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Grimsby
—  Township  —
View of Grimsby from the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area.

Coat of arms
Location of Grimsby within the Regional Municipality of Niagara.
Grimsby is located in Ontario
Grimsby
Location in Ontario
Coordinates: 43°12′N 79°33′W / 43.2°N 79.55°W / 43.2; -79.55
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Regional Municipality Niagara
Established
Government
 - Type Town
 - Mayor Bob Bentley
 - Governing Body Town of Grimsby Council
 - MP Dean Allison (CPC)
 - MPP Tim Hudak (OPC)
Area
 - Total 68.94 km2 (26.6 sq mi)
Population (2006)[1]
 - Total 23,937
 Density 347.2/km2 (899.2/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code span L3M
Area code(s) 905
Website Town of Grimsby

Grimsby is a town on Lake Ontario in the Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada. Grimsby is a part of the Hamilton Census Metropolitan Area. The majority of residents reside in the area bounded by Lake Ontario and the Niagara escarpment. The escarpment (colloquially known as 'the mountain') is home to a section of the Bruce Trail.

Grimsby has experienced significant growth over the past decade as the midpoint between Hamilton and St. Catharines. Growth is limited by the natural boundaries of Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment and has almost come to a stop as a result of the Greenbelt Plan [2] which has permanently frozen Grimsby's Urban Boundary. Some residents feel that development is detrimental to the town as orchards close to the town centre are used for residential development; however, most of the orchards in Grimsby were replaced by houses between the 1950s and 1980s and very few orchards remain.

Some notable attractions in Grimsby are the local Skatepark, the Grimsby Museum, the Grimsby Public Library, the Grimsby Public Art Gallery and the Hockey Arena (Peach King Centre), home of the Grimsby Peach Kings.

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History

The town of Grimsby was founded in 1790 (originally named Township Number 6 and then 'The Forty'), after a group of United Empire Loyalists settled at the mouth of 40 Mile Creek in 1787. Robert Nelles, a politician and later lieutenant-colonel in the War of 1812, was one of the main founders of the town. His home, located on Main Street West, was used for many planning sessions during the war. In 1816 the village became known as Grimsby, the name of the surrounding township. Canada's first Chautauqua was established in 1859 in Grimsby Park and Beach but by 1900 interest had declined and by 1909 it had ceased. The Village of Grimsby was officially incorporated in 1876 and became a town in 1922. The town has gone through numerous changes, being first a small rural village; then a centre for the manufacture of farm machinery, hospital furniture, furnaces and other metal products; and later the hub of the Niagara Peninsula's fruit-growing industry. For many years, Grimsby also had a successful fishing industry which lasted until the 1960s. The Town of Grimsby and the Township of North Grimsby were amalgamated in 1970 with the formation of the Regional Municipality of Niagara. With a number of wineries and distilleries, Grimsby now serves as the starting point for touring the Niagara wine region.

Grimsby is also the birthplace of a now forgotten Hollywood director, Del Lord. He rose to acclaim as the director of most of the Three Stooges short vaudeville comedies. Later, under Columbia Pictures, he also directed nearly 200 feature films.

Grimsby Beach was once a major holiday resort. Grimsby Park started in 1846 as a park for the Hamilton district of the Methodist Church. In 1910, the park's new owner, Harry Wylie, modernized the park with carousels, a motion picture theater, and a "Figure 8" roller coaster. Canada Steamship Lines bought out the park in 1916, but the park declined through the 1920s, mainly due to multiple fires that consumed many of the wooden buildings. Operations continued until 1949, with attractions gradually closing and developers buying land to build houses.

Mayor & Council

Town Council Information

The Council is composed of a Mayor and eight Aldermen who serve for a term of four years. The Mayor is elected at large and the Aldermen are elected by Ward. The Town is divided into four wards with two Aldermen elected in each ward. It is the role of Council to represent the public and to consider the well-being and interests of the municipality; to develop and evaluate policies and programs; to determine which services the municipality provides; to ensure that administrative practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of Council; and to maintain the financial integrity of the municipality. The Council generally meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. All meetings are open to the public and are also televised live on the local Cable T.V. channel.

Aldermen

The Council is composed of a Mayor and eight Aldermen who serve for a term of four years. It is the role of Council to ensure that administrative policies, practices and procedures and controllership policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of Council; and to ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the municipality, including the activities of the senior management of the municipality.

The Mayor (currently Bob Bentley) is elected at large and the Aldermen are elected by Ward.

