Thursday, 18 August 2016

Central York Fire Emergency Alert ... Natural Gas Leak - Yonge & Mulock Newmarket, ON



A message from Robert Comeau Deputy Chief Central York Fire Services

CYFS is on scene of a natural gas leak at Yonge & Mulock in Newmarket.  A 4” gas line has been severed.  Although not confirmed, it is believed to have occurred by the Viva Street Construction Project.

Three crews are on scene. In addition, YRP and local utilities are present.

Some businesses have evacuated, and CYFS is currently working with local utilities to identify risks and action plan.

Yonge Street is closed from Clearmedow Blvd to Mulock (both north and southbound lanes)

CYFS is receiving numerous calls on this incident.  Staff are addressing and dealing with these inquiries.

Further information will follow as required.


Kelly Broome-Plumley
Councillor Ward-6
Newmarket, ON
Mobile: 905-716-1756
Email: kelly@kellybroomeplumley.ca
Web: www.kellybroomeplumley.ca




Monday, 8 August 2016

Media Release. Mosquito traps test positive for West Nile Virus in York Region






Friday, August 5, 2016
  

Mosquito traps test positive for West Nile Virus in York Region


Newmarket - The Regional Municipality of York is advising that two mosquito traps have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in the City of Markham; one at the intersection of 14th Avenue and Kennedy Road and the other at the intersection of Highway 7 and Warden Avenue.
 
“Residents can take simple steps to reduce the risk of West Nile virus and exposure to mosquitos,” said Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region’s Medical Officer of Health. “Cover up when heading outside, especially during dusk and dawn and eliminate standing water around your property to reduce mosquito breeding.”
 
To protect yourself and family from WNV, follow these simple steps:
 
Get rid of mosquito-friendly areas at home

  • Clean up stagnant water found in bird baths, flower pots, swimming pool covers, clogged gutters and eavestroughs
  • Ensure the window screens on your home are tight-fitting and in good repair

 
Cover up while outside

  • Wear protective clothing, including socks, long-sleeved shirts and jackets
  • Wear lighter colours if possible as mosquitoes are attracted to darker colours
  • Use insect repellent – check label directions for use
  • Minimize outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active

 
As part of York Region’s 2016 West Nile virus (WNV) Control Plan, York Region Public Health larvicides catch basins to interrupt mosquito breeding, educates residents on self-protection, investigates human cases and conducts surveillance.
 
York Region treats catch basins along Regional and municipal roads and other stagnant public water sources, including roadside ditches. Private backyard catch basins are treated upon request.
 
Visit the Fight the Bite video to learn more about symptoms and how to protect yourself from West Nile Virus.
To review the current status of WNV in Ontario, visit: publichealthontario.ca/en/DataAndAnalytics/Pages/WNV.aspx
 
For more information on this or any other public-health related topic, please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or TTY 1-866-252-9933 or visit york.ca/westnile  
 

  


Media Contact:   

Joe Chawla, Community and Health Services, The Regional Municipality of York
1-877-464-9675 ext. 77240joe.chawla@york.ca  
After-hours: 905-806-1216chs_media@york.ca

Monday, 25 July 2016

Community Parks Update: Ward 6 Parks, Trails and Sport Fields ... Playground and Park Improvements

Click to watch video  https://youtu.be/XMjW2U9EE4A

The Town of Newmarket believes that an integral part of our community is the ongoing commitment to provide our residents with beautiful, enjoyable and safe parklands.

As part of this commitment, the Town has identified an opportunity to provide park improvements at Clare Salisbury Parkette (Clearmeadow P.S.)  starting Thursday July 28, 2016. The Improvements will take approximately 4 – 6 weeks to complete.

