Some Observations As Term of Council Ends

cropped-cropped-IMG_0000008712.pngLast night we had our last Administration and Planning Committee meeting for this term of Milton Town Council. 

It’s been a pleasure to serve on that committee for the last four years along with the chair Colin Best. 

It did strike me as odd that with the election just over 30 days away that there were very few candidates for Milton Town Council in attendance. Over the last few months, the public gallery has had a number of candidates for positions attend on a regular basis.  It brings me back to the last election campaign for me, when from early January to the last meeting I attended each one.  

The best piece of advice I received when I first thought of running for public office was to attend the meetings and see how the process works.  It will give you a better understanding about the job, what it entails and the demands it will have on your time.  After I started attending regularly back in 2010, many other candidates showed up as well.  The ratio of those who won vs who didn’t is actually pretty good.

It’s because they were able to speak to voters with the understanding of what a local councillor does and that goes a long way.  They were able to make promises to voters as to what they could or could not do.  Knowing about the job is important for everyone who puts their name on a ballot.

Over this last year there have been a few candidates who attended regularly which is good.  Some however have not.

Out of the candidates who are vying for the position of Local and Regional councillor for wards 1,6,7 & 8, aside from one who attended less than a handful of meetings, no one has shown up.  Even the former councillor who was ousted from office back in December (see the link here and here)  and who made promises to attend meetings has not once shown his face at a meeting.

Some will claim “I watched the meetings online”  If you want the job, you make the effort to attend and take part in the conversation.  There should be no excuse at all for not wanting to be prepared for the job you’re spending money on trying to get.

None of the candidates for the position I’m running for have spoken on ANY issues they claim is important to them.  When it comes to town input sessions on budgets, community services, infrastructure or parks that both myself and the town have hosted…Nothing.

For over the last year I have attended the Regional Council meetings to prepare myself and be ready to start working day one. None of my opponents have.

Their lack of attendance should speak volumes to voters this coming election. Where have you been all this time?

The choice is clear for voters in wards 1,6,7,8. Mike Cluett is ready to start working Day one.

I’ll see you at the doors.

Get Your Mike Cluett Lawn Signs For 2014 Election

According to the Town of Milton bylaws, election signs can be installed on September 12, 2014.  This is also the cut off day for nominations for election.

You can either send me an email or fill out the form on my website www.completecommunity.ca/contact-2/ and I will make sure you get a lawn sign.

In addition to this, many people have asked me about who is running and for what position.  I will leave it up to you to do your research on each candidate but I am running for the Local/Regional Councillor position for Wards 1, 6, 7 & 8.  You can check out my website www.completecommunity.ca for maps.  If you are unsure, send me an email mike@mikecluett.ca and I can confirm if you’re on the voters list.

This election Milton residents will be voting for the following positions (assuming no one is acclaimed):

  • Mayor
  • Regional Chair
  • Local Councillor (Each ward elects one)
  • Regional Councillor (Wards 1, 6, 7 & 8 – Thats me.  One is also elected for Wards 2, 3, 4 & 5)
  • School Board Trustee (Public School Board/Catholic School Board etc)

During my travels around town knocking on doors, I’ve been asked on more than one occasion, for example, “I’m voting for Rob Duvall.  Does that mean I can’t vote for you?”

The answer is you can vote for both of us.  Rob is running for the Local Councillor for Ward 1, while I am running to sit on both Local and Regional councils.

Election day is less than 50 days away and I urge you to take some time and research the candidates that are running.  You will be seeing more of us coming to your door asking for your support, so please ask us questions.

As always, you can find details of my plan here on www.completecommunity.ca but if you have specific questions you can call or email me anytime.

I look forward to your support on election day.  I’ll see you at the doors.

Advance Poll Dates for 2014 Milton Election

According to the www.miltonvotes.ca website the following dates and locations have been announced for advance polling in the 2014 Milton municipal elections.

Advance voting hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with the exception of Sunday, October 19th, when the voting closes at 5:00 p.m.

Continuous Advance Vote – 5 Days

Monday, October 13 thru Friday, October 17, 2014

Hugh Foster Hall

141 King Street

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Advance Vote – 1  Day

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nassagaweya Tennis Centre & Community Hall (Campbellville)

9267 Guelph Line, Campbellville

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Shop & Vote – 2 Days

Saturday, October 18 & Sunday October 19, 2014

Milton Mall

55 Ontario Street South, Milton

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Saturday)

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Sunday)

Election Day – 1 Day

Monday, October 27, 2014

10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Ward One

101       Bishop P. F. Reding Secondary School – 1120 Main Street East

102       Beaty Branch Library – 945 Forth Line

103       Hawthorne Village Public School – 850 Bennett Boulevard

Ward Six

601       Guardian Angels Elementary School – 650 Bennett Boulevard

602       Hawthorne Village Public School – 850 Bennett Boulevard

603       Craig Kielburger High School – 1151 Ferguson Drive

Ward Seven

701       Jean Vanier Secondary School – 1145 Bronte Street South

702       Milton Sports Centre – 605 Santa Maria Boulevard

703       Tiger Jeet Singh Public School – 640 Yates Drive

704       Our Lady of Fatima – 709 Bolingbrook Drive

705       Milton District Hospital – 7030 Derry Road

706       Birkdale Place – 611 Farmstead Drive

Ward Eight

801       Escarpment View Public School – 351 Scott Boulevard

802       Escarpment View Public School – 351 Scott Boulevard

803       Lumen Christi Elementary School – 841 Savoline Boulevard

804       P.L. Robertson Public School – 840 Scott Boulevard

Please keep these dates in mind.  Voting in advance polls are a lot quicker than on election day (which isnt as bad as many assume it is) so to make sure your voice is heard and your choice for candidate is selected, get out and vote!

