Reconstruction of the Infrastructure in the Older Parts of Bradford
At the start of my first term as Councillor, one of the biggest issues in Ward 2, and my top priority as Ward 2 Councillor, was to address the urgent need for reconstruction of the aging infrastructure in the Ward and the other older parts of Bradford.
The infrastructure (the pavement, curbs, sidewalks, and sometimes even the water and sewer pipes) is often as old as the subdivisions themselves.
I am proud to say that we delivered on this pressing need as 14 streets in Ward 2 (8 in the northeast quadrant and 6 in the southeast quadrant) were reconstructed from 2015 to 2018.
But there are other sections within the older parts of Bradford, including a few more streets in Ward 2, that are also due for reconstruction soon.
Improving Traffic Flow
One of the top priorities for the upcoming term of Council will be improving traffic flow into, through, out of and/or around Bradford.
We will continue to push hard for the development of the Highway 400 - 404 Connecting Link. I have talked to our York-Simcoe MPP, Caroline Mulroney, about this critical initiative a number of times, including at the recent Run for Bradford event (see above pic).
Marshview Boulevard was designed, constructed and opened in 2017 to help improve traffic flow in the southeast quadrant of Bradford.
We need to continue to find ways to alleviate traffic congestion especially during morning and afternoon rush hours (e.g. further co-ordination of Traffic Signals along Holland Street).
Watching the Budget
I am always focused on collaboration to achieve optimum results overall, including the reduction of one-time and on-going costs where feasible.
Your tax dollars are important! As a lifetime resident of Bradford West Gwillimbury I am determined to make every tax dollar count.
This Council has gone line by line through each Department's Operating budget and Capital budget each year.
I, and the other Councillors, asked "the tough but necessary questions" when required to, in order to respect your tax dollars.
The overall assessment on the Average House Property Tax Scenario was less than 2% per year, on average, over the 4 years from 2015 to 2018.