The meeting was attended by: Melissa, Anna, Steve, Eduardo, Cathy, Lisa, Frank, Mary
The meeting was held at the Queen St. Commons.
Update from Frank:
- statue project – 2500 survey responses – 80% against the project, city – no involvement, $ etc.
- working groups next meeting will discuss the statue project and bluesfest – wants more space and later time frame – police already having trouble with security
- boathouse – renovations – Imbibe will cover $160,000, city $410,000
Update from Mary:
- newsletter will be printed late
City truck traffic through park:
- has been quieter-need to give it more time to let all changes happen
- a concrete proposal needs to be made regarding moving salt pile
Rain barrel Sale:
- April 26th, 9-1
- online ordering will begin soon
DCC - LaLeche League would like to add another class – will run the 2nd and 4th wednesday each month
Festival of Neighbourhoods – VPNA won the early bird prize for the AGM – $50 gift certificate for stores downtown
Henry Sturm Festival:
- June 8th
- received tier 2 funding – $1000 + $50 for printing
Next Meeting March 19th
On Monday, January 13th, 2014 neighbours from the Victoria Park Neighbourhood spoke to City Council about concerns over the high volume of City Vehicle traffic going through the neighbourhood. Here is their proposal:
1. A comprehensive solution:
a. Component 1: Maintenance Vehicular Traffic
i. all non-park maintenance vehicles be housed outside of VP: uncompromisable
ii. minimize Park maintenance traffic traveling through our neighbourhood
b. Component 2: Salt Pile
i. relocate salt pile for sidewalk snowplows
c. Component 3: Debris Pile
i. relocate sidewalk sweeper debris pile
d. Component 4: Garbage Maintenance
i. Revise park garbage collection to minimize traffic through neighbourhood
e. Component 5: Water Truck
i. Relocate refill station: possibility: fire Hydrant
f. Component 6: Horticultural Crew
i. Should option 4 or some hybrid thereof be adopted, relocate the planning and administration meetings of horticultural crews so that hort crew traffic is limited to when they are working in the Park.
2. A timely solution—early Spring of 2014—recognizing that our neighbourhood has had construction/industrial traffic since March of 2009 when street infrastructure reconstruction occurred. We need our lives and neighbourhood back.
3. IF NECESSARY: an interim solution to ensure a solution by April.
4. A cost effective solution: an equation of cost analysis that includes the significant cost of impact on our lives.
5. A Parameter that prevents this problem from recurring.
6. Recognition that:
a. the exponential increase in Park use and horticultural sites results in a corresponding increase in maintenance traffic.
b. this increase creates a traffic load in the neighbourhood that should not be compounded by other non-park maintenance traffic.
7. Recognition that in principle:
a. a maintenance vehicle site with supplies should not be located in a place that requires travel through a residential cul-de-sac.
We will post new information as it becomes available.
Attendees: Melissa, Lisa H, Mary, Eduardo, Frank, rych, Anna, Cathy
Melissa welcomed everyone. Went around the table and did introductions.
VPWG update and VPHC (historical committee) update
- Statue project meeting in December – informational with Jim Rodger. Mostly informational, general consensus was that most people wanted to see the statues spread throughout the park instead of ringing around the commons. Has lots more consultation with council, etc before any final decisions are made
- U of W prof wants to use the park as a focal group for some courses he’s defining, WG has sent him to the city.
- Another meeting in March and a spring walk-about through the park.
- VPHC lecture series – still in planning, would like to be in conjunction with VPNA. Plan would be to begin in October 2014.
- Lots of ice storm clean-up still going on.
- Waterloo Region Police are going through change of operations in downtown area, Frank met with them today. New oficers were active in downtown before so they are familiar with the area. They are reacting to complaints from merchants etc about illicit activity going on downtown, so they are aware of and watching those things
- Boathouse negations still continue, behind closed doors.
- Park washrooms – everything is really on schedule or ahead, should be able to qualify for federal $200K funding by March.
- Status project – City survey on website, looks like about 3:1 against right now. Still open for new respondents.
Cathy and Lisa speak to VP maintenance facility / noise issue:
- 3 individuals presented at city council on Monday night. Seemed well received by councillors.
- 25 residents were there in person to show their support.
- Tried to give a deadline of this spring, but email from city seems to imply that the decision has been put off
- Coming back to budget on Jan 30th, but Zehr says it should be dealt with at council meeting on Jan 27th before budget meeting.
Seems to be confusion about what vehicles are actually there
- New AODA training – pamphlets for board members and volunteers to read
- Handed out AODA “At Your Service” pamphlets to all board members.
- Training opportunities for NAs.
- May 22nd – volunteer appreciation gala at city hall
- DCC has had a lot of thefts, issues with illicit behaviour in the bathrooms. Now have security onsite 7 hours a day, has helped reduce the activity. Security has been extended. Moved to a model where only those in programs can be in centre in order to keep things safe for the public.
