Fighting for Residents

July 12, 2017

St. George’s Coun. Mike Britton noted the cost overrun of that project and added the next agenda item for a reconstruction of Churchill Street was 31 per cent higher than the original estimate, too. He questioned why the staff estimates were so low if higher pricing was a trend noticed by the city and other local municipalities.


“Why are we still grossly underestimating costs like this?”

June 02, 2017

St. George’s Coun. Mike Britton questioned why a $200,000 study needs to be done when the owners of the land will conduct their own studies.

“It seems like we’re duplicating work that we don’t have to at a cost that’s very exorbitant to the taxpayer.”

May 09, 2017

Mayor Walter Sendzik and St. George’s Coun. Mike Britton didn’t see eye-to-eye on the issue Monday.

St. Catharines city clerk Bonnie Nistico-Dunk agreed with Britton that the procedural bylaw as it’s written does not say councillors can’t bring in slides.

March 29, 2017

A staff report had recommended delaying the start of the project until all the required funding was in place. Britton argued, ultimately to no avail, that the city should soldier on to complete part of it, so a celebration could take place in August, the 85th anniversary of the canal’s opening.

Britton spoke first on his motion. Several colleagues then weighed in. The vote was called. But Britton asked to speak again.

January 30, 2017

“This is about improving communication,” said St. George’s Coun. Mike Britton. “This is about allowing councillors to hear about updates that are coming in their ward.

“It’s not trying to slow down development. Frankly, I think it’s trying to help development because we’re able to see what’s going on and then provide help through the processes.”

December 14, 2016

St. George's Coun. Mike Britton, who voted against the motion, said he couldn’t support it because if a hedge is over a sidewalk, it should be trimmed whether it was the subject of a vindictive complaint or not.

“We have bylaws for a reason,” he said. “Why wouldn’t we enforce them?”

December 14, 2016

St. Catharines will ask Niagara Regional Housing to consider the senior population when it fills a new building at 527 Carlton Street.

City councillors backed St. George’s Coun. Mike Britton’s motion 6-5 to make the request.

December 14, 2016

The budget standing committee supported a motion by Coun. Mike Britton to go ahead with the idea at its Nov. 14 meeting.

“This is something that’s going to support great cultural communities in our city,” Britton said Monday. “I think it’s a really necessary move to keep these communities alive and spreading their heritage and their history.”

November 14, 2016

Concerned about a lack of affordable housing, St. Catharines council has turned down a request to convert six rental buildings into condos.

Councillors voted 5-6 against the conversion at last Monday’s city council meeting.

July 20, 2016

St. George’s Ward Coun Mike Britton urged the regional committee to reject those bans. Those prohibitions would simply push traffic onto city streets such as Wood Street and exacerbate the problem of cars being queued up there on Sunday mornings, he said.

“This is just moving the same problem 400 metres,” said Britton. “This is going to damage the neighbourhood.”

June 01, 2016

St. George’s Coun. Mike Britton said he was in favour of most of the recommendations, but was concerned that if southbound drivers can’t turn left onto Carlton Street, they’ll take Wood Street 400 metres north.

“If everyone knows you can’t turn left onto Carlton then everyone’s going to be on Wood Street, it’s going to be backed up right to Geneva,” Britton said. “It’s already a issue and this is going to exacerbate that, so what do we put in place to fix that?”

May 20, 2016

The mood got testy around council chambers Monday when St. George’s Coun. Mike Britton demanded to know why staff reports aren’t hitting due dates.

Britton said some reports requested by councillors have been pushed back over a year, despite target due dates set by council.

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