The Scene in St. George’s – Week of October 12th @corpstgeorge

As noted previously, the Corporation of St. George’s doesn’t have as much information available on its site (or I’m navigating it poorly) compared to the City of Hamilton. Going forward I will look to engage them in advance to see if they wish to provide some more detailed information for these posts.

From what I can tell, there are two meetings scheduled for this week:

  1. The Infrastructure & Property Committee at 3:30pm, Monday, October 12th.
  2. The Finance Committee at 3:30pm, Friday, October 16th.

I am not able to find an agenda for these meetings so I cannot provide any detailed information concerning them.

Also, St. George’s Future Leaders seems to be a standing meeting every Tuesday at 6pm.

There does not seem to be any events scheduled for this coming week. If that changes, I’ll post an update throughout the week.

Saint George’s Town Hall located at the eastern side of King’s Square in St. Georges Bermuda. The building was originally constructed in 1782 during the British colonial days.

Around Town – Week of October 12th @citylifebda

Here’s what’s happening this week in the City of Hamilton!

This week there are two council meetings scheduled:

  1. The Infrastructure Committee will meet at 10am on Wednesday, October 14th.
  2. The Finance Committee will meet at 10am on Thursday, October 15th.

The agenda for the Infrastructure Committee meeting seems rather full, with the main points of interest to me being:

  1. There is a proposal to rename Princess Street to Earl Cameron Street in honour of the late Earl Cameron.
  2. There is a discussion around rent relief and waiving cost of living increase for Island Tour Center and the Chamber of Commerce.
  3. A discussion about removing double yellow lines from a section of Princess Street and converting them into parking bays.
  4. There is a proposal to rent out 17 Point Pleasant Road (the former marine police building at Barr’s Bay Park); the draft lease has been sent to the potential client, which is listed as Misaki. It is not clear if this is the sushi restaurant on Burnaby.
  5. There is some upcoming roadwork which may impact traffic. Notably, a bump-out at the junction of Union and Dundonald, and also at Seon Place carpark.
  6. Community consultation will be held on the change of use for six parking bays both at Laffan Street and at Washington Street.
  7. An RFP will be prepared, pending planning permission, for restrooms on Victoria Street (I presume this is the ones by the bus terminal).
  8. PR is to be developed concerning upcoming rock cut on Ewing Street.
  9. PR is to be developed concerning upcoming ‘Green Initiative’ project to survey and repair the sewage lines at the Front Street Pump Station.
  10. A survey is to be conducted of bike parking bays outside places of worship to consider making them multi-use on days of worship.
  11. There is a consideration to convert some carparks to all-day carparks (Cavendish, King and Par-la-ville are considerations).
  12. There will be a discussion on allowing individuals to wash cars in city carparks.

In contrast, the agenda of the Finance Committee seems rather brief. There is only really one agenda item, which is a review of the monthly financial report for August 2020.

There do not seem to be any events scheduled for this week.

City Hall

The Scene in St. George’s – Week of October 5th

Over the weekend St. George’s held its Seafood Festival which proved pretty popular! Your’s truly took the opportunity to enjoy the scene at Tobacco Bay and some swordfish at Wahoo’s…

To be honest, the Corporation of St. George’s doesn’t have as much information on their website as the City of Hamilton (I can’t find agendas or minutes of meetings, for example). Hopefully this will improve over time.

Like the City of Hamilton, Corporation meetings are open to the public. However, on account of covid-19 they seem to have gone virtual for now, and it’s not clear how to join those. As it is, there doesn’t seem to be any meetings scheduled this week, with the exception of possibly of a St. George Future Leaders meeting on Tuesday, October 6th at 6pm. I am unable to find an agenda for that.

There are no upcoming events shown on the site at the moment.

The main thing right now is that they are doing a survey for their Town Strategic Plan – and the deadline for participating in this is Wednesday, October 7th.

Now, the survey is primarily for residents or business owners in St. George’s. However, it does give you the option to select ‘other’. As someone who likes the town, and was curious, I took the survey.

In all, it seems okay. I have some criticism about aspects of the design – aspects of the Likert design are a bit whack (some go ‘Strongly Disagree’ ‘Agree’ ‘Neutral’ ‘Disagree’ ‘Strongly Disagree’ for example, which makes it a bit confusing to know if clicking the ‘Agree’ is actually recorded as ‘Agree’).

Nonetheless, the survey needs done by October 7th, so I encourage people to participate in it. I’ll write more in the future of the Strategic Plan.

What do you think?

Saint George’s Town Hall located at the eastern side of King’s Square in St. Georges Bermuda. The building was originally constructed in 1782 during the British colonial days.

Around Town – Week of October 5th

Here’s what’s happening this week at the City of Hamilton!

This week there are two meetings scheduled. Just like parliament, these meetings are open to the public and are held in the Mayor’s Parlour in City Hall. Having said that, they can move to a closed door session.

So, what are these two meetings this week?

  1. The Corporation Board will meet this Wednesday (October 7th) at 12:30pm.
  2. The Residents Advisory Committee will meet this Thursday (October 8th) at 12:30pm.

Some key points for the agenda of these meetings are:

Corporation Board

  • A take note on the possible permanent change of use of Perot Post Office away from a post office (currently a covid-19 testing site).
  • The refurbishment of the Court Street sidewalk has been approved. The cost will be $67,778 – the contract has been awarded to Gorham’s Management Design Services. Unfortunately the RFP archive doesn’t seem to work, so not able to review that RFP.
  • There will be a discussion about reducing the cost of car-parking rates for monthly and yearly permits at Cavendish, King Street and Par-la-ville carparks.

Residents Advisory Committee

  • There is a discussion on whether 3 car-parking bays at TCD can be allocated to area residents. For background, there were originally 3 such resident parking bays, however these were lost when TCD changed its layout.

Upcoming Events in the City

There is one upcoming event this week, the Taste of Bermuda Drive-In Experience! October 9th to the 11th at Par-la-ville carpark.

Basically, the carpark will be converted into a drive-in eating experience, complete with drive-by cooking demonstrations, a drive-through photo-booth, food themed movies and free food and drink samples!

Of course, you’ll need a vehicle, and while it is free entry, you need to have a receipt from a City of Hamilton eatery worth more than $25.

Each night will feature a different theme:

Friday, October 9th – Vegetarian Night!

  • 5:30 pm – Event Space Opens
  • 6:30 pm – Culinary Stage Demonstration  
  • 7:30 pm – Film Starts: Ratatouille
  • 9:30 pm – Culinary Stage Demonstration
  • 10:30 pm – Film Starts: The 100-Foot Journey

Saturday, October 10th – Bermudian inspired!

  • 5:30 pm – Event Space Opens
  • 6:30 pm – Culinary Stage Demonstration  
  • 7:30 pm – Film Starts: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • 9:30 pm – Cocktail Demonstration on Culinary Stage
  • 10:30 pm – Film Starts: Chef

Sunday, October 11th – Sweet & Savory Treats!

  • 4:00pm – Event Space Opens
  • 5:00pm – Film Starts: Charlie & The Chocolate Factory