I’ll see you at the doors.

Louis St Laurent Road Widening

LSL Road Paving from 25 to Bronte Street

For those residents who use Louis St Laurent between 25 and Bronte St you will see that the paving has begun to widen the lanes.

The Town is also looking forward to completing the construction of the overpass on LSL to go towards Tremaine Road as well later this summer/fall.

Looking forward for other Town and Region projects to be completed this year.  The winter did put many projects behind schedule with the extreme cold temperatures but everything is getting back on track.

Here is a link to more road paving projects from the Town of Milton.

We appreciate your patience.

I’ll see you at the doors.

 

Fall Winter Milton Community Services Guide August 7th

community services guide 2014The Community Services Fall/WInter Guide will be available for download on August 7th. Or you can pick them up at one of our recreation facilities.

Lots of things for kids, adults & seniors available this year so make sure you get your copy.

 

Derry Road Closure Alert

Road Closure alert:

Derry Rd will be closed west of Bronte Street to Scott Blvd from 5 am Aug 7th until 8 pm Aug 9th for needed work on the underpass. Apologies in advance for the inconvenience.

Final completion date has not been announced but late fall 2014 is the target date and everything seems to be headed in that direction. I will keep you posted.

Milton Strawberry Festival 2014

This weekend at the Milton Fairgrounds is the 34th Annual Strawberry Festival in support of the Milton District Hospital Auxillary

Great food as far as the eye can see and yes….STRAWBERRIES!

It will be fun for the whole family.  I will be there at the opening on behalf of Mayor Krantz to kick the festival off in style.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Britannia Road Environmental Assessment Completed

Update JULY 2014

Here is the most up to date information from Halton Region regarding the Britannia Road widening project.

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Further to our recent discussion, the following is an update on the work underway to implement the water, wastewater and road improvements on Britannia Road from Tremaine Road to Regional Road 25.

The EA for the Britannia Road improvements through the entire corridor from Tremaine to the 407 is being finalized for filing in late September.

The detailed design of the water and wastewater mains between Tremaine and Regional Road 25 is proceeding for tendering this Fall, with construction scheduled for completion in the Fall of 2015.

The detailed design of the widening of the road and the CN Grade Separation east of Tremaine Road is also proceeding and construction of the road works will commence immediately following completion of the water and wastewater works.

A detailed communication plan will be implemented as we get closer to the start of construction.

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The environmental assessment for expansion of Britannia Rd is complete. A report to be presented at the Planning & Public Works meeting on March 19th will outline the details of the EA.

http://sirepub.halton.ca/cache/2/s5ovydjdsi3qsugjgnaeqybr/17099203132014040442214.PDF

This now opens the door to get shovels in the ground to expand Britannia Road from Tremaine Road to HWY 407.

This project was accelerated back in 2008 by Halton Region as it was originally slated to START in 2021 if you can believe it. The EA process has been long due to dealing with property acquisitions AND funding.

It wont be done right away but at least we can look forward to this long awaited and much needed project to begin sometime in 2015 if everything goes to plan.

For more info on this project visit the Halton wesbite pagehttp://www.halton.ca/cms/one.aspx?portalId=8310&pageId=49605

What to do on Family Day in Milton 2014

Wondering what to do on Family Day in Milton? Here’s a list of events for February 17th. http://www.milton.ca/en/play/familyday.asp

You can come meet Toronto Rock lacrosse player Garret Billings who is going to hold a clinic as well to show kids this great game (AND Canada’s official game to boot)  Im looking forward to seeing this great new facility as well, so join me at the opening of the Milton Indoor Turf Centre.

ALSO…keep in mind that at the Milton Sports Centre there will be an event with big screens showing our VERY OWN Travis Gerrits as he goes for gold at the Olympics. If you are going to that event, please wear RED AND WHITE to show your support.

Show your Support for Travis Gerrits!

Cheer on Milton’s own Travis Gerrits as he competes for gold in freestyle aerial skiing at Sochi. Catch all the action on three big screens in the lobby, gymnasium and Banquet Room of the Milton Sports Centre. A DJ will also be spinning tunes to get you into the spirit of the games!

Don’t miss this opportunity to support a hometown hero! Travis is scheduled to compete at the following times:

8:45 am: First round qualifier
9:30 am: Second round qualifier
12:30 pm: First round final
12:55 pm: Second round final
1:12 pm: Third round final

In celebration of Sochi 2014, various Olympic events will be screened between 10:00 am and 12:30 pm. Olympic-themed family games will also be available in the gymnasium from 10:15 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 to 3:00 pm.