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Ward 4 Report - September 2016

Posted by MarkhamToday // September 26, 2016 // in Councilors Corner // 0 Comments

To view the complete online version of the Ward 4 Report - Click Here

Dear Residents

I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer and was able to take some time off to enjoy the weather. Unfortunately, the weather was not good for our newly planted trees. I will provide an update in the winter newsletter, (that is mailed) on the status of the tree planting and stumping from the ice storm.

I am holding a community meeting Sept 29th 7pm at Grace Anglican Church to discuss the former community gardens that John Webster graciously allowed us to use. This property has now been sold and an application has been submitted to redevelop these lands. Please come out to the meeting to see the proposal and address any concerns and/or make comments.

This month's poll is about short term rental accommodation. I am sure everyone has seen the increase in homes being bought and either sitting empty or going up for rent. Some of these homes are being rented out through online services like Airbnb. They are being rented out on a "per day" rate. There are different ways to look at this: we each have property rights and should we be allowed to do what we want, with the property that we have bought ? On the other side, how would you feel if your neighbour was to rent out his home to a different family/person every day? These homes are operating  as hotels in residential neighbourhoods. In a few  instances they have become "party houses"  which disrupts the neighbours and the quality of enjoyment of our homes. We are having a public meeting Oct 11th at 7pm to hear your comments and concerns.
I encourage you to attend or send in an email to all of Council to express your opinion.  Please click here for the report.

Leona Alleslev, MP for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill may be holding a meeting to discuss the future of the Pickering lands set aside for a potential airport. Should this meeting take place it will be held at the Region in Newmarket on October 11th from 7-9pm. Please confirm closer to the date if you are interested in attending.To review what some residents have to say about the proposal and preserving farmland, click Land over Landings

Our speed advisory display boards for Ward 4 for October and November will be along Peter St. Between 16th Ave. and David St. and Bur Oak Ave At San Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic School / Bur Oak Secondary School. Residents continue to speed along our streets and drive through stop signs, making our streets unsafe for everyone. I encourage everyone to use road watch to report any unsafe driving that they encounter or see.

Finally, we have yard waste pick up for leaves every other week, until early December. Please do not blow them onto the street, they stop the water from flowing freely to our drains and could cause our streets to flood.

Karen Rea, Ward 4 Councillor

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