Volume 94, Issue 44

Thursday, November 16, 2000


Liberal TV ad lied, Alliance charges

Strike looming - Caretakers could walk out

York U behind picket lines again

"Massive" probe begins

Campus Briefs

Quirks and Smirks

New City Council prioritizes

USC remembers federal election run

Corroded Disorder

New City Council prioritizes

By Hilary Cox
Gazette Staff

Now that the dust has settled after Monday's municipal election, it seems the next three years will be business as usual at London's City Hall.

According to Russ Monteith, who was re-elected to the Board of Control, council's main focus will be dealing with projects already in motion, like the sewer improvement program and construction projects in the downtown core.

Monteith said economic development will also be a priority for the City. He cited the 2001 Canada Summer Games, to be held in London next summer, as a major opportunity for the London economy. "The games will be the primary vehicle to promote London as a destination for tourists and companies."

Mayor-elect Anne-Marie DeCicco said she agreed the games will raise London's profile. "We haven't done the job we can in telling people about our community."

According to DeCicco, the City will continue its work on the London First Initiative, a marketing tool designed to promote the City's strengths.

At the same time, DeCicco said, "We have to make sure we have the things we need for our own community."

Returning Ward 5 councillor, Gary Williams, also emphasized the importance of economic renewal, stating the City has to keep business here by helping companies function and expand and must also continue the ongoing search for new partnerships.

"If all else is equal, the community with the little extras will win out," Williams said, adding he feels council needs to ensure that infrastructure like sewers and streetlights, as well as soft services like the arts, are in place for new business to move in.

Williams said council will have to take a hard look at taxation and red tape in City Hall as well. While tax rates should be competitive these need not come at the expense of social programs, he said. "The existing tax rate in London is significantly lower than all other similar size and larger municipalities in the area.

"If our tax rate goes up two or three per cent, we will probably still be better off," he said.

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