Upcoming election: Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Two years ago, while running to be the Councillor of Ward 2, I made two promises.
The first was to protect our neighborhoods and the second was to be accessible to you, the residents of Ward 2.
I voted against a zone change on Grove Street that would have doubled the amount of units that could be built. I was on the losing side of that vote. Why does this matter to the residents of Ward 2? The first week in October, I found out that a 5 acre parcel in our Ward at 1 Balm Road, also known as the Great Orchard, was being marketed to developers. I immediately brought a resolution for the City to purchase the property with CPA funds to protect the Montview Ave/ College Farm Road area.
The Council has already voted to perform an appraisal of the property which is the first step in the purchase process. In previous conversations with the owner, I had indicated that I will never support a zone change on the property. In spite of this, the selling agent advertised that the current owner would work with the buyer to change the zoning to increase density.
I promise you I will work to insure that never happens.
When the City had Lincoln Street paved, it was impossible to tell where the street ended and the sidewalk began. This was a situation that endangered the children walking to school. I immediately got involved and worked to get granite curbs installed. With the help of a local surveyor who drew up a plan, we were able to have the flashing school light that was in the middle of the sidewalk moved. Now someone pushing a baby carriage does not have to push their carriage into the street to get by.
A few of the other issues I have been out spoken about were:
I am easily accessible and have worked hard to assist every resident who has contacted me. To keep you informed, I have continued writing in the News Tribune about the issues that affect us all. Over the last two years, I have worked hard to represent you and will continue to do so if I have the privilege of serving a second term.
Please cast a vote for me on November 3rd.