Municipal Election 2018

I am running in the upcoming election to be re-elected as the Councillor for Ward 5 as I want to continue serving King residents and businesses.  I feel good about my contributions.   There are challenges and opportunities ahead for the Township which require analysis, debate and tough decision making; as well demonstrated in my current and previous terms I do bring thoughtful analysis to the Council table. My commitment to the importance of the Councillor role is my active participation on Council Advisory Committees; in addition I participate as a volunteer  with community groups.

I am knocking on doors to meet constituents, to hear questions & comments and to review my story.  I attended the All Candidates Meeting on 10/10 which was hosted by Concerned Citizens of King Township.  If you were unable to attend you can see it all on a video. 

My belief in the importance of citizen engagement is demonstrated by my blog debbieschaefer.ca. which I have maintained since 2011.

If you want me at the Council table I need your vote on October 22.  Every vote counts:  in 2014 voter turn out in Ward 5 was only 32%! There is advance voting Monday (10/15) through to Friday (10/19) 9 am to 8 pm at the current Municipal Office.

To prepare for the upcoming election make sure you are registered to vote. For this and other information about the election go to King Votes.  

Learning About All the Candidates

Two excellent All Candidates Meeting were hosted by Concerned Citizens of King Township on October 10 and 11.  Former was for candidates in Wards 1 and 5; other one was for the other wards.  As a candidate I am very appreciative of the effort CCKT has made to facilitate citizens learning about the candidates.  In addition to hosting the events CCKT made videos of both meetings which can be viewed on cckt.ca.  And in addition on their website an extensive questionnaire answered by the candidates is available for viewing.

Please Vote!

Declarations of support are wonderful.  And indeed it is much appreciated when a supporter makes a financial contribution and/or asks for a sign.  But, what really counts is the “X” on the ballot.

From  Monday, October 15 to Friday October 19 there is advance voting every day from 9 AM to 8 PM at current Municipal Office (20 75 King Road);   voters from all across King can vote there.  On Saturday there is advance voting from 9 AM to 5 PM at the King City arena.  If you decide to wait until Oct. 22 to cast your vote you need to go to the polling station indicated on your polling card.   If you don’t know where you to vote click here.

Fire Prevention

Fire prevention is the most valuable work of our Fire Departement.   Wednesday, October 10 3:30-7:30 come to the King City Fire Station to learn how each of us, each family can prevent fires.   Families who attended the event last year in Schomberg report that it was extremely worthwhile for the whole family.  And, when they went home they developed a plan for all the family to escape a fire.

Be Informed and Vote!

Declarations of support are wonderful.  And indeed it is much appreciated when a supporter makes a financial contribution and/or asks for a sign.  But, what really counts is the “X” on the ballot.  Please do vote; this coming Saturday there is advance voting in Nobleton and the following week there is opportunity every day.  See here for details.   And be informed before you cast your vote.  There are all candidate meetings Wednesday and Thursday (10/10 and 10/11) hosted by Concerned Citizens of King
Township; here are the details for those meetings

Steps Towards a new Recreation Centre

October 9 Council agenda includes a couple Staff Report covering important pre-requisites for building our new recreation centre.  First there is the 60 year lease for the land at Seneca for a nominal fee.  And there is the award of a contract for architectural and engineering services.  As I was reading the latter I was at first concerned as the cost of the latter is proving to be much greater than budgeted; but with further reading it is indicated that the additional costs will be covered by sources other than tax supported sources.  Although I am relieved as to how the incremental costs will be covered I will be asking how our budget for this service was so grossly underestimated.

Lease with York Region Police

On October 9 Council agenda there is a staff report covering the lease with York Region Police covering the YRP substation located at the new King Township Town Hall.  As reviewed in the report YRP has contributed $1 million towards the Town Hall of which total cost is $21.5 million; in addition YRP will pay annual rent, and will pay its proportionate share of operating costs and its share of depreciation costs.  King residents and businesses will benefit considerably with YRP being located here.  And as the lease details indicate their decision to be here is helping us have a sustainable cost structure for the facility.