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

Studio Tour on Sunday

Sunday, April 26th is 2nd day of Arts Society King studio tour.  I was out on Saturday and stopped in at several locations.  As always I thoroughly enjoyed it:  excellent excuse for admiring our beautiful landscape en route to a couple locations; relaxed conversations with the artisans; purchased a couple unique birthday gifts; and I admit, I indulged in a couple special “must-haves.”  Here is information on the artisans on the tour; to pick up a map go to any of the locations including King Museum and Kingcrafts on Keele in King City.

Mayor and Ward 1 & 5 Councillors at Library 4/23

Thursday, April 23rd 6:30-8 PM Mayor Pellegrini and Councillor Cleve Mortelliti and I will be at King City Library waiting to talk to constituents.  That evening will be the last of the 2015 annual tour of Meet The Mayor & Councillor.  Its a great opportunity for you to give us feedback on services in the Township and what you would like to see in the future.  It is also an good time to simply ask some questions.

Appreciation of Volunteers

aThursday May 7th is our annual event to express appreciation to the many volunteers in King Township who contribute so much to quality of life that we have here.  This is also our opportunity to pay special tribute to the handful of people who have been nominated by their community as deserving recognition because of their volunteer efforts.  Finally, it is an excellent venue for learning about  the different groups and organizations active in King; without exaggerating I can say there are at least 50!  So if you are new to King or if you are a long time resident but are looking for a new activity/group, come May 7th and check out the displays assembled by the groups.

This year the event is being held at the Trisan Centre; there is light food &  refreshments, music and lots of time to talk to other King residents.

We want to ensure that we have adequate food but we don’t want to waste, so it would be very much appreciated if you would RSVP to tbarresi@king.ca or 905 833 4029 by 4/24.  You can visit the displays from 6:15-7:15; the celebratory ceremony begins at 7:30

Planning Initiatives: Your Input is wanted!

There are a number of initiatives in process which will have a significant impact on how King Township evolves over the next decade and beyond; specifically the King Township Official Plan Review and the Provincial Review of the 4 Plans (i.e. 3 conservation plans and the growth plan).  I know that many residents and business owners are involved which is great.  If you have been thinking about getting involved now is the time as there are several important meetings/dates coming up.

The review and updating of the Official Plan for King Township is well underway.  Deadline for comments and feedback for the Phase 1 Background and Information Paper is April 30th.  This paper will guide the next phase which is when policies will developed for consideration.  For more information about the official plan review click here.   And here is the information paper. 

The review of the 4 plans is also well underway.  Several public meetings have been held already; the next one in close proximity to King is Tuesday, May 12th in Vaughan (Chateau Le Jardin Conference & Event Centre 8440 Hwy 27, Woodbridge.)  The open house portion is 6-7 with the meeting being 7-9.  To understand better the purpose of the review and the process I would like to refer you an earlier post I made on the subject.  I believe that it is extremely important the Province hears from many, many people that urban sprawl must stop, that protection of our agricultural lands and the sources of our water is a priority. 

King Township will be making a submission regarding the 4 plans to the Province.   To provide input you can attend one of two  public meetings on April 23rd or you can submit your input via email.  Both meeting are in Council Chambers; one is 2-4 pm and the other is 7-9pm.  For more detail see here. 


King Loves Spring

King is now looking more beautiful as so much litter was picked up on the clean up day Saturday April 18th.  I extend a big thank you to all who have been out.  I worked along Keele north of 15th with a dozen+ residents and I counted well over 20 bags along with numerous large articles.  Kettleby residents cleaned up their part of paradise including the cemetery and park and filled 26 bags. If you weren’t able to participate on Saturday I encourage you to round up some neighbours and family and spend just 10 minutes over the next couple days…you will make a difference.

King Loves Spring continues; see here for more activities and events. 

Walk or Run for Southlake on April 26th

Once again I am joining King Marsh Muckers in the Run or Walk for Southlake on Saturday, April 26th.  Mayor Pellegrini and other Council members are on the team too.  You can still register to participate (although I believe it is too late to join the Marsh Muckers but I am not certain); and of course a donation would be wonderful.  If you are interested click here.

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