In Lehman’s Terms

Lots on the agenda for new City Council

Monthly insight from the mayor on issues affecting Barrie

December 2018

Barrie’s new city council will be sworn in Monday night (December 3) and Mayor Jeff Lehman is excited about the expertise the six ‘rookie’ councillors bring to the table. They have backgrounds in mental health, land-use planning and more – people who bring “quite different” perspectives to the council chamber, but also a lot of experience.

“Change is good, and we do have people coming in who, I think, are going to bring a perspective to governing our city that we haven’t necessarily had on council before.”

While the swearing-in is tonight, it will be next week before the new council sits in its first formal session. Lehman will meet with them Saturday (December 8) for a strategic planning session to get a handle on what council’s priorities should be.

Among Lehman’s priorities is the ongoing revitalization of the downtown – including seeking help from the provincial government regarding the quick release of those arrested downtown, the opioid crisis, homelessness and the high cost of housing, which he says will require a different approach in terms of the types of housing developments that get approved (changing the mix of housing from single-detached homes to more townhouses and mid-rise apartments with many price points).

Listen below for more on Mayor Lehman’s vision or the next four years…

Lehman says the six new councillors bring a lot to the table with them…

Lehman wants to get a handle on the quick release of arrested for criminal activity downtown…

And there’s the high cost of housing and homelessness…

Lehman refutes, again, the notion that the only jobs available in Barrie are in the retail sector…