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February 2016 Neighbourhood Update (coming soon) 
January 2016 Neighbourhood Update

Involvement. Interest. Engagement. Our neighbourhood association is interested in getting more residents involved and participating.  YOU for instance!  We are forming several working groups and are interested in your participation. You are welcome to inform us or come to the next meeting and workshop on Janurary 6 at 7:00 at Bennetto Rec. Centre. 
  1. Community Engagement/ Youth Engagement – This group would organize neighbourhood social events.  The purpose would be to develop a positive community spirit and have some fun.
  2. Neighbourhood Improvement – This group would look at our assets and discuss ideas to improve the neighbourhood.  Ideas could be brainstormed working with others.
  3. Neighbourhood Development – this group would keep informed with planning issues, and what is happening at the West Harbour, Evergreen meetings, etc.
  4. Youth Engagement – Work with Youth.  Do we want a skate park? A Pump Track?
  5. Traffic
A recent meeting at the Evergreen Community Hub (294 James N) gave participants a chance to study the design drawings for Piers 7 & 8. At the end of the evening, we gathered around tables and had a chance to give our ideas, suggestions, comments, and criticism.  These events are well attended.  The NEXT meeting is on JANUARY 28 at 7:00. 
With all the changes slated for Pier 7 & 8 and the addition of LRT on James Street in the coming years, there have been some residents who have expressed concern regarding the current state and future of John Street. It is unknown when John Street bridge will begin reconstruction. And CN has not yet made the bridge design public. Therefore we are unsure what effect a new bridge will have on those that live close to the bridge. John Street is of concern to both residents of the North End as well as residents of the Beasley neighbourhood. This is why we plan to work with the Beasley Neighbourhood Association to organize a public meeting early in the new year. We will let our members know by email and neighbours in the affected area by flyer at least two weeks before the meeting date.
About North End Neighbourhood Association:

Membership is FREE for residents.  Just email or phone to let us if you wish to be a member and so you will be on our email list for updates and notifications of meetings and events.


NEN advances the social, physical, and cultural interests of the residents of our community, through the identification and research of issues affecting our community, the education of residents and the promotion of their active involvement in the democratic process to ensure that the interests of our community are protected as a Child and Family-Friendly community. NEN works to achieve its goals by providing a forum for residents for the discussion of all matters of community interest, and developing and fostering a positive community spirit. 
Contact Information: Phone: 905 527 1697 (Sheri, secretary) sheri.selway@gmail.com or Catherine Ahern (Co-chair) catherine.ahern@gmail.com
Email: nen.president@gmail.com
Website: www.northendneighbours.com
Facebook: North End Neighbours
Twitter: @nenhamilton


December Neighbourhood Update

Happy Holidays to all in the North End. Already we see some great North End Christmas Lights and home decorations! 

The Consultants who are doing the Pier 7 & 8 Design Study will return for the next West Harbour Community Conversation on NOVEMBER 26 at 7:00 p.m. at 294 James Street North. A lot of residents from the community came to the last meeting on October 29. (And they have great snacks!)  There will be no meeting in December, and the following meeting will be held January 28. This is our chance, as citizens and residents to listen, learn, ask questions, and put our ideas and concerns forward.  There will also be a chance for written comments.
This meeting will also include IBI Group representative who are undertaking TRAFFIC and PARKING analysis on the Waterfront. 

The Information Panels and Presentation from the October meeting are on display at 294 James North and are also available online at www.hamilton.ca/piers7and8. (Click “public consultation” near the bottom just above Contact Us) 

*A more focused, separate meeting for the Pier 8 Urban Design Study and the Traffic Study will be held on Wednesday, December 9th from 7:00pm-9:30pm at 294 James Street North. 

Sheri and Rob attended the Participatory Budgeting Meeting for Ward 2 on November 11 at Beasley Community Centre.  The PB group is looking for volunteers to help with the process this year.  Plans are being made to go door to door in all the neighbourhoods to make sure everyone is informed and has a chance to participate.  Please contact us for more information or to help out with this project.  As you walk around our neighbourhood, what ideas do you have?  Eastwood Park improvements?  Bayview Park bench? A mural?  Sign posts? Or???   What is YOUR idea?

