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>Smithville CIBC robbed at gunpoint Monday afternoon Pg 3 > Grimsby man says time for a little tolerance Pg. 5 > Wellandport ‘seedy’ last Saturday Pg. 6 > Dr. Davies to retire Pg 9 Thursday, February 16, 2017 Vol. 5 Issue 41 100% Niagara owned & operated.

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Up Front Mini-putt sign up today One of the area’s Rites of Spring, the Grimsby Kinsmen Club’s Greater Grimsby Mini-Putt registration opened today (Thurs). The event, to be held Sunday, March 12, at a series of downtown locations, has sold out for many years. Space is limited. Cost is $200 per foursome. All funds raised go to West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Project X-Ray. Forms are available at NewsNow, Teddy’s, Grimsby Legion, Rikochez, Forty Public House, Judge & Jester, Syndicate Restaurant and Different Strokes.

Senator Harder @ Thursday at 10 Senator Peter Harder of Vineland will be the speaker at next week’s (Feb. 23) Thursday at 10 presentation. The venerable speaker series is hosted each Thursday at the Grimsby Activity Centre beginning at... you guessed it...10 a.m. Senator Harder will be outlining current assessments of how the Senate does its work and possible reforms which may be considered. He was named to the Senate in march 2016.

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Liaquat Mian caused quite a stir at Saturday night’s Mayor’s Gala, which was hosted by Rotary at Noon. Mian chose the gala, the proceeds of which were to be directed to Habitat For Humanity Niagara, to announce his donation of a condo

unit in his Waterview Condominiums project. On hand for the occassion (L to R) Mayor Bob Bentley, Liaquat Mian, HHN’s CEO Alastair Davis and HHN’s COO Keith Gowans. For more details, please see Page 2. Photo courtesy Bryan Macaulay

Grimsby man fined $20K for barn collapse A construction project that collapsed due to wind load and a lack of bracing and proper anchoring has led to a $20,000 fine against the man in charge of the project. A storage barn was being built on a residential farm property located at 3357 Reg. Rd. 12, West Lincoln. On Nov. 24, the partiallybuilt, wood-framed storage barn collapsed. The property owner had hired Tom Ivezic of Grimsby to undertake the construction of the storage

barn, which was about 120 feet long and 60 feet wide. At the time of the collapse, the four walls and the roof of the storage barn had been erected on top of the structure’s concrete foundation. However, none of the walls had been braced to prevent their movement or collapse, and the anchor bolts connecting the walls to the foundation had not been secured. The constructor, Ivezic, failed to meet a number of requirements. He failed to

file a Notice of Project relating to the construction of the storage barn, and failed, as a constructor, to give notice in writing to a Ministry of Labour inspector within two days of the structural failure of the storage barn, as required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Following the collapse of the barn, Ivezic failed to furnish all necessary assistance to facilitate an investigation by a Ministry of Labour inspector; over the course of several months, the Min-

istry of Labour inspector made multiple attempts to contact Ivezic, and left him multiple messages but received no response. The court, with Justice of the Peace Dan La Caprara presiding, fined Ivezic a total of $20,000 in Welland on last Thursday, Feb. 9. The court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

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Some of Rotary at Noon’s organizing committee, hosted at the Casablanca Inn on Saturday night were ready to have some fun (L to R) Amy Dancer, Caroyln Webb, Stephanie Zajczenko-Opdam and Sharon Coxson. Photo courtesy Bryan Macaulay

LJM steals gala show While many of those in attendance at Saturday night’s Rotary at Noon Mayor’s Gala were on hand to help raise some funds for a worthy cause, Liaquat Mian had other ideas. The Waterview Condos developer stole the show by announcing his donation of a condo unit at his North Service Road development to Habitat for Humanity Niagara, the charity receiving the funds raised that night. “We are overwhelmed by the ongoing support we have received in Grimsby. We were blown away Saturday night at the Mayor’s Gala by the surprise announcement and incredible generosity of LJM Developments and Mr. Mian,” said HHN CAO Alastair Davis. “This is the first time that Habitat

Niagara has had a new condominium unit donated to us. The families that apply to purchase a Habitat home vary in size and this new type of home will allow us to partner with smaller families who are also in need of decent and affordable housing.” It was noted the unit, part of Phase II of the project and valued at about $250,000, is expected to be ready late 2018 to early 2019. Davies added there are still opportunities to support the current build Central Avenue in Grimsby project by sponsoring build days and bringing a team of six people out to help build the house. Visit to find out more information, or call Karen Dolyniuk at 905-685-7395, ext. 205.

