• jimter

    Terry Dow For Mayor

    Let it be known: my endorsement for Terry Dow as mayor. should not be viewed as if i would not be willing to work with Bob Gabriel or Ted Luciani if either one was elected as mayor. As a member of council for 10 years, under 3 mayors i never took sides. I always have and always will base my decisions on what is in the best interest of all citizens, and work with the mayor for the best interest of all.

    Most citizens and taxpayers may be aware of the fact that i lost my bid for mayor in 2010. My opponents, Bob Gabriel and Ted Luciani. I base my endorsement on many factors. As a citizen, whether a candidate has political experience or not should not be a factor. See i got ya! your thinking for one to have political experience, they would've had to be elected to office. There are far more people who have political experience then elected officials, business leaders, union leaders, elected officials support staff, all the people who actually investigate the issues, and then pass it on to the appropriate minister.
    Yes, she has never been elected as a municipal politician, but she was elected by her peers as the business manager for the Chamber of Commerce from 1990-2000, and was elected as the president of Greater Thorold Business council 2011-present. Positions that her opponents have never held. So in retrospect, her opponents don't have any experience also. As a taxpayer and citizen I have taken many factors into consideration. Which candidate would be able to unite council so the public and press will stop referring to Thorold council as dysfunctional. Terry Dow. Terry has no affiliations with any current Councillors or candidates. As well as myself. she's in it to win it on her own merits. Therefore a divided council with Terry Dow as mayor is highly unlikely. Both Gabriel and Luciani camps are vying to get themselves elected as well as those candidates that support their campaign. Even though i may have contested Gabriel and Luciani in 2010 both have not even made any attempt to contact me.
    In regards to what my thoughts,ideas etc. may be if elected to council. No dialogue what so ever. Like, Jim Handley is not supporting me. so i have no use for him. Terry Dow has reached out to ask for my views and ideas. Why? because Terry Dow is a people person and has the experience needed to bring people together. Again just look at her resume. That's why with Terry as mayor you can expect more, not "just more of the same old thing". Gabriel and Luciani are entrenched in their ways and propose the same for taxpayers as they have election after election. "Just the same old ideas". Terry has new ideas.
    Did you know?
    She created the community pride campaign, and because of Terry's efforts Thorold is recognized as Canada's most patriotic city. Terry implemented the twinning with sister city Lockport New York, also implemented the marketing plan for "Thorold's kissing rock".
    Yes, there's more.
    Terry also implemented the mayor's day picnic. for which Terry has chaired since 2005-present. Terry also serves as the vice chair for the Santa Claus parade and has since 2005-present. The list is to long visit dowexpectsmore.com. I would list the community committees that Gabriel and Luciani have been members of, committees that they have chaired, community events they have implemented during their political careers. but have been unable to find any, and no mention in either Bob's or Ted's flyers. because they are not involved in the community like Terry Dow is. They are only politically involved. Terry is involved in our community. Every year. Not just during an election year. And involves all citizens. Just look at her resume. Terry is the only candidate for mayor that actually recognizes our rural residents in her flyers. Thorold South, Allanburg, Port Robinson and St.Johns. Terry was also the only candidate to recognize our rural residents have needs also. During the debate which was televised by Cogeco, neither Bob or Ted mentioned our rural residents needs.
    As a candidate for council and as a councilor previous. I have always and will continue to address the needs of all residents, be it urban or rural. We all pay taxes, and i want a mayor that's in it for the betterment of all citizens not just some. Terry has a vision for our future. and the willingness to listen to all citizens. Not just some. That's why Terry proposes quarterly town hall meetings throughout Thorold, Thorold South, Allanburg, Port Robinson and St. Johns to get the entire community working together for the betterment of all.
    So as a citizen, when i look at the big picture Terry Dow for mayor is my choice. Also, both Bob and Ted mention in their flyers about spending millions of tax dollars. On a new arena, fire hall and public works building, but yet no mention on how they both expect to pay for these projects. I like Terry Dow's approach. Look where we stand first. How are we spending the taxpayers dollar? Where can we improve deficiencies? How is the city set as far as financing these projects? What impact will it have on tax rates?
    Both Bob and Ted have stated these projects (arena, public works, firehall) are on their priority list, but as i said earlier, no plan presented on how they expect to pay for these projects. you can't spend money before you even know whether or not you have it. unless bob and ted plan on putting the city further in debt. I like the let me see where we stand first approach as Terry proposes, and then we can start prioritizing. Another reason i support Terry Dow.



