Getting out of the Gate

The municipal election this year was October 25th.  Inauguration was not until Dec 6th.  This was a significant gap – three weeks longer than in previous years – but it allowed your Mayor and Council to get rolling a little faster once inauguration was out of the way.

On December 11th, five days after the inauguration, Council met to discuss our strategic priorities for the term.  This meeting did not happen until well into February during the last Council and as a result, it was nearly six months after the last election that the new Council had finally set its high level direction.

This time around there was a high degree of agreement among members of Council about the key tasks for the coming years and we have focussed down to a set of five specific goals.  More to come on this in future entries.

The extra time also allowed us to do a little more familiarization as well.  Nearly all members of Council went to each of the City’s major facilities as part of an orientation effort to allow us to better understand the work that is done in each facility.  I was also able to meet with all members of Council before the inauguration to discuss the pressing issues in each of their wards.

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.

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