I can confirm that a meeting was held today with Jennie Boisvert and our traffic manager Charles Mountain to explore some of the solutions I previously explored with Charles. I was meant to be involved but had a prior engagement. Whether it was meant to be a public meeting or not a number of residents did attend.
There appears to have been much discussion around the Kelvin Avenue project whilst I have been allowing the doctors at TQEH to beat me up.
I arrived home on Friday to find the resolution to the City Strategy Meeting had not been reserved out in the time required and I left well enough alone. If an item is not reserved out it cannot be, as I understand it be re-debated. In other words the only way that a resolution of a committee of council be not endorsed is for it to be reserved out.
Whilst I felt I had solutions for the issues that closing Kelvin Avenue would create, addressing those solutions would now be an after thought that still must get through the system.
This does not address the concerns about our procedures for consultation however. It has been an ongoing concern of mine since joining council, whether this project, the Culvert Street project currently being challenged or the recent McLeay Park project (Parkside ward) I got involved with.
My concerns about the evidence presented regarding our consultation process are such that, even though I moved the motion last week, I have sought advice as to whether or not it is still too late to reserve out the matter for further deliberation. I may have left this too late as a result of being in hospital. Hopefully not. We will find out tomorrow if this is the case.
If it is not too late I will reserve it out in the interests of transparency and will be encouraging a re-think by elected members on Kelvin Avenue. If it is too late I will (as I have previously intimated) seek to change our consultation processes.
We need to do this to avoid coming into conflict with the people we are representing.
The Kelvin Avenue pocket park was approved last night at Council’s City & Strategy Committee meeting. It now goes to full council next week for sanction, unless an elected member reserves it out for further debate.
|Kelvin Avenue, Clarence Park POCKET Park|
After an initial public consultation 12 months ago Council, with the approval of a majority of residents approved a pocket park for the eastern section of Kelvin Avenue, Clarence Park. With the need to obtain DTEI approval for the road closure to allow construction of the park, we are again engaging the public.