West Lincoln council notebook: Garbage update, bike fix station, McNally Hospice

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From budget discussions to waste collection and more, here’s a short breakdown of some of the things discussed at the June 28 West Lincoln council meeting.

Biweekly Garbage pickup update

With Regional Coun. Albert Witteveen in attendance at the meeting on Monday, council discussed a six-month update report about the region’s switch to biweekly garbage pick up.

In late 2020, the Niagara region switched to a biweekly garbage pick up system, which resulted in recycling being picked up every week and garbage every other week. In the West Lincoln area, this raised concerns about a possible increase in illegal dumping.

According to Witteveen and the report, there was no reported increase in illegal dumping in the area. “I would call that a win for us in the rural area, because that tends to be a problem we don’t want to deal with,” Witteveen said.

Bike fix-it station at CIBC parkette

A bike fix-it station is now operating at the CIBC parkette in West Lincoln.

The station, located near the 124 Griffin St. CIBC bank in West Lincoln will now house tools for bike repairs for visitors to use if need be.

The station comes about from funds generated by St. Martin Catholic Elementary School.

McNally voted out of 2022 budget discussions

At the public works meeting on June 21, council received correspondence from McNally House Hospice asking for a five-year commitment from council for an expansion planned by the hospice care centre. Council voted to receive the correspondence, but made no commitment at that time.

At the June 28 meeting, an amendment of the correspondence motion was brought to council, to have council include the McNally House’s request as part of 2022 budget discussions.

After some deliberation about how a commitment to one hospice may affect relationships with other hospice centres also seeking financial comments, council voted the amendment down with a split decision. Mayor Dave Bylsma and councillors Shelley Bradaric and Cheryl Ganann voted in favour; while councillors Mike Rehner, William Reilly, and Jason Trombetta voted against. Without Coun. Harold Jonker in attendance, the motion was defeated given it was a tie.

Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News

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