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

Explore King: guided walking series

King Summer Walks Poster 2015

Valley King Subdivision Progress: park update

As anyone knows who lives in the subdivision being built south of King Rd/west of Keele there is going to be a neighbourhood park.  (For those who don’t live there, I say that that it is “known” as there is a large block of land with a sign indicating that it will be a park; but currently it is a pile of dirt.)  Council approved the budget in early July; goal is to have it almost completed before winter so that it is ready for 2016 play.  Typical features in a park this size include a playground structure, a shade structure, a passive play area and landscaping (sod, gardens, trees); in addition there is a sports feature such as a basketball court or a small soccer field. 

Master Plans For All “Things” of Water in our Villages

July 15, 16, and 21 (Wed., Thurs., Tuesday) there are public consultations occurring regarding the water, wastewater and stormwater services in the 3 villages (King City, Nobleton Schomberg.)  The consultations are being done with the objective of having strategies to support projected growth scenarios for each of the villages.  Information presented will be same at each session.  The meeting format will consist of an open house; Township Staff and consultants will be there to hear your comments and to answer your questions.  Here is the notice for the meetings 7/15 meeting is at Trisan Centre, 7/16 at King City Arena and 7/21 Nobleton Arena.

York Region Growth Scenarios

At Council on July 6 there will be a presentation by York Region Staff: “addressing growth to 2041: analysing and refining draft growth scenarios.”  The presentation is very timely as we are going through the process of updating our Official Plan (OP). I encourage those who are engaged in the OP process to attend if possible.  The presenter is the Manager of Policy, Research and Forecasting Planning and Economic Development Branch.

Speed Feedback to Drivers on Kingscross Drive

As reviewed in Staff report before Council July 6th the traffic in Kingscross is moving too fast.  Recent monitoring shows that 85th percentile speed is 78 km/hr which is well beyond the posted limit of 40 km/hr.  Traffic speed and potential methods for slowing it down has been subject of several Council meetings and at least one public information meeting over the last 2 years.  Each time, there has been lack of agreement/acceptance of the need and lack of agreement/acceptance of the most commonly proposed method, namely speed humps.  As the latest data collected was by a monitor not visible to drivers it reinforces to me that there is a problem on Kingscross Drive.  I am very keen to execute the proposal of the radar speed board signs given the trial conducted on Kingscross which showed that the 85th percentile speed dropped from 78 to 51 km/hr.  In addition to the data I know from my own behavior and talking to people that such a sign does modify behavior.  I do have some questions of Staff, (more…)

A Road Map for Moving to former Holy Name

There is a long awaited overview of how the Township Offices can be moved to the former Holy Name site on King Road in a report on July 6 Council agenda.  Understanding how this project can be tackled and executed in a fiscally sustainable and responsible manner is important.  As reviewed in the report the cost can be high (minimum $11-13 million); hence, it needs to carefully scoped out and controlled.  And work needs to be commenced, in parallel to realize the revenues will largely fund it:  namely, sale of current Township Offices.  As indicated in the report, three options, with details, will be presented at the August 24 Council meeting.

I strongly encourage you to review this report and let me know your questions and ideas as soon as possible; hearing from you will help me to better assess this significant initiative.  I am convinced that a move to larger quarters is required (actually overdue.)  And I consider the former Holy Name site to be excellent new location.  The question is how to do it in a fiscally responsible manner; and how do we maximize this opportunity of creating a new public building.  Here is what I have written previously about the acquisition of the property.

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