Following Metrolinx’s announcement of a new approach to GO in Niagara, seeking third-party partners to invest in bringing transit service to the region… which seemingly put the brakes on plans, the Province today announced GO Trains to/from Niagara Falls & St. Kitt’s in January 2019.
In what seems to break the silence in updates regarding GO service to Grimsby and the Niagara Region, Metrolinx released a media advisory curiously titled “Metrolinx and Niagara Region continue to work together to bring regular GO train service to the region”.
Well, Council was back in session on Monday night and to say the least it was quite the interesting meeting.
As always, we are happy to provide notes to get you up to speed with what went down at Council.
There will be a “Public Information Centre” in Grimsby on June 22, 2017 concerning the Niagara GO Hub & Transit Study.
The session will be held at Grimsby Town Hall (Council Chambers) at 160 Livingston Avenue from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM, with a presentation at 6:30 PM.
We have been hearing it for months, even years that Grimsby will have GO Train service by 2021 and Niagara Falls will see daily service by 2023. Town Council and the Region have been blowing their (train) horn about this ad nauseum.
The idea of the Livingston Avenue Extension that threatened the sanctity of Grimsby’s Irish Woodlot is one step closer to being relegated to the history books.
This past Wednesday, the Region’s Transportation Steering Committee unanimously passed a motion to “Remove any reference to the proposed extension of Livingston Ave from the Region’s Transportation Multi-Modal Master Plan.”
It seems there is a question of integrity even within members of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority Board of Directors.
Full read available here on the NPCA website: https://npca.ca/news/npca-cancels-rfp-process-board-member-interference
IT Strategic Plan
John Naas from Blackline Consulting presented the final IT Strategic Plan and recommendations. The town is now in a position where long-term “band-aid” solutions have created an IT infrastructure and technology gaps where the town is no longer able to meet the pressures and demands to provide appropriate service levels. This means catch-up and a large financial investment over the next 10 years.
This team was created by Town Manager Brandt to better manage, monitor and report on the Town assets such as; roads, buildings, IT, sanitary and water systems, pipes, fleet and equipment, parks, street lights, to name a few. Jenn Gross, a GIS Analyst for the Town presented.
It was noted that the Town’s asset plan currently does not have enough detail in it to satisfy government reporting requirements. New software and processes will enhance accountability and transparency and enable the Town to better prioritize asset repair and replacement.