Making Prince Albert a place where everyone can feel safe
Our city can make improvements to public safety. Many things can improve our feeling of safety. Increasing the number of people who use our downtown and public spaces can have a large impact on how we feel in these areas. We also need to look at specific problem areas and see what can be done about those specific locations; be it increasing lighting, creating visibility or increasing police presence at that location. We also need to look at how we structure our city to ensure we use best practices to increase public safety.
Public safety also means ensuring that intersections, cross walks and public infrastructure are safe, maintained and that the city is constantly looking for ways to improve safety.
Using long term planning as the basis for municipal decision making
I have been frustrated watching our city make short sighted decisions. We can think outside of a four year election cycle, and think long term. For example, when the Kinsmen Water Park required an upgrade to the water slides, our City Council simply threw up its hands and stated that they would not do the repairs, and we would no longer have water slides. It took citizen action to show that the water slides were valuable. When we think long term, we make decisions that better benefit our city.
Long term planning also means making decisions that have the best outcomes for our citizens over the long term. There is no sense in saving one dollar today if it means tomorrow we will have to spend two. This type of thinking needs to filter through all our municipal decision making; be it laying out new neighbourhoods, building new buildings, passing new bylaws or setting our municipal budgets.
Ensuring our municipal infrastructure is properly maintained
When our city builds infrastructure like city buildings, we need to have a plan to maintain those buildings for the long term. We need to pay attention to the quality of materials we use when we do our road repair and bridge repairs. Not maintaining our infrastructure costs us more later when we have to replace it early.
Having citizen input into city decisions before council meetings
I can improve communication and input for Ward 2 residents. I envision meeting with constituent groups before important issues are decided, not after. This will improve upon the input citizens can make to City Council. I want to send out a summary prior to each council meeting with the upcoming agenda and some thoughts on the items, so that constituents can provide feed back to me with their thoughts on what is happening in our city.
Revitalizing our Downtown Core
Improving safety in the downtown will assist in revitalizing our downtown core. Having a vibrant downtown is key to creating a city where people want to live. Having a central location that is dense and easily accessible, spurs the kinds of unique shops that create a culture in a city. Our downtown has beautiful historic buildings and a river front location that is so full of potential. There is much we can improve upon in this area and one of the easiest starts is to eliminate the metered parking downtown. Moving to hour limits will eliminate one of the barriers that keep people from our downtown currently. We need to ensure we have the right policies to encourage business development in our downtown area.
Having city services designed and run effectively as well as efficiently
We have a long history in Prince Albert of having municipal projects not living up to their potential. We need to make sure when we take on a municipal project, we properly plan it out so that it meets all our needs. Having proper planning goes not just for our buildings but also for the services that the city delivers to residents. We must also be looking for ways to improve the services our city delivers.