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Accident claims Grimsby woman A two-vehicle accident on Fly Road in Lincoln claimed the life of a 22-year-old Grimsby woman Friday afternoon. About 4:40 p.m., police, ambulance and Lincoln Fire Service responded to reports of a twovehicle collision that occurred on Fly Road just west of Spiece Road.

Investigators have determined that the 22-year-old female was driving west on Fly Road near Spiece Road when she lost control of her 2002 Volkswagen Golf and crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic At the same time, a 44-year-old female from Lincoln was driving her 2013 Ford Explorer east on Fly

Road toward Spiece Road. The Volkswagen entered into her path and, as a result, the vehicles were involved in a significant collision. The 22-year-old female driver was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The 44-year-old female

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driver was not injured and was not taken to hospital. This collision remains under investigation by Detectives of the Niagara Regional Police - Collision Reconstruction Unit and the Ontario Coroner’s Office. Witnesses to the collision can contact detectives at 905-6884111, ext. 5500.

Smithville CIBC robbed at gunpoint A lone male gunman robbed the Smithville CIBC Monday (Feb. 13) afternoon just after 4 p.m. The assailant entered the CIBC, located at 124 Griffin St. North, brandishing a weapon and demanded money from the on duty employees. The male obtained a quantity of Canadian currency and fled the Bank on

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UPCOMING EVENTS Smithville Legion Br. 393 Feb. 2017 Events. Mon – Fri., Free Pool 2 – 5 PM, Mon., Cribbage 2 – 4 PM, Tues., Free Pool 12 – 10 PM, Tuesday, Dart League 7 PM, Thursday, Euchre 2 – 4 PM, Thursday 23rd , Bingo 6 PM, Friday 20th, Progressive Euchre 7 PM, Sun. 26th, Breakfast, 8 AM – 12 PM. Hall rental available. You do not have to be a legion member to participate, 172 St. Catharines St. P – 905-957-3935 Story Telling Yoga - February 16th from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Caistorville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Bringing books alive with yoga on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm. Please bring a mat or towel. $2 at time of registration. Registration is required. “Prophecy Encounter” by Doug Batchelor , hosted by the Lincoln Pioneer Seventh-day Adventist Church, 452 Mud St. W., Grassie. (East of the tracks).  This dynamic Bible study satellite event begins Friday, Feb. 17 @ 7 pm and continues nightly till Feb. 25. Opening Presentation:  “Signs of the Coming King”.  Free admission.  For more information call 905 3091673 or e-mail Lincoln Garden Club - Feb. 18 meeting 9:30 am, Rittenhouse Hall, Vindeland Reasearch Centre, 4890 Victoria Ave. N, Vineland Station. Guest Speaker will be  Chris Garc, with some “Edible Gardening”.  Hour of Code - February 18th from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Smithville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Do you like Star Wars and want to learn to code? Come enjoy both at the library. Ages 8-10. Registration required. Square Roots Project Unveiling & Reception Sunday, February 19 at 1:30pm. Free Admission at Grimsby Public Art Gallery (18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby) Beamsville Lions Club Breakfast - Feb.19th -9 am-1 pm.  Adults $9.50, Children under 12  $5. Lincoln Centre, Central Ave, Beamsville. Serenade to Sinatra’s Love Songs,  featuring George Brasovan’s Trio in St. John’s Parish Hall, Jordan. Sun. Feb. 19 - 2 p.m. Tickets $20. Contact Joyce Richardson, 905 562- 7461. Soup & Chili Cook-Off - Family Day, Feb. 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 320 Station St., Smithville - John Calvin School Gymnasium. For more details visit:

