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  1. Create more indoor court facilities

    The city is lacking sufficient indoor space for court sports programs outside of city run programming. I propose the development of a sportsplex to address the needs of volleyball and basketball

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  2. Children need Crossing Guards in City of Barrie

    Did you know that the City of Barrie is by far the LARGEST city in Ontario that does not have Crossing Guards in School Zones?
    As one of many concerned parents of school children in elementary school, I am frustrated and discouraged by the lack of a Crossing Guard Program in Barrie, one of the fastest growing cities in Ontario.

    The population of our city is projected to grow by 60,000 in the next ten years (to well over 200,000 people), which means more cars on the roads and more children walking to and from school, crossing major intersections.
    Having…

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    The status of this suggestion has been updated to “Gathering Feedback” (see meaning of forum statuses: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8 ).

    The last time a crossing guard program was considered by the City was 2015/2016. Staff recommended a program in a Staff Report on November 16, 2015 ( https://bit.ly/30Jeuhj ). The Staff Report was referred to the Infrastructure, Investment and Development Services Committee for further consideration.

    The Infrastructure, Investment and Development Services Committee received the Staff Report for information and requested staff report back to Council with the technical warrant criteria for the determination of crossing guards locations ( https://bit.ly/3reCQKL ).

    Staff reported back in a memo on January 4, 2016: https://bit.ly/3FTne3p

    On January 11, 2016, the following motion was approved by Council: “That Staff Report RFP009-15 be received and the implementation of a School Crossing Guard Program be considered by General Committee at such time as a financial partner representing 50% of…

  3. For transparency and accountability, record and publish each vote made by City Council

    To increase transparency and accountability, it would be great if each vote cast by a member of City Council was recorded and made public in an easily consumable fashion.

    When city council meetings were virtual, a citizen could easily determine how each member of council voted on each item. However now that meetings are being held in person, this is simply not possible. Even in person, the individual votes are not always clear from the gallery.

    Here are a couple of examples of how other municipalities have done this:

    • the City of Toronto provides a searchable system to show all…
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  4. Bike Pump Park at Lampman

    Lampman Park in Barrie has become a hub for the whole city. I think an excellent addition would be a pump park (this is a bike trail area). Wasaga Beach has an excellent one that is a huge success. Lampman park has huge areas of undeveloped grass to add this in. I would be happy to help fundraise and procure this.

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  5. City should address Snow Plows Leaving pile of snow on Homeowners driveway

    City should let the drivers know that this is not acceptable, what is the need of clearing the road and blocking the homeowners from accessing the cleared road? What is worth doing at all is worth doing well... if the snow plows are going to live me with more work, I had rather not have them clear it in the first place. The pile they left behind is harder to clear than the initial snow received see pictures attached.

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  6. Accessible parking spots need to be increased in downtown street spots and parks

    With the population growth, along with more visitors to the area especially in summer time, it is too common to not find an available accessible parking spot. More spots need to be designated as such.

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  7. Ban private backyard fireworks

    I feel the time for setting off fireworks in backyards should stop and or only the use of Quiet Fireworks...that have the color and sparkle but not the bang that upsets and scares wildlife, pets and people with PTSD. Fireworks should be done by the city on specific dates.

    6 votes
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  8. Allowing a Chicken Rental Program for Residents

    While the city of Barrie unfortunately turned down residents having their own backyard chickens in 2021, I would like to make a proposal/offer a solution.

    Myself and a few others, that reside outside of Barrie, offer "Chicken Coop Rentals" to areas that allow chickens. This is a great program that allows people to raise chickens from spring until fall, without worrying about winter care. I deliver the coop, 2-3 chickens, feed, and bedding in May, and pick up the chickens and supplies in October.

    Some positive notes that would make keeping chickens easier within city boundaries:

    • Less smell: the design…

    15 votes
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  9. Holly Community ~ Holly Park; updates, splash pad, skate/bike/scooter park? use the rarely used back parking lot.

    Ive seen similar ideas, however i felt i needed to add to and include my own input.

    south-west barrie needs a splash pad, skate/bike/scooter park (like Lampman lane), and updates/upgrades. Over the past few years residing in the Holly community, Ive noticed on a regular occasion that the rear parking lot is rarely if ever used. This area would be perfect to create this splash pad and skate park.

