|ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_||IREK VOTED||COUNCIL VOTED||TYPE OF ITEM|
|8.9 Playground Installation||Yes||10-0||Consent|
|10.2 Bicycle Safety Audits||Yes||10-0||Presentation|
|11.3 WUC AGM Report||Yes||10-0||Presentation|
|11.1 BIA Budget Approval||Yes||10-0||Consent|
|8.31 Road Safety Report||Yes||10-0||Delegations|
|11.5 Downtown Windsor Enhancement Strategy a CIP Grant – Valente Development||Yes||10-0||Consent|
|11.6 Catalyst Project Review for Downtown CIP for Valente Development||Yes||10-0||Consent|
|11.9 Maple Grove Homes development on Walker Road||Yes||10-0||Consent|
|10.1 Mayor Acknowledges Councillor Sleiman||Yes||10-0||Presentation|
|10.7 Arts and Culture Heritage Funding||Yes||10-0||Presentation|
Item 8.9 Playground Installation: Delighted to report that City Council approved the installation of a number of new playgrounds to replace old ones that had been removed. In Ward 7 these playgrounds include the playgrounds at Bush Park on Esplanade Drive and Flora Park.
Item 8.31 Road Safety Report: City Council received an informative 2017 Road Safety Report. Here’s the highlights – or should I say lowlights: Four out of the top six intersections for collisions are located in East Windsor representing major gateways for residents living in Wards 6 & Ward 7.
Here are the bad intersections that have significantly higher collision rates – sometimes two and three times the city’s average:
Lauzon Parkway @ Tecumseh Road East
Tecumseh Road @ Forest Glade Drive
EC Row @ Banwell Road
Lauzon Road @ McHugh
McHugh @ Banwell
Wyandotte @ Lauzon Road
Lauzon @ Forest Glade Drive
I asked a simple question: is infrastructure in East Windsor keeping pace with the pace of development?
I also put forward a motion – supported unanimously – to bring a report back to City Council during budget deliberations on short term safety improvements that can be implemented.
Petition: City Councillor John Elliott brought forward a petition with 3000 signatures to install a crosswalk on Malden Road after a collision sent a four-year-old girl to hospital with serious injuries. I put forward a motion – supported unanimously by council – to fast track a report to install the crosswalk.
I believe that when a City Councillor brings forward a public safety issue to council – one supported by local residents – the onus is on council colleagues to work together and step forward with a timely and pragmatic solution. Every Councillor has such an issue – whether it is a crosswalk on Chilver Avenue, downtown alley lights, the Dougall Avenue underpass or the lack of lights and sidewalks along Banwel Road – these are all safety issues that call for collaboration and prioritization to improve safety and quality of life for our residents.