- Anna looking for submissions, will have draft to Mary by Feb 2nd.
- Should be delivered by beginning of March
Projects and Committtees
- Not doing Animate the Trail this year, just Henry Sturm
- Rain Barrel Day – Lisa will look into this
- DCC Movie Night – Anna will do this, in November not summer
- Susan Burke from Schneider Haus is retiring, having a party for her
Keep unnecessary municipal heavy vehicle traffic off our neighbourhood streets!
Kitchener city council has agreed that the Victoria Park work sheds should not be a satellite location for all downtown and adjacent area municipal works vehicles. It’s inappropriate to have excessive heavy vehicle traffic travel through our residential neighbourhood cul-de-sac. Now they need to do something about it.
One of the proposed solutions to the issue involves not moving any of the unnecessary vehicles out, but only trying to minimize the number of trips they make. This is the solution currently recommended by staff. This is an unacceptable solution.
Another proposal involves moving a few of the vehicles to the Kitchener Operations Facility on Goodrich Drive, which will incur $100,000/year in “lost efficiencies”. Many vehicles will continue to operate out of the park. This is also an unacceptable (not to mention fiscally irresponsible) solution.
The best options proposed involve re-creating a satellite facility at the Bramm Street yards, which has an up-front cost of $240,000, but will save taxpayers and the environment in the long run.
We urge you to come to the public input session at City Hall on Monday, January 13th at 7pm and show your support for a complete and fiscally responsible solution to our neighbourhood’s heavy vehicle traffic problem.
|December 1, 2013|
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Sunday, December 1st at 6pm at Victoria Park Pavilion
After some socializing and dinner we will have a report from the chairs about what we did this year, some fun neighbour bonding and table chats about what makes our neighbourhood great and where we can go from here, and elections for next year’s board.
There will be crafts to keep the kids entertained during the business portion of the evening, so bring the whole family, along with some re-usable plates, cutlery and mugs for your clan. We hope to see you there!
VPNA Executive Update
Have you ever wondered how to make things better on your street, building, or neighbourhood? Do you want change, to support your neighbours, and plan exciting events that bring the neighbourhood together? If you have some time to give and have positive energy, we are looking for you! When you get involved, not only do you meet great people but you will strengthen your professional networks and build your resume!
Through joining the VPNA executive you will help advocate for the neighbourhood at City Hall and will influence decisions that will have an impact, not only on the neighbourhood, but also on Victoria Park and the larger community. You will help coordinate new events as well as run existing favourites such as Earth Day Clean Up, Rain Barrel Blitz, Animate the Trail, and the Henry Sturm Festival. These events bring out hundreds of neighbours, help raise awareness, improve safety, and connect us to the public who use the Iron Horse Trail.
At our Annual General Meeting on December 1st we will be looking to fill some key spots on our team. A description of all the positions is available on our website. We all benefit from what the neighbourhood association does. Be part of the award winning team that is dedicated to constantly improving our neighbourhood.
The meeting was attended by: Anna, Aimee, Lisa, Melissa, Cheryl, Mary, Frank, Rych
The meeting was held at: Misty Mountain Cafe
Victoria Park Working Group Update:
- walkabout was held – well attended
- trail straightening over the railroad tracks behind the playground has begun
- clock tower field - underground watering system is being installed
- Roos Island – small building will be built to enclose electrical boxes
- washrooms will be voted on again at next council meeting – *they were approved!*
- results from traffic noise report (David, Dill, Schneider sts) will be presented at next council meeting
- expanded programs to fill gaps in programming (wider variety for varied age groups) – community center has been busy!
- newsletter coming soon
- lots of submissions – will be a larger newsletter
- November 15 at 6:30pm
- will buy popcorn and juice boxes
- maybe a craft?
- December 1 at 6pm
- Cheryl – get key Friday before
- Melissa – crafts, markers, donation box
- Anna – megablocks, music
- door prizes – DCC – hair salon or lunch certificate, Diapers n More – gift certificate, Rych – Victoria Park book or mug, REEP rain can
- survey questions? foster a sense of connection between community members
Festival of Neighbourhoods:
- October 27 1-3 pm at City Hall
- VPNA nominated for 4 awards
Next Meeting: November 12 at 7:30 pm
The meeting was attended by: Anna, Aimee, Charlotte, Mary, Frank, Rych, Lisa
The meeting was held at the Misty Mountain Cafe.
Victoria Park Working Group Update:
- geese – fewer this year – less than 10 young ones, a lot of adults flew in but were then removed in July – some flew back?