Clare Salisbury Parkette enhancements:

• Replacement of exercise equipment and additional swing set• Existing smaller play equipment and swing set to remain on site• Playground surfacing will be engineered woodchip for accessibility needs• New asphalt walkways and basketball court area• Depressions made in the asphalt/concrete for accessibility into the play areas.• New stainless steel tri-waste units to be installed• New trees to be planted in various areas• New park benches• New Park Sign with street address for 911 services

Please remember that while Clare Salisbury Parkette is under service, disruptions may occur. There are alternate parks nearby, available for your enjoyment as follows:

• Seneca Cook Parkette Access off of Clearmeadow Boulevard|• George Luesby Park Access off of Clearmeadow Boulevard• Whipper Watson Park Access off of Clearmeadow Boulevard

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please contact Customer Service at the Town of Newmarket, 905-895-5193 should you have questions or suggestions regarding these park improvements.

Parks and Property Services  parks@newmarket.ca


Proposed Playground and Parkland Improvements 


The Town of Newmarket is committed to providing residents with beautiful, enjoyable, accessible and safe parklands in our community. The Town has identified an opportunity to provide playground structure and park improvements at the following parks in the Summer of 2016:
  • Paul Semple Park Armitage Village Public School  (Savage Road on the Tom Taylor Trail) 


Paul Semple Park Armitage Village Public School (Summer 2016) improvements include:
  • New playground structure (closest to the school) along with a swing set will be installed.
  • The existing middle playground structure will remain on site.
  • Playground surfacing around playground structures and swing sets using engineered wood fibres for accessibility needs.
  • Removal of retaining wall(s) located around the playground equipment.
  • Installation of new park furniture around the playground and swing set area.
  • New trees will be planted in various areas around the park. ​
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  • Clare Salisbury Park Clearmeadow P.S.  (Clearmeadow Boulevard) 


Clare Salisbury Park Clearmeadow P.S. (Summer 2016) improvements include:
  • New playground structure (replacing large south structure). The existing little playground structure and swing set will remain on site.
  • Playground surfacing around playground structures and swing sets using engineered wood fibres for accessibility needs.
  • Installation of new park furniture around the playground and swing set area.
  • New trees to be planted in various areas around the park. 
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By working together, sharing information, ideas and being engaged in our community we can achieve results for Ward 6 together.

Kelly Broome-Plumley
Councillor Ward-6
Newmarket, ON
Mobile: 905-716-1756
Email: kelly@kellybroomeplumley.ca
Web: www.kellybroomeplumley.ca


Town of Newmarket Ward 5 vacancy by election to be held Monday, October 17, 2016

CORPORATE SERVICES REPORT — LEGISLATIVE SERVICES 2016-14
Committee of the Whole Ward 5 Council Vacancy
Legislative Services Department



RECOMMENDATIONS
THAT Corporate Services Report — Legislative Services 2016-14 dated July 7, 2016
regarding the Ward 5 Council Vacancy be received and the following recommendations be
adopted;

1. THAT Council enact a by-law to declare the Ward 5 Council seat vacant;
2. AND THAT Council enact a by-law to fill the Ward 5 vacancy by means of a byelection
in accordance with the Municipal Act, to be held Monday, October 17, 2016;
3. AND THAT the October 17, 2016 Committee of the Whole meeting be re-scheduled to
Tuesday, October 18, 2016.

See the full schedule below.

By working together, sharing information, ideas and being engaged in our community we can achieve results for Ward 6 together.



Kelly Broome-Plumley
Councillor Ward-6
Newmarket, ON
Email: kelly@kellybroomeplumley.ca
Web: www.kellybroomeplumley.ca

RESULTS FOR WARD 6 - TOGETHER

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR WATER... Newmarket Water main cleaning and swabbing. Ward 6 Streets


IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR WATER... Newmarket Watermain cleaning and swabbing.  Ward 6 

Just a reminder that today (20 July 2016 8am-5pm) we are swabbing on the following streets:

·         Keffer Circle

·         Ballard Cres

·         Bergin Rd

·         Kensit Ave

·         Revell Rd

·         Jelley Ave

·         Bosworth Crt

·         Savage Rd

Town staff will be swabbing in the area shown on the map below:


To learn more about the Town of Newmarket water pipe cleaning process enjoy the video link below.


http://youtu.be/feOlCeynoxs

By working together, sharing information, ideas and being engaged in our community we can achieve results for Ward 6 together.