    As per the rear soccer field (by the play structures). ~ i have a suggestion to add a running track surrounding it (400m?). there is an un-maintained trail surrrounding the rear…

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    Learn more about City services and share what is important to you through the budget allocator tool, open until October 27. In addition to the budget allocator tool, homeowners can also learn how the City invested their 2021 tax dollars with a personalized, estimated receipt that provides a breakdown of how their money was used to fund City and partner services.

    Budget allocator results will be shared with City Council during the 2022 Business Plan & Budget deliberations, which will help provide insight into the public’s priorities. Subject to Council’s discussions, the budget is scheduled to be approved on December 6, 2021.

    To share your feedback through the budget allocator tool or to try the taxpayer receipt, visit www.BuildingBarrie.ca/budget

  10. Styrofoam take out containers should have been gone long ago. Can we please start using biodegradable ones soon?

    In many parts of the country styrofoam take out containers are a thing of the past. We have a large population and this is just one simple way to reduce waste! Ecopackaging should be everywhere and at every store.

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  11. Highway 400 Lighting

    I understand this is likely the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transportation, but the City of Barrie should ask the Ministry to install lighting for Highway 400 within city limits (even better if we can get Innisfil on board to push for lighting beginning at Innisfil Beach Road). This would greatly improve safety, especially for the many residents who need to commute on the highway during winter months or under heavy precipitation.

    Tall lights were recently installed up to King City from Vaughan, and the same should definitely be done for a city of our size. The highway widening work…

    17 votes
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  12. Bulk item removal for large items

    A lot of people now a days can’t afford a lot and when we do get given new things like couches and beds from friends or family we need to get rid of the old items, a lot of people can’t afford to pay someone $260 for couches to be picked up and gotten rid of, other cities have bulky removal it would be a great help for us to get it too

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  13. Painswick community needs a splash pad

    Painswick community needs a splash pad

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  14. Allow backyard chickens in Barrie.

    This has been an ongoing issue, get it together Barrie.
    Backyard hens allow for sustainability in helping keep down bug and pest population, enrich soil vegetation and also give back eggs!! They are not only easy to care for, but help provide fun in learning and caring for animals for kids and families to enjoy.
    I don't know why Barrie is so against this? Or they keep hesitating to move forward the motion to approve it???! Get with the times Barrie; what is the harm in having a little bit of country in your backyard? Its better than the sprawling…

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  15. replace fireworks with drone light shows.

    Loud Fireworks are harmful to Wildlife, Pets, small children, and people who suffer from PTSD.
    Drones are safer than fireworks
    Drone light shows are environmentally friendly
    They do not explode over your audience.
    Drones can make logos and shapes that fireworks can not
    Drones do not drift in the wind

    https://youtu.be/q855rGy3dfY
    Drones can be 100% controlled ( FIREWORKS CAN NOT )
    Also the cost of buying fireworks every year as apposed to using the same equipment year after year. I'm sure this will save the city's money so it can be reallocated elsewhere.

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  16. Increase Transfer Ticket Duration + Seamless Bus Transfer at Downtown Barrie Terminal

    City of Barrie must improve their public bus transit scheduling. A family member is in her late 50s and her commute home can take up to one hour simply to travel from North Barrie to South Barrie.

    It is unreasonable for a daily commute to be this long just traveling within the city. Additionally. a person should not have to pay the bus fare 2 times for one trip. The issue occurs when a north-end bus arrives at the Downtown Barrie Bus Terminal, and the bus heading south departs the platform within the same instant. This prevents passengers from making…

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  17. Splash pad near Catherine Park

    Have splash pads or something’s for the kids to do in the summer near catherine park
    We don’t have anything for the children to enjoy on this end of Barrie

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  18. RE: Homeless population. Tabs need to be kept on OW and ODSP workers

    OW and ODSP are in the habit of "accidently" cutting people off their benefits causing them to become homeless. They assume no responsibility and actually have recipients sign that they assume responsibility for the workers actions or "errors". Many have been forced out on the streets due to the abuse of authority from these two offices. Our current MPP does nothing when contacted!

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  19. Cracks repair on Essa Rd, between Ardagh Rd and Ann St S

    Some city official please take a ride on Essa Rd between intersection Ardagh Rd and Ann St S. The cracks and potholes make driving dangerous, drivers are swirling around trying to avoid damage to their cars. It is like driving on the washboard.

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  20. Implement an Idling Control Bylaw, limit car idling to 1 minute every hour

    Vehicles should not be permitted to idle for more than 1 minute every 60 minutes. Vehicle emissions are a contributing factor in climate change. By reducing unnecessary idling we can improve air quality.

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