Archive for the ‘Town Hall’ Category

Town Celebrates at 13th Annual Community Spirit Awards

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Oakville’s outstanding volunteers were celebrated for their exemplary contributions to the community at the 13th Annual Community Spirit Awards held at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre.

2014 Community Spirit Award recipients:


New Rules for Open Air Burning in Oakville

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Oakville’s open air burning by-law has changed to protect residents from the negative impacts of backyard fires on neighbouring properties and to authorize the Fire department to charge fees for responding to by-law violations. Council approved the changes to By-law 2006-174 earlier this year in response to concerns raised by residents.

Under the new by-law, smoke and odour from an outdoor fireplace or fire pit cannot interfere with neighbours’ enjoyment of their property. Fire crews will respond to complaints and fire safety violations, extinguish the offending fire and educate the resident about the by-law requirements for open air burning. After two violations of the by-law, the property owner will be charged a fee of $410 for each Fire department response.


Oakville Awarded Silver for Sustainable Design

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

At last Council, Mayor Rob Burton presented a LEED Silver certification plaque received from the Canada Green Building Council for Oakville Transit’s new building on Wyecroft Road.

The building is the second town facility to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The town received LEED Gold certification for the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex in 2012.

Oakville Receives Sustainable Forest Certification

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

In 2006, the Town of Oakville was the first lower-tier municipality in Canada to have three of its woodlands achieve Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certification through the certification program of the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF).

Yesterday, the town announced the FSC certification has been expanded to include all 282 of its woodland properties.

“One of the town’s most livable features is an abundance of woodland areas and nature trails,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “We are very proud to be acknowledged for the work we’re doing to protect our trees in an effort to reach our urban forest canopy goal of 40 per cent by 2057.”

The news was presented to town council as part of the 2013 Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Update Report. The report provided an overview of the 2013 EAB management program and accomplishments, as well as information on the upcoming 2014 Woodlands Conservation Program aimed to manage EAB in the town’s woodlands.


Oakville Releases 2014 Budget Documents

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Yesterday, town staff presented Oakville’s proposed 2014 operating and capital budgets to the Budget Committee achieving Council’s direction to keep the total property tax increase in line with inflation.

Town staff recommended a 2.93 per cent increase to the town’s portion of the tax bill for an overall property tax increase of 1.3 per cent including estimated regional and education tax rates. The proposed  increase would see residential property taxes increase by $11.85 per $100,000 of assessment meaning that a home assessed at $400,000 would pay an additional $47.40 per year or $0.91 per week.