Halton Region Asks For Input On Communication

If you are interested in taking part in the survey by Halton Region, please sign up at www.halton.ca/mvp

This is a great service provided by the Region to get as much citizen input as possible and work towards making things better.  I know that when I speak with residents in Milton about both town and regional issues, many state they don’t know what is being worked on and the time lines of these projects.

It’s our job as elected officials and as governments to do our best to make sure people are informed and that there are resources available to get that information.  If you go to the Region of Halton website www.halton.ca you will find there is a page with all contact information for different departments.  Its called the Social Media centre and I urge you to visit it and follow on Facebook, Twitter and RSS news feeds each one of these areas to stay on top of any changes, news and what’s happening in your area.

Here is the link.

Make sure you register as part of the MVP program on the Halton website and take part in this and other surveys.

I’ll see you at the doors.

Halton Region asks residents to comment on construction information

Release Date: Jan 22, 2013

On Monday, January 28, Halton Region will release a new survey to evaluate the effectiveness of its communications efforts in support of regional infrastructure planning and construction projects.

The survey is part of the ongoing Halton MVP (myViewPoint) survey series that asks an online panel of Halton residents for input on Regional programs and services. The survey results will be used to improve the Building a Better Halton communications program.

“Construction affects all of us in Halton Region,” said Regional Chair Gary Carr. “Our goal is to provide residents, businesses and commuters with useful and timely information that will help reduce the impact of Regional construction on drive times and daily life throughout the region.”

To receive Halton MVP surveys, residents must join the survey panel and complete a demographic questionnaire. Panelists may be invited to participate in up to eight surveys each year on a variety of Regional programs and services. Registration is open to all residents of Halton Region (excluding employees of Halton Region) 18 years of age or older. To register, or for more information about Halton MVP, visit www.halton.ca/MVP.

To participate in the next survey on construction communications, eligible Halton residents must join the MVP panel by Sunday, January 27, 2013.

The Halton MVP survey panel is managed and administered by Jane Armstrong Research Associates on behalf of Halton Region through a secure website. All correspondence, data collection and data analysis are the responsibility of Armstrong Research. The names of panelists, or any other identifiable information, will not be released without written permission by the participant. Individual views will remain anonymous and data will always be analyzed and presented to Halton Region in the aggregate.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; emergency medical services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; social/non-profit housing; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.

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Media Contact

Pamela Janes
Communications Specialist
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7232
pamela.janes@halton.ca

Milton School Boundary Review Coming Up

Many thanks to Milton School Board Trustee Donna Danielli for sending me this information today.

As I go out knocking on doors speaking with Milton residents, one of the top concerns I hear is schools.  When will we be getting more?  When is the next one being built?  When it is built will my children be transferred.

We found out in October of last year (see my post) there will be a new school constructed near Fourth Line and Derry Road for occupation (HOPEFULLY) for September 2013.  With that announcement a lot of people were curious as to what will happen with their children.  There is no doubt about the need for more schools in Milton as many councillors including myself attended an AMO Conference this year to meet with education officials at the provincial government about it.

One of the main concerns of those in our ward who were once attending Hawthorne Village PS and transferred to Tiger Jeet Singh PS is … will they have to move again?  Many parents would NOT like to move again for a number of reasons, and as a parent I have to agree.

So Donna has let us know there will be a school boundary review coming up on January 17th, which as a parent I will be attending.

Here are the details.  Many thanks Donna!

The Halton District School Board invites parents and members of the community to attend a public consultation meeting regarding school boundaries in southeast Milton.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Bruce Trail Public School (1199 Costigan Road, Milton), beginning at 7 p.m.

As a result of the opening of the new Milton #7 public school (625 Sauve Street) in September 2013, the Board is conducting a boundary review that will impact Bruce Trail PS, E.W. Foster PS, Hawthorne Village PS, Sam Sherratt PS, Tiger Jeet Singh PS and W.I. Dick PS. The purpose of this meeting is to provide information about the boundary review process, review boundary scenarios and give members of the public an opportunity to provide feedback.

The scenarios being presented at the meeting will be shared on the Board website at www.hdsb.ca, under the heading “Program and Accommodation”.

SNOW PLOWING INFORMATION

Ive had quite a few emails this morning as to when streets will be plowed and other snow information.

Here are some links for SNOW

http://www.milton.ca/en/live/resources/ … -roads.pdf

This link is the target snow clearing timelines in town….which roads (arterial, collector, etc) get done first.

http://www.milton.ca/en/live/snowremoval.asp

This link is the main snow page on the Town of Milton site.

Dont forget if you can avoid it at all…do not park on the road to allow for the snow plows.

Allow the Plow!

We all want our street cleared of snow quickly, but nothing slows down the work of snow plows more than cars parked on the street.

Please remember:Mascot named Allow the Plow

3-hour parking unless otherwise posted.
Cars must be off the road during snow plowing (3-hour parking limit does not apply).
Cars impeding snow plowing can be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.
Keeping your car off the street will speed up snow removal.

If your street has not been cleared within 24 hours after a storm has ended, please call the Snow Control office:

Engineering Services
Phone:905-878-7252 ext 2500

Region of Halton To Test Emergency Notification System

I just received notice that the Region of Halton will be testing its Community Emergency Notification System (CEMS) on December 6th between the hours of 6:30 and 8:30 PM.

