Cycling Event Proceeds of $478,000 Donated to Milton’s Velodrome
The Town of Milton is honoured to be the recipient of more than $478,000 for the Mattamy Cycling Centre – Home of Canadian Cycling. The funds have been raised from the eighth annual Tour de Bleu, Mattamy’s annual cycling fundraiser, to be held on August 12, 2012.
“On behalf of Milton Council, I would like to thank to all of the Tour de Bleu participants and Mattamy Homes for their support,” said Milton Mayor Gordon Krantz. “The funds raised during this event will greatly help us with our fundraising goals for the new Mattamy Cycling Centre.”
A total of 40 riders, including professional cyclist and 17-year Tour de France veteran George Hincapie, are participating in this year’s event. The cyclists will take one of three routes, a 100-, 150- or 200-kilometre route from Muskoka to the finish line in front of Milton’s Town Hall West (Victoria Park, 150 Mary Street).
Spectators are invited to cheer on the riders along the route and at the finish line which cyclists are expected to cross at approximately 4:00 p.m.
“I am so excited that this year’s Tour de Bleu will benefit the new Mattamy Cycling Centre in Milton,” said Peter Gilgan, Founder and CEO Mattamy Homes. ”Our vision is for the new velodrome to become the premiere home of Canadian cycling in Canada and benefit the people of Milton and all of Ontario. Hopefully one day a young rider in Milton who will train at the new centre will become a world champion.”
The proposed Mattamy Cycling Centre, located near Louis St. Laurent Ave. and Tremaine Rd., will be a 250-metre oval cycling track with banked corners and 1,500 permanent seats that will house cycling events for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. The new cycling centre will also provide residents with access to recreation spaces that are non-cycling related, including a gymnasium, walking track, fitness centre and multi-purpose space.
The Tour de Bleu, created by cyclist and philanthropist Peter Giglan in 2005, has raised over $4 million for community projects and initiatives, including the Trillium Health Centre and Sick Kids as well as other health, recreation and community charities. For further information on the Tour de Bleu, visit http://www.mattamyhomes.com/tourdebleu/About.asp.
Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 11(3) of the Municipal Act, S.O. 2001, Chapter 25, as amended, that Milton Town Council at its meeting to be held in Town Hall, 150 Mary Street, on Monday January 30, 2012 beginning at 7:00 p.m. will consider the adoption of a bylaw(s) authorizing temporary road closure for Mattamy Homes Inc. to complete a sanitary connection on Louis St. Laurent Avenue at Diefenbaker Street.
The temporary closure will be in effect from February 6, 2012 until February 21, 2012. Local and emergency access will be maintained throughout the construction via Bronte Street South, Farmstead Drive, Ruhl Drive and Ledger Way.
Plans detailing the project are available for viewing at the Town of Milton,
On Monday January 30, 2012, Milton Town Council will give consideration to the proposed bylaw. At this meeting, Milton Town Council will hear, in person, or by their counsel, any person who applies to be heard. Persons wishing to be heard must notify the Clerk’s Department in writing, no later than Monday January 30,2012 at 10:00 a.m. Further information regarding this process can be found at www.milton.ca.
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Council overwhelmingly endorsed a commitment to move forward as the Pan Am velodrome’s preferred site during last night’s special council meeting.Council voted nine to two in favour of committing to funding 44 per cent of the costs of the velodrome, with only Ward 2 Councillor Greg Nelson and Ward 4 Councillor Rick Malboeuf voting against the staff-supported recommendation.
While it’s looking like a strong possibility world-renowned bikers from across the Americas will be descending on Milton during the 2015 Pan Am Games, a business plan will have to be worked out before council enters into a binding agreement with Pan Am organizers over the estimated $40 million facility.
“You hear that other municipalities tried and turned it down, so why are we moving forward with it,” said Ward 6 Councillor Mike Cluett. “We have a good working relationship with the private sector. That’s the only way this project will move forward. This is going to put a big spotlight on the town of Milton and that’s exactly what we want to do. We want to bring people to Milton.”
If approved by council, Milton will be on the hook for $17.6 million in velodrome funding, plus the cost of land and servicing the site.
Council was presented with letters of support from Mattamy Homes and TD Canada Trust, to name a few, during last night’s meeting.
Mattamy President and CEO Peter Gilgan has committed $7 million in pledged donations and $2 million for exclusive naming rights of the velodrome. Gilgan and Tim Hockey, TD Canada Trust president and CEO, also pledged support to rally behind a $3 million fundraising campaign.
