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February 11, 2020 City Council Meeting

View February 11, 2020 Meeting Agenda   View Live Stream of the Meeting

Finance budget accounting meeting
2020 Operating Budget 
At Tuesday's meeting, Tiffany Clark, Director of Finance delivered the first of the 2020 Operation Budget presentations. Council passed a motion to send the report back to Staff to look for further opportunities for reductions.
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Avila Hall to be Demolished
Council approved the demolition permit for Avila Hall from the Mount Carmel Monastery Officials. The request by staff to issue a notice of intention to designate the property under the Ontario Heritage Act for its cultural heritage value was denied. The maintenance for Avila Hall has become too costly for the Monastery to uphold.
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Naloxone Kits to be Available in Select City facilities
At Tuesday's Council meeting, Council passed a motion to have Naloxone Kits available in City Facilities that have public access, such as City Hall. Naloxone is an approved medication that has been proven to reverse opioid overdoses in minutes.
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Public art - wrapped utility box with an abstract design
Annual Report: Museums, Culture & Farmers' Market 
2019 was a milestone year for Niagara Falls Museums, Culture and Farmers' Market. Highlights of the past year include:
  • 20% increase in museum website visitation 
  • 13,375 visitors to the museum - representing a 6% increase in annual visitation since 2014
  • Significant developments in the Niagara Falls Cultural Hub + Market , including a $3 million grant from the Federal Government
  • 13 Cultural Development Fund applications awarded 
  • 22,000 attendees to the Farmers' Market
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Niagara Falls Fire Department staff - standing outside of a firetruck
Annual Report: Niagara Falls Fire Department
In 2019, the Niagara Falls Fire Department response was fulfilled by 22 on-duty full-time firefighters and 70 volunteer firefighters, augmented by staff in Communications, Training, Fire Prevention and Administration divisions. The goal of the department is to reduce the loss of life and property and the protection of the environment. A significant amount of resources is put towards public education initiatives; striving to teach fire and life safety to every person who lives, learns, and works in our community. The Niagara Falls Fire Department looks forward to continuous improvement and a continued high level of service to the community.

Read the complete 2019 Annual Report: Niagara Falls Fire Department.
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Outside facade of Bickles Hardware and Supply
Bickles Hardware Public Art Recognition
At Tuesday's meeting, the City's Public Art Advisory Task Force recognized Victor DeCaria, owner of Bickles Hardware and Supply for the impressive visual display on the store's facade, enhancing the community and the Main & Ferry area. It was at the company's 100th Anniversary celebrations last year that the five-tonne piece of art was unveiled. The work features 11 life-sized steelworkers sitting atop a massive riveted beam - a re-creation of a famous photo taken 850 feet above Manhattan in 1932 with the men building the Rockefeller Centre eating lunch while sitting on a beam. The visual display has quickly become a draw to the area and has significantly contributed to the area's revitalization.
Mayor Diodati with the Socks and Snacks team
Recognition: Socks and Snacks Initiative
City Council recognized local residents, Deanna Shalala and her husband JP Shalala, sister Stacey Hunt and Adam Gagliardi for starting Socks and Snacks - a not-for-profit outreach initiative for the homeless in Niagara, by handing out warm clothing and snacks to those in need on a monthly basis.
Visit the Socks and Snacks Facebook Page
Other Reports
Council received additional applications and reports at the February 11, 2020 meeting, including:

Recognition, Proclamations & Events

boys and girls club of niagara Champions for Children gala
Event: Boys & Girls Club of Niagara Champions of Children Gala
On February 13, 2020, the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara will be hosting a Champions of Children Gala. A night dedicated to recognizing outstanding contributions to the development and well-being of Niagara's children and youth. This year, Dr. Jean Clinton, a renowned advocate for children’s issues, is the keynote speaker. Learn more.
Childhood cancer awareness ribbon
Proclamation: International Childhood Cancer Day
Saturday, February 15, 2020 has been proclaimed as the 24th International Childhood Cancer Day in Niagara Falls. The goal of this day is to raise awareness about childhood cancer, and to express support for children and adolescents with cancer, the survivors and their families. Learn more.
world thinking day logo
Flag Raising: Girl Guides of Canada Flag Raising
A flag will be raised in honour of "World Thinking Day" on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Celebrated since 1926, World Thinking Day is a day of international friendship. It is an opportunity to speak out on issues that affect young women and fundraise for 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 150 countries. This year marks the 94th celebration. Learn more.

Next Council Meeting: March 3, 2020

Council Meetings
Niagara Falls City Council meetings can be viewed live on the City's Vimeo Channel. The next meeting will be held on March 3. 2020. Minutes from past Council meetings can also be viewed online, once they have been approved. Find them at
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