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

Influencing What King Is: apply to be on a committee or board

Want to influence how King looks, how King works and what King is? Apply to participate in one of the Townships Advisory Committees or one of its Boards.  Click here to learn more about each of committees and boards and for details on the process.  Applications will be accepted up to December 12th 2014.

There are 6 different committees & boards; each with a different focus.  Term is 4 years.

Accessibility Advisory Committee

Committee of Adjustment

Heritage Advisory Committee

Holland marsh Drainage System Joint Municipal SErvice Board

Sustainability Advisory Committee

King Public Library Board

Volunteering and being a members of any one of the above is a great way to learn about Township’s key issues & initiatives and to influence them.  Applications should be submitted to Kathryn Smyth, Township Clerk by December 12, 2014.

responsible for assisting in the implementation of the community led immediate priorities outlined in the Plan. – See more at: http://www.king.ca/Government/Departments/Clerk%27s/Committees%20Boards/Sustainability%20Committee/Pages/default.aspx#sthash.NzhhUtBK.dpuf
responsible for assisting in the implementation of the community led immediate priorities outlined in the Plan. – See more at: http://www.king.ca/Government/Departments/Clerk%27s/Committees%20Boards/Sustainability%20Committee/Pages/default.aspx#sthash.NzhhUtBK.dpuf


GTA West Corridor: provide input

I don’t think anyone would disagree that goods need to be transported efficiently if the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the whole province is to be competitive; hence the current congested route for goods between Vaughan City Centre and Guelph needs to be addressed.  4 years ago Province initiated a study area for a new  transportation corridor; now Province is undertaking Stage 2 of the Environmental Assessment (EA).  The first round of public information sessions are underway.  Read the notice here for more information about the Transportation Corridor and two information sessions. The session closest to King is on Tuesday December 2 3-4 PM at Chateau Le Jardin Conference Cetnre at 8440 Highway 27 in Woodbridge.

The Province has determined that the transportation corridor is to be more pavement i.e. a new 400 series highway; what is yet to be confirmed is its location.  I am very disappointed that an additional road is the perceived solution; along with many others I have promoted more investment in transit and rail services.  Building a new highway across agricultural and predominately rural lands to service urban centres is not consistent with a sustainable planning approach when there are viable alternatives.

I am relieved that the study area has now been modified such that the new highway will not not traverse the Oak (more…)

Traffic Calming on Kingscross Drive: information meeting

Public Information Meeting on options to address concerns about traffic on Kingscross Drive is Thursday, November 27th between 3:30 and 9 pm at the Muncipal Office in the Council Chambers.  As identified in the notice intent of meeting is to provide information on several options for addressing the problem and to hear feedback from residents.  Input heard at the meeting will be incorporated into a recommendation to Council in late winter 2015 for a permanent solution.

As I mentioned in earlier post, compared to the discreet actions taken to date, Staff are looking at the situation holistically.  This is the time for residents in Kingscross Estates to learn about the options and to provide input.



Council Inauguration: you are invited!

Residents of Township of King:  You are all invited to the inaugural ceremony for your new Council.  Its Monday, December 1, 2014 at 7PM.  Ceremony is at Country Day School.  Here is the formal invitation.  You are requested to RSVP by calling 905 833 4020 by November 27th.

I really would like to see a good crowd of my constituents there.  I hope you can come!




Celebrating Christmas Joy with Friends & Family

There are so many ways to  to celebrate the Christmas season:  parades, opportunities to see & purchase gifts for special friends & family; music; tasty treats to enjoy as you walk on a road free of traffic.  And all these events make these very long winter evenings & nights to seem not so cold and long!

Christmas in Kettleby, We Still Believe

Saturday, Sunday Nov. 21 & 22 10-4 PM

artisans & crafters and more; more details here


Christmas in King City

Saturday Nov. 29 5-8PM

Keele Street south of King Road will be closed; more details here.


1914 Christmas Truce Concert

Friday, December 5 7:30 PM at Marylake Shrine

a very special concert hosted by King Township Historical Society; details here


A Main Street Christmas 

Saturday December 6

Santa Claus Parade at 4PM and spectacular Farmers’ Parade of Lights at 8PM; more details see here.


Procurement By-law Update

Staff presented a report to Council on 11/17  recommending a new improved Procurement By-law.  I think the various modifications are very positive in that it incorporates best practises in a number of important areas and introduces formal contractor evaluation criteria that will be completed for all projects valued at or above $100,000.  These changes will help us to achieve better value for our spending.  You can read the report here.  Here is the draft by-law; but I must mention  that it does not reflect some amendments which were made during the meeting; the approved by-law will be available digitally in the next Council meeting reports.

Some of the hi-lights of changes made:

  • establishment of standards of supply chain code of ethics
  • introduction of procurment card with detailed protocols for use and management for procuring low dollar value goods & services
  • and as already mentioned, formal contractor evaluation criteria.
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