Dear Thurlow Ward residents,
Thanks for visiting my website. Communication with you is a top priority. Below you will find important upcoming dates, links to information, Council meetings video streaming, reports on progress and results as well as my voting record on all significant council decisions. Additionally, there are various ways that you can connect with me. I value your comments and ideas. To effectively represent you, I need to hear from you.
Electricity costs continue to be problematic for families and businesses in our area, as well as across the province. On the heals of meeting with the Parliamentary Assistant with the Ministry of Energy at the AMO conference, I will be joining MPP Todd Smith as we welcome the Hydro One Ombudsman during a town hall meeting on September 28 at the Thurlow Community Centre at 6:30pm. Please come and discuss your Hydro One bills and issues.
During the 2016 Budget process, I was pleased that my efforts highlighting the need for a Comprehensive Road Maintenance Program has resulted in the allocation of approximately $2.3 Million dollars in new funding. Specific to Thurlow Ward, there are a number of roads that are scheduled for reconstruction as well as upgraded maintenance and resurfacing. I know that roads have been identified as a significant priority for residents and I am pleased to be delivering these results. These efforts will continue as we commence work on the 2017 Budget.
It is important that we provide services in a fiscally prudent and efficient manner. Following two days of the 2016 Operating Budget meetings, council endorsed my motion to have staff identify 2.5% in operational efficiencies from the base budget. Following our Special Council meeting on March 7, Council reduced the Operating Budget by approximately $1.3 Million dollars, which placed the tax impact below zero percent in Thurlow Ward. In addition to my efforts for fiscal prudence, work continues with the Performance Standards Committee to ensure we are delivering results to city residents.
As we continue with a busy 2016, I want to say once again that it is an honour and privilege to represent you on Belleville City Council. My focus remains steadfast in ensuring the issues important to you remain front and centre at City Hall. After all, it is about your community and your priorities.
Voting RecordBelow is an overview of the major council agenda items and my votes (not official minutes):