Hamilton Utilities Corporation Council Committee for July 2017

What will become of the Hamilton Utilities Corporation power generation station attached to Sir John A Macdonald when the public school board closes the school?

That was the main point of interest in what was otherwise an administrative meeting.

HUC staff say they are planning for what comes next at the Sir John A Macdonald site with the planned closure of the high school in 2019.

Hamilton’s Disability Advisory Committee Members Want Urban Braille LRT Urban Design

Members of ACPD told staff that Unipaving is not an acceptable substitute.

“Urban Braille along the entire corridor is essential,” said member Tim Nolan to reflect “that people with disabilities can be anywhere and everywhere”.

“Unipavers provide zero accessibility, period, zero”, Nolan said. “If were going to substitute urban braille or other kinds of textured accessibility for the sake of unipavers, not a good idea. The are not going to provide any utility”.

Hamilton City Council GIC for July 2017

Hamilton City Council spent over an hour in closed session getting ready for their fight at OMB to keep their gerrymandered wards, approved a new Scoring Criteria for the Sale of West Harbour Lands, debated – with over an hour of party political speeches – provincial legislation Bill 148, approved HD streaming by the City of Council meetings, approved a new Council agenda system, approved incentives to Union Gas for an expansion of gas service to Sheffield, approved a city-wide Land Sales Policy, heard a presentation from the Hamilton Port Authority, gave staff authority to approve fee rebates along Barton and Kenilworth, confirmed the receipt of $33-mil from higher levels of government for sewers, and received a report on reserve accounts.

Council Spends Over an Hour Behind Closed Doors Getting Ready for OMB Ward Fight

Councillors voted for their own gerrymandered wards, despite a clear warning from expert consultants that the gerrymander will be indefensible at a Ontario Municipal Board hearing.

As Council is fighting against their own experts, they’ve had to retain outside lawyers – at taxpayer expense – to fight the case.

The OMB pre-hearing is scheduled for August 3rd, 10am, at Dundas Town Hall.