Name changes and traffic lights being installed

I just came back from the Town of Milton’s Administration and Planning Committee at town hall. For those who are unaware, there are 2 committees in place for the town: The administration and planning committee and the community services standing committee. All members of council are part of either one of these committees but everyone attends all meetings each month.

Tonight there were some discussions regarding possible changes at Thompson and Maple development (what seems to be mostly cosmetic changes to the complex) and whether or not a dealership will be built on Steeles and Martin Road (by Meritor as you come in off 25 south of the 401).

There were a few items of concern to ward one residents. One of them was the moving forward of a staff report to a proposed amendment to the zoning bylaw by Redwood Homes who wants to build 74 back to back townhouses by Ferguson Drive east of Armstrong Blvd over by Guardian Angels Catholic School.

Here is the link to the actual staff report. There are some that feel by adding additional homes right beside the school might eat into the current green belt. Since council adopted the staff recommendation, it will be ratified by council next week. If there are any other questions, please contact the town clerk for any more details.

Another item that was brought up by the planning department is the possible changes to the names of many streets in Milton. According to the report there are several streets that will be affected and I will look into the possibility of any of our Ward One streets being affected.

Given the past problems with other municipalities and the emergency services not being able to find the right location in a time of urgent need, the Town of Milton feels it necessary to move forward with this study and get the process started. This was also endorsed by the Town of Milton Fire Department as something that is essential to providing the best service to Miltonians. Stay tuned to my site for details.

And finally something that I know has been a thorn in the side of many people who use Britannia Road. Judging from the number of calls I have received I can only imagine the number of calls our councillors have received on this.

Regional Councillor Barry Lee brought up the concerns of many residents regarding the 4 way stop sign at 4th line and Britannia. There have been talks with the Town of Milton and Region of Halton to speed up the process and get a traffic light installed ASAP. Paul Cripps made mention that the traffic lights will be going up in the next 5 days or so with a few days after that to be completed.

I am one of the drivers who uses Britannia Road as I work daily in Mississauga and I can assure those who have also been affected it is a major inconvenience. The work is going to get done and not too soon for most of us. I will be updating my site to let people know the progress of the installation as soon as possible.

Please exercise caution and patience while driving through this area. I would love to hear what you think about this, so please feel free to comment on the blog or send me an email to mike@mikecluett.ca it’s your opinion that matters and I would like to hear from you.

I’ll see you at the doors.

150th Anniversary Plug and Pizza Overload

This has been a very busy weekend.

I was out knocking on doors along Bennett Road and Armstrong for the good part of the morning. In the afternoon Anthony had one of his birthday parties. Yes I said parties. Ever since the last one, he’s wanted to have his party at Chuck E Cheese and have a soccer party. So we did both. His soccer and school friends had one yesterday and tonight was family / cousins at Chuck’s. Fun times were had by all, but now I’m feeling a bit of pizza overload.

Again early this morning out visiting some more Ward One residents and later in the afternoon there was a special BBQ for the 150th anniversary committee out in a beautiful area of Milton. As you are aware, I am the Chairperson of the Master Committee and we have been hard at work planning the 2007 celebrations for the past 2 years.

The chair of our Promotions sub committee Kevin and his lovely wife hosted 20 or so of the 150th committee members and special guests. They have a beautiful home and backyard and a great time was had by all. (A BIG thank you goes to our hosts!)

The plans for Milton’s 150th are well underway and some very BIG things will be coming shortly. You will NOT believe it when you hear it. I can’t say anything just yet but it IS huge. I will leave it at that. (How’s that for suspense eh?)

We were also introducing to everyone the winners of our 150th contest that was held earlier this year. The contest was open to all residents of Milton to choose the mascot and Theme for the 150th Celebrations. Rose Brooks and Michelle Job were our lucky winners and they get to join the Mayor of Milton and ring the bell on New Years Eve. There is a long list of names that have had the honour of ringing the bell and now we can add two more.

If you are interested in helping out in the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Milton, you can contact me or visit our webpage. You will be seeing and hearing more about the committee soon as we get closer to the start of the celebrations. The more help the easier the task becomes so if you can afford some time to attend a few meetings and plan some events, drop me a line.

Tomorrow evening is a very important Administration and Planning meeting at council chambers. I will have some information on this meeting and more tomorrow.

Until then, I’ll see you at the doors.

Voting locations

I have updated my website with the voting locations for Ward One and an updated map as well. On the map you will find your polling station based upon where you live in the ward and you can then see where you will be voting on November 13th.

If you have any questions email me anytime.

This is probably the most important election in Milton’s recent history. It is imperative that we make the commitment to vote on November 13th. Last election was a very low turnout. We can do better.

I’ll see you at the doors.
Mike

The guy with the cool magnets…

Here is a preview of my campaign fridge magnets. If you would like one and I haven’t got to your door yet, just drop me an email at mike@mikecluett.ca and either myself of a member of my campaign team will be happy to give you one.

The number of candidates for Town and Regional council seems to be growing by the day which is a good sign. This means that there is some interest in what is going on in Milton. Some people are happy with the progress and some feel there could me more done. What seems to be the most common theme at the doors is that the decisions that have been made are poorly thought and the communication between levels of government (i.e. Town and Regional) can improve drastically.

As your councillor I will do my best to ensure that improves. The left hand doesn’t seem to know what the right one is doing and in this period of incredible growth, it needs to improve. The most important part of the communication process is however, the communication from you, the taxpayers, to the levels of government.

We need to know what you’re thinking and what your concerns are. It’s important that we get feedback from you on major decisions BEFORE they are made. This is why door knocking in between elections and utilizing other forms of communication is something that is essential for our elected representatives. My website will be that tool along with my commitment that I will continuously seek out your opinions and concerns over the next four years as your town councillor for Ward One.

This election campaign is just the beginning and it will continue over the next four years. I ask for your support on Election Day which is November 13, 2006. More details as to where the polling stations are going to be located, times, etc will be posted here as they come available. I look forward to meeting you at the doors.

Change is in the air…

Door knocking tonight was a bit chilly. It didn’t really rain for a long time but for most of the afternoon the drizzle fell in true autumn fashion. I can’t believe that autumn is just around the corner. Plans are underway for my son’s 6th birthday party and I hope that it’s warm enough to be outside.

The past couple of nights at the doors seemed to uncover similar themes as with the weather. In between the many comments on “Trudeau Raceway” and the excessive speeds drivers reach (even on a drizzly night in September) confusion about a local park, and providing people information on how they find out if their names are on the voters list *hint: just drop me an email at mike@mikecluett.ca *

A lot of people I spoke with agreed with me that we need to work at reducing speed limits in residential streets and have an increased police presence to enforce these limits. You can have all the by-laws and regulations you want. If people don’t comply…they are meaningless.

It really doesn’t make sense to have an area heavily populated by young families such as ourselves with a speed limit of 50KM/hr. Natural driving urges will bring that closer to 60KM/h (as most do on the 400 series highways) and the potential for an accident increases.

Even while talking to people just off “Trudeau Raceway” I saw some crazy stuff on the side streets. There was a driver who tried to pass someone on the left hand side on a two lane road because the driver wasn’t driving fast enough for them. People are getting frustrated at the level of non compliance of the posted speed limits and they all seem to agree its going to take a tragedy to open some eyes. There were some that have lived in Hawthorne Village for close to 5 years and they have given up trying to get some action from local levels of government.

The feeling of change is definately in the air.