March column

Dear neighbours,

We are well into our new term of council and with the 2015 budget having passed just yesterday I am excited to embark upon the business of getting things done.

In 2015 you will see improvements to road, pedestrian, cycling and transit infrastructure, within Bay Ward and across the city. You will also benefit from 5,700 additional Para Transpo trips city-wide.

In our neighbourhoods we will be able to continue our enjoyment of park space and public buildings thanks to renewal projects and more.

This year we will continue to invest time, dollars and efforts into the creation of Stage 1 of Light Rail Transit which, once complete, will mean better access to the wider system via feeder buses through Bay Ward.

With the construction of the rapid bus transit link between Bayshore and Moodie Drive residents in Bay Ward will have better access to the Transitway and will see improved reliability and service.

The City is investing $400,000 to ensure that people who choose to leave a life of crime have the support they need through a gang exit strategy. This investment complements prevention, suppression and enforcement efforts on the part of the City, Crime Prevention Ottawa and the Ottawa Police Service.

FEEDBACK

We heard from many of you during the budget feedback process. Thank you for raising both your ideas and your concerns with me and with my team.

Now, as we begin discussing the Term of Council priorities for the coming years I would like to, once again, call upon you for feedback. Council will be meeting to discuss these priorities in the summer, so we’d like to hear from you in the coming months.

What are the areas of most importance to you? What top three things would you like to see change? Please contact our office if you would like to have your say.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The 2011-2014 Term of Council priorities were: Economic Prosperity, Transportation and Mobility, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy and Caring Communities, Service Excellence, Governance, Planning and Decision-Making, Employee Engagement, and Financial Responsibility.

Some of these themes will likely be reflected in the new Term of Council priorities as we work to finish what we started. You can expect Ottawa to continue to be a Caring City, a Sustainable City, a Prosperous City and an Affordable City.

MY PROMISE AS YOUR COUNCILLOR

I can promise that I will continue to advocate for improvements to services and programs for Ottawa’s growing older adult population.

Investments in our stock of affordable housing and in the City’s ongoing efforts to eradicate chronic homelessness will continue to be top priorities for me.

I will continue to put my support behind initiatives to foster the economic growth and development of our city and Bay Ward.

The City will set out its priorities for the 2014-2018 term of council in the coming months and your feedback could help inform the Strategic Initiatives adopted in Ottawa.

I would encourage you to visit our website www.BayWardLive.ca to look at the highlights of the 2015 Budget to see exactly how it will benefit you.

In the coming years I look forward to continuing to work with each of you on fulfilling my promises to make Ottawa a better place.

Sincerely,

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Mark Taylor


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