This service allows emergency personnel such as health or police services to send important information to residents (ie boil water advisories, evacuations, etc)  The test for all municipalities in Halton is scheduled for Thursday December 6th and the area identified in Milton for the test is Ward 1.

Here is a copy of the map.

Here is a copy of the letter to Milton residents:

Dear Resident:

On Thursday, December 6, between 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., you may receive an automated telephone call from Halton Region and the Town of Milton as part of our Community Emergency Notification Service (CENS). Please help us evaluate the service by picking up, listening to the call and confirming receipt of the call by pressing 1.

If you receive the call, when you answer you will hear the following recorded message:

“Hello. This is a public safety test message from Halton Region and the Town of Milton. This is a test of the Community Emergency Notification Service. Once again, this is just a test. There is no emergency. During a real emergency, this service would provide further instructions. If you have any questions, please contact Access Halton by dialing 311. Please press 1 now to confirm receipt of this test message. Thank you for your cooperation.”

No further action is required. If you do not answer and have an answering service, a message will be left for you.

The Community Emergency Notification Service is an automated telephone call-out service that allows emergency personnel such as police or fire officials to send important information to residents in case of a real emergency. During an actual emergency, CENS would be used together with other methods of notification, such as radio, television, web or emergency personnel going door to door.

“Halton Region’s Emergency Management Program works to enhance the safety of residents,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “Halton works with police, Local Municipalities, fire departments, Emergency Medical Services and other community partners and agencies to ensure that Halton is prepared to deal with emergency situations.”

For more information, visit www.halton.ca/beprepared.

If you have questions about the CENS test on December 6, please dial 311. You may also receive a follow-up telephone call from Halton Region asking for your feedback about the test.

A copy of the News Release can be found here and a copy of the FAQ here.

This will be just a test and nothing else will be required of you.  If you live in the area, please let your friends and neighbours know.  I will be posting this information on a regular basis on my Twitter and Facebook as well.

The Region of Halton thanks you in advance for your participation and cooperation.

Budget Time Is Coming

Its that time of year again.

No, not Halloween…thats over.  Not Christmas time either.  Its 2013 BUDGET TIME.

Now these words normally spread fear in the hearts and minds (and therefore changes the sleeping patterns) of elected officials but its a very important time of the year.  If youve been reading the local papers, other Halton area municipalities are beginning their budget discussions.  Just today, there was an overview of the Halton 2013 budget presented to regional council and should be made available online today www.halton.ca/budget for public view.

The Town of Milton budget will be available a little later this month on November 26th…unless they get it ready sooner.  Id much prefer to have it available earlier as to give members of council and the public time to go over some of the major projects underway.  The town does have budget call reports throughout the year as Ive posted on my blog many times and this is the final budget to be reviewed before the meeting on December 10th and 11th.

As I outlined on my Twitter feed earlier today from the Regional Council meeting, here are some of the highlights of the 2013 Halton budget overview.

* Long term plan for Halton might be increases at or around rate of inflation. Provincial cutbacks might throw curve ball in future years.

10:17 AM – 14 Nov 12

* Clr Meed Ward asking what can future years increase look like for Halton & sites her experience in Burlington with spiked tax inc’s.

10:16 AM – 14 Nov 12

* Are we preparing for more download from province of services due to their financial condition at the Region of Halton?

10:14 AM – 14 Nov 12

* Reg Clr Meed Ward is concerned about the “party being over” for 0% increases. Inflation right now roughly 1.8% now.

10:08 AM – 14 Nov 12

* Reg Clr Colin Best asks questions re MPAC to ensure speed of new assessments. #MiltonON growth closer to 8% rather than 1.5% region wide.

10:07 AM – 14 Nov 12

* Region of #Halton continues to have a triple A credit rating

10:04 AM – 14 Nov 12

* 66% of $3.9 B in growth related infrastructure all funded by development charges #Halton

10:03 AM – 14 Nov 12

* Timing of project depends on allocation programs in 2013 and beyond. #Halton

10:02 AM – 14 Nov 12

* On the Capital side $3.9 B ten year program for transportation, waste management projects etc…#Halton

9:59 AM – 14 Nov 12

$584K for new waste diversion programs to increase life of the landfill which is “the most important asset of the region of #Halton

9:55 AM – 14 Nov 12

Rate impact for #Halton ends up being zero due to GTA pooling savings.

9:54 AM – 14 Nov 12

* Assessment growth is expected to be 1.5% (new prop)#Halton MPAC assessments have been done. If you’ve incr more than avg taxes might go up.

9:52 AM – 14 Nov 12

* Region of #Halton budget to be put online in packet format to help those who use tablets as well.

9:49 AM – 14 Nov 12

SO needless to say the next few weeks will be busy reading these documents, finding out where money is being spent and getting feedback from the public on both the Region of Halton and Town of Milton budgets.  From time to time here on my blog, I will be posting reports and some feedback I have about the budgets and I hope you take time to read them.

For those of you who are interested, there will be a budget “information session” at the Milton Sports Centre on Wednesday November 28th in Room #4 from 7pm to 9pm for you to be able to ask questions and give us feedback and your thoughts on the Milton and Region of Halton budgets for 2013.  Regional Councillor Colin Best, myself and hopefully some more of our council colleagues will be there.  Send me an email mike@mikecluett.ca if youre interested in attending.