Kelly Broome-Plumley
Councillor Ward-6
Newmarket, ON
Email: kelly@kellybroomeplumley.ca
Web: www.kellybroomeplumley.ca

RESULTS FOR WARD 6 - TOGETHER

WATERMAIN SWABBING – 21 JULY 2016 8AM-5PM

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Fire Ants invading Bartholomew drive


A message from Jeff Bond, Acting Manager/Supervisor, Parks, Public Works Services regarding the Fire Ants invading Bartholomew drive.


"After walking with two different companies and talking to residents in the effect area on Bartholomew Drive and the Storm Water MGMT pond , there are fire ants located behind approximately 5-8 houses, we can see how and why the residents are concerned with the fire ant.  Concerns that they cannot use their backyards for anything, some of the ants are making it all the way to the front of the house.  At different times of the day, the ground seems like it's moving and when bitten it really stings.  We have easily seen thousands of them on town property."


Staff are in contact with professionals and are hearing that this may be a hybrid fire ant that can be deterred.  A permanent solution might not be available so staff are trying to find a barrier to that could be sprayed at the backyards to help deter them from entering the property.  I have asked staff to work with our Neighbouring municipalities Richmond Hill and Markham to see what they have done to combat the issue.


Based on the information provided by residents I have requested a scheduled repeated treatment of the area in order to successfully eliminate the ants.  It is our responsibility to provide a strong, safe and healthy community and I will provide you will an update as soon as it is received.    

The town of Richmond Hill released this fact sheet.

Letter to residents...




By working together, sharing information, ideas and being engaged in our community we can achieve results for Ward 6 together.


Kelly Broome-Plumley
Councillor Ward-6
Newmarket, ON
Email: kelly@kellybroomeplumley.ca
Web: www.kellybroomeplumley.ca

RESULTS FOR WARD 6 - TOGETHER


Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Council Highlights Here's what happened at the Council Meeting on June 27, 2016 at 7 p.m.:


Council Highlights
Here's what happened at the Council Meeting on June 27, 2016 at 7 p.m.:



Joe Sponga announces resignation as Councillor
Joe Sponga announced his resignation from his position as the Town’s Ward 5 Councillor through a formal submission of written resignation to the Clerk at the June 27 Council meeting.

A report outlining options and the time frames will be presented to Council at the  July 25, 2016 Special Committee of the Whole meeting. For more information, please contact the Legislative Services department by emailing clerks@newmarket.ca or calling 905-895-5193.

Parkland Dedication By-law

Newmarket Council received the draft Parkland Dedication By-law. The draft by-law will be on the Town’s website at newmarket.ca/parklanddedication from June 28 to July 28 for any public and stakeholder comments. Newmarket staff will prepare a report to Council at the August 29, 2016 Committee of the Whole meeting with a final recommendation for the Parkland Dedication By-law for Council’s approval.
The purpose of a Parkland Dedication By-law is to require developers and builders to either set aside a certain amount of land for parkland, or to pay a cash-in-lieu to the Town, or a combination thereof, to ensure that the Newmarket community is properly served by parkland.

Amendments to the Taxi By-law

The Town of Newmarket amended its Taxi By-law. The amended Taxi By-law will address the needs to improve community access to accessible taxi services and improve administrative efficiencies for the Town. This will be achieved by allowing taxi cabs licensed by another municipality to operate within the Town of Newmarket for the purpose of providing accessible taxi services as recommended by the Town’s Accessibility Advisory Committee. Administrative efficiencies will be improved by allowing a one or two-year option for taxicab licenses.
Minutes for the Town of Newmarket Council Meetings, outlining Council decisions is available for review underAgendas, Minutes and Meetings on the Town of Newmarket website. For more information or to view the reports, visitnewmarket.ca

 
Don't Miss These Upcoming Events:
 
