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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Steve’s Mayoral Newsletter: February 2014

Steve’s Mayoral Newsletter: February 2014...

Greetings and salutations, In this month’s column I would like to address 3 important items: garbage, the ice storm and the OMB. This past Thursday the mayors of the six northern York Region municipalities met with the owner and executives of GFL, our contracted garbage collection company. The owner acknowledged and apologized for the poor service we have all received since April 2013 when they took over the contract from Turtle Island. In fact there was a public written apology from GFL in the paper last week. He has provided an action plan to remedy service and has assured us that it begins now! We have a 90 day progress meeting scheduled to ensure that this essential service is performed in an appropriate manner. I am sure you all heard about the recent GTA Mayor’s meeting in Mississauga to create a unified position on the Ice Storm funding requests. I participated in this meeting where we unanimously agreed to request a 1/3 Federal, 1/3 Provincial and 1/3 Municipal funding formula be used to cover the additional costs incurred as a result of the ice storm. We have requested a March 1st date for a response from both the federal and provincial governments. The Township continues the clean-up process throughout...
Steve’s Mayoral Newsletter: January 2014

Steve’s Mayoral Newsletter: January 2014...

Happy New Year!   I wish you all a health, happiness and prosperity in 2014!   Today, I officially declared my candidacy for re-election in the upcoming municipal election on October 27, 2104. These past 3 years have been extremely rewarding; I truly value the trust that you bestowed on me.   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...
Steve’s Mayoral Newsletter: Year-End 2013

Steve’s Mayoral Newsletter: Year-End 2013...

Happy New Year! The past year has been extremely busy at the Township. 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 Efforts We also have underway: A Transportation Master Plan Study A Development Charges Background Study A Housing and Residential Intensification Study An Official Plan Review I encourage all residents and business property owners to become involved with the Official Plan Review process. The Plan will guide our economic and financial sustainability and will pave the path for our future within and beyond a 20 year horizon. It is what and where we want King to be. In preparation for the 2015 PanAm Games, I am also pleased that King joined the Headwaters Horse Country initiative through a three year partnership with the Hills of Headwater Tourism Association...
Steve’s Mayoral Newsletter: December 2013

Steve’s Mayoral Newsletter: December 2013...

It’s that time of year to reflect on how fortunate we are and to share time with friends and family. I believe I am one of the most fortunate individuals, with a loving family, and the honour to represent the greatest community. Our Township is more than the picturesque rolling hills; it’s the people who truly make King beautiful. Please come out and share in the holiday spirit at the many events in King. There is the King City Christmas on November 30th at the 4 corners of King City from 5:00 – 8:00 pm and then on December 1st, the Nobleton Village Association will be doing their annual tree lighting at the Gazebo 5:30 pm. The much anticipated Schomberg Main Street Christmas takes place December 7th from 3 – 9pm; come see the “Farmers’ Parade of Lights” and jolly old St. Nick too. The Christmas season, more so than ever, is reason to consider others. There are people in King Township who struggle to make ends meet. Consider asking those who normally give you a gift to instead give a cheque in your name to an organization that endeavours to improve the lives of others.  In your own neighbourhood it can be the King Township Food Bank or the Nobleton...
Steve’s Mayoral Newsletter: November 2013

Steve’s Mayoral Newsletter: November 2013...

Wow I can’t believe we are in the middle of the fall season and Christmas is less than 2 months away, where does time go? This is the first of a monthly column graciously provided by The King Weekly Sentential newspaper. I will be utilizing this opportunity to highlight what’s happening in our great municipality. For those who are on my email distribution list, this is just one more way to ensure I communicate to all King residents; I will continue to send out emails intermittently too. We are undergoing an Official Plan Review Project. The purpose is to develop a new, overarching Parent Official Plan for the Township which will replace our out-dated individual Community Plans, and to complete the Greenbelt Plan and Growth Plan conformity exercises required by 2015. A Special Meeting of Council, open to the public, will be held on November 28, 2013 to discuss revisions that may be required as part of King’s Official Plan Review to be held at the beautiful Country Day School in the Auditorium (further information is on www.king.ca).   We are beginning the 2014 budget process and there are numerous opportunities for you to have input: through online surveys or at any of the budget open houses. (Look for...
Steve’s Mayoral Newsletter: June 2013

Steve’s Mayoral Newsletter: June 2013...

Man, does time fly….it’s summer already!!! I have been remiss in sending out these bulletins, so forgive me if this one is a little longer than normal! There is a lot to share with you. I would like to start off by saying thank you to all the volunteers who have made each of the many recent events in King so much fun for everyone: The Schomberg Agricultural Fair, the Nobleton Victoria Day Celebration, the King City Festival, and the many Garden Tours put on by our Horticultural Societies to name just a few. June and July will be filled with a host of events put on by Arts Society King (ASK) and there are the Township camps and various King Soccer and Baseball Leagues to keep our kids busy too! 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...
Thank You King!

Thank You King!

