Ward 11 E-Newsletter - November 2017
Councillor's Message

Welcome to the November 2017 issue of my Ward 11 E-Newsletter!  I hope you find this newsletter informative.   As always, I am pleased to assist you and your family with any municipal issue that you may have.  Please don't hesitate to contact my office directly at any time at 905-896-5011 or  george.carlson@mississauga.ca .  
In This Issue...
Streetsville Historical Society General Meeting

If you are interested in local history, why not check out the latest general meeting of the Streetsville Historical Society?  You may bring your friends and family too!  The details are as follows:
 
Streetsville Historical Society General Meeting
November 9th. 2017   7:30pm
Streetsville United Church
274 Queen St. S.
Streetsville, Ont.
"Heritage Hall"
Guest Speaker:  Paul Henderson, Author, Motivational Speaker and Community Volunteer
Subject: Sharing his Journey, speaking about his hockey career and his road to faith
 
The Streetsville Historical Society collects, preserves, and promotes interest in the general history of the Streetsville area.  For more information, please visit www.streetsvillehistoricalsociety.ca.   Top  
Parking Matters Public Consultations

Public consultation for the City's Parking Matters project will be taking place in November.  Parking Matters is the City's study of parking and parking needs in Mississauga, which will develop a vision and plan for parking in the City.  City Staff will be sharing draft recommendations for the future of parking in Mississauga.  The upcoming consultations are as follows:
           
Public Open Houses
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Port Credit Arena, Credit Room
 
Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Civic Centre, Great Hall
(held jointly with Mississauga Moves)
 
Information Pop-ups:
Tuesday, November 21, Burnhamthorpe Library, 4 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, November 22, Malton Community Centre, 4 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 23, Meadowvale Community Centre, 4 to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 28, Churchill Meadows Library and Activity Centre, 4 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, November 29, Clarkson Community Centre, 4 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 30, Erin Meadows Community Centre and Library, 4 to 7 p.m.
 
For those who are responsible for providing parking in Mississauga, the City will be hosting Parking Provider Working Sessions. 
 
Parking Provider Working Sessions
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
10 a.m. to noon
Port Credit Arena (Credit Room)
Registration required
 
Thursday, November 16, 2017
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Living Arts Centre (BMO Room)
Registration required
 
There will also be an opportunity to provide input online between November 14 and December 11. Watch for more details at parkingmatters.ca.   Top  
Mississauga Moves Open House

The City of Mississauga is developing a plan that will shape our transportation system from today to 2041, which is called Mississauga Moves.  Mississauga Moves is developing this City's first formal 25-year, long-term Transportation Master Plan, which will look at the future of travel on our roads, sidewalks, trails and transit.  This plan will help us make the most of the infrastructure and service we have today as well as prepare for what we will need in the future.
 
The Mississauga Moves team wants to hear your stories about transportation and the transportation system in Mississauga at the upcoming open house:
 
Mississauga Moves Open House
Thursday, November 16, from 6:30. to 8:30 p.m.
at the Great Hall, Civic Centre
300 City Centre Drive
 
The event will also include information on the Parking Master Plan, information for the upcoming Does Cycling Move You event, time with our Transportation Demand Management and Hurontario LRT teams, MiWay information and opportunities to join the MiVoice forum.
 
To have your say about transportation in Mississauga, visit mississaugamoves.ca.  Share ideas or sign up for news and event alerts and follow @CityMississauga on Twitter using the hashtag #mississaugamoves.   Top  
Budget Committee Meetings Start November 20
 
Please be advised that the Budget Committee will meet to discuss the City's proposed 2018 - 2021 Business Plan and 2018 Budget starting on November 20 at 9 a.m. Service area presentations will continue on November 21, 27, 28 and 29.  Council is expected to approve the 2018 Budget on December 13.
 
All meetings are open to the public, or watch via live stream at mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/council-and-committee-videos
 
Public question period at each meeting is limited to 15 minutes. For deputations, please contact the City Clerk's office at 3-1-1.
 
Budget Committee meeting schedules are subject to change, so please v isit the Council and Committee Calendar Listings at www.mississauga.ca for up-to-date information.
 