Over 70 people attended the Annual General Meeting on October 22.  Jason Farr was unable to attend but we were able to interview him and show the video during the meeting.  Elections were held resulting in a new Board of Directors for the Neighbourhood Association.  President -Carmen Cooper, Vice-President - Catherine Ahern, Secretary-Sheri Selway, Treasurer- Keven Piper, others on the executive are Jon Davey, Rob Fiedler, Zoe Pipe, Dave Stephens, Stephen Park. This board is looking forward to more time and energy to have more community events and get-togethers that foster a positive community spirit. After a lengthy discussion, a motion was passed at the first board meeting to withdraw from the current OMB appeal. Although there are several issues of concern, we feel it takes an enormous amount of time and energy and resources which we do not have.  We DO encourage residents to get actively involved by attending the Community discussions on November 26, and December 9.  Learn what is going on and make your voice heard.

Huge thanks go to the following residents who volunteered to serve on the Board of NEN during the 2014-2015 year. This past year, the Board was fortunate to have Curtis Biehler, Thom Davies, Richard Bull, Carol Hoblyn-Winn, and Mike Borrelli working together. Many thanks go to them for serving on the Board and all have indicated they will be involved and attending meetings from time to time.

Members are welcome to attend NEN Board meetings.  The next meeting is TENTATIVELY scheduled for Wednesday December 2 7:00. but we are waiting for room confirmation, so please check before you attend.


About North End Neighbourhood Association:


Membership is FREE for residents.  Just email or phone to let us if you wish to be a member and so you will be on our email list for updates and notifications of meetings and events. 

October Neighbourhood Update

Hello Neighbours!  Wow, September went by really fast! The weather is cooling down and many North Enders are harvesting their backyard gardens, enjoying their time outside, and getting ready for fall!
MOON FESTIVAL CELEBRATION is September 26 at the Sunset Cultural Garden (Bay and Strachan)! (Rain date is Sept. 27) 6 – 8 pm.  It is so exciting – not only Chinese Dancers, Tai Chi, crafts for the kids, and more – there is also going to be a lunar eclipse!  How cool is that?  Congratulations to the group for this totally “grassroots” initiative and Participatory Budgeting. 

NEN had its first meeting since June on September 10.  Discussion items included Randal Reef Remediation Project, problems from events at Pier 4 Park, new “patio noise” bylaw in the works by the City, Way-finding signs going up, support of another neighbourhood’s (Beasley) opposition to another surface parking lot, and the AGM planned for October. Our next regular meeting will be October 1 as we usually meet the first Thursday of the month.  It will take place at Bennetto Recreation Centre and members are welcome! Please let us know if you have an item for the agenda.

We are planning the Annual General Meeting (AGM), but are still working on a PLACE for the meeting.  We decided to have it AFTER the Federal election (October 19)!  Membership to NEN is free, so let us know if you want to join so you can be added to the membership list and be notified of the AGM.

A tender was awarded to go ahead with the Randal Reef Remediation Project on Pier 15.  The project is expected to take 7 years. North End Neighbours will be sending a representative to the Community Liaison Committee.

The City is studying to have a new “noise” by-law for the whole city.  NEN is still discussing noise complaints from the Waterfront activities, especially loud music, with residents. Although we are aware not all residents hear the noise, many living close to the waterfront are disturbed, even as far as Burlington! We hope to be included in discussions of the “new” noise by-law. 

However, complaints about events at Pier 4 Park are more than just loud music.  Our plan is to meet with the Special Events Advisory Team to get information about park rentals.
It was reported at the meeting that “Way-finding” signs are going up in a variety of places directing drivers to the GO Station and to the West Harbour.   

About North End Neighbours:


Memberships to NEN for the 2014 – 2015 year are FREE.  Just email or phone to let us if you wish to be a member and so you will be on our email list for updates and notifications of meetings and events. 


Summer Neighbourhood Update - July and August

Hello friends, It is sure nice to see so many people out and about in the warmer weather!  One of the reasons I love the neighbourhood, is just plain saying “Hi” to people walking by! 

At the last Board meeting we were pleased to have Wayne Baker from “The Bridge” come and speak to us about the program “From Prison To Community”.  He also asked us to inform our residents about a “Wingfest” as a fundraiser for the program.

