Hello Durand Neighbourhood members!

Winter has finally arrived in the Durand Neighbourhood! Although it’s a big adjustment in temps, we have to remember that last year was even COLDER at this time.   It’s unlikely we will manage a Durand Park ice rink this year as the park is still under construction, and the fencing is still in place. Next year we will have a really nice, level surface to flood for the enjoyment of all of the big and little skaters in our neighbourhood.

UPDATE ON 1 ST. JAMES PLACE

On December 9, 2015, Council refused Heritage Permit Application HP2015-039 to demolish 1 St. James Place. Shortly following notice of Council’s decision, the owner submitted a new Heritage Permit application once again requesting Council approval to demolish the house. The application includes new analysis and information not included in the first application.

Staff have begun processing the new application and it is anticipated that it will be reviewed by the Heritage Permit Review Subcommittee on January 26, 2016 (5 p.m. meeting at City Hall) and by Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee on February 25, 2016 prior to consideration by Planning Committee and final decision by Council. If interested, please attend the January 26, 2016 meeting.

TRANSPORTATION MASTER PLAN

If you haven’t already done so, please visit the City of Hamilton website to complete the Transportation Master Plan survey. Here is a link to the survey: https://www.hamilton.ca/city-planning/master-plans-class-eas/transportation-master-plan-survey-phase-3

The survey is open until January 29, 2016. Have your say on this very important topic.

MORE MONEY AVAILABLE TO THE CITY

The Useful Knowledge Society of Hamilton presented an interesting topic in November by Dr. Pamela Blais illustrating a method by which our city could raise more money, and encourage infill development, by adjusting development charges. See more on this on the CATCH website: http://hamiltoncatch.org/view_article.php?id=1395

CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN IS TURNING 175

Central Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Caroline and Charlton in central Hamilton will be celebrating their 175th Anniversary during 2016.

On the third Sunday of February 1841, a small group of twelve people gathered in a school house in Hamilton awaiting the news that the Missionary Presbytery of the Canadas had approved their petition to become a congregation in their own right, and Central Presbyterian Church (then called The United Associate Church of Hamilton) was constituted.  Today, that church, nestled within the dignified Durand neighbourhood has grown in number, encompassing an active and eclectic congregation well known, in particular, for its music ministry.

Throughout 2016, the congregation will be remembering our past with thanksgiving, our present with gladness, and our future with hope and intention.  The theme for the celebration is taken from Proverbs 24:34…”Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: if you find it there is a future for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”     This historic occasion will be celebrated with various events and projects during the year. Friends and neighbours in the community are invited to join in these celebratory festivities which will be announced as the year progresses.

For more information, contact the church office at 905-522-9098, or visit http://www.cpchamilton.ca/