1. Thank You King!

I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the residents of King for placing their faith in me and allowing me the privilege of serving as your Mayor for the next four years. I sought re-election because I truly love this job, and I want to build on the long list of accomplishments over the past term. We now have strong, forward-looking plans and strategies in place, including our Economic Development Strategy; Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan; Museum strategy, and of course our guiding Sustainability Plan. Over the last term, our reserves have grown from $13 million to $37 million and we are paying down our debt. Our Council is the envy of York Region and I am very proud of our entire Township team. I love King and I promise to do everything in my power as Mayor to make sure we succeed together. I work for you and with you. I will continue to engage the public and I encourage everyone to attend public events and our Meet the Mayor and Councillor nights, a tradition I will continue. I am always happy to stop by to meet you and discuss your concerns. King Township has an impressive history and a bright future that we will create together. Once again, thank you all. It is my privilege to serve. Mayor Steve...

2. Trusted Leadership

Integrity — Experience — Collaboration Re-Elect  STEVE PELLEGRINI as MAYOR of KING TOWNSHIP    ...

3. Experienced Financial Management...

KING’S IMPROVING FINANCIAL POSITION   “It’s not surprising that Pellegrini would be thinking about the finances. He is arguably the most economy-minded member of this or the previous council.”  King Township Sentinel – Editorial July 27, 2005. Our financial sustainability was a very real concern in 2010. At that time, our reserves were just over $12m for the entire Township. As of the end of 2013 we have over $37m in reserves. These reserves are the way that we will be able to adequately fund our infrastructure expenses now and in the future. We are steadily paying down debt and are in a much more secure financial position due to the fiscally responsible manner in which the Township staff and Council operates. I am extremely proud to announce that for the past 2 years we have won the National Award of Excellence for Government Budgeting Process. We have also developed a reserve strategy, and formed partnerships with the Northern 6 (Aurora, Newmarket, Stouffville, Georgina, East Gwillimbury and King) which have resulted in substantial cost savings because we can achieve economies of scale when we procure such things as garbage collection, insurance, audit services and the like. And, with cost containment measures in the Township we had a surplus of approximately $500,000 in 2011, $1.6 million in 2012 and $1 million in 2013. I continue to be focused on improving the financial position and ensuring a sustainable future for our...

4. Why Parks and Recreation Matter…...

Parks and recreation are essential contributors to community quality of life and the health of our residents.  More than just a frill, the parks and recreation systems make a difference to the lives of our citizens.  While every community in Ontario is unique, I believe that there are core goals that our communities must work towards to ensure that the fundamental rights of their citizens are met. Everyone has a right to have affordable access to safe and desirable parks, and sport and recreation facilities and programs within our own community. In a recent report published by Parks and Recreation Ontario, the estimated sport and recreation infrastructure deficit in Ontario is $5 billion.  The impact in our small community could be potentially devastating, where infrastructure funds are limited. During the last four years as Mayor, I am very happy to report that King has been able to go against the trend. With over $350,000 raised from the annual Mayor’s Golf Tournament and prudent allocations from the Township’s annual budgets we have been able to: build the King City Skatepark and Outdoor Ball Hockey Court re-build the Dr. William Laceby Nobleton Cmmunity Centre and Arena ice surface re-develop the Nobleton Upper baseball diamond build a new full-size soccer field and playground at Rafferty’s Corners Park build a new playground at Dean Plummer Park and at Hickstead Memorial Park re-build the playground at Pottageville Park added senior specific programs like Pickleball to our regular Parks...
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Thank You King!

Thank You King!

