June 2016

Downtown Milton Business Improvement Area



Board of Director’s Meeting


Wednesday, June 8th, 2016




  1. Call to Order
  2. Review of previous minutes
  3. Declaration of Pecuniary or Conflict of Interest
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Council Report
  6. Executive Director’s Report
  7. New Business – Vacant board seat
  8. Next Meeting Date:     Wednesday, July 13th at 6:30pm
  9. Adjournment





Previous Meeting’s Minutes

Downtown Milton BIA Meeting Minutes

Location: Downtown Milton BIA Office

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016


Attendees: John Da Silva, Colin Best, David O’Connell, Valerie Nicholson, Miriam Dorland-Haight, Sara Bergsma, Laurie Chambers

Regrets: Eric Chabot, Mike Boughton, Margaret Lara


Action Items Summary:

  • Laurie: To send out a OBIAA call to find out if other BIAs have financed fully, or part of, infrastructure improvements – such as the bridge behind Carriage Square
  • Laurie: To contact Halton Region for Employment and Residential data
  • Laurie: To contact Town for current and historical BIA taxation data


Call to Order: 6:44PM


Review of Previous Minutes:

MOTION to accept: Colin, Seconded by: Sara


Declaration of Pecuniary or Conflict of Interest:


Treasurer’s Report: John da Silva

  • Budget is looking normal for this time of year
  • Nothing requiring boards attention at this time

MOTION to accept Treasurer’s Report: Colin, Seconded by: Miriam


Council Report:

  • 13 Charles has officially been approved for commercial use – which is really helpful with the current zoning restrictions
  • Victoria Park is now completely under construction – all Summer events have been cancelled
  • Condo: Meeting has again been postponed; new date of June 27th


  • Public works: Louis St. Laurent road closures
  • Allendale Police relocation: a review of property usage.  Will serve Halton Hills and Milton
  • Carriage Square Bridge: Conservation Authority has agreed not to do anything with the bridge until Councillor Best lets them know what we are able to come up with to save it
    • On Average, 29 people an hour use the bridge as a link from the apartment buildings to Carriage Square – namely, Shoppers Drug Mart
    • Currently it is the Conservation Authorities recommendation to remove it completely – however our senior community members rely on this bridge to gain an easier access to the pharmacy without the use of a car
    • The BIA and the Town would have to take the bridge over completely
    • Crosswalks will be installed along Main Street by end of June

MOTION to accept Councillors’s Report: Sara, Seconded by: John






Executive Director Report:

Event Updates

Downtown Milton Street Festival

  • One month to go!
  • It is busy.  So. Very. Busy.
  • 160 Vendors have been confirmed – many new, many returning favorites.  The street has been mapped out, and the in person vendor meetings have been completed.
  • 57 unique performances have been booked; Entertainer cheque requests will be delivered to the Town this week (15K)
  • All other cheque requests will be delivered the week after (porta-poties, police, etc.)

Car Show

We have another sponsor!!!

  • Thank-you Val, Laura and Sam at McCuaig!!!!  They have come in as a Bronze Sponsor for $750!  And are looking at starting a pretty neat tradition: The McCuaig Best In Class Prizes! 
  • Online registration is up, we have 20 cars already
  • Extended Patios are complete



A sneak peek of our beautiful flowers!!  They will be going in by the end of the month!


Membership Engagement

  • Kathleen Wynne visits The Downtown Milton BIA!
    • Held at the new Sixteen Mile Gallery on Main Street
    • 11 BIA members, 4 outside BIA members attended, Mayor Krantz, MPP Indira, and Bill Mann all attended
    • Great response from our online, and downtown community
    • A wonderfully public event for our BIA Members in acknowledgement of how well Downtown Milton is doing.  We are being noticed!
    • Big thanks go out to Indira’s office for thinking of us, and assisting in planning


Downtown Study

  • Had an initial phone conversation with Erik the Watson & Associates consultant who is lead on the market piece of the study.  He and I spoke to these themes:   
    • Downtown Milton’s strengths, weakness, challenges, opportunities       
    • Trends in the business sector      
    • Economic health    
    • Prospects for the future
    • Town’s zoning by-law – how well does it align with the needs of your members?
    • I invited Erik for a walking tour (which we took May 3rd) for a better idea as to Downtown Milton’s strength and weaknesses
    • The report will be available to council by end of June



  • 2015 audit process has been completed


Vacancy Rate May 2016:


OBIAA Vacancy Average is 9.7%


New Businesses this Month:

310 Main Street (formally Hot Yoga) is preparing the vacant space to be used by current tenants who have asked for more space.

As Seen on TV/Grocery (Lisa Raitt’s old campaign office)

13 Charles (Colin to report on this interesting development!)


MOTION to accept Executive Director Report: Colin, Seconded by: Miriam


New Business

Marketing Committee Update


MOTION to adjourn the meeting (815PM): Valerie, Seconded by: Miriam


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