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I hope everybody had a great summer! Although the weather wasn’t as hot as I was expecting it to be, it was still fantastic nonetheless.
The highlight of this summer was celebrating my 60th birthday in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina with thirteen other family members. I read books, watched the eclipse with my family and even hit a few golf balls. The uniqueness of Hilton Head that attracts me is that they have the most stunning tree canopy I have seen anywhere. The island has a tree ordinance that states that one cannot remove any tree unless you have permission from the city. It truly is gorgeous.
I also had a daughter get married this summer. It was a beautiful ceremony. And my wife Cheryl and I took in a Nascar Race in Watkins Glen, New York. It’s my favourite sport to watch.
For my personal growth, I took courses to keep my accreditation for my financial planning and life insurance designations. Although I’ve stepped away from that career for the last seven years, I think it’s important to continue to build on your skills no matter where you are in life.
When I wasn’t with my family, I was back at the office where I had a packed schedule.
My council colleague Paul Sharman and I took a drive to Detroit and met with the leadership of the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan. We wanted to learn about their not for profit Seniors Living Communities that we believe could take place here. I will be sharing our findings with the Mayor’s Seniors Housing Task Force at our next meeting. You may not know that Burlington identifies itself as an Age-Friendly City, so I’m always looking for ways to improve the quality of life for all citizens.
I was in Ottawa for the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference. We discussed the long term financial sustainability of municipalities, the effects of the legalization of marijuana and new changes proposed for the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).
Community events are in full swing during the summer. I participated in a Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Forum, the first Halton Freedom Festival, Joseph Brant Day and the Rotary Club of Burlington Central golf tournament just to name a few.
As we transition into September, there is much to look forward to on Council’s agenda, particularly with regards to development. I hope you’ll be engaged as we move forward with the city’s strategic plan. A City that Grows. A City that Moves. A Healthy and Greener city. An Engaging City.
I hope to see you out there on our beautiful streets.
Guest blog by Mark McGuire, Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee.
After operating for 12 months, Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory met in April and June to take part in a two-part workshop series at the Haber Recreation Centre.
Stephanie Venimore facilitated a two-part workshop aimed at helping the committee brainstorm ideas that could be explored to rough out a strategy for when the committee met again in September 2017.
The workshop meetings discussed the vision of the Millennial Advisory Committee, what we set out to accomplish to date, and to brainstorm concepts for our organization and operations to be enacted.
Conduct outreach and make recommendations to help Burlington foster and retain millennial-age residents. Activities may include, but are not limited to:
According to Statistics Canada, there are more than 30,000 residents in Burlington born between 1981 to 1998, representing approximately 17 per cent of Burlington’s population. Mayor Goldring heard from a number of millennials that they want to be more engaged with their city in a meaningful way, which led to the formation of a Millennials committee.
The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee is a collective created for and run by millennials. There are 18 members on the committee, and they are inspired, passionate and enthusiastic. The committee concentrates on creating opportunities to engage millennials within their community.
Where do we go from here?
The next meeting of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee will be on Thursday, September 21st, 2017. The meeting will run from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Haber Recreation Centre, 3040 Tim Dobbie Drive. All meetings are open to the public, especially millennial-aged residents. Meeting attendees are encouraged to bike, bus or walk.
Want to get involved?
To apply to be a member of the committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information.
The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee was created to develop initiatives and provide input on how to keep and attract residents aged 19 to 36 in Burlington. The Millennial Advisory Committee identifies millennials as people born from 1981 to 1998.
Why get involved?
The City of Burlington has the best reasons to get involved with any Committee or Board:
Want more information?
For more information about the committee, contact the Office of the Mayor at email@example.com.
At the January 23 Burlington City Council meeting, council approved the City of Burlington’s 2017 operating budget.
The tax rate increase for the City of Burlington portion is 4.42% and the overall tax rate increase, which includes the effect of taxes at the region and school boards is 2.56%.
The City portion includes a 2.09% increase to cover increasing commodity and compensation costs and 1.58% increase to help address the $130 million infrastructure gap. The balance of the increase (.81%) was for enhanced services that include: additional resources for tree service, project management resources and improved play field maintenance.
The increased investment ($254,000) in tree service is required to meet current levels of service for inspections, removals, stumping, planting, watering, etc. Our urban trees are a tremendous asset to all of us. They act as an air filter, they absorb carbon dioxide emissions, provide a cooling effect in the summer and add to the aesthetics of the city.
The additional resources ($550,000) for project management will assist the city in becoming more effective in how the many projects including those related to our strategic plan, are implemented. Our City Manager will direct how this funding is used and he will be reporting back to council on a regular basis. Without the investment, project work would be more expensive and not as timely.
Our play field user groups have pointed out to us that the maintenance service that the city provides for play fields is inferior to all our neighbouring municipalities. Staff were recommending that we increase the service in 2018, however council has decided to provide partial funding ($200,000) in 2017 in order to see some improvement this year. Continue reading
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Good morning. I would like to offer a warm welcome to the annual Mayor’s State of the City Address.
Thank you all very much for joining me this morning. It means a lot to have so many people here. I appreciate your ongoing support.
I would like to recognize the Burlington Chamber of Commerce for hosting this event, as they have done for many decades.
In particular, thank you to Keith Hoey and his team, Marty Staz and the board of directors, along with the volunteers and membership. Together, you facilitate many different programs and events throughout the year that help bring the community together and build relationships that are essential to the prosperity of business in Burlington.
And thank you to today’s sponsors: Bell, Scotiabank, CN Rail, the Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington, Union Gas and CogecoTV.
Today marks my seventh State of the City Address. Since the first time I stood before you, we have made significant progress, which I will share with you.
My colleagues from Burlington City Council are with us today. I am proud to work alongside these men and women who are deeply committed to our city.
Please welcome councillors Rick Craven, Marianne Meed Ward, John Taylor, Jack Dennison, Paul Sharman and Blair Lancaster.
Our City Manager James Ridge is also here today. James is a key part of the leadership at the city along with the Burlington Leadership Team and our staff. I am proud of the dedicated staff working hard every day to make this city the best it can be.
We continue to work closely with all orders of government. Joining us this morning is Oakville North-Burlington Member of Parliament Pam Damoff, as well as Burlington Member of Provincial Parliament Eleanor McMahon, who last year was also named Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
I want to recognize Burlington Member of Parliament Karina Gould, who was not able to join us today, on her appointment as Minister of Democratic Institutions.
I am pleased to see Oakville Mayor Rob Burton, Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette and Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. It is great working with you as we build strong communities and a prosperous region at Halton Regional Council.
It is a privilege and an honour to serve as Mayor of Burlington. This community means everything to me. Continue reading