MY TRACK RECORD — CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES councillor
City Councillor for past 4 years
Served as acting Deputy Mayor.
Proven track record of helping businesses access the grants and funding that help them position themselves on the path to success.
Proven track record of assisting organizations and volunteer groups create fundraising events, locate grant funding and develop projects that provide the boost needed to initiate community-based programs.
Active member of a diverse group of action committees:
Community Policing Advisory Committee OPP
Committee of Adjustment
Agriculture Advisory Board
Executive Committee of Council
Victoria Manor Management Board
Kawartha Conservation Executive Committee
Bobcaygeon Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Committee
Kawartha Lakes Arts Council
my TRACK RECORD — COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER
Since moving to this area almost two decades ago, Mike and I have been actively involved, donating time and resources to the community we love. My more recent volunteer activities include:
Environmental Action Bobcaygeon (EAB) – active member for over 4 years
Bobcaygeon Communities in Bloom project 2018
Impact 32 - working together to enhance our community for over 8 years.
As a founding member, and active volunteer and steering committee representative of Impact 32, I help identify, organize and promote community-based initiatives such as:
Hanging flower baskets and maintenance
Paint a Paddle Project
Christmas décor and tree lighting
Networking and small business week seminars
Tourism focused social media campaigns
Extended docking and power at the locks
Bike Share/Welcome Centre projects
Wayfinding signs and maps (partnering with EAB)
New Cigarette Disposal Units
Off-season activities such as the free Family FrostFest and snow sculpting in February
I recognize the importance of and advocate for local volunteer and community groups to work together on projects such as the recent Bobcaygeon Communities in Bloom effort.
TRACK RECORD FOR CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES IN PAST 4 YEARS
The direction of the City of Kawartha Lakes has changed. We have had a good look at how we do things. Dozens of Core Service Reviews have given us the data we need to make the right choices. It was a difficult process but a crucially important one as we worked on finding a balance between wants and needs, our ideal future for Kawartha Lakes and what we are willing to pay for through taxation. We have started to right-size our service models, finding efficiencies for the short and long-term. We have turned the corner and have begun investing back into enhanced services that we need and want.
We are taking better care of our capital investments and are investing more in capital than we have in the past 5 years. Changes in the way we do business have allowed City of Kawartha Lakes to apply for and receive additional grant funding which includes $7.9 million in provincial and federal grants going to fund our water/wastewater facilities (2016-2021)
We are taking better care by creating the first 10-year Financial Plan that includes a 10-year long-term loan that will be paid down while keeping taxes at a steady and declining rate.
We are taking better care by creating the first Asset Management Plan. We now know what it costs to maintain our assets over the next 10-20 years and can now budget and forecast for costs of repairs and upkeep. Never before have we had such a clear picture of where we stand financially.
We are taking better care of our roads, investing $10 million in the Roads and Bridges Capital Program and the budget invested 40% more into our gravel resurfacing program last year. Over the next 5 years, we will invest close to $100 million to repair and maintain our roads and are committed to the first long-term plan for sustainable investment in our roads.
We are taking better care of your tax dollars and delivered 2017 and 2018 budgets below forecasted tax rate increases while preserving the long-term financial health of the municipality.
We are taking better care of the money we spend on staffing and have confirmed, using benchmarking analysis, that we are running a competitive staffing model for services delivered. Staff continue to apply Lean Six Sigma methods to foster a culture of efficiency and continuous improvement.
We are taking better care of the amount we spend to manage City of Kawartha Lakes and, based on public opinion and backed by independent studies, we voted to reduce the size of Council.
We are taking better care of our environment and with your help we were able to implement the Clear Bag Program and reduce curbside waste limits (from 2 to 1 bag per week) resulting in 11% more recycling collected at the curb in 2017. Through our Waste Management Initiatives program, the amount of garbage going to our landfills was reduced by 20% (about 1.600 tonnes), which extends the lifetime of our landfills and saves about $500,000 each year.
We are taking better care of our economic and growth drivers and by overhauling the Development Services Department processes, getting permits, plans and approvals is easier for everyone involved.
We are taking better care of our communities by developing a Downtown Revitalization Project and a first ever Community Improvement Plan is in place.
By taking care of all of these things, people are coming.
We are rolling out an Economic Development Strategy that builds on our strengths in tourism, culture, agriculture and specialized manufacturing sectors. The foundation of the plan is fostering a positive business culture that attracts new entrepreneurs and develops a workforce to meet the needs of our changing economy.
We issued 20% more new and replacement dwelling permits in 2016 over 2015 with 15 new developments in progress across the City at that time and now more than 300 residential units are underway across the City.
1.5 million visitors to Kawartha Lakes spent $109 million, an increase of 10% in revenue.
By taking better care, together we will continue to build a financially strong, environmentally stable and efficiently run municipality that affords us the lifestyle benefits we have come to expect from the City of Kawartha Lakes.
With my new ward boundaries, I will extend my ability to provide responsible, thoughtful and experienced representation to all within my expanded ward.