    1. VOLUNTEER INVOLVEMENT IN OUR COMMUNITY
    (OTHER THEN SOCIAL CLUBS)

    2. COMMITTED TO REDUCING RED TAPE AT CITY HALL

    3. POLITICAL EXPERIENCE
    (AS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL)

    4. POLITICAL EXPERIENCE
    ( AS A BUSINESS/COMMUNITY LEADER)

    5. BUSINESS EXPERIENCE

    6. MARKETING EXPERIENCE

    7. A PROVEN TRACK RECORD AND ABILITY
    TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER AS A GROUP
    AND WORK TOGETHER

    DOW ..................GABRIEL....................LUCIANI

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    YES.........................NO............................NO

    NO........................YES.............................YES

    YES.........................NO............................NO

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    YES.........................NO............................NO

    We need a mayor with new ideas and a new vision for Thorold. Not old ideas and old visions, and the only way i know how is to elect Terry Dow now. Our road to a brighter future for all residents of Thorold, not just some

    — David Jim Handley
  • weed_comp

    Thorold is Considering a Marijuana Grow-Op

    Thorold is considering putting a Marijuana grow-op in our community. Not that I am either for or against such.

    But rather the fact. That an application for such to occur is before city staff. And, as of today no one councillor has been made aware of it (from what I’ve been able to find out myself).

    And no one from the public has yet to be made aware of such also.

    I have learned that the property to be considered is located at 2204 Hurricane Rd. And recently bought by an individual named Swinson found through land transfer documents.

    Miss Swinson has stated publically that she has already been approved by the federal government for such.

    My research to date tells me that even though she states she has been approved.

    All aspects of the operation shall be up and ready to go. Inspected and approved by health Canada before any such permission would be granted or licensed.

    No facility exist as of today, therefore approval could not  have been granted according to my investigation of such.

    I do have concerns being that  over 20 children and growing live on this rural road. And the fact that Pathstone School. A children’s learning center is located within close proximity.  With an estimate daily attendance of some 50 plus children. Some with special needs.

    The city of Thorold needs to approach this just as the did the licensing of Adult Entertainment Establishments. Have them regulated to only highway commercial/ light industrial areas. And set out specific areas in which this type of operation could exist.

    Licensed and regulated just as Adult Entertainment. And not near residential neighbourhoods. Especially in an area where a  learning center for our challenged youth is located.

    Niagara on the Lake has recently turned down an application made before them on July 21/2014.

    Also, because such operations are a new type of business. No health concern documentation can be obtained or recorded data exists in relation to any health concerns. Or what effects it has on the community within the immediate area of such operation.

    The internet has many stories associated with grow ops I recommend reading some.

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    Firstly : Council says no to grow-op application Thursday July 24th 2014 The Standard Suzanne Mason Special to The Standard

    An application by a Line 7 resident to turn his greenhouse into a medicinal marijuana operation was rejected by town council Monday. Peter Olsen has applied to Health Canada for a licence for the grow-op and sought approval from the town for a site plan for the 111,000 square foot greenhouse facility with security fencing and landscaping. He and his family live on the property at 213 Line 7 Rd.

    “We are extremely excited about this. We want to be responsible businesspeople to our neighbours and the town.”
    Peter Olsen

    Lynn Hunter-Hope, who lives across the road from Olsen, raised several concerns, including the possibility of odours and the impact on property values for nearby homes.
    “How do you prove odour infractions?” she asked councillors. , “Greenhouses are not airtight.’  Hunter-Hope said she and her husband bought their property in 1980 and want to continue to enjoy their yard and gardens. She also wondered how the complaint process would work, since the operations are regulated by the federal government, not the
    town.
    Olsen said he planned to use wall fans and charcoal filters to control odour in the exhausted air. He also said neighbours and councillors would be welcome to tour the facility when the filter systems are being tested. If there were complaints about a smell, Olsen said, he is obligated by Health Canada to resolve the problem within five days. He was also required to provide a $15,000 security deposit to the town for odour mitigation purposes under recent bylaw changes regarding grow-ops. Olsen said his site plan included black, chain-link fencing and planting of about 150 trees to hide as much of the (ence as possible.

