Hamilton City Council Planning Committee for April 4, 2017

Hamilton City Council's Planning Committee quickly approved two zoning amendments in Glanbrook: 3079 Homestead Drive and 9890 & 9906 Twenty Road West. They then turned down, in support of Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson's opposition, an application for residential development at 125 Wilson Street East in Ancaster. Councillors also voted down a recommendation from the Municipal Heritage Committee to create a Heritage Conservation District in Downtown Hamilton; instead choosing to ask for a staff report on adding the proposal to a future heritage workplan, which could be two terms of Council from now. Full Video Replay

Hamilton City Council for January 27, 2017: 2017 HSR Budget Debate

City Council debated the 2017 HSR budget. The budget proposal was based upon the Council approved 10-year transit strategy, and the year three budget calls for Council to invest in transit after two years of incremental improvements funded primarily by fare increases.

Council voted to ask the HSR's Director to return with budget proposals of a 3% or 1.8% budget increase.

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Hamilton City Council for January 26, 2017: Library and Police Budgets

Hamilton City Council received and debated the 2017 Hamilton Public Library and Police Board Budgets.

The Library budget received extra attention - in the form of praise - from City Councillors following comments the week prior by Councillor Donna Skelly questioning the relevance of libraries in the Internet Age.

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Hamilton City Council Budget Debate for January 24, 2016

Council debated the budget requests of Boards and Agencies:
- Conservation Halton
- Grand River Conservation Authority
- Hamilton Beach Rescue Unit
- Royal Botanical Gardens
- Hamilton Region Conservation Authority
- Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Citizen Seeks Public Police Spending Ledgers, FOI Request Denied. His Letter to Council:

The following letter was submitted by Hamilton resident, and retired public sector accountant, Shekar Chandrashekar, to City Council. Chandrashekar has been tireless in his efforts to bring transparency to civic finances in all departments, and has recently been trying to get the public police account ledgers. The information is legally public, held by the City, and Chandrashekar has been denied access to the information. Chandrashekar spoke to Council this morning, and submitted the following letter to Council to assist them in understanding the matter. Moved by Councillor A. Johnson, Councillors asked for a confidential staff report on the grounds for denying access to the information.