THERE WAS SOMETHING THAT
JUST POSTPONED RECENTLY REGARDING REGIONAL ISSUES WITH
MUNICIPALITIES BUT I WOULD BE REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE
REGION TAKING AWAY OUR RESPONSIBILITY.
THIS PROPERTY IS SOWNED. IT IS RESIDENTIAL UP TO IT.
IT IS IN THE URBAN BOUNDARIES. IT IS
ZONED INDUSTRIAL AND THEY WANTED TO CONTINUE —
CONTINUATION OF RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.
NEAR WARREN WOODS AND THEY CAME UP WITH THIS INFORMATION.
SO I WONDER IF YOU COULD FIND OUT IF
THAT IS CONTEMPLATED BY THE REGION AND CERTAINLY I
WOULD BE VERY MUCH OPPOSED TO TAKING THAT RESPONSIBILITY AWAY FROM US AND THE OTHER THING
THAT I WAS SENT IS A CIRCULAR
–>>MAYOR DIODATI: I THINK HE
MIGHT HAVE AN ANSWER ON THAT.>>A CIRCULAR MAP WITH RESPECT
TO THE PROPERTY IS ALSO BEING TOUCHED BY THE RESTRICTION BY
SCI-TECH. AND ALL OF A
SUDDEN WE’VE GOT VIABLE LAND THAT COULD BE
DEVELOPED THAT IS GOING TO BE AFFECTED BY THIS RADIUS.
YOU KNOW, USUALLY IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH AN INDUSTRY YOU
BUY THE LAND. GIVE THAT PROTECTION.
OR YOU — I THINK WE HAVE TO HAVE A REAL DIALOGUE AND
DISCUSSION. CERTAINLY HEARTLAND FORREST HAS
BEEN HUGELY ADVERSELY AFFECTED WITH THEIR LAND AND WHAT IS
GOING ON THERE. I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THIS ON
THE AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION. THE — IS IT THE RESPONSIBILITY
OF PEOPLE THAT ARE PAYING TAXES ON THEIR PROPERTY AND YET
THEY’RE RESTRICTED FROM DOING ANYTHING WITH IT?
I THINK WE HAVE TO HAVE A DISCUSSION
>>MAYOR DIODATI: I THINK YOU’RE RIGHT.
SOMEONE SHOWED ME A MAP OF THAT RING OF PROTECTION FOR BRUCE
NUCLEAR, DALTON, WHAT WAS THE OTHER ONE AND A COUPLE OTHER
CHEMICAL COMPANIES. DUPONT AND THE RING WAS NOWHERE
NEAR THE SIZE OF THIS RING. THAT GOES TWO OR
3-KILOMETERS I THINK. AND YET THESE OTHERS HAVE
NUCLEAR PLANTS HAVE GOT MUCH LESS.
THEY HAVE GOT RESIDENT THAT WILL.
IT SEEMS OVERBEARING AND YOU’RE RIGHT WHY TAN SIZE THE LAND.
YOU HAVE TO PAY PROPERTY TAXES BUT YOU DON’T HAVE THE FREEDOM
TO DO WHAT YOU WANT BECAUSE OF THIS IMAGINARY RADIUS. WE APPRECIATE SCI-TECH.
THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT GAVE A SUBSTANTIAL GRANT TO THEM FOR
UPGRADING. MAYBE THEY COULD HAVE BEEN
UTILIZED TO FURTHER THE SAFETY ISSUES UNDER CONTROL AT THE
PLACE BUT ANYWAY, WE HAD A PIECE OF PROPERTY.
SOMEBODY WANTED TO ACQUIRE IT AND DEVELOP IT AND ALL OF THESE
PITFALLS COME IN TO IT. HE HAS SOMETHINGS TO.
>>TALKING ABOUT THE LAND. YES.
>>YOUR LORDSHIP, I BELIEVE THE COUNCILLOR IS REFERRING TO IS
THE MUNICIPAL COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW.
THIS IS THE 10 YEAR REVIEW THAT
IS NECESSARY TO COMPLY WITH THE PROVINCIAL GROWTH PLAN.
THERE IS A REQUIREMENT BY THE PROVINCE THAT WE PROTECT
EMPLOYMENT LANDS. AND SO THE REGIONS CURRENTLY
STUDYING HOW MUCH EMPLOYMENT GROWTH WILL WE HAVE BETWEEN NOW
AND 2031 AND 2041. THOSE ARE THE TARGET YEARS.
SO AT THIS POINT THE — THEY ARE BASICALLY SAYING UNTIL WE
KNOW HOW MUCH LAND WE NEED WE’RE NOT REALLY GOING TO PIECEMEAL THE LAND WAY FROM
INDUSTRIAL USES WHICH IS EMPLOYMENT LANDS TO RESIDENTIAL
USES. SO THAT IS THE STUDY THAT IS
GOING ON.>>WHEN DID WELL, RESIDENTIAL
PROPERTY IN THE NEXT PIECE OF LAND SO YOU’RE GOING TO PUT
KEEP INDUSTRIAL LAND THERE? MAYBE WE CAN CONVINCE SOMEBODY
TO PUT UP A SLAUGHTER HOUSE THERE OR SOMETHING.
THIS IS RIDICULOUS. I THINK WE HAVE TO HAVE A REAL
SERIOUS DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS AND MAKE SOME DECISIONS AND IF
YOU COULD FIND OUT PERSONALLY IF THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE THE
POWER — NIAGRA FALLS, HOW MUCH — WE HAVE INDUSTRIAL LAND HERE
WHICH IS FAR BEYOND WHAT MOST MUNICIPALITIES HAVE.
DO WE NOT?>>I WOULD REFER THAT TO THE
STUDY WE DO HAVE INDUSTRIAL LANDS.
SOME OF THEM ARE NOT SERVICED. SOME OF THEM ARE NOT
THAT IS WHY WE HAVE TO SERVICE THEM.
WE HAVE LOTS OF INDUSTRIAL LAND AND TALKING ABOUT PUTTING
RESTRICTIONS ADJACENT TO OTHER RESIDENTIAL LANDS IS
RIDICULOUS. MY CONCERN HOPEFULLY I CAN GET
SOME ANSWERS –>>MAYOR DIODATI: DO YOU WANT
TO REFER THIS TO LEGAL TO PURSUE THAT? THEY’LL GIVE YOU A COPY.
SEND YOU THERE –>>MAYOR DIODATI: MAKE A
MOTION. OKAY.
MOVED BY — OKAY, COUNCELLOR CRAITOR THAT WE FORWARD THIS TO
LEGAL TO LOOK INTO THE RING OF WHATEVER IT IS CALLED.
PROTECTION. RING OF FIRE.
OKAY. CALL THE VOTE.
ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. OKAY.
UNANIMOUS. THE SECONDER WAS COUNCELLOR
CRAITOR. ANY OTHER NEW BUSINESS.
VOTE FOR ADJOURNMENT.

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