From Councillor Yvonne Fernandes

From Councillor Yvonne Fernandes

Hello Neighbours,

On Thursday, September 21 I had the opportunity to tour Ward 4 with our new Chief Administrative Officer Dan Chapman. Let me briefly introduce you to him. He has been with the City for 12 years. Seven years ago he became our Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, responsible for Finance and Corporate Services which includes Legal, Finance, Clerks, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Supply services.

Dan is married with four children. In addition, their busy household has a dog and two cats. In his spare time, Dan likes to putter around their century home.

His earliest experience with municipal work was as a student which included horticulture, lifeguarding and working with an Engineering survey crew. This motivated him into a career of public service.

During our tour, I was able to show Dan some of the exciting happenings and challenges within the ward. We began with a meeting at the Community Center to view the design drawings of the recently approved expansion of the center. It’s exciting to consider this future transformation and its potential, and satisfying to see how the new building will meet the needs shared with us by the community.

Next we took an interesting walk with staff along the trail behind Old Carriage Dr. This trail is one of the prettiest in the area, but has suffered much with flooding and needs thoughtful remediation. We concluded that it would be challenging and expensive to bring this trail up to the standards required for our multiuse trail system. A wiser option would be to make it a hiking trail and reduce the expectation of it being maintained as a mixed use trail. There will be further discussion on how we will try to maintain.

We followed up with a tour of the college area where a new townhome development has started. Dan was able to see some of the challenges around the student housing. We drove around the Dodge Dr. area, the Ormston development and then Wards Pond.

Our final stop was the snow disposal site at Battler and Huron Roads. Although it looks like a parking lot that has no use, we learned that snow can actually stay on the site until July. We were shown the system that keeps the run off from going into the storm water pond and Strasburg Creek. It was encouraging to see how it works to protect the creek from additional salt run off. I believe that the tour was a positive experience for Dan and I as I showcased Ward 4.

Join me at my Meet Your Councillor night at the community centre on Wed., Feb. 2 with community liaison, Sarah Anderson.

Sincerely,

Councillor Yvonne Fernandes―Ward 4