City Councillor’s Update – Dec 2020
Dec 2020Dec 2, 2020 - By Riley Brockington
I trust you and your family are well. December is already here. 2020 has been challenging in so many regards. With a COVID vaccine almost ready for distribution, I hope that we will be better protected from this deadly virus and can return to a greater sense of normalcy and safety.
At the HCCA AGM held in November, I stated my desire commence a review of the amenities in McCarthy Park and strike a small working group to note what currently exists in the park, with the objective of making some additional improvements. Although I do not have a significant budget for this matter, I have been asked to review the possibility of expanding the current basketball court and illuminating it. There is also discussion in the community about expanding community gardens.
I like McCarthy Park, it is large and has a lot to offer and in many regards is a hub for our community. What do you like about it? What does it need? Feel free to share your thoughts with me.
Renaming Uplands Park
Uplands Park is a tiny park located on Uplands Drive in our Hunt Club community. It contains a small playground, tennis courts, wooded area and manicured lawn.
It has been my intention for some time to engage the community and recognize a significant local leader and contributor for her/his efforts with a park naming commemoration. I intend to strike a working group with the HCCA to discuss this further and develop a short list of names to be considered to rename this park in 2021.
Cannabis Dispensaries in Hunt Cub
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has notified my office that the application to open a dispensary at 800 Hunt Club Road, Unit 3 at Uplands Drive has been approved and a license was issued on November 16, 2020.
A second application earlier this year for 3310 McCarthy Road was objected to by myself and the HCCA. This application remains under review by the AGCO.
Juno Beach Memorial Bridge – Winter Maintenance
During my recent annual review of winter maintenance with snow operations staff at the City, I reinforced with them the need to have the Juno Beach Memorial Bridge well maintained by the start of the morning rush hour, to assist pedestrians headed over to the South Keys Transit Station. Within the vicinity of the bridge, I have also been working with Public Works staff to address the significant cracks and decay on the pathway network, around the Wendy Stewart stormwater ponds. A geotechnical study has been actioned to try to understand what is happening under the pathway that is causing such strong deterioration. Once this is fixed, I will be able to get this pathway network plowed in the winter, likely, next year.
Best wishes to everyone for a safe and festive holiday season.
City Councillor, River Ward
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