Hello Ward 5!

Councillor Debbie Schaefer
Hello Ward 5 residents & businesses and the rest of King Township,

I am thrilled to continue as Councillor for Ward 5 in this ever so beautiful King Township!  I appreciate so much the trust that voters have expressed by voting for me.  I will work hard and creatively to serve the community for this next term of Council.

As I campaigned I not only had the opportunity to tell people about myself and what I wanted to accomplish, I also heard from residents about the issues and how they see them.  Top issue expressed is traffic (speed and volume) and parking.  A close second one is development, both subdivision development and development within the traditional/older subdivisions.  In King City, inadequate amenities were often flagged; this particularly frustrates some since new subdivisions have been built.   I heard from our rural businesses and homeowners that they need a significant improvement in broadband capability.  I also heard about substandard roads and sidewalks.

I heard clear confirmation that people expect and want our natural heritage to be protected.  I also heard relief that I stand for not changing the boundaries of King City and not increasing the population cap of 12,500 for King City.

Hearing all this only increased my desire to serve on Council for this term.  The Council of 2010-14 initiated and approved many strategies which address these issues.  We have some big challenges; but we have identified where we want to get to and how we are going to do so.

Debbie Schaefer

Official Plan Review

The next public meeting for our Official Plan Review has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 10th 6PM at Trisan Centre in Schomberg.  As I have posted earlier, this review is extremely important in terms of how the Township is going to evolve.  The new OP will incorporate boundaries for our villages, population targets, where development will occur and what kind of development will occur.  All of these factors are in in the current OP; what is being reviewed is whether there should be changes.  If you have interest in these topics, this is the time to get involved if you are not already.  To receive  email updates contact this address:  officialplanreview@king.ca.



Snow Clearance Standards

There is a very timely report at February 23 Council:  winter maintenance standards for sidewalks and municipal parking areas.  The standards identifies how resources (personnel and equipment) are to be deployed in order to deliver the service of timely clearance of snow from sidewalks and municipal parking lots.  The guidelines include priorities and timelines; by clicking here you can see the maps which accompany the report.

The guidelines demonstrate that priorities are set with very thoughtful consideration; and that the resources are being deployed very judiciously.

Winter Notes: a musical evening in King

Arts Society King Presents WINTER NOTES on February 28-1

Re-naming and Re-positioning the Museum

As summarized in a report at February 9 Council  a new chapter is beginning at the Museum.  With approval of the recommendations the museum and its entire site will now be called the King Heritage and Cultural Centre where King’s unique and vibrant heritage and culture will be celebrated.  This new positioning is very much in line with the Museum’s strategic plan; and it has the support of the major stakeholders, namely Community Museum Board, Arts Society King (ASK) and King Township Historical Society (KTHS).

In addition, the report reviews physical improvements to the Museum being initiated as a result of the partnership with Genview.  The initial benefit for  permitting Genview to have their Sales Office at the Museum for 2+ years was  critical maintenance items such as a new roof and an expansion for floor space by building a new room.  Now, a number of significant improvements will be realized over the next couple months including new signage, lighting in parking lot & facility, window upgrades, installation of a kitchen, upgrades to washrooms to meet accessibility requirements, installation of storage in the new exhibition space.

Given that we have just completed our 2015 Budget, the reality of our limited financial resources  is very fresh in my mind.  This reinforces for me the validity of the previous Council’s decision to have entered into the partnership with Genview as we could not have achieved the magnitude of  change that we are making now.

Kingscross Traffic Calming: change in process

Impact of traffic speed on pedestrian safety is a hot topic in Kingscross Estates. Staff is on track to present a recommendation to Council in late winter (i.e. April 2015) on traffic calming.  There is however, a change in steps leading up to that recommendation; there will not be a confidential survey conducted by Staff to get a reading on the community’s level of support or lack thereof for speed humps.  The survey step has been abandoned as it would not contribute to the decision making; as the last round of data collection (volume of traffic and speed) showed that the warrants for speed humps were not met, a confidential survey was not going to drive a decision about speed humps.  The forthcoming report will include results of traffic monitoring conducted since the last report.

As I know that people have very strong feelings on both sides of the issue I feel particularly bad about having to indicate that there is a change in the process.  But, when I was reviewing with Staff the plan and realized that the survey was not going to be productive I agreed that we needed to drop it.


Walk For Wellness is finishing up

Sunday morning, the big walk for the 2015  Walk For Wellness fundraiser, occurred. Given the icy slush and wind it was truly wonderful to do our walk in the Upper Canada Mall!  I learned something new this morning about this fund raising event ; these funds are the means for offering subsidies  to those who need services from CHATS but are unable to pay the fees.  To date, CHATS has only achieved 53% of  its $35,o000 goal ; if you would like to contribute to this campaign you can still sponsor my walk until the end of the month.

I appreciate very much the support given to CHATS (Community & Housing Assistance to Seniors) by sponsoring my walk.   And..it was really nice to see some other King residents at the event.


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