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The very latest on our new fire hall (and 3 other things we learned at council)

The construction of a new firehall topped the list of discussions at the first full session of the new council

Council agreed to the hiring of a firm Tuesday night to determine the requirements and design of a fire hall to replace the troubled Station #1 on Towpath Street.

When asked by Councillor Longo whether the City had determined a location or purchased a lot, Mayor Ugulini replied that the information would help them decide the land requirements and location. The mayor also agreed that the project would ideally be a multi-purpose structure.

In other council news:

  • After being approached by several business persons about the short duration of some parking limits on Albert Street East, Council supported Councillor Neale’s request for review.
  • While discussing a new transit service report, Councillor Longo requested that they look into the fact that Brock students were paying 44 cents less per fare than a single fare for residents. He decried this as unfair to resident riders as well as the loss of income to the City and wants the City to negotiate a greater contribution from Brock toward transit in Thorold. Council agreed, but Councillor Wilson asked them to take into account that there are long-term passes for residents and seniors and that the calculations should be based upon the price of the passes rather than single fares. Longo wants the City to negotiate a fair and equitable rate by May 1, 2019.
  • Council was presented with a report for their information concerning a plan for a rat control programme in Thorold which would provide citizens with rebates for rat control services after an assessment by staff. The assessment would be used to recommend rat control and prevention methods. A decision on implementing the programme will need to wait until budget discussions, however, and should include Councillor Neale’s requested upper cost limit, to be applied on a first-come, first-served basis.