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.
The public information session (PIC) held on 2/19 to review options for crossing Eaton Hall Creek in the King City East development has generated some good questions. Specifically, questions/concerns about inclusion of options involving connection to Tawes Trail for the required local roads. As Norm said in his comment to me inclusion of such was surprising as Council has given very specific direction to not make such a connection. (I have posted Norm’s question in comments on lower right side of home page.)
There is recommendation on 2/27 Council which will move forward the Mary Lake subdivision; specifically, the issuance of building permits will soon be occurring. I will be asking a couple questions about the most westerly portion of the subdivision (Block 88).
An impressive new tool from Economic Development is being presented at 2/27 Council: Getting Down to Business-A Guide to starting or expanding a business in King. This will surely be a very useful guide for those considering opening up in King OR those assessing how to expand their footprint in King.
The 2016 Accessibility Status Report is on 2/27 Council agenda. This results reported herein is the result of a very productive team, the Accessibility Advisory Committee. The report documents measures undertaken in King to improve accessibility in the community and the progress made to support the goal of Ontario being accessible by 2025. As reviewed the AAC is providing valuable feedback on how to “build in accessibility” (e.g. reviewed design proposal for new Town Hall); and they are doing necessary documentation to meet standards of Accessibility Directorate of Ontario. I know that the 14 members of the AAC are truly working as a team and they are quick to say than any accomplishment is team work. But…I do want to thank specifically the 6 volunteer committee members for their dedication to this important work.
There is recommendation for awarding the tender for the top coat for Collard Drive, Scott and Winter. With the subsequent execution of the project this lengthy road reconstruction will be completed. Residents have been extremely patient.
Previously scheduled statutory public meeting on Monday, Feb. 27 for the development on Station Road has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled later.