I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the residents of King for placing their faith in me and allowing me the privilege of serving as your Mayor for the next four years. I sought re-election because I truly love this job, and I want to build on the long list of accomplishments over the past term. We now have strong, forward-looking plans and strategies in place, including our Economic Development Strategy; Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan; Museum strategy, and of course our guiding Sustainability Plan. Over the last term, our reserves have grown from $13 million to $37 million and we are paying down our debt. Our Council is the envy of York Region and I am very proud of our entire Township team. I love King and I promise to do everything in my power as Mayor to make sure we succeed together. I work for you and with you. I will continue to engage the public and I encourage everyone to attend public events and our Meet the Mayor and Councillor nights, a tradition I will continue. I am always happy to stop by to meet you and discuss your concerns. King Township has an impressive history and a bright future that we will...
Steve’s 2014 Campaign Launch

Steve’s 2014 Campaign Launch

In 2010, I laid out the 4 immediate priorities that had to be addressed during my first term of office. These 4 priorities have provided the focus for the past three years and, with my strong leadership we have been able to accomplish even more that I could have hoped. We are listening to our residents and stakeholders while setting the bench mark for great governance. Never before have we had long term strategic plans to address all essential aspects of our municipality and that are based on resident and stakeholder input, best practices in municipal governance and financial responsibility.   CREATE & Implement a Strong Economic Development Plan    We must partner with and help our existing businesses After developing the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan in 2012 it is now the primary reference point for our decisions. The Plan speaks to key initiatives that need to be undertaken to protect our rural municipality in many different aspects. To that end we have completed:   The first ever Economic Development Strategy The first ever Business Retention + Expansion Program An update of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan A Museum Strategic Business Plan A King Township Public Library Strategic Plan A Green Sustainability Checklist Community and Street Beautification...
Getting to know Mayor Steve Pellegrini: Making time for what’s important (King Weekly Sentinel Article)

Getting to know Mayor Steve Pellegrini: Making time for what’s important (King Weekly Sentinel Article)...

This article by Mark Pavilons, Editor of try King Weekly Sentinel is reproduced and appeared January 30, 2013. MARK PAVILONS KING WEEKLY SENTINEL   King’s mayor is enjoying his “dream job,”but it takes an effort to juggle work and family. Steve Pellegrini follows the adage “making time for what’s important.” And what’s important is his wife, children and his extended family – the en- tire population of King Township. It’s people – all kinds of people from all walks of life – who make his role interesting. While far from a “ca- reer politician,” Pellegri- ni’s political contribu- tions began in 2000 when was elected councillor for Ward 1, just a few months after moving to King from Richmond Hill. What sets him apart, and gives him a bit of an edge, is that he’s been a municipal government employee for more than three decades. That has provided him a unique vantage point. He literally wanted to make a difference “from the other side,” and he wanted to “make things happen.” Backed by his strong sense of civic responsibil- ity, he embarked on what has become a successful political journey. “I truly love serving the residents of King. Every day is different and excit- ing.” There have been several...
Mayor urges partners to make King ‘investment ready’ (King Weekly Sentinel Article September 26, 2013)

Mayor urges partners to make King ‘investment ready’ (King Weekly Sentinel Article September 26, 2013)...

This editorial by Mark Pavilons, Editor of try King Weekly Sentinel is reproduced and appeared in September 26, 2013. MARK PAVILONS KING WEEKLY SENTINEL   King Township is fast becoming one of the best places to live, work and play. And the numbers back it up. That was the message delivered by Mayor Steve Pellegrini, at the annual Chamber of Commerce sponsored Mayor’s Lunch, held at Cardinal last week. Residents are in “good hands,” he told local business representatives, adding all the pieces of the puzzle are coming together and the municipality is jelling in all respects. The “word is out” that King is a welcoming municipality for businesses and residents. The mayor stressed it’s not just “lip service,”on the Township’s part. They are actively working with all those who are looking to invest in King. He constantly reminds his peers not to think about political boundaries and that investment here will have far-reaching impacts. The Township just recently hosted an informal round-table discussion with local developers, exchanging information. They urged developers to help them make King better and work together. As well, there’s a need to make the lands at the southwest corner of Jane and King Road ready for commercial and industrial uses. These are King’s employment...
Mayor’s Golf Tournament Raises $105,000 for Township (King Weekly Sentinel July 25. 2013)

Mayor’s Golf Tournament Raises $105,000 for Township (King Weekly Sentinel July 25. 2013)...

