July 2, 2014
Please mark your calendars! There will be a Public Information Centre for the Bowmanville Marsh Habitat Restoration Project, Phase 1 - Aquatic Habitat Restoration held next week at Bobby C’s in Ward 3.
The Central Lake Ontario Conservation (CLOCA) invites you to join staff to discuss Phase 1 - Aquatic Habitat Restoration in Bowmanville Marsh. The information centre will be held on Thursday, July 10th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the upstairs room at Bobby C’s Dockside Restaurant, 70 Darlington Road, Bowmanville, ON.
The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program administered by Fisheries and Oceans Canada has approved the Aquatic Habitat Restoration Project to be eligible for $50,000 in matching funding.
As part of the funding agreement a detailed plan of the restoration project must be submitted and CLOCA would like the public’s assistance in reviewing CLOCA’s progress to date. Your input is very important and will help CLOCA finalize the plan for this important restoration project. This initial project will be the first in a series of projects aimed at improving the overall health of Bowmanville Marsh as recommended by the Durham Region Coastal Wetland Monitoring Project. The long-term goal of Phase 1 is to enhance the sustainability and ongoing productivity of the recreational fishery within Bowmanville Marsh. This marsh is a 33-hectare Provincially Significant Coastal Wetland located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the Municipality of Clarington within the 66 ha Bowmanville/Westside Conservation Area, owned and managed by Central Lake Ontario Conservation.
The Public Information Centre (PIC) will provide information on how Phase 1 of the Aquatic Habitat Restoration will be implemented, its impact to the community and benefits to protecting and enhancing the natural resources of this Provincially Significant Wetland. If you would like more information regarding this project or the public information centre please contact Mr. Ian Kelsey, Aquatic Biologist with Central Lake Ontario Conservation at 905-579-0411, ext. 143 or email: email@example.com.
Visitors will have an opportunity to view… digitally reprinted images taken in Tyrone, Haydon and Enniskillen by the talented Neil Newton while enjoying some delicious goodies at Tyrone Mills Limited - 1846. You can then walk over to the Tyrone Community Centre and check out our very own Silver Gelatin Print collection of original Neil Newton prints, which, thanks to the efforts of our very hard working Board member (herself a talented artist and illustrator) Laurie Lafrance, have been newly re-framed.
The photographer himself has generously donated three prints for a silent auction to help raise funds to offset the cost of re-framing the Tyrone Community Centre collection. This means that three lucky visitors will be able to take home a piece of local history! This is a drop-in event taking place on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. which should suit everyone’s busy summer schedules. See you there!
Boots and Hearts Neighbours Meeting Tonight, June 18 2014
Hi all! Just a reminder to residents who live near Canadian Tire Motorsport Park that the Neighbours Meeting hosted by Republic Live will be taking place at the Event Centre at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park tonight (June 18th) beginning at 6:30 PM.
All residents who received notification that their homes fall within the set radius of the festival are invited. This is your opportunity to ask more questions about Boots and Hearts and to review the Traffic Management Plan with representatives.
Boots and Hearts Public Meeting - May 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Letters have already been hand-delivered to all residents living within a short radius of the proposed additional camping site (along Murphy Road).
Ice Storm Cleanup Update - May 14, 2014
We currently have three Operations crews and one forestry contractor out mulching the debris and we hope to continue this for the next 7 business days (i.e. until May 26, 2014). Operations is hoping to have the remaining urban areas cleanup completed in this time frame, although Staff continue to face many challenges.
We have currently amassed in excess of 250 tons of mulch material and we expect that this figure will grow to over 400 by the time Operations is finished with the cleanup.
The Municipality will then turn its focus to sport field preparation, walkways, conducting a second course of pavement patching, winter maintenance sweeping, grading roads and ditching and ensuring that the Municipality is meeting minimum maintenance standards.
Residents have the following options with their tree and limb debris:
1.To bundle in accordance with the Region of Durham Waste Guidelines and schedule.
2. Drop off tree branches to Clarington Fields. This option has been extended until May 20, 2014. A cleanup of this area is scheduled to take place by May 22nd.
3. Be patient, and wait for Clarington Operations staff.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me by Facebook, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (905-623-3379) with questions or comments!
Please be sure to check out an upcoming exhibition by renowned photographer Neil Newton featuring one of Ward 3’s most precious “gems”, the rural community of Tyrone. Newton’s photographs capture life in Tyron…e in the 1970s and “star” many subjects who are members of families still residing in Tyrone to this day.
The photographs, which normally adorn the walls of our very own Tyrone Community Centre, convey a stark and nostalgic beauty which is evocative a “simpler way of life”. It is a distinct honour and privilege that Mr. Newton and the Tyrone Community Centre are able to share the collection with a wider audience in Toronto.
Municipal Update re: Tree Branch Removal
Clarington’s post ice-storm cleanup commenced April 7th, 2014. Contractors and municipal crews have been busy working in various areas across Clarington, although two days were lost last week due to bad weather. Brush from the Municipality’s original survey of the effects of the ice storm and estimate have at least doubled with the commencement of the cleanup program.
As a result, Clarington will continue to offer the parking lot at Clarington Fields as an option for residents to dispose of their tree limbs instead of shutting down the drop-off on April 17,2014 as originally planned. The Clarington Fields drop-off location will now continue to stay open until May 2, 2014. The Clarington Soccer Fields are located at 2375 Baseline Road West.
Next week is another yard waste pickup by the Region of Durham and bundled branches will be picked up. The Municipality’s pile of wood chips from the first seven days of cleanup is already estimated to be 7 tonnes and growing.
Operations supervisors are continuing to deploy Municipal staff to patch and sweep roads, pickup garbage, conduct tree limb cleanup and road sign maintenance, and catch basin repair. Two shifts have been scheduled solely for sweeping operations to accelerate our cleanup of parking lots and municipal streets.
Public Safety First: Putting People Over Politics
Promoting the safety of residents and their families has always been a priority as the Local Councillor for Ward 3.
New residential developments are currently under construction in Newcastle, thousands of older adults in the Wilmot Creek Adult Lifestyle Community rely on the Newcastle fire station for protection and call volumes for Newcastle and the surrounding environs are now approaching 400 calls per year. It just makes sense that the new Newcastle fire station be staffed by full-time firefighters.
As your Councillor, I did not support spending $744,000 in May 2012 to move the proposed new Newcastle station 850 metres from the planned site. This proposal was fiscally irresponsible and also caused a delay for much-needed improvements to the Bowmanville fire station which also services Ward 3.
Now, however, the Newcastle fire station is gearing to open and elected representatives are facing a dilemma with respect to the proposed staffing. Members of Council once again have an opportunity to “do the right thing”.
Having been presented with our new Master Fire Plan on March 17, 2014, members of Committee learned that Clarington’s new Master Fire Plan proposes staffing Newcastle full-time. This recommendation was endorsed by our Chief of Fire and Emergency Services, Gordon Weir, one of the most talented and well-respected Fire Chiefs in the GTA. The Plan also calls for our part-time complement to be eventually expanded by five firefighters at each of our stations, for a total of twenty-five new part-time fire fighters. Thus, part-time firefighters will clearly continue to play a critically important role in the provision of fire protection to urban and rural residents.
We are now in a financial position to staff Newcastle full-time without adding any cost to the approved budget, and so I will continue to lobby my colleagues to put people over politics by voting to staff the new Newcastle station full-time. The matter will be coming before members of Committee on March 31, 2014, so please take a moment to reach out to your elected representatives, both local and regional, by telephone, email or in person, and ask him or her to vote “yes” to staffing the new Newcastle station with full-time firefighters.