Councillor's Report - Councillor Jennifer McKelvie
Investing in West Rouge
In January, I was delighted to be appointed Chair of the City's Infrastructure and Environment Committee by Mayor John Tory, along with an appointment to Mayor Tory's Executive Committee. These two new Committee responsibilities are in addition to my role as Chair of both Scarborough Community Council and the Toronto French Language Advisory Committee. I also serve as a member of the Budget Committee, Toronto Transit Commission Board and the Toronto Zoo Board.
Serving in these capacities will help deliver on my priorities to invest in Scarborough transit, our environment and community safety. Below is a snapshot of some of the projects we can expect in the West Rouge this year. To stay up to date on these projects and receive my newsletter, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Investing in Community Safety
Scarborough – Rouge Park is included in a three-year pilot to implement an alternative model of community crisis response, without the presence or intervention of the police. The pilot will test and evaluate a new response approach where two crisis workers from community agencies respond to calls together. This pilot serves as a first step towards improving our response to mental health crises.
The following measures will implemented in 2021 to improve local road safety on East Avenue. William G. Davis Junior Public School will have new safety measures implemented as part of Vision Zero, including a permanent "watch your speed" digital signs, flashing beacons and a "school zone" stencil on the pavement. In addition, East Avenue will receive two new stop-signs at Golders Green Avenue and Broadridge Drive. I would like to thank the WRCA and William G. Davis JPS Parent Teacher’s Association for their local advocacy in support of these measures.
Investing in Local Infrastructure
Work is progressing on the Port Union Road widening. City staff are completing detailed design and we will be coordinating a public information session this spring to share the final design and construction timelines.
Transportation Services has two local road resurfacings planned this year, on Greybeaver Trail from Bornholm Drive to Blueking Crescent and on Bornholm Drive from Ridgewood Road to Friendship Avenue. Residents will receive a construction notice in advance of the work beginning this spring.
Investing in Public Transit
In February, Toronto City Council committed $1.238 billion towards the Eglinton East Light Rail Transit (EELRT) project. This funding means we are one step closer to securing the $4.2 billion needed to deliver this project for Scarborough. The EELRT would extend the Eglinton Crosstown LRT by 15 km from Kennedy Station through the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) to Malvern, with up to 21 stops and three connections to GO Transit. This reallocation of funds is possible as the provincial government has commitment to fund and build a 3-stop Scarborough subway, without contribution from the City of Toronto.
Preparation for the Automated Shuttle pilot in West Rouge also continues. Local Motors and Pacific Western Transportation have been selected as vendors to deliver this shuttle. The shuttle will be 3D-printed, electric and self-driving. It will feature accessible seating for eight passengers and will have a customer representative on board at all times to monitor vehicle performance, assist users and answer questions about the pilot. I look forward to riding this innovative micro-transit pilot in our neighbourhood soon.
Investing in Parks
Construction at the Bob Loptson Playground is planned to begin this spring. Thank you to the 700 respondents of the survey last year. The new playground will include new play structures, accessible features and additional seating. We will release the design in our e-news in the spring and I look forward to cutting the ribbon with you this year.
Thank you to the engaged residents that have reached out to us about litter and parking issues in Rouge Park. Our office conveyed your concerns to Parks Canada and we are continue to work with them to address illegal parking concerns this year. Last year, we asked Transportation Services to report back this spring to Scarborough Community Council on improvements that can be made to illegal parking concerns on our local roads.
Finally, thank you to those who have expressed interest in joining Scarborough – Rouge Park's Dog Owners Association. Forming an association is the first step to explore potential locations as we work towards building an additional dog off-leash area in our community, in the next few years.
We're here to work for you.
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