This is my sixth newsletter / bulletin since being elected as your representative on HRM Regional Council. The year 2011 has been one of new opportunities and great progress.
I once again want to thank Mayor Kelly and my Regional Council and Community Council colleagues for their tremendous co-operation and support. Unfortunately, these good news stories are over-shadowed by the challenges, controversies, and misinformation that dominate media headlines.
The last year was a very good year for Bedford and HRM residents. In Bedford, we received approval and significant funding for a new community centre, new artificial turf multi-sport field, repairs and upgrades to our pool, a temporary skateboard park, numerous paving and re-surfacing projects for our streets, playground upgrades, path and trails upgrades, improved lighting, and numerous stonewall and fence repairs.
A study outlining public transit alternatives for Bedford was undertaken and released, which provided several options for our community and tentative costing. Plus, our BMO 4 Pad arena received recognition and funding for being the most efficient and sustainable 4 pad arena facility in Canada!
As a municipality, we made significant operating budget cuts and saw great progress on policies, facilities, and infrastructure. Highlights include: the opening of our new transit garage, the skating Oval is being made permanent and will remain free-of-charge to users, construction began on the new central library, and work is underway on our new regional transit terminal in Dartmouth. We hosted an incredibly successful Canada Winter Games in our new and existing facilities.
The year ahead will be an exciting and important one for Bedford and for HRM. There are major decisions to be made in regard to the Bedford Waterfront, a proposed new stadium for HRM, improvements needed to public transportation and traffic in our community, and the upcoming budget discussions in which we will continue to implement operational cost cutting. I encourage you to contact me by telephone, email, Facebook, or Twitter to share with me your ideas and concerns as we enter 2012.
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