Windsor Star photo - IrekMy name is Irek Kusmierczyk and I am honoured to be your voice on Windsor City Council as the Councillor for Ward 7.  Welcome to my blog called Forward 7.  Scroll down and you’ll find posts about issues residents have raised at the door, ideas and plans for improving Ward 7, how I voted on matters before council, and discussions about innovative best practices in other cities.  I hope Forward 7 becomes a space where we can connect and a first step in making City Council more transparent, accessible, accountable and responsive to residents.  I invite you to surf my site and as always I am available any time to talk in person, by phone or email.

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ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
10.1 – Parks Master Plan Yes 10-0 Presentation
8.14 – St. Patrick’s drive proposed parking Yes 10-0 Delegation
11.5 – Pelissier Street Parking Garage EOI Yes 6-5 Delegation
11.1 – Vehicle idling – 3 minutes Yes 8-2 Delegation
11.2 – Final Tax Rate and Billing Yes 10-0 Regular
11.3 – CIP – NEMAK Yes 10-0 Regular
11.4 – Annual investment report Yes 10-0 Regular
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ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
8.1 – Ojibway sewers RFP Yes 9-0 Consent
8.2 – Combined heat and power WFCU Yes 9-0 Consent
8.3 – WFCU LED light conversion Yes 9-0 Consent
8.4 – Interim control parking Sandwich St Yes 9-0 Consent
8.5 – WPL postage meter rental Yes 9-0 Consent
8.6 – Utility Cut restoration Yes 9-0 Consent
8.7 – Grand Marais drain culvert Yes 9-0 Consent
8.8 – Fairbairn cemetery Yes 9-0 Consent
8.9 – Minutes Willistead BoD Yes 9-0 Consent
8.10 – Healthy Kids update Yes 9-0 Consent
8.11 – Willistead BoD report Yes 9-0 Consent
8.12 – Accessibility Advisory report Yes 9-0 Consent
8.13 – Accessibility Advisory report Yes 9-0 Consent
8.14 – Huron Lodge committee minutes Yes 9-0 Consent
8.15 – Update Arts and Culture funding Yes 9-0 Consent
8.16 – Local Immigration Partnership update Yes 9-0 Consent
8.17 – Accessibility Advisory Report Yes 9-0 Consent
8.18 – Willistead BoD report Yes 9-0 Consent
8.19 – Report to close Belleview Ave Yes 9-0 Consent
8.20 – Rezoning 3021 Walker Road Yes 9-0 Consent
8.23 – IRC meeting minutes Yes 9-0 Consent
8.24 – BIA Advisory Committee meeting Yes 9-0 Consent
8.21 – CIP Plan – Cavalier Tool Yes 9-0 Consent
8.22 – Close Buckingham Drive alley Yes 9-0 Delegation
10.1 – Abar’s Island View Demolition Yes 6-3 Delegation
11.1 – Archery Range usage Yes 9-0 Consent
       

 

10.1 – Abar’s island View Demolition: I voted in favour of demolition of Abar’s.

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ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
5.1 – PwC Risk Assessment Yes 10-0 Presentation
5.2 – PwC year in review Yes 10-0 Presentation
5.3 – Succession planning PwC report Yes 10-0 Presentation
5.4 – PwC management action plan Yes 10-0 Presentation
6.1 – Year End Risk Management Report 2015 Yes 10-0 Presentation
6.2 – Ward Fund expenditures Yes 10-0 Presentation
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ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
8.3 – Development of fees N/A   Consent
8.4 – Rezoning housekeeping     Consent
8.5 – Minutes of Windsor Licensing     Consent
8.6 – Petition to reconstruct sidewalks     Consent
8.7 – EWSWA Annual Report     Consent
8.8 – Transit Windsor salary review     Consent
10.1 – Central Box Study Area     Presentation
10.2 – Response to CQ54 and CQ62 2015     Presentation
10.3 – WCU AGM     Presentation
10.4 – WCU 2015 Financial Statement     Presentation
7.6 – WCU 1st Quarter 2016     Presentation
10.5 – Contract for Animal Control     Delegation
8.1 – CQ8-2016     Delegation
8.2 – Herb Gray Parkway     Delegation
11.1 – Purchase two street sweepers     Regular
11.2 – Proposed budget timelines     Regular
11.3 – Social Infrastructure funding     Regular

 

Note – This is the second Regular City Council meeting I missed in over two-and-a-half years on City Council.  The reason – I was out of town for a family reunion that had been organized in advance.

 

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I support the right kind of Sports Tourism – which is the reason I voted to support the OFSAA Track and Field Championship that will be hosted in Windsor this summer.

The City was asked to provide about $10,000 in support – about half in-cash and half in-kind – by the local organizers.

In exchange – the tournament will draw about 5,000 people to the City of Windsor.

Two things make OFSAA an appealing sports tourism draw the City should support:

(a) The organizers take on 100 per cent of the risk of organizing the event – which means no City staff are required to operate the event.

(b) The organizers are on the hook for the financial cost of the event – with City providing a small amount of support or leverage

(c) These Ontario championships will draw people from Ontario and hence potential repeat visitors –  since travel is shorter, easier and less expensive

(d) The return-on-investment (ROI) can be measured and documented – providing taxpayers with a high level of accountability and transparency

(e) The return-on-investment (ROI) is significant – both in terms of tourism, economic development and branding

Taken together – the City is getting one heckuva good return on it’s $10,000 investment.  See you at the starting blocks!

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I attended a meeting of the Public School Board – along with my Council Colleagues Rino Bortolin and Chris Holt – to get a better understanding of the Board’s thinking surrounding the latest recommended Program and Accommodation Review Committee (PARC) process which – once commenced – would review the viability of seven schools in the City’s core.

I firmly believe that the City and School Boards should work together to cultivate closer collaboration and coordination – and that collaborative approach is perhaps most sorely needed when the issue of school closures arises because the impact of school closures resonate far beyond school walls and beyond school board chambers.

Anne Jarvis of the Windsor Star put it best in her article titled “The Cost of Closing Core Schools” when she writes:

But an elementary school is the heart of a neighbourhood. If it closes, it leaves a chasm. The board and the city are partners, trustees are realizing. A vibrant neighbourhood and a successful school depend on each other.

The Board and the City ARE partners.  With a greater awareness of this fact and sustained leadership from both sides, the lines of communication can be opened up – and not only could alternatives to school closures be potentially found, but other opportunities for synergy could be identified- most notably through the concept of Community Hubs promoted heavily by the Province of Ontario.

For the entire Jarvis article – CLICK HERE

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Many residents walking along the Multi-Use Trail (MUT) at the foot of Banwell Hill along Radcliff Road will likely notice that after a rainfall the run-off from the hill brings mud onto the multi-use trail rendering it very slippery.

I have made our Parks Department aware of this problem and the City will be implementing a fix that will keep the mud from the trail.  In the meantime – please be cautious when the MUT is wet.

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ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
8.1 – Signing authority Yes 9-0 Consent
8.2 – Leamington tripartite sharing agreement Yes 9-0 Consent
8.3 – WECHC shareholder declaration Yes 9-0 Consent
8.4 thru 8.25 – Committee Consent Items Yes 9-0 Consent
8.23 – BIA Budget approval Yes 9-0 Consent
11.1 – Capital funding for WFCU fire alarm Yes 9-0 Consent
11.2 – Private sewer connection study Yes 9-0 Consent
11.3 – Capital Funds for ETS at City Hall Yes 9-0 Consent
11.4 – Lancaster Bomber – Part Swap Yes 9-0 Delegation
       
       

 

 

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