Sunday, April 6, 2014

Wellspring Niagara, Arena & Multi-Use Facility, Supper Market, Maple Acre

Town Council's meeting on Monday, 7 April 2014 has a big agenda!

Wellspring Niagara:
First, Council is set to approve a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Wellspring Niagara to provide a permanent home for a much-needed regional cancer support centre for Niagara residents. The MOU provides the framework in which the Town of Pelham will lease up to two acres of land in the East Fonthill area to Wellspring Niagara for one dollar a year as long as Wellspring operates their Niagara Cancer Support Centre there. Renewable at twenty year intervals, the land lease will continue indefinitely or until Wellspring ceases to operate the centre.

Wellspring Niagara is a not-for-profit charitable organization that offers free social, emotional, psychological and informational support to people coping with the realities of cancer every day. In 2013, more than 6,800 program attendances were registered through the 30 programs Wellspring Niagara provides. The organization receives no government funding and relies entirely on donations from the community it serves. Every dollar raised in Niagara, stays in Niagara. (To learn more about Wellspring Niagara visit

We are so pleased to partner with Wellspring Niagara by providing the land for their permanent regional home in Pelham!

To review a presentation about Wellspring, please click here. To read the Memorandum of Understanding, please click here.

Arena & Multi-Purpose Facility:
Second, Council will receive phase two from LeisurePlan about the potential for a new Arena and a Multi-Purpose Community Centre. For a copy of the presentation, please click here; for a copy of the LeisurePlan report, please click here.

Council will consider a motion to convene a public meeting to receive public feedback regarding the report.

Supper Market & Thursday Nights Parking:
Third, Council will be receiving two reports about Thursday nights in Fonthill -- an update report about the Supper Market, and a report with a draft Thursday Night Parking Plan. Please click here for the Supper Market update report and here for the Thursday Night Parking report.

Maple Acre Library:
Finally, a couple of Councillors will be bringing forward a resolution to continue Library Services at the Maple Acre Branch. This has been a topic of much debate for the last year or so. The motion should help ensure that Library Services improve across the Town while maintaining and improving the Maple Acre facility. For a copy of that resolution, please click here.

These are the highlights -- there's even more to the agenda. Should be a great Council meeting.