In Lehman’s Terms

Lots on the agenda for new City Council

Regular insight from the mayor on issues affecting Barrie

April 2019

The provincial government reduced funding for police court services, which left a bad taste in the mayor’s mouth – especially since City Council had already finalized its 2019 budget…

The issue resulted in a lot of comments from both sides of the issue…some directed at the mayor, some questionning the funding of police and where those monies are directed…

As for the 2019 budget, Mayor Lehman gives us the rundown…

Mayor Lehman updates the city’s effort to get a handle on the opioid crisis. Barrie has the third highest rate of opioid-related visits to hospitals in communities with a population of more than 100,000…

What about supervised consumption sites? Lehman, and other members of council and city staff visited one in Guelph…

While the city opted to allow retail ‘pot’ shops to open in the city, it was shut out when it came to licences from the province…

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau visited Georgian College and while he was here had a chat with the mayor; among the topics was funding for infrastructure…

Jobs in Barrie. There’s been an uptick in skills jobs thanks to new manufacturing opportunities…

As the city begins to develop annexed lands in the south-end, the focus has moved to slower, more traditional growth…