Council gets through a heavy agenda - Climate Action Plan has a consensus; Private Tree Bylaw is far from a consensus. Council begins its second year in office.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

December 3rd, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Monday was a long day, a very long day for the seven members of city council and the city manager who had to sit through it all. Various Staff came and went as Council worked its way through a heavy agenda.

The debate on the Climate Action Plan was robust; the debate on the Private Tree Bylaw was divisive; the debate on the Leash Free space to exercise dogs was instructive – we just might see some creative solutions on this one.

Leaf collection 2017 truck

Is leaf collection a service the city should continue to offer?

At some point the citizens of the city just might learn where the screw up on the leaf collection problem was and who is responsible. Weather was certainly an issue – the real problem was Staff effectively and professionally informing members of council and the public. Angelo B saying it was a lesson learned just doesn’t cut it.

The debate made it clear that Burlington has to find a solution to the leaf collection that is financially sound.

The city is now at the point where it can begin the creation of a Memorandum of Understanding with all four school boards that will lead to a formula for free transit use for high school students. It is complex and will take some serious negotiation.

It was an issue that Mayor Meed Ward brought to Council and she expected to be the lead on the issue.

Meed ward election night 1

She won the election – she is the Mayor.

Sharman - bullying meet Feb 5-2018

Councillor Sharman: A course correction needed.

Ward 5 Councillor Paul Sharman wasn’t comfortable with that – he wanted the report to come from Staff rather than the Mayor. City Manager Tim Commisso said he would have the report come from his office.

The battles’ that plagued the 2006 and the 2010 councils have not ended. Sharman is still dogging Meed Ward – this time he is alone and no longer has former Councillor Rick Craven supporting his efforts to reign in Meed Ward whenever they could.

Meed Ward won the election, she is the Mayor. Councillor Sharman has to come to terms with that fact.

Today, Tuesday December 3rd is the first anniversary of this Council being sworn in – a good opportunity for Sharman to complete the psychological adjustment he has to make.

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2 comments to Council gets through a heavy agenda – Climate Action Plan has a consensus; Private Tree Bylaw is far from a consensus. Council begins its second year in office.

  • James

    I actually applaud Councillor Sharman for having the courage to regularly challenge the Mayor and keep her in check. Somebody has to, she has demonstrated a tendency to get ahead of herself on occasion. He fills a much needed role in this term of Council.

  • Penny Hersh

    I watched the meeting last night, and I learned a lot about managing the tree canopy, the rights of citizens when it comes to their properties, and the fact that the proposed tree by-law will do little or nothing when it comes to climate change.

    The proposed by-law should, in my opinion, NOT be passed. There are many knowledgeable residents in Burlington who should be consulted on how to do this properly.

    Let’s do it right the first time around, and not rush to pass something to simply fulfill a campaign promise.

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