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Hamilton politicians to consider enhanced waterfall enforcement, freeze on transit fares

Ward 3 Coun. Nrinder Nann is suggesting a freeze on transit fares through the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic. CHML

Waterfall enforcement and transit fares are among the hot topics as 2021 budget talks continue in Hamilton.

Dundas Coun. Arlene Vanderbeek says she’ll be presenting a motion in the weeks ahead for a “reliable” level of bylaw and parking enforcement in waterfall areas this year.

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She says problems continue in the area of Tews, Webster’s Falls and the Dundas peak, and are growing in other waterfall areas, despite regular enforcement, higher fines and a reservation system for visitors.

If approved, Vanderbeek’s motion would have staff report back with options and costs.

Ward 3. Coun. Nrinder Nann will present a separate motion, Feb. 5, to freeze transit fares through the remainder of the pandemic.

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Her rationale, similar to an already approved freezing of recreation fees, is an acknowledgement of the impact of COVID-19 on residents “who rely on the public service.”

Bus fares are scheduled to rise by five cents in September, as part of the city’s 10-year transit growth strategy.

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Hamilton’s planning and economic development and corporate services department budgets were presented to city councillors during a meeting on Tuesday.

General Manager of Planning and Economic Development Jason Thorne says the city exceeded $1 billion worth of construction for 10th time in the last 11 years in 2020.

Residential construction consisted of 2,486 new housing units, while strong non-residential construction, included a near record-setting $228 million in new industrial activity.

The corporate services budget included a $243,000 investment in IT system and software upgrades.

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