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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Public Participation meetings for Monday, Sept. 28

Here are a few opportunities for input on issues before they go to Council.

Environment and Transportation Committee

5:00 p.m. Old North Neighbourhood Traffic Calming Plan (in Board of Control Room)

It probably will come as no surprise that traffic volumes and speeds are a problem in established neighbourhoods. To address these concerns staff have prepared a plan which includes curb extensions, mid-block narrowings, on-street bicycle lanes, speed cushions, raised intersections and raised crosswalks. If you live in the area bounded by Adelaide to the east, Oxford to the south, Richmond on the west and Huron/Regent on the north you may want to use this occasion to have your say.

7:00 p.m. Parking Strategy Issues (in Rooms 1 and 2, second floor)

The proposal is to increase parking fines at public meters from $15 to $20 and to introduce 7 pay and display parking meters on Dundas Street between Wellington and Ridout.

Planning Committee

5:15 p.m. or so. McCormick Area Study (in Council Chambers)

Since the closing of Beta Brands (formerly know as McCormick's) which resulted in 245 lost jobs questions about how the area in which it is situated can be rejuvenated. Council directed staff to conduct an area review to establish a long term vision for this area. The terms of reference have been circulated to many interested groups for their input. These will be presented at the meeting and you will have an opportunity to provide input.

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