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  1. Stop the Degradation of East Barrie Neighbourhoods by Absentee Landlord Rental/Boarding Houses

    Houses owned by absentee landlords are increasing in East Barrie and are impacting existing family homes in the East End. There are too many dilapidated properties, overcrowded rentals, and poorly managed boarding houses in this area resulting in noise issues, parking problems and a reduced quality of life for surrounding residents.

    Quickly pass bylaws to regulate and license absentee landlords, prevent the further proliferation of boarding houses and to pro-actively enforce parking, zoning and property standard bylaws.

    As an alternative to boarding houses, encourage the development of bona fide (student) residences nearby the college ie: on Bell Farm Road, on…

    3 votes
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  2. Return washroom hours

    A lot of people are always trying to access the southshore washrooms after the lockdown with the new 5pm closure,

    We are now in phase 3 and would like to see hours return back to 9pm I've seen lots of people try to go in or I'll tell them its closed when i think they are headed to the washrooms.

    If it doesnt change we will see a lot more people decide to go behind the dumpsters.

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  4. residential street parking - south Barrie

    I think that a driveway should be for cars/motorbikes but not for boats & trailer or multiple trailers or ATV's or snowblowers in the summertime. When these items take the place of the vehicle and the vehicle is parked on the street night and day, after day after week after month, then I think a permit should be served. Street parking should be the exception not the norm. Builders are creating shorter driveways these days and people are beginning to use their garages for storage not necessarily for car(s). Hence the side streets are filling up and it creates for…

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  5. Dive park for scuba and freedivers located at Johnsons beach please!

    Hi you may see me out floating in my wetsuit I am taking up freediving and I do not wish to be killed by the careless boaters that you allow to operate in Kempenfelt Bay. So what I am proposing is a dedicated dive park so that boaters will be aware and stay out of the designated area. This would be beneficial as well because there are no active swim areas with over 30ft of depth something that is sought after as a diver. Thank you for your time.

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  7. Speeding on cundles

    I can't county how many times people fly down cundles running the red light in front of cundles Heights school. My daughter and myself have nearly been hit several times. We need speed control in this area. It's a school zone!!

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  9. Allocate 1-2 pet friendly beach areas/zones.

    Whereas the citizens of the City of Barrie have been afforded such an expansive city shoreline within its limits, I hereby move that City Council allocate 1 entire pet friendly beach or in the alternative, two pet friendly areas/zones on existing beaches or parks with waterfront access (eg. Tollendale Park, Johnson’s Beach).
    Gord Nye (Barrie resident)

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    A staff memo from the Engineering Department was circulated to City Council (General Committee) on January 7, 2019. The memo was in response to two previous suggestions on this forum: “Make Johnsons Beach a DOG FRIENDLY BEACH PARK” and “Open a waterfront dog park”. Please refer to the full memo: https://bit.ly/3129NN9 .

    In short, “as per the recommendations of the 2013 Barrie Waterfront and Marina Strategic Plan, when the Gables 2008 Master Plan is updated, staff will revisit whether this park is a viable location for a dog water access beach.” An update to the Gables Master Plan is forecast for 2024.

  10. Free parking for all beaches and downtown.

    What we need is free parking for all of down town and the beach area. Now is the time to seize on the opportunity with so many of our neighbors turning to protective measures. We can scoop all of their tourist revenue which means LOWER property taxes and it shows that we are serious about being a great spout to work and play. Driving our economy forward. Yea I get there is a minority of Karen’s who always whine about “out of towners”. However their use of the word “out of tower” shows in itself their prejudice and their lack…

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    Drivers can park in downtown Barrie for free until September 8, 2020. The suspension of paid downtown parking is one of the many actions outlined in Barrie’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Action Plan.

    Free parking supports the Downtown Economic Recovery Plan by providing incentive for customers to access downtown businesses, and provides financial relief for downtown owners, staff, and customers.

    To view the plan please visit https://investbarrie.ca/covid-19-support .

    Visit www.barrie.ca/DowntownParking for parking options.

