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.

Britannia Road Public Meeting December 14 2011

Last night was the third public information session held by the Region of Halton at the Boyne Community Centre. This is phase 3 of a phase plan that is working at finding out the best solution for Britannia Road to deal with the increased amount of traffic now and until 2021 and beyond.

http://www.halton.ca/cms/one.aspx?portalId=8310&pageId=49605

This is the link to follow for more information.  They said the details of the presentation, the information boards, comments forms etc will be online later today so keep checking.

From the comments I received last night from a very full house of concerned residents is that it was very informative and they were happy with the level of communication they are getting.  Councillor Best, Councillor Barkley and myself were in attendance for the presentation.  Councillor Rick Di Lorenzo was there earlier but had to leave and had an opportunity to ask about roundabouts given that we have been asked by many on the Hawthorne Villager about how they can be implemented.

Roundabouts are in the plans for mainly the intersection of Tremaine Road and Britannia and lights for a majority of the other major intersections.  This is not to say they will be ruled out entirely over the course of the next several years but given the fact Tremaine and Britannia will be a major intersection around the Milton Education Village, it was deemed necessary.

I can see the pros of roundabouts in certain intersections and I understand many think it will keep traffic flowing but given the information I have read, Im not quite convinced they would be a good choice at a lot of intersections.

If you have any questions once the reports go up or any detailed inquiries, please email me mike@mikecluett.ca and I’ll do my best to get the answers.

Thank you to everyone who attended last night and we will do our best to keep everyone in the loop as to whats happening with this very important project.

Gas Line Incident on Fourth Line

Ward One Councillor Sharon Barkely posted on the Hawthorne Villager last night information about a gas line being cut by accident in the 4th line area which affected a number of homes.  Work will continue in the area and at last note from our Milton Fire Department is Union Gas is working on reconnecting roughly 130 homes back to their gas lines.  The last word we received was that the target for completion was 830AM this morning, but as of 930AM I havent received an update.

No one was hurt and unlike back almost a year ago, no fires were started thankfully.

We should have an update soon on the status of those homes so stay tuned to either the Hawthorne Villager or here for details.

Budget Input Session 2012

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Smith via Twitter

Last night was the first of hopefully many budget input sessions that myself, Rick Di Lorenzo, Zeeshan Hamid and Sharon Barkley put on for residents in wards 1, 6, 7 & 8. 

We were also lucky enough to have fellow councillor Rick Malboeuf and Region Councillor Colin Best attend as well.  That’s 6 sets of ears listening to peoples input on important issues that Milton faces in this years budget talks.

As I mentioned when we started the meeting opportunities for residents to provide input to town councillors have come few and far between in the past.  The last session I remember happening in this format was back on a rainy night in November of 2009 held by Colin Best. 

Last nights session was nothing short of great.  As we were ending the discussion between people continued…which is awesome. I hated to cut it off at that point.

There were a number of topics discussed from Fire, Transit, Parks, Roads, Taxes etc that we could have a full town hall meeting on its own but we were limited to only 2 hours.

Thanks to everyone who came and for those who didn’t come who sent me and other councillors feedback that we will incorporate into a report we will send to staff. These comments and concerns will be included in the budget discussions for the 2012 year and I cant thank you enough for having your say.

I know I’d like to have another one sometime soon as we get closer to November and items from other departments come out in reports and garner more discussion. The only difficulty I see is that the provincial election is gearing up and I don’t want this to fall by the wayside (plus I’ll be going around bugging party leaders with my GROW MILTON HOSPITAL signs Smile )

Thanks to my colleagues who came out to answer questions, get involved in discussions and helped make it truly a team effort last night.

Budget Input Session July 11 2011

Don’t forget to mark your calendar on July 11th starting at 7:00pm for the first of what I hope will be many informal 2012 budget input sessions.

In addition to yours truly, the local councillors from Wards 1, 7, and 8 will be joining me in an informal budget input session for feedback from the community on a number of issues ranging from transit, taxes and the hospital expansion levy.  This will be a time for YOU to tell US what you think.  This is a natural extension from the Town of Milton online survey (which I hope you’ve taken the time to fill out – usually about 5 minutes) and will dive a bit deeper into some the issues raised.

The meeting will be in Room 4 of the Milton Sports Centre on Monday July 1th, 2011 starting at 7:00pm.

We hope to see you there.  If you have any questions, please email me mike@mikecluett.ca

I have also begun to deliver the “Mike Cluett – Ward 6 Report” and hopefully over the course of the next month or so, each household will get a copy (and hopefully personal visit from me 🙂 )  If you cant wait for me to come over, email me your address and I’ll have one dropped off for you.  In order to stay current on Milton news and town council updates, just stay right here 🙂