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:

  1. 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 overarching vision of a sustainable community and the desired outcomes of the economic planning process.

  1. We also have finished the updated Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan and continue to work with our immediate priorities in our Sustainability Plan. Full details are on the website at www.king.ca.

 

  1. And, while I am talking about the website…..I am extremely proud of our website and we are continuously improving it with our second iteration. We have rolled out an Iphone app which gives you easy access to our waste calendar, service requests and many other features! I was fortunate to be asked to speak at the Smart Cities Conference this past April to highlight how to overcome the challenges of being small and becoming a “Smart City”. This has been a challenge with a small tax base and limited financial resources. So we need to focus on being innovative and effective in our operations by utilizing our existing technology to deliver more online services. The miCity Mobile App runs on both Apple and Android platforms and supports both smart phones and tablets. Unlike other mobile apps used by other municipalities, which are essentially stand alone, the miCity Mobile App is tightly integrated with the Township’s portal, citizen relationship management (CRM) system and online services to ensure timely, relevant and consistent information and services via both mobile devices and desktop computers.

 

  1. We received over $1.8m from the province for infrastructure funding which is going towards the replacement of the Dufferin Street Bridge in Ansnorveldt currently underway.
  2. GO weekend service from King City is back starting June 28th to get you downtown easily throughout the summer. And, the daily bus route to connect our villages to the King City GO train is continuing. I encourage you to use both of these services as they are a great way, especially for students, to get into the city and around the Township.
  3. We are in the process of implementing permanent traffic calming measures in both Nobleton and King City utilizing speed humps.

 

  1. Both the Greenbelt Plan and Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan are up for Provincial review in 2015. The Regional Municipality of York wants feedback from residents, businesses and organizations across York Region. The Region is holding open houses to solicit input and provide information on these important plans; ours is on:

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

King City Arena and Community Centre

25 Doctors Lane, Township of King

 

  1. We have begun to prepare a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for the communities of King City, Nobleton and Schomberg. Through a CIP, the Township can make grants or loans to property owners and tenants to assist with property/building improvements and outline other initiatives or actions required to assist in the revitalization of the communities (including acquisition and improvement of land and buildings).

 

  1. We also have underway:
  • A Transportation Master Plan Study
  • A Development Charges Background Study
  • A Housing and Residential Intensification Study
  • An Official Plan Review
  • Water/Wastewater And Storm Water Master Plan

And of course, we welcome your input on all of these initiatives.

 

  1. And finally I would like to formally invite you to a congratulatory reception celebrating the homecoming of our Gold Medalist Alex Pietrangelo, member of the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team 2014, Sochi Winter Olympics. I would be honoured if you would attend our celebration on Thursday, July 24th at Villanova College, 2480 15th Sideroad, King City commencing at 7:00 p.m.

 

If you are looking for any further information please check out our updated website at www.king.ca and while you are there, down load the app! As always, I encourage you to get involved in our community, come out and participate in the shaping of King’s future, and don’t forget to shop local.

Regards Steve