Britannia Road Environmental Assessment Completed

Update JULY 2014

Here is the most up to date information from Halton Region regarding the Britannia Road widening project.

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Further to our recent discussion, the following is an update on the work underway to implement the water, wastewater and road improvements on Britannia Road from Tremaine Road to Regional Road 25.

The EA for the Britannia Road improvements through the entire corridor from Tremaine to the 407 is being finalized for filing in late September.

The detailed design of the water and wastewater mains between Tremaine and Regional Road 25 is proceeding for tendering this Fall, with construction scheduled for completion in the Fall of 2015.

The detailed design of the widening of the road and the CN Grade Separation east of Tremaine Road is also proceeding and construction of the road works will commence immediately following completion of the water and wastewater works.

A detailed communication plan will be implemented as we get closer to the start of construction.

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The environmental assessment for expansion of Britannia Rd is complete. A report to be presented at the Planning & Public Works meeting on March 19th will outline the details of the EA.

http://sirepub.halton.ca/cache/2/s5ovydjdsi3qsugjgnaeqybr/17099203132014040442214.PDF

This now opens the door to get shovels in the ground to expand Britannia Road from Tremaine Road to HWY 407.

This project was accelerated back in 2008 by Halton Region as it was originally slated to START in 2021 if you can believe it. The EA process has been long due to dealing with property acquisitions AND funding.

It wont be done right away but at least we can look forward to this long awaited and much needed project to begin sometime in 2015 if everything goes to plan.

For more info on this project visit the Halton wesbite pagehttp://www.halton.ca/cms/one.aspx?portalId=8310&pageId=49605

Oh the weather outside is frightfull….

Its that time of year again Milton.  SNOW IS COMING.

Well some of it is here now is small doses but the weather reports are showing that the GMA (Greater Milton Area) is slated for a little dusting of the white stuff over the course of the weekend.  With this in mind, I thought it prudent to give you a link to the Town of Milton website showing some information on snow plowing, when it happens, and what you can do to help everything out.

One of the BEST things people can do during a snow fall is to keep their cars off the road as to allow the snow plow to clean your streets properly.  We saw last year during a big snow fall, there were a number of people who parked their cars on the road and ended up ticketed or snowed in because the plow had to move around them.  Lets hope we dont have this happen again this year.

Here is the link to the Town of Milton SNOW PAGE and if you DO have any questions, please email or call.  If we do get a large amount of snow, please take this into consideration when calling as you might have to leave a message but we will do our best to get to your street.  In a recent presentation to council, engineering services outlined many improvements to our snow clearing policy and procedures, including using GPS to track each of our plows and ensure things are done as quickly as possible.

Here is an outline of our snow plowing response times for each type of street in Milton.

Hopefully this will give you some information on how things are done and what you can do to assist in helping our crews get to every street as quickly as possible.  This coming weekend might not be a HUGE storm, but this is Canada and it WILL happen.  Bookmark this page and share it with your friends on Twitter and Facebook to keep it handy if and when the big one comes.

NOW…Im out to shovel what little came down today and lets hope for a safe, snow free weekend.

I’ll see you at the doors.

Blue Bins With Lids? Could be coming soon.

Coming up at tomorrow’s Region of Halton Planning & Public Works meeting will be a report on the Blue Box Litter Containment Study.  As some might remember this past spring, there were a number of days that were very windy not only in ward 6 but everywhere in the town of Milton.

During these windy days of spring, a number of people came home daily to piles of recycled waste all over lawns, in parks and along the sides of many roads.  It almost came to be expected that whatever day your garbage was to be collected, the wind would blow it away.

I never really saw it as much of a problem since the Blue Box program began many moons ago, but this time it felt different.  Every week the number of email’s I received would increase.  “Why is the garbage all over the place?” “What is the town going to do with all the flying garbage?”