    “We are extremely excited about this,” he said. “We want to be responsible business people to our neighbours and the town.”

    Town staff had recommended approval of the site plan, citing an Ontario Municipal Board decision that planning applications be judged by bylaw, that are in effect when an application is made.

    Olsen’s application was received by the town prior to zoning and site plan bylaw changes that were approved last month.

    Under the amended bylaws, marijuana greenhouses larger than 10,000 square feet are subject to site plan controls and have to be at least 70 metres away from sensitive land-use areas, including residential properties.’ Olsen’s application would not meet the new setback requirements, as there are four residences within 70 metres of the property line. Coun. Martin Mazza cast the only vote in favour of the application. He questioned why council approved an application in May for the construction of a 24,000 square foot greenhouse to grow marijuana on Concession 5 Rd., but were opposed to this one. Coun. Gary Z’alepa Jr. said there was a significant difference between the two applications, as there were no neighbours in close to the proposed operaaton on Concession 5 Rd.

    Lord Mayor Dax’e Eke recently wrote a letter to federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose asking how Ottawa would ensure there were no odours escaping from the grow-ops and how complaints would be handled.

    “Odour is the major concern,’ he said. “They (the federal government) appear to have no took to measure odour” Eke said this puts the town in an awkward position when considering applications. He called Olsen “a good corporate citizen who is trying to do the right thing”

     

    Secondly : NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE Council buzzing over smell from grow-op

    Thursday September 15th 2014 The Standard Suzanne Mason Special to The Standard

    The smell emanating from a medicinal marijuana grow op on Lakeshore Rd.has prompted Niagara-on-the-Lake town council to send another complaint to Healh Canada.
    Coun. Martin Mazza the crop in the greenhouse at 1651 Lakeshore Rd. near Garisson Village will be harvested soon and already has a bad odour. The operation had been licensed under previous Health Canada regulations before new federal legislation took effect April 1.
    Since then, the town has passed bylaws that require marijuana greenhouses larger than 10,000 square feet to be subject to site plan controls and located at least 70 metres from sensitive land-use areas, including residential properties.
    Health Canada also now requires complaints about odours be addressed within five days by the acility owners.
    Chief administrative officer Mike Galloway said he could forward council “the accumulated correspondence to Health Canada over the past year about this operation. There has to be something we can say to residents,” said Coun. Jim Collard. “We need a Coles Notes version.
    Coun. Dennis Dick said the Lakeshore Rd. facility can continue to operate under the former agreement with the federal government until the matter goes to the Supreme Court.
    There has to be something we can say to residents. We need a Coles Notes version.”
    Coun.JimCollard “Until then, we can’t do anything,” he said, “They don’t have to abide by the new rules.
    Councillors voted unanimously in favour of Mazza’s motion that Lord Mayor Dave Eke write to Health Canada on behalf of council with copies to Niagara Falls MP Rob Nicholson and Niagara Regional Police.

    Since the new regulations took effect, the town has approved the site plan for one application and turned down another. Eke had written a letter to Health Canada following rejection of an application on Line 7 in July, asking how Ottawa would ensure there , would be no odours escaping from grow-ops and how complaints would be handled. He noted at a council meeting in July that odour is major concern about grow-ops from neighbourhood residents, but Health Canada does not appear to have any tools to
    measure it.

     

     

    Follow up info forthcoming

  • spchurch_comp

    The Race to save St.Paul’s Church

    Knowing that the race is on to save St. Paul’s Church from demolition. I would like to give my followers a ,little info on St. Paul’s and the history behind this historical site.   As most now know. This church is the burial site for constable Richards killed in the line of duty in Oct of 1854. For which he is being remembered and honored for in Ottawa in October. With a new headstone placed at the burial site recently.  About St. Paul’s.

    George Keefer was the first church warden in 1838, although Thorold had no rector until 1840 when Rev. Thomas Brock Fuller was appointed.

