Doing What’s Best for Residents
Doing what’s best for residents is the goal that I use when making decisions as a Councillor.
This point came to a head in the Council meeting of June 6th, following the deputation from Averton Development seeking to allow for indoor work on Centre Street on Saturdays. They are in the homestretch of completing the work with some residents being able to move in late summer. Permitting trades people to work indoors to complete tiling, painting and carpeting on Saturdays will facilitate faster completion.
Council could have voted in favour of an amendment to Averton’s contract immediately to allow anxiously waiting owners to move into their properties sooner after years of delays. Instead, three Councillors resisted this reasonable request, and further, chose to vote against having another meeting to negotiate a fine-tuning of their request. Despite this, the vote to negotiate with the developer passed 4-3.
I am proud I voted in favour of what is best for our residents.
The dissenting Councillors reported that numerous residents had complained to them about neighbourhood disruptions that this would cause. Noise and dust are not issues when working indoors. While it’s important to hear from all residents, Councillors should make decisions based on FACTS, rather than vague generalizations about complaints from a handful of people.
I look forward to welcoming 100+ new residents to our wonderful Town of Mount Albert. Imagine the positive boost this is going to bring to our local economy and businesses on Centre Street! Plus, a year from now, the transformation of the Averton commercial storefronts will dovetail beautifully with the downtown revitalization project.
To show your support for the developer working on Saturdays so that our new neighbours on Centre Street can finally start moving into their homes, please consider attending the next Council meeting on June 20th.
Most Recent Accomplishment to Share
The Shannon Park tennis courts are at last being upgraded. This was one of the items in my campaign platform. During this year’s budget meetings, I advocated for their resurfacing, and I’m pleased to announce that our voice was heard and the tennis courts are being completely redone, not just resurfaced, because they were in such disrepair. Today it’s exciting to walk by with my dog and watch the renovation’s progress. I will continue to advocate for investments in our recreation services and work hard to improve life for residents in Ward 3 and EG.
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Let’s go forward together!
Upcoming Events & Meetings
Committee of the Whole and Council Meetings
https://calendar.eastgwillimbury.ca/meetingsTuesday, June 20th, 2pm and 6pm. EG Council Chambers & Online
YorkNet Internet Upgrade Project
An information session will take place to provide an update on activities related to high-speed Internet access planned for EG. Residents will have an opportunity to speak to YorkNet and review when these services will be available in their area. Wednesday, June 21st, 7-9p.m.East Gwillimbury Sports Complex 1914B Mt Albert Rd, Sharon.
Downtown Revitalization Project
The last public meeting will take place on June 27, 5-8pm at the Mt. Albert Community Centre on 53 Main Street. Come out to your share feedback on this project.
Canada Day Celebration
Join me July 1st at the Mount Albert Lions Community Centre from 6pm to 10pm. 5057 Mt. Albert Rd. There will be live music and Mt. Albert Lion’s BBQ, Zucca’s on the Go food truck, and fireworks at 10pm.