Getting Ready For AMO


This years AMO conference is coming up after this weekend. I've mentioned before it's a chance for councillors from over 400 plus municipalities to meet and discuss issues, attend workshops and potentially meet with Ontario government ministers to being up specific issues affecting their town or city.

Normally at this time we get a list of the meetings we're going to be attending at the conference with ministers and after getting the list of confirmed meetings, I'm left a little disappointed.

In the past 2 of the 3 day conference is filled with meetings with different ministries that usually leaves us exhausted from walking back and forth between all the rooms and hotels. This year there aren't many meetings at all.

Specifically missing is a meeting with the Minister of Health Dr Hoskins, Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter, and Minister Charles Sousa from Finance. Through Regional Chair Gary Carr's office many requests were made to meet with these three ministries as Halton Region needs answers.

Health and Finance to address the continued shortfall of funding for many of our health programs, costs that have been downloaded to the Region to the tune of $9.7 million in 2017. This has equated to the equivalent of a 4% tax increase for a Halton residents and there are still no answers on the horizon. This doesn't include the improvements that are needed for Halton's paramedic services and we require the delivery of new technology and triage tools for the Mississauga CACC.

The list for education demands gets longer by the day as in different areas of Halton there are differing needs. Schools closures in Burlington and the ever increasing demand for new schools, especially secondary schools in Milton to meet the ever increasing – and provincially mandated – growth in Halton.

These are just of the questions and requests we were coming to AMO to have addressed but sadly, no meetings scheduled.

Does this mean we give up? Heck no!!! But it's just another disappointment for those of us who represent this growing area in the provinces Places to Grow.

We will be meeting with the Minister of Transportation to discuss a number of issues affecting Halton and Milton including 2 way all day service, parking improvements for our main GO Station and the acknowledgement that we will need another GO station for Milton immediately in the Derry and Trafalgar area as well as off Tremaine Road. We will also be asking for some action on the proposed CN Intermodal issue as well. The province needs to continue to be at the table as the CEAA/CTA process moves along and recognize Halton's unanimous opposition to this location.

As the conference moves along, I'll be doing my best to update everyone as the meetings happen. Will we get definitive answers to these questions? Probably not right away but this is another opportunity for us at the Region and Town of Milton to get our concerns aired and hopefully some action taken.

We've done our part when it comes to meeting all the guidelines for Places to Grow and Milton's growth plan. It's now time for the province to step to the plate and lend us a hand. Hopefully with the ever looming date of a provincial elections, ears will be listening and action will be taken to have Milton and Halton's needs addressed.

Will keep you posted. Until then….

Heading to the AMO Conference

It's that time of year again. The time where many municipal councillors travel to one location to share experiences, pass along advice and get an opportunity to speak one on one with provincial government ministers.

There are many different workshops scheduled for this year in Ottawa that spans over a 3 day period. Some of the topics will include new design and planning for today's housing needs, increasing participation in municipal issues, cannabis legislation & impacts on municipal / regional government.

Of course one of the main items I personally look forward to is our one on one meeting with provincial government ministers. This is where we get a chance to speak with them directly about important issues in Milton. More schools, better infrastructure funding, fixing then downloading of health services on to Halton Region. Chair Gary Carr and many if not all of the Halton area councillors will go from meeting to meeting and present to them OUR solutions.

No guarantees about what we get, if anything during these meetings but we still state our case and why we need what we need.

If you could sit down with one provincial government minister, who would it be and what questions would you ask? Let me know either in the comments here or email me mike.cluett@milton.ca

Ward One Recount Confirms Original Result

Milton council recently approved a recount request for Milton Ward One results in the 2014 election. By a vote of 6-2 (Clr Malboeuf and I voted against) a recount was approved and to be held today.

Earlier this morning the recount begun and after a few hours the results were released showing no change in the vote count. Clr Elect Robert Duvall – Milton Ward 1 Councillor, who won by 14 votes, is expected to be confirmed by Town officials as the duly elected representative for Ward one. There is a time frame of 16 days where the results can be appealed but that is not expected.

Here is the article of the decision by council to approve the recount. My reasoning is included in the article.

“Councillors Mike Cluett and Rick Malboeuf voted against the recount, citing the $4,000 in legal expenses that the Town would have to incur.

“From a numbers point of view, I feel that it would be highly unlikely the vote count to change that drastically given the number of votes cast. I feel confident that the results would be the same and therefore I look at what impact it would have on taxpayers for the cost of the recount,” said Cluett.

Local and Regional Councillor Colin Best said the recount was necessary because Barkley lost by such a small number of votes, which could easily be the result of faulty optical scanners or ballots with unclear markings.”

http://www.insidehalton.com/…/4992437-voting-recount-to-be…/

Councillor Elect Robert Duvall told me earlier today that hes glad this is over and is looking forward to begin working on council starting December 1st.

Santa Comes to Milton November 16th

You better watch out.

Santa Claus makes his return to Milton this coming weekend Sunday November 16th starting at 130pm.  The parade route is the same as last year so make your plans now and pick your spot along Main Street.  The parade will begin at Main & Scott Blvd and move along historic downtown Milton and end at the Milton GO Station.

The usual mainstays of the parade will be there as well.  Milton Transit and the STUFF A BUS will be there so please bring some non perishable food items for our local food bank.  Members of the Milton Rotary Club will be walking the parade route with big buckets for donations.  As many know, the Milton Santa Claus parade is funded totally from donations and sponsors and every little bit helps.

Kids can also bring their letters to Santa as well!  Lots of fun for the whole family and a great way to kick off the Christmas season.

I look forward to seeing everyone there at this years Milton Santa Claus parade.  For more information please visit their website.

Better be good…for goodness sake! HO HO HO!

Election Campaign Announcement

Earlier this morning I filed my nomination papers to run for the position of Local & Regional Councillor for wards 1,6,7 & 8.

This might come as no surprise to many as it’s been apparent that residents in our area have been under-represented during the last term.

I look forward to the campaign and meeting as many residents as possible and details on how you can support my campaign will be posted soon.  You can click on the Facebook link to the right and that will take you to a campaign page where you can comment, like and hopefully SHARE with all your friends and neighbours in Milton.

As resident of Milton for more than 10 years and the Local Councillor for Ward 6 since 2010, I have built a solid reputation as an active community member (United Way Milton, Milton Community Resource Centre) and an advocate for accountability and delivering efficient, cost-effective services.

I’m known for being engaged and accessible to residents and am seeking to represent Milton as the Local and Regional Councillor for Wards 1,6,7,8 to continue my tradition of open, transparent and accessible governance.

I am committed to protecting the taxpayer, building safe, strong and healthy neighbourhoods and engaging with my constituents to ensure that the needs and concerns of our growing community are well managed by Halton Region.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement in running for this position. There are so many challenges Milton faces in the upcoming years and it’s vital that we have strong leadership both at the local level and at the Region as well.

If you have any questions or if you would like to volunteer/donate to my campaign, please feel free to call or email me at mike@mikecluett.ca

I’ll see you at the doors.