Council Highlights: FEBRUARY 17, 2015
2015 OPERATING BUDGET
As recommended by the Committee of the Whole, Council approved the 2015 Operating Budget of $12,436,025 resulting in an increase of 1.92% (or $26) for residential homes with an average assessment of $302,815. The budget was prepared with public input and illustrates savings brought on by new technologies and work process improvements. Council decided against an additional incremental tax increase of 2% to fund future capital projects. Once Regional and Education tax rates are finalized, the 2015 Tax Rates will be presented for Council's consideration in May. For more information visit pelham.ca/budgets-reports.
RENAMING NIAGARA CENTRAL AIRPORT
Carolyn Botari, an interested resident, asked for Council’s support to rename the Niagara Central Airport after Dorothy Rungeling, a lifelong resident of Pelham who was once billed as "Canada's Flying Housewife" in the 1950s. Ms. Rungeling was honoured with a Membership in the Order of Canada for her aviation achievements and is closely associated with the Niagara Central Airport, having been a pilot student, instructor and host of several significant aviation events there. Council agreed to support the Airport Commission’s petition to Members of Provincial Parliament to change the name to "Niagara Central Dorothy Rungeling Airport”. Ms. Rungeling will achieve the grand age of 104 this May and the Commission hopes to inform her of the honour on her birthday.
NIAGARA SOUTH COAST TOURISM ASSOCIATION
Ron Bodner from the Niagara South Coast Tourism Association appeared before Council to outline the association's tourism initiatives and mandates, and to ask for financial support through membership with the association. Mr. Bodner illustrated how the Niagara South Coast Tourism Association could benefit Pelham’s tourism, noting that a promotional video has already been produced to help highlight events and activities in the five partnering communities of Pelham, Port Colborne, Fort Erie, Wainfleet and Welland. Council asked staff to review the information and prepare a recommendation for consideration at the Monday, March 2, 2015 regular meeting. For a copy of the presentation, download the full February 17, 2015 Council Meeting Agenda.
PROPOSED ARENA SEATING
Council approved a recommendation by the Architectural Design Advisory Committee to increase the design for arena seating (in the proposed multi-faceted community centre) to 1,200-1,500 seats to help accommodate spectators during hockey games, playoffs and tournaments, and to give greater opportunity for off-season sports, activities and events such as concerts and trade shows.
Council approved the updated terms of reference for the Grant Award Committee, Pelham Active Transportation Committee, Summerfest Committee, Pelham Seniors’ Advisory Committee and the Community Beautification Committee (formerly the Communities in Bloom Committee) to better align them with the Strategic Goals. Applications are now being accepted for all of the committees, as well as a Livestock Valuer, Fenceviewer and Poundkeeper, by the Town Clerk until March 2, 2015. Visit pelham.ca/clerks-department for more information.
With the dedication and hard work of the Town of Pelham Heritage Advisory Committee, the Town has developed a shortlist of potential heritage register properties and historic sites that have the possibility for inclusion on the Heritage Register. Since a consultant will be hired to develop this historical background information in an expedient manner, Council approved a staff recommendation for the committee to take a pause until the work is completed.
SITE PLAN MANUAL OPEN HOUSE
The Town of Pelham is proposing a new Site Plan Manual that will outline expectations and requirements for all future Site Plan Applications. You’re invited to the Open House on March 10, 2015 to provide feedback.