West Town Crime Stats for August 2009

Strathcona, The crime stats for the month of August, provided by Sergeant Jo-Ann Savoie, West Town Crime Manager are now posted at http://www.brianmchattie.ca/page2.php?id=46.  Scroll down to the heading “Crime Reports” and click on the West Town Crime Stats -August 2009 link. Notes from the Crime Manager: At the end of August, Division One activated the McMaster Welcome Week Operational Plan. Vice and Drugs, Emergency Response Unit, High Enforcement Action Team, Beat Officers, Core Bicycle Officers, Plain Cloths , and several Crime Managers and By-Law worked closely to set the tone for the school year. A total of 312 Provincial Offences Notices were issued. The MLE (Municipal Law Enforcement) Tracking system was a huge success and made a big difference compared to previous years. The new nuisance by-law (Urinating in a Public Place) at $260 was a shock to most students who were not aware of the hefty fine. Although noise continues to be a problem in Westdale, I have received several e-mails indicating this year appears to be “better” than previous years. The St George’s Church Memory Garden project continues! Look for the Wall of Support to be affixed to the church by the end of the month. If you have not reserved your plaque ensure you contact Joe as there are only a limited number of plates available! Graffiti update: KEENUR our prolific tagger who was arrested on 5 August still remains in custody. He has another bail hearing on September 22. Sgt. Jo-Ann Savoie #191 Division One Crime Manager WEST TOWN 155 King William St. Hamilton, ON  L8N 4C1 Work: (905) 540-5093 e-mail:...

Public Art for Locke Street

Strathcona, Provide your Opinion on Public Art for Locke Street The City of Hamilton is currently undertaking a public art competition to select public art to be installed along Locke Street South between Stanley Avenue and the railway bridge. A jury of citizens and city staff has reviewed seven proposals received from artists for technical merit, artistic merit and response to context.  They have chosen the three highest scoring proposals to present to the public for comment. These comments will help inform the jury when they meet again to select the successful proposal. Residents, business owners and artists in the city’s Kirkendall neighbourhood are encouraged to review the three proposals and  provide input on the selection of the winning proposal by visiting: http://www.hamilton.ca/arts/lockestreet (If the link does not open please copy and paste into your browser. Please note that the website can be slow) Hard copies of the proposals and comment forms are also available for review at the Locke Street Branch of the Hamilton Public Library, 285 Locke Street South at the Information Desk: 905-546-3492 Citizens are asked to make their selection and provide comments before October 3, 2009. For more information please contact: KEN COIT B.E.S. B.Arch.  O.A.A. Art In Public Places Coordinator Cultural Initiatives Section Culture Division Community Services Department City of Hamilton T 905 546 2424  EXT 6281  F 905 540 5511 e-mail  Ken.Coit@hamilton.ca 77 James Street North, Suite 305 Hamilton, ON  L8R...

Transit Vision Project

Hamilton Transit Users Group (TUG) has launched a campaign to develop a new community-based vision for transit in Hamilton in the 21st century. This project is funded by the Hamilton Community Foundation. http://hamiltontug.com/vision The City of Hamilton has committed to doubling transit ridership (to 100 rides per person per year) by 2020. But how do we get there from here? Instead of waiting for the city to figure this out, TUG is making a series of presentations and providing an online survey so Hamiltonians can share their vision of how transit could develop. Initial results of the survey will be presented in a public meeting to the community in late October. TUG will then use the information collected through the survey to develop initiatives around improving public transit in Hamilton. Background These are exciting times for transit, thanks to the discussion of light rail and the creation of some new routes and discount passes. Yet we know that there is still overcrowding on some routes of the HSR, and battles continue over what should be appropriate levels of fares and public support of transit. The HSR is currently undertaking a full operational review of its routes and schedules, so this is an especially good time to present a broad-based community vision for where we want transit to go and how we can make it happen. Links The TUG presentation explains the current situation in Hamilton and proposes a community-based exercise to develop a progressive vision of transit in Hamilton. TUG will be making this presenting to various community groups in Hamilton over the next few months. http://hamiltontug.com/vision/presentation/ The Transit...

Good Shepherd Construction Update

Another update from the construction contractors on the Good Shepherd site: As part of Good Shepherd’s commitment to provide updates to you and your constituents on the construction activity at the Good Shepherd Square, please be advised as follows for the two week period ending September 11th: Work Underway: the installation of caissons for support of the excavation along Pearl is completed. The installation of shoring material is continuing and the excavation is underway for the installation of footings. Soil is being compacted for the new parking lot to the rear of the building and excess soil is being trucked off site Work next week: Work will begin with the installation of the storm sewer piping along the property line of Pearl Street. The forming of footings will begin with installation of formwork and rebar. Soil compaction will continue and more soil will be taken off site. Next few weeks: There will be increased activity in the building excavation as footing forms are readied for concrete. Site servicing for water and sanitary sewers will commence. I trust this information will assist you and your constituents. Peter C Lampman Housing Development Consultant Good Shepherd...
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