CNA – General Community Meeting – June 19th 2017

General Community Meeting of the Central Neighbourhood  Association


Central Neighbourhood Association – General Community Meeting

Monday June 19th – 7 pm to 9 pm

Agenda & Minutes

Welcome from Chair – Elizabeth

Elizabeth welcomed neighbours and guests to the general meeting. Thank you to The Gallery on Bay for hosting our meeting.

Central Association involvement

  • Central Park Clean up
  • Hess Street School potential closure.
  • 100 in 1 Day event
  • Heritage on Gore
  • Various developers presented to the association about their plans

Community Crime Manager for Central & Beasley – Gino Ciarmoli

Contact details are (905)540-5093 and he encourages contact with any issues.

Priority response system, if anyone feels threatened to call 911. Other issues report to the radio centre number above.

Central Park – city clean up 2 weeks ago, walked through after, cut back bushes etc.

  • Safety Environmental audit to establish what else might be needed.

Barton & Hess – Tent city, will address with patrols and action officers from a safety aspect.

  • Social Navigator program to encourage local agencies to help those open to some help.

Marijuana Dispensaries

  • All are currently illegal and operating outside of any permits or licences. Warrants are being executed but fines and courts are not deterring opening up again. Judicial warrants take time to put together which stops daily raids being conducted.

Issues raised;

  • South end of Railway still requires brush cut back, still drug paraphernalia and overnight (Cllr Farr actioned at meeting and will be done June 20th)
  • Concern generally over addressing the homeless in terms of transitional and affordable housing.
  • Hess St North aggressive interactions with various people.
  • Member of Beasley reinforced value of Safety Environment and Social Navigation programs.
  • Safety Environmental audits also available residences.
  • Is there something residents can do re marijuana dispensaries? Jason Farr has tabled motion to limit distances between locations and also from sensitive/vulnerable locations e.g. schools, shelters etc.
  • Sons of Odin is a group that have a low profile and are relatively new to Hamilton. Police do not have enough information yet.

Councillor Jason Farr

Central News & Updates

  • Hess Street School will be getting an $85,000 school safety zone initiative.
  • Raising the Barn Farmers Market – Various events from June 23rd – July 14th
  • Maria Del Monte Festival – June 22nd to 24th
  • Community Hub / Hess St School – Strathcona merger.
  • Upcoming Roadworks – see list Appendix 1 on website
  • Plan Local – 2016. 2017 will include some projects that did not make cut in 2016 – see Appendix 2A and Appendix 2B on website.
  • Barton St East Works adapted use motion passed by council – see Appendix 3A and Appendix 3B on website
  • Central Park – see Appendix 4 on website


  • Access to Central on Bay St. especially blind corner around Sheaffe. Is it possible to get either a Stop sign or Pedestrian Crossing or PET Crossing. Bike lanes on Bay will calm traffic to some extent. Jason will ask study to be done regarding Bay being made a local street versus arterial road and speed reduced to 40 kmh.
  • Speed hump proposed for MacNab between Mulberry and Colbourne.
  • Parking issues Severn, Colbourne and other areas. Approaches may need to be made to St Marys to open their car park out of hours to residents.
  • Barton Tiffany – Madden property is now owned by the city. Next two years short term area will be used by company for start and end of day storage etc.
  • Waterfront Trail – still awaiting waterline to drop. Is it possible for a temporary opening with fencing?


Affordable Housing – Sarah Kovacs

Ward 2 Community Meeting Beasley asked for Neighbourhood Association support for feasibility study into affordable and family housing units being included in any new developments.

Show of hands supported association recommendation to look at feasibility study and support Ward 2 Neighbourhood Association proposal.

Meeting concluded at 9 pm


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