The Beamsville Branch of the Women’s Institute (WI) is celebrating 120 years in Canada. Info about the WI, with heritage crafts, will be displayed on Craft Day February 21 at the Fleming Centre, Room D upstairs, from 10a.m. to 2p.m. An elevator is available. Create Maple Leaf coasters as a souvenir of Canada’s 150 years of Confederation. Free but PLEASE PREREGISTER for the craft project. Contact Barb at, or 905 563-7274. If you’d like to stay for the entire time, bring a bag lunch. Tea, coffee, and “goodies” are provided. Caistorville Adult Book Club - Feb. 22nd from 6:30 PM to 9 PM at Caistorville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. We will be discussing I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. Come and join in. Grimsby Photo Group, Wed. Feb. 22, 7-8:30 p.m. Join us to learn how to create spectacular abstract images. Hans Voorberg will explain his techniques. We will meet at the Livingston Activity Centre at 18 Livingston Ave. in Grimsby. All skill levels from the cell phone user to the tablet user to DSLR users are welcome. For more information, check our Facebook page at Grimsby Seniors’ Choir presents or biennial “Showcase of Stars” at the Grimsby Activity Centre, Friday, Feb. 24th, at 7 p.m.  Admission: $5. Talent like you have never seen before!   Grimsby Toastmasters welcomes you as our guest to our next meeting Monday, February 27th (in lieu of Family Day).   We meet at Grimsby Secondary School, 5 Boulton Ave.   from 7pm – 8:45pm.  Come and learn about developing your communication and leadership skills. Grimsby Garden Club - February Meeting, February 27, 2017, 7 to 9 pm, at: Livingston Activity Centre (18 Livingston Ave Grimsby) Activity: Seed Exchange Speaker: Nancy Christie Topic: Pruning Made Easy. Info contact Wendy Frank at 905-309-3085 or, visit our website www. A special presentation by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch as a fundraiser for FORT in Grimsby. Thurs. March 9, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at Station1 Coffeehouse. Bruce Mackenzie,

an area naturalist, will be illustrating birds and their lives along the length of the Niagara Escarpment. Minimum $2.00 admission fee. All proceeds go to FORT. Info: kintail52@gmail. com. The presentation will be on the second floor which is not wheelchair accessible. Lincoln Seniors Club will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Lunch on Friday, March 10 at 11:30 a.m.. Lunch menu includes homemade stew, soda bread  , and dessert.  Cost/person is $8.  Everyone is welcome!  “Tunisian Crochet” also known as Afghan Stitch will be presented on Saturday, March 11th from 10 am to noon at the Erland Lee Museum (552 Ridge Rd., Stoney Creek). Cost of $20.00 includes all supplies. Please pre-register at 905-662-2691 or erlandleemuseum@ The Great chili cook off at the Smithville Legion BR. 393, Sat. March 18th. Bring your best chili in to be judged 1st, 2nd & 3rd cash prizes, judging at 5 pm, chili sell off $2.00 bowl, everybody welcome 905-957-3935 The Lincoln Seniors Club will be hosting a Community Potluck Supper on Monday, March 27, at 5:45 p.m.  Please bring a main dish (6-8 servings) and a dessert to share, plus your own plates, cutlery cup, etc.  Entertainment will be “Two Sheets to the Wind “, a mix of Celtic, Country and Down East musicthey’re really good!   Everyone is welcome!” GROUPS & CLUBS SUNDAY NIGHTS in FEBRUARY - Laughter & Life Lessons with Ken Davis: Ken Davis is a master story teller & motivational speaker who serves up life changing truth in a feast of laughter & poignant wisdom. Because Ken knows what human fallibility is all about, he communicates with gut level honesty, driving home humorous insights that cut to the heart of living fully alive. Engaging video presentations will be hosted at Smithville Christian Reformed Church (6522 Smithville Rd), every Sunday night in Feb., beginning at 7:30 pm.  Hope to see you - we can all gain from some laughter & some wisdom built on His truth! Self Awareness and Higher Consciousness Meeting, every other Sunday starting Jan 8th, 2017.  Held at Conversations Cafe in Beams-

