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ACCOMPLISHMENTS

My contribution on Kitchener City Council has always been to establish a new standard for excellence for community involvement and improving services through increased efficiency. I have maintained my efforts to ensure that Kitchener City Hall is sensitive to the quality of life of its citizens, while also maintaining respect for their tax dollars.

 

I have been Instrumental in shaping our city budgets to help ensure they were more respectful of your tax dollars

and helped to bring in the last three budgets below the rate of inflation. For Storm Water Management fee, I have pushed for a greater rebate and fought against the annual rate increases.        

 

In Ward 6, I have been responsive to concerns of residents, getting council to pass numerous measures to respond to citizen ideas and concerns.

These are some of the key motions I put forward that resonate my advocacy on Kitchener Council.  I’m proud to say that they were supported by council.

 

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  • - Invested in Student Safety – New crossing guard at Block Line Blvd roundabout to

    address resident concerns and protect our kids.

  • - Increased Storm Water Management Fee Refund - Increased rebate of Storm Water Management fee for the first tier from a 9% to 20% refund.  This has helped to lessen the impact of the new utility fee.

 

  • - New Funding for Arts - Increased funding to our Arts and Cultural organizations without increasing taxes.

 

  • - A New Community Garden and Outdoor Ice Rink - Initiated steps for the City of Kitchener to enter into an agreement with the Salvation Army Church regarding their vacant land. This lead to the largest new urban community garden in Ward 6 and an outdoor ice rink.

 

  • - Added Country Hills Recreational Association to the On-line Registration Test - To add convenience for residents in signing up for community programs, tabled a motion to have Country Hills Recreational Association included in the test group for on-line program registration system that was being tested with other associations.

 

  • - Lowered the Tax Rate by Selling Solar Power - I took the opportunity during the previous years budget process to ensure that revenues from the solar roof be diverted to help lower the tax base. This motion lowered the tax rate for that year by approximately 0.30 percent—a significant achievement.

 

  • - Paid Down the Debt - To address the city's current debt, which is at levels that should cause concern,  I put forward a motion directing $500,000 of the reserves in the discontinued LEAF fund towards reducing the debt impact.

 

  • - Improved McLennan Park - I was able to direct additional funding to McLennan Park.  I worked with staff to provide those amenities most desired by the community, the following improvements were recently added to the park this year:

 

1.   The trails on the west side of the park running from Blackhorne to both the Hydro corridor and playground were asphalted.  Creating a walking loop around the great lawn.

 

2.    Roughly a dozen benches and picnic tables were added to the park, some near the playground        and splash pad, along with a brand new picnic shelter beside the playground.   

 

3.    Over 100 trees were planted around the great lawn, playground and splash pad, to eventually          add shade and benefit the environment

 

4.    Lighting was added to the dog park.

 

  • - Lowered Tax Rate by Finding Efficiencies - Council supported my motion that gave direction to staff to bring forward suggestions that would focus on efficiencies to offset increasing operational costs to lower the tax rate for 2013.

 

  • - Reduced Taxes Through Alternative Revenue Sources - I have continually approached the budget by putting forth request to staff to find alternative revenue sources for council to consider during the budget process. Often unique options have helped to reduce the tax levy and provided an opportunity to strategically allocate new funding to priorities, with minimal impact on taxpayers.

 

  • - Lowered Industrial Development Fees to Create Jobs - I suggested the reduction to the industrial development charges for new industrial development. Staff adopted this suggestion as part of the development charges by-law review process. Kitchener is now a better market for further development of our remaining industrial lands, which will help to create more manufacturing jobs.

 

  • - A New Public Consultation Process for Large Events - Public engagement for planning of first-time large events has improved with the motion that I brought forward which now requires public consultation, before the use of City of Kitchener out door parks or facilities, for new large-scale events.

 

  • - Replaced Emerald Ash Trees - Emerald Ash Bore has had a significant impact to Ward 6 community.   I have strongly advocated for the stumping of cut trees on our boulevards and have been able to successfully allocate grant funding received for from Wilmot- Hydro toward replanting.

In Our Community

 

I place a great deal of importance in respecting our Citizens, respecting their voice and input and most importantly respecting their desire for a safe, vibrant and inclusive community.  My responsibilities as your Ward councillor were not limited only to work done at City Hall.

 

A safe, vibrant and inclusive community doesn't just happen at City Hall.  Here are a few of the actions I have taken around Ward 6 to help build a better place to live:

 

  • ​​- Ward 6 In Bloom Certificate of Recognition - Because strong communities are built by those who live in them, I began a process to recognize these great citizens.  It is our fellow neighbours who, by their individual actions, improve our surroundings and help to keep our streets looking so great. To recognize these exemplary citizens I  started the Ward 6 in bloom certificate of recognition.

 

  • - Cinema Under the Stars – I have strived to build a responsive and involved Ward 6 community.  I helped organize a Ward-specific event called “Cinema under the Stars”, which has helped   to promote a collaborative relationship between the three Ward 6 neighbourhood associations.

 

  • - The Ward 6 Survey - which was available online and also hand delivered to various different neighbourhoods. The survey offered an opportunity to express your level of satisfaction and feedback on core city services, and input on further improvements.

 

  • - Door-to-Door Canvassing - To better integrate myself with the community and for you to provide your direct input at the convenience of your door. I have gone door-to door to many different neighbourhoods, to reach as many voices as possible.

 

  • - Re-Branding the Country Hills Community Association -  It was a pleasure to have helped designed the new logo for Country Hills Community Association that reflects the great work that they do.

 

  • - Recognizing Outstanding Youth - Each year, the Kitchener Youth Action Council (KYAC) presents awards to outstanding young people in our community. This year, it was my pleasure to take the opportunity to nominate a youth from the Alpine community, who has shown exemplary service to the neighbourhood through years of service with the Alpine Neighbourhood Association.