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Burlington City Council Gives Go Ahead to Purchase Robert Bateman High School Site

Posted on Friday, June 24, 2022 05:00 AM

Burlington, Ont.—June 24, 2022— At the June 21 Burlington City Council meeting, Council authorized City staff to take steps to complete the purchase of the Robert Bateman High School site. In addition to the direction to purchase the site, City staff were also authorized to:

  • Transfer ownership of approximately five acres of City owned-land to the Halton District School Board (HDSB) as a component of the land exchange for the Robert Bateman site. The City owned-land in question is located near Burlington Central High School and includes the high school football field and running track
  • Proceed with a long-term lease of a portion of the Bateman site to the HDSB
  • Proceed with the long-term lease of a portion of the Bateman site to Brock University

All matters related to the land transactions and lease arrangements are expected to be closed and completed this fall. Once all components are finalized at that time, the purchase prices will be publicly registered and released.

This acquisition would...

New Director of Transit, Catherine Baldelli

City of Burlington selects Catherine Baldelli as new Director of Burlington Transit

Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2022 11:00 AM

Burlington, Ont.—June 23, 2022—The City of Burlington is pleased to announce Catherine Baldelli as the new Director of Burlington Transit.

Baldelli began her career in 1994 working for the Region of Waterloo, moving quickly through the ranks of impressive roles in both the private and public sector over the next 25 years. In 2003 she made the move to The Town of Milton in a number of positions in their ITS department, including Manager, Enterprise Business Systems & GIS.

Baldelli joined the City of Burlington in 2018 as a Business Relationship Manager in the ITS Department where she served as the IT strategic partner to both the Transit and Roads, Parks and Forestry Departments. Her work with Transit lead to her current role as Manager of Transit Planning and Business Services for Burlington Transit.

She has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo, a Diploma of Municipal Management from AMCTO, plus various training programs specific to Fixed Route...

Plains Road project to provide better roadway and more protected bikeways

Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2022 09:30 AM

The Plains Road protected bikeways and resurfacing project will begin soon and will result in many benefits to cyclists, pedestrians, transit buses and vehicles. The project estimates have also come in under budget and is expected to be complete by November 2022.

Following the vision of the City Council endorsed Cycling Plan, the Plains Road Protected Bikeway and Resurfacing project will build cycling infrastructure that will allow all users to feel more confident, comfortable, and safer using a bike as their mode of transportation. Plains Road has been designated as part of a network of connected cycling facilities across the city that provides more protection for cyclists and is intended to be used for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

This is part of the Strategic Vision 2040 to create a city that moves and healthier and greener city; and the Vision to Focus, with a focus on improving mobility and supporting sustainable infrastructure and a resilient environment.

Plains Road Bikeway and...

Free events and activities this summer in Burlington

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 09:30 AM

This summer, the City of Burlington is bringing back many free events and programs to residents and visitors. There will be fun activities and events suited for everyone.

This summer will feature Concerts in the Park, Kids Mini Fest, Movies Under the Stars and Free Summer Swimming.

Concerts in the Park, presented by the Rocca Sisters

Concerts in the Park are presented by the Rocca Sisters and are every Wednesday and Sunday from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Central Park Bandshell (2311 New St.) until the end of August. Bring a blanket or chair, pack a picnic and join us for an evening of free music. For a full list of artists visit burlington.ca/concerts.

Kids Mini Fest, presented by the Rocca Sisters

Kids Mini Fest on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is presented by the Rocca Sisters, with special activities provided by Safari Dental. We invite you to join us at one of the locations listed below for this free family-friendly event. This event offers simultaneous/same level of programming and activities...

Burloak Grade Separation Project costs to remain as originally agreed

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 05:30 AM

At the June 21 Burlington City Council meeting, Council agreed to a revised financial framework for cost-sharing, delivery and maintenance of the Burloak Grade Separation project with Metrolinx.

In 2018 all parties agreed on a capped cost share, of 50 per cent Metrolinx and 25 per cent each for Burlington and Oakville, for a total project cost of $60 million. However, earlier this year, Metrolinx informed the City of Burlington and the Town of Oakville that the total project cost was $177 million and each municipality would need to pay $45 million each.

With a strong partnership between Metrolinx and the municipalities, on going discussions led to opportunities to further reduce the financial ask of the City of Burlington for this project to the original agreed upon cost of $15 million.

Part of the updated savings for this cost-sharing agreement comes from a planned 12-month road closure of Burloak Drive and previously agreed to credit for works completed by Burlington in advance of this project.

The...