WINGFEST

August 5 4pm – 8 pm

The Royal Canadian Legion, 12 King Street East, Stoney Creek

TICKETS: $12 ADVANCE OR $15 AT THE DOOR

905 522 0283 http://www.kijiji.ca/v-events/hamilton/wingfest-for-the-bridge/1078688397


May was a busy month for the North End!  A review of the Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan is underway.  A couple of North Enders attended a “Community Meeting and Workshop” on Tall Buildings which aims to establish where to put tall buildings, and how to mitigate their impact.  More information can be found on the City Website: http://www.hamilton.ca/city-planning/planning-community/downtown-hamilton

Two days later another Community Workshop took place sponsored by Evergreen. Evergreen wanted for improving public engagement. They are exploring ways to increase the number of people who know about and participate in planning decisions in the North End and West Harbour area. A report on the meeting with recommendations is expected.

June 6 was busy in many areas of Hamilton with community engagement activities for 100 in One Day.  In OUR neighbourhood, that day saw the GRAND OPENING of Sunset Community Garden!  At least 100 people showed up to see the dancers, hear the poems, and celebrate this beautiful space at Bay and Strachan.  Please come by and sit!  Watch the Sunset! There are SO many people to thank for this wonderful space, but a special thank you to the organizers and all those  people who lent their energy to make this garden happen.   

June 26 is a Pan Am Party at Welcome Inn. 6 – 8 pm.

July 22 is Park N’Party this year!  4 – 7 pm This year’s theme is Having a Ball!  And EVERY family gets a ball!!  See you there – at Bennetto Field! 

July 25 & 26 Waterfront Cultural Festival will be at Pier 4 Park to celebrate the Pan Am Games.  The broadcast of the games will be at 1:00 pm both days and 6:30 on Saturday to see the Woman’s final.  On Sunday there will be fireworks!


North End Neighbours wishes to extend our thanks to Hughson Street Baptist Church for allowing us to use their space for our board meetings both in April and May and to Welcome Inn in June.  At this time, there is no meeting organized for July and August!

Happy Canada Day to all! 

About North End Neighbours:

Memberships to NEN for the 2014 – 2015 year are FREE.  Just email or phone to let us if you wish to be a member and so you will be on our email list for updates and notifications of meetings and events.

*We have no scheduled Board meetings for July and August.  The September date will probably be rescheduled until after Labour Day. 

The following article was published in the May Breezes on Page 9.  Some edits were made to the article in the Breezes so the full article is published here.  

Waterfront Redevelopment Forum – A Report


Many North Enders attended the April 8th meeting organized by Bay Area Restoration Council on Waterfront redevelopment.  Mills Hardware downtown had a full house indicating there is a lot of interest in the West Harbour across the city.  Small incremental changes over time have succeeded and Hamiltonians love and cherish what we have. 

However, questions from the audience reflect an unease about the nature and scale of the redevelopment being discussed for the West Harbour area.

The reasons are multiple.  Since Urban Renewal in the 1970s, many plans have been directed at our neighbourhood. Most never made it past being plans. But big changes are happening around us now. The James North GO Station is under construction, major redevelopment is planned for the Waterfront on Piers 7 & 8, and the West Harbour Recreation Master Plan promises more changes big and small to marine recreational areas from Bayfront Park to Discovery Drive on the Waterfront.

Last month, City Council voted to support rezoning the Tivoli site on James North to allow a 22-storey condo project on a site with 6-storey maximum in the Downtown Secondary Plan. This is outside of our neighbourhood. But the change was approved despite a strong recommendation against doing so from the City’s Planning Department. This weakens confidence in Council and could undermine our secondary plan, Setting Sail.

 Concerns were expressed about apparent changes to Setting Sail. A significant increase in the scale and intensity of development is now envisioned for Pier 8. The 750 to 1000 new residential units referred to by the City during the process that resulted in our Traffic Management Plan has become 1600 to 1800 units. The amount of commercial space being talked about has also increased.

Many in attendance were pleased to hear in response to an audience question, Chris Phillips, senior advisor and head of Waterfront development at City Hall, state the plan on Pier 8 is to respect height limits laid out in Setting Sail. The maximum height permitted on Pier 8 is presently 8 storeys.

Bubbling just beneath the surface at Mills Hardware was the desire of area residents to meaningfully participate in the process that takes the vision for the West Harbour, as expressed in Setting Sail, from plan to reality.

Public engagement and participation is essential during this phase of planning for the West Harbour. The City needs to hear what is needed to ensure that what is planned becomes a good place for people. We want a good outcome that enhances what is already here, which is a child and family friendly  neighbourhood.


