Barb Desjardins: Mayor’s Monthly Musings
How I Spent My Summer – By Mayor Desjardins
This has been a busy and productive summer. It started with the completion of the Policing Request for Proposal Process. In June, the Esquimalt Police Advisory Panel completed its report, took it to council for approval and sent it to the Solicitor General’s office one day in advance of the audit given deadline of June 30, 2011. We are currently waiting for a response and are hopeful this will occur in the early fall.
Of course, we also held a small celebration and plaque unveiling for Archie Browning Sport Center on its birthday and we will be having a grand celebration with sports celebrities, cake, free skate and just plain old Esquimalt celebration fun on September 10, from 12-4 pm.
Craigflower Road was officially completed and opened in July and a demonstration of the rain garden on Yarrow was provided by the fire department. It worked great!
I held an open door meeting that was well-attended and a number of topics discussed from parking to the Esquimalt Village Project. There have been many meetings with residents throughout the summer regarding local issues.
CRD remained very active throughout July including extra meetings where I discussed options to completing sections of the Rail trail through Esquimalt.
In conjunction with that, Councillor Brame and I have also met to seek further solutions and opportunities for the Trackside Gallery, which is in need of repair or complete tear down. We are both of the opinion that it would be a wonderful addition for the E&N Rail trail trip and so are working to repair and enhancement if possible.
I have continued to attend meetings and advocate for the award of a National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy contract for B.C. and we all need to keep up the talk until the award occurs. There are restrictions as to politicians lobbying but the people of B.C. can make sure their MP’s and the federal government are hearing of our support loud and clear. I have met with our new MP, Randall Garrison, on this issue and others.
I was able to meet with Minister Chong and Seaspan representatives and we heard there is significant support from B.C. for the bid.
Council took its break mid-July to mid-August and I got away for a great week with family to Ontario.
I look forward to a very busy fall with council and hope to see or hear from you with your ideas in continuing to make Esquimalt the best place to live.
Mayor Barb Desjardins
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