Councillor’s Column – May 2017

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Please observe Wilson St. closure signs,

worker safety at risk during construction


For the next six months, we will have traffic disruptions due to the final phase of the Wilson Street re-development. While this is an inconvenience for all of us, I am asking motorists to please observe the detour signs for the safety of workers in the area and, to eliminate dust kicking up and affecting the quality of life for nearby residents.

I’ve reported here before that this work promises to be a jewel in our downtown when it’s completed, but in the meantime, we need to observe construction signs and allow crews to get the job done.

The Wilson Street project was expected to be completed by October, however, an early assessment of the scope of work has determined that a massive sanitary sewer – 40 inches in diameter – will need to be replaced between the fire hall and Seminole Road. This work will add a month to the construction schedule but with the road dug up anyway, this is the perfect time to replace this deteriorating pipeline.

Excitement is also building for Ancaster Heritage Days June 6-11 and volunteers are needed to help with KidsWorld and road marshalling during the parade on Saturday, June 10 starting at 10 a.m. at the corner of Wilson and Academy Streets.

Co-Chairs Nancy Benedict and Aaron Gerrard are to be commended for the work they do each year around this terrific event so if you are interested in being a part of Heritage Days during Canada 150 celebrations, please contact them at

As you know, the City has invested significant money into new tennis courts and lawn-bowling greens – as well as new clubhouses – in the Village Green Park behind Ancaster Square.

I want to encourage everyone to check out these recreational facilities in our community and get active in this affordable family fun.

To inquire about the Ancaster Tennis Club – with five exceptional outdoor courts and head professional Frances Critchley – please go their website at or contact:

The Ancaster Lawn Bowling Club is also looking to have a terrific season this year with its new clubhouse and bowling green. For membership information, please contact President Betty Berry at 905-648-1904 or business advisor Lockhart Morgan at 905-648-3001.

As always, if you need to reach me for any reason, please contact my office at City Hall at 905-546-2704. You can also contact me by e-mail at

Jun 1, 2017