Rob Fiedler and Sheri Selway

May Neighbourhood Update

Next Meeting! At the time writing this update, we do not have a place for the next meeting of the Board.  The meeting is scheduled to take place on May 7.  If you are interested in attending this meeting, please contact us for a location.  We will also post it on the website, and Facebook. 
Easter Egg Hunt – We apologize for the cancellation of the Easter Egg Hunt.  Although NEN was not the organizer this year, we did agree to advertize it. 
OMB Appeal – Mediation is scheduled for May. We submit a brief outlining our issues before the “mediation”.  OMB mediator will guide us through the process.  Both the City and North End Neighbours and 2 individual appellants will try to come to an agreement.  The “Issues List” is on the NEN website.  We are focusing on keeping our neighborhood as a healthy, child friendly community.  Two of our major issues are 1. The possibility of amplified music being allowed and 2. The planned 400 space underground parking lot at Bayview Park.  We are circulating a petition about the Bayview Park Parking lot.  If you are interested, you can help with the petition and write a letter with your concerns.
Thanks to the Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC) for hosting HAMILTON WATERFRONT REDEVELOPMENT: A CIVIC DISCUSSION OF OPPORTUNITIES. This meeting was well attended.  Please see the article about the West Harbour Redevelopment for a update about the meeting.
 Joint Neighbourhood Meeting JUNE 16 – Liuna Station 6:30   The first 30 minutes will be informal discussion and information tables.  A panel discussion consisting of a planner, developer, consultant, and community will approach the topic from a number of directions leaving ample time for questions and discussion. 
 Traffic Management Update   We are in the 3rd of a 5 year implementation of the safe streets initiative.  Links to reports, maps and the schedule can be found on the NEN website .  Please note that the planned bike lane on Ferguson has been removed due to loss of parking.  The Guise/Dock Street bike lane has also been removed.
Pan Am:  Neighbourhood Information Meeting is Wednesday April 29 6 -8 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers.
About North End Neighbours
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Board Meetings:  Members are welcome to attend Board Meetings and we welcome you to come.  Our next regularly scheduled meeting is May 7. 


April Neighbourhood Update

Next Meeting!  At the time writing this update, we do not have a place for the next meeting of the Board.  The meeting is scheduled to take place on April 2.  If you are interested in attending this meeting, please contact us to find out the location. We will post it on the website, and Facebook.  Contact information is below. 

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THREE Items about West Harbour Redevelopment        
1. Herman Turkstra (and the law firm Turkstra Mazza) is no longer acting as legal counsel for NEN. It is NEN's understanding that Herman Turkstra is reviving the Harbour West Neighbours Inc. (HWN) as an advocacy, activist group.  HWN is not an elected organization but is made up of residents with a specific interest in planning exercises in the neighbourhood and especially the West Harbour.  
2. NEN's appeal of Official Plan Amendment 233 and By-law 14-042 is still active. It is expected that NEN and the City will proceed to mediation at the Ontario Municipal Board in April or May, where NEN will represent itself in the hopes of resolving various matters of concern to our neighbourhood, in keeping with it being a Child and Family Friendly Neighbourhood.   
            3.  Bay Area Restoration Council is sponsoring meeting:
HAMILTON WATERFRONT REDEVELOPMENT: A CIVIC DISCUSSION OF OPPORTUNITIES  6:30 PM  Mills Hardware, 95 King East, Hamilton.  You must register for this event at www.hamiltonharbour.ca under events.  This event will feature a conversation with experts from the City of Hamilton and two leading local design firms about the current state of planning for West Harbour redevelopment, the process for next steps, and successes being implemented in other urban waterfronts.
 Easter Egg Hunt and Activies          The 5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Jackie Washington Park on April 5 (rain date April 6).  Activites and games will start at 1:00.  The actual HUNT will start at 1:45.  The HUNT will be divided into age group.  Hope to meet your neighbours there!! Jamesville Hub will have a table there as well as other community groups.  Thanks to David Stephens and his mom Diane for all their hard work on this event.
 Joint Neighbourhood Meeting          Mike, Sheri, and Curtis are meeting with 2 other neighbourhood associations Beasley and Central - to plan our 3rd joint neighbourhood meeting in May or June.  Watch for it! 
 Lawn Signs     Discussion at the AGM resulted in our ordering Lawn Signs to remind people to drive slowly, which will be available soon.  We hope people will put them on their lawn especially during Special Events.  We will ask for a donation for the signs to enable us to purchase more signs another time.  We will probably target certain areas and intersections. 
 Traffic Management Update          Shawn Selway and David Stephens did  presentation to General Issues Committee, City Committee at the same time the City did their yearly update on the traffic plan.  Generally we were disappointed in the intersection of James and Strachan as very little was done to make that area an entrance to the neighbourhood or make pedestrian crossing easier.  There were several questions from councillors and concerns about lack of directional signage.  There is work being done on Directional Signage.  We will be giving input to where those signs will go. Thanks to Shawn and Dave for their work.
 Ash Trees       A resident has raised concerns about mature, healthy Ash trees being cut down, particularly in regards to the tree canopy in the neighbourhood.  A healthy tree canopy is important to the urban neighbourhood. 
 Interested in AIR QUALITY?          The Conserver Society is holding their Annual General Meeting on March 31 at the historic Corktown Pub, 175 Young Street. Doors open at 6:30. Learn about air quality, enjoy free refreshments and snacks, and stay for the Irish music jam!  Guest speaker Denis Corr will be presenting about the history and present state of air quality in Hamilton, and where we are heading in the future. Denis will touch on topics such as school outreach, mapping, and electric cars.  Non-members are welcome!


