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September 15, 2020 City Council Meeting

View September 15, 2020 Meeting Agenda   View Live Stream of the Meeting

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Victoria Centre BIA Expansion
The Victoria Centre Business Improvement Area (BIA) has requested the City to move forward with steps to expand the boundary of the BIA to include the east side of Victoria Avenue south of highway 420 (Falls Avenue), the former NF Memorial Arena on Centre Street, and the former St. Ann’s School site on Magdalen Street. Council approved the request.
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Integrity Complaint Costs to the City of Niagara Falls
A report presented to Council on Tuesday outlined the costs of nine integrity commissioner and two workplace harassment investigations involving Niagara Falls City Council. The report detailed these investigations have cost taxpayers $273,741 since 2015. More than $176,000 of that has been incurred during this term of council.
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Cannabis Cultivation, Production & Processing Study Update
In June 2019, Council passed Interim Control By-law 2019-76 to allow for the review and study of cannabis cultivation, production and processing in the City of Niagara Falls.

In early 2020, SGL Planning & Design Inc. completed a background study. However, the consultant’s ability to present the options identified in the background to the public was interrupted by the passing of Provincial legislation suspending the gathering of large numbers of people due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Province also suspended legislative timelines in the Planning Act and Regulations.

At Tuesday's meeting, Council approved the request to extend interim control by-law by one year, to allow for the completion of the study.
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COVID-19 Resilience Stream Funding
In light of the many challenges Municipalities have encountered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has announced an adaptation of the current Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) to add some flexibilities, expand project eligibility and accelerate approvals.

Council approved staff's recommendation to apply to the ICIP COVID-19 Resilience Stream for the following two projects:
  • Construction of the Millennium Trail, Section 2 between McLeod Road and Chippawa Parkway ($1,500,000),
  • Replacement of the Municipal Service Centre HVAC ($1,000,000).
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Lundy's Lane Streetscaping - art on utility box.
Lundy's Lane Streetscape Revitalization Update
At Tuesday's meeting, Council authorized staff to allocate surplus funds from the approved 2017 Capital Budget for Lundy’s Lane Streetscape Revitalization Phase 1 project to advance the Lundy’s Lane OPG Parkette project. The Lundy’s Lane Streetscape Revitalization Project was established to implement the Lundy’s Lane Streetscape Master Plan. The first phase of Lundy’s Lane Streetscape Revitalization Project is mostly complete;
  • Street Tree Planting – completed 2018
  • Street furniture improvements – completed 2019
  • Sidewalk (Bus/WEGO stop) improvements – completed 2019
  • Utility box wraps – completed 2019
  • Street light standard improvements – in progress with Niagara Region cooperation
  • Streetscape median and gateway features – in construction with anticipated completion Fall 2020
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community safety zone - fines increased.
New Community Safety Zone in the City
Niagara Region is adding ten new Community Safety Zones at schools located on Regional Roads this Fall, including one in Niagara Falls at Greendale Elementary School, Montrose Rd. (Regional Rd. 98) between Watson St. and Lundy's Ln. in Niagara Falls. Community Safety Zone signs are posted at the limits of the zone with "Begins" and "Ends" tabs, clearly defining the legal limits of the zone. The rules of the road don’t change within the zone, only the penalties for violations are increased.

The objective is to help improve safety for students and their families travelling to and from school. Community Safety Zones help modify driver behaviour including reducing speed and distracted driving, and improve safety on certain sections of road where public safety is of special concern.
Read the Region's Media Release
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Arts & Culture Wall of Fame 2020 Inductees
The Arts & Culture Committee oversees the selection of Inductees for the Niagara Falls Arts & Culture Wall of Fame. Induction into the Wall of Fame is a special acknowledgement recognizing the contributions and achievements of citizens, past and present that reflect the best of Niagara Falls. This year’s Induction Ceremony is scheduled for late November in a virtual format.

The 2020 Art & Culture Wall of Fame Inductees include:  
  • Steve Burnside; Musician and Festival Organizer 
  • John Law; Arts & Entertainment Journalist
  • Karlee Morse; Make-up and Special Effects Artist
  • Leona Skye Grandmond; Indigenous Visual Artist and Social Activist
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Pathstone Mental Heath Walk-in Clinic Funding
Niagara Falls Council has approved spending $20,000 to renew a one-year agreement with Pathstone Mental Health to continue providing service for youth in the community. Pathstone offers a walk-in clinic one day per week at Niagara Falls Community Health Centre through a partnership with the municipality that started in August 2019.
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Additional Reports
  • PBD-2020-54, King George Village Plan of Vacant Land Condominium
  • PBD-2020-56, Proposal: 4 Storey, 77 Unit Apartment Building - 4210 Lyons Creek Road and Vacant Lands to the West
  • L-2020-09, Questions Respecting Integrity Commissioner
  • IC-155-0120, Integrity Commissioner Final Report
  • MW-2020-22, Whirlpool Road Multi-Use Pathway, Pedestrian Bridge and Roadway Widening Tender Award
  • R&C-2020-12, Canada Summer Games Venue Use Agreement
  • PBD-2020-57Proposed Radio Communication Tower, 9536 Thorold Stone Road
The complete list of reports, including consent agenda items, may be viewed in the September 15, 2020 agenda at niagarafalls.ca/council.
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Proclamation:
September 21-27,2020 is Rail Safety Week

CN will be celebrating their annual "Rail Safety Week" from September 21 - 27, 2020.  During Rail Safety Week, CN Police Service raise awareness in communities of the potentially devastating consequences of trespassing on railway tracks and disregarding railway safety signs and devices at level crossings. Learn more at cn.ca
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Proclamation:
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Cyber Security Awareness Month is an internationally recognized campaign, focusing on helping all Canadians be more secure online, by being informed and knowing the simple steps to take to protect themselves, their families, their workplace, and their devices. The month is divided in to weekly themes which highlight different aspects of cyber security. Visit getcybersafe.gc.ca to learn more.
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Proclamation: October 25-31, 2020 is Respiratory Therapy Week
The Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists celebrates Respiratory Therapy Week annually. This celebration serves to educate the public about the varied roles and responsibilities of respiratory therapists and to raise awareness of their significant contribution to the health care system. Learn more at crst.com
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Flag Raising: November 23 to December 5, 2020 for AIDS Awareness
The annual request was brought forth by Positive Living Niagara.

AIDS Awareness Week 2020 | Nov 23 to Dec 1
World AIDS Day 2020 | Dec 1
Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week | Dec 1 to 5
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Next Council Meeting: October 6, 2020
The next City Council meeting will be held on October 6, 2020 at 4PM. Minutes from past Council meetings can also be viewed online, once they have been approved. Find them at niagarafalls.ca/council.
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