Week in Review - Feb 27 - Mar 3, 2017

Community League Presidents Breakfast:

One of the best parts of my job is being able to connect and work with so many great community leaders throughout Ward 10. Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to host a large number of Ward 10 Community League Presidents for breakfast. I feel it’s important to stay connected to the communities throughout Ward 10, and the issues that they are facing.

One of the key themes that emerged from this breakfast was the difficulties Community Leagues face when trying to complete a community project like a spray park. Whether it's having to complete a business plan or go through a parkland change process to create a beach volleyball court. There are too many barriers to completing any community project, especially when these projects are volunteer driven.

As this is something that needs to be addressed, I will also be hosting a meeting in the near future that will bring together Community League leaders and members of our Administration to discuss this issue and work towards a solution.

From left to right: Michael Karpow (Yellowbird), Mayja Embleton (Allendale), Sam Goertz (Greenfield), Lori Kraus (Grandview), Murray Whitby (Malmo Plains), Travis Ball (Blue Quill)

Not pictured, but in attendance: Nadir Bellahmer (Royal Gardens), Paul Greenwood (Lansdowne), Gary Goulden (Lendrum Place)

Obstructions on Sidewalks and Shared-Use Paths:

Over the course of my term, my team and I have heard growing frustration, from Ward 10 residents, with obstructions on their sidewalks and shared-use paths. The picture below -- a clear example of residents’ concerns -- shows a fire hydrant right in the middle of a shared-use path, which is certainly unsafe! In the past blogs, I have touched upon the importance of creating and fostering vibrant neighbourhood; the foundation of this philosophy is to remove barriers and promote active age-friendly communities. Though there are lingering issues (like this fire hydrant), I’m encouraged to say that we have been making progress as a City.

 

For example, Mayor Iveson issued an inquiry back in October, requesting administration to determine how to deal with these unsafe obstructions. As a result, at Monday’s committee Council heard back from Administration on the current state of this issue. The report summarized the current policies and practices of signage blockage and detours on public infrastructure, the legal requirements to provide accessibility, Administrations values related to these questions, and the next steps.

Administration will return with a report, by this July, exploring options to change and minimize disruptions, and improve accessibility to pedestrians and cyclists. The report can be found here, if you would like to read more: Obstructions on Sidewalks and Shared-Use Paths.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact my office by calling (780) 469-8132, or by emailing me at michael.walters@edmonton.ca for further information or clarification.