While on the campaign trail, I was able to talk to you, the residents, of Fort Erie about your concerns and what you felt needed to be “fixed” at the Region.
Now that you have elected me as your Regional Councillor for Fort Erie I still want to hear about your concerns and what I and the Region can improve upon. For this reason, I will be hosting a Community Conversation at the Fort Erie Golf Course clubhouse on Wednesday,
May 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. I want to offer the chance for residents to let me know what can be done better by the Region or myself.
Fort Erie is made up of many people with diverse backgrounds and experiences who given the opportunity would be able to make a difference in our community. I do not profess to know all about Fort Erie and the issues that many faces daily; but I would like to hear how I, as your representative at Regional Council, could help and effect change. I will provide the coffee, so please drop by if you have the chance.
I will be having further Conversations in each ward of the Town, so if you can’t make it to the Golf Course (behind the new High School) there will be other opportunities to meet.
I participated in the Strategic Planning session held last weekend for all Regional Councillors. It was a chance to, for a lack of a better term, set the course for this term of Council.
If you can imagine, putting a group of people in one room and having them come up with a direction that is amicable to all is one tough job. It was interesting to see that everyone had a different idea as to what was important for the Region and their constituents.
Thank goodness the staff at the Region had gone through this exercise before. They guided us through the process with hopes to capture everything that was being requested.
I will say that when it came down to selecting priorities and initiatives I reverted back to what I campaigned on, affordable housing and seniors issues. I am glad to say that these issues will be addressed, once they are approved by Council in June.
On the Niagara Region website, all the expenses that I have put forward have been listed. For the last three months, I have submitted 10 mileage claims to the Region; however, this is only a fraction of the number of meetings I have chosen to claim.
I also claim a stipend for a cell phone of $36.02 a month. I chose to use my own phone and have the Region app installed on mine rather than incur the cost of another phone provided by the Region. It was a cost saving matter for the residents.
On my expense claim, you will also see a cost of $798.82, this cost is for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in Ottawa.
It is here that I will learn the finer points of Municipal governance and will equip myself with the knowledge to better serve the residents in my community.
At any time I encourage you to go to the Region website and review how I have spent your hard-earned tax dollars.
On April 27, I had the honour and privilege of attending the Annual Service Awards Ceremony for the Fort Erie Fire Department. It was heartwarming to see all the dedicated men and women receive their awards for service. To the many men and women who risk their lives so that our community can be a safe one, I say thank you.
If you have the chance, please support our local markets being held around Fort Erie. I will be attending as many as I can, so if you see me please say hi!