Hamilton Inauguration Ceremony December 3 at City Hall 5:00

Congratulations to all Elected Council members, Mayor, and committee appointees!

Hamilton’s newly elected council inauguration will be held at City Hall December 3  rather than at the Hamilton Convention Centre where it was held last year. 

Council members are to be given "tickets" for people attending and sitting in the Gallery which holds about 150 and extra seats for the public will be set up outside Council Chambers for around 300. 

Hamilton's All Star Jazz Band will be performing and there will be refreshments afterwards, and a chance to mingle. 

This is an interesting event and well worth attending! 

The Agenda is 

Call to Order

1.
PROCESSION OF NEW COUNCIL

2.
NATIONAL ANTHEM

3.
INTRODUCTION OF DIGNITARIES

4.
INVOCATION

5.
DECLARATION OF OFFICE AND OATH OF ALLEGIANCE - Mayor Elect Fred Eisenberger

6.
PRESENTATION OF MAYOR'S CHAIN OF OFFICE

7.
INAUGURAL ADDRESS - MAYOR FRED EISENBERGER

8.
DECLARATION OF OFFICE AND OATH OF ALLEGIANCE - Members of Council

9.
MUSICAL INTERLUDE - HAMILTON CHILDREN'S CHOIR

10.
RATIFICATION OF COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIPS

10.1
Standing Committee and Sub-Committees

10.2
Agencies, Boards and Tribunals

11.
BY-LAWS

12.
ADJOURNMENT

Community Transportation Fair

Community Transportation Fair tonight November 25 5:30 -8:30

Bennetto Recreation Centre

Click here for more details





Citizen Appointments to Hamilton's Agencies, Boards, and Committees

The City is inviting citizens to apply to serve on a variety of committees from The Football Hall of Fame to City Housing to the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Waterfront Trust.   Please go to the website below for a complete list of citizen appointment committes.  The deadline is fast approacting - Friday November 28. 

An Orientation Open House will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the foyer area outside the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 71 Main Street West, Hamilton.  The purpose of the Open House is to outline the scope of the various committees, explain the time commitment and any qualifications that may be required.  Attendance is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged. 


 

http://www.hamilton.ca/CityDepartments/CorporateServices/Clerks/CitizenAppointmentstoHamiltonSubCommittees.htm

National Education Savings Week

National Education Savings Week provides an excellent opportunity for any families in the north end with a child that was born in 2004 or later.  They could receive up to $500 towards their education as part of the Canada Learning Bond.

Event Details:
St. Lawrence Elementary School

88 Macaulay St E.
Tuesday, November 25
3pm-7pm


For more info please download this PDF or check out www.canlearn.ca/clb.

Mary Street Bridge - Clearing out the Brush

A friend and neighbour on Strachan Street reported that someone had been assaulted in the brush beside the path leading to the Mary Street Bridge on the October 25/26 weekend.  The assault was heard and police were called.  We have since talked to our neighbourhood police officer and Councillor Jason Farr who also contacted the appropriate City department.

Meanwhile, on November 2, several of us decided to go ahead and clear 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.  Many hands make light work and all that!

Our goal was to make sight lines from the pathway to the CN fence below. The last photo shows that you can now see down to the fence. It is actually a nice spot, so we hope to plant milkweed there - the perfect location!- in the spring.









North End Traffic Video 2009

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Picton Library



To all North Enders; here is the recommendation (Below Letter) from the Chief Librarian in regards to what is there desired direction for Library Service for the North End of Hamilton. As President of North End Neighbours and a resident it is sad to see that the Library Board has recommended that the partnership with North Hamilton Community Health Centre is not a working relationship that the Board can work with. I would like to point out a few things in the Boards argument against relocating the Picton Branch, they as a Board had for years expressed interest in this project now that they are showing short falls in other projects this project in the North End is no longer viable. The Board recommendation mentions increased costs as a concern, as I understand the costs were reduced, the Board as I understand was concerned about a 20 year lease, this as I understand was reduced. The Board was concerned that library patrons would have to walk through a waiting room of a health facility to access the Library Branch, not the case as I understand it would have had an entrance just off the main entrance of the new building. Another concern is that residents of the East End of Hamilton have limited Library service, Kenilworth and Red Hill to the best of my knowledge are not planned to be converted to a Bookmobile. In the Boards own words the partnership would have provided lower operating cost allowed for longer hours of operation and would have accessed a different clientele, how can the Board of Directors for the Library walk away from this, I don’t think they have thought this partnership through thoroughly and for that reason the Neighbourhood of the North End will suffer. My hope is that the elected officials when voting on the recommendation by the Board from the Library reverse this recommendation and either keep status quo (The Picton) or reconsider the NHCHC proposal.

