Low Flow Toilet Rebate Program
Low Flow Toilet
Rebates are Back!
Tree Planting Rebate Program
Through the initiative of the Environmental Advisory Committee, the City of Port Colborne is offering a Residential Tree Planting Rebate Program for residents
of Port Colborne.
Receive up to a $50. rebate.
Environmental Committee Meetings
are held at City Hall
at 6:00 p.m.
The next committee meeting
has been scheduled for
July 13, 2016
Minutes for the Environmental Advisory Commitee:
Environmental Advisory Committee
Below you will find a description of the Environmental Advisory Committee and the most recent Committee Minutes
The Environmental Advisory Committee :
1. The Environmental Advisory Committee is an Ad-Hoc Committee of Council whose purpose is to:
• Advise Council on environmental, energy conservation and shoreline protection issues that affect the City of Port Colborne and those matters referred to the committee by Council.
• To promote the integration of environmental, energy conservation and shoreline protection considerations into the planning and development of City policies, programs and services.
2. The Environmental Advisory Committee shall consist of the following voting and non-voting members:
(a) Up to thirteen voting members who shall be eighteen years or older and residents in the City of Port Colborne, three members shall be from Council and up to ten members shall be appointed from the public at large by resolution of Council.
(b) One non-voting member of staff who shall be appointed by resolution of Council and who shall act as a resource person, recording secretary and shall provide administrative support to the Committee. The Chief Administrative Officer may designate an alternate staff person who may act in the absence of the staff member so appointed.
(c) In the case of a vacancy for any cause other than expiration of term, the member appointed to fill the vacancy shall hold office for the balance of the term of the member whose place is vacant.
3. Unless otherwise provided for, the term of the Environmental Advisory Committee shall be the term of the Council.
4. A voting member of the Environmental Advisory Committee shall cease to be a member of the Committee upon submission of a letter of resignation to the City Clerk or if he/she absents himself/herself from three successive scheduled meetings of the Committee without being authorized to do so by a resolution of the Environmental Advisory Committee entered in its minutes.
5. All meetings of the Environmental Advisory Committee shall be open and no person shall be excluded therefrom except for improper conduct or except matters identified in Section 239(2) of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25.
6. All members of the Committee shall serve without remuneration excepting that the remuneration of the non-voting staff member shall be governed by the Administrative Policies of the City of Port Colborne or the collective agreement whichever is applicable.
7. The Chair, or in his/her absence the Vice-Chair, shall, upon a written request from Council or a majority of Committee members call a meeting for the consideration of any business within the Committee's mandate.
8. A quorum of the Environmental Advisory Committee shall consist of a majority of sitting, voting members; vacant seats shall count as seats for the purpose of calculating a quorum.
9. Subject to such limitations and restrictions as the Council may herein or hereafter either by resolution or by-law impose the Environmental Advisory Committee shall:
(a) Appoint from the voting members a Chair and a Vice-Chair;
(b) Make regulations governing its proceedings, the calling of meetings, and the conduct of its members;
(c) Provide reports to Council as requested.
10. The Committee shall hold public meetings when, in their opinion, the issues being discussed require community input. Notice of a public meeting shall be given in the local newspaper(s) no less than five days in advance of the meeting.
11. The minutes of all Environmental Advisory Committee meetings shall be recorded and distributed to Committee Members and to the City Clerk for safekeeping and inclusion on the next regular Council Agenda. The minutes shall be open to inspection in accordance with Section 253(1) of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25., as amended and such minutes will be posted on the City's website.
Save a Monarch
Plant a Milkweed, Save a Monarch
The noxious weed list, Regulation 1096 of the Weed Control Act, has been updated. Dogstrangling vine and black dog-strangling vine, have been added to the noxious weed list, while all milkweed species have been removed. These changes are effective immediately.
Common milkweed is toxic to grazing livestock and at one time was considered to be a threat to activities on agricultural and horticultural land. Today, however, rural landowners have a number of options to control common milkweed. Other plants in the milkweed family are not generally known to be threats to agriculture. In fact, the four-leaved milkweed is a "species at risk" under the Endangered Species Act, 2007.
Recent evidence has shown that the eastern North American monarch butterfly population is in serious decline. Milkweed species, especially the plant known as common milkweed, are an important food source for the larvae of the monarch butterfly. The leaves of the plant also serve as a place to lay eggs.
Gardeners and concerned citizens are encouraged to be responsible when using native milkweed plants to provide a habitat for monarch butterflies. Some varieties of milkweed-such as swamp milkweed-are less likely to spread and interfere with agriculture and are preferred over common milkweed. Planting common milkweed next to a farmer's fields is not recommended.
The Environmental Advisory Committee has developed a plan to help the soon to be endangered butterfly
As we all are waiting for the snow to finally melt, the Monarch Butterflies are leaving their overwintering grounds in Mexico making their way back to our area. Recent findings had made us aware that our rural roadsides have been providing a much needed habitat for the Monarch Butterfly. Our city’s Environmental Advisory Committee has developed a plan this year to help the soon to be endangered butterfly.
The plan that the committee has devised is to delay the second roadside cut until October 1st to protect the Monarch Butterfly as well as providing a much needed food source for all the pollinators. A trial area has been selected for detailed observation for the next three years. The trial area will include Weaver and Pinecrest Road south of Killaly Street and Cedar Bay Road. Residents residing in the selected area will be contacted by an EAC member within the next month.
The Environmental Advisory Committee’s goal is to contact each resident and inform them of the proposal of the plan as well obtain any concerns or comments the residents may have.
For more information please read the attached proposed plan to delay roadside cuttings in selected trial areas.
Plant a Pollinator Garden
Port Colborne is for the pollinators
As many people have observed from recent local newspaper articles, Port Colborne is a significant stop for Monarch butterflies, who reproduce here along their migratory route to Mexico each year. These insects along with other pollinators such as bees are rapidly decreasing in number and are very important in that they pollinate the food we eat and their function cannot be reproduced by mechanical means. The City of Port Colborne Environmental Advisory Committee would like to encourage people to plant pollinator gardens, with plants that will encourage and facilitate these pollinating insects.
The following list of plants for pollinators will be helpful in getting started with your garden.