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.
Trees of Giving are on display now at the Heritage & Cultural Centre.
Community groups have let their creativity soar and have decorated trees in a variety of themes. King Council also joined in with the tree showing in the photo.
Vote on your favourite tree by putting a loonie (or more!) into the tin in front of the tree. Each dollar is one vote. The group who decorated the tree which gets the most votes gets bragging rights and all the proceeds go to King Township Food Bank.
Trees are there until December 17 Monday-Saturday 10AM-4PM with some extended days: 12/7 and 12/8 until 6PM and 12/14 until 8
At council on Tuesday, December 6 Council meeting there are 2 important projects of great relevance to King residents. 1st…there will be big “reveal” and Council discussion on project MOVE (our new municipal offices.) 2nd…there will be discussion about a multi-use facility in King City including the expanded King City Library and the King City Seniors Centre. For each, there will be both presentations and a Staff report.
For MOVE there will be a presentation by the Prime Consultant,+VG Architects of the detailed building and site plan; in addition there is a staff report with recommendations for next steps and approving the overall total budget of $21.5 million. From reading the report it is evident that there is a focus on being financially prudent in terms of the capital cost but there is also an eye to doing it right for the long term. I will be proud to see our Town Hall operating as a LEED silver building.
I will be seeking more information as to the decision to not incorporate solar on the roof. I am disappointed as it is one infrastructure choice which is so visible and hence it indicates that we are “walking the talk.” Clearly the decision to install geothermal is very much “walking the talk” too but only the informed will be aware of it.
Trees of Giving are on display now at the Heritage & Cultural Centre (formerly the Museum site). Community groups have let their creativity soar and have decorated trees in a variety of themes. Vote on your favourite tree by putting a loonie (or more!) into the tin in front of the tree. Each dollar is one vote. The group who decorated the tree which gets the most votes gets bragging rights and all the proceeds go to King Township Food Bank. Trees are there until December 17.
At November 28th Council there is a public meeting on an application entitled Mansions of King. property best described as being south of Kingscross with some road frontage on King Road. I have several serious concerns about the application. Below I have elaborated further but in summary the issues are high risk of environmental degradation and degradation of current community (Kingscross) character. Its evident that our Staff is far from satisfied; furthermore, input from Toronto Regional Conservation Authority has not been received yet. If you are interested in this project,make a deputation at the Council on Monday; if you can’t attend or you prefer to not make a deputation send your input to Clerk, firstname.lastname@example.org; your input will be given to Council and it will be part of the public (more…)
Province passed Bill 181, the Municipal Elections Modernization Act earlier this year. There are many changes; the Staff report on the 11/18 Council Agenda is a very thorough review. As I review further below there are a couple very positive changes. But, I am disappointed that it did not offer rebates via income tax credit of donations to municipal candidates whereas such is done for both provincial and federal campaigns. As the Staff report indicates municipalities already have the opportunity to provide for some degree of compensation to those who donate to a municipal campaign and that King, as is the case with many other municipalities, have shied away from such because of the possibly poor optics (tax payers subsidizing election campaigns) and the incremental work of administering. It seems to me that the health of our election processes requires that there be quality candidates seeking to have a position the municipal Councils. Someone who donates is enabling that process which benefits the Township as whole. Why not provide a rebate? I know that it will be more comfortable for me to say “I want to run to be your Councillor; I would appreciate a $100 donation and you will get $X back.” Let me know what you think about this?
There are two very positive changes: the banning of donations from corporations and unions to candidates in a municipal election; and the authorization to municipalities to use a ranked ballot system as opposed to first-past-the-post system. As an active participant in Campaign Fairness I am pleased that the ban has been executed. I do believe that ranked ballot system has a lot of merit; but, I appreciate the magnitude of the preparation which will be required to implement such and I am not in favour of being a leader on this one. I really hope that a couple municipalities do decide to go for ranked ballot as we can learn from that.