“We recognize that the establishment of a permanent velodrome in Milton, already a hot bed of cycling, is a ‘game-changer’ for the sport in Canada,” wrote Hockey in a letter to the Town.
Staff will take the next month or so to work out a business plan that will identify any financial risks the Town may face in hosting facility and verify a cycling legacy in Milton.
Council will decide whether to give the project the final stamp of approval or not once the business plan is presented sometime early next year.
The Town has hired Sierra Planning and Management, the same firm that developed the Hamilton velodrome business plan, to draft the Milton version at a cost of no more than $95,000.
Malboeuf questioned the cost of the business plan. “How much money is it to edit out Hamilton and put in Milton?” he asked.
However, staff said the plan must be drafted using Milton data and taking into account the shared amenities and partnerships with the Milton Education Village, the planned site for the velodrome.
Malboeuf insisted since the velodrome debate came to light, he hasn’t heard any support for it from residents. “My concern is any time government gets involved in something, it doesn’t come out as planned…should something happen and the fundraising doesn’t come about, it’s the people of Milton who are on the hook.”
But Mayor Gord Krantz, who’s remained a strong supporter of the facility, said the velodrome would put Milton on the map.
Milton to pursue Pan Am Games velodrome
MILTON Town council is pedalling forward with the idea of the 2015 Pan Am Games velodrome being built here after Hamilton and Vaughan parked their interests over funding questions.
Council voted 9-2 Monday night to accept a report from community services director Jennifer Reynolds to have staff look at the scheme — but with strings attached.
They committed to funding the local share of $17.6 million required for the indoor cycling facility, but only if the project cost does not exceed $40 million.
They committed to hiring a consultant to prepare a business plan — Sierra Planning and Management, which did a report for Hamilton — but not to spend any more than $95,000 for it and any other analysis. Council was told the due diligence could take four to six weeks.
Councillors also agreed Mayor Gordon Krantz would not sign any agreements with senior government levels and 2015 organizers until completion of the business plan and verification of operating costs, community use and cycling legacy needs.
Milton staff had been lukewarm to the velodrome idea after Hamilton turned it down, but the town lately received letters of financial assistance — or what Reynolds called “significant commitments” — from the private sector. This included a promise from Mattamy Homes president and CEO Peter Gilgan to donate $7 million from his firms and foundation, plus $2 million for naming rights.
The proposed site for the velodrome is in the Milton Education Village, where the town is hoping to locate a Wilfrid Laurier University campus, at Tremaine and Derry roads.
Krantz and Councillor Mike Cluett were excited about what the velodrome will mean for Milton, with Cluett saying it was a good investment, would create jobs “and will definitely put Milton on the map.”
Both men said, however, it would not be going forward without support from the private sector.
“The only way this project can move forward is with co-operation from the private sector,” Cluett added. “It helps lessen the burden on the taxpayer.”
Reynolds’ report outlined $19.8 million coming from the “host” community. She said $3.8 million would come from the town, $7 million from Gilgan, $2 million from naming rights, $3 million from a fundraising campaign, $2.5 million from the education village partner (not confirmed) and $1.5 million from in-kind capital.
Councillor Rick Malboeuf, who had opposed the velodrome at the outset last month, complimented staff on the report. He said, however, all calls he got from residents were against Milton getting involved and that his comfort level had still not been met.
“My concern is that when governments get involved with something, it doesn’t come out as planned,” added Malboeuf.
Murray Noble, senior vice-president of infrastructure for the 2015 Games, attended the meeting. In a letter to council, he said Games officials would work closely with town staff over the next four to six weeks as the velodrome plan is finalized.
Voting to proceed were Krantz, regional councillors Colin Best and Tony Lambert, and councillors Cluett, Sharon Barkley, Rick Di Lorenzo, Zeeshan Hamid, Arnold Huffman and Cindy Lunau. Voting against were Malboeuf and Greg Nelson.
This past weekend at the Milton Mall was another edition of the Milton Haunted House. Hundreds of children, young and old, made their way through a maze of ghouls n ghosts with surprises around every corner.
The Haunted House originated from Ward 7 Councillor Rick Di Lorenzo’s garage in Hawthorne Village. People used to come from all over town to visit his home during Halloween to take part in his ghoulish creation. Just last year, Rick along with others held this event at the Pirate Festival and raised over $5,700 for Milton District Hospital Foundation.