         

March Neighbourhood Update

North Enders Meet Their Neighbours!

More than 50 North Enders braved nasty weather to come together on January 29th at St. Luke's to participate in an Open House organized by NEN in collaboration with other local groups.

Residents from the North End and beyond dropped in throughout the evening to share their thoughts on a variety of topics, and directors from NEN's Board were present to chat and record comments and input. 

Two students from McMaster University were also present and will be producing a report summarizing input received at the event, and it will be posted on NEN's website, northendneighbours.blogspot.ca as well as our Facebook page (look us up!).

Along with the complimentary coffee from Homegrown Hamilton, and snacks from the Farmer's Market, NEN President Thom Davies presented an update on NEN's appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board regarding a City planning change, and there was also a table providing updates from the Participatory Budgeting and Hamilton Community Land Trust initiatives.

$99  was raised for the North End Community Health Center's Children’s breakfast program, and initial feedback was very positive. Attendees enjoyed the World Café format and ability to speak to a variety of service providers including the Benetto Rec Center staff, local Hamilton Police Services officers, Welcome Inn and Jamesville Hub in a casual, friendly atmosphere.

Visitors from other Hamilton neighbourhoods also came by to touch base with North Enders, and there is a desire to co-host another, larger event in the Spring and invite residents from all over downtown Hamilton.

If you have any feedback about the event or would like to get involved in future ones, contact us at nen.president@gmail.com or come meet your North End Neighbours at our next Board meeting, Thursday March 5th, 6:30pm at Benetto Rec Center.

City of Hamilton’s NEW website

Hamilton has a preview of the new City website on line: preview.hamilton.ca.  There are easy to follow sections on how to connect to “services” including after hours numbers, how to connect with City Officials, and a survey to complete so you can give your feedback.

The email askCITY@hamilton.ca is listed right on the front page!

Traffic Management Update
On Feb 18 General Issues committee of the City of Hamilton, Public Works is presenting a summary of year 2 of the North End Traffic Management Plan. The complete report can be found on the City website under General Issue Feb 18 Agenda.
NEN is also presenting at the GIC meeting. 

NEN

Board Meetings:  Members are welcome to attend Board Meetings and we welcome you to come.  Our regularly scheduled meetings are at Bennetto Recreation Centre usually on the first Thursday of each month. The next regularly scheduled meeting is March 5 at 6:30.  If there is an issue you need discussed, we recommend you contact us ahead of time to go on the agenda.  

Agenda Items for Meetings: Agendas are usually completed during the week before the Board meeting. Tentative agenda items will be a discussion of the Traffic Report at GIC, & Participatory Budgeting and other items as they arise. If you have something to bring for the meeting, please contact us to go on the agenda. 

Memberships to NEN for the 2014 – 2015 year are FREE.  Just email or phone to let us so you will be on our email list for updates and notifications of meetings and events.

Website:  www.northendneighbours.com  If you “follow us by email”, you will be sent an update ONLY when something new has been added to the website.

Facebook!  Are you on Facebook?  If so, please follow the Facebook page for North End Neighbours and “like us”. Thanks to Judy and Deb for doing the page. 

