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West Lincoln council notebook: McNally House returns, transit talks, trees to be planted

With the final council meeting of the summer now in the books, here’s a short summary of some of the things discussed at the July 26 meeting.

McNally House voted into 2022 budget discussions

Grimsby’s McNally House Hospice is seeking $9.5 million in funding for an expansion that would see the creation a new 10-bedroom facility and operate it alongside the current six-bedroom building. To fund this expansion, McNally House is seeking the help of west Niagara municipalities and, so far, only Lincoln council has made a financial commitment.

After being voted out of 2022 budget discussion at a previous council meeting, executive director Pamela Blackwood and co-chair of the Life in Every Moment campaign Murray Bain, presented a request asking West Lincoln councillors to re-evaluate their decision, requesting an annual commitment of $14,000 for five years.

After deliberation between councillors and McNally representatives about the nature of the request and the potential impact on municipal levy taxes, council voted unanimously to receive the new information and refer it back to the 2022 budget discussions, but no commitments were made.

Transit reported received, feedback by Aug. 25

Matt Robinson, director of GO Transit’s implementation office, presented revisions of Niagara Transit Governance’s revised strategies, as the region moves into Phase 2 of implementing a “integrated and consolidated” transit system.

One such option provided to council was to opt-in to NRT (Niagara Regional Transit’s) onDemand’s pilot project for an annual cost of $250,000 to allow for pick up and drop off West Lincoln residents within their municipality. Right now, NRT onDemand does not offer inter-municipal services for West Lincoln, as NRT is a regional service and municipal transit services fall within the jurisdiction of the municipality. This is also why there is an annual opt-in fee.

Council was not asked to make a decision, but rather to receive the information and provide further feedback by Aug. 25, which council voted in favour of doing, with the exception of Coun. Jason Trombetta.

Parkettes to be renamed

As part of a report on an update of “Parkland/Parkette Bylaw and Naming of Parks, Parkettes and Trails,” West Lincoln council approved the renaming of the following parkettes, which were previously unnamed:
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