  This article my Mark Pavilons, Editor of try King Weekly Sentinel is reproduced and appeared July 25, 2013. MARK PAVILONS KING WEEKLY SENTINEL A great turnout for the third annual Mayor’s Golf Tournament will see a nice injection of funding to community projects. The sold-out event drew 150 golfers to Cardinal last week, despite the hot temperatures. The event raised a total of $104,850. According to Mayor Steve Pellegrini, funds raised go back into the commu- nity, into the coffers of Parks, Recre- ation and Culture Department at the Township. In the past three years, the tournament has seen roughly $250,000 given back to King Township. “It’s a humbling experience,”Pel- legrini said, adding these funds stay in the community. The Township is looking at creating an AstroTurf soccer field with lights and working with King United Soccer to make it happen.   [For photos attached to article, click here to download the PDF:...
Take advantage of meet and greet sessions (King Weekly Sentinel Editorial)

Take advantage of meet and greet sessions (King Weekly Sentinel Editorial)...

This editorial by Mark Pavilons, Editor of try King Weekly Sentinel is reproduced and appeared on February 28, 2013. MARK PAVILONS KING WEEKLY SENTINEL   Democracy is not a spectator’s sport. While the majority may feel quite comfortable in being armchair critics, our system doesn’t work best that way. It relies on public participation every few years. But ideally, our sense of local democracy should be a daily ritual. Unlike putting on a suit for Sunday church service, our sense of democratic rights and freedoms should be worn on our sleeves every day of the week. My father, a product of post-war Soviet-occupied eastern Europe, made it a point to out on a fresh suit, complete with a Canadian flag lapel pin, for each and every election. He read the papers and tried to make an informed decision at the polls. He was adamant about voting, largely because his former homeland never had such privileges. In King, voter turnout for municipal elections has traditionally been quite high, in the neighbourhood of 50%. While not the majority, King outshines many nearby municipalities who can only muster a 30%-40% turnout at the polls. So it seems obvious that we have a very solid group of concerned citizens, who make an effort...
Pay attention to issues and politicians  (King Weekly Sentinel Editorial)

Pay attention to issues and politicians (King Weekly Sentinel Editorial)...

This editorial my Mark Pavilons, Editor of try King Weekly Sentinel is reproduced and appeared in November 21, 2012. MARK PAVILONS KING WEEKLY SENTINEL   “Three groups spend other people’s money: children, thieves, politicians. All three need supervision.” Dick Armey Here we are, just past the mid-way point of the current term of council. It’s a perfect time to pause, reflect and evalu- ate the performance of the current crop of politicians – those who we entrust with our hard-earned tax dollars. Being rather new to the King political scene, I have, nonetheless, had ample opportunities over the past 10 months to see and hear them in action. But I’ve been in the jour- nalism game for more than a quarter century and I even ran for Peel Re- gionalcouncillormyselfin Bolton in the 2010 munici- pal election. One thing I do know a fair bit about is people. There is “history” in every community and even a fair bit of baggage, plenty of grudges and hard feelings. There are alliances and allegiances. While some of these have led us to this point in our history, progress is all about the future, not the past. The bottom line is we have to work with what we have and what we...
Positive comments seem the order a year after election (King Weekly Sentinel Editorial)

Positive comments seem the order a year after election (King Weekly Sentinel Editorial)...

This editorial my Mark Pavilons, Editor of try King Weekly Sentinel is reproduced and appeared in October of 2011. MARK PAVILONS KING WEEKLY SENTINEL It’s been said that time flies, and so it seems has been the last year. A little more than a year ago, King Township voters elected themselves a new mayor, brought in two rookie councillors, restored another one to office and returned three veterans. And after that year, basically positive reactions are being reported. Mayor Steve Pellegrini called it “a wonderful, magnificent year.” He added getting the hang of the new job is a learning curve. “The one thing I have learned is patience,” he declared. “It takes time. There’s a process and things take time.” The mayor had a list of accomplishments over the last year, including the opening of the Trisan Centre in Schomberg; his inaugural golf tournament, which raised more than $50,000 for the centre; the establishment of a sustainability task force for the Township, which is working on a plan which will include branding; and the appointment of Susan Plamondon as Chief Administrative Officer. He also pointed to the establishment of the Community Police Centre on Main Street in Schomberg along with the new office for the King Chamber of Commerce....
Traditional political thinking is passé  (King Weekly Sentinel Editorial)

Traditional political thinking is passé (King Weekly Sentinel Editorial)...