- canoe rentals – operator was pleased, extended until end of September, would like a building for storage so as not to drive back and forth 4x a day
- lake debris – not clearing, gets caught in corner near Boathouse, parks dept. removes debris within 48 hrs after storms, grate near David and Roland not working properly
- garbage pickup – cans are full by Saturday afternoon but garbage is not picked up until Monday
- David St. parking lot was closed to public without consult – was a problem for residents
- next meeting – October 15th at 2:00 pm – will be a walkabout around park
- new washroom – $400,000 ($200,000 federal grant, $200,000 matched by city) – lowest tender was $565,000, highest was $760,000 – council voted down spending the extra $165,000 – if building not completed by March the federal grant will be lost
- Boathouse – closed – rent and utilities arrears for 5 months, city looking for proposals to be reviewed in Oct/Nov, decided on at Dec. council meeting, interior renovations begin in January, hopefully open to public in May of 2014
- city vehicle disturbances – over 100 vehicles per day driving through David/Schneider/Dill neighbourhood – city will come up with proposals for alternate locations to park maintenance trucks
- clock tower – have been large gathering of kids who leave behind a lot of garbage on ground and in water
- break-ins – there have been a number of break-ins on David, Schneider and Theresa Streets, more than 6 in the last 1 1/2 weeks, 3 on Friday that occured during the day – gained entry through back doors, took jewelry and cash
- submissions due October 15th, sent to print October 29th
- additional funding for more furniture upstairs – in next 6-12 months
- youth art from drop-in installed upstairs
- looking for submissions for room name changes for the multi-purpose room, pre-school room, youth room, workshop room
- another parent and tot program is starting up
- breastfeeding buddies cafe – started Monday September 16th
- new – Workshop Wednesdays! FREE 1 Monday a month, the first one will be on Wednesday October 2nd at 9:30 am – Laughter Yoga
- Sunday December 1st at 6 pm, will be a potluck, details will be discussed at next meeting
- Friday November 15th at 6:30 pm
- Anna will buy popcorn
- deciding on movie title now, maybe movie and a craft?
Next Meeting: Tuesday October 15th, 7:30 pm
The meeting was attended by: Anna, Aimee, Lisa, Melissa, Mary, Cathy, Bill, Frank
The meeting was held at the Downtown Community Center.
- Boat Rentals – going very well, $1/rental donated to park, owners also donate to GRCA
- debris not moving well through the grate, larger branches floating around lake
- 1 swan has been removed
- re-naturalization of stream is being discussed
- student volunteer from Nunavut – 30 hrs/week = 9 high school credits
- youth drop-in from 6-10pm every night
- DNA – new programs coming for fall
- new youth co-ordinator – Melissa
- 3 new community center attendants
- 1 new clerk
- finalized – send to printer in 1 week
- Henry Sturm – a success even though weather was bad
Ideas for next year – pretzels – Grain Harvest
- November 15th, movie TBA, will buy popcorn instead of popping it
- starting in September!
- December 1st at pavillion
- set up at 3pm, event starts at 6pm
- theme – Victoria Park Memories
- we now have a page – please ‘like’ us! https://www.facebook.com/Victoriaparkna
- need to develop policy for new page
No August meeting – next meeting is September 17th 2013
The meeting was attended by: Anna, Aimee, Lisa, Melissa, Mary, Charlotte, Chris
The meeting was held at the Misty Mountain Cafe.
- more new furniture upstairs hopefully by the end of the year
- youth drop-in artwork to be displayed at the center
- scavenger hunt at the DCC- lots of fun! go check it out!
- new programming coming in for the younger population
- Clean-up – about 30 people came out, even though it was freezing!
- not as much garbage as last year, but still found some interesting things!
- Rain barrel sale – a huge success! Thank you to everyone who bought a barrel, we raised $940!
- Animate the Trail – insurance has been taken care of, this will be a VPNA event
- Bike Fest – City Hall, May 26 – there will be a neighbourhood booth run by Cherry Park N.A. members
- Canoes! – there are now canoes and kayaks and soon to be paddle boats available for rental on Victoria Lake!
- $5/adult, children free, this is a trial run so please come and show your support by renting a boat today!
- boats are being provided by Canoeing the Grand
- Henry Sturm – we will be selling popcorn, lemonade, and seed bars
- permits are being finalized, there is a noise exemption for bands
- artisan bazaar – 14 people registered
- eco-corridor – car share, tritag, REEP/RAIN, Best for Bees
- 1st Aid being provided by MedShare
- plant sale – if you are separating any perennials you would like to donate, please let us know!
- volunteers - please come at 10:30 to help set up
- snack shack, plant table and tent, band stuff, artisan bazaar tables
- please join us on Thursday and Sunday evenings for a walk around the park!
- a great way to get to know your neighbours!
|May 4, 2013|
|3:30 pm||to||5:00 pm|
|3:30 pm||to||5:00 pm|
DATE: Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Downtown Community Centre, 35B Weber St W., Kitchener (519-741-2501)
Rod Regier, Executive Director of Economic Development, City of Kitchener is the keynote speaker at the Annual General Meeting of The Downtown Neighbourhood Alliance (DNA).
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