Provincial Government Responsibilities
While I am a strong supporter of the Provincial Government with respect to needed reform, he continues
to believe that the Provincial Government 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.
The 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.
I am certainly an advocate for Safe Transportation
including all modes, vehicles, bicycles, roller blades, and
walking; I am proud of the increase in cycling in our community.
I was actually on the cycling committee for two years before I
was on council and the improvements in cycling facilities has
been good but can certainly be better. I, the transportation
department and cycling committee advocated for on road bike
lanes as a trial on Lakeshore Rd. from Guelph to Walkers Line
which in the end lost 4-3, but I was successful in getting
enhanced sharows (picture of bicycle with chevron on top
stenciled on roads) on Lakeshore Rd. from downtown to Burloak
Dr. These are working very well and I observe that most vehicle
operators are staying right out of the sharows area which is what
we all wanted. There is no negative impact on vehicle flow.
Repositioning of the Burlington Economic Development Corporation
One of the special projects I have been working on for the last 6
years has been the Repositioning of the Burlington Economic Development Corporation. We are
approaching residential build out and unless we can significantly
increase our Industrial. Commercial and Institutional
development; increased expense will go on the residential
tax base (commercial pays 2.3 times residential and Retail
pays 1.6 times 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, Guelph Line to Burloak will be a
focus of BEDC including Mid town as well. Another area of
focus is plazas. Even Burlington Mall is an under-developed
site as well as plazas like Marilu's. 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.
Service Based Budgeting
Service Based Budgeting is also a significant project
that will improve our financial focus and make better use of
our residents' tax dollars, where we learn and better
understand where and why each dollar is being spent.