Hermitage Saved?

The Hermitage
The Hermitage

Success!  Last night, Hamilton City Council approved the motion that outline how the Hermitage will be saved.

Money previously allocated by the City for it’s partial demolition will now be used for it’s partial restoration.  The Council will also agreed to provide another $200,000 for the work. The finally $200,000 must come from the community.  Councillor Lloyd Ferguson has indicated that he has been able to raise $100,000 to date.

So, this leaves the community with the challenge of finding another $100,000.  A very tall order if you are planning bake sales.

Another concern is the restoration work.  Is the goal to keep the heritage value of the property or create something that no-longer exists.

The next 3-8 months will be interesting.

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

Hamilton Artist Update 35

This week:

1. The Ebola Outbreak

2. Hamilton’s 1854 Cholera Outbreak

3. Hermitage Update

 

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

The Hermitage

Why Save the Hermitage?

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While it may seem strange to ask you to save a building that is largely missing, it is this lack of completeness that gives the Hermitage its power over the imagination. Visitors are invited to fill in the gaps and insert themselves into this special place. Being located in the middle of a wooden valley only enhances this experience.

Largely unmarked and un-promoted, this site becomes a place of discovery. Whether you are a hiker who makes an accidental turn on the trail or a ghost hunter who is seeking new mysteries to the unknown, the Hermitage offers experiences that people warmly remember.

A quick search on Google or Youtube will show visitors from all over the world who have marvelled at the Hermitage.

The value of history is not rooted in the past, but in the present and future. As Hamilton continues to find success in the 21 century, let’s offer the world rich place to visit and live.

Hamilton City Council Agenda for Wed, Sept 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Call to Order

 

1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA (Added Items, if applicable, will be noted with **)

 

2. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

3. CEREMONIAL ACTIVITIES

 

3.1 Kids for Kaga Student Exchange Program – Recognition and Presentation

 

3.2 Presentation of the Governor General’s Certificates of Commendation to Mandie Purdie and Vanessa Meulendyka

 

3.3 United Way Presentation

 

4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING

 

4.1 September 10, 2014

 

5. COMMUNICATIONS

 

5.1 Correspondence from Robert Gagnon, Project Execution Manager, Enbridge Pipelines, respecting Line 11 Westover Segment Replacement Project UpdateRecommendation:  Be received.

 

5.2 Correspondence from Sandra Leja respecting Application Draft Plan Subdivision at 6075 Twenty Road East  Recommendation:  Be received and referred to the Planner responsible for this file

 

5.3 Correspondence from PatHudyma, Property Planner, Planning and Accommodation, Facilities Management, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, respecting a Proposal to Sell the property municipally known as 125 Rifle Range Road, Hamilton – Prince Philip School (“Property”)Recommendation:  Be received.

 

6. COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

6.1 Public Works Committee Report 14-010, September 15, 2014

 

6.2 Planning Committee Report 14-014, September 16, 2014 (to be distributed)

 

6.3 General Issues Committee Report 14-019, September 17, 2014

 

6.4 Board of Health Report 14-008, September 18, 2014

 

6.5 Planning Committee Report 14-015, September 19, 2014 (to be distributed)

 

6.6 Audit, Finance and Administration Committee Report 14-008, September 22, 2014 (to be distributed)

 

6.7 Emergency and Community Services Committee Report 14-006, September 22, 2014 (to be distributed)

 

7. MOTIONS

 

7.1 “Buy American” Provisions

 

7.2 Creekside Drive Parkette, Dundas

 

7.3 Nomination for Induction into the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame – Mr. Paul Weiler (a.k.a. Pigskin Pete)

 

7.4 Highway 56 Traffic Study

 

7.5 Stoney Creek Rugby Club

 

8. NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

9. STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS

 

10. PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL

 

11. BY-LAWS AND CONFIRMING BY-LAW

 

Bill No. 246To Amend By-law No. 01-215, To Regulate TrafficSchedule 5 – Stop Control

 

Bill No. 247To Amend By-law No. 01-215, ToRegulateTrafficSchedule 3 – Flashing School Zones – Reduced SpeedLimitSchedule 2 – Speed LimitsSchedule 13 – Designated Traffic Lanes

 

Bill No. 248To Amend By-law No. 01-215, To Regulate TrafficSchedule 5 – Stop Control

 

Bill No. 249To Amend By-law No. 01-215, To Regulate TrafficSchedule 5 – Stop Control

 

Bill No. 250To Amend By-law No. 01-215, To Regulate TrafficSchedule 5 – Stop Control

 

