Its budget time! I know, I know you’ve all be waiting on this moment each and every year. www.halton.ca/budget is where you can find the full 562 page budget document for Halton Region.
The Town of Milton 2014 budget is expected to be released November 25th on or about so that will give you LOTS of time to review this one.
OR, I can save you some time and review it for you. I know at THIS point it isn’t technically my job (that can be fixed on or about October 27, 2014) but I will do my best to review this one and provide some commentary.
So far it looks like Halton Region will continue its trend of 0% increases given the amount of growth with only a 0.4% increase allotted to Police Services. I’ll have more details as I continue to sift through the document. If there are any questions people have, please feel free to let me know.
Thinking of something to do this weekend? Looking to get into the Christmas spirit before the annual Milton Santa Claus Parade on Sunday?
Why dont you take some time this Saturday to take the United Way Christmas House Tour through Milton. Tickets for the Friday limo driven event have been sold out for some time but you can still take advantage of some tickets that are still available for Saturday’s self guided tour.
Six Milton homes have been specially decorated for this event and the tickets only cost $30, which is a great deal. Each year this event gets better and better and its an amazing way of getting to know some neighbours and get into the Christmas spirit.
On November 4th there will be lane reductions on Derry Road from Scott Blvd to Bronte St to complete the watermain construction that was started recently. Here is a notice sent from Halton Region. Please keep this in mind when driving in the area.
RE: Lane Reduction – Derry Road/CN Grade Separation, Town of Milton on Monday November 4, 2013
(Halton Contract R-2749-13)
Halton will be completing two watermain connections on Monday November 4, 2013. In order to facilitate the work, Halton will be reducing Derry Road (Regional Road 7) between Scott Boulevard and Bronte Street to one lane in each direction for the duration of the day. The work will begin at approximately 6:00 a.m. and will be completed by approximately 8:00 p.m.
The public will be notified of the traffic restriction by notices posted on the portable variable message boards west of Scott Boulevard and east of Bronte Street. The Milton Hospital and the Milton Fire Station on Savoline Boulevard will be notified separately. Halton Regional Police will also be on site to direct traffic during this time.
We understand that this lane restriction will cause some traffic congestion during this timeframe and encourage drivers to consider an alternate route for this day.
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact Halton’s Project Manager, Jennifer Trimble at 905-825-6000, extension 7690.
For those of us who anxiously look forward to this time of year, its now upon us. November 1st begins this years MOVEMBER campaign to raise money in support of Mens Health and in particular prostate cancer.
This year I have set up a team of MILTON MO’s for anyone to join and participate. SO…if youre up to it and have read the rules (yes there are rules to growing your moustashe) click on the link here http://ca.movember.com/team/1191621 and join.
Throughout MOvember, I will be updating the page with pictures as well as other team members so check in often. I might actually continue with the annual tradition of having the person with the largest donation to my personal MO getting to chose the colour from November 24th to 30th…so keep that in mind. The last couple of years its been blonde and in keeping with the grey cup Calgary Stampeder Red last year.
Just a few more days to prepare to grow the MO…so join the Milton MO’s today.
While driving to school or work today did you notice a number of students walking along Louis St Laurent and 4th Line as well as other areas in town? Those were CKSS students participating (in what I believe is the first annual) Community Clean Up.
Many students at CKSS took time from their schedule today to tackle the garbage problem that we face in this area. Even before 930 this morning I had received a couple of calls and tweets about how impressed they were with their initiative in cleaning up our neighbourhoods.
I have outlined through my Twitter many times this past year there is a growing problem with garbage and the roadside dumpings that have happened. Many residents have taken it upon themselves to dump household waste in the green containers along Louis St Laurent and a number of our local parks instead of paying for extra garbage tags.
Town and Regional staff are continuously looking at this problem to see what solution we can come up with. Seeing garbage bags ripped open by racoons or other animals with waste flying all around isn’t attractive whatsoever and I get a lot of comments from local residents and students about this.
So once again….thank you to the students of Craig Kielburger Secondary School for taking this task on and giving back to the community. Your hard work has not gone unnoticed. Great job!
Take some time to take a look at the website and please share this website with your friends on Twitter and Faceboowith your friends as well.
Here is a brief description of what Project Autism is:
What is Project Autism?
Project Autism is a grassroots initiative focused on changing the perception and improving the lives of those affected by autism. We are a community of families, friends and supporters dedicated to increasing public awareness, acceptance and understanding through education, advocacy and support through social programs and learning opportunities for people of all ages.
We are 100% volunteer run and funded by our many supporters.
As many regular readers of my blog and Twitter account will know, I have been doing a lot of talking about The Big Move and its plans, or lack thereof, for Halton. Plans are currently underway for the province of Ontario to receive Metrolinx’s report in June that will recommend many different “revenue generating tools”, most commonly referred to as taxes, to pay for the over $50 Billion in transit growth in the GTHA.
