March 23: HSR asking customers to travel only if absolutely necessary and other updates from the City of Hamilton

The following article contains multiple department updates as of March 23, 2020 from the City of Hamilton concerning HSR essential service, waste collection, parking services, vulnerable citizens and playground closures.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

The City of Hamilton provided multiple updates today regarding HSR service, waste services, playground closures, supports for vulnerable citizens, and parking updates as it works towards putting more safety measures in place due to the spread of COVID-19 in Hamilton.

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Electric vehicle charging stations to be installed at City lots

This article contains information about the addition of electric charging stations across the City, with details provided via the Hamilton Community News dated March 23, 2020.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

The City of Hamilton has committed to installing 20 new electric charging stations around the City, including a station planned for Ward 8, at city-run municipal lots.

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March 19: City of Hamilton Operational Updates

In this post you’ll find information about the the City of Hamilton’s operational updates about city park equipment, parking, and the Hamilton Farmers Market via press release as of March 19, 2020.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Today (March 19, 2020) the City of Hamilton issued an update to residents regarding city park recommendations, community recycling centres as well as parking enforcement and farmers market.

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Hamilton City Council Trims $750,000 from 2020 Budget Through Service Cuts to Under-Performing HSR Routes

Hamilton City Council recently voted to cut service levels to several under-performing HSR routes. The service cuts are anticipated to save taxpayers $750,000 from the 2020 budget and up to $1.7 million from future budgets.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Since being elected, I have worked very hard to advocate on behalf of improving transit for Ward 8 residents on the Hamilton mountain.

Behind the scenes, I was able to work closely with City of Hamilton staff to secure an application for $8.5 million in Federal/Provincial funding dedicated to improving transit for Ward 8 and the Hamilton mountain.

I have also consistently advocated for new investments in HSR transit to better serve Ward 8 residents by realigning the existing bus routes through the HSR’s (Re)Envision campaign, and the elimination of the unfair area rating for transit taxation system.

However, I reluctantly voted in favour of the proposed service cuts – continue reading for find out why…

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$68k Committed to Improve Ward 8 Sidewalks

The 70s and 80s era brought us many notable, local architectural achievements like the Central Library, Hamilton Place and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. However, the high back semi barrier curbs on sidewalks constructed throughout numerous new developments in the 1970s and 1980s within Ward 8 are not celebrated, and the committed funds will help correct inadequacies for homeowners.

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Electric Buses Will Not Replace LRT

With the cancellation of LRT and the Province’s offer to invest one billion dollars towards transportation in Hamilton, there has been increased discussion about electric buses as an alternative to rapid transit.
While I support a transition to an electric HSR bus fleet as a possible mitigation measure to help meet Hamilton’s Climate Change goals – it is important to note that electric buses on their own will not replace LRT.

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Sidewalk Snow Clearing: What’s at Stake?

We’ve been hearing from many of you regarding the ongoing debate centred around sidewalk snow clearing. With 2403 kilometres of sidewalk citywide, including 201 km in Ward 8, it’s an important matter and one we’d like to address here.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

We’ve been hearing from many of you regarding the ongoing debate centred around sidewalk snow clearing. With 2403 kilometres of sidewalk citywide, including 201 km in Ward 8, it’s an important matter and one we’d like to address here.

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Chedoke Creek Spill Update

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

As you are aware, an undetected flow of combined stormwater and sewage was spilled into Chedoke Creek due to a partially open overflow gate at the King Street West Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Tank from January 28, 2014 to July 18, 2018.

The following was originally published on January 14, 2020. Updates to the original post have been added.

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Where’s the Plow?

Knock on wood, but we’ve been rather fortunate this winter. With very few major snowfalls, we’ve avoided certain tasks like shovelling, salting and shovelling again after the plow passes!

But when we do get a good accumulation of snow, our office sometimes receives inquiries about why their street might have been missed or overlooked during clean-up. With that in mind, we thought some helpful tips could help answer some of these questions.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Knock on wood, but we’ve been rather fortunate this winter. With very few major snowfalls, we’ve avoided certain tasks like shovelling, salting and shovelling again after the plow passes!

But when we do get a good accumulation of snow, our office sometimes receives inquiries about why their street might have been missed or overlooked during clean-up. With that in mind, we thought some helpful tips could help answer some of these questions.

For more, please continue reading below…

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