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January 14, 2020 City Council Meeting

View January 14, 2020 Meeting Agenda   View Live Stream of the Meeting

Sherman Zavitz Retires at the City's Official Historian
After 25 years, Sherman Zavitz has retired as the official historian for the City of Niagara Falls. On Tuesday, Mayor Diodati and Council recognized and thanked Sherman for his many years of service. Sherman has been actively involved in many heritage organizations for more than 40 years, holding various positions, including past President of the Lundy's Lane Historical Society and past Chair of the City of Niagara Falls Board of Museums. An accomplished local history tour guide and speaker, he has also contributed to local history columns, including a photo feature "Then and Now" since 1994. The City wishes Sherman the best in his retirement and thanks him for his countless contributions to the City, and community at large.
Learn more about Sherman Zavitz
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Bridgewater Street Parking Review
At Tuesday's meeting, Council discussed a parking review on Bridgewater Street. The report recommended the following:
  1. Expand the pavement width on Bridgewater Street between Dock Street and the southwestern terminus of Bridgewater Street to the City's local road standard of 8.0 metres by undertaking a full width road rehabilitation with hot-mix asphalt. That the project with anticipated costs of $330,000 be referred to the 2021 capital budget deliberations.
  2. Prohibit parking at all times on the southeast (residential side) side of Bridgewater Street between Dock Street and the western limit of Bridgewater Street including the entire turning basin at the end of the street;
  3. Prohibit drivers from parking in the parking areas established on the river side near Sophia Avenue, except for vehicles that are parked parallel and alongside Bridgewater Street;
  4. Staff continue enforcing all existing parking bylaws.
Council requested staff to come back with a report considering comments raised by residents and to extend the study area to include the northerly limit to Portage Road.
View the full report
Homelessness Funding Resolution
At Tuesday's meeting, Councillors Lori Lococo & Carolynn Ioannoni proposed a resolution regarding Homelessness Funding from the Province. The resolution calls for the Provincial government to review the City's homelessness funding and for the Niagara Region to align to local indicators of need (population, core housing, social) through a realignment of existing funding, or through allocations of new/future funding. 
View the resolution
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Rainbow Crosswalk at Queen St & Erie Ave
A request has been made to install a rainbow crosswalk in Niagara Falls, at the corner of Queen St. and Erie Ave. At Tuesday's meeting, Council referred the request back to staff asking them to meet with the Downtown Business Improvement Association (BIA) to cover half of the cost of the crosswalk and to discuss alternative means of financing. Council also requested staff to continue to meet with the other BIA's for proposed locations and cost-sharing. 
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Other Reports
Council received additional applications and reports at the January 14, 2020 meeting, including:

Recognition, Proclamations & Events

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Heart Niagara
Dr. Stafford Dobbin from Heart Niagara updated Council on the upcoming Roaring Twenties Gala. The goal of the Gala is to celebrate the contributions of Heart Niagara, showcase the community profile, and raise money for the delivery of the Healthy Heart Schools' Program. The dollars raised will be specifically invested in strategies focused on residents in the Niagara Region. The Gala will be held on Friday, February 7, 2020 at the Americana Conference Resort & Spa. Learn more.
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Kevin Dallman Retires from Professional Hockey
Niagara Falls native, Kevin Dallman, has announced his retirement from professional hockey at the age of 38. Dallman played parts of three NHL seasons with the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings, recording 8-goals and 23-assists in 154 games. Kevin is retiring from the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia where he played most of his career with Astana Barys in Kazakhstan. 
Council Meetings
Niagara Falls City Council meetings can be viewed live on the City's Vimeo Channel. The next meeting will be held on January 28, 2020. Minutes from past Council meetings can also be viewed online, once they have been approved. Find them at
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