Councillor’s Report for Brimley Forest Community Association Newsletter: March 2014

Dear Brimley Forest Neighbour:

It has been very busy at City Hall in the New Year. City Council passed the 2014 Budget, Toronto Water is installing new automated water meters in the Ward, City Council is reviewing the island airport expansion proposal and the future of the aging Gardiner Expressway continues to be debated.

City Council passed Toronto’s 2014 Budget on January 30, 2014. Among the highlights, the $9.6 billion budget will expand library operating hours, fund the opening of 2 new libraries (Scarborough Civic Centre and Fort York), raise capital for the Scarborough subway and fund water infrastructure renewal. For more details visit, http://tinyurl.com/kws9mpk and http://tinyurl.com/kp3ak3b.

Toronto Water contacted Ward 41 homeowners in February to book an appointment concerning a mandatory water meter upgrade. The new water meters are automated and eliminate the need for City staff to come to your home to check water usage. Failure to comply with the new program can lead to fines and having your water shut off. If Toronto Water missed your home, you can book an appointment online at toronto.ca/watermeterprogram or call (416) 236-3837.

Residents have contacted my office in regards to Porter Airlines’ proposal to expand Billy Bishop Airport. This would allow the airline to operate jets out of the island airport. More than 60% of residents who have contacted my office have expressed opposition to this plan. I support staff recommendations to defer approving this plan until we have more information on its impacts to the surrounding community.

The Gardiner Expressway is reaching the end of its life expectancy. Rehabilitating the aging structure is expected to be cost-prohibitive but tearing it down would prolong already long commute times. What are your thoughts on this issue?

If my office can be of service or assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

Councillor Chin Lee
Ward 41 – Scarborough Rouge River
(416) 392-1375
councillor_lee@toronto.ca

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