CITY HALL NOTEBOOK
Mayor Chris Friel is urging residents to give what they can to support all those whose lives have been torn apart by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
“You can’t help but watch and wonder what if that was our city,” Friel said this week. “You don’t have to give a lot because every bit helps.
“There are a number of organizations who are providing assistance but I’m suggesting the Red Cross. There are other organizations but if you want to give this is a good place to start.”
To help, contact the Brantford branch of the Canadian Red Cross at 519-753-4189.
Residents have an opportunity to have their say about the city’s 2018 budget.
City officials are holding a town hall meeting at the civic centre auditorium at 69 Market St. on Sept. 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The meeting is a chance for people to ask questions about the 2018 budget, as well as provide input to city officials.
City councillors have approved plans to spend $15,000 on a noise study in an area of Colborne Street West, near Oakhill Drive.
Councillors voted in favour of the proposal at a committee meeting Tuesday. Final approval is expected at an upcoming meeting of council.
Area residents have raised concerns about noise, pollution and privacy.
Councillors have voted in favour of repealing some parking prohibitions on a section of Harris Avenue from West Street to Henry Street.
The decision is expected to come before council for final approval later this month. Ward 4 Coun. Richard Carpenter asked council to repeal a parking prohibition from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. on a section of the north side of Harris.
City council is calling on the federal government to give up on plans to privatize Canadian airports.
Instead of pushing for profitoriented private airports, the government should clear the way for much needed improvements to airport governance and financing, a resolution passed by councillors at a Tuesday committee meeting says.
The resolution was introduced by Ward 3 Coun. Greg Martin.
Air travel is essential to connecting families, communities and economic development, Martin said Tuesday.
The international experience in privatization has often resulted in higher fees and reduced services for travellers as private companies seek to maximize their return on their investment. That, said Martin, would have an impact on communities of all sizes by making air travel more expensive and reduced service.
Martin noted, in his resolution, that the divestiture of airports to local not-for-profit authorities in 1994 led to massive user-financed investments in airport infrastructure giving Canada a network of world-class airports.
City councillors have agreed to spend up to $430,000 to create a new habitat for the eastern meadowlark.
The decision allows the city to move forward with an estimated $6.5 million in improvements to the Highway 403-Oak Park Road interchange.
An area near the interchange is home to the songbird, a threatened species.
Creating a new habitat for the bird is a requirement for interchange project.
The new habitat will be on two parcels of land – one in Brant Park Conservation Area and one on the north side of Beckett Lane, east of Erie Avenue.
The new habitats will be created and maintained by the Grand River Conservation Authority. Work on the interchange is expected to begin next May and be finished by November. The body pulled from Long Point Bay this week has been identified as that of a 53-year-old Norfolk County man. Peter John Jessop apparently went kayaking last weekend when he fell from his craft and was unable to get back in. A boater found Jessop’s body near Pottahawk Point Monday afternoon. “We’re looking for an orange kayak,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said Wednesday. “It looks like he wasn’t wearing any life-saving equipment at all.” Jessop’s death is not being treated as suspicious. Police said that they suspect Jessop had been in the water for three or four days. He was not the subject of a missing person’s report to authorities at the time he was located. Sanchuk said that Jessop’s death is a reminder of the importance of life-jackets and other safety equipment when on the water. “Once you are in the water, it’s too late to put it on,” Sanchuk said. “I like to think that Mr. Jessop would still be alive had he been wearing a life jacket.” Jessop has been seen on the lake on occasion in an orange kayak, said Sanchuk. If anyone finds a craft matching this description on Long Point Bay, they are asked to bring it to the attention of the Norfolk OPP. The local detachment can be reached by calling 1-888-310-1122.