Kanata Day
July 1: Come celebrate Canada's birthday with neighbours, family and friends at the Kanata Summer Festival: Canada Day Event! This event features a pancake breakfast, inflatable bouncers, rock climbing, pony rides, food vendors, a beer garden (over 19 years of age with valid ID) and live entertainment including "Fresh Horse - Salute to Garth Brooks and Country Music.” Continue to celebrate in the evening with hot air balloon rides, more inflatable bouncers, a performance from the Newmarket Citizen's Band and an amazing fireworks display. Admission is free. For full event details, including locations and an activity schedule, visit newmarket.ca/kanata

Music in the Park
Thursday and Sunday Evenings: Get into the groove with this free summer concert series in Newmarket’s parks. Local entertainers will showcase their talents Sunday evenings at Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) and Thursday evenings at Fairy Lake Park (Water Street) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For the complete concert listing, visit newmarket.ca/events

Kids Around Town
Every Tuesday: Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to delight in an evening of family oriented entertainment. Enjoy a different theme of entertainment every Tuesday in July from 7 to 8 p.m. at Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive). These exciting evenings will be sure to tire out your kids!

Around the World Multicultural Event
July 17: Experience the many cultures of the world in one day at this free event from noon to 8:30 p.m. at Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive). Experience a number of multicultural music and dance shows while trying delicious food and creating unique crafts. For more information, visit newmarket.ca/events

Garlic is Great Festival
August 20: Take part in the annual celebration of Ontario's garlic harvest from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Newmarket Farmers' Market at Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive). Visitors can expect to see live cooking demonstrations, live musical performances and interaction with Ontario Garlic farmers.

Moonlight Movies
Throughout August: Wrap up the summer by enjoying a movie under the stars. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to watch a film on a huge inflatable screen. The film title will be revealed closer to the day of the screening. For full event details and locations, visit newmarket.ca/events 

Bedtime Stories at the HollisWealth Story Pod 
Every Wednesday: Cuddle up with your family in your pyjamas while listening to a bedtime story every Wednesday from 7 to 7:30 p.m. at the HollisWealth Story Pod (200 Doug Duncan Drive). Each Wednesday, a different children’s book will be read aloud. These stories will be sure to keep you from falling asleep! For more information, contact the Newmarket Public Library at 905-953-5105 and/or visitnewmarket.ca/storypodNewmarket Farmers' Market
Every Saturday: Stop by the Farmers' Market at Newmarket's Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for fresh local produce, live music and more. For more information, visit newmarketfarmersmarket.com 



Notice of Public Information Centre: Water Street Pedestrian Refuge Island

Drop in to the Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall (200 Doug Duncan Drive) inside Hall 4 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 to learn about the Town's proposed Pedestrian Refuge Island, which is planned to provide a pedestrian link between Fairy Lake and Riverwalk Commons. This PIC is an opportunity for residents to learn about the proposed island, which will be located on Water Street and will allow pedestrians to more safely cross Water Street, one lane at a time. Preliminary concept drawings will be on display. Our consultant – Ainley Group – will be present to answer your questions on the proposed improvements. Town staff will also be present to answer questions regarding this project. Should you be unable to attend and/or have questions regarding this meeting, please contact Bill Gould, Senior Transportation Co-ordinator, Town of Newmarket at 905-895-5193 ext. 2512 or email bgould@newmarket.ca


Fireworks Safety


With the Canada Day long weekend approaching, Central York Fire Services (CYFS) and the Town of Newmarket reminds residents to be safe with the use, handling and disposal of fireworks. Please remember that fireworks are not to be ignited on public property, including parks and open fields/spaces in the Town of Newmarket and are only permitted on Canada Day and the day before and after the holiday. Residents setting off fireworks may do so only on their own private property or with written permission from the owner of such property between the hours of dusk (approximately 9:30 to 11 p.m.) and must have an 18 metre (59 ft.) frontage on the residential property you are discharging the fireworks on.

Residents are urged to purchase fireworks from a reliable vendor, have a water source handy and ensure an adult is present when handling fireworks. We also remind you to be considerate of your neighbours and pets when using fireworks. The noise may be disturbing to those around you. CYFS and the Town of Newmarket wish residents a safe and happy long weekend. For more information, safety tips and links to Town By-laws, visit cyfs.ca or newmarket.ca