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  1. remove all speed humps in Barrie, it is a waste of tax dollars paying someone to install them in spring and them remove them in the winter.

    remove all speed humps in Barrie, it is a waste of tax dollars paying someone to install them in spring and them remove them in the winter.

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      6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Replace the current recycling bins with bigger bins with lids.

      Replace the current recycling bins with bigger bins with lids.
      Agree that the current system is counterproductive whena little bit of wind causes litter to blow around the neighbourhood. Most days we spend time searching for our bins, garbage lids and cleaning up what garbage has blown into our yard. Also, the amount of garage space that is taken up with blue bins, grey bins, green bin and a garbage can, leaving little space to park our vehicle. Make it easier for residents to recycle and keep the waste out of the landfill and out of our neighbor hoods we…

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      • Free parking at library

        Library is a place for kids and people to learn stuff. Most of the city, such as Markham, Richmond Hill, Vaughan has the library in the community centre, parking is free. Even some of the individual library in different cities are also FREE PARKING.

        We hope Barrie could have free parking for Library before set up library in the community centre.

        Make people like Library, it is good for our kids for our city, it is also good for our future.

        8 votes
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        • Change the timing on the lights at the intersections where construction is closing part of the road. i.e. Essa/Burton, Mapleview/Huronia

          Change the timing on the lights to keep the traffic flowing on the streets where construction has closed part of the road. At Essa and Burton, Mapleview and Huronia.

          3 votes
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          • Build an out door running track

            It would be amazing for children, youth, adult, and master track and field/xc running/triathlon athletes to have a track closer than Midland or Toronto to train on.

            I have heard that the City may be willing to partner with a private organization/business or group but I am surprised I haven't heard more on the subject.

            It would also make it easier not only for young athletes to develop while in school but also for local schools to host meets/events.

            19 votes
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            • Create a dog park in the field at Archie Goodall park.

              I would like to suggest the development of a leash free area for dogs. In the field at Archie Goodall park. This area is large, and vacant offering great potential for such a project. As well as being located in a residentiall area. With many families, and pet owners.
              The current field could easily be dived into two sections. Continuing to offer an open play space for people, and families. Well also offering a social area for pets, and owners to enjoy. Dog parks offer a great opportunity for our four legged friends. To get exercise, and socialize with other…

              15 votes
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              • street sweep the city a least 2 times a year

                come around the city a least 2 times a year

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                • Permanent Promenade on Dunlop Street (Clapperton to Mulcaster)

                  Santa Monica, California's 3rd Street Promenade is a prime example of what could happen to revitalize our downtown core and rid it of the seedy elements and violence at night that are concerning visitors.

                  Formerly sketchy 3rd Street in CA. turned into a bustling strolling and shopping hotspot with cafes, kiosks down the centre of the street, twinkling lights, fountains, topiaries and buskers. Look at some of these photos.

                  https://www.terragalleria.com/images/us-ca/usca43412.jpeg
                  https://www.terragalleria.com/california/picture.usca43406.html

                  It became so popular that shops and restaurants stayed open in the evenings. A wonderful way to end the day.

                  Close Dunlop to traffic from 5 corners to Mulcaster.…

                  4 votes
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                  • Use electronic video speed enforcement over these temporary speed bumps. It would become a revenue generator for the city

                    Video speed enforcement would generase revenue from ticketing speeders. The current temporary speed bumps cost money to install and remove each year and operate at a revenue loss. The video speed enforcement would also be in effect year round and has potential to generate revenue or at least be revenue neutral.

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                    • Lower the vote threshold on this forum

                      This suggestion forum has been active for years now and I haven't seen any ideas reach the 500-vote mark. Clearly not many people are using this tool, so I suggest you lower the vote expectations or improve awareness. I've had a few suggestions crest over 100 votes, than stagnate, and than be removed. If I received considerable public support for my idea (on a forum barely any Barrie residents know about), why did you remove it? How many of these suggestions actually go forward? You need to improve this consultation process as I am loosing trust in the city to…

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                      • Should build basketball courts on the Barrie waterfront

                        Having a set area for a few basketball courts beside the waterfront would be a perfect place for people to play and I feel many will make use of it.

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                        • Centralized posting site for events

                          Have a downtown CENTRALIZED posting area available so anyone may advertise or find out about events, dates etc.
                          This would be also very helpful for tourists.

                          Many events in Barrie occur without community members knowing about it until it's over!

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                          • Install photo radar and reduce speed limits on residential streets to 40

                            Since speed pumps don't work try reducing speed limits to 40 and install photo radar. Try in a few test locations to see what happens.

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                            • Coordinate the signal timing at the intersections at 400 and Essa road to allow better traffic flow especially at rush hour

                              The signal timing at the intersections on Essa road, especially near the Highway 400 on/off ramps, needs to be reviewed. Traffic flow is significantly affected, while it flows easily through the rest of the Essa corridor.

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                              • Blocker arm on snow plows for residential streets.

                                Since we pay so much taxes how about putting a blocker arm on the snow plows so they stop screwing up our driveways and blocking us in!?

                                48 votes
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                                • Clean up the Downtown Library

                                  The amount of vagrants outside the downtown library on a daily basis has become a serious issue. People have to walk by these areas to get to their work (including city hall employees) and are exposed to rude comments. No one should feel uncomfortable or scared walking by their local library.

                                  The security at the library does nothing to help this issue. This morning there was 20 empty beer cans littering the sidewalk.There has been people sleeping in the park beside the library now for 3 weeks. Often the area has drug paraplegia scattered around and occasionally smells like Marijuana.

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                                  • Allow kayakers and SUP board paddlers parking at the Marinas.

                                    My husband and I are avid dragon boat paddlers and have just purchased our own kayaks. Unfortunately we have been to both boat slips at the waterfront but the parking there is now trailer parking only. We would like to see a change in the parking policy to allow for people with non-motorized water vessels to park as well so we can have easy access to the water.

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                                    • Enforce keeping the sidewalks in front of their businesses clean.

                                      The downtown core has always been a bone of contention for me. This city's downtown is disgusting. Gum all over the sidewalks, dirty sidewalks, stained sidewalks, bricks missing in the sidewalks and now paving tar put in the holes left by bricks that are missing (which sticks all over our shoes). Either purchase more paver stones and put them in the places where they are missing (cheapest fix) or put concrete back down. Then make the businesses power wash their sidewalks or the city do it like in other cities. Our downtown core streets and sidewalks are disgusting. This year…

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                                      • Use hydrant test water to water lawns rather than just down the sewer

                                        Using hydrant test water used on lawns rather than just pumped down to the sewer.

                                        Water from hydrant testing could be used watering several lawns in close proximity of the hydrant. Water is too valuable as a resource to let it just wash down the drain.

                                        If there was an online schedule of where and when each day's testing is happening, residents could potentially use water in pools or hot tubs.

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                                        • Electric Vehicle Parking

                                          I would like to see some public charging stations downtown possibly to all the vehicles to charge and/park while they enjoy the downtown area. Any thoughts?

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