Budget Update

About jefflehman
Jeff Lehman is the 46th Mayor of the City of Barrie. The Ward 2 Councillor for the City of Barrie from 2006 to 2010, he was the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Council, chaired the City’s Growth Management Working Group, and created the Historic Neighbourhoods project, a new initiative to protect and revitalize Barrie’s oldest neighbourhoods. Jeff has lived in Barrie for most of his life, having grown up in Allandale and attended Barrie Central Collegiate. Jeff holds a B.A. from Queen’s University, and a Master’s Degree with first class honours from the UK’s prestigious London School of Economics. He was hired to teach at the LSE following his graduation, and lived and worked in London for two years as an academic. Since that time, as an economist, he has worked with cities across Canada to manage redevelopment and invest in their urban infrastructure. In 2005, he established the Growing By Degrees Task Force to assist in expanding university education opportunities in Barrie, and has volunteered his time with many organizations in the City. Jeff lives near Downtown Barrie with his wife, Jennifer, a part-time professor of political science, and their young daughter Cassie, who is already smarter than her father.


One Response to “Budget Update”
  1. Cameron Bell says:

    Hey Jeff, using videos like this is a really great idea. Im originally from Barrie but now Im in BC for university, and Im a representative on teh Student Society at UNBC. We were talking about how we should record short video clips to tell the student population what their Student Society Board of Directors has been up to lately. I guess running a city is a scaled-up version of running a Student Society, and apparently you got the idea to broadcast videos sooner than we did!

    I like the ideas you propose, i.e. parks, library, and firehall in the south end. If possible, I would suggest dedicating a large portion of the new parks to food-producing garden space, to be managed by local residents in the neighbourhood. Food Security is becoming one of the greatest issues our generation will face, so we must have the ability to produce some of our own food. Shared gardens bring people together, building social capital. In the sprawled-out south end, I suspect that most people know few of their neighbours and see them rarely. To create vibrant neighbourhoods, local food production is essential and financially rewarding for those involved.

    Food production is a huge priority in my mind, but I would also reccomend mandatory bike lanes on all new roads, and to have bike lanes added to existing roads where possible. Putting bike racks at parks would also encourage active transportation, as well as encouraging people from farther away from the park to come use these recreational facilities.

    Thanks for reading, I hope my suggestions are valued – I may not be a resident of Barrie at the moment, but I have many friends and family there, I may return myself, and above all it is a community that I hope will develop sustainably. Have a good one,


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