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November 17, 2020 City Council Meeting

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2021 Capital Budget Approved
Tiffany Clark, Director of Finance, provided Council with an overview of the Capital Budget on Tuesday. The Capital Budget identifies the projects, such as roads, sidewalks, streetlamps, equipment, community facilities, etc., approved for infrastructure renewal in 2021. The budget was approved, with the proviso that the transfer from the Operating Budget, to the Capital Budget, is suspended until the Operating Budget is presented to Council at a later date.

Council also approved the ordering of three (3) 40 foot buses in 2021 for the total cost of $1,950,000 and one (1) Fire Tanker for the cost of $650,000. The payment and delivery for these items will occur in 2022.
View the Capital Budget Presentation.
Intersection of Centre St. and Clifton Hill
Clifton Hill Sidewalk Widening Approved
At Tuesday's meeting, Council approved the proposed sidewalk widening plan for Clifton Hill, and the Oakes Garden Theatre Garden Plaza Concept Plans submitted by the Clifton Hill BIA and HOCO Limited with several recommendations. 
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Revised Municipal Alcohol Risk Management Policy
The City of Niagara Falls Municipal Alcohol Risk Management Policy was developed and approved by City Council on May 1, 1996. The policy is reviewed on a regular basis and was updated in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2014.

An inter-departmental staff team reviewed the current policy to reflect municipal best practices. Facility locations and serving controls have been updated. During the review, staff also evaluated the option of revising the City's bylaws to permit the consumption of alcohol in public spaces. Staff recommended the bylaws related to the consumption of alcohol in public spaces not be revised and to continue to enforce the current bylaws and existing alcohol policy.

Council approved the proposed revisions to the Municipal Alcohol Risk Management Policy. 
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Niagara Region's New Restrictions on Dining
Mayor Jim Diodati put forth a resolution to Council that Niagara Region Public Health Department step up inspections and enforcement of Provincial COVID-19 protocols for establishments in non-compliance under Provincial Orders, that compliance with the Provincial Framework to be made the priority, and that Public Health immediately halt the directive of dining only with those in the same household, in order to avoid unnecessary business losses and causalities.

Council approved the motion to have the resolution immediately sent to all Members of Niagara Regional Council, Senior Staff at the Region of Niagara, and all Local Area Municipalities. 

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Mental Health, Homelessness and Addiction in Niagara
Councillor Wayne Campbell put forth a motion to request the Niagara Region to declare a State of Emergency on mental health, homelessness and addiction. Council approved the motion, and the request will be forwarded to all regional municipalities, and relevant government ministries and politicians, including the premier and prime minister.
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Let's Talk: GO Station Transit Hub Rezoning
Help inform the proposed zoning by-law regulations that will implement the vision around the current VIA Train Station. Visit and complete the short survey now. Hurry, the survey closes on November 23, 2020!
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Additional Reports
The complete list of reports, including consent agenda items, may be viewed in the November 17, 2020 agenda at
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Flag Raising: November 21 for Lebanese Independence Day
The request was brought forth by the Consul from the Consulate of Lebanon in Toronto.
Crime Stoppers of Niagara
January 2021 | Crime Stoppers Month

The month of January 2021 has been declared as "Crime Stoppers Month" in Niagara Falls. Learn more at
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Next Council Meeting: December 8, 2020
The next City Council meeting will be held on December 8, 2020 at 4PM. For more information, visit
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