February Neighbourhood Update


2015 City Budget Process


Hamilton has begun the “budget process” for 2015 and over the next few months committee meetings will be held to discuss the budget including user fees, rates, and charges.  Public delegations will be held Tuesday February 24 from 3 – 7.  The budget includes anything from water, sewers, plowing snow, recycling, parks, riding the bus, roads, bike lanes, and more.  The City budget outlines how to provide the needed services to Hamiltonians.  Budgets are drafted, revised, presented, discussed, approved, and monitored.  The City’s Mission Statement is: “We will provide quality public services that contribute to a healthy, safe and prosperous community, in a sustainable manner.” For more information go to the City website and click on the title “2015 tax budget process has begun”.   www.hamilton.ca



 Traffic Management Update


The NEN traffic subcommittee met with Public Works on Jan 13 to review the progress and problems of the North End Traffic Management Plan in 2014. The Plan is being implemented moving from west to east over five years. Construction work on the Bay Street and James Street bridges interrupted the normal circulation pattern of vehicles through 2014. Now that these projects are completed, the traffic department will be collecting data on traffic volume and speed in the neighbourhood during April. Some changes have been made to the temporary bump outs (the white stick zones) in response to parking and other problems. Design work is underway for permanent features to replace the temporary measures. The next big change will be the conversion of John Street to two-way traffic, but the timing has become uncertain. Public works is attempting to determine when the reconstruction or replacement of the John Street Bridge will occur. That work is to be done by CN Rail, but the bridge will afterward be owned and maintained by the City. Traffic Management will be discussed at one of the Tables at the Open House.



Dealing with Noise and Disruptions
NEN Board has heard complaints from residents about noise and disruptive behaviour late at night from the Pier 8 property, mostly Sarcoa’s patio.  After attending a Committee of Adjustment meeting, we requested to the Hamilton Waterfront Trust that we present the concerns of the residents at a HWT Board meeting. In December, 3 members of the Board attended a HWT Board Meeting.  These meetings are open to the public.  Thom Davies first complimented the HWT on the family activities and stated that many residents supported Sarcoa when it first opened, as a restaurant.  We explained the issues that residents had with late night noise and other disruptions and put forward our hope that the HWT help in some manner. 
Vandalism
2 residents from Hughson Street north of Burlington, informed us of vandalism that has been happening to their house several times, mostly on Friday evenings. The residents attended the last board meeting and presented this issue and together we discussed several ideas. The police have been notified.  The new police Crime Manager has also been notified and will be at the meeting on January 29 to discuss neighbourhood issues and meet residents.  

Agenda Items for Meetings
Agendas are usually completed during the week before the Board meeting. Tentative agenda items for the February meeting is a discussion of the January 29 Open House, and a report and discussion of the Traffic Management Plan implementation.  Members are welcome to attend Board meetings. Our regularly scheduled meetings are at Bennetto Recreation Centre. Membership is free to residents although we ask you to make a donation. The NEN Board Meetings are usually on the first Thursday of each month at Bennetto Rec. Centre on Hughson.  The next meeting is scheduled for February 5 at 6:30.  If there is an issue you need discussed, we recommend you contact us ahead of time to go on the agenda. 

January Neighbourhood Update
 

 “Issues and Ideas” – Neighbourhood Meeting
7:00 P.M.  Thursday January 29                   
St. Luke’s Church Hall, 454 John St. North – Entrance on MacAulay 





Meet your neighbours, discuss current issues, bring your ideas! Topics may include: Participatory Budget for Ward 2, West Harbour development Pier 8, West Harbour, update to the Traffic Plan (John Street Bridge), closure of Sir John A MacDonald, Community Land Trust, Parks in the North End, Noise bylaw,

Donation to the Breakfast Program and/or St. Luke's will be collected.

St Luke’s Church

For more information phone: 905 527 1697


 


 AskCITY@hamilton.ca


At a recent public meeting, I learned about AskCity. The speaker used that email to ask questions, make complaints, or report a problem.  It is a first point of contact email address to assist residents with requests or questions; similar to calling 905- 546-CITY.   Emails are either answered, or sent to a department who can answer the question.  Emails are answered daily during regular business hours (8:30-4:30 Monday to Friday) and usually within 24 hours.  
For additional information or assistance any time, please feel free to contact the City of Hamilton at 905-546-CITY (2489) or via email at askCITY@hamilton.ca (or taxsupport@hamilton.ca for tax-related inquiries).
Board Meetings
 Member are welcome to attend Board Meetings as observers.  Our regularly scheduled meetings are at Bennetto Recreation Centre. Membership is free to residents although we ask you to make a donation.  The NEN Board Meetings are usually on the first Thursday of each month at Bennetto Rec. Centre on Hughson.  The next meeting is January 8 at 6:30.  If there is an issue you need discussed, we recommend you contact us ahead of time to go on the agenda.

