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Upper York Sewage Solutions – York Durham Sewage System Project update
 
Town of Newmarket Council received an update from The Regional Municipality of York on the Upper York Sewage Solutions (UYSS) project, the approved York Durham Sewer System (YDSS) Forcemain Twinning project and the proposed Project-specific Total Phosphorus Offsetting program.
 
The purpose of the UYSS project is to develop a sustainable sewage servicing solution to accommodate provincially approved growth in the Towns of East Gwillimbury, Newmarket and Aurora. Growth cannot continue to happen without the proper wastewater infrastructure in place. Currently the approval of the UYSS Environmental Assessment is with The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
 
Construction of the YDSS Forcemain Twinning is scheduled to begin in the Town of Newmarket in early 2019. This critical infrastructure project includes:
 
  • Installing and connecting two new sanitary sewer forcemains to the existing York Durham Sewage System
  • Modifying the existing Newmarket and Bogart Creek Sewage Pumping Stations
 
Completion of the YDSS Forcemain Twinning project will benefit residents and the environment by increasing system redundancy and reliability during high-flow conditions and extreme weather events.
 
York Region will provide another update to Newmarket Council in 2019 when they have more construction details on the YDSS Forcemain Twinning project.
 
Mulock Station Area Secondary Plan update
 
Town of Newmarket Council received an update regarding the Mulock Station Area Secondary Plan. The update included information about density levels that will be analyzed through the Mulock Station Area Secondary Plan process. This information will assist Metrolinx in their business case review of the Mulock GO Station.
 
The completion of the Mulock Station Area Secondary Plan process will help determine the highest and best long-term land uses, street network and densities around the Mulock GO Station. The density analysis identified that a minimum of 150 people and jobs per hectare is supportable as a base density.
 
In addition, an update to the Mulock GO Station project was provided. The project is nearing completion of Phase 1 and will soon commence a public consultation program.
 
Licensing of Driving School Instructors

Town of Newmarket Council received an update regarding Licensing of Driving School Instructors. Information was gathered from stakeholders such as the driving school industry, residents, staff members, and members of Council at a Public Information Centre.
 
The Driving School Instructor By-law was approved at the Council Meeting on June 18 with a full implementation starting in September. The requirements of the By-law are: 
  • A Driving School Instructor License (only)
  • A one year license that will cost $125.00
  • Requirement to hold and provide proof of valid Ministry of Transportation Driving Instructor License
  • Upon approval, the instructor will receive a Town of Newmarket License Plate to affix to their vehicle
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.ca
 
 
Save the date! Mark these events in your calendar:

​Tim Hortons Canada Day 2018 Kanata Festival - July 1 
Celebrate Canada Day at the annual Kanata Summer Festival with neighbours, family, and friends. Finish your Canada Day with fireworks at George Richardson Park (off Bayview Parkway). There is a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at the Community Centre and Lion's Hall (200 Doug Duncan Drive). 
Location and time: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., fireworks at George Richardson Park from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. 

Canada Day Open House - July 1 
Join us at the Elman W. Campbell Museum for our Canada Day Open House. Special displays, demonstrations and lots to do in the downtown core. Admission is free. 
Location and time: Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Kids Downtown - July 10, 17, 24, 31 ​​
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Join us on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. for Kids Downtown. This child-oriented entertainment show allows you to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to enjoy the evening’s entertainment. Check newmarket.ca/events closer to the date for more details. Sponsored by TD Canada Trust. In the case of inclement weather conditions, the show will be moved inside the Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall.
Location and time: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive), from 7 to 8 p.m. 
 
Music in the Park - July 8, 15, 22 and August 12
Come out to Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) every Sunday starting in July for Music in the Park, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This event will feature free musical performances from local entertainers showcasing their talents. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled.
 
