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Councillor Ian Froude Jun 25
We deferred 1.5M$ in projects to ensure we have additional fiscal capacity going forward. We debated whether certain projects should remain on the list. My priority within this debate was to remove any projects I felt were lower priority at this time to add fiscal flexibility,
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Councillor Ian Froude Jun 25
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and argue for those projects my constituents have really asked me to fight to make progress on, both prior to the current pandemic situation, and during it.
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Councillor Ian Froude Jun 25
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It was suggested that I was fighting for the bike trail and maintenance of more funds for traffic calming because they are "pet projects" of mine. The suggestion of 'pet projects' is a condescending remark on what constituents have told me are key priorities to improve their City
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Councillor Ian Froude
The other suggestion that I shouldn't even be questioning the list staff put forward, confounds me. It's my role, as a Councillor to question everything that staff bring forward - yes, to lean on their expert opinions - but a core of my role is to
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Councillor Ian Froude Jun 25
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filter all those decisions through my own judgement and expertise and the priorities and desires of the people of Ward 4. Ultimately, one of the key methods I have, on constituents behalf, to make progress, is how money is spent and the priorities that spending reflect.
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Councillor Ian Froude Jun 25
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It's frustrating that some colleagues suggested I was not being fiscally responsible by supporting an expenditure of $367,000 on a bike transportation project, when the average vehicle costs a household ~$700 per month - an expense we can help them not have.
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Councillor Ian Froude Jun 25
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I'm fighting for bike-pedestrian-transit projects so that families have a choice not to own a second (or first) vehicle, which could save them hundreds a month. These aren't "pet projects" - these are fundamental improvements to make our city more affordable and livable.
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Councillor Ian Froude Jun 25
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We've also seen an upsurge in the number of people biking - they want a safe place to bike - to work, school, or for leisure.
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Councillor Ian Froude Jun 25
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On traffic calming: I expressed frustration with what I have felt, and hear every single day from constituents that we need to make quicker progress. We've made progress on traffic calming, I don't contest that, but when vehicles go 50k/h on any street with houses, it's too fast
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Councillor Ian Froude Jun 25
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There was a lot to that debate, but I felt that we should have kept the additional $50,000 in the budget so that we can make progress more quickly. It's what my constituents are asking, so I argued for it.
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