Since 2010, it has been an honour and a privilege to serve and represent the families and residents of our incredible community. It is a responsibility that I have taken seriously each and every day. Despite the pandemic, much has been accomplished. The opening of the Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre, the revitalization of Downtown Oakville, the limiting of overall property taxes at or below the inflation rate, and the declaration of a climate emergency are just some of the highlights from the past four years.
It has been a privilege to play an active role in the highlight of this term of Council - the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project. Our beloved downtown has been revitalized! Feedback from business owners, residents and shoppers has been incredibly positive with a new streetscape, amenities, and support for our local merchants.
An important highlight of this past term has been the opening of the Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre in August 2020. This centre filled a gap that long existed in Ward 3. If you have not visited it yet, please drop by. It is incredibly well utilized by seniors, youth, and families for both organized and drop-in activities. While you are there, take a moment to read the plaques under the trees that are part of the 3,000 native plantings, recognizing the contribution of our Residents Associations in making this facility a reality.
Representing taxpayers’ interests at Town Hall, the overall tax increase has been held at or below the rate of inflation during my terms on Town Council even during the pandemic. With the current inflation levels being experienced, it is imperative that Council continues to hold the line on increases.
Town Council declared a Climate Emergency during this term of Council to stress the importance of reducing greenhouse gases in our community. The town established two goals: a) reduce energy consumption by 20% by 2024 based on 2014 levels and b) reduce GHG emissions by 30% by 2024 based on 2014 levels. One example taken to reach these goals is the new Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre, built to LEED standards, which utilizes a geothermal exchange system, high efficiency windows, and high efficiency mechanical equipment with a 500 kW solar panel system to be installed. All streetlights have been converted to LEDs; 46 EV chargers have now been installed; the electrification of our transit fleet is underway; and 30,000 native species trees are planted each year. Much more is being done. Details are available at Town continues progress on fighting climate change.
To address concerns over speeding, Dave championed a Radar Display pilot project in Ward 3. Based on positive results, this was instituted throughout Oakville. This term, an updated and formalized Traffic Calming programme, additional pedestrian crossings, and the introduction of additional Community Safety Zones in our Ward, are now in place.