The Town is divided into 4 wards with 2 Aldermen elected in each ward. Follow this link to a map of ward boundaries: [3]

Town Council Members Ward 1

  • Alderman Steve Berry
  • Alderman Dave Wilson

Town Council Members Ward 2

  • Alderman Wayne Fertich
  • Alderman Dave Kadwell

Town Council Members Ward 3

  • Alderman Nick Andreychuk
  • Alderman Joanne Johnston

Town Council Members Ward 4

  • Alderman Nick DiFlavio
  • Alderman John Cruickshank

Council Meetings

All meetings of Council are open to the public. They are held at the municipal offices, 160 Livingston Avenue, on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. However, in summer months and due to Holiday Mondays this schedule will change. To view the meeting calendar, which lists all Committee meetings as well, please click here for meeting schedule Any correspondence directed to Council must be in writing, signed by at least one person.

Persons wishing to appear as a delegation at a Council meeting must put their request in writing, providing details, to the Clerk prior to noon on the Friday before the meeting date.

Standing Committees

Council has appointed 4 Standing Committees as follows: Administration and Finance Committee (4 Aldermen and Mayor) Main functions are current and capital budget preparation and administration; personnel policies and compensation plans; financial matters; general administrative matters; public relations; fire matters; cemetery administration; school crossing guards; canine control. The Administration, Treasury and Fire Departments report to Council through this Committee, as well as the Library, Art Gallery and Museum for budget purposes. Planning and Development Committee (4 Aldermen, 3 citizen appointees and Mayor) Main functions are land use planning, economic development and promotion and building inspection. The Planning and Building Departments report to Council through this Committee. Public Works Committee (4 Aldermen and Mayor) Main functions are storm drainage, sidewalks, roads, street lighting, water distribution, sanitary sewers, solid waste management, cemetery maintenance, parking and traffic control. The Public Works Department reports to Council through this Committee. Recreation Services Committee (4 Aldermen, 3 citizen appointees and Mayor) Main functions are parks, community and recreation services and programming. The Recreation, Facilities & Culture Department reports to Council through this Committee, as well as the Art Gallery, Library & Museum.

Town Of Grimsby Councils (1968 - 2008)

1968

Mayor
  • H. Merritt
Reeve
  • J. Morrison
Deputy Reeve
  • D. Denick
Councillors
  • S. Girling
  • R. Jones
  • K. Schier
  • G. Willson

1969

Mayor
  • H. Merritt
Reeve
  • G. Willson
Deputy Reeve
  • D. Denick
Councillors
  • J. Aikens
  • H. Clausen
  • F. Godak
  • R. Jones

1970 - 1972

Mayor
  • G. Willson
Aldermen
  • R. Arkell
  • H. Clausen
  • D. Denick
  • F. Godak
  • R. Jones
  • P. Preston
  • B. Wood - Resigned July, 1971
  • H. Merritt - Appointed July, 1971
  • J. Aikens - Resigned September, 1971
  • J. Morrison - Appointed September, 1971

1973 - 1974

Mayor
  • H. Costello
Aldermen
  • N. Andreychuk
  • R. Arkell
  • R. Book
  • D. Denick
  • F. Godak
  • M. Marlow
  • H. Merritt
  • P. Preston

1975 - 1976

Mayor
  • H. Costello
Aldermen
  • J. Aikens
  • N. Andreychuk
  • R. Book
  • F. Godak
  • M. Marlow
  • W. Muise
  • C. Nixon
  • H. Merritt - Resigned September, 1975
  • H. Clausen - Appointed October, 1975

1977 - 1978

Mayor
  • R. Arkell
Aldermen
  • R. Book
  • H. Clausen
  • D. Denick
  • M. Marlow
  • W. Muise
  • C. Nixon
  • H. Steeves
  • W. Thompson

1979 - 1980

Mayor
  • R. Arkell
Aldermen
  • N. Andreychuk
  • D. Denick
  • D. Gibbons
  • J. Griffith
  • A. Hoogerbrugge
  • W. Muise
  • D. Zimmerman
  • J. Hendricks - Resigned August 1, 1979
  • G. Dennis - Appointed August 20, 1979

1981 - 1982

Mayor
  • R. Arkell
Aldermen
  • N. Andreychuk
  • D. Denick
  • G. Dennis
  • D. Gibbons
  • J. Griffith
  • A. Hoogerbrugge
  • W. Muise
  • D. Zimmerman

1983 - 1985

Mayor
  • R. Hall
Aldermen
  • N. Andreychuk
  • G. Dennis
  • D. Hails
  • A. Hoogerbrugge
  • T. Joosse
  • W. Muise
  • D. Zimmerman
  • D. Denick - Deceased January 16, 1985
  • J. Griffith - Appointed February 4, 1985

1985 - 1988

Mayor
  • R. Hall
Aldermen
  • N. Andreychuk
  • D. Denick Jr. - Resigned April 19, 1988
  • G. Dennis
  • D. Hails
  • A. Hoogerbrugge
  • T. Joosse
  • R. Preece - Appointed May 18, 1988
  • W. Muise - Deceased October 21, 1988
  • D. Zimmerman

