Opening up City Hall

This week we had the first ever Open Delegation at City Council – Peter Burstzyn, of the Barrie Windcatchers.

Barrie Council has not had an open segment before.  In fact, in the bad old days (ie. before last week), there was no way for residents to simply address their City Council – the only way you could get on Council’s agenda was to be opposed to something that has been discussed the previous week – confusing and very limiting.

With Open Delegations there is the opportunity to any member of the public to speak to Council, on any topic related to the City of Barrie.  It’s a relatively small change but I think a very important one – part of opening up City Hall to more public input.

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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2 Responses to “Opening up City Hall”
  1. Shawna Vanbodegom says:

    I just need to thank Mayor Lehman for his encouraging delegation at Barrie Central. I truly felt a positive energy for the downtown that has been lost. thank you.

  2. Bud York says:

    I listened with interest the comments made at City Council by Peter Burstzyn re: a wind turbine for the landfill site in Barrie. I am TOTALLY AGAINST any such project and I urge City Council to not approve this project. I listen to Dale GoldHawk on AM740 radio each day between 11AM and 1PM and he has had MANY, MANY experts in this field, including medical doctors and scientists who say that the 550 metre setback is WAY TOO SHORT. The Low Frequency Sound as well as the Infra Sound (which cannot be detected by the human ear, but can be interpreted by the brain), can cause untold health issues, including high blood pressure and sleep deprivatioh which is very serious…..just to mention two.
    My other concern is the fact that the Prov of Ontario, by means of the Green Energy Act can choose to put these turbines wherever they choose as long as they adhere to the setback rules…and if Barrie allows this one to proceed, then the Prov may well take the attitude that…hey…the City of Barrie must love these things as many of the residents contributed money towards this private project and the City approved it…so lets go and flood the city with many of these turbines and the City will have no say in the matter!!!
    Mr Mayor….I am urging City Council to really investigate the health issues associated with these Wind Turbines
    and even call and chat with Dale GoldHawk…..he is becoming an expert himself on this issue,,,,he can tell you first hand the experts he has consulted and what they are telling him.
    I am a resident of Ward 10, and I have forwarded a note to Alex Nuttall regarding this matter as well.
    PLEASE, PLEASE, do not approve this venture without first fully investigating the health implications!

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