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Try something new in this year’s garden By Philip Gebhardt For NewsNow If you’ve never heard of the African horned melon or the Adjuma pepper, then you needed to be at Seedy Saturday. Last Saturday, about 300 home gardeners got a jump on the growing season by attending the Niagara Seedy Saturday event in Wellandport. The event brought together gardeners and local seed producers. The purpose of Seedy Saturday is to promote open-pollinated seed, organic gardening and seed saving. Open-pollinated seed grows in fields and home gardens and is pollinated randomly by birds, bees, insects and even the wind. Large, commercial seed companies control pollination, so they

can produce seeds with specific characteristics. The smaller, local companies that sell openpollinated seed help to ensure greater biodiversity. According to event organizer Linda Crago of Tree and Twig, “90 percent of seed varieties from 100 years ago are gone.” Local seed producers are fighting to save many other seeds that are on the brink of extinction. Crago added, “When people eat these varieties of vegetables, it helps to ensure the vegetables’ future.” Some of the seeds on sale at the event were heirloom seeds that have been grown and passed down from generation to generation in a family. In addition to the seed

producers, the event featured a seed exchange, presentations and exhibitors including organizations and companies. Crago estimates that almost everyone who attends the annual event brings seeds to exchange with other attendees. People take seeds home to plant, then return the following year with seeds they’ve harvested. That ensures the seed exchange thrives from year to year. Among the presenters this year was 11-year-old Emma Biggs who grew 53 varieties and about 2000 tomatoes last year. She has previously given presentations with her dad, but this was the first one she attempted on her own. She sums up her philos-

Ruth Ebsary (left) from Fonthill took the opportunity to discuss seed saving techniques with Seeds of Diversity’s Mary Pomfret.

ophy by saying, “Growing cool crops is really worth it.” By her definition, cool crops are vegetables that you won’t see in the store. Obviously, Hanna Jacobs of Matchbox Garden & Seed Company agrees. Along with a wide selection of seeds, she displayed a variety of potatoes at her booth including a purple potato. The range of organizations and companies is almost as varied as the seeds on sale. Seeds of Diversity provided a series of leaflets and brochures ranging from basic seed saving to instructions for harvesting specific types of seeds. Crago emphasizes that anyone can save seeds. Tiffany Morris is a chef by day who started TK Preserves in 2014. Like at any good exhibition, she distributed samples of her pickled cauliflower and pickled carrots. Rob and Christine Croley who founded Sentimental Farm on a half-acre in Grimsby were on hand to dispense advice about growing and preserving your own organic food based on their 30 years of experience. Both Jacobs’ Matchbox Garden & Seed Company and Crago’s Tree and Twig are involved with Communi-



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landscape and Dr. Davis has noticed some. “We used to see a lot of dogs that had been hit by cars from being out running around, or cats out cruising. We don’t see much of that anymore. People tend to keep their pets indoors much more now,� said Dr. Davis, who came to Grimsby Animal Hospital in 1989 to work with Dr. Bill Hughes. In his soon-to-be spare time, he plans to travel to visit family and expand his bird watching, hiking and photography hobbies.


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Wedding open house at Casablanca Feb. 26 Anyone with a wedding in their future will want to be sure to check out Casablanca Winery Inn next week, Feb. 26, and Grimsby Benevolent Fund could benefit, too. The Inn will host its ninth annual Wedding Open House from noon-4 p.m. in the grand ballroom. “We’ll be featuring everything from classic and contemporary

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bridal shower set-up. At the top-floor Panorama Restaurant samples of Peller Estates wines will be available. Admission to the event is a non-perishable food donation to the Grimsby Benevolent Fund. “Meet our preferred wedding partners. They are here to help you plan any last-minute details,” noted Northcott.