    The first entry relating to public worship is Easter Sunday, April 11, 1841, when Mr. and Mrs. George Keefer, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lampman, Robert Holden, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob H. Ball, Miss Ball, Mrs. Henry C. Ball. Adam Hutt, Mrs. John Keefer and Mrs. Garden were communicants.

    The first vestry meeting was held on April/12/1841, with the Rector, Adam Hutt, George Keefer, Henry C Ball, Peter Lampman, George Hutt, John Turney, William Ward, John Waldon and Alexander Winslow present.

    The history of St. Paul’s, Port Robinson, is recorded in a booklet written by the Rev. Thomas H. Ibbott, who served as rector in 1929.

    Rev. Robert Addison was sent as a missionary by the Venerable Society of the Propogation of the Gospel who conducted the first Church of England services in the parish. Prior to his arrival in  1792 the only public service of worship had been held in garrisons such as Niagara by the chaplains of the various regiments.

    Rev. William Leeming of Chippawa came to Port Robinson in 1840, and in 1841 Rev Thomas Brock Fuller held regular services at Port Robinson, usually at the homes of his congregation and later in  the school house. The present church was built in  1844.

    There was a considerable debt remaining when the church opened its doors and from a regiment of Negro Soldiers stationed in  the village, came assistance in paying it off. These men gave twenty cents per month each, for six months.

    Dr. Fuller became the first bishop on Niagara when that diocese formed in 1875 and retained a warm spot in his heart for the little church at Port Robinson.

    When the Rev. P. L. Spencer was rector in 1866he held summer services at Allanburg. Under the ministrations of Rev. Joseph F. Carson, from 1914-1917, the Guild Hall was added to the church property as a gift from Mrs. Elizabeth Maw, in memory of her mother, Elizabeth Jordan.

    Through the years gifts have been given to the church by many members and former members. These gifts bear the names so familiar in the growth of Port Robinson and St. Paul’s Church. Among them are Coleman, Jordan, Wilson, Abbey, Ross, Reaveley, Bennett, Chambers, Simpson, Bell and Heslop.

    St. Paul’s was a part of the Fonthill parish for many years, until community growth indicated the need for a separate parish, and Port Robinson became part of St. Monica’s parish, Niagara

    In closing. We must do what we can as a community to save this historical site. As a gesture towards the founders as well as the Negro Soldiers who helped pay down the debt. I always have said For many, many years. That Thorold believes in the 3 b’s . bulldoze it, burn it and bury it. If this site was in the United States. It would be a significant historical site. Not just some forgotten piece of land.

    “LET’S PRESERVE OUR HISTORY NOT DESTOY IT”

     

  • piggy_compressed

    Saving The Taxpayers Dollars

    On Aug/13/2014 I released my first post informing the public on ideas I would be bringing forward. Stating at that time my intention on reducing hydro costs by changing the current lighting system for street poles. And interesting enough the City of Thorold placed an ad in Niagara this Week Sept/4/2014 seeking R.I.F.’s for the conversion of existing municipal street lighting to new Light Emitting Diode energy efficient lighting.

    An item that the next council will have to deal with and make recommendations. Being a strong supporter of energy efficiency this was an item I was wanting to address during my term  from 2006-2010. But was never fully addressed by the council at the time. Since that time I have reviewed many energy efficient options available in replacing our existing lighting. I in fact introduced the city to the option of hedging part of the city electricity costs. Buy buying a certain percent of our hydro from the open market. Basically on the stock exchange. For our consumption met the criteria needed to do such. And the city immediately began to save monies. 10’s of thousands per yr.

    Seeing that LED lighting basically has taken everyone by storm over the last few years. Many municipalities are fixated on just the LED style lighting. Unfortunately I’m not on council. For if I was, I would have recommended that the city look at other lighting options. Not just LED.

    My research and looking at what other municipalities have done over the last 4 years. Has led me to believe that LED lighting in  regards to saving the taxpayers dollars may not be the best option over the long term.

    I’ve learned that some municipalities in Ontario have opted for Magnetic Induction Lighting instead of LED. See: Wikipedia Electrodeless Lamp.

    I believe from the information I have been able to obtain and research. That magnetic induction lighting to be the most cost effective technology to replace the existing HPS ( High Pressure Sodium ).

