As I had stated previously, it was the final lame duck session for Council last night. Although the rules prohibited us from doing a great deal, a few items of interest for residents did occur: the Rogers Hometown Hockey Festival on December 13th and 14th was declared an event of municipal significance, allowing a liquor license to be obtained for a planned beer garden; stop controls were installed at a number of places throughout the city, including on Tuscany Ct. and Chicory Cres. in St. Patrick’s Ward; and the annual downtown holiday parking promotion was approved, allowing residents the opportunity to park for free for 2 hours in either City parking garage, between Dec 1 and Jan 2 from 9am to 5pm. A number of reports were also received for information, related to accessible parking and accessibility during the municipal election, among other things.
More significantly, this was Council’s final meeting during this term of Council. This, of course, meant saying goodbye to some very good people; I will miss Peter Secord, Jeff Burch, Len Stack, Dawn Dodge, Laura Ip and Brian McMullan and their contributions to our community a great deal, as I’m sure many of us will. Regardless of personal differences on certain issues that some of us will hold, all of them gave back to their community, and I am forever grateful that there are those in the community that will do so. An excellent article giving a rundown of the goodbyes is here.
On a personal note – thank-you to the residents of St. Catharines and St. Patrick’s Ward for the opportunity that I have had over the last four years, and thank-you for the chance to spend the next four years serving you again. I look forward to the challenges ahead, and welcome the opportunities that present themselves with our Mayor-Elect Walter Sendzik, as well as Councillors-Elect Dave Heywood, Sal Sorrento, Sandie Bellows, Carlos Garcia and Mike Britton.
To a stronger community, and a stronger St. Catharines!