As the councillor for Ancaster, I was thrilled to be part of a month-long celebration of several projects that have come to fruition in our community.
First of all, I want to extend congratulations to co-chairs Wendi Van Exan and Libby Knapp for another outstanding Heritage Days and to all those who participated in the various events that celebrate the unique character of Ancaster and also support the many projects that better our community.
Following the Heritage Days parade, I had the honour of participating in the grand opening of the Ancaster Tennis Clubhouse in the downtown core. What a spectacular facility – among the best in the province – and I encourage you to pick up a racket and get on the courts.
As I reported last month, city council voted to purchase Memorial School in the village core. The formal offer, including a 10 per cent deposit, has been made to the school board and we are awaiting their decision to move forward with the sale that will allow us to keep the property in public ownership. Once the transaction has been completed, I will begin an extensive round of public consultation on the future development of the property and the vision to develop seniors’ housing and a new arts and cultural centre.
Finally, after reporting for months on the delays and frustrations around the re-development of the Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre, I had the pleasure to participate in the ribbon-cutting for this fabulous facility. It is truly a remarkable centre and I encourage our seniors to get involved in the tremendous programs, services and activities that are available. Congratulations to all involved in the vision of the Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre, especially board chair Al Gordon, the ASAC board and city staff.
In other news, I want to make a comment as chair of the Hamilton Police Services Board around the contract extension for Chief Glenn De Caire. While there has been much discussion and debate on the merits of rescinding his earlier decision to resign, I am satisfied with the outcome and the public discourse that took place in recent weeks. As an elected official, I am always open to hearing diverse views from citizens and community organizations and that certainly applied in this case when deciding on next steps in the search for leadership over our police service.