Traffic Management Update
We are anxious to see the completion of the intersection of James and Strachan.  The original plan was to construct a traffic circle there, but narrowed lanes and curb extensions have been constructed instead. The new completion date is December 31.
Bay Street North has been closed to northbound traffic at Burlington St. West early in December and the “NO RIGHT TURN” onto Simcoe at Wellington has been changed to rush hours only and a curb extension has been added to the north side. We are working to create some “signs” that can go in windows or on your lawn to support the Traffic Calmed Family Friendly Neighbourhood. T-shirts and buttons will be ready in the new year. 


Agenda Items for Meetings
Agendas are usually completed during the week before the Board meeting. Tentative agenda items for January 8 is a review of the Mission/Vision/goals of NEN, a report of our delegation to the Waterfront Trust Board meeting (open to the public) on December 9, Participatory Budgeting, and organizing the January Neighbourhood meeting.  Members are welcome to attend Board meetings.
 

 


December 2014 Neighbourhood Update

Happy and Safe Holidays to everyone!

How to File a By-law Complaint

Common complaints can include barking dogs, garbage accumulation in yards, graffiti, inoperative vehicles left on the street, garbage dumping, lack of snow removal, throwing snow onto roads and others.  There is a “heat” by-law requiring suitable heat for rental properties and a “public nuisance” by-law which deals with urinating in public places and knocking over post boxes. There is even a “fence” bylaw and a “noise control” bylaw.

The Noise Control bylaw (By-law 11-285) deals with “unreasonable noise” and “noise that is likely to disturb inhabitants.” It can include whistles, vehicles, radios, animals, construction or loading. 

A person can file a by-law complaint by phone or email.  The phone line 905 546-2782 is monitored Monday – Friday from 8:30 – 4:30.  If you have an urgent complaint (lack of heat in a rental property, a vacant building open to trespass) please call 905 546-2782 or after business hours at 905 546-2489. You can also contact the office by email  mle@hamilton.ca.

Mary Street Bridge Clean Up
Neighbours on Strachan reported safety concerns on the pathway/ramp leading up to the Mary Street Bridge.  This is a well traveled route to the Barton Bus and Food Basics.  We notified the City and contacted the police.  Residents organized a “work party” and on November 2 several residents / NEN members cleared out the brush beside the pathway to make the area safer.  It turned out to be a rather nice, sunny day and what seemed like a huge job, went by in a few hours.  Our goal was to make “sight lines” from the pathway to the CN fence below.  We hope this prevents people from going off the path and NOT being seen. It is actually a rather nice spot, so we are considering planting milkweed there - the perfect location!- in the spring.

Board Meetings
 Member are welcome to attend Board Meetings as observers.  Our regularly scheduled meetings are at Bennetto Recreation Centre. Membership is free to residents although we ask you to make a donation.  The NEN Board Meetings will be on the first Thursday of each month at Bennetto Rec. Centre on Hughson.  The next meeting is December 4 at 7:00.  If there is an issue you need discussed, we recommend you contact us ahead of time to go on the agenda.

Here is a list of the rest of the meeting dates. 

  • November 20, 2014  
  • December 4, 2014
  • January  8,  2015
  • February 5, 2015
  • March 5, 2015
  • April 2, 2015    …. between April Fools and Good Friday
  • May 7, 2015
  • June 4, 2015
  • July 2, 2015    … we will probably have a conversation about whether we meet in July and August
  • August 6, 2015 
  • September 3, 2015
  • October 1, 2015



Traffic Management Update
In order to improve the safety of crossing James at Strachan and signal drivers that they were entering a “residential community”, the original City Traffic Management plan design was to construct a traffic circle at James & Strachan.  The City has decided to construct curb extensions at James and Strachan instead saying GO bus circulation and City garbage trucks would have difficulty navigating a traffic circle.  

During this construction, we are experiencing difficulty with traffic being detoured through neighbourhood side streets. There are NO Truck Routes in our neighbourhood.  From time to time, we have phoned truck companies to inform their “dispatch”.  We have also contacted the City Traffic department as additional detour signs are needed at Wellington and Burlington, just to further notify drivers, especially trucks, that James is closed.

