All Day GO Station
Several NEN members attended “The Big Move” workshop on Rapid Transit on February 12 at the Art Gallery. The James Street North GO Station has been identified as a mobility hub within the Big Move, Metrolinx's regional transportation plan and will be designed to comply with Metrolinx's Mobility Hub Guidelines. For example, the station must be integrated into the local community through layout, design, architecture and landscaping and provide safe and convenient access for passengers arriving by all modes of travel including walking, cycling and local transit.
Officials from Metrolinx say Hamilton’s planned GO station on James St. N. will have a station building, a platform, a kiss-and-ride drop-off and pickup, 460 parking spots, a bus loop and pedestrian and cycling trails before the 2015 Games.
Another BIG MOVE information session will be held on March 7 10:00 – 11:30. Register by March 4 at Maynard@mcmaster.ca or phone 905 525 9140 x22542.
The McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL) is pleased to announce the following upcoming event:
Advancing the Big Move Through the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
President and Chief Executive Officer of Metrolinx
The McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics
The City of Hamilton
The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, March 7, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
McMaster Innovation Park
175 Longwood Drive South
Hamilton, ON L8P 0A1
A conversation about the plan, the projects underway in the region, and the next wave of projects that will be delivered if funding is obtained.
A small team met in February with several City Officials including Councillor Farr to begin the implementation process of the "North End Traffic Management Plan".
Residents should realize that in Setting Sail, the Secondary Plan, a traffic plan MUST be implemented to deal with traffic BEFORE any work can be done on Pier 7 &8. This plan is an attempt to deal not only with present issues of volume and speed of traffic but FUTURE problems as the waterfront is developed.
In the immediate future, the City and our team will do a “walk-about” the neighbourhood to review the plan. We are planning a joint, public “Ribbon Cutting Ceremony” tentatively for May, with an “Action Plan” to be released at that time.
North End Neighbours (NEN) was disappointed to learn that Burlington East and James Streets are not to be included 30K/hr speed limit for the North End. In the OMB decision, delivered on December 27, 2012 the OMB ruled that the City's Traffic Management Plan was preferred. NEN had appealed the Traffic Management Plan to the OMB.
The OMB's decision has finally been released! Our final argument was August 2011.
We did not win Burlington and James street in the 30K speed limit, nor did we get the traffic management plan imbedded in the Secondary Plan. The safety and vitality of our entire neighbourhood is paramount, and the exclusion of Burlington Street and James Street from the 30K plan will have a real impact on our community. It was a deciding factor in going to the appeal process.
Here is a copy of the City Traffic management Plan Map.
There will be a NEN meeting at Bennetto Rec Centre on Jan. 15 at 7:00. The meeting was announced in the Breezes to discuss the Simcoe Tot Lot and Casino issues, however, we decided some time will be needed to go over the OMB decision first and hear members comments. In addition, we want our members to be thinking about how to "make it happen". Where to start?
We did get something.
So, we got:
- 5 year pilot project
- 30 K on all residential streets with calming measures
- NEN on the implementation, review and analysis team.
- Start up "at once"
- Recognition that a message needs to be given to drivers.
- Recognition that we are a vital Child and family friendly community.
Thank YOU to our members for supporting our efforts on behalf of the neighbourhood. The OMB report recognizes that many people attended and spoke at the public session.
We are interested in your questions and comments. We hope to see you on January 15 at 7:00. Time permitting, agenda items are OMB Decision, Casino, and Simcoe Tot Lot.
We, like you, are concerned about all the traffic that flows into our neighbourhood when events are going on. We are especially concerned about future development and how that will affect the flows and speed of traffic and parking.
For more information on this contact Sheri Selway at email@example.com
To all North Enders; here is the recommendation (Below Letter) from the Chief Librarian in regards to what is there desired direction for Library Service for the North End of Hamilton. As President of North End Neighbours and a resident it is sad to see that the Library Board has recommended that the partnership with North Hamilton Community Health Centre is not a working relationship that the Board can work with. I would like to point out a few things in the Boards argument against relocating the Picton Branch, they as a Board had for years expressed interest in this project now that they are showing short falls in other projects this project in the North End is no longer viable. The Board recommendation mentions increased costs as a concern, as I understand the costs were reduced, the Board as I understand was concerned about a 20 year lease, this as I understand was reduced. The Board was concerned that library patrons would have to walk through a waiting room of a health facility to access the Library Branch, not the case as I understand it would have had an entrance just off the main entrance of the new building. Another concern is that residents of the East End of Hamilton have limited Library service, Kenilworth and Red Hill to the best of my knowledge are not planned to be converted to a Bookmobile. In the Boards own words the partnership would have provided lower operating cost allowed for longer hours of operation and would have accessed a different clientele, how can the Board of Directors for the Library walk away from this, I don’t think they have thought this partnership through thoroughly and for that reason the Neighbourhood of the North End will suffer. My hope is that the elected officials when voting on the recommendation by the Board from the Library reverse this recommendation and either keep status quo (The Picton) or reconsider the NHCHC proposal.