I’ve clearly stated during this conversation that I feel the province needs to come to the table with some of its own funding ideas that don’t include tax increases, levies, or massive user fees. They’ve ignored those suggestions continually which has forced Halton Region and other levels of government to make their own decisions regarding the Big Move.
This past Wednesday, Halton Regional council unanimously endorsed a recommendation to the province of Ontario that if Halton’s needs for transit expansion (all day GO train service for Milton and Halton Hills) are not addressed in the current 15 year plan for the Big Move that council will consider putting the brakes on growth in the region.
Bold statement for sure. It’s a demand from the region that if the province won’t look after our needs and concerns for growth, and considering we are in the Places To Grow area that will see Milton end up with a population of over 300,000 or more in future years, then we have to make changes to OUR growth plan.
Is this a bit of posturing? Yes. Is it possible? Not really. Will it end up costing lots of money? You bet it will.
That’s a story for another day. The reason I bring all of this up is that during this meeting some comments were made by current Regional Councillor Tony Lambert that I found to be confusing to say the least.
If you’ve been following along with this debate on the Hawthorne Villager forum, you will know that Tony has been stating for a long time that he is opposing growth in Milton until the province meets “his” demands and those include the all-day GO train service for Milton and a new GO Station at Trafalgar and the 401.
He’s made statements that he when first elected to Milton council, was to “try to shut development down!” He was a bit confused as he did vote against 2 reports at our first meeting which was to receive information reports on Derry Green business park and the Boyne Survey and no decisions or plans were included.
And other comments like this:
“Like me or not, I am whom I am. I will take your money, but if you come against the people my face will be against you (no apologies). I will STILL win, on $0 of donations. Just watch.
If I cared less, I would be asleep. Brian, corporations do not determine who represents the voters of wards 1 6 7 and 8 in Milton, the PEOPLE do!”
He then made other comments about Derry Green Business park, which when completed with bring hundreds of jobs and businesses to Milton so that as a community, we wouldn’t have to rely on 401 and other major roads to get to work. In fact it might help increase transit ridership locally if we do. But he said he would try to stop it.
“Yes, Derry Green means local jobs but also more motorists and trucks. I will see if we look at shutting that down also.”
“So the delay I will be fighting for on future development unless the province changes their stance on Milton (and I hope their reading this), kicks in. Less new people/development = less local transit expansion/costs. So therefore, Mr./Mrs. Taxpayer is protected if I win and show the Government of Ontario to think twice. To not try to force 150,000 people in my 4 wards on top of the 100,000 people here, and not keep up transportation infrastructure (trains as an option). NO – NOT HAPPENING! “
So by these comments you can ascertain that Tony is against business growth in Milton that will mean jobs and more importantly revenue for the Town of Milton and the Region of Halton in the form of development charges and property taxes. He also supported the Milton transit expansion at the 2013 budget discussions and recently at Milton council meetings, but says he’s “protecting” tax payers.
All of this brings me to his comments at the Halton regional council meeting yesterday.
Here’s the partial transcript of his statement before the vote.
…if we don’t, perhaps build up our local areas more such as Milton Burlington and Halton and Georgetown and Oakville, we may have to look at more investments in improving infrastructure 20 years from now but we will be looking at future dollars and future billions of dollars so perhaps the province as they see the message we are giving them this morning, can perhaps look at instead of spending 10s of billions of dollars in widening the 401 which they probably will have to do but also look at building up businesses in local communities.”
So now he’s made mention of building up local areas for business in order to help alleviate the congestion on our roads and highways. More local jobs can lead to less cars on the road, more usage of transit and overall a better quality of life in Milton. And he is apparently against that. Or is he?
My question is this? Where does he stand on this? One day he mentions doing everything possible to stop all business growth in Milton and then another day states that growth of businesses locally is a good idea.
The town of Milton has received an application from Rogers for the installation of a 35 metre cell tower for the corner of Louis St Laurent and Thompson Road. This location is going to be a Tim Hortons restaurant and the tower application is pending a public meeting and review by town staff.
The proponents of the application are Proliferate Group representing Rogers to keep up with the ever increasing demand for services in the community. Regular readers of my blog are aware that there is still an application pending for a cell tower at New Life Church by Bell Canada. These applications are not related.
Proliferate Group are holding a public meeting on Thursday April 25th from 6-8pm at Milton Leisure Centre.
If you would like to send comments you can always email me email@example.com or you can contact the following individuals:
Sean Galbraith, Rogers Communications
Profilerate Consulting Group
21A Prince Street Toronto, Ont. M5B 2P7 firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 416 732 5069
Angela Janzen, Planning & Development Department
Town of Milton
150 Mary Street Milton, Ont. L9T 6Z5 email@example.com
Phone: 905 878 7211
I will update the blog when this application comes before council for review. As with the other tower application, town comments will be based on if it complies with our telecommunications policy. That can be found here.
Here are some pictures from the proposal received to give you a better idea where its to be located on the property.