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.
Monday April 10 6:30 -8PM Mayor Pellegrini and Councillors Mortelliti and myself will at King City Library; we hope that you will drop in to give us feedback on how we are doing and/or tell us what you would like to be seeing in the future. The session is informal; our format is more like a drop in than a public meeting with presentation.
When elected the Mayor implemented this initiative. Specifically once a year he, along with the Councillor(s) of the area provide this opportunity.
At 3/20 Council there is a public meeting regarding an application by Condo to rezone lands in Nobleton (Hwy 27/MacTaggart Drive) from transitional to Shopping Centre. This is opportunity for members of public to voice concerns, ask questions, indicate support. There is no need to register to speak. Here is the application.
Important steps have been taken to improve connectivity (i.e. reliable access to broadband) in King. In January there was the funding announcement of $1.68 million (Federal/Provincial 50/50) to support the plan by Vianet to deliver services to residents and businesses who are able to connect with the fiber which was laid along Jane last year. And now there is the application for funding from the new Federal program called “Connect To Innovate” (CTI). This application addresses gaps in connectivity across the Region; for King, specifically there is a proposed fiber route including Schomberg and Nobleton. Our application is as robust as it is because of the download speed data points provided by many Township residents & businesses. Report at 3/20 Council reviews the application for CTI.
Thursday 3/23 York Region Transit (YRT) and VIVA are hosting their annual public information session at the Township Office from 4-8PM. This is your opportunity to provide feedback to YRT/VIVA on either current service or on what you would like to see in the future. One service I am going to be asking about is the “dial-a-ride” pilot in Georgina. Conceptually this strikes me as one of the practical ways that we could begin to have transit service in the rural areas. Here is the formal notice about the meeting.
Good opportunity to learn about the wildlife living in your backyard. Toronto Wildlife Centre (TWC) is hosting a free workshop on Thursday 3/30 6:30-8pm at the Nobleton Arena. TWC has conducted this session previously; having attended one I can honestly say that both adults and children found the session to be both informative and fun. Its a great way to ensure that you know the best way to live in harmony with the wildlife. Here is the notice for the event.
Wednesday, March 8 from 6-8PM there is a information session hosted by a developer with property on east side of Keele at corner of Clearview Crescent in King City. This is an opportunity for the public to learn about the application and ask questions, make comments directly with the developers and/or their agent. This is NOT the the statutory public meeting which is chaired by the Mayor in Council; this meeting will be held later and will be advertised in local paper. The March 8th meeting is at the King City Arena, 2nd floor in the Lions’ Den. Here is more information about the proposal.