Another interesting day and evening at the doors in Hillview, Ward 11. Not only are candidates putting up signs without asking the property owner, but more importantly residents have brought to my attention that there continues to be “common sense issues” not being addressed in Ward 11. It has become clear to me that we need to cut the red tape at City Hall and ensure we get back to doing the people’s business in a timely and efficient manner.
While chatting with my two new friends Larry and Alvin, they pointed out some serious concerns with 58 Street and the fire hydrant directly across from their property. My other new friend, Marianna, had some legitimate issues with the lack of response from the City on a tree that is causing serious damage to her fence and her backyard.
Let’s start with Marianna. When I knocked on her door Marianna told me she will never vote. I asked her why and she responded, “See the tree in my backyard? I have called the City for 2 years and no one has come out to look at the tree, let alone cut it.” Her property is located backing out onto 66 Street and 34 Ave. The damage this city planted tree is causing truly is frustrating for her. It has not only caused her fence to fall over, the roots are so deep and rapidly spreading that they now are present throughout the majority of her backyard. Why can’t we as the City just attend to her problem and get this fixed sooner than later? Logic tells us that it isn’t going to get any cheaper to fix as time passes by and that more damage may be caused in that time.
Back to my friends Larry and Alvin, two great guys with strong concerns on what’s happening in their neighbourhood. 58 Street is a big concern of mine and of theirs. Not only would driving on a gravel road be smoother, there are people that work at Grey Nuns parking there, as well as large commercial trucks parking on the side of the roads. These trucks are causing buses on that route to be delayed as the bottleneck caused by these vehicles parked on the side restricts two-way traffic flows. Is there a reason why there are no signs up? I imagine this could be handled if brought to the attention to the Bylaws officers in charge of such matters. Larry and Alvin also pointed out the fire hydrant across the street from them. Fire hydrants are supposed to help put fires out, correct? Well they have eye witnessed this hydrant having no water in it! God forbid a fire breaks out. How will firefighters control the flames? My point is that we should not neglect the safety and well-being of Ward 11 constituents.
Will there always be new issues arising to be addressed? Of course, we cannot always run every facet of the City perfectly, but there should be a reasonable method employed to have the bare basics addressed within a fair amount of time.
I am more resolved than ever to make it a priority in City Hall to help the constituents with their everyday problems. We need to cut the unnecessary red tape, increase transparency, community engagement and use a little common sense.
These are only a fraction of the stories I hear at the doors…….let’s make this change together.
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