    On completing my analysis I determined that the magnetic induction lighting was a more cost effective alternative to LED technology when consideration was given to capital costs and life expectancy

    Unaware of the amount of street lights in the city I can not give an adequate estimate on savings. But based on the assumption that the city has say 1200 lights to change. By converting the lights to 70 watt magnetic induction style lighting. It could be estimated that the city could save between $30,000 to $40,000. Depending on electricity prices. That would be based on a current budget of between $200,000 to $240,000. A savings of 15 to 20% per year.

    In general, induction lighting is approximately 1/2 the capital cost and has about double the expected life span. Magnetic induction lighting has an expected life span of approximately 100,000 hours which is equivalent to 22.8 yrs.

    When elected to Thorold City council. This will be just one of the many plans I will propose and bring forward. For I believe as stated, it will be the next term of council that will make the choice.

  • fire4

    Final Thoughts On Fire Services, Time To Move On

    Final post in regards to Thorold Fire Services. Time to move on. And present more ideas in regards to reducing the tax burden on the citizens and taxpayers of Thorold.

     

    STATUS OF HALLS

     

    All Stations would remain open. With  improvements at Station 3. New building for fire trucks.

     

    I would not buy a new aerial. Instead sign a mutual aid agreement with  area municipalities.

     

    MUTUAL AID Page 88 of the report

     

    Mutual aid plans allow a participating fire department to request assistance from a neighbouring fire department authorized to participate in a plan approved by the fire-marshal.

     

    RECOMMENDATIONS

     

    • Implement the 18 month plan
    • Turn station 2 into new headquarters housing chief, secretary and all current full-time personnel

    Station 2 has lots of space ( even more now that Niagara ems will be leaving) and is more central location in Thorold. This space would be beneficial for training  full time and part-time personnel. Its also wheelchair accessible. Unlike Station 1. Station 1 could then avoid the need to have money spent on creating more space because it would only house the volunteers. It could remain where it is avoiding the need to build a new station right away and allowing us to defer the cost of building a new station

    • Have only full-time respond to medical calls in all districts to save money.
    • Increase compliment of volunteer (part-time) from 110 to 140
    • Fill all volunteer vacancies every 6 months

     

    My plan will save the taxpayers substantial amounts of monies. And provide the same or better service. Not less.

  • firepost3

    Canada’s New Upper Class

    As stated in my last post I will deal with financial info, layout of shifts, new aerial, new station and status of halls.

    MACLEAN’S APRIL/15/2013

    THE $100,000 CLUB: WHO’S REALLY MAKING BIG MONEY THESE DAYS

    CANADA’S NEW UPPER CLASS: FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS, TEACHERS


    THOROLD PROFFESIONAL FIREFIGHTERS $100,000 CLUB 2012

    GARY COPLEN
    PETER DUFTON
    RICK HONSBERGER
    ROB LEHAN
    LAWERENCE ROBERTSON – Fire Prevention Officer
    PAUL SORRELL – Training Officer

    IF WE INCLUDE THE CHIEF 7 OUT OF 20
    THE HIGHEST AVERAGE IN ONTARIO AND CANADA EVEN WITHOUT FACTORING IN THE CHIEF

    Why? Because of the excessive amount of overtime. I personally feel they are abusing the system.

    That why my solution, has the part-time firefighters (volunteers) manning the hall during off-peak hours as suggested by the consultant.

    As Rick Honsberger stated: Part-time firefighters. Therefore why are we has a city paying $100’s thousands of overtime per year. When we have at the present time 110 part-time firefighters at our disposal and not once were they called in to cover a shift. Is that not the reason why all corporations(such as the City of Thorold) have part-time workers. So they don't have to pay over time.

    My solution will eliminate over-time 100%. Saving the taxpayers substantial amounts of monies. And provide the same if not better protection.

    My time-frame occurs over an 18 month period.

    And yes I realize the city has contract obligations. But all contracts do come to an end.

    Thorold 2012 Fire Budget 3.09 million. As per page 111 of the report 90% were for personnel salaries and related expenses.
    2.79 million went towards wages. With the part-time firefighters accounting for only app. $350,000. divided by 110. equates to $3,181,18 per man.

