Members of Council got straight to the point on Monday by fast-tracking a motion at the Committee of the Whole inviting our Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff to Council in regards to the proposed Greenbelt changes and the much-panned Bill 23. Like many of us, Members of Council have a whole lot of questions that need to be answered by our Provincial representative.Continue reading
The Town released a media statement today regarding the departure of CAO Harry Schlange. Mr. Schlange will no longer be with the Town as of December 5, 2022 based upon a “mutual agreement” between him and the Town.
This move was not unexpected, given some of the controversies during his tenure in Grimsby and the common “shuffling of the CAO deck” by new terms of Councils in the province.
The Director of Legislative Services/Municipal Clerk, Ms. Sarah Kim, will fill the role as Acting CAO in the interim.
The full statement from the Town can be read at this link here.
With Monday night’s Special Council initially scheduled to address the proposed Greenbelt changes in Grimsby, including a Specialty Crop area on the lakeshore and another parcel near Main Street West, things took a different turn with the Provincial government “plowing ahead” and passing Bill 23 on Monday morning.Continue reading
After the previous post which introduced the origins of the fractured nature of Town Council, it seemed logical to start a detailed look where that one left-off, that being the February 2020 scuffle over the CAO, Harry Schlange. But in the name of completeness, we will start back a little further.Continue reading
In the first analysis of the 2018-2022 Council data, this post will examine how Members of Council performed in attending meetings. As representatives of their Ward residents, or in the case of the Mayor all residents of Grimsby, meeting attendance is one the most basic but important requirements of any elected official.Continue reading
As an astute GCFRG reader, you may have noticed that the word “Growth” has been dropped from our banner and replaced by “Governance”. With the municipal election at our doorstep, as well as candidates, it is important to shift a large amount of focus to ensuring the community gets information to make informed decisions and thus gets the best representation at Town Hall.Continue reading
Nominations for October 24’s municipal election officially closed at 2PM today at Town Hall. By the way the list grew, it certainly looks like the Chief Election Official at the Town certainly had their work cut out for them today. Here is a list of candidates for Council and Regional Council according to Town’s site:Continue reading
Council was back in session on Monday night to take in, discuss and “debate” the Ombudsman’s report. It was an interesting meeting to say the least… if you did not watch or do not want to watch, here is a long post of highlights from the meeting.Continue reading
17th 19th Committee of the Whole meeting was long, so long that it wound up pushing the Council meeting until a Friday. The topic-de-jour was the issue of waterfront hunting with an astounding 10 delegations on the issue. If you need a brief history on this topic, please see our previous post by clicking here.
It was an early 5PM start for the Special Council meeting, mainly for 314 Main St. E., that was rescheduled from last week. Despite the dinner hour, the delegations representing the residents of Lawrence Avenue and the developer (Branthaven) were ready, willing and able to put their best points forward to Council.Continue reading