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King Township Council Meeting - April 24, 2023

This is the link to the livestream of the April 24th meeting - remember that it will only be live for two weeks.


Mayor's Comments


• Volunteer Appreciation Awards – These awards were given out last week to honour the valuable contributions of many citizens. In fact, over two dozen awards were given out to people to honour their commitment, selflessness and dedication to making King a better place.


The 2023 winner of Citizen of the Year was Angelo Santorelli. The award was presented in recognition of his special dedication, generosity and time to his community as a longtime resident, proud business owner and President of Trisan Construction, member of the King Chamber of Commerce for over 10 years, including President since 2019, as well as his participation and involvement in the Township’s Sustainability Advisory Committee.


• Spring & Summer Programs – Registration is open for both Spring and Summer recreation programs with more options starting on May 1st. Programs include camps, fitness, and events to promote health and wellbeing for the community. There is something for every age range and ability. Go to www.king.ca/recreation


• National Youth Week – In celebration of national youth week that is held annually during the first week of May, King will be offering a week of fun filled activities for youth. For more information email programs@king.ca or call 905-833-6557. Visit www.king.ca/youthweek for more details and a list of events.


• Small Urban Area GTA Mayors Meeting – King hosted this event at the Kingbridge Centre. The Mayors heard from the Minister of Public & Business Service delivery and Deputy Chief from York Regional Police. The minister and team presented information of service changes at Service Ontario including greater focus on online services. The Deputy Chief shared the upward trend of vehicle theft across the GTHA.


AGENDA HIGHLIGHT

Citizen Survey Results - King Township conducted a Citizen Survey from early to mid-February 2023. The key findings were:

>> Almost all citizens rate the quality of life as very good or good in King Township. Furthermore, nine in ten agree that King Township is a great place to raise a family and is safe.

>> Eight in ten citizens are satisfied with the quality of services provided by the Township.

>> Value for tax dollars is perceived as low among citizens, just over half say they receive very good to good value for their tax dollars

>> Citizens are split on whether to increase taxes in-line with inflation to maintain services or to maintain current tax levels and reduce some services for citizens.

>> Citizens are significantly more likely to prefer user fees over increases in taxes to support future infrastructure investments.

>> Issues associated with taxation, traffic, and development are citied as the top three issues facing the Township.

>> Almost two thirds of citizens say that they have contacted the Township in the past 12 months, The vast majority of those who contacted the Township are satisfied with their interaction(s).


Areas with potential to improve citizen satisfaction levels include by-law and regulatory enforcement, land use and community planning and, roads and transportation services.


Click below for the full survey.

Citizen Survery Presentation_April2023
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NEW BUSINESS


Ward 4/Mary Asselstine - Schomberg is hosting a Jane's Walk on May 7th in Schomberg. Jane's Walk is a festival of free neighbourhood walking tours. Find out about Schomberg's hidden histories and local legends. Join the afternoon session to talk about floods, fire, facades, and folklore on Schomberg's Main Street. A King chapter for this initiative has been created so anybody in King can register to do their own walk anywhere anywhere in the township. For more about the Schomberg walk visit maryasselstine.ca/get-involved


Ward 5/Debbie Schaefer - Forward Together an Earth Day Teach In was hosted on April 22nd and featured Janice Berger, a respected retired psychotherapist, on empowering kids and helping kids to process feelings, transforming anxiety into action as well as Dr Kaz Higuchi, a Climate Change Researcher from the University of York. Another event will be hosted on May 7th.


Ward 6/Avia Eek - WaterStone Estates invited Avia and Jennifer to join them for the final musical ride of the Horses @ Heart Trailblazer Program featuring Tommy Douglas Community Class students. An Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) program, Trailblazers has helped countless kids and adults achieve personal fulfilment and growth using the healing power of horses. Visit www.horsesatheart.com for more details.

Join Team King on Sunday, April 30 the annul Run/Walk for Southlake. Pick up packages on Friday April 28 from 4pm-8pm and Saturday April 29th from 10am-2pm at Nature's Emporium. Join the team on Sunday morning at 7:30am. Click here for more.


Ward 2/Dave Boyd - The Pickle Ball and tennis courts are open at Taska Park. You can ride the Pump Track and BMX bikes and enjoy a leash free dog park.

Monday. May 22 will be the annual Victoria Day parade in Nobleton. Cool vehicles, animals, tractors, are all welcome!



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