This years goal was $10,000 and even though the donations are still being counted, we are confident we either hit or surpassed our goal. On behalf of the team (which included a LOT of people) I want to thank Miltonians for their generosity. Our donation boxes were filled to the brim over the course of the two days and we were blown away by the enthusiam of the residents of our town.
To Rick and his even more enthusiastic mother , Zeeshan, Jennifer, Kim, Ed, and the MANY volunteers, actors, face painters, greeters, raffle ticket sellers and everyone who took part in the event….THANK YOU!
Another big THANK YOU goes to the sponsors of the event who helped us out. MinMaxx Realty, Milton Canadian Champion, Mattamy Homes, SST Group, Milton Nail Spa and of course without the help and space from Milton Mall, this couldnt have happened.
Taking Miranda around trick or treating last night I had the chance to hear directly from people who did come to the haunted house and the reviews were fantastic and they cant wait for next year. There are a bunch of volunteers who are pretty tired and who also have the fun task of taking down the scary structure in the mall but Im sure theyll be ready to go for next year.
I was happy to help out this weekend and it was great to see all the smiling faces and the kids who came back more than once to get the full effects of the haunted house. Some didnt make it through all the way and had to turn back but Im sure next year they will be back again.
Thanks again to Rick for the concept of the haunted house and thanks to his wife Nicole who is expecting their second child any day now. Thanks for letting Rick do this.
We will see you next year. Stay tuned for the final total … all in support of the Milton District Hospital Foundation. Our community needs this hospital expanded and the community showed just how much this weekend. Thank you!
Fire victims thankful for donation offers, but decline
The family whose home was destroyed by fire after a gas main ruptured yesterday has asked the people of Milton to save their donations for those who truly need them.
Hamid Khan, who lived in the Bennett Boulevard home with his wife, eight-year-old son and five- and three-year-old daughters, said he appreciated the sentiment behind the donations but added that he had insurance to cover the damage and a “good job” to provide for his family during the days ahead.
He added: “God bless those who want to give.”
So far Shoeless Joe’s, the Salvation Army and Mattamy Homes have offered to act as drop-off locations for giving families.
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Many thanks to the people who over the last 18 hours have emailed me offering to help these families in need. Its been a busy time for a lot of people involved from the fire / police department, to the Union Gas employees working until 330AM last night to the dozens of volunteers to help out at EC Drury school for the heating centre.
There are currently plans in the works with Salvation Army to co-ordinate a drop off for the famlies involved in the fire and I should have an update soon. So far to my knowledge there are 2 other locations for people to drop off items. One location is Shoeless Joe’s in Milton (thanks to Z1035 tweeting that info) and the other location is the Mattamy Sales office at Derry Road and Trudeau.
If you want to drop off at the Mattamy Sales office you can go during business hours (today 1PM to 8PM, Friday from 1PM to 6PM, Sat & Sun 11AM to 6PM) up until this Sunday December 19th.
I’ll try to find out the hours for Shoeless Joes and update this post as soon as I can.
Kashif from the Hawthorne Villager, who is a good friend of the family involved also is accepting any items people are willing to donate. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I should also have an update on a bank account to help out the family as well. Stay tuned!
Just before our council meeting on Monday, we were invited to the town hall lobby for a cheque presentation to the Milton Centre for the Arts. Local business MinMaxx added their name to the list of corporate donors by pledging $150,000.
Azim Rizvee, Broker of Record, MinMaxx Realty Inc. stated that “…it is another way for us to pay back to the community where we live and work, and our kids play and study every day. Thank you, Milton, for helping us help everyone we all call “neighbours” through our ongoing partnership!”
Azim and his family make Milton their home as well, so it just seemed natural for them to make a further investment in our community. MinMaxx joins a growing list of major donors that include Mattamy Homes, Holcim, Cogeco, Chudleighs and others who have made major investments in our arts centre.
The Town of Milton’s goal is to have $2.2 million in donations and we are inching ever so close to that amount. You can find out more information about our coroporate sponsors and how you can put your mark on the new Arts Centre by going to www.investinthearts.ca
Many thanks to all of our corporate and personal sponsors of the Milton Centre for the Arts. Every dollar pledged helps offset some of the costs involved in operating the facility. Speaking with many of you during the most recent municipal election campaign I heard that this project, while useful, should have been put off for a few more years until Milton grew and is able to support such a facility from a financial aspect. Unfortunately, we cannot reverse the decision so we as a council have to do what we can to get more involvement from our corporate citizens like the ones who have already donated.