Mike – Election 2010
Watch the MiltonTodayTV Coverage of the Milton Town Council Inaugration December 6, 2010
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To say that Milton has changed over the past few years would be an understatement. Many long time Milton residents tell me they can hardly recognize it with all the growth. As Milton continues to grow and change, there is also a need for change in how we are represented around the council table.
Over the next 4 plus years, there will be a lot of decisions facing Milton town council including the approval and phasing of the Boyne Survey that will add approximately another 55,000 residents to Milton; intensification of Main Street which can possibly change the face of downtown Milton forever; the Derry Green Corporate Business park with hundreds of new businesses coming to Milton; and the addition of a Wilfrid Laurier campus and education village.
With this growth and other areas already approved for expansion like the Milton Centre for the Arts, Milton Sports Centre expansion and the overhaul of Main Street by the railroad tracks, there will be added financial pressures on the Town of Milton. With these changes, you the taxpayer, cannot afford to be left out of the process.
Far to often I hear comments like “I didn’t know that was happening!” or “The first time I heard of that was when I read it in the local paper.”
I want YOU to be part of that process. Local government needs to be more proactive when it comes to communication. As you can see by my website, there are many ways to get in contact with me. Long gone are the days of calling, leaving a message and hoping for a response. Milton councillors need to take advantage of social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook to enhance and improve the quality of communication between elected officials, and their boss….YOU the taxpayer. My commitment to be elected councillor for our ward wasn’t made at the last second. I have a plan of action to work with the residents of Milton to improve the quality of life in our town. Here are just a few of my priorities to help secure our future in Milton … together.
Financial Management – The first job of the new council will be to approve the 2011 budget. Town staff has recommended a potential increase of 6.91%, that’s almost 3 times the rate of inflation! This election, we need someone who will ask the tough questions and do what they can to keep the increase at or below the rate of inflation.
Neighbourhood Safety – Protecting our children is vitally important. Milton Town Council needs to review speed limits in residential areas and look at other ways to control traffic such as crosswalks, traffic calming tools, radar boards and the promotion of a neighbourhood watch program.
Accountability – Your elected representative needs to be accountable to you! My commitment is to continue to update my website with important information that you will need to stay informed as Milton changes. I will also knock on doors, hold regular town hall meetings and issue newsletters in between election campaigns, not just during them.