  11. Change the walk signal going south to the train station at the corner of Tiffin and Lakeshore.

    Currently the crosswalk signal comes on after the advanced left turn. Often there are cars do not stop to let walkers go across or those that do stop jeopardize being rear ended by someone try to go through the light. I did they Can’t see the crosswalk signal clearly or they are ignoring it.This is a serious danger to pedestrians at that corner.

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  12. Remote access to fitness classes for Stage 3 reopen

    Due to reduced class sizes and safety of all participants , is there a way to setup classes remotely for Zumba or Pumped up at East Bayfield Community Centre?This way more people can participate at home along with those at the gym, and will be much safer for everyone.

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  13. Smart cards for Barrie transit

    When transit becomes paid again there taking away ride cards temporary. They should get the cards like the simcoe linx or the presto cards like the go transit uses. You can load your bus pass on it or if you like me and have $60 a month for the bus and I could load it and it gets automatically deducted when the card is scanned. And you get a slight discount for using the card versus using cash

    9 votes
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  14. Make Business responsible for the garbage produced by thier clients.

    We need a by law that mandates garbage bins be made available for clients at all fast food and garbage creating businesses.

    4 votes
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  15. Extend bus route 1 to include Truman Road, for employees and Christmas Cheer Charity

    Extend bus route #1 up Truman Road and down Welham Road in a loop. There are several year round employees at many businesses that would benefit along with their customers. Additionally, Christmas Cheer, will be relocating to one of these buildings for their annual food and toy drive, without public transit donations will drop and many people who rely on this charity during the holiday season will have no way to receive their baskets, having to walk 800 meters to the closest bus stop.

    Many people who rely on the generosity of our community and the work by Christmas Cheer…

    48 votes
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  16. Anti Karen law

    In a climate of #blm and #defundthepolice. We need an anti Karen law. Karen’s are not just a privileged person. They’re very dangerous to our community. Draining our resources and put our law enforcememt in harms way, where situations escalate. Our police should not be attending neighborhood disputes, noise complaints, people whining about out of towners leaving trash, speeders and the list goes on and on. While clog up our emergency lines, real calls go unanswered. A fine attached to a frivolous call is what is needed. Any time someone tries to complain about something so frivolous they get charged…

    4 votes
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  17. waterfront over crowding

    just a thought ...with all the people coming up from outside of Barrie could you not call back workers that were let go due to covid and have them man the parking lots and only let Barrie resident in, or patrol the playgrounds that are being used.

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  18. Barrie has miles and miles of old decrepit roads made of Asbestos-Asphalt pavement that are leaking hazardous carcinogenic Asbestos into the

    Barrie has miles and miles of old decrepit roads made of Asbestos-Asphalt pavement that are leaking hazardous carcinogenic Asbestos into the environment by way of aging, weathering, and abrasion.

    Asbestos fibres are 1/100 the diameter of a human hair. No amount of Asbestos is considered safe for man or beast. Once in the airway, the body has no way of metabolizing Asbestos or ridding itself of it. Asbestos in the lungs is there to stay forever. All citizens of Barrie deserve to be protected from the health scourge called Asbestos.

    The City of Barrie needs to take responsibility and replace…

    25 votes
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    The City is aware of ongoing comments with respect to asbestos in asphalt. We continue to work closely with all applicable Provincial ministries and the SMDHU to ensure that our practices meet all requirements; they do. The safety of residents, our employees and the environment will continue to be our priority. As additional information becomes available and validated, this City’s website will be updated. For now, here is a summary of our road construction practice in accordance with all requirements:

    Asbestos was used as an additive to asphalt from the 1960s to mid-1980s, added to asphalt mix to provide greater strength and performance. It is not used in asphalt anymore, but in many municipalities roads that were built between the 1960s and early 1980s could contain asbestos.

    Asbestos is bound within the pavement, so there is very low risk to the public. Even when asphalt containing asbestos breaks down, it’s…

  19. Load restriction on Huronia

    Load restriction on Huronia between Big Bay Point to Yonge st.

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  20. create "Beach booking" online service

    Create online service to book spot on the beach (for example 10' x 10'). System will record the reservation, generate parking ticket and take garbage deposit. At the end if place was left tidy - return deposit and rate the customer. Customers with the higher rate will receive discounts for future reservations.

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