Provincial Government ResponsibilitiesWhile I am a strong supporter of the Provincial Government with respect to needed reform, I believe that they should be 100% financially responsible and have control over education and all social services, and that the municipal tax base should not fund these activities. I will continue to push this issue.
Infrastructure RepairsThe number one priority of Burlington residents is necessary Infrastructure Repairs including roads, water mains and sewers. Both the City and Regional Governments have approved extensive repair and replacement, with Burlington itself spending 5 times the amount spent in the past on infrastructure repairs. I will continue to press for Ward 4 road repairs and other infrastructure improvements on a priority basis.
Safe Transportationam an advocate for safe transportation including vehicles, bicycles, roller blades and walking. The improvements to cycling facilities in our community has been good, but can certainly be better. I was successful in getting enhanced sharows (stencil on roads of bicycle with chevron) on Lakeshore Road from downtown to Burloak Drive. These are working very well: most vehicle operators are staying out of the sharows area, and there is no negative impact on vehicle flow.
New Street One-Year PilotThe New Street one-year pilot is complete. In the fall of 2017, Council approved a staff report to convert the existing bike lane pilot project on New Street between Guelph Line and Walkers Line back to the original 4-lane configuration. Work to resurface New Street in this area, originally scheduled in 2017 as part of the City's capital budget, has been completed.
Burlington Economic Development CorporationOne of the special projects I have been working on is the repositioning of the Burlington Economic Development Corporation. The City is approaching its residential build out and unless we can significantly increase industrial, commercial and institutional development, increase expense will go on the residential tax base (commercial pays 2.3x more and retail pays 1.6x more than residential). We need to have a welcoming red carpet for ICI, not a bunch of red tape. The prosperity corridor along both sides of the QEW from Guelph Line to Burloak will be a focus of BEDC. There is space to add retail, office and high-rise residential, if the owners are so inclined. I will happily work hard on this growth opportunity. We want and need both the assessment and the jobs.
We can all be proud that Burlington is rated the Number 1 Mid-Sized City in Canada in which to live, work and play. In recent years, we have worked our way up from fourth, to third, and now to first.
New Development in Ward 4 & the City as a whole must be neighbourhood compatible and environmentally sensitive. It must bear a cost that is realistic in relation to the income it will generate for the City over time.
As a parent and a businessman, I have great concerns for ensuring Community Safety in Burlington so that it remains a safe place to raise children and enhance traditional family values. We need to be a 'traffic calming community'.