    The full-time accounting for $2,440,000.00. Divided by 20 equates to $122,000.00

    I would implement a plan as such.

    Using the recommendations as suggested by the consultant. Page 109 of the report. “ the department should investigate the option of a demand-based staffing system that can be based on a combination of 10 or 12 hour shifts ( as required) with the utilization of volunteers during the off hours”

    I in fact wanted to do this in 2009 but council turned down my idea down. As Rick Honsberger has said in one of his recent post. “ Tell the taxpayers how much the city spent on a labour lawyer” When I tried to stop the hiring of 3 full-time. The fact is years later, a consultant hired by the city has basically suggested the same as I did in 2009. And if council at the time would have supported me. The taxpayers would have saved over $2,000,000.


    From day 1 to day 182 we would begin to implement, plan and recruit available part-time firefighters to man Stn: 1

    Starting on Day 183. The full-time fire fighters would man the hall from 7am Mon to 11pm Fri. During the period of peak hours. Working 36-40 hr. shifts.

    Presently to man the hall during these hours with full time cost the taxpayer $12,512.64

    To man the hall with volunteers would cost the taxpayer $2140.80

    A difference of $ 10371.84 x 26 representing 6 months.

    A savings of $269,667.84 with no overtime. 2.6% of the tax base

    Now we would have at least 8 front line firefighters(full-time) on duty during peak hours where now we only have 4. Better protection by %100. during peak hours. And as far as contract obligations 4 or more would have to phone in sick to create overtime. And if so we have 110 part-time at our disposal.

    On day 365. The full-time fire-fighters would man the hall from Mon-Fri 7am-11pm. With the part-time covering 11pm till 7am Mon-Fri.

    Full-time wages $ 232,377.60 representing the 2nd 6 month plan Part-time wages $ 39,624.00

    A savings of $ 192,753.60 with no over time. 1.9% of the tax base

    On day 366. The full-time firefighters would man the hall Mon-Fri 7am-7pm during peak hours.

    Full-time wages representing the 3rd 6 month plan $116,188.80 Part-time wages $19,812.00

    A savings of $ 96,376.80 with no overtime. 1% of the tax base.


    Just the savings in overtime covers all, and would eliminate all but the chief from being on the sunshine list.

    AND THERE WOULD STILL BE AS TODAY 24/7 PROTECTION FOR ALL CITIZENS. IN FACT BETTER

    So over a 18 month period. the taxpayer would see a savings of $558798.24. Which basically represents the amount of overtime wages paid buy the city during an 18-24 month period.

    I would also recommend not replacing any full-time fire fighters who may retire during this period.

    Realizing this post is lengthy. I will post tomorrow comments in regards to aerial, new station and status of halls. I appreciate your patience. For I have done extensive research and it takes time to formulate all stats

  • fireservice2

    Analyzing Thorold’s rising costs in comparison to neighboring municipalities

    Since my last post an article has appeared in Niagara This Week in regards to the fire services review Aug/21/2014. Several issues raised, I was going to address in my post and will. As stated previous I will provide all with stats. In regards to municipalities mentioned.

    In regards to pop. Last census conducted 2011

    Thorold

    Population: 17,931 (2011)
    Fire Operating Budget $ 3.09 mil (2012)
    20 Full-time Staff
    16 career firefighters
    Training Officer
    Fire Prevention Officer
    Fire Chief
    Secretary
    110 volunteers @ 4 stations covering 83 sq. km.

    Pelham

    Pop: 16,598
    Fire Operating Budget $1.14 mil (2012)
    4 full-time staff
    Fire Chief
    Administrative Assistant
    Fire Prevention Officer
    By-law Enforcement/Property Standards Officer
    86 Vol. @ 3 stations covering 126km.

    West Lincoln

    Pop: 13,837
    Fire Operating Budget $871,000
    2 full-time staff
    Fire Chief
    Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Prevention Officer
    47 Vol. @ 2 stations covering 388 sq. km.


    Niagara-on-the-Lake

    Pop: 15,400
    Fire Operating Budget $1.1 mil. (2012)
    5 full-time staff
    Fire Chief
    Deputy Chief Training Officer
    Fire Prevention Officer
    Administrative Assistant
    108 Vol. @ 5 stations covering 133 sq. km.