The proposed 2018 Business Plan and Budget will be available online starting mid-November.  For more information about the 2018 budget and to access the budget document, please visit www.mississauga.ca/budget.   Top
Traffic Calming on Alpha Mills Road
 
I am very pleased to report that traffic calming measures are currently being implemented on Alpha Mills Road.  To promote traffic calming in this area, Alpha Mills Road will be narrowed at two points mid-block between Falconer Drive and the railway tracks.  This work will serve to physically narrow the roadway, in an effort to reduce travel speeds and reduce the amount of aggressive driving incidents.
 
Once this work is completed, staff will review the roadway to determine the appropriate pavement markings for this area. Staff anticipates that a yellow centreline will be beneficial and the addition of white edge lines will benefit the overall operation of the roadway.
 
Additional work is planned at the intersection of Alpha Mills Road and Falconer Drive which will improve the curb alignments and allow for better crosswalk placement.  Optimally aligned crosswalks will also benefit the overall operation of this intersection.  If you have any questions about this work, please contact Colin Patterson, Road Safety, at colin.patterson@mississauga.ca or 905-615-3200 ext.5145.   Top
Does Cycling Move You?  Input on Cycling in Mississauga      

Please be advised that the open house for the update to the 2010 Cycling Master Plan will be held this month as follows:
 
Public Open House
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
3:30 to 7 p.m.
Civic Centre, Great Hall
 
This project is an update of the 2010 Cycling Master Plan.  The City wants to continue to create a bicycle-friendly city and can't do it without you. This is your opportunity to comment on what's important to you when it comes to cycling.  The cycling project team will present some ideas for your thoughts and will be available to answer questions. 
                         
If you can't make the open house, information about the project will be available on Thursday, November 16 at the Mississauga Moves and Parking Matters open house at the Civic Centre, in the Great Hall.  Learn more about the project by visiting DoesCyclingMoveYou.ca.  If you would like to provide feedback online, consider taking one of the quick polls on the project website.  The updated Cycling Master Plan will be presented to General Committee in March, 2018.   Top
Encroachment on City-Owned Property     
 
I have had a number of questions about encroachments onto City property, so I thought I would provide you with some information on this issue.  Encroachment is any use of City-owned land by individuals for their own purposes, including man-made objects or items of personal property. Property owners cannot encroach on the public land and by definition this includes any aerial, surface or subsurface encroachments of an adjacent City-owned property like parklands, greenbelts, road allowances and easements per the Encroachment By-law 0057-04, as amended.
 
Examples of encroachments include:
  • Composters
  • Fences and sheds
  • Lighting
  • Playground equipment
  • Dumping
  • Irrigations systems
  • Flower and vegetable gardens
  • Unauthorized mowing, cutting or pruning
  • Unauthorized removal of grass, turf, ground cover, wildflowers, shrubs or trees
The City monitors encroachments in natural areas to prevent environmental damage and to protect existing natural areas.  Owners must keep the areas next to their property in its natural state. Encroachments can damage the natural environment and cause irreparable damage to sensitive ecosystems. Natural ecosystems in our parks, woodlands and greenbelts play a crucial role in flood prevention, erosion control, protecting air and water quality, and provide valuable wildlife habitat.

A Municipal Law Enforcement Officer will assess the property and adjacent land where the encroachment has been reported. Written notification will be provided to the property owner to fix the encroachment and return the public lands to their former conditions. 
 
Residents who would like to install or maintain an authorized encroachment can apply for a Minor Encroachment Permit by contacting the City of Mississauga's Realty Services, or apply for a Boulevard Garden Permit by visiting mississauga.ca/twforms.
 
Encroachment quick facts
  • Did you know that the City right-of-way (legal right) includes boulevards?
  • A boulevard is the grassed section between a sidewalk and the road or, if there is no sidewalk, the grassed section from the road which can extend onto a front lawn. This area may include a ditch.  The size and area of a boulevard can vary.
  • The City carries out various maintenance activities throughout the year within the road allowance, including boulevards. These activities include sidewalk and curb repair, road surface maintenance, and snow plowing. 
  • The City is not responsible for damage to private property that has been placed on, above or under City boulevards. This includes installed sprinkler heads, decorative planters or other structures.
  • According to the City of Mississauga's Encroachment By-law 57-04, as amended, (see mississauga.ca/bylaws) a resident who is encroaching on the City right-of-way can be given notice to remove any unauthorized encroachments.  Top
Councillor George Carlson| | george.carlson@mississauga.ca | 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON   L5B 3C1