Bill No. 251To Amend By-law No. 01-215, To RegulateTrafficSchedule 4 – Yield Sign LocationsSchedule 5 – Stop Control

 

Bill No. 252Being a By-law to Provide for Institutional Polls for the 2014 Municipal Election

 

Bill No. 253In Respect of Business Improvement Areas

 

Bill No. 254To Rescind By-law No. 14-236 and to Permanently Close a Portion of City Land Designated as Part 1 on Plan 62R-19873, on Hughson Street, City of Hamilton

 

Bill No. 255To Rename a Portion of Chedmac Drive to Southridge Court

 

Bill No. 256To Rename a Portion of Highbury Drive to Picardy Drive

 

Bill No. 257To Rename Thornwood Road to Thornwood Drive

 

Bill No. 258To Rename a Portion of Claudette Gate to Sabrina Boulevard

 

Bill No. 259To Rename a Portion of Highway No. 5 West to Emmons Lane

 

Bill No. 260To Rename Ipswich Road to Ipswich Place

 

Bill No. 261Respecting Removal of Part LotControlBlocks 139 to 147, Registered Plan No.62M-1204, “Paramount”,104, 106, 108, 110, 112, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 146, 148, 150, 152, 154, 157, 159, 161, 163, 165, 167, 169, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 208, 210, 212 & 214 Westbank Trail (Stoney Creek)

 

Bill No. 262Respecting Removal of Part LotControlBlock 102, Registered Plan No.62M-1181, “Summit Park – Phase 7”71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, 83, 85, 87, 89, 91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 101, 103, 105, 107, 109, 111, 113, 115 and 117 Charleswood Crescent (Glanbrook)

 

Bill No. 263Respecting Removal of Part LotControlBlock 103, Registered Plan No.62M-1181, “Summit Park – Phase 7”82, 84, 86, 88, 90, 92, 94, 96, 98, 100, 102, 104, 106, 108, 112, 114, 116 and 118 Charleswood Crescent (Glanbrook)

 

Bill No. 264Respecting Removal of PartLotControlBlock 50, Registered Plan No.62M-1199, “Victory Ridge – Phase 1”90, 92, 94, 96, 98, 100, 104, 106, 108, 110, 112, 114, 116, 118, 122, 124, 126, 128, 132, 134, 136, 138, 142, 144, 146, 148 and 150Crafter Crescent(Stoney Creek)

 

Bill No. 265Respecting Removal of Part LotControlPart of Block 51, Registered Plan No.62M-1199, “Victory Ridge – Phase 1”66, 68, 70, 72, 74, 76, 78 and 80 Crafter Crescent (Stoney Creek)

 

Bill No. 266To Amend Zoning By-law No. 87-57 (Ancaster), Respecting Lands Located at 1125-1143 Wilson Street West, in the former Town of Ancaster, now in the City of Hamilton

 

Bill No. 267To Amend Zoning By-law No. 05-200, Respecting Lands Located at 55 Queenston Road (Hamilton)

 

Bill No. 268To Amend Zoning By-law No. 05-200, Respecting Lands Located at 950 and 956 South Service Road, Hamilton

 

Bill No. 269To Amend Zoning By-law No. 3692-92 (Stoney Creek), Respecting Lands located at 267, 275-283 and 293 Upper Centennial Parkway (Stoney Creek)

 

Bill No. 270To Adopt Official Plan Amendment No. 29 to the Urban Hamilton OfficialPlanRespectingLands Located on the east side of Dundas Street East, known municipally as 122 Dundas Street East, Flamborough

 

Bill No. 271To Amend Zoning By-law No. 90-145-Z (Flamborough), Respecting Lands Located at 215 Dundas Street East (Flamborough)

 

Bill No. 272To Adopt Official Plan Amendment No. 31 to the Urban Hamilton OfficialPlanRespectingUrban Agriculture

 

Bill No. 273To Amend Zoning By-law No. 05-200, Respecting General Text Amendments for Community Gardens and Urban Farms

 

Bill No. 274To Amend Zoning By-law No. 87-57 (Ancaster), Respecting General Text Amendments for Community Gardens and Urban Farms

 

Bill No. 275To Amend Zoning By-law No. 3581-86 (Dundas), Respecting General Text Amendments for Community Gardens and Urban Farms

 

Bill No. 276To Amend Zoning By-law No. 90-145-Z(Flamborough), Respecting General Text Amendments for Community Gardens and Urban Farms

 

Bill No. 277To Amend Zoning By-law No. 464 (Glanbrook), Respecting General Text Amendments for Community Gardens and Urban Farms

 

