Newmarket Council Meeting Monday April 15th 2019

On Monday April 15 2019 Newmarket Council gave formal consent to all matters discussed at our Committee of the whole meeting. You can WATCH, READ AND SHARE the information via this link


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Council recognized the 2019 High School Art Contest award recipients at last night's Council meeting. The award recipients were…
Kile Brindley-Reid from Huron Heights Secondary School 
Ethan Platt from Huron Heights Secondary School
Maral Mostafvi from Huron Heights Secondary School 
Edward Zhou from Newmarket High School 
Patrick Stochmal from Newmarket High School 
Ashley Grew from from Newmarket High School 
Congratulations to all award recipients. All artwork submitted for the 2019 High School Art Contest can be viewed at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive) from now until April 26 during regular business hours. 

Hollingsworth Arena – ice allocation after the 2019-2020 season
Council received a presentation on the Hollingsworth Arena and future ice allocation considerations at the April 15 Council Meeting. The Hollingsworth Arena is scheduled to be decommissioned after the 2019-2020 season (in April 2020). In advance of the closure, Town staff have been working in consultation with user groups currently using the arena to discuss recommendations, schedule program changes and plan future accommodations. Once the arena is decommissioned, the Town will operate with six ice pads and will also explore potential options to construct a new outdoor ice pad. Staff will continue to consult, communicate and work with user groups throughout the 2019-2020 season to ensure future recreation needs are being met. For more information, please contact 905-895-5193 or email
Old Main Street Tertiary Plan 
Council adopted the Old Main Street Tertiary Plan at the April 15 Council meeting. The Plan provides direction on the possibilities of redevelopment in the area of Old Main Street bounded by Bexhill Road to the south-west, St John’s Cemetery to the north-west, Main Street By-pass to the north-east and south-east. The vision of the plan is to allow for gentle intensification through redevelopment, while maintaining the character of the neighborhood. The Plan also provides guidance on engineering issues including new stormwater management facilities and modernizing the road. Public consultation sessions were held in October 2017, April 2018, November 2018 and February 2019. For more information, visit or call 905-895-5193.
Active Transportation Implementation Plan 
The Town’s Active Transportation Implementation Plan (ATIP) was discussed during the April 8 Committee of the Whole Meeting. The (ATIP) identifies where and when bicycle lanes and trails are planned for construction throughout town for residents to walk, cycle or roll to their destinations. The Plan can be viewed online here. For more information, visit or call 905-895-5193.

Minutes for the Town of Newmarket Council Meetings, outlining Council decisions, are available under Agendas, Minutes and Meetings on the Town of Newmarket website. For more information or to view the reports, visit

Newmarket Annual High School Art Contest
When: Now until Friday, April 26
Where: Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive)
Now in its 14th year, this student art exhibition features creativity and talents from local high schools. All are welcome to drop-in and see the artworks on display in the halls of the Municipal Offices, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – except holidays . For more information, call 905-895-5193

The Mindful Project Mental Health: Roots|Routes
When: Exhibit - Now until May 25
Where: Newmarket Old Town Hall, Serpa Galleries (460 Botsford Street)
The Town of Newmarket in partnership with The Mindful Project presents themes of the artists past, lived experiences, upbringing, traditions and their choices, life path, journey, triumphs and tribulations. This group art exhibit aims to spark positive conversations and ignite change in social attitudes. Through these featured works, artists and makers express their roots or routes in relation to mental health. In our community gallery, Ocutherapy will offer virtual reality demonstrations to show how technology can help patients with brain injuries rehabilitate and recover.

This is a free exhibit. For gallery hours, visit

For more information on The Mindful Project’s Mental Health exhibit and scheduled programming happening in Newmarket, please visit

Wee Fun Wednesdays: Toddlers and Caregivers
When: Now until Wednesday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South)

Drop in with your toddler to socialize, learn and play! Activities will stimulate communication, cooperation and imagination with a different art-making theme each yet. Children will be able to have lots of hands-on playtime with tabletop activities, see our changing displays and make new friends! Cost is $3 per child (cash at the door), suitable for children ages 1 to 3 years old with caregiver supervision required. 

Click here for full schedule of activities

Eggceptional Easter Fun
When: Saturday, April 20 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Where: Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South)

Hop in for an egg-citing afternoon of egg decorating and meet the Easter Bunny! Children will participate in scheduled fun themed crafts, which include: bunny hats, fingerprint bunnies, Easter baskets, sock bunnies and Easter wreaths. Lots of hands-on playtime with our tabletop activities and Easter themed games. Cost is $3 per child (cash at the door) and suitable for children ages 4 to 10 with caregiver supervision required. Pre-register at or 905-953-5314.

For more information, visit

Community Cleanup
Cleanup Date(s): Tuesday, April 23 to Saturday, May 4- Community Cleanup Kits available at Town of Newmarket Customer Service Kiosks
Time: During Customer Service Kiosk operating hours & 9 a.m. on Saturday May 4
Location(s): Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive), Magna Centre (800 Mulock Drive) and the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex (100 Eagle Street West)
BBQ Date: Saturday, May 4
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location(s): Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive)
Help keep our neighbourhoods clean with the 41st Annual Community Cleanup. This year features a two week long cleanup period launching the day after Earth Day. From Tuesday, April 23 to Saturday, May 4, Community Cleanup kits will be available at our Town of Newmarket Customer Service Kiosks.

Residents are encouraged to pick up a cleanup kit and take the supplies back to their neighborhoods and parks to clean over the two weeks, at a time that works best for them. 

