One year ago this week, I was elected to be your Ward 2 Councillor. It’s been a pleasure serving the residents of Ward 2 and I am full of anticipation for the great things on the horizon for the Nobleton and Laskay communities.
I’m also grateful for the outstanding mentorship provided by fellow members of Council, our CAO and senior staff members. Their guidance has enabled me to take advantage of many opportunities to gain valuable knowledge and experience.
Here are a few highlights from that last couple of months:
Traffic Safety Update
Traffic concerns continues to be a hot button issue in Ward 2. I recently met with the York Regional Police 4 District Superintendent and had a productive conversation regarding traffic safety in Nobleton. Residents are encouraged to report traffic safety issues to the YRP Community Concerns page here.
We are currently working with York Region to better utilize the traffic signals on Highway 27. The goal is to create a platoon type pattern that will allow sufficient breaks in traffic for motorists turning onto or off of Highway 27. The Township has also been working with the Region on the design stage of intersection improvements at Weston Road and King, as well as King Road and Highway 27.
Additional Design Works
Re-Paving of 15th Side Road from Highway 27 to the 8th Concession
Sewers: Engineered designs for Phase 2 have been completed. Note: This does not mean that construction will begin. Having engineered drawings puts the Township in a more favourable position to explore grants or external funding sources that would help reduce the cost of this project should it go forward.
Community Park – scheduled to open spring 2016
Nobleton Pool House – opening this spring
8th Concession from King Road to 15th Side Road received a chip and tar surface treatment — project complete.
Coming soon: A new Zamboni for the Nobleton Arena
The Township Official Plan and the Nobleton Zoning By-Law are under review. Keep up with the latest progress here:
Phase 2 Official Plan Review. All are welcome to attend the presentation on Nov. 2nd, 6 pm, Committee of the Whole meeting, King City.
Check back soon for an exciting announcement regarding a new partnership between the Nobleton Lions and The Township of King.
A quick shout out of thanks to our flourishing business community who continue to embrace incredible community spirit. A few examples: Mario’s Bake Shop hosted an outdoor movie night, with proceeds going to the King Township Food Bank, Couples Hair Design donated 100 haircuts to local students, Nobleton Gallery Dental supplied mouth guards to NobleKing players, earnings from Tim Horton’s “Smile Cookies” went to the Nobleton Christmas Drive, Alloro Foods (opening soon) partnered with the Nobleton Lion’s Club to donate 120 turkeys to King families, Scotia Bank matched ticket sales for the Sip & Savour Food Bank fundraiser – as well as many more Nobleton business who graciously contributed to the King Township Food Bank event.
King has launched a new website, “Experience King” that highlights exclusive information on festivals, events, businesses and more. Visit: http://www.experienceking.ca/
In conjunction with Experience King, several new videos have been produced to promote the benefits of living in King.
Check out “Nobleton quality of life”
In other notable news, the Nobleton Water Tank was nominated for a “Tank of the Year” award in a contest hosted by Tnemec. Thanks to your support and votes, we landed a spot in the “top 12” and will be featured in the company’s annual calendar. Not bad, considering we were the only Canadian water tank in the competition.
Past Events + Coming Up
King is a vibrant community with an on-going list of events and interesting activities that always deliver. A few highlights:
– I donated blood for the first time alongside members of Council, King staff and residents. The turnout was exceptional. The Canadian Blood Services will be back in Schomberg at the Trisan Centre on Dec. 8th. Please contact them directly to book an appointment.
– King Fire and Emergency Services recently held an open house at the Nobleton Fire Station. Thanks to everyone who made this event possible and to everyone who attended
– The Holland Marsh Soupfest was “superb.” I also enjoyed the opportunity to enter my own soup as did several other members of Council. Tonnes of fun – truly a high calibre event worth attending.
– More recently, the King City United Church fundraiser with proceeds going to the Township’s Christmas Drive, was another wonderful community building event to be involved in. Yours truly even won a prize for the best “all round” apple pie. Who knew!
Save the date:
October 29th & 30th: Cold Creek Haunted Forest , 6-9 pm. This event garnered national attention this week as a result of the coveted “shout out” at the tail end of the Rick Mercer Report. To go directly to the clip, jump to 20:50 in the video HERE.
November 1st: Change your clocks, change your batteries.
November 2nd: Phase 2 Plan Review, Committee of the Whole meeting, King City. 6 pm
November 8th: Remembrance Day Service, Kettleby Cemetery Cenotaph, 12:00 pm
November 11th: Remembrance Day Service, Schomberg, Trisan Centre, 10:30 am
November 21st: King City Christmas
December 5th: A Main Street Christmas, Schomberg
December 6th: Nobleton Tree Lighting**
**The Nobleton Christmas Drive will soon be underway, helping families that are facing difficult times. They provide outerwear, toys and Christmas dinner for those in need. Watch for donation boxes at local businesses or drop a toy, gift card or clothing at one of King’s Fire halls. Better yet, join in on the Christmas spirit on Dec. 6th and bring your toys or donation to the Nobleton Tree lighting and meet Mimi, the wonderful lady that has been making Christmas brighter by running this program for many years. Doors open at the Nobleton Library at 4:30pm for a kid’s Christmas puppet show, followed by community spirit and Christmas cheer as the tree lighting events get underway at approximately 5:30… Santa hopes to see you there.
Thank you for letting me Be A Part of It.
— David Boyd, Ward 2 Councillor