    Fort Erie

    Pop: 29,960
    Fire Operating Budget 1.65 mil (2012)
    6 full-time staff
    Fire Chief
    Deputy Chief
    Secretary
    2 Fire Prevention Officers
    Public Safety Officer
    137 Vol. @ 6 stations covering 166 sq.km.

    AS MENTIONED THESE ARE THE COMPARIBLES I WILL USE.

    I had mentioned previous that we have 18 front line fire fighters. That is because the training officer and fire prevention officers worked overtime covering for the 16 career firefighters. Both appear on the sunshine list making over $100,000 a year.
    In fact in 2012 and 2013, 33% of our full-time firefighters were on the sunshine list.

    The highest average in Ontario and from the info I have collected from other provinces.
    “THE HIGHEST AVERAGE IN CANADA”.

    There are in fact 464 fire departments in the province. Only 31 have a full -time force. Thorold is among the 433 that either are all volunteer or both. Its begs the question why? And if there are other municipalities that are providing a different service model, perhaps we should look at providing a different service model also.
    LOOK AT THE NUMBERS
    Thorold's fire budget 3.09 mil: For as stated on page 111 :
    In the 2012 budget year, approximately 90 percent of the fire department expenditures were for personnel salaries and related expenses ( such as benefits, overtime, etc.)
    That equals 2.79 mil. which is associated with the above mentioned.
    Note: Only roughly 350,000.00 is for 110 volunteers covering 4 districts.
    The rest is for 20 full-time staff. App. 2.44 mil. Which equates to $122,000.00 per employee average Some less some more.
    If we look at N.O.T.L., Pelham and West Lincoln their combined budget is 3.37 mil. Just $280,000.00 difference. This what you would get in regards to service and manpower


    Combined stats: Pelham, West Lincoln,N.O.T.L.

    Pop: 45,835
    Fire Operating Budget: $ 3,371,000.00
    12 Full-time staff
    3 Fire Chiefs
    2 Deputy Chiefs
    3 Fire prevention officers
    2 Adminstrative Assistants
    1 Training Officer
    1 By-law enforcement property standards officer
    241 volunteers
    10 Stations
    Covering 647 sq. km.

    Thorold


    Population: 17,931 (2011)
    Fire Operating Budget $ 3.09 mil (2012)
    20 Full-time Staff
    16 career firefighters
    Training Officer
    Fire Prevention Officer
    Fire Chief
    Secretary
    110 volunteers @ 4 stations covering 83 sq. km.

    NOTE: And not 1 front line firefghter. Thorold has 18.
    If other municipalities can do it for less and provide the same or better service then Thorold. Then to me as a taxpayer and citizen its a problem and it needs to be fixed. We need to ask ourselves. What are they doing right, and what are we doing wrong?

    If we do as suggested by the consultant. Utilize the full-time during peak hours and the volunteer during non peak hours. And base the full-time on 10-12 hour day shifts as mentioned would save the city substantial amounts of monies. Provide better protection and service during peak and non peak hours.
    My next post will provide the financial information in regards to savings. Give a layout of shifts to be workrd by both full-time and volunteer. Provide a time frame. Comment on the need for a new airiel and station. And also the status of our halls.

  • fireservice_compressed

    The Answer To Better Fire Services in the City of Thorold

    The City of Thorold conducted a fire services review with the first public meeting held in Dec/2012. Followed by 2 more public meetings during Nov/2013. And a report being released in late spring 2014.

    In fact, I was the only individual from the public to make a presentation at the Dec/2012 meeting. I then made another presentation at the first public meeting in Nov/2013.

    I wish to note: That at all 3 public meetings   the  I.A.F.F   (full time) did not make any attempts to make a presentation. Even though several members and the president were in attendance. They basically refused to voice any concerns or make suggestions on how we could better our Fire Services in the City of Thorold.  They did though make a presentation at Thorold city council. Where they stated they were in favour of the model that had Thorold full time amalgamate with St. Catherine’s. Eliminating  % 50 of our volunteers.

    Members of the public and some volunteer firefighters did make a presentation  at the 2nd and 3rd meetings and voiced their concerns. And I can honestly say, that a vast majority of the public that did voice their concerns. Their biggest issue was why is it we have so many full-time firefighters when other similar municipality have next to none.

