Thorold council notebook: Slow-down lawn signs, pit bulls, water testing and noise bylaw exemptions

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From lawn signs urging drivers to slow down to water testing and noise bylaw exemptions, here's a roundup of some of the items discussed recently by Thorold city councillors.

The following items were on the agenda for the July 6 council meeting.

SLOW DOWN

Desirée Swance, public relations specialist for CAA Niagara, presented about the association's road safety lawn-sign initiative. The lawn-sign campaign aims to provide ‘slow down’ signs to residents across Niagara at no cost to them. The signs will be funded by CAA but will feature municipal logos as part of a regional effort to promote safe driving.

Lincoln, Wainfleet, Port Colborne, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls have already joined the initiative.

Although council expressed support for the initiative, councillors voted instead for Swance to attend the city’s active transportation meeting for further input before making a final decision at the next council meeting. Signs are set to be available by early August.

PIT BULL CONCERNS

According to Coun. Carmen DeRose, the death of a dog in Thorold after an attack from a pit bull has raised concerns in the community about pit bull safety. Although complete regulations are still in the works, he gave a reminder to residents that pit bulls that are outside are to be muzzled, even on the private property of the owner, and unmuzzled pit bulls should be reported.

WATER TESTING

With other municipalities already having the service open to them and following a previous push from council, water testing facilities have now reopened in Thorold. Residents can now go to public works in Thorold and pick up water testing kits to bring samples of water back to be tested, at no upfront cost.

NOISE BYLAW PERMIT APPLICATION FEE WAIVED

In an effort to help businesses recover from the pandemic, Coun. Victoria Wilson brought forth a motion that council had passed last year waiving the noise bylaw exemption application fee as well as waiving the two-week wait period for applicants, effective July 7 to Sept. 30.

Those interested in receiving an exemption will still have to apply, however the waiver is just for the wait time and the application fee. Applicants will still be expected to operate within the city's given hours. An online application portal will be available.

Wilson said giving businesses an opportunity to hire musicians would benefit both parties as well as bring the community together. The motion received an unanimous vote of approval from council.

Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News

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