‘On The List’ at council

Here’s a quick look at some of the items circulated to Barrie council for review on Monday, Aug. 30

Mary Street to go both ways

Downtown roadwork will require the conversion of Mary Street from its current designation as a one-way northbound route to a two-way road, general committee is being advised.
The two-way designation is required because the ongoing work is going to result in the closing of Dunlop Street to traffic, at the intersection with Mary, denying access to that street.
“To facilitate the temporary closure of Dunlop Street West and the detouring of traffic, the engineering department intends to temporarily convert Mary Street to permit two-way traffic as part of the detour plan, pursuant to By-law 2005-256,” Wendell McArthur, director of engineering, tells general committee in a memo.
The work will require that section of Dunlop to be closed from Sept. 7 through to December, council is advised. By-law 2005-256 provides approval to temporarily close roads for construction.
Parking metres on Mary Street will be “bagged” and taken out of action. Signs indicating the temporary status of Mary will be erected, along with local-access-only signs at the intersection of Mary/Ross streets.
Roadwork is taking place on Toronto Street, from Dunlop Street to Ross Street, and on Dunlop, from Toronto to Mary. Road closures allow for local access to homes and businesses.
The downtown roadwork is part of the Canada – Ontario Infrastructure Stimulus Program. Committee is being advised that the contractor “has been working diligently to stay on schedule in order to meet the deadlines imposed by the contract and the deadlines associated with the Infrastructure Stimulus Funding.”

Extended voting hours

The push to extend voting hours in “institutions” and “retirements homes” is morphing from policy to practice with more time for Georgian College students to cast a ballot in the Oct. 25 municipal election.
Last Monday council adopted a motion (staff report CLKO13-10) 10 “to provide for both advance voting in the 2010 municipal election and reduced hours of voting in institutions and retirement homes on voting day.”
The motion indicated that specific locations and date for advance voting were to be finalized. In a memo to council, city clerk Dawn McAlpine advises that ask has been completed, in regards to Georgian.
“I am pleased to advise that arrangements have been made for an additional four hours of advance voting at Georgian College, which is intended to provide increased opportunities for voter turnout at this location,” she writes.
Tuesday, Oct. 19 has been tagged as the day for advance voting at the college.

Politicians gather for waste-diversion program kickoff

Waste-diversion programs seem to be popular with politicians, as all three levels of government were present at the official completion of the Landfill Optimization and Waste Diversion project, Aug. 25.
MP Patrick Brown, MPP Aileen Carroll and Mayor Dave Aspden were all present at a ceremony to mark the completion of the project, funding by infrastructure dollars, which sees the purchasing of a new compost turner and wheeled loader, and the construction of a recycling education centre.
“This project will ensure and promote a healthy and clean environment through waste diversion,” the city says in a press release.
The feds and Queen’s Park both contributed up to $493,221, through the Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, with the city picking up the balance of the project’s total eligible cost of $1.4 million.
“These projects will help improve the environment, health and quality of life for local residents,” said Brown, with Carroll adding, “the City of Barrie’s new recycling education facility will help to protect the environment by teaching area residents about waste diversion.”
Aspden thanked the feds and the province for the support.
“This joint investment will result in more waste diversion and will empower community members to adopt better waste disposal practices.”

September is Kids Help Phone Month …

Mayor Dave Aspden has proclaimed September to be Kids Help Phone Month in Barrie, in recognition of the fact 60,000 youth in the Barrie area contacted the service last year.

The service (1800-668-6868) is Canada’s only toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual phone counselling, referral and Internet service for children and youth; its mandate is to provide anonymous and confidential professional counselling, referrals and information.
According to the mayor’s proclamation, the service will host a number of events to promote the phone line.
“I, Dave Aspden, Mayor of the City of Barrie, do hereby proclaim the month of September 2010 as KIDS HELP PHONE MONTH IN the City of Barrie, and join Kids Help Phone and their volunteers in urging our community to support Kids Help Phone be there for kids.”

… and also Big Brothers and Big Sisters Month

The mayor is also proclaiming September to be Big Brothers Big Sisters Month.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie & District match children with adults who may be missing from their lives for a variety of reasons. The ‘bigs’ provide mentorship, friendship and companionship, a connection which experience shows leads to improvements at school, better family and peer relationships, greater independence as they kids grow, reduced criminal behaviour, and a raft of other positives.
The association relies on volunteers and the community at large for support, and holds a number of fund- and awareness-raising activities through the year.
In Barrie, the association can be reached at 728-0515.

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