Grimsby Museum hosting two displays The travelling exhibition from the Welland Museum, “Secrets of the Underground Railway”, is currently on display at the Grimsby Museum. This special exhibition explores the history of slavery in North America, and tells the story of one slave’s journey to freedom in Canada. It explores the local significance of slavery and its effect on the community and features conductors and supporters such as Harriet Tubman and Elias Smith Adams – whose actions ultimately contributed to the abolishment of

slavery in the 19th Century. It shows the hardships faced by runaway slaves and those aiding them in their flight to freedom. The Grimsby Museum invites guests to walk through history, to learn and discover from a new perspective as the experience of one man’s life, and the secrets of the Underground Railroad are revealed. On display in the Martin Gallery “Hockey Night in Grimsby – The Montreal Canadiens and the Grimsby Arena” is on display until April, 2017. This in-house exhibit cele-

brates the Montreal Canadiens as icons, pioneers, and a taste of Canada’s history itself, as well as featuring the old Grimsby Arena and its significance in the community. The Grimsby Museum, located at 6 Murray Street, is open Wednesday to Friday from 1-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. General admission to the Grimsby Museum is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors, students and children 5 years and older. Members of the Grimsby Museum receive free admission.

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West Lincoln MURS needs “breathing room” in budget: reader Dear Editor, Controversy has been swirling around Mayor Joyner’s MURS since NewsNow’s recent coverage of West Lincoln council revealed some serious issues. Several residents wrote to your paper and to NewsNow to state that many in the community are confused about what, exactly, is included in the $23.5 million project that was approved. Some said that there are far more urgent needs in the community than Joyner’s arena: road, sewer and water improvements, the replacement of thousands of trees destroyed by the wind project, the protection of the health of residents affected by wind turbines, the beautification of downtown Smithville and the historic hamlets of rural West Lincoln. Many question that West Lincoln is financially ready for such a project. Because the township has put away very little money to pay for it, they will have to borrow millions. They are conveniently commandeering the $7.8 million community fund that rural residents feel should have been used for the benefit of those most affected by the wind turbines. If the wind company goes

bankrupt, is bought by new owners or the provincial government cancels the wind contracts, the township will be forced to raise taxes to pay the debt. We know that taxes will have to be raised anyway -13.5% in the first three years of the project alone. When the mayor was asked about a protester who was picketing the township hall about the new arena, he deigned to comment. We need a new arena for the new people who will be moving to West Lincoln, said the mayor. But will those new people be able to afford to live here? A 13.5 per cent tax increase will raise housing costs, the largest household expenditure. Reasonable housing costs are one of the attractions of West Lincoln. If we indeed want to bring new people to West Lincoln, a 13.5 per cent tax increase over three years is the wrong way to go about making housing affordable. But why demolish and replace a structure that is only 40 years old anyway? Canada these days seems to be the Wild West of demolition and building anew. It’s time to challenge our culture of consumerism and disposability. Let’s send Council a message to

maintain, repair and reuse rather than neglect, demolish and replace. Smithville’s ‘70s era arena is just a small part of a tsunami of midcentury modern buildings in need of refurbishment in this country. All modern buildings, including Joyner’s MURS, eventually become old buildings. Reinvestment in our existing built environment must become routine if we truly want to achieve a GREEN ECONOMY. A green building is one that is already built. The material and energy invested in buildings is considerable. Construction and demolition waste make up over 30 per cent of the waste Canadians produce. Rehabilitating and reusing older buildings avoids the destruction of natural resources and saves the energy used to transport and process material to create new construction. Yes, figuring out a way to refurbish Smithville’s arena and other modern era buildings while revitalizing the community to make it a great place for people will be a challenge that will require all the creativity we can muster. But remember, many people who choose to move to older, small

communities talk about their desire to live somewhere that is distinctive, to be someplace other than NO PLACE. Saving and reusing older buildings, the town’s historic fabric, the material evidence of it’s stories, can help create thriving neighborhoods, good jobs and a vibrant community. Conserving older buildings connects us to our past and strengthens our sense of community. Our neighbour, Wainfleet, seems to understand this. Their arena is about the same age as Smithville’s. Instead of neglecting it and allowing it to deteriorate, they have invested in it’s maintenance. Our township has neglected Smithville’s arena and is now faced with a cost of $6-7 million to refurbish it. And no one, it seems, is being held accountable. Still, $6-7 million is a far cry from $23.5 million. And that amount might just give the Township the breathing room it will need to turn the bleak strip malls and desolate parking lots that dominate downtown Smithville into a place worth caring about, while giving rural residents value for the taxes they pay. Helen Kszan

