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February 12, 2019 City Council Meeting

View February 12, 2019  Meeting Agenda    View Live Stream of the Meeting

Presentation: 2019 Operating Budget

At Tuesday's meeting, Tiffany Clark, Acting Director of Finance delivered the first of the 2019 Operating Budget presentations. Council passed a motion to send the report back to Staff to look for further opportunities for reductions.
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Report: Region of Niagara 2020 Waste Collection Contract

At Tuesday's meeting, Council passed four motions regarding the Region's proposed changes to our collection service:

1. That Niagara Falls City Council is not in favour of every other week waste collection. City Council requests the Region to maintain waste collection service at the current level, with weekly collection of waste, recycling and organic bin matter, and same number of bags/containers collected, for residential properties (low density residential 1-6 units) and Industrial/Commercial/Industrial-Mixed Uses outside and inside Designated Business Areas.

2.  That City Council requests that the Region collect pricing on maintaining the existing Multi-Residential (greater than 6 units) enhanced garbage collection.

3.  That City Council request the Region to collect pricing on enhanced services for Public Space recycling, City litter receptacles in Designated Business Areas, and for 7-day-a-week collection from mid-May to mid-October in Designated Business Areas.
4.  That City Council is in favour of 4 large items per residential unit, per collection, and of maintaining the appliance and scrap metal collection, but not in favour of the mandatory use of clear plastic bags.
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Report: Physician Incentive Funding

At Tuesday's meeting, Council approved Staff's report on Physician Incentive Funding and agreed to refer the increased Family Physician Recruitment budget, including proposed additional Specialist and Locum incentives, to the 2019 budget deliberations.
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Proclamation: Heritage Week 2019

Since 1974, Heritage Canada, a national organization has recognized the third Monday in February as Heritage Day. In 1985, the Ontario government expanded the day to a full week in order to recognize Ontario’s rich and diverse heritage. 
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Other Reports
Council approved additional reports at the February 12, 2019 meeting, including:
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Queen Street Parking
The Downtown BIA's request to discontinue 90-minute free parking and move to paid parking on Queen Street has been referred by Council to Staff for a report. For more information about the Downtown BIA and Queen Street events visit
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Fundraiser: Sweep for Kids Bonspiel
The Boys & Girls Club of Niagara will host their 21st Annual Sweep for Kids Bonspiel on Saturday, February 16. Registration is open to teams and individuals. For more information visit
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Fundraiser: Trivia Night
The Rotary Club of Niagara Falls is hosting their 21st Annual Trivia Night at Club Italia on February 20. Last year, the Club donated over $50,000 to organizations that help make a difference in the lives of children from our community. Visit
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Proclamation: Fresh Air Fund Day
Council has proclaimed that March 20, 2019 shall be "Fresh Air Fund Day" in the City of Niagara Falls, in recognition of the transformative opportunities that inspire new dreams and new perspectives provided by The Fresh Air Fund. For more information about The Fund, please visit
Fundraiser: Wendy Leard School of Dance
Local members of The Wendy Leard Dance Company are raising funds in support of their upcoming summer 2019 performances in New York City. The dancers will perform on Broadway and in Times Square and participate in Disney workshops. To contribute, please visit
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Live Stream of Council Meetings
Niagara Falls City Council meetings can be viewed live on the City's Vimeo Channel. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

Minutes from past Council meetings can also be viewed online via the City's documents portal.
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