Spring Cleaning with BurlingtonGreen

 

April 23, 2014

Burlington Clean UpBurlington Spring clean up

Spring clean up has begun and there is much activity taking place around Burlington with street sweeping, sod repairs, and litter clean up. Halton Region is continuing to pick up brush and debris from this winter’s ice storm through the end of May.

Coming this weekend is the BurlingtonGreen annual Clean Up Green Up. Please join in with your friends, family, school and neighbours to help break last year’s record of 13,500 participants.

Green Up

Burlington Clean Up

Planting trees at Beachway Park at last year’s Clean Up Green Up

In addition to the city wide clean ups taking place April 21 to April 26, BurlingtonGreen will also have 100 volunteers over at Beachway Park picking up litter along the shoreline and “Greening Up” by removing invasive non-native plants and planting native grasses, shrubs and trees in an effort to continue to work to restore the fragile ecosystem there.

New this year, a second Green Up event again at Beachway on May 31 to continue the work. Both of these Green Up projects are thanks to the Province of Ontario’s Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.

Join in and sign up for this year’s city-wide clean up.

Thank you to BurlingtonGreen for this annual initiative and encourage residents to join in.

Ice Storm Update #8: Relief from the province

Feb. 26, 2014

Ice Storm Relief

I’m pleased that the provincial government has responded to the GTHA Mayors request for assistance to deal with ice storm recovery and costs.

We await further details of the one-time provincial Ice Storm Assistance Program to understand what costs will be covered. Together the GTHA Mayors presented as much as $275 million in damages to the province. We need to know what costs the province will deem eligible for the $190 million available.

And now, we need the federal government to step up to help municipalities cover the extensive costs of this storm. The ice storm was a catastrophic event for municipalities and we are still cleaning up.

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Budget 2014, Brant Street Pier, LaSalle Park Marina: February 2014 Progress Report

 

February 7, 2014

Burlington Progress Report: February 2014

Committee and Council Meetings

Information on the most recent standing Committee meetings is available online, including agendas, minutes and videos.

  • Development and Infrastructure Committee: February 3, 2014
  • Community and Corporate Services Committee: February 4, 2013
  • City Committee Highlights from last month: January 23, 2014

Our next Council meeting is on February 18 where we will be considering the Proposed Capital Budget.

Budget 2014

On February 18th, Council will vote on approving the Proposed Capital Budget for 2014. Immediately after, we will begin our review of the proposed 2014 Current operating budget at the Community and Corporate Services Committee at 9:30 a.m. on February 20, 2014.  A special Council meeting will be held immediately following the Committee meeting to approve the Current budget.

On January 29th, we held an interactive workshop about the city’s 2014 current and capital budgets. We had a great turn out at this meeting. Participants had the opportunity to discuss service choices, infrastructure, and the long-term financial plan while learning more about the city’s 2014 current and capital budgets and the impact the budget will have on 2014 property taxes.
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Ice Storm Update #7: Mayors and Chairs meet to discuss relief

January 17, 2014

Ice Storm Meeting of GTHA Mayors

Today I met with 18 other Mayors and 3 Regional Chairs from across the Greater Hamilton-Toronto Area to discuss financial support from the provincial and federal governments to clean up from the ice storm. Many of the municipalities affected by the storm will be requesting financial assistance to help with clean up. The purpose of today’s meeting was to coordinate the request and approach to both the province and the federal government for assistance.

GTHA Mayors and Chairs Ice Storm Meeting

Meeting with GTHA Mayors & Chairs to discuss ice storm relief in Mississauga, Jan. 17, 2014

The meeting was chaired by Hazel McCallion, Mayor of Mississauga, and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Linda Jeffrey was in attendance.

Together the GTHA Mayors and Chairs unanimously supported a resolution to request that the provincial and federal governments fund 1/3 of the full cost of response and ongoing recovery from the ice storm.  We requested a response by March 1, 2014.
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Ice Storm, Budget 2014, Infrastructure Update and Parking: Burlington Progress Report: January 2014

 

January 10, 2014

Burlington Progress Report: January 2014

Upcoming Committee and Council Meetings

The first cycle of the new year has some very weighty issues to discuss including:

  1. Report regarding the Official Plan Review and a preliminary study of the heritage character of the Mount Nemo Plateau.
  2. Report providing information on the feasibility of implementing an Interim Control By-law in the Roseland Community.
  3. Report requesting a zoning regulation review related to the commercial production of medical marijuana.
  4. Report regarding the rezoning application for 5000 & 5014 New Street. (South east corner of Appleby and New – staff are recommending rezoning to allow a roof top patio for a restaurant.)
  5. Report recommending endorsement of the Burlington Community Energy Plan. (more on this in my next update)
  6. Report(s) providing an overview of the 2014 budget and resulting tax rate increases.

You can access agendas, minutes and videos for Standing Committee meetings and the meetings of Council here including the reports listed above.

  • Development and Infrastructure Committee: January 13, 2014
  • Community and Corporate Services Committee: January 14, 2013
  • City Committee Highlights: December 9, 2013

Snow Control Burlington Snow Winter Control

It’s early January and so far, we have been experiencing a real Canadian winter – unlike some winters of recent memory in Burlington.

The weather conditions have presented some real challenges for travel around the GTA and much of Ontario.  Our Roads and Parks Maintenance crews have been working very hard to ensure that our roads and sidewalks are cleared, safe, and up to service standard. This has not been easy due to the extreme cold temperatures we have experienced along with the consistent snow we have received.

During a winter weather event, check the Snow Control website for regular updates here.
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