priorities this term
Attracting visitors to other areas of my expanded ward such as Kinmount, while maintaining a comfortable level of tourism in Bobcaygeon, and promoting our communities as 4-season destinations
I will apply my successful experience in promoting tourism to include my entire newly expanded ward through similar initiatives and promotion of the Kinmount Railway Station Museum, Austin Sawmill Heritage Park and Victoria Rail Trail, and Somerville Tract.
By leveraging all that is great about this area I will continue to work to promote our communities as 4-season destinations by enhancing our shoulder seasons with activities and events that showcase our vibrant towns.
Increased tourism isn’t just about attractions and events, successful businesses must be in place to attract visitors to our area. I have a proven track record of helping businesses access the grants and funding at all levels of government — funding that helps businesses to position themselves on the path to success. At City of Kawartha Lakes, we have developed a Downtown Revitalization Project and a first ever Community Improvement Plan is in place. I will continue to assist businesses to navigate funding programs to access all assistance that is available to them.
Support Burnt River Public Works Depot
I will advocate for a public works depot in Burnt River.
Continue to Improve Roads
I am proud to say that at the City of Kawartha Lakes has changed the direction of our budgeting process. We are no longer raiding reserves to balance the budget to take care of our infrastructure. We have moved to financial planning for the long-term. With a clear picture of what it costs to maintain our roads we can make decisions based in financial fact. We have now budgeted to spend more on our roads with an additional $10 million allocated to the Roads and Bridges Capital Program and the budget invested 40% more into our gravel resurfacing program last year. We will continue to improve our roadways. I believe we can do so effectively, within our new long-term budgeting process.
Upgrade Bobcaygeon Canal Street
I have been working closely with the Engineering Department and Environmental Action Bobcaygeon on the upgrade of Canal Street to ensure that the redesign includes multi-use pathways for pedestrians and cyclists, greenscapes, expanded parking and the addition of a traffic light at Hwy. 36. I will continue to advocate for the inclusion of these items on future road upgrade and redevelopment projects throughout my expanded ward.
Strategically Redevelop Bobcaygeon Beach Park
It is important that the development of Beach Park be tempered to ensure we include amenities for the entire community, year-round residents and visitors alike, while addressing environmental concerns and including 4-season activities for all to enjoy. I have been and will continue to work closely with the City of Kawartha Lakes departments, stakeholders and the community to safeguard the development process to ensure a thoughtful, conservative approach to dock replacements and the park redevelopment. It is my mission to ensure that these concerns are addressed, not only in the current project, but on all future such projects throughout my ward.
Lobby Province for Effective Health Care
Health care in this area is near and dear to my heart. As many of you know, my husband Mike, who has been a doctor of chiropractic medicine practicing in the area for years, returned to school, trained and graduated as a medical doctor.
In order to begin practicing as a physician in this area, however, he must complete the Provincial Residency Program. With the ongoing provincial cuts to our healthcare system and the residency program, he is still waiting for a spot to open in the program before he can open a medical practice here.
I know that municipal council does not have control over the provincially managed health care system but I also know that we do have a voice. We have and must continue to use this voice to let the provincial government know the effect that these cuts are having on our community and our ability to access healthcare. We have lobbied the provincial government for more doctors in this area, both through City of Kawartha Lakes council and personally, and we will continue to support the Health Care Initiative Group, an important organization currently working on this issue.
Maintain Steady Progress on Our Established Plan
We need continuity to maximize our progress and reach our goals. Making steady progress on our established plan while also listening carefully to community members is key.
Advocate Transparency and Consultation
I will continue to be an advocate for transparency and community consultation.