On Saturday, May 4, join us at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive) as we host our annual Community Cleanup 2019 event, where we will have Community Cleanup kits available at 9 a.m. for those looking to clean up in the morning, followed by our traditional complimentary BBQ and entertainment from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. where we invite all of those who volunteered their time throughout the two weeks in helping cleanup our community and show our appreciation. 
For more information visit

Mindful Printmaking Workshop

When: April 26, May 3 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Where: Newmarket Old Town Hall, Serpa Galleries (460 Botsford Street)
In these workshops, participants will learn mindfulness and apply healing strategies while practicing lino printmaking, where participants will cut designs into linoleum blocks to make art prints. All materials will be provided and participants will go home with their artworks. Art experience is not required and all skill levels are welcome. Participants can register by calling 905-953-5300 ext. 2844 or emailing This workshop is suitable for all ages and admission is free. Ensure you register early, as space is limited. Artist Sharlene Wong will facilitate these workshops.

For more information on The Mindful Project’s Mental Health exhibit and scheduled programming happening in Newmarket, please visit

Mother's Day DIY Painted Flowerpot
When: Saturday, May 11 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Where: Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South)

Decorate and design a terra cotta flowerpot and homemade greeting card for you Mom this Mother's Day and visit the Museum for fun, hands-on activities for the entire family! Cost is $5 per child, suitable for children ages 5 to 10 years of age with adult supervision required. Pre-registration required at or 905-953-5314.

Live Music and Pub Night
When: Saturday, May 11 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Newmarket Seniors' Meeting Place (474 Davis Drive)

Come out for a fantastic night of live entertainment, featuring local band - The Flailing Shilaleighs. Tickets include meal, tea & coffee, and evening treats. A great night of music for those aged 40+. Cash Bar available. Register at using code 119434. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

This event is sponsored by The Roxborough Retirement Residence.

For more information visit

When: Thursday, May 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Robert N. Shelton Operations Centre (1275 Maple Hill Court)

This free, fun, hands-on event allows you to touch, explore and get up-close-and-personal with a variety of different vehicles. Explore some of your favourite trucks such as a fire truck, Zamboni, backhoe, dump truck and more! 

For more information on Touch-A-Truck 2019, visit

Call for Artwork: Heritage Art Exhibit 2019
Submission Deadline: Friday, May 31
Exhibition Dates: June 10 to August 2
The Town of Newmarket is seeking original two-dimensional artworks created in any medium, no earlier than January 1, 2018. This contest is open to all Ontario residents. To be eligible, the subject of the artwork must focus on the heritage of the Town of Newmarket, including but not limited to the Town's culture, society, economy, history, significant events, architecture or natural environment from the past or in the present.  Each individual can submit up to three (3) works in total.
For more information and submission details, visit

For up-to-date weather and/or cancellation details of Town-run outdoor events, call 1-877-752-9936 on the date of the event, 2 hours prior to the start time.

Thank you for attending our Community Open House
Thank you to all residents, community groups and stakeholders that attended the Town’s Community Open House event on Wednesday, April 3. With nearly 250 attendees, Newmarket staff from all departments enjoyed hearing valuable feedback, and learning how the community feels the Town can make Newmarket even better. We look forward to see you again at our next Community Open House event in the future.

Get Involved – Take our survey on the Town's Smoking By-law

If you're 19 years or older and live in Newmarket, the Town wants to hear from you! Tell us if you think the Town should prohibit or allow smoking/vaping tobacco and cannabis (also known as marijuana) in areas such as public green spaces, backyards of private residences, public trails, and designated smoking areas on private properties.

The Town will be updating its Smoking By-law and is seeking resident feedback on proposed regulations for smoking and vaping tobacco and cannabis (also known as marijuana) in public and private places. The online survey is now open. The Town will also contact residents via telephone to seek their feedback. The online survey will close on April 30, 2019. 

Newmarket wins Gold and Platinum
The Town has been recognized for its digital marketing and communications efforts for the 2018 Newmarket Municipal Election. Staff were able to communicate and educate voters on the use of internet and telephone voting through the creation of web-based video series. The videos were a collaborative effort and were created in-house by Town staff, as part of an overall Municipal Election campaign that featured the ease, convenience and accessibility of internet and telephone voting. The Town of Newmarket has been recognized for its success and received three AVA Digital Awards for its efforts in engaging an audience through the creative convergence of digital arts, technology and information:

Be flood safe!
With springlike temperatures, melting snow and rainfall, Central York Fire Services (CYFS) reminds residents to keep the following flooding safety tips in mind.

In the event of severe rainfall and flooding, CYFS advises all residents:

  • Take special precautions to safeguard electrical, natural gas or propane heating equipment.

  • If flooding has happened, shut off all power in your home and move furniture, electrical appliances and valuables above ground level.

  • Closely monitor the weather forecast. 

  • Check to see if you have flood insurance coverage. 

  • When advised, listen for direction from local emergency authorities. 

  • Never cross a flooded area by driving through flood waters or underpasses; the water may be deeper than it looks and your car could stall. 

  • If there is water coming from a floor drain or basement bath or shower drain or if you suspect that water is coming from a broken water main, contact the Town of Newmarket at 905-895-5193. 

  • It’s always good to prepare a 72-hour emergency survival kit that includes food, water, medical supplies, flashlight and more.

Rainfall will result in higher water flows in all rivers and streams, resulting in dangerous conditions.  As a result, local streams and rivers can be dangerous. CYFS urges residents to stay away from all bodies of water and watercourses.

For more information on emergency procedures during floods, please visit

By working together, sharing information, ideas and being engaged in our community we can achieve great things for Newmarket.

Kelly BroomeComment