The pre-hearing conference was held to set a date for any eventual hearing, which would come the week of April 12.
From the first article:
The offer to pick up the pen together to redraw the map of Virgil was "better than nothing," said Town Coun. Gary Zalepa, who attended Tuesday's meeting called by Hoshizaki.I got some interesting e-mails from people in the area regarding Zalepa and his interests in Parliament Oak, so the comments here seem even more interesting as a result. I'll admit I've not had the time to do a detailed review of all the documents posted, but the local weekly was involved again and there are allegations that statements made by council have been glossed over. The folks over at SOS have laid out a nice time line of all the media coverage (including related posts here) and both council and school board items.
A boundary change will offer up about four acres of developable land if approved by the province.
That combined with properties to be vacated by the board later this year, including Virgil School and Laura Secord School in Queenston, would give the town more room to build than the possible 32 lots at the contentious Line 2 site, said Trustee Lynn Campbell, who was also at the table Tuesday.
"It's welcomed," Zalepa said. "I don't know how much influence they will have in doing that, but there's no hurt in exploring that."
Still, the gesture wasn't enough to stave off an Ontario Municipal Board hearing to settle a dispute about zoning for the new school.
The town would prefer it be built at Niagara District Secondary School, which is set to close in June, even though that would infringe on Parliament Oak School's student catchment area.
The town and board should avoid this OMB hearing-- it's in no one's interest and would only delay the anticipated schedule for construction of what by all accounts is a needed facility.