Bill No. 278To Amend Zoning By-law No. 6593 (Hamilton), Respecting General Text Amendments for Community Gardens and Urban Farms

 

Bill No. 279To Amend Zoning By-law No. 3692-92 (Stoney Creek), Respecting General Text Amendments for Community Gardens and Urban Farms

 

Bill No. 280To Amend Zoning By-law No. 6593 (Hamilton), as amended, Respecting Lands Located at 158-176 Locke Street South in the City of Hamilton

 

Bill No. 281To Amend By-law No. 03-126, Being a By-law for Prohibiting and Regulating the Alteration of Property Grades, the Placing or Dumping of Fill, and the Removal of Topsoil

 

Bill No. 282To Amend By-law No. 01-218, as amended, To RegulateOn-StreetParkingSchedule 5 – ParkingMetersSchedule 6 – Time Limit ParkingSchedule 8 – No Parking Zones

Schedule 9 – Alternate Side Parking

Schedule 10 – Alternate Side Parking

Schedule 12 – Permit Parking Zones

Schedule 13 – No Stopping Zones

Schedule 14 – Wheelchair Loading Zones

Schedule 20 – School Bus Loading Zones

 

12. ADJOURNMENT

 

 

 

#SavetheHermitage Motion Update

Councillor Ferguson’s motion on the Hermitage is contained in the General Issues Committee 14-019 (GIC) Report for Sept 17th.  Within the  GIC Report, it is item 32.  On the City Council Agenda it is Item 6.3.  Council starts at 5 pm, but it is hard to say when the vote on the motion will occur.

Again, I would like to stress the importance of having supporters in the audience.  There is nothing like living and breathing voters in the audience to provide support for Councillor Lloyd Ferguson’s efforts with Council.

Here is the motion from the GIC Report.

32. Hermitage Heritage Ruins, Ancaster (9.2)
WHEREAS The Hermitage is a heritage property designated under the Ontario
Heritage Act and the ruins are in a state of collapse;
AND WHEREAS the Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) has requested a
Heritage permit for removal of portions of the ruins;
AND WHEREAS the HCA would prefer to keep the existing structure but lack
sufficient funds to complete the work;
AND WHEREAS at the Council meeting of August 15, 2014 the Heritage Permit
application was referred to the Ward Councillor to try to find a solution to salvage
the existing structure;
AND WHEREAS the HCA is prepared to use the $200,000 that has been
allocated for the demolition for an alternative solution;
AND WHEREAS there has been significant interest in the community to support
the restoration of the ruins;
AND WHEREAS it has been suggested the cost of the proper restoration of
the Hermitage is in the area of $600,000;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
(a) That the City accept the Hamilton Conservation Authority’s suggestion that
their $200,000 to demolish the Hermitage Heritage Ruins to 1.5 meters
above grade be reallocated to restoring the existing structure;
(b) That the City allocate $200,000 from Council’s Strategic Capital Reserve
Account 108022 towards restoring the structure;
(c) That the balance of funds required to complete the project come from the
community;
(d) That the $200,000 from the City be contingent on receiving Heritage
Permit approval for the restoration of the ruins, including the specifications
of the repair method and adequate funds are raised from the community,
beyond the City and HCA commitments to finish the project

#SavetheHermitage Update

A quick update on the latest developments for the Hermitage Ruins, located in Ancaster, Ontario.

Please don’t forget to email 159 words of support to Hamilton City Council prior to Wed’s vote on saving the Hermitage.

http://www.hamilton.ca/YourElectedOfficials/WardCouncillors/

Chris Erskine
chriserskineartist@gmail.com
@erskinec

#SavetheHermitage – Call to Action

Call to Action – Email 159 words of support to Hamilton City Council by 5 pm, Sept 24, 2014 to save the Hermitage Ruins that are located in Ancaster, Ontario. One word for every year that the Hermitage has existed. Council needs to know that the community will support their decision to save the Hermitage.

Here is the link to the Councillors emails

http://www.hamilton.ca/YourElectedOfficials/WardCouncillors/

Thank you in advance for your support

Chris Erskine
chriserskineartist@gmail.com
@erskinec

Hamilton Artist Update 34

This week:

1. Documentary work (2.34)

2. Hermitage Update (4.19)

3. Centenary’s Fate (5.23)

 

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

Hermitage Update – Sept 11, 2014

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

Hamilton Artist Update 33 – Burlington Heights

This week:

1. Challenges

2. Finger Painting

3. Hermitage Film-Work

4. Hamilton Cholera Doc

Hamilton Artist Update is a weekly review of art and art related activities of Chris Erskine. The Update is posted every Wednesday morning between 8-9 am.

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskine