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Oakville introduces new parking app with HonkMobile

Thursday, July 6, 2017 – for immediate release

Oakville introduces new parking app with HonkMobile

Skip the line! Park and pay with your phone

The Town of Oakville has partnered with HonkMobile to offer a new way to pay for parking at municipal parking lots in Downtown Oakville and Kerr Village. In addition to the existing Pay by Plate machines, visitors can now pay for parking from their smartphone using the Honk app.

“We’re always looking for new ways to use technology to enhance town services,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “With the Honk app, there is no waiting at the pay stations. It’s easy as park, search, pay and go, making it easier to shop, visit and enjoy all that Downtown and Kerr Village has to offer.”

Honk also notifies users when their time is about to expire and allows them to buy additional time right from their smartphone, eliminating the need to rush back to a parking machine and helping to avoid tickets.

Simply download the free app from honkmobile.com, the App Store or Google Play and set up your account. When you’re ready to park, choose your zone and enter the parking time needed. Information is also posted on each parking lot’s pay-by-plate machines, if you need help.

“Honk is revolutionizing parking across North America and we are thrilled to bring our service to Oakville,” says Honk Founder and CEO Michael Back. “It’s really a win-win for the town and its’ motorists. As mobile adoption increases, there is less need for parking equipment and meters and their associated maintenance costs. The ease and convenience of the app eliminates the need to get out of the car to pay for parking.”

Look for the signs at all municipal parking lots that use Honk! On-street mobile payment will be accepted in the coming weeks.

For more information, please visit our Municipal Parking Lots and Garages page.

About HonkMobile:

HonkMobile is North America’s leading provider of on-demand mobile payments for parking. Honk’s innovative cloud-based technology streamlines parking by allowing users to search, pay for, and top up parking from their mobile phone, tablet or any internet connected device. Honk is already accepted at over 800 locations and 150,000 parking spaces across Canada and the United States. Using a single account, motorists can pay for parking anywhere Honk is accepted across North America.


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Council approves Fire Master Plan

Monday, November 21, 2016 – for immediate release

Council approves Fire Master Plan

On November 14, 2016, Council approved a Fire Master Plan that will ensure Oakville’s fire services will meet the future needs of the growing community. The plan will guide the delivery of fire protection and emergency services over the next ten and fifteen years.

“The safety of our community is of utmost importance,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “With this plan in place, residents can be assured that the Oakville Fire department will continue to provide an exceptional level of service as our community expands.”

The Fire Master Plan includes an assessment of all operations and divisions within the Oakville Fire department including fire stations and trucks, staffing, apparatus and equipment, fire prevention and public education programs, communications and emergency planning.

Included in the plan’s 43 recommendations is the addition of a new station (Station 8) near the intersection of Bronte Road and Pine Glen Road and the future relocation of Station 9 from its current location on Neyagawa Boulevard closer to the intersection of Burnhamthorpe Road and Sixth Line. These recommendations are aimed at addressing the growth of new neighbourhoods in North Oakville as well as increased development in existing areas of town.

The Fire Master Plan was developed based on stakeholder and public input, community needs as well as current research and best practice. It includes strategies and recommendations that are consistent with the master planning processes outlined by the Office of the Fire Marshal and the Emergency Management, Ontario (OFMEM).

“Our focus is reducing fires and safety risks by optimizing three lines of defense – public education and prevention, safety standards and enforcement and emergency response,” said Fire Chief, Brian Durdin. “It’s a proactive strategy that helps keep the community safe, and helps manage the cost of fire suppression services.”

For more information, visit the Fire Master Plan page.


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New Ward 7 to be in place for 2018 municipal election

Thursday, November 17, 2016 – for immediate release

New Ward 7 to be in place for 2018 municipal election

Change reflects growing population of Oakville

On November 14, 2016, Town Council unanimously approved the addition of a new ward and new ward boundaries for Oakville to be in place for the 2018 municipal election. Council passed By-law 2016-109 to increase the town’s wards from six to seven, and By-law 2016-110 to increase the size of Council from its current composition of 13 members (12 councillors, plus Mayor) to 15 (14 councillors, plus Mayor). The additional seats for one local councillor and one local and regional councillor will represent Ward 7.

“Changing our ward system is needed to assure our residents have fair, effective representation at the town and region as Oakville’s population continues to grow,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “The work completed over the last several years through our review process has prepared us to move ahead and make these changes in time for the 2018 election.”

