After just over two years representing the Charleswood—Tuxedo—Whyte Ridge Ward at city hall there are many great things we have been able to accomplish.
By working with the community we were able to provide much needed funding for projects like the Gil Bramwell football field rehabilitation at Oak Park High, and the restoration of the Courts at La Flèche Park where you will now be able to play pickleball, tennis and basketball.
Additionally we provided funding for renovations to the historic Caron House in Caron Park as well as for the Harte Trail.
During the grand opening of the new Ridgewood West residential subdivision I had the opportunity to speak to a number of the families who have moved into this great new community in Charleswood.
Funding for playground improvements at Laidlaw School was also approved as well as various grants for the Tuxedo Community Centre. In addition, grants to assist in the upgrading of the Tuxedo Tennis Club were also made available.
In Whyte Ridge we have been able to provide assistance through various grants to the WRCC.
Also announced were important development projects such as the new Seasons outlet mall, the Hilton Garden Inn, and the new Audi dealership.
Closer to city hall we are in the middle of passing our 2017 Budget. The proposed budget holds the line on spending while bringing in a modest property tax increase of 2.33 per cent dedicated entirely to roads renewal and investments in transit.
Fixing our roads is our No. 1 priority and this year we propose an investment of $105 million to fix our roads, back lanes and bridges. For the last three years the budget for roads renewal has exceeded $100 million each year.
We will also be doing more in 2017 to communicate with drivers as to when they can expect lane closures so that they have up-to-date information.
This year the City introduced for the first time the Know Your Zone App, designed to assist citizens in knowing when and where parking bans are in effect.
Having spent the first two years as finance chair, I had the privilege of presiding over three balanced budgets. Unlike other levels of government, we do not run deficits in order to balance our operating budgets – we only borrow for major capital projects.
Recently I was honoured to be asked by the mayor to chair our infrastructure committee where I will be fighting for more investments in our roads, back lanes, bridges and underpasses.
In the last two years we have accomplished much together, let’s do even more as we move forward.