Sunday’s shows are as follows:
  • July 8 – Aspiring Legends
  • July 15 – Presented by Culture Bridge Festival  
  • July 22 – Jason Maxwell
  • August 12 – The Newmarket Citizens’ Band and York Harmony Chorus
Location and time: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 
TD Newmarket Music Festival - July and August 
The TD Newmarket Music Festival Summer Series starts with the Music at Riverwalk Series (MARS) every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. MARS will present top tribute bands like the Beatles, Shania Twain, The Stones, Garth Brooks and more. There will also be a meet and greet with the stars after their performances from 9 to 9:30 p.m. at local restaurants. It’ll make for the perfect photo op!
Location and time: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) from 7 to 9 p.m. 
 
Newmarket National Ten Minute Play Festival - July 25 to 29 
After the success of last year’s inaugural festival, the Newmarket National Ten Minute Play Festival is back, celebrating our country’s diverse voices and regional perspectives. The Town of Newmarket offers artists from across this great country; a national “new market” for their stories, and a national stage for their regional perspectives. ​This year’s festival runs for five days, from July 25 to 29 and will feature some new surprises! 
Location and time: Newmarket's Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street) 
 
Family Camping - July 21 and August 11 
The Town of Newmarket invites you to our summer family camp out on Saturday, July 21 at Environmental Park (Woodspring Avenue) and on Saturday, August 11 at Fairy Lake Park (Water Street). Whether you are an experienced camper or this is your first time, come spend the night. Pop your tent, eat a traditional camping dinner, have fun, play games, sit around the campfire eating s'mores and sleep under the stars. Cost is $15 per person. Finish your camping experience by waking up with the sunrise and enjoy breakfast around the campfire. In partnership with Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. 
Location and time: Environmental Park (Woodspring Avenue) and Fairy Lake Park (Water Street), beginning at 1 p.m. 

Busker Festival - July 28 
Come and be amazed by incredibly talented and unique street performers who will provide a full day of entertainment for the whole family! 
Location and time: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) from 3 to 10 p.m. 

Moonlight Movies - August 
Moonlight Movies are back for another season. Enjoy a free outdoor movie on a large inflatable screen under the stars. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket and snack to enjoy. Free popcorn will be provided by the Newmarket Scouts. Movies will be announced closer to the date. The movies begin at dusk (approximately 8:15/8:30 p.m.). Sponsored by TD Canada Trust.

Garlic is Great Festival - August 18 
Bring your friends and family to Newmarket’s Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) and join us for the annual Garlic is Great Festival! Take part in the annual celebration of Ontario’s garlic harvest. At the festival, visitors can enjoy cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment and garlic vendors at the Newmarket Farmers’ Market.
Location and time: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Heritage Art Contest Winners - On display until July 31   
Winner: Radial Railway Arch by Ave Richardson. 
Honourable Mentions: Botsford Street in Black and White by Malcolm Watts and Back Door, William Stickwood House by Sheila Dalton. 
View the entire exhibition at the Municipal Offices. 
Location and time: Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive), Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

For up-to-date weather and cancellation details of Town-run outdoor events, please call 1-877-PLAY936 (1-877-752-9936) on the day of the event no more than two hours prior to the start time. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all events. Please contact the Town at 905-895-5193 or visit newmarket.ca/events for more information.


New Community-owned high-speed internet service provider, ENVI launches in Newmarket 

As part of its commitment to support local businesses and economic development, the Town of Newmarket is working with Newmarket Hydro Holdings Inc. and new internet service provider Envi to enhance the Town’s broadband infrastructure and improve connectivity and service for businesses across the community.​
 
More reliable, affordable and faster access to the internet will bring social and economic benefits to businesses in the Newmarket community. It will also play an integral role in the Town’s economic development strategy. Read the full media release for more information. 
 
 
​​Town conducts Community Satisfaction Survey 

The Town of Newmarket, with​ independent consulting firm MDB Insight, will be undertaking a Community Satisfaction Survey beginning the week of June 18, 2018. The Community Satisfaction Survey will help the Town understand the level of satisfaction with existing municipal services. The results will help guide the 2018 to 2022 term of Council’s Strategic Priority planning.

