NENA – General Association Meeting Meeting Minutes – September 7, 2022

(Meeting held on Zoom)


Opening

  • Andrew Robinson (President) welcomed everyone and outlined guidelines

Review of past minutes

  • With people taking summer holidays official meetings for July and August were not held only discussion for communication and coordination

Environmental Committee Update / Discussion – Jon (Chair)

  • Currently no update about Jamesville or neighbourhood tree canopy, but concern of removal in the community

  • Trees and canopy will be an issue going forward with Jamesville

  • City has not been keeping up maintenance on its pollinator gardens allowing trees and bushes to grow in them

  • City gardens along Bay Street have been cut allowing a view of the street, reducing place for people to hide and doing deals

  • Local residents were aware and some requested it

  • Current plan is to replant and revive pollinator gardens Planning & Traffic Committee Update / Discussion – Herman (Chair)

  • This is the 20th anniversary of 30km/h on neighbourhood streets

  • Herman provide a review of the current Jamesville proposal versus what was submitted and residents were shown during design meetings (density and pavement at grade increase along with increased height)

  • Developer recommends NENA accept what the City has approved

  • Committee makes a motion that NENA recommends HWN appeal City acceptance of new proposal shown at Planning Committee (motion moved by Herman, seconded by Bryan and approved)

  • NENA is not against affordable housing but wants the City to follow its own policies and guidelines

  • Recent communication to Jason Farr have gone unanswered

Financial Update – Curtis (Chair)

  • No update


Library & Community Update – Robert

  • A meeting was held between NENA and head librarian

  • Possible location for new branch would be Discovery Centre

  • A survey for library use and feedback is on Engage Hamilton

Other Business / Updates

  • Thank you to those who organized Walk the Block

  • People were out meeting and engaging others

  • NENA looking for feedback if people want to continue with video meetings or feel comfortable going back to in person

  • Cameron will send out information about other groups doing a hybrid meeting and the needs / requirements for people to run them

  • Concern that Bennetto may not have a full children’s program selection

  • As development occurs and seasons change an increase rat population has been seen around Bennetto and in the neighbourhood

  • Is it required for Jamesville to have plan before demolition and what procedures or policies does the City have to deal with this?

  • Super Crawl is happening soon watch for travel and alternate bus routes as James Street will be closed

  • The Breeze is looking for volunteers, writers and Board members

  • Ward 2 council debate is on September 13, 2022 on Cable 14 at 8:30pm

  • St. Lawrence Church is starting all fall / winter fundraisers again, contact the Church for more information

  • There are many options to make are neighbourhood more pedestrian friendly from raised crosswalks to installing handrails on the Mary St bridge

Closing

  • Motion to close meeting (Robert), seconded (Andrew) – approved

Next Meeting

  • October 5, 2022 at 7:00pm through Zoom

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