Council Highlights: March 2, 2015

HOTEL FEASIBILITY STUDY

Council approved funding for a Hotel Feasibility Study (that will be recouped once the land has been sold) to examine the economic viability of developing a hotel on Town-owned lands in the East Fonthill area along Rice Road at Regional Road 20. Council has already determined that a medical centre, retirement facility and Wellspring Niagara are all in the best interests of the community, including exploring the design of a potential multifaceted community centre. Since a hotel may also be of value to the community, Council decided that it is vital to conduct market research to help frame any future decisions. The study is also important to help finalize the design of the central intersection of the East Fonthill development and the types of buildings and uses that will frame the public square. The Hotel Feasibility Study will be undertaken by PKF Hospitality & Tourism Business Advisors and will be completed over the next few months.

NEW RESTORE OPENING SOON

Alastair Davis from Habitat for Humanity Niagara appeared before Council to share an update on how Habitat for Humanity helps break the cycle of poverty through affordable homeownership, and to reveal plans to open a new ReStore this spring along Highway 20. The new home renovation outlet will open in April 2015 and will feature 10,000 square feet of donated home products for purchase to help generate funds to build Habitat for Humanity homes and to divert products from landfills through reuse and repurposing. Volunteers and donations are greatly appreciated and tax receipts available for items donated over $100. For more information, please contact 905-329-7773 or jodi@habitatniagara.ca. The new ReStore is located at 2499 Hwy #20.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF SOUTH NIAGARA

Barb Van Der Heyden and Ryan Bissonnette from Big Brothers, Big Sisters of South Niagara, invited Council and members of the community to participate in the annual “Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake” campaign taking place from March 7th to March 14th, 2015. The fundraisers help support Big Brothers, Big Sisters of South Niagara programs within local communities, including Pelham. Mayor Dave Augustyn will once again participate in the Annual Mayor’s Challenge taking place on Saturday, March 7th at Bowl O Rama Lanes in Welland. See why you should support Mayor Dave Augustyn's Team.

RIDGEVILLE CENOTAPH UPDATE

Following further discussions with key stakeholders – including interested residents, the Royal Canadian Legion and restoration experts – Council supported exploring the restoration of the historic Ridgeville Cenotaph’s original lead lettering. To help preserve the historical significance of the monument’s lead lettering and its ongoing maintenance, staff is investigating the establishment of a registered charitable foundation. A Request for Proposal for the full restoration of the monument will be available at pelham.ca in the coming days

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

The Town of Pelham Economic Development Working Group and members of Council met during a Special Meeting of Council on Monday, February 23, 2015, to determine priorities for an economic development action plan. Using the Creative Problem Solving process, the group completed a challenge map which revealed that the areas to focus on include: How Might We (H.M.W.) incubate wealth-creating businesses in Pelham, H.M.W. attract wealth-creating business into Pelham, H.M.W. incubate home-based businesses we already have in Pelham, H.M.W. determine how the community wants to spend their money, H.M.W. develop a plan to engage the business community, and H.M.W. align employment opportunities with the community’s skillset. The group plans to meet again as soon as possible to assign tasks and timelines to accomplish the overarching objective of “How Might We Provide an Environment for Economic Prosperity.” For a copy of the meeting’s draft minutes, download the full March 2, 2015 Council Meeting Agenda Package.