I am extremely honoured and humbled to be your Mayor-elect and I sincerely thank you for your Trust. We WILL work together to make the changes that we can ALL believe in. A special thank you to all those who not only supported me but also gave many, many volunteer hours towards my campaign. I am deeply grateful and VERY proud of our campaign. I look forward to the next 4 years and working with all of you....
Chamber Breakfast Address

Chamber Breakfast Address

On Wednesday October 6th, Steve addressed the King Chamber of Commerce members at Cardinal Golf Club. His speech was as follows: Good morning and thank you for this opportunity, I’m honoured and pleased to address you regarding business community development in King Township. In particular, I have been asked to provide my blueprint for my promise to implement an Economic Development Strategy that will focus on assisting our existing business and attracting new ones. As many of you will know, there are fewer businesses in King today than 4 years ago; This is NOT sustainability. Economic Development can be explained as… C.A.R.E. for business… Create, Attract, Retain and Enhance. The same rules apply to businesses as to customers; it is easier and cheaper to keep those you have than attract new. That being the case, you would think that there would be a Business Retention Strategy here in King, however there isn’t. I can and I will open the dialogue between the Township and Business and create relationships that will assist in streamlining processes, expansions, and create synergies between institutions such as Seneca and U of  T. It’s about partnerships. I will also work to provide a visible location from which the Chamber and our Tourism initiative can operate....
Another bad deal

Another bad deal

Tonight at Council, a motion was made to award the naming rights to the new Schomberg Recreation Facility at a price well below both budget and market. Steve has extensive experience in this area and addressed Council on this matter. Unfortunately, the motion was carried and a very long term, unprofitable deal has been sealed. This just another example of the poor financial management and decision-making, combined with the lack of effort, which has plagued the Township for many years. Steve’s comments to Council follow: Good evening Madam Mayor and Councillors, I want to provide some of my professional experience concerning The Parks, Recreation and Culture Departments report regarding the Naming Rights for the new Schomberg Facility. I have had the opportunity to be involved in naming rights with my municipal background and wish to share some lessons learned. This is NOT a good deal for the Township! In my experience we have been consistently been able to acquire $250,000/arena for 10 years only. But you are trying to do a deal for 50 years and for the whole facility. Why? For a full facility we have received $1 million again for a 10-year term. AND, it was the sponsor’s responsibility for all signage, which equated to an additional...
Vigorous Opposition to Generator

Vigorous Opposition to Generator

The plans for a gas-fired peaker generator plant to be built adjacent to the Holland Marsh continue to move forward despite tremendous opposition from all over the Township. Steve vigorously opposes the construction of this plant and went before Council in April 2008 to ask Council to take a strong stand against it. Two years later, the plans for the plant are still progressing at a rapid pace and our Council is still not presenting strong opposition to this health and environmental hazard. On Monday August 23rd, Steve along with many other King residents, went before Council to again present their opposition. Here is what Steve said: Madame Mayor, Members of Council I stand before you with a sense of déjà vu… I say that because back on April 28th, 2008 I did a deputation in which I stated that Council has 2 main functions: an administrative role and a representative role. Effective councils focus their attention on the representative role and allow the expert staff to deal with the administrative aspects of the Township.  At that time I asked that you represent us, the residents… the taxpayers. To take a strong stand against this plant! I have with me that package of minutes sent by the Township clerk...
Campaign Launch Speakers

Campaign Launch Speakers

Bill Ivany Bill is a long time, well respected member of the Schomberg and Pottageville community. He and his family are very active in a variety of associations and his children have played hockey and soccer for many years in King. Bill is a past executive member, coach and trainer of the Schomberg Soccer Club and the Schomberg Minor Hockey Club. Bill spent many years with the Pottageville Lions Club until it merged with Schomberg. In his professional life Bill is President and CEO of Melitta Canada and has led the company in its strong growth over the last 10 years. Cleve Mortelliti Cleve grew up in King Township and now resides in King City with his young family. He is Councillor for Ward 1 (following Steve’s 2 terms as Councillor for the same Ward) and is an active member of numerous volunteer committees. Cleve has 25 years of work experience in the civil engineering and land development industry, including 2 years of working as an employee of King Township. Lynda Rogers Lynda is a long time resident of Nobleton and has an inspiring portfolio of volunteer activities that she has led and/or worked on. She is the past president of ASK (Arts Society of King), and an active...
Campaign Launch Speech

Campaign Launch Speech

Good Evening and thank you all for coming, I could not ask for a more beautiful place to officially launch my campaign for Mayor. I want to thank Deborah Weiss for suggesting this fabulous venue that is giving me a great opportunity to meet and talk with you all here at the beautiful Water Stone Estate and Farms. Thanks also to the many volunteers who organized such a wonderful event. I would be remiss if I did not thank Bill, Cleve and Lynda. I am honoured to call them friends and I am grateful for their kind remarks this evening. As you all know, I have a young family who are all here tonight. Stephanie, Ashley, Emma and our twin boys, David and Joey. (Yes, that is 5 children, in case you lost track). My wife, Barbara Cowper, is also my campaign manager as she has a lot of experience keeping us all very WELL organized! We all love our township and are very involved in it. Whether it is picking up garbage for War-Against-Litter In-King, working with Eco-Kids, King Blooms, playing, coaching, convening soccer, staffing the gates for the Schomberg Main Street Christmas or many other activities, all of us participate. With a large, young, and busy family,...

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