MDB Insight will be contacting approximately 800 randomly selected households to take part in a 15-minute telephone survey during weekdays from 4 to 8:55 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
The Community Satisfaction Survey will identify satisfaction levels with Town services, and will help determine service priorities and opportunities for improvement moving forward. For more information, please view the full media release



Town of Newmarket 'Bee' comes Canada's 14th Bee City 

The Town of Newmarket is proud to announce that it was named Canada’s 14th Bee City in Canada​. Representatives from Bee City Canada presented the Town of Newmarket with an official designation on June 6 at Fairy Lake Park.
 
The Town of Newmarket was awarded Bee City designation based on the Town’s current initiatives to protect pollinators
​such as:
  • Planting 500 milkweed seeds
  • Finding eco-friendly solutions instead of using pesticides
  • Creating a butterfly garden at Ken Sturgeon Park
  • Working with local students and educating them on the importance of pollinators and providing them with seeds to plant
For more information, read the full media release

 
CYFS continue​s with Stay Fire Smart campaign 

Central York Fire Services (CYFS) is proud to launch their sixth annual Stay Fire Smart campaign. Fire crews will visit neighbourhoods in Newmarket and Aurora during the summer months to educate residents on home escape plans and to remind them that it is the law to have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in homes. The campaign will run from June to October.
 
Fire crews will travel door-to-door handing out information, engaging with residents about how to best be prepared in case of an emergency, and provide them with the option of receiving a free home inspection. Firefighters will emphasize the importance of developing and practising a home escape plan, having a 72-hour emergency kit, having working smoke alarms on every storey, and a working carbon monoxide alarm outside all sleeping areas of a residence.

New this year, CYFS will be introducing electronic tablets and the Stay Fire Smart app to the campaign. This technology will further advance the existing program by allowing CYFS to collect data to track the success of their efforts. View the full media release for more information. 


CYFS' Stay Fire Smart Smoke Alarm campaign is back
 
​Central York Fire Services (CYFS) encourages residents of Newmarket and Aurora to take part in the annual Stay Fire Smart campaign. To further the campaign’s efforts, Smoke Alarm Specialists will be visiting residences upon request in Newmarket and Aurora to check batteries, replace smoke alarms and answer questions for residents who may require assistance.

Residents are encouraged to contact CYFS to receive a free visit from Smoke Alarm Specialists to ensure that their residence is ‘Fire Smart.’ Smoke Alarm Specialists will also be speaking to residents about the importance of developing and practising a home escape plan and having a 72- hour emergency kit. 

For more information or to book an appointment to have Smoke Alarm Specialists visit your home, please call 905-895-9222 or visit cyfs.ca  

 
In-street bollard installation
The Town has placed in-street flexible bollards in a number of locations throughout Newmarket as part of its speed reduction and traffic calming efforts. Bollards have been installed at the following locations:
  • Nellie Little Crescent between Kingsmere Avenue and Fernbank Road
  • Clearmeadow Boulevard between Whipper Billy Watson Park and Warner Crescent
  • Aspenwood Drive between Marble Place and Flagstone Way
  • Main Street, south of Jim Barber Court
  • Elgin Street between Jacarandah Dr. and Jefferson Street
  • Lorne Avenue between Queen Street and Calgain Road
  • Queen Street, between Pleasantview Avenue and Roxborough Road
Flexible bollards are installed on the roadway to create a narrowing effect with the goal of slowing down traffic. The bollards are designed to flex upon impact to mitigate potential damage to cars and not slow down emergency vehicles. The bollards will be removed in late fall to allow for snowplowing operations.
 
For more information, visit newmarket.ca/trafficstrategy or call 905-895-5193.
 
 
Bike Lanes in Newmarket
The warm weather means more cyclists are travelling around Town on our bike lanes. Help ensure safety for cyclists, motorists and pedestrians by following the rules of the road.
 