Agenda Items for Meetings
Agendas are usually completed during the week before the Board meeting. Planned for the agenda for December 4 is a review of the Mission/Vision/goals of NEN, discussion of NEN’s attendance at the Waterfront Trust Board meeting (open to the public) on December 9, and organizing the January Neighbourhood meeting.  Members are welcome to attend Board meetings.




November 2014 Community Update



Annual General Meeting



The North End Neighbours Annual General Meeting was held on October 7 at the Hamilton Waterfront Trust Theatre.  Thanks to the Waterfront Trust for allowing us to use this space and for providing coffee. The meeting was well attended, filling the space to capacity.  Reports and discussion took place on several topics: traffic management plan update and how the plan is proceeding in the neighbourhood, Simcoe Tot Lot & Bayview Park, and an OMB (Ontario Municipal Board) appeal for the plans on Piers 5 -7.  We have tentatively decided a January member meeting for an update and discussion about the plans for Piers 5 – 7 and the appeal.



The AGM decided to waive the membership fee for residents to join the North End neighbourhood association and ask for donations instead.



Noise in the Neighbourhood



NEN continues to pay attention to the issue of noise, particularly loud pulsating music going on late at night and unruly patrons leaving HWT Centre from Discovery Drive in the early hours of the morning. Management from Sarcoa attended our September Board meeting and a dozen residents also attended. It was a lively discussion.  Thank you to Sarcoa for attending our meeting and listening to neighbourhood concerns.  Two board members of NEN are planning to attend the November meeting of the Waterfront Trust to outline the neighbourhood concerns.



Simcoe Tot Lot and Bayview Park

On October 4, about 20 residents worked for several hours cleaning, weeding, and planting at Bayview Park.  The City “adopt the park” trailer was on site with all the equipment we needed!  Through the Ward 2 Participatory Budget process, the City provided approximately $500 of soil and plants.

On October 5, the “Big Dig” took place at Simcoe Tot Lot.  About 40 people volunteered their time to dig, shovel, rake, shovel, dig and rake!  We worked hard. With the approval of Councillor Jason Farr and the support of a number of City of Hamilton staff members, the Parkette will now hold two large oval shaped gardens in addition to the perimeter garden. It will have a multicultural theme and the plans are to be ready for the Pan Am Games. 

 NEN supports both Bayview Park and Simcoe Tot Lot groups in beautifying and enhancing the parks. Both have active Adopt-the-Park groups.   Thanks to all the people who came to help.  It was hard work, but it was a great feeling of community having so many people working, laughing, and talking together. A special thank you goes to Venni Gardens who did the design and helped with all the work at Simcoe Tot Lot – soon to be Sunset Cultural Garden.  Thanks also to the City Parks department for their help and advice and providing the trailer with all the tools. 

Traffic Management Update

Hughson Street North at Guise has been closed to traffic, but remains open to bikes and pedestrians.  Work is also being done at James and Strachan.  Plans show the work is to make the area more pedestrian friendly from Barton to Strachan as part of the GO station as well as the Traffic Plan. The plans will be posted on the NEN website or a link posted showing James and Strachan, Muarry, and Barton.  The AGM also voted to purchase some signs, for example, “thank you for driving slowly” that residents can place in their yards if they want to after checking it with the City.


NEN Board
A Big thank you goes to Victoria Alstein, Chris Pearson, Margie Kneulman, Peggyanne Mansfield, and Sandra Hudson for serving on the Board as a volunteer and devoting their time and energy to the neighbourhood.

New Board – We are happy to welcome the following people to the Board of North End Neighbours for 2014 - 2015.  Mike Borrelli, Thom Davies, Curtis Bieler, Richard Bull, Dave Stephens, Carol Hoblyn-Winn, Jon Davey, Rob Fiedler, Sheri Selway.

NEN Meetings - The NEN Board meets monthly. We elected a new Board of Directors in October and have not had our first meeting as of the deadline of the Breezes.  We are planning to set our meeting before the deadline (15th of each month), so we can put some agenda items in the Breezes early and a summary of the meeting.  As soon as we have a regular meeting time and place, we will put it in the NEN Community Update.  Residents are welcome to attend the Board meetings.

Facebook!  Are you on Facebook?  If so, please follow the Facebook page for North End Neighbours and “like us”. Thanks to Judy and Deb for doing the page.

Memberships to NEN for the 2014 – 2015 year are available at the Scotia Bank.  Make sure you are on our email list for updates and notifications of meetings and events. 

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