A big thank you to all the volunteers that came out to lend-a-hand on Saturday. The weather was perfect and thankfully not too hot and a lot of work got done!
Jackie Isbister picked up all the cigarette butts lying around. Steve Brydson raked and bagged leaves around the park. Kelly Foyle mulched all the trees.
Then there was a big team who took on the huge job of cleaning the berm. Janice Brown, Linda Miocinovich, Bob Gill, Dave Zahoruk, April Takeda, Simon Kiss and John Hawker. These folks cleared the thistle, cut down the small trees growing up and trimmed back all the weeds.
The kid crew took on the job of litter pick-up.
It was hard work, but the park looks better for it. Hopefully, we will have an even bigger crew next time!
After a lot of hard work, we enjoyed a well-deserved drink!
The events at our City Housing complex in the Durand this past weekend are disturbing to be sure.
The tenant who has been sharing his perspective on this incident and how it relates to a more prevailing theme of drugs and crime is one of our members of the new Safety and Security Task-Force representing 181 Jackson and 95 Hess.
This task-force, officially established by the CHH Board of Directors last month, will focus on bringing residents safety and security to the forefront. We will encourage tenants to share their views, and offer their ideas on how we can prevent these kinds of horrific incidents from occurring in the future.
In addition to tenants, the committee will be made up of CHH Chair, Brian McHattie, CHH staff and Hamilton Police Services Officers. Further, Durand residents will always be welcome and others in our city whose perspectives and experience will help bring our agenda along.
As Ward 2 Councillor, I strongly feel that no resident should live in fear. I hope that our collective work at these two CHH properties will set an example of both tenant engagement and bring a safe and secure outcome for all over time.
In advance of our first meeting, I would like to thank all stakeholders who will participate in this very worthy assignment.
Sustainable Transportation Options for the Neighbourhood.
Durand in Ward 2, Kirkendall in Ward 1 and the residents of Ward 8 are currently undergoing a social marketing pilot project. The City of Hamilton has developed a pilot project to encourage motorists to consider sustainable options of transportation. Transportation Demand Management (TDM) refers to a suite of projects and programs designed to encourage reduced use of private automobiles in favour of car-pooling, working at home options, and moving to using transit, walking and cycling. The project here is being done to try to reduce the amount of traffic using the Queen Street Hill, in part to mitigate any back-up on the Hill that may occur as a result of the left-hand turn prohibition at Stanley. The Durand Neighbourhood Association will pay close attention to the cut through traffic that we may experience due to the changes on Stanley in the Kirkendall Neighbourhood. For more information please see Hamilton Travel Survey – Spring 2012.
Please complete the online survey.
Come out and join your neighbours this Saturday (May 26th) to help clean up the Durand Park for the summer. Between 9am and 1pm we’ll be out there with rakes, pruning tools and garbage bags to make our park look better than ever! This a great opportunity to meet new people and take part in a community activity. We hope to see you out there! Come prepared for the weather! Refreshments will be provided!
See here for more info.
At the General Issues Committee meeting on Wednesday May 16, Council unanimously approved the following recommendations for St Mark’s Church and the open space:
- That Tourism & Culture Division, in cooperation with the Portfolio Management Committee, complete the in-house feasibility study to operate St Mark’s as a cultural programming space to be administered by staff at Whitehern Historical House and Gardens as directed by Council in Report CS10-064.
- That Staff complete stabilization of the building to prevent any further deterioration and bring it to usable standard.
- That this project be submitted for the 2013 Capital Budget for Council’s consideration.
In addition to the above, there will be engagement with the Durand Neighbourhood and other stakeholders that will figure prominently in examining the feasibility of using St Mark’s as a cultural programming space.
You can see the full report on the City’s Website or here.