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

July 6 Council: reports of interest to my readers

There are several items on the agenda for July 6th Council  which will be of interest to Ward 5 and others. The agenda has just been posted and I have not had time to read the reports yet but I want to alert my readers to the agenda and some of the items.  To read them click here for the agenda; scroll down and when you see subjects of interest click on it to read the report.  Items of interest include:  cell phone tower on 18th SDRD east of 400;traffic calming on Kingscross Drive; draft Council resolution regarding amendments to the election act.  Also as indicated on the agenda there will be report regarding relocating the Township offices but at time of writing the report is not yet posted.

Happy Canada Day 2015!

fireworks1Celebrate our wonderful country on Wednesday, July 1 with Kettleby.  Once again Kettleby is hosting a gathering for family & friends at Tyrwhitt Park.

All kicks off at 7 with bbq hotdogs and free birthday cake.
I’ll be cutting the cake at 8 pm.
Fireworks at Dusk!
Bring the kids, a blanket, a soccer ball and have some family fun!

Working Session on Special Events and Noise By-law

Monday, July 6 there is a Working Committee of the Whole (COW) Working Session on issues related to special events and noise by-law.   The meeting will begin at 4 PM and will likely run to about 5:30 as regular Council meeting will being at 6 PM.  COW Working Sessions are open to the public. Its purpose is to allow time for Council members to understand an issue and to discuss it; no decisions are made, no direction is given to Staff at a Working Session.  It is an opportunity for the public to learn about the issue too; but, public participation is limited to listening only.

Before becoming a Councillor I thought the restrictions on public participation was a bit “weird” but now, as a sitting Councillor,  I really understand the rationale and the need.  With rare exception 4 or more Council members, with or without Staff, cannot meet together to discuss issues, simple or complex ones without having a formal meeting (i.e. Council or COW). When there is a complex issue, a Working COW session is the way for Staff to provide background, to answer questions; and for Council members to ask each other about their perspective.  Then, if later, there is Staff report with recommendations for action, there is some common understanding.  Clearly, if as a result of listening to the presentations and discussion a member of the public has questions, or wants to communicate a point of view to Council members they can do so in same manner as they do any time i.e. phone, email, letter etc.

Here is formal notice for this particular Working Session.


Music, sculpture, sushi and more delights

If you haven’t checked out the 2015 ASK Festival events yet I encourage you to do so.  The Festival launches with A Shift in the Landscape this Saturday, June 27 at Kingbridge Centre.  And all too quickly its closing event, Canadian Songbook will occur on July 9 at Country Day School.  Click here for details on all events and to order tickets for the opening and closing events.

Tourism Plan: digital marketing

At Council on June 22 there is a report on developing and launching a campaign promoting tourism in King.  I am not on the Committee working on this; so this report is of particular interest to me.  Day tripping or “staycations” are very much part of how people seek renewal from their daily routines; for King surrounded by busy, crowded urban communities, this represents valuable economic potential for us.  But, as often people living in King don’t know what is available on the other side of the Townshp, people outside of it have no idea.  The report shows that there is some very innovative thinking to get the word out on the experiences available in King.  (e.g. 10 one minute long excursion videos via new King YouTube channel.)  Before discussing the report there is going to be a presentation…should be exciting!

More on Magna Coming to King

As I posted earlier there is a public meeting Monday June 22 regarding the Magna application for a zoning amendment for their property at King/Jane St.  Here is the Staff report .  As indicated in the latter there is much information yet to be provided; for example, degree of grading of the land.  I was pleased to see plans for managing the increased traffic on King Road; specifically it is identified that there will be a full signalized intersection at the main entrance on King Road.  (I was particularly interested in this comment as I met with a group of residents several days ago who specifically asked me about this.)  This same group also asked me about the urbanization of King Road, namely sidewalks on the south side; again this issue us touched on in the report but as indicated it is far from resolved.  As a reminder, the Public Meeting process is one required by the Planning Act; to speak at the meeting, to voice support or concerns or to ask questions it is not necessary to register.

There is another opportunity to learn about Magna’s plans.  Concerned Citizens of King Township’s (CCKT) AGM features two speakers who will be making presentations on the topic: Mayor Pellegrini and  representatives from IBI Group, the Architectural Firm on the project.  The meeting is Tuesday 6/23 at 7PM in Kettleby.  Here are details of meeting.

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