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HELLO, UPTOWN, 
2014 is the year of the winter that just doesn't want to end. There was a saying I remember from growing up in Saskatchewan that March goes in like a lion and out like a lamb. Here's hoping!
There are four major developments in Uptown, two are north of Erb and two are south. They are listed below with links for updates. If you have any questions or concerns please email me or give me call, 519-500-4408. 
A great way to warm up this March is to laugh... this weekend is the Comedy Festival. There are many locations in Uptown, click here for tickets 
Take Care,  Melissa
VIBRANT NEIGHBOURHOODS
NEIGHBOURHOOD MATCHING FUNDS
NEIGHBOURHOOD MATCHING FUNDS
I encourage you to read the following blog posted to the NMF website. "While you are outside this weekend shovelling your sidewalk, talk to your neighbours!! Did you know that there are funds available from the city of Waterloo to support projects that will make your neighbourhood an even better place to live." READ MORE
MARY ALLEN NEIGHBOURHOOD - The Allen Street East reconstruction is moving foward. The proposed changes include bumpouts along the Allen Street for traffic calming, and a 4-way Stop Sign at Allen and Moore Street.  The sidewalks will be reconstructed with boulevards. 
Mary Allen Park Expansion - Stay tuned, the park will be doubled this year. The City is currently doing some behind the scenes environmental review to develop a list of suitable amenities for the site. The city says in May we (the neighbourhood) can start discussing ideas for the future. 
UPTOWN WEST NEIGHBOURHOOD - Uptown Task Force Transportation Study - A public meeting will be planned for early spring. Neighbours will be see the proposed traffic calming measures for the neighbourhood that were inspired from the Public Meeting.  Get updates on the process here.
MCGREGOR ALBERT HERITAGE DISTRICT - Traffic Calming Update - Several traffic calming measures from the 2006 Report will be implemented this spring. A pedestrian refuge will be installed at the Albert and Central intersection along with Curb Exenstions (Bumpouts) on Fountain and Central. Parking stalls will also be painted, and The City has approved an all way stop at Dorset and Central, however it is on hold while the city explores speed humps. A meeting to discuss bumps vs. stop signs will be booked for mid-late April.
HEATHY AND SAFE COMMUNITY
ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATIONS
Party Smart. Party Safe. After last year’s St. Patrick Day celebration on Ezra Street and uptown neighbourhoods, it became very clear that we need to try something new. More than 8,000 students gathered and we know as a community that we are concerned about the safety of the event.
This year we are trying a different approach. In a collaborative effort, the City of Waterloo (including fire services and municipal enforcement), Waterloo Regional Police Services (WRPS), Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), WLU Students’ Union (WLUSU), University of Waterloo (UW), UW Feds (Feds), Region of Waterloo EMS (EMS), have come together to develop a plan to ensure the safety of those participating in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. READ MORE HERE.
GET ACTIVE WATERLOO!
Our Spring 2014 Program and Activities Guide is brimming with opportunities for you to get active! Registration for leisure, active living and camp programs begins on March 5, with registration for aquatic programs beginning March 11. LINK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE.
SUBMIT A PHOTO
Are you a photographer? Submit a photo that combines summer, Waterloo and getting active in our community for your chance to be featured on the cover of the next Program & Activities Guide. LEARN MORE HERE.
ECONOMIC VITALITY
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GETTING AROUND
LRT News - Latest on staff recommendation
STAFF RECOMMEND GRANDLINQ FOR ION STAGE 1
Update from Region of Waterloo - After a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of the three proposals, Region staff have recommended the GrandLinq team to Council as the preferred team to design, build, finance, operate and maintain (DBFOM) ION Stage 1 light rail transit (LRT). READ MORE
POTHOLES
POTHOLES
This has been an uncharastically tough winter, and it has taken its toll on our roads. We need your help. Please report potholes to the City of Waterloo public works staff who will take care of it.  You can do it by emailing roads@waterloo.ca or by using PingStreet, (city app that you can download here), by using the report a problem function.
SUSTAINABILITY AND OUR LIVING ENVIRONMENT
STORM AND WINTER UPDATE
We have had some wild weather, from snow, to ice storms, to wild winds. The City of Waterloo plows and salts (with beet juice) 800km of roads, 100km of sidewalks. 42Km of trials and pathways. There are 600 bus stops.  In 2013, the city budget is at $1.5Million, which is nearly $500,000 over. The city has a winter reserve, that has more than $600,000 in it. More than 2000 truckloads of snow have left the snow dump 85% full.
The ice storm in December has taken a toll on our urban canopy. The City of Waterloo staff estimate it will cost $647,000 to replace the trees that were lost and damaged during the 2013-2014 storms. We are working on a planting strategy for the spring. 
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
The City of Waterloo is seeking public consultation regarding current property taxation policies and the use of the Municipal Price Index (MPI) in establishing property tax increases in Waterloo. LEARN MORE HERE.
Council Meetings
March 3rd - Committee of the Whole, Special Council meeting
March 24th - Council Meeting
 UPTOWN EVENTS
K-W Comedy Festival - March 6-8, 2014
100 Regina Street South | Waterloo, Ontario N2J 4A8 CA
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