Council vs “majority” in final face on MURS: reader Dear Editor, Paul Wiebe just fired a booming slap shot right at Mayor Doug Joyner and those on council. This group of political cross checkers have been elbowing, tripping, and trying to slash into the yearly incomes of the families within West Lincoln ever since this Mayor formed the TAX’EM ALL MURS. What an amazing slap shot for all of us who are in full support of Paul Wiebe as he parks himself perfectly at the right-hand side of his opponents net that stands behind him. This slap shot has blown right by the Mayor crossed the goal line and now the “RED LIGHT” has come on. This mayor and his group want us tax payers to foot a bill for a $23 million facility. Within a local paper a while back, I’m positive that it was already asked of the mayor to get off his donkey, put his hat in hand, and head off to Queens Park

Letters and lobby for some cold hard tax payer cash. Hmmmmm. Did he go? Did he ask? Seems weird not to go and ask. Does anyone remember reading or hearing anything about him going? I was only asking him to fulfill his elected job duties as the Mayor. I do however remember reading that he once took the bus from Grimsby to Brock University. Other than that, its been a lot of photo Ops with him cutting ribbons and his constant promoting of this 23-million-dollar debt expenditure. One can only imagine what the final cost of this would be with it being politically implemented with taxpayer funds.. Hmmmmmm. Paul Wiebe understands it and he is extremely passionate about the commonsense use of saving, bud-

geting and having reserves to draw upon. I met with him I talked with him and we shared our views on why this MURS project is harmful financially to the taxpayers now, and for many years ahead. Mayor Joyner fails to see that what was once a small town where everybody knew everyone has now become a bedroom community. The majority of people work outside of this town and most new residents travel far distances back and forth to work, an added expense they already budgeted for without the MURS tax increase added in. The Mayor and council may think well its only 12 bucks a month but that’s 12 bucks they just took away from these residents spending at local businesses. X that by 30 people over a month and that’s $360 a month or $4320 a year from only just one of the many businesses here in West Lincoln.

Raise it the same over the next three years and you just took a total of $12,920 from one business over a three-year period factoring in, only 30 of their monthly customers. Kind of like a perfectly hidden pyramid system, aimed at pinching the homeowner and all businesses small or large. Most of the property taxes within our community are already at comparable levels of other same size communities whom are receiving substantially more services than the few select services we receive. Our water and sewer rates are among the highest and climbing. Every tax dollar you take, every dollar water rate increase you force upon people is a dollar you take away from businesses. Adult children can`t even find vacant rental space to move into within this community. Street boulevards have dead tress and many trees

with disease. Many of our roads need repair and many of the gravel dirt roads need paved over. The road and side walk areas in downtown Smithville from College Street to Industrial Park Road, are in desperate need of upgrading. We’ve needed this for nearly a decade and all the Mayor and council has wanted to do is ram this MURS project through. New home ownership expansion within our community continues to excel rapidly. Yet, the willingness of council to promote a ”we are open for business” commitment to bring new Companies with higher paying jobs has not been a priority and its just not on their radar. A $14 million arena upgrade proposal got axed and now this new one was approved at $23.6 million. That’s about an 82% increase. The hardship this MURS project will cause for what`s left of the working

middle class, the working poor, the elderly and for those on fixed incomes will be substantial. This MURS facility deal smells and it smells bad! Paul Wiebe launched this as a one-man protest and it is not surprising that its gaining a lot of support he has my full support and its growing fast. Mayor Joyner has produced no majority of support from the people. He`s a man short on his TAX’EM ALL MURS team though, as Coun. Dave Blysma has called into question the MURS project and it seems the other members are trying to sweep his questions under the ice surface. Not going to happen! It’s time for Mayor Joyner and the TAX`EM ALL MURS to come out of the net and once again face the majority who oppose the MURS at centre ice for a FINAL FACEOFF!! Murray Sagar Smithville

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Writer says, WL problems far exceed spending Dear Editor, Thanks so much for your editorial re the MURS. I have been going through past council meeting agendas and am also totally confused by the total flip flop in decisions in the past year.  Council went from a 14.2M project, rejected because the cost was too high and no funding had been arranged, to a $23.6 million project with no funding arranged, but the public is assured that the actual cost will be $11.8 million after a fundraising program (campaign coaches have been planned for $192,000 plus HST). Development charges and other revenue sources have been taken into consideration.