Sincerely
John Mattinson
President
North End Neighbours



Date: June 11, 2008

To: Chair and Board Members

From: Ken Roberts, Chief Librarian

Subject: North Hamilton Community Health Centre Proposal

RECOMMENDATION:
That the Library Board no longer consider the option of sharing space with the North Hamilton Community Health Centre in its new facility, and

That the Hamilton Public Library Board continue to operate the current Picton Branch until such time as alternative service delivery can be arranged; and

That the Library Board commits to use any saved funding to improve service in the north and east ends of the city in order to provide improved services to those residents of the city most affected by poverty.

FINANCIAL/STAFFING/LEGAL IMPLICATIONS:
We do not have an agreement with the North Hamilton Community Health Centre. Previous Board motions had directed us to see if an agreement could be reached. Still, architectural fees directly connected with providing for space that the library might use, if an agreement could be reached, were incurred. The Library Board should pay any reasonable and fair architectural fees related to the preliminary design of this space.
BACKGROUND:
The North Hamilton Community Health Centre Board approached the Hamilton Public Library Board with a proposal for a 20 year lease of approximately 1000 square feet in return for a total estimated investment of $200,000, including all furnishings and related work. The Library Board authorized administration to see if an agreement could be reached and expressed support for the concept since it allowed for lower operating costs of a north end branch and, potentially, allowed for longer hours and access to a different clientele.
Several months later the cost estimates were revised to $300,000 for the 20 year period of time. The Library Board still expressed support for the concept.
We learned this last April that the costs have now escalated significantly. The North Hamilton Community Health Centre Board presented two potential solutions at a June 4th special Board meeting. The North Hamilton Community Health also invited the Library Board to submit a counter-proposal. A deadline date of June 20th was given.
Staff have not been directed to prepare a counter-proposal.
Library Board members have expressed a commitment to improve services in the north and eastern areas of the city and have expressed a desire to see limited funds make the biggest impact on literacy issues related to poverty. There are a number of neighbors in this area of the city that currently receive very limited library service.
Staff recommend that the available funds be used to purchase a second bookmobile, one that is accessible and is capable of improving library service.
In terms of performance, the current Picton Branch does about 22,000 circulations a year while a well-used bookmobile can generate almost 10 times as much use with a smaller operating cost. The difference in cost would allow for more outreach programming in order to bring people into libraries and to encourage use. We also hope to partner with community organizations for more wifi access and after-school homework assistance.
In comparison, moving to the NHCHC within the terms that are offered mean that we could only offer limited hours in a fixed location, with no outreach. It means that residents of other areas in the city where there is a need for library service continue to receive nothing within their neighborhoods.

Waterfront Development

North End has its west and north borders at the West Harbour.

West Harbourfront development should not come at the expense of those who call the North End home. We are a residential neighbourhood.

Traffic, both speed and amount, noise, parking are all issues that need to be addressed.

FYI - for more information on the Waterfront go to www.hamilton.ca/wag There's a lot going on here so take a careful look.

A Real Neighbourhood Bank

The Board from North End Neighbours had the pleasure of meeting with Bryan Egan Branch Manager at the Scotiabank. The meeting was a meet and greet and a true pleasure. You may or may not know that the Scotiabank is the only bank located in our neighbourhood, after meeting with Bryan he has indicated that they are truly a neighbourhood bank and plan to be in our neighbourhood for many many years. So as neighbours please consider this bank for your future banking needs.
Bryan Egan can be contacted through his email. Or stop in and see him.

bryan.egan@scotiabank.com

Night Out Event 2008

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North End Night Out Sept. 13th, 2007

North End Night Out Sept. 13th, 2007
A good time was had by all.

Bunge Bridge Over Burlington Street

Bunge Bridge Over Burlington Street
Principal Nancy D’Olimpio St Lawrence

Bunge Bridge over Burlington Street

Bunge Bridge over Burlington Street
Principal Mrs Millen Bennetto

July 12th 2007

July 12th 2007
10 Years After Plastimet

Environmental Concerns

North End Neighbours is committed to our environment. We believe that every individual, business and institution has a responsibility to share in that commitment. The following are some environmental issues that we are following... Waterfront Development, Local Industrial Development, Litter and Pollution issues.