    All the info I provide with-in, in regards to statistics of any kind. Has been obtained from area/Ontario municipalities, stats Canada and  the final report from the fire review.

    I will use Pelham, West Lincoln, Niagara on the Lake and Fort Erie as a comparable.  Since the report uses 2012 stats. All my info is from 2012 sources.

    Since our full-time firefighters are stationed at  Stn. 1. I will use the stats in regards to Stn.1 calls.

    It should also be noted that even though there is full-time staff in Pelham, N.O.T.L., West Lincoln and Fort Erie. None are front line firefighters, all are administrative positions. Thorold has 18 front line fire fighters.

    If we do as suggested in the review we can save the taxpayers substantial amounts of monies.

    I would like to make it clear to all. I’m in no way out to eliminate all full time fighters.  But utilize  them in a ways as stated in report.  More effective and at  less cost. 

    Page 109 of the review gives us the answers in regards to the savings opportunities. It states: The recent downturn in the economy and subsequent budget problems faced by local municipalities have forced communities to look at other staffing options for their fire departments, including staffing that is based on the demand for service as determined by how many calls for service are expected at different times of the day.

    The consultants then say. An opportunity for cost savings does exist in the area of staffing apparatus. During non-peak hours,   staffing levels could be reduced to still allow for the ability to respond to calls by volunteer firefighters. By placing the full-time fire fighter focus on peak periods reduces the impact on delayed and/or reduced volunteer response during those times.

         Also stated on page 109 and the start of 110 is this recommendation: The department should investigate the option of a demand- based staffing system that can be based on a combination of 10 or 12 hour day shifts (as required) with the utilization of volunteer fire fighters during the off ours.

         Released Aug/18/2014

          A follow up will appear with in the next few days. At this time I will present data and info in regards to costing.  Compare our costs with the municipalities mentioned.  And present different staffing options and the savings related to such.

        

     

    -As always please direct any feedback to my contact number or the message board below.     

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    Over The Next Few Weeks

    Over the next few weeks, I will be presenting solutions and ideas that can, and will save the taxpayers of Thorold a substantial amount of monies. I will propose new initiatives in the way we deliver fire services to the taxpayers of Thorold. I will show that as a city we will not only save monies. But will also improve service at peak times.  Following recommendations made by consultants hired by the city. We can accomplish this with a cooperative and open minded council. Willing to make change for the betterment of all.

    I will present ideas in regards to saving electricity through gradually switching our hydro poles to more efficient lighting. Will present solutions as to a payback plan. With grant monies and low interest loans available.

    The city has an ever burdening yearly cost with maintaining our abandoned landfill sites. Opportunities do exit that can actually make the landfill sites self- sustainable in regards to costs. With the ability to even generate cash for the city on a long term basis.

    These are just some of the ideas I have and will implement with the help of council when elected once again to Thorold city council.

    Postings will appear at least once a week up to the election to be held on Oct/27/2014. I look forward to your responses/concerns and any questions that may arise because of my postings.

     

    Respectfully yours,

     

    David Jim Handley

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    Jim Handley announces his return to the race for council!

    Deciding once again to run for Thorold City Council was an easy decision to make. For one, during the last four years the citizens have seen their taxes raised 7% – 9% – 7% & 5% for a compounded increase of 31%.

    It’s time again for the citizens to have a voice at city hall.  For I feel a better job can be done in regards to such increases.  It’s time we cut costs and still maintain or improve existing services with such drastic tax increases.  I believe when elected and with the support of a new council I will show the citizens and council just how we can save the taxpayers money and deliver the same or better services.

    I will be a voice for the people as I have been during my previous 10 years as a councillor.  I look out for all, not just a few.  So I ask you the taxpayers and citizens of Thorold whether it be our youth, adults, or seniors,  it’s time again for a vote.  It’s time again to let the taxpayer know what’s really going on at city hall.  You will be informed, you will be recognized, and you will be respected as all citizens should be.  I aim to serve you proudly, so you can say I live in Thorold, and be proud of such.

    With your support on October 27′th 2014 you will get the voice of Leadership, Experience, and Strength you deserve!

    Make it count! Vote Handley! He’s on your side.

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