This editorial my Mark Pavilons, Editor of try King Weekly Sentinel is reproduced and appeared on April 23, 2013 “I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.” – Charles de Gaulle MARK PAVILONS KING WEEKLY SENTINEL Things are always changing. And yes, time flies, but not typically in government. Those wheels of bureaucracy still roll along at a less-than-impressive pace. I don’t know how much they’re spending on toilet paper at the Pentagon (which incidentally uses some 700 rolls per day), but I hope they shop around for the best deal! And that brings me to my point. Many politically minded types have said, time and again, that government has to do things differently. The movers and shakers have to run their government body more like a business and take more heed of the red and black in their balance sheets. They have to shop around, forge alliances, leverage potential and just manage their resources better. The Township of King is evaluating the potential of the former Holy Name Catholic elementary school site on King Road, just west of King City. It’s a great parcel of land, tucked back from the road that is home to a decent school...
King Weekly Sentinel Interview January 21, 2013

King Weekly Sentinel Interview January 21, 2013...

What makes your role as mayor interesting? What has been one of the most memorable moments in your politicial career? I truly love serving the residents of King; every day is different and exciting. There are many memorable moments but I think the best one was the first time I heard from the residents and staff that I have created an atmosphere that allows people the opportunity to speak and be heard. There is a positive energy in the Township. I am very proud and humbled by the positive feedback.   What makes you want to get out of bed every morning with a spring in your step? Every day is different; I get out of bed with new challenges and interesting activities ahead of me each day. I am a strong believer that there is lots of time to sleep when we are dead, so I want to enjoy every minute. Time moves quickly but we can each make a difference every day.   What are your personal priorities in life? Ensure that our children are well grounded and have a happy future.   How are you blessed? I am blessed in so many ways with a large happy, healthy and supportive family. I have my dream job...
Steve’s Mayoral Newsletter: June 2014

Steve’s Mayoral Newsletter: June 2014...

Summer begins June 21st! We went from a long hard winter to summer and basically skipped spring! I would like to start off by saying thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors who have made each of the many recent events in King so much fun for everyone: The ASK Studio Tour, The Nobleton Victoria Day Celebration, The Schomberg Agricultural Fair, to name just a few. June and July will be filled with a host of events put on by Arts Society King (ASK) as well as the Township camps and various King Soccer and Baseball Leagues to keep our kids busy too! Don’t forget to come out to The King City Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival on Saturday June 14th. And now a bit more on items that you may have heard or read about recently: We have completed King’s first ever Economic Development Strategy. Full details are on the King Township website but I would like to share with you the four high level goals that are intended to anchor and qualify the Township’s strategic economic development initiatives: i.     Investment readiness ii.     A commitment to community and sustainability iii.     A culture of entrepreneurship iv.     A strong, innovative rural brand These goals also support the Township’s...
Steve’s Mayoral Newsletter: March 2014

Steve’s Mayoral Newsletter: March 2014...

Greetings, Will winter ever end? Our Roads staff has been extremely busy clearing snow and preparing for the thaw that will eventually arrive. I ask for your help with clearing the catch basins in front of your property in the hope of some warm weather and avoiding the potential of flooding. The municipality continues to be successful in receiving grants! You may have heard that the Province has agreed to fund King’s ice storm costs and we have also received funding from the Province under the Source Water Protection Plan and Clean Water Act. By way of background, the Province introduced the Clean Water Act in 2006 to help protect municipal drinking water through the implementation of a multi-barrier approach that prevents contaminants from entering sources of municipal drinking water. The Clean Water Act and its regulations direct the development of science-based Source Protection Plans that establish policy for making local decisions for protecting drinking water quality and quantity, and address drinking water threats. Township staff has worked with York Region staff and participated in a working group with Regional and other partnering municipalities to achieve greater consistency with the two Source Protection Plans to which we are subject. The Township has a key role in the implementation of...

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