1988 - 1991

Mayor
  • R. Book - Resigned September 30, 1990
  • N. Andreychuk - Appointed Mayor October 1, 1990
Aldermen
  • N. Andreychuk - Appointed Mayor October 1, 1990
  • P. Cronin
  • D. Hails
  • J. Heywood
  • G. Molinaro - Resigned October 28, 1991
  • J. Morrison
  • T. Palmer
  • R. Preece - Appointed October 2, 1990
  • S. Vandermolen - Appointed December 5, 1989
  • D. Zimmerman - Resigned October 30, 1989

Dec. 5/88 - Ron Book presented Ross Hall with an inscribed gavel in appreciation for his years of service as mayor.

1991 - 1994

Mayor
  • N. Andreychuk
Aldermen
  • J. Heywood
  • D. Howe
  • T. Joosse
  • S. Lee
  • J. Morrison
  • T. Palmer - Resigned July 29, 1994
  • M. Poos
  • R. Preece - Appointed August 3, 1994
  • W. Watt

1994 - 1997

Mayor
  • N. Andreychuk
Aldermen
  • R. Bentley
  • J. Heywood
  • D. Howe
  • T. Joosse
  • S. Lee
  • M. Poos
  • G. Roddy
  • W. Watt

1997 - 2000

Mayor
  • N. Andreychuk
Aldermen
  • R. Bentley - Appointed Reg. Counc. December 11, 1997
  • W. Fertich - Won By-Election, Took Office February 2, 1998
  • J. Heywood
  • D. Howe
  • J. Jordan
  • J. Mullins
  • M. Poos
  • G. Roddy
  • W. Watt

2000 - 2003

Mayor
  • N. Andreychuk
Aldermen
  • R. Bentley - Appointed Reg. Counc. December 4, 2000
  • S. Berry
  • W. Fertich
  • D. Finch
  • C. Kovacs - Won By-Election, Took Office February 5, 2001
  • J. Jordan
  • J. Mullins
  • W. Watt
  • D. Wilson

2003 - 2006

Mayor
  • R. Bentley
Aldermen
  • N. Andreychuk
  • S. Berry
  • N. DiFlavio
  • W. Fertich
  • D. Finch
  • J. Jordan
  • T. Quirk
  • D. Wilson

2006 - 2010

Mayor

R. Bentley

Aldermen
  • N. Andreychuk
  • S. Berry
  • J. Cruickshank
  • N. DiFlavio
  • W. Fertich
  • J. Johnston
  • D. Kadwell
  • D. Wilson

Schools

Secondary Schools

  • Grimsby Secondary School (operated by DSBN)
  • Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School (operated by NCDSB)

Primary Schools

Churches

Demographics

Statcan[4]

Age Characteristics of the Population Total Male Female
Total - All persons 24,240 14,135 10,105
Age 0-4 1,145 595 550
Age 5-14 3,165 1,580 1,580
Age 15-19 1,480 825 655
Age 20-24 1,040 550 485
Age 25-44 5,980 2,895 3,090
Age 45-54 3,245 1,615 1,630
Age 55-64 2,215 1,090 1,125
Age 65-74 1,610 785 825
Age 75-84 1,055 430 620
Age 85 and over 490 370 120

Religion

  • 30% Roman Catholic
  • 15% Anglican
  • 14% United Church
  • 14% No religion
  • 27% Other[5]

Notable people

Climate

Grimsby's climate varies throughout the year; 12 °C – 15 °C in the spring, 21 °C – 33 °C in the summer, and 10 °C – 17 °C in the fall. Winters can be quite harsh in Grimsby as well. Temperatures in the winter months are around 4 °C to −16 °C, with about 190 cm of snow per year.

References

External links

Coordinates: 43°12′N 79°33′W / 43.2°N 79.55°W / 43.2; -79.55


Simple English

Grimsby (population 26 000[1]) is a town on Lake Ontario in the Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada. Grimsby is a part of the Hamilton Census Metropolitan Area. Most of its population lives in the area surrounded Lake Ontario and the Niagara escarpment. The escarpment is home to a section of the Bruce Trail. There are many famous people from Grimsby, including NHL player Kevin Bieksa, and The Three Stooges director Del Lord. Grimsby is known as "the gateway between Hamilton and Niagara". In the early 1900's, Grimsby was known as an amusement park, with a roller coaster, a movie theater, and cabins on the lake. One of Grimsby's elementary schools, Grand Avenue Public School, used to be the fairgrounds for the amusement park.

References

  1. Canada 2010 Census

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