Please remember:
  • Bike lanes are to be used for bicycles only. No other forms of transportation are permitted in bike lanes.
  • Parking in a bike lane is not permitted.
Learn more about bike lanes in Newmarket by clicking the links below: Do you have further questions or comments about bike lanes? Call 905-895-5193 or take our traffic mitigation survey which outlines our cyclist safety strategies here

 
Living with Wildlife 
​​​When natural food sources are scarce, wildlife will search for food which often leads to sightings in residential areas.
To reduce the potential of wildlife encounters here are some tips:
  • Limit food sources
  • Keep barbecues clean and covered when not in use
  • Secure garbage in durable plastic containers with locking lids
  • Store garbage indoors until collection day
  • Maintain compost in containers that keep wildlife out while allowing for ventilation
For more information regarding living with wildlife, visit newmarket.ca/wildlife 
Upcoming Council Meetings

Committee of the Whole 
August 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive)

Council Meeting 
September 10
at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive) 

For a full list of Newmarket meetings, visit newmarket.ca/meetings

We're currently hiring for the following positions:

Apply by 5 p.m. on the date listed above. To stay up-to-date with the most recent job opportunities, please visit Newmarket's Job Opportunities page

Town launches new traffic safety video series 

The Town is proud to launch a new series of traffic safety videos called Safety Starts with You. The first video, which focuses on the importance of wearing a helmet while cycling, made its debut at the recent Moonlight Movies event and can be viewed online here.
 
The Safety Starts with You video series is part of Newmarket’s Safety Driven campaign which features Newmarket’s safety mascot Safety Cone Sam and Belle the Bike.
 
Stay-tuned for the next videos, which can be seen at future Moonlight Movie events, on Facebook and Twitter @TownofNewmarket and on our website here.
 
For more great safety tips, follow Safety Cone Sam on Twitter @SafetyConeSam

Parking Enforcement in Newmarket 

Newmarket’s new ticketing technology allows persons to dispute a parking ticket, pay a parking ticket and apply for parking exemptions. The parking exemption function allows individuals to park their cars on the road only in areas where parking longer than 3 hours is not permitted. The exemption does not exempt individuals from following all posted parking regulations, such as no parking zones, in front of fire hydrants, in a fire route or in a bike lane.
 
Individuals will be limited to a maximum of 15 temporary parking exemptions per year. Once an exemption request is made by an individual, Parking Enforcement Officers will receive the exemption information in real time. To dispute or pay a parking ticket or apply for a parking exemption, visit parking.newmarket.ca. For more information on parking enforcement in Newmarket, visit newmarket.ca/parkingticket
Sign-up for our Pre-Authorized Payment plan or online banking to pay your property taxes
 
The due dates for the final three installments for property taxes are July 26, August 28 and September 25. Avoid line-ups and processing delays by paying your property taxes by telephone, internet banking OR through a pre-authorized payment plan (PAP). It’s secure, convenient and easy. Register for one of these payment options and you will automatically be entered into a draw to win a $250 credit for a recreation program for you or a member of your family. Learn more about payment options at newmarket.ca/propertytaxes
Bike lane bollards

Flexible bike lane bollards have been installed along Srigley Street, Prospect Street, Timothy Street, Lorne Avenue and Millard Avenue.

Flexible bollards are used to help create a visual separation between cyclists and motorists and provide additional cyclist safety in our bike lanes. Please note, the bollards will be removed in late fall. For more information on bike lanes in Newmarket, visit newmarket.ca/bikelanes 

Main Street resurfacing work 

Beginning the week of June 18, the Town of Newmarket will be conducting road-resurfacing works on Main Street from Davis Drive to Bristol Road. This work is expected to last approximately six weeks (until July 30). 
 
Roads will be reduced to one lane during this time. Residents and community members will experience delays during the duration of the construction. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we continue to improve the Town’s road infrastructure.
 
Information: 905-895-5193

Stay cool at a Newmarket pool

Beat the heat this summer by visiting one of Newmarket's pools. Check out newmarket.ca/swimming for locations and swim schedules. 

Make a splash at the Frank Stronach Spray Pad 

The Town of Newmarket is proud to announce the official opening of the Frank Stronach Spray Pad (850 Memorial Circle).  
 
The Frank Stronach Spray Pad is the second spray pad in the Town of Newmarket. The spray pad was designed around the theme of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation and represents the evolution of the maple tree from maple key to mature tree. Many maple leaves are exhibited throughout various water features. Its design is also a metaphor for the growth of Canada. 
 
The Frank Stronach Spray Pad is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
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Newmarket, Ontario
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