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Thank you for another four years! Join us Dec. 1 for inaugural council meeting

Celebrating election night with friends, family and Leah Reynolds, newly elected Ward1&2 school trustee.
Celebrating election night with friends, family and Leah Reynolds, newly elected Ward1&2 school trustee.

I’m delighted and honoured to be reelected to serve you, the residents of Ward 2 and the city, for another four years. Thank you for your trust and support. I will work hard each day to maintain that trust, and serve every resident equally, regardless of how you voted.

See all the election results here: Municipal Election 2014 results

Campaign finances will be posted on the same page early in the new year. The deadline for filing financial documents is Dec. 31.

Join us for inagural council, Dec. 1, BPAC, 6:30pm

The new term of council begins Dec. 1. Residents are invited to attend and celebrate the swearing in of the new council on Monday, Dec. 1, 6:30pm, at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. The event is normally held in Council Chambers, but has been moved to BPAC to allow more residents to attend – a great decision to enhance community engagement. Light refreshments are also typically served. Please be our guest!

Issues for the next term

In coming issues of the newsletter, I’ll outline the key priorities for the term, which include managing residential development to protect neighbourhood character, greenspace and the Official Plan & Zoning; maintaining a vibrant downtown; attracting commercial development to shift the tax load off the residential base; tackling the infrastructure deficit; investing in transit, parks and trails, and affordable housing; and championing a private tree bylaw, arts & culture fee waiver and council code of conduct.

Welcome to our new trustee, Leah Reynolds

Leah Reynolds, HDSB Trustee, Wards 1&2
Leah Reynolds, HDSB Trustee, Wards 1&2

I’m also thrilled that my friend Leah Reynolds was elected as our Ward 1&2 public school trustee. I look forward to working closely with her throughout the term to bring more collaboration between the board and City Hall on issues of mutual interest. Leah will be a strong voice for our students and families, and has already dived into the role. She has a monthly newsletter to keep residents informed about what’s happening at the school board, and in our schools. Email her to sign up: lerey356@cogeco.ca.

Congratulations also to incumbent Arlene Iantomasi, who was returned as the Catholic school trustee for Wards 1&2.

Arlene Iantomasi, HDCSB Trustee Ward 1&2
Arlene Iantomasi, HDCSB Trustee Ward 1&2

 

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

A Better Burlington began in 2006 after my neighbours said they felt left out of city decisions, learning about them only after they’d been made.

As journalist for 22 years, I thought “I can do something about that” and a website and newsletter were born. They’ve taken various forms and names over the years, but the intent remains: To let you know what’s happening at City Hall before decisions are made, so you can influence outcomes for A Better Burlington.

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