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Ward 11 - Jeromy Farkas

Ask Jeromy April 2020

What Jeromy likes the most about serving on council is hearing from citizens. Below are our top questions we heard from you d​uring the month. If you are interested in a topic not covered, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

 

How can we stay connected to what’s happening at City Hall during this pandemic?

As we adjust to in-person restrictions and limitations, now more than ever innovation and technology is shining a positive light on keeping us together even when we are apart.

As our team adapts to online meetings, it’s clear that there is still a strong desire among Ward 11 constituents to stay connected. We are hosting a weekly Facebook LIVE event at 7:05 p.m. every Thursday night. We are respecting the nightly salutes to first responders that take place at 7 p.m. nightly, and that is why we are waiting five minutes to go live.

The viewership has been really strong and the feedback positive. What I love about this format is, just like our monthly town halls, this provides you an unfiltered and live opportunity to engage with me, to ask important issues or to get clarity on council news. You can ask questions live or send them in through email.

We still have our full council duties, but they have been altered somewhat in light of COVID-19. I will continue to advocate for sensible spending, especially with considerations of the monumental economic reality we are in now, and the months and years to come.

Council and committee meetings are continuing, with the Mayor in council chambers and the rest of us dialing in remotely. I would encourage you to view the live broadcasts: https://video.isilive.ca/play/calgarycc/live.

Please tune in to my Facebook LIVE sessions when you can. We can talk taxes, garbage, street sweeping and pretty much anything you wish. I hope to see you there.

Reach out to me anytime at ward11@calgary.ca.

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Are we really getting a 7.55% property tax hike during this time?

Yes.

Just before the tax bills were finalized, I made a final attempt to freeze the average 7.5%% property tax hike.

Check out the video to watch the debate: https://www.facebook.com/JeromyYYC/videos/622868958310054/. I attempt to put forward an amendment to gather up the tens of millions of dollars floating around in various city slush funds to freeze the tax hike in light of the pandemic.

Unfortunately, only Councillor Sean Chu was supportive of these efforts. Council maintained that the City had done its due diligence in taking the burden off the business ratepayers and that apparently there is nowhere to cut.

This economic mess is a nightmare of Council’s own making, thanks to years of overspending and the inability to run efficiently like the private sector.

Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts with me on City Hall’s spending problem, and where you think our focus should be.

 

When will street sweeping start and how do I find out when my community will be swept?

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You know spring has officially arrived in Alberta when street sweeping has begun. The sweepers hit the streets April 30 and will continue through to July.

While this is taking place, it is really important we work together to keep our vehicles off the streets and let these crews do their jobs. Crews hit the streets between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

There is no street sweeping on holidays and major roadways are swept overnight to alleviate traffic congestion.

Please keep your vehicles and bins off the streets by watching for signs in your community.

As with most things in Calgary, we are subject to the whims of Mother Nature. Due to extreme weather and sweeper breakdowns, street sweeping may have to be rescheduled in some communities. Communities that are missed or unfinished for these reasons will see a return of street sweeping toward the end of the annual program, in July.

It is only after the program wraps up in July that residents can make requests for a re-sweeping. Feel free to do so at that time by filling out an online request: https://calgary-csrprodcwi.motorolasolutions.com/Public/ServiceRequest.mvc/SRIntakeStep2/RDSTREET.

If blue/black/green cart collection takes place on your scheduled street sweeping day, just keep bins off the curb and move them to the sidewalk or grass next to the curb on collection day.

Do not risk the ticket. The Calgary Parking Authority will use ParkPlus camera technology to identify vehicles in violation of the parking ban that is in effect while street sweeping is taking place in your community.

Ticket Appeals can be submitted by performing an administrative review/appeal on Calgaryparking.com, and should include photo proof of sweeping/swept street.

What do you think the City should be focused on during the pandemic?

This has been a terrible time of balancing the health and safety of our loved ones versus concerns of total economic collapse, job loss and the unprecedented impacts on small businesses.

I want you to know that all of your concerns are valid, and I am focused on everything I can do, as your Ward 11 representative to ensure that your voices are brought to the table.

With respect to how the Alberta Government will relaunch the economy, I must stress that the City of Calgary is beholden to the measures put forward by the province. We cannot accelerate this process and it is not worth the risk to violate the rules as directed by Dr. Deena Hinshaw and Premier Jason Kenney. Visit https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx for frequent updates to guide you safely.

At City Hall, there has been a push to continue with massive planning projects and contentious public hearings while Calgarians are rightfully focused on their families. I believe that these non-essential projects should be held off until Calgarians can be meaningfully part of the dialogue.

For example, I am pleased that I was able to advocate this to administration regarding the Guidebook for Great Communities. This Guidebook, along with the review of the Municipal Development Plan, will guide how the City builds and grows in the years to come. Hundreds of you have reached out to me to express your concerns on how the pandemic will not allow for a proper public hearing to voice your concerns on the proposed Guidebook.

We heard you loud and clear, and I am pleased that administration has agreed to postpone this public hearing until a later date, to be determined.

Please contact us any time

I am on full Council duties during this time and I would encourage you all to reach out to our Ward 11 team. It is also a good time to keep connected with your local Community Association and to stay apprised of important issues in your neighbourhood.

Thank-you to all of you for doing your part to flatten the curve by staying home whenever possible, washing your hands and keeping a hockey stick distance apart from members outside of your household.

 


This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.


This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.