North End Neighbours
Date: June 11, 2008
To: Chair and Board Members
From: Ken Roberts, Chief Librarian
Subject: North Hamilton Community Health Centre Proposal
That the Library Board no longer consider the option of sharing space with the North Hamilton Community Health Centre in its new facility, and
That the Hamilton Public Library Board continue to operate the current Picton Branch until such time as alternative service delivery can be arranged; and
That the Library Board commits to use any saved funding to improve service in the north and east ends of the city in order to provide improved services to those residents of the city most affected by poverty.
We do not have an agreement with the North Hamilton Community Health Centre. Previous Board motions had directed us to see if an agreement could be reached. Still, architectural fees directly connected with providing for space that the library might use, if an agreement could be reached, were incurred. The Library Board should pay any reasonable and fair architectural fees related to the preliminary design of this space.
The North Hamilton Community Health Centre Board approached the Hamilton Public Library Board with a proposal for a 20 year lease of approximately 1000 square feet in return for a total estimated investment of $200,000, including all furnishings and related work. The Library Board authorized administration to see if an agreement could be reached and expressed support for the concept since it allowed for lower operating costs of a north end branch and, potentially, allowed for longer hours and access to a different clientele.
Several months later the cost estimates were revised to $300,000 for the 20 year period of time. The Library Board still expressed support for the concept.
We learned this last April that the costs have now escalated significantly. The North Hamilton Community Health Centre Board presented two potential solutions at a June 4th special Board meeting. The North Hamilton Community Health also invited the Library Board to submit a counter-proposal. A deadline date of June 20th was given.
Staff have not been directed to prepare a counter-proposal.
Library Board members have expressed a commitment to improve services in the north and eastern areas of the city and have expressed a desire to see limited funds make the biggest impact on literacy issues related to poverty. There are a number of neighbors in this area of the city that currently receive very limited library service.
Staff recommend that the available funds be used to purchase a second bookmobile, one that is accessible and is capable of improving library service.
In terms of performance, the current Picton Branch does about 22,000 circulations a year while a well-used bookmobile can generate almost 10 times as much use with a smaller operating cost. The difference in cost would allow for more outreach programming in order to bring people into libraries and to encourage use. We also hope to partner with community organizations for more wifi access and after-school homework assistance.
In comparison, moving to the NHCHC within the terms that are offered mean that we could only offer limited hours in a fixed location, with no outreach. It means that residents of other areas in the city where there is a need for library service continue to receive nothing within their neighborhoods.
West Harbourfront development should not come at the expense of those who call the North End home. We are a residential neighbourhood.
Traffic, both speed and amount, noise, parking are all issues that need to be addressed.
FYI - for more information on the Waterfront go to www.hamilton.ca/wag There's a lot going on here so take a careful look.
A Real Neighbourhood Bank
Bryan Egan can be contacted through his email. Or stop in and see him.
Ward 2 Neighbourhood Associations
- Andrea Horwath MPP
- Architecture Hamilton (tours etc)
- Banyan Community Services
- Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC)
- Bennetto School
- Bob Bratina
- Citizens Action Network
- Citizens at City Hall (CATCH)
- City of Hamilton Official Site
- David Christopherson MP
- Dragon Boating
- Environment Hamilton
- Hamilton Bay Sailing Club
- Hamilton Community Foundation
- Hamilton FireFighters Calenders
- Hamilton Harbour Cruise
- Hamilton Naturalists' Club
- Hamilton Police
- Hamilton Port Authority
- Hamilton Waterfront Trust
- Hamiltonians for Progressive Development
- Head of the Lake Historical Society
- HMCS HAIDA
- Hughson Street Baptist Church
- Leander Boat Club
- Macassa Bay Yacht Club
- Marine Discovery Centre
- North Hamilton Community Health Centre
- Photos of Hamilton
- Raise the Hammer
- St. Lawrence Catholic Elementary School
- The Mayor of Hamilton
- The North End Breezes
- The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club
- Tourism Hamilton
- Welcome Inn