Letter Council was presented with Option A: $23.6 million or Option B: $35.4 million, but not given the option of voting Option C:  none of the above. No option was presented for  the previous $ 14 million project. The proposed Option A will be a Design Build which apparently will guarantee no more spending than the $23.6 million. Had they explained to the public that the original option could have had cost overruns of as much as 75 per cent, perhaps this new proposal would have been easier to swallow. For several years the

theory at council has been that the arena was in serious need of replacement, but now council is content to present the MURS project in two phases. The arena being in Phase 2:  meaning it will be another couple of years before we see the new facility. We have been presented with a conceptual plan for the project which included everything  originally presented in  Option B which was rejected by Council.  When residents question this,  we are told that we will probably be able to add everything  in the Design Build and make the library larger than anticipated all for the $23.6 million. So was the $35.4 mil-

lion just a ruse to get support for the $23.6 million option A? It sure looks that way to me. There are also concerns about those “Development charges and other revenue sources“. First of all, only development charges for library and recreation can be allocated to the MURS and actual numbers for the development funds can not be formulated yet.   Council has allocated the Community Fund ($550,000/A for 20 years from NRWF) .    This money is not guaranteed, and *the residents of rural West Lincoln are  extremely disappointed that money was accepted  from the wind developers and

then allocated to the MURS project, with no funds available  for the protection of the residents for the harm that is being inflicted on them by the two wind projects in West Lincoln.*   It seems that personal wants of some council members trump the needs of the township. This is no way for council to move forward with a project that the community will be proud of or pleased to support with our tax dollars.  Transparency and vision is lacking in this proposal. The *wants* of some, are very clear and transparent, while the *needs* of others are neglected. It is common knowledge that Mayor Joyner

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Town of Lincoln had a bright idea converting its lighting to LED style streetlights. Brian Wilkie, president & CEO Niagara Peninsula Energy presented Mayor Sandra Easton with a cheque for nearly $160,000 to help with the cost of the change. By changing out more than 1,450 lights the savings are more than $130,000 per year on 941,000 Kw hours.

Money where his mouth is Liaquat Mian knows how to shut up detractors stuff as much money in their mouths as possible. And that is a major complement to Mr. Mian who made an outstandingly generous donation of a condo unit from his Waterview Condo complex on the North Service Road in Grimsby. He announced the contribution at Saturday night’s Mayor’s Gala. Mr. Mian cheesed off more than a few local folks in December when he threatened OMB action if an adjustment making one of his properties a 15-storey unit was not approved by town council. It was approved. You may or may not agree with his project, but there is no denying this is a most generous contribution and one of which the entire community is appreciative. M.W.

Tough decisions ahead in Grimsby We’re going to refrain from the usual financial albatrosses looming over Grimsby and West Lincoln to focus on something else this week - general budget maintenance in the Town of Grimsby. Monday night I sat through a rather painful 2.5-hour-plus Finance Committee meeting which dealt almost solely with budget fun. Before they even get down to the short strokes it is evident there is already going to be extreme pain and it seems that there are major surprises around every corner. There were more spills and chills Monday as the town’s elected officials seemed to take on a bit of a look along the lines of Rocky Balboa as he started Round 3 with Apollo Creed – some haymakers have landed, but one can’t tell if it is time to go into a ropea-dope or keep swinging. There were about 20 items on the agenda and Item 1 took about 45 minutes to struggle through as committee members heard the Town’s IT is not only out of date, but their hardware was very old and the time being invested to avoid “system down” disaster means 30-40 “trouble tickets” are left unattended on a regular basis. As a comparator, with a projected tag of $792,000 for all the Town’s information systems operating budget, committee members were told that includes a 50 per cent increase from 2016’s number. With that, it gets Grimsby to 65 per cent of what peers are spending on the same cost centre. A study of the town’s system suggests 50-25-25 per cent increases over the next three years. Hmmm,

