Town of Newmarket


Main Street District Business Improvement Area Board of Management

Meeting #:
Community Centre - Hall #1
200 Doug Duncan Drive
Newmarket, ON L3Y 3Y9
BIA Board of Management Members Present:
  • Councillor Kwapis
  • Councillor Twinney
  • Rob Clark
  • Allan Cockburn
  • Tom Hempen
  • Debbie Hill
  • Jennifer McLachlan
  • Omar Saer
  • Ken Sparks
Members Absent:
  • Mark Iacovetta
Staff Present:
  • E. Bryan, Business Development Specialist
  • A. Walkom, Legislative Coordinator
BIA Members Present:
  • Dave Brown
    Leona Brown
    Ted Heald
    Olga Paiva
    Carmina Pereira
    Jackie Playter
    Baiba Toga
    Ashley Torgis
    Siegfried Wall
    Glenn Wilson
    Penny Zielinski
    Tom Zielinski



Tom Hempen, Chair provided an introduction to the meeting and the new Board of Management.

Tom Hempen, Chair advised that the Board of Management would be engaging in a process to develop Strategic Priorities for the BIA.

Tom Hempen provided an overview of the 2019 budget. He advised that the total budget was $30,000 and that $22,000 was held in the reserve. He advised that the budget would be composed of the following categories:

  • Promotion
  • Advertising
  • Events
  • Strategic Planning
  • Moved by:Rob Clark
    Seconded by:Jennifer McLachlan
    1. That the 2019 Business Improvement Area budget be approved.


BIA members asked for clarification on the budget process. Tom Hempen clarified that the BIA Board was setting general budget areas rather than a specific budget request. He explained that the BIA Board was not seeking substantive changes from the previous budgets and that future changes would be informed by the Strategic Priorities process.

The BIA Board opened the floor to questions and discussion from the BIA membership. 

(1) Closing Main Street to vehicular traffic - Jackie Playter expressed concern over proposals to close Main Street to vehicle traffic, as not all businesses have rear access.

(2) Question regarding Vision or Mission statement - Tom Hempen advised he was not aware of a vision or mission statement but that this could be established in the future.

(3) Councillor Kwapis recommended more bicycle racks to be installed on Main Street to encourage cycling downtown.

(4) Garbage downtown - Anne Martin stated that garbage remains a problem in the downtown area.

(5) Question regarding Smoking in public areas - Councillor Twinney advised that a new smoking by-law would be coming in the future which would set out rules for smoking in public areas.

(6) Sigfried Wall advised that downtown parking remains an issue.

(7) Al Cockburn advised of security issues related to his business on Main Street.

  • Moved by:Councillor Twinney
    Seconded by:Allan Cockburn
    1. That the meeting be adjourned at 7:54 PM.

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