To accommodate the new Ward 7, which captures neighbourhoods north of Dundas Street, adjustments will be made to all existing ward boundaries except Ward 3. The new boundaries ensure that the town’s population is redistributed to create more balanced wards, and reflects the federal standard of 25 per cent as an acceptable percentage variation in population size among wards.

Halton Regional Council recently approved an additional seat for the Town of Oakville, and two for the Town of Milton. Approval of this increase to regional representation has met the “triple majority” criteria outlined in the Municipal Act, meaning that a majority of Regional Council plus a majority of the lower-tier councils (Oakville, Burlington, Halton Hills, and Milton) have passed a resolution in support of the changes.

Section 222(1) of the Municipal Act allows municipalities to establish ward boundaries and change existing ward boundaries. Residents who object to the new ward boundaries (By-law 2016-109) can make an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board which must be filed with Oakville’s Town Clerk by December 29, 2016. Visit the Ward boundary page at oakville.ca for more details on the appeal process, plus background information on the town’s ward boundary review and new ward boundary map.

Questions and comments can be sent to the Clerk’s department at:

Town of Oakville – Clerk’s department
1225 Trafalgar Road
Oakville ON L6H 0H3
wardboundary@oakville.ca
905-815-6015


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Town announces 2016 Community Spirit Awards nominees

Monday, May 9, 2016 – for immediate release

Town announces 2016 Community Spirit Awards nominees

The Town of Oakville is excited to announce the 38 nominees for the 15th Annual Community Spirit Awards.

Congratulations to the following individuals and organizations that have been nominated for their dedication and commitment to the Oakville community:

Access Award – sponsored by Access Abilities

Nicky Lawson
Donovan Roossien
Maple Grove United Church

Arts Award – sponsored by The Oakville Beaver

Patricia Carrasquilla
Marda McLean
Mary Rose and Wade Pitman
Dawne Rudman

Group Volunteer Award – sponsored by Town of Oakville

100 Women Who Care
BusiWomen
Dossantos Family – Oakville Taekwondo Club
GE Power and Water Process Technologies
Mye Japanese Restaurant
Optimist Club of Oakville
Souper Kitchen Team
St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program
Suite Melody Care
The Tomato Ladies
Welcome Team Oakville Hospital

Heritage Award – sponsored by Genworth Financial Canada

Greg Munz

Individual Volunteer Award – sponsored by Paradiso Restaurant

Anna Armstrong
Leslie Ashworth
Reese Cooper
Doris Greening
Ana Hourahine
Thera Issawi
Laura Mang
Renato Medeiros
James Montague
Amalia Voicu
Amber Wyne
Chloe Zhou

Senior Award – sponsored by Town of Oakville

Fred Drews
Grant Foster
Pam Schwarz
Lorna Van de Mosselaer

Youth Award – sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

Kristen Ashworth
Matteo Esposito
Julia and Vanessa Silano

Winners announced June 8, 2016

The winners will be announced at the Community Spirit Awards ceremony and reception on Wednesday, June 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre located at 2302 Bridge Road. The 2016 awards are designed by local furniture and wood-working artists Joseph Bauman and Dayna Gedney.

Tickets for the event are available for $15 each through the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Visit the Oakville Centre website or call the box office at 905-815-2021, Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no reserved seating for this event.

Visit the Oakville Community Spirit Awards page for more information.


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Oakville’s Crosstown Heritage Trail to benefit from Canada 150 funding

Oakville’s Crosstown Heritage Trail will receive a significant upgrade thanks to funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in southern Ontario. The important investment in the trail and its pedestrian and cycling facilities is part of the federal government’s activities to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) will contribute up to $235,000 of the total project cost of $735,000. The remaining $500,000 share of the project was included in the town’s capital budget as part of the Active Transportation Master Plan.

MPs John Oliver and Pam Damoff announced the contribution on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario.

Part of Oakville’s 57 kilometres of heritage trails, the Crosstown Trail runs along the natural gas pipeline between Upper Middle Road and Dundas Street, from Bronte Creek Provincial Park to Ninth Line. Enhancements to a three-kilometre portion of the trail, from Neyagawa Boulevard to Eighth Line, will include widening sections of the trail and replacing limestone screening with asphalt to provide ease of access for cyclists and persons with disabilities. Other improvements include placing benches in rest areas; installing trail counting data recorders, trail signage, and pedestrian crossings; and creating improved landscaping and drainage. The estimated date of substantial completion is December 31, 2017.

