Derry Road Closure Aug 21-22nd

Please note that there will be a temporary road closure of Derry Road at the CN Rail lines beginning Friday August 21 at 5am to Saturday August 22nd at 5am

The following is a detour route for this short period of time. This looks to be the last road closure before the completion of this project which was scheduled for completion in Summer 2015.

Thank in advance for your patience. If you have any questions please call or email me mike.cluett@milton.ca

Main St Closure – Ward 8

Scheduled Road Closure Advisory Main Street -Between Scott Boulevard and Bronte Street

Scheduled road closure in effect from: 7:00am Monday, August 24 to 5:00pm Monday, November 30,2015

In order to accommodate the reconstruction of Main Street, the section between Scott Blvd. to Bronte Street will be closed to vehicular traffic during the time noted above. Only local traffic will be permitted.

During this closure, traffic will be detoured via Bronte Street, Derry Road, Tremaine Rd and Steeles Avenue.

The Town of Milton is committed to programs for maintaining and improving our vital infrastructure and services to our community.

We respectfully request and thank you for your patience and understanding during this period.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Email me as always mike.cluett@milton.ca

CN Presentation to Halton Region Council May 27th 2015

The following is a clip from todays Halton Region council meeting where CN makes a presentation outlining its newly named “Milton Logistics Hub Project” aka Milton Intermodal.

More details and comments to come.  I had posted a link to the Halton website earlier on Twitter and some have commented their browsers werent able to view the meeting, so that section has been uploaded to YouTube.

 

Next Step In Regional Representation Review

Halton Region MapDuring the last election campaign I spoke to many residents in Milton about the importance of “Fairness For Milton.” You can read those ideas here.

Recently the Region passed a notice of motion to ask Halton municipalities (Milton, Oakville, Burlington & Halton Hills) to provide a report on their support for changes to the make up of regional council.

Right now the make up is as follows:

Oakville (7)

Burlington (7)

Halton Hills (3)

Milton (3)

The additional member is the Regional Chair Gary Carr and he is elected across Halton.

This coming Monday, Milton Town Council will be discussing a staff report ES 15-15 to review our ideas and options to bring to Halton Region.

You can find a link to that staff report here (its 15 pages long, but still an excellent read)  Milton staff report highlights a number of different options, including one to move to weighted voting where each municipality has a number of votes based on its population.  I’ll discuss more in a later blog.

Once this is approved by Milton Town Council, the report will be forwarded to Halton Region staff and await the other municipalities reports.  If 3 of 4 Halton municipalities agree that changes are needed, the process moves forward.

There is a time frame needed in order to make these changes before the next election.  If nothing is done or agreed to by Halton Regional council by 2017, it would be impossible to make the changes before October 2018 which is the next municipal election.

Have a look at the report and let me know what you think.

Milton Has To Wait For University Campus … again

Markham chosen by the Province of Ontario for new York Campus while Milton continues to wait….yet again.

Here is a press release from the Town of Milton today.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Town of Milton forges on with plans for a Laurier campus

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities announced that the City of Markham’s proposal for a combined York University/Seneca College campus has been accepted by the ministry’s capital expansion process. According to Minister Moridi, Markham’s is the sole proposal that will be considered at this time.

The announcement has deeply disappointed the Town of Milton and Wilfrid Laurier University. Since 2008, the two have been building a strong and determined partnership with the goal of bringing post-secondary opportunities to Canada’s fastest-growing municipality.

The Laurier Milton bid proposed a 150-acre university campus situated within a 400-acre Milton Education Village (MEV) on the southwest side of town, adjacent to the Niagara Escarpment. The MEV would be a purpose-built, fully integrated neighbourhood of multi-level education, research and commercialization, as well as complementary residential and commercial development.

“While I am thoroughly disappointed and saddened by this decision, it only strengthens our resolve to make the Milton Education Village a reality,” said Mayor Gord Krantz. “A university campus is key to building a complete community and we will continue to work closely with Laurier to bring that vision to life.”

During his announcement, Minister Moridi also mentioned that a targeted call for proposals for a postsecondary facility in Peel and Halton regions will be issued in the spring of 2016. The Town, along with Wilfrid Laurier and Halton Region will continue to move forward with conceptual plans for the MEV and will develop strategies to ensure that their bid is successful when the second call comes forward.

“Halton Region is committed to continuing to work with our community partners to help bring high-quality post-secondary education to the Town of Milton,” said Gary Carr, Halton’s Regional Chair. “The proposed Milton Education Village would fuel economic growth and foster community partnerships. We look forward to a successful outcome during the next investment by the Province in 2016.”

For additional information about the Milton Education Village, visitwww.milton.ca/en/townhall/miltoneducationvillage.asp.

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