MIKE WILLISCRAFT just what council wants... more money that “has” to be spent. Without getting too deep in the weeds, there were lots of reasons why council needs to act on this. It would seem that other items have been prioritized over operating systems going all the way back to 2012, which was traced back to as ground zero for the start of short-changing updates on software and hardware. And as with rec services, and as with administration, and as with planning, the IT department is also telling elected officials they need more bodies. No doubt council is still getting over the revelation that two full-time staffers need to be hired to “man” Southward Park when it comes online. It was determined Monday that plugging in a new staffer comes with a price tag of about $15,000 for benefits and various related costs, so for two more there that can be doubled, plus their salaries, in perpetuity. As a little kicker, it was noted Monday that there is no internet signal at the park, so a proposal for $20,000 to get a wireless signal in place was part of the IT proposal. It was noted this was needed for staff communication, if nothing else, but would also

be a perk residents who have come to expect wifi at municipal buildings. For my money, taxpayers can lump it on that one. I would not spend the money and attribute that to a taxpayer need. I get it would be needed for staff communication, but don’t put the need for wifi on taxpayers. Unfortunately, that is just one other cost factor not taken into consideration when the decision to build a year-round facility on the town’s southern perimeter was approved. The initial capital costs have skyrocketed over initial budgets and the unresearched, longterm costs keep growing as well. I hope it ends up useful, cause taxpayers are paying with their eyeteeth for it. A moment of levity - at least to me but my sense of humour has long-since warped - came when Ald. Steve Berry noted he has acquired a new pooch. When taking said pooch to the dog park, it has become apparent the majority of dog park users are from out of town. The park is supposed to be for Grimsby taxpayers only. There is a pass dog owners can acquire but, come on, that ain’t happening. So staff looked into a key card access system. Sure, throw another $20,000 onto the budget fire...and that was just to install. The operating cost is unknown. Plus what dog owner is going to hang another dog owner out to dry if they come to the gate and say, “Come on man, I forgot may key card. Can you let me in?” Of course they will. So we’re at Round 3 in a 15 Round bout. It will be interesting to see who survives this battle.

Confused? Reader joins growing roster Dear Editor, I’m SO CONFUSED about this MUR!!!!!!!!!! Myself as well as at least one member of council is also confused!! I’m referring to the Multi-Purpose Recreational Facility Survey, a public survey, the results being adopted at Public Works meeting Oct 16, 2015. Appendix “E” Question #2 showed that a whopping 60.77 per cent indicated that they would not be willing to pay higher property taxes to support a new facility. With only 5.56 per cent indicating they would be willing to pay higher taxes. Yet, here we are being presented with an increase of 13.6 per cent compound in-

Letter crease over three years on our taxes, just for the MURS. This is not counting any further increases for other assessments. I’m confused by the loss of support from other council members for Coun. David Bylsma and his concerns. I’m confused by council’s decision to turn down a proposed $14 million complex last year in favour of a $23.6 million this year. I’m confused by the question of needs versus wants; this council has it all wrong !! I’m further confused by the additions to the``Plan B`` proposal from the Oct. 17, 2016 Design Report and adopted at Public Works/

Recreation Committee Meeting Oct. 17, 2016, and then adopted by Council Oct. 24, 2016. These additions were made without council’s approval. These additions were very close to the `Plan A`` which was rejected at the same Oct. 24 Public Works meeting. Who made these changes without Council approval? I’m confused by the fact that the two existing baseball diamonds will be closed at the ‘Fairgrounds’, forcing the slo-pitch out of the downtown area. Is this not robbing Peter to pay Paul?? That is one recreation activity at the expense of another. I’m confused by the fact that a 30-year debenture is to be taken

out for the MURS. This 30-year debt will be over and above the maintenance and replacement costs incurred for the complex during that 30-year period. I’m perplexed as there has not been mention of how many addition staff will have to be hired for the MURS i.e. library, arena, gym, multi-use room, splash pad, etc. etc. etc. This extra staffing, of course, impacts on our already heavy tax burden. My great grandchildren will still be paying for this MURS project during their lifetime – using the MURS or not. HELP, I’m SOOOO CONFUSED! Is the tail wagging the dog? Dave Willis Smithville

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