Garbage collection in Milton is handled by the Region of Halton and after a few windy weeks, it was brought up at Regional Council and hence this report was prepared.

From the report the recommendation is as follows:

RECOMMENDATION

1. THAT Council approve the 22 gallon Blue Box as the new standard Blue Box in Halton Region as outlined in Report No. PW-65-12 re: “Blue Box Litter Containment Study”.
 2. THAT Council authorize staff to issue a Request for Proposal for the manufacture and supply of a 22 gallon Blue Box with an affixed lid.

The report outlines a number of different options in order to handle the flying recycling debris problem that Milton has faced over since this past spring, including lids on the blue boxes, accepting recycled materials in clear plastic bags, or going to the “new standard” 22 gallon blue box.

Obviously there will be additional costs to the Region to order, produce and deliver these new 22 gallon Blue Boxes which will be subsidized by taxpayers.

Is this something you feel is needed at this point?  Can the Region provide better communications / instruction to homeowners to better pack their blue boxes in order to avoid this flying debris problem we’re just now facing?

To give you an idea, here’s the financial impact from the report:

FINANCIAL/PROGRAM IMPLICATIONS

Based on the annual average number of Blue Boxes distributed each year, the cost increase as a result of implementing the 22 gallon Blue Box as the new standard is an estimated $28,600 per year.

The annual purchase of 2,000 Blue Boxes with an affixed lid is estimated to be $30,000.

As a result, a total of $58,600 will be incorporated into the 2013 Budget and Business Plan for consideration.

Let me know what you think in the comments or email me mike@mikecluett.ca – on Twitter www.twitter.com/mike_cluettor Facebook!

 

Milton Strawberry Fair June 23rd

Its that time of year again folks. The best combination is summer time and strawberries.

On June 23rd will be the 32nd annual Strawberry Fair at the Milton Fairgrounds in support of the Milton District Hospital Auxiliary.   For more details you can visit this page.  Thousands of people attend every year for some strawberries and ice cream as well as sample from vendors across the region.

Fun for the whole family – bouncy castles, games, prizes, baking, vendors marketplace, rides, entertainment, strawberries, ice-cream, shortcake and daiquiris all day!

Strawberry pancake breakfast by The Optimist Club of Milton

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience one of Milton’s great traditions and make sure you attend this years Strawberry Fair in support of the Milton District Hospital.

McHappy Day In Milton A Success

WOW!  Thats all I have to say.  Thank you to everyone who took part in the McHappy Day in Milton on May 2nd. 

The McDonalds restaurant was packed from noon onwards.  I was privilegedto be a part of a wonderful event.  You might have seen me near the drive thru’s asking for your change and smiles. :) Everyone was so generous in purchasing “boots” for the wall, balloons for the kids and simply taking your spare change and dollar bills and donating it to the cause. 

One of the McDonalds employees Mark shared some great information with me today:

Hey Mike, Just thought I would share some numbers with you from Yesterday’s McHappy Day here in Milton. We raised $8294.00 for the Milton District Hospital Foundation & Ronald McDonald House Hamilton!!! That blows away last year’s total by over $2700!! We sold the most Happy Meal’s out of any of the 1400 McDonald’s stores in Canada for the 3rd year in a row! Hopefully I will have a solid number for donations across Canada by mid afternoon!

Thanks again for your Support! Hope to see you around town!

That total is awesome and thanks to Mark for posting that on my Facebook Page.  (You can go there too, click LIKE and be informed of things that are going on in Milton that affect you.)

In addtion to myself, other local officials came out to help including Mayor Gord Krantz, Brian Penman, Greg Nelson, Rick Di Lorenzo, Arnold Huffman (and if Ive missed any Im sorry) as well as KISS 92.5FM Host (and local Miltonian) SCOTT FOX was there too.  Scotts a trooper as hes always on the end of my jokes because of his boyish good looks :)

Lets keep up the good work Milton and hope that next years total is over $10,000!!!!