Update: We are pleased to report the new climber in Victoria Park opens today, May 18, 2018! Aidan would like to thank everyone, both staff and residents, for their efforts in helping make Victoria Park Playground even better!
Update: Voting is now closed. Thank you to everyone who voted in the 2018 Participatory Budget Process. Results will be announced in Aidan's e-newsletter (sign up below) and on the Participatory Budget Advisory Committee (PBAC) website.
Vote now! There is $1 million dollars available to fund top projects! Click the image below to be taken to the online voting website.
Don't want to vote online? No problem, all homes in Ward 1 will be receiving a paper ballot in the mail. Simply fill it out and drop it off at one of the 7 voting locations listed below (additional ballots will also be available at these locations). Click here to view the 2018 Voting Booklet.Read more
Hamilton is considered an estimated risk area for Lyme disease. Active tick surveillance carried out in spring and fall 2017 found evidence of established blacklegged tick populations, triggering Hamilton to become an identified risk area.
The risk area covers a 20 kilometre radius that includes all parts of the city except eastern parts of Stoney Creek and Glanbrook. Blacklegged ticks may also be found outside the estimated risk area. As tick populations spread northwards due to climate change, more areas are likely to become risk areas for Lyme disease.Read more
To safely accommodate sewer lining work at the top of Queen St. N., the Queen at Stuart (bend) will be CLOSED to through traffic between Hess St. and Queen St. , next Tuesday April 3rd from 7 am to 7am on Wednesday morning.
By Aidan Johnson. Article was originally published in the Hamilton Spectator on Monday March 26, 2018. Click here to view article on the Hamilton Spectator website.
Helen Keller wrote: "All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." I love Hamilton. It is part of me.
As a person who grew up in Westdale and now lives off Locke, I love west Hamilton in a special way. Serving as city councillor for west Hamilton (Ward 1) is thus one of the greatest privileges of my life.
Questions have been raised recently about how much money has been spent to repair Ward 1 roads, and from what sources. I'm grateful for the opportunity to answer these.
This term of council, significant funds, to the tune of approximately $7.9 million, have been spent on Ward 1 roads, from both the Ward 1 infrastructure minor maintenance fund and from city-wide sources. (This figure includes $760,000 spent for Main West repairs in 2016, but does not include any of the money that has been spent on pothole spot-repairs, or on traffic lights.)
In addition, approximately $7 million of additional money has been allocated for Ward 1 roadwork to take place over the next two years.Read more
The Community Clean Trailer and the Clean & Green Trailer provide volunteers with the tools they need to beautify our city parks, alleyways, trails and neighbourhoods. Each year, thousands of volunteers collect litter, remove graffiti, and weed flower and shrub beds, plant and mulch trees in an effort to keep our parks and our community clean and green.
On Thursday March 8, 2018 City Council approved the 2018 Budget that will see an average property tax increase of 3.9% in Ward 1. This will allow the City to build on its 2017 accomplishments and make significant ongoing investments in the growth of our city and the health and well-being of Hamilton residents.
It is important to let you know that Ward 1 has a higher than average increase in Hamilton due to the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) assessed land values. To learn more about the MPAC Assessment and how it relates to your property tax, click here.Read more
Update: Earlier this week, City of Hamilton crews began road resurfacing operations on the eastbound lanes of Main Street W between Cootes Drive and Macklin Street S. With the work on the eastbound lanes largely complete, crews are moving operations into the westbound lanes beginning this weekend.
Resurfacing of the westbound lanes of Main Street W between Longwood Road S and Dalewood Avenue will begin tonight, Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m. The westbound lanes will receive the same “shave and pave” treatment as the eastbound lanes, where the top two inches of the existing pavement is milled away and new asphalt is put back on top.Read more
Thank you to everyone who has submitted an idea and/or attended the community workshop held on February 26, 2018!
244 idea submissions were received in December 2017. The Participatory Budget Advisory Committee (PBAC) then reviewed the list to remove ideas that did not meet criteria, resulting in 208 ideas that were presented at the community workshop.