The plot is familiar to Hamiltonians. A building of heritage interest is scheduled for demolition, a 60-day countdown to the permit being issued begins, a rush occurs as the Municipal Heritage Committee tries to determine if they wish to block the demolition by designating the building, a heated debate ensues, Heritage Committee decides it should be saved, and then Council ultimately gets to decide. Thus happened again at today’s Municipal Heritage Committee as a walk-in report announced to the committee that The Egerton Shaver House (Fig 17 on this Ancaster Township Historical Society page) is scheduled for demolition permit issue on February 13, 2017. The application for to demolition is to facilitate the construction of a “retail commercial plaza as well as a 50 unit, 6 storey multiple dwelling on the site.” The building, built c.1856, was first identified as being of potential heritage value in 1984.
The agenda for this Liaison Group is not publicly available in advance of the meeting. The Public Record will attend at the beginning of the meeting. At 9:30am, Council Public Works Committee is also meeting.
This is the second Council meeting cancelled in a month due to a lack of Councillors showing up to work. Other meetings have been cancelled in advance as Councillors increasingly fail to show up to City Hall preferring to take vacations and focus on self-promotion activities as they campaign for re-election in 2018.
Council’s Accessible Transit Review Committee failed to make quorum this morning, leaving residents who took DARTS to the meeting on the hook for their transit fare and sitting around City Hall for hours as they waited for their scheduled DARTS pick-up times.
Hamilton City Council’s Truck Route Sub-Committee will discuss a staff report responding to a motion to researching ban heavy trucks on Centennial Parkway from Queenston Road to Green Mountain Road, including the mountain access. There is also a motion, not public until the meeting, “respecting farm truck exceptions.”
The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. on September 1, The Public Record will broadcast it live.