The enhancement project is one of over 380 projects across southern Ontario approved through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, with the aim of giving back to Canadians and creating a lasting legacy as Canada prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary. The Program is expected to boost economic activity through infrastructure investments, build community-based partnerships and modernize existing community facilities.

Quick Facts

Oakville has 1,420 hectares of parkland; over 300 kilometres of recreational trails; more than 185 kilometres of on- and off-road cycling paths; and over 200 parks, garden plots, playgrounds and sports fields. Oakville’s Heritage Trail system features information stations telling over eighty stories about our land and its people. The trails link to all areas of the community and reflect the town’s natural, human and built heritage.

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“Investing in infrastructure is vital to building strong, vibrant communities. The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program ensures that we can sustain and enhance our parks and green spaces like Oakville’s Crosstown Heritage Trail for future generations. I am thrilled that this important program will benefit Oakville and help us protect and improve such a beautiful part of our community. I look forward to riding my bike along this improved portion of the Trail in my riding,” said Pam Damoff, MP, Oakville North — Burlington.

“Through the Canada 150 Community infrastructure program, I am pleased that this project will strengthen and expand our community’s infrastructure. I am proud that the residents of Oakville and surrounding communities will benefit from this project well into the future,” said John Oliver, MP, Oakville.

“Enhancements to the Crosstown Trail will provide all residents of Oakville with increased opportunities for recreation. This project is a valued addition to the cultural heritage of our community and a significant and lasting way we can honour Canada’s 150th anniversary,” said Mayor Rob Burton.


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2016 Ward 2 By-election – voting day is Monday, April 11, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 – for immediate release

2016 Ward 2 By-election – voting day is Monday, April 11, 2016

A total of 613 ballots were cast during advance voting for the 2016 Ward 2 by-election. If you didn’t cast your ballot, voting day is Monday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eligible voters can vote at any one location in Ward 2 on voting day:

YMCA of Oakville, 410 Rebecca Street
Oakville Seniors Recreation Centre, 263 Kerr Street
Sir John Colborne Centre for Seniors, 1565 Old Lakeshore Road
St. Joseph Elementary School, 477 Warminster Drive
The Kensington, 25 Lakeshore Road West

All voting locations are physically accessible. Accessible voting equipment will be available at Oakville Seniors Recreation Centre, 263 Kerr Street.

To check if your name is on the voters list and for more information on voter qualifications, voting locations, and acceptable identification, please visit the Elections website.


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Council approves 24/7, centralized service model for by-law enforcement

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 – for immediate release

Council approves 24/7, centralized service model for by-law enforcement

Implementation scheduled for 2017 based on budget considerations

At the April 4, 2016, Council meeting, Council approved a new 24/7, centralized by-law enforcement model to be implemented as part of town’s new Municipal Enforcement Strategy. The new service delivery model recommended by town staff aims to enhance customer service for residents relating to by-law issues and concerns and will be phased in over a five-year period beginning in 2017.

“Council requested a more responsive, convenient by-law enforcement service for Oakville residents,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “This new model allows residents to access the services they require 24 hours a day. I commend staff for their work in developing an even more user-friendly enforcement service.”

Currently, Town of Oakville by-law enforcement services are only available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with no after hours or weekend enforcement. Parking enforcement is the exception which is provided on a 24/7 basis. In addition, enforcement responsibilities fall to various town departments, which can make it challenging for residents to contact the right area of enforcement when they want to report a concern. The new service delivery model will make it faster and easier for residents to get in touch with enforcement staff 24/7 so issues can be addressed in a timely manner.

The Municipal Enforcement Strategy was created based on recommendations identified from an internal audit in 2011 and direction from the 2015 Budget Committee for staff to review options for expanded by-law enforcement services. A thorough review of the town’s enforcement structure, predicted population growth, best practice scan of other municipal by-law enforcement models and feedback from various town departments also informed the strategy development.

Financial requirements to support the 24/7 centralized model will be presented to the Budget Committee this fall for approval before implementation can begin in 2017. In the meantime, staff will be working to implement the progressive enforcement policy and responsibility matrix to clarify enforcement oversight among town departments.

To read the staff report, review the March 29, 2016 Administrative Services Committee agenda.


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