Monday’s meeting

My prediction for Monday night:

–  Council will reconsider the fees for downtown patios

–  We will have a lot of questions about the new parking strategy (I generally like what I’m seeing, with a few exceptions)

–  The presentation about being a “Blue Community” will trigger a discussion about bottled water, and why the water out of your tap is almost always much higher quality that what you buy in a bottle

–  One of the four elementary school students from Toastmasters will give the best speech of the night

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 “Monday’s meeting”
  1. Ann Stephenson says:

    I am in full agreement to have a Blue Community where bottled water is minimized! Speaking of water, as a daily walker of the trails around Kempenfelt Bay I am constantly picking up garbage which I am happy to do. I am alarmed at the increase of plastic garbage in the water. Given the tremendous amount of wildlife, including migrating water fowl, who use the bay, the city needs to find the funds and resources to clean up this plastic garbage,. It frequently washes up at boat launches, boat slips and along the shore. Given the amount of money we spend on Communities in Bloom I think even a part of that funding could be used to beautify and clean up the water. While Spring Into Clean makes a huge difference, often we citizens are unable to get the garbage thats in the water, whereas staff may be better equipped to do this. I do hope some serious thought and planning goes into dealing with this issue. Thank you Ann Stephenson

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