Burlington hosts meetings to review mid-pen talks

September 3, 2003 - The Hamilton Spectator

The province's proposed mid-peninsula highway will be the talk of the town here today and tomorrow as hastily arranged public meetings have been set up.

The City of Burlington is hosting two public information sessions to review the status of negotiations among the city and region, the province and Hamilton and Niagara regions on the environmental assessment process for the highway.

Burlington is also holding a special council meeting tomorrow evening to consider staff reports related to the mid-pen.

Today's public session is at 8 p.m., in the Laurie Branch Auditorium at Mainway Arena, 4015 Mainway Dr.

Tomorrow's is from 6 to 8 p.m. in city council chambers at City Hall, Brant Street. The special council meeting will follow it at 8 p.m. The public can also address council, although people must register with the clerk's department by noon tomorrow. The staff reports to council will be available today at the clerk's department or on the city's Web site at http://www.burlington.ca/

This activity on the mid-pen follows a meeting with Transportation Minister Frank Klees in Toronto last week. It was attended by Burlington Mayor Rob MacIsaac, Hamilton Mayor Bob Wade, Halton Chairman Joyce Savoline and Niagara chairman Debbie Zimmerman. Its purpose was to deal with Burlington's concerns on the mid-peninsula highway.

Agreement was reached on allowing more public input, and on giving proper consideration of alternatives to the highway, such as public transit.

Burlington is still waiting for assurances the highway will not cut through the Burlington portion of the Niagara Escarpment. It also wants a full environmental assessment of the proposal, which means more detailed study.

 

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