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  1. 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…

  2. 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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  3. Defund the Barrie Police

    Over the last 30 years we have continuosly taken money from places like education, homelessness and mental health support in order to fund and properly train our police force. Look at what is has gotten us, police are forced to deal with all of these areas now since we have neglected them for so long. We need to re-invest in our education, and especially mental health support and allow the people trained to help, help. This idea of having super police isn't the answer, just look at conviction rates from 1996 until now. Numbers have gone down from almost 90%…

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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

  4. 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

  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. 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…

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Provide a more efficient for people to find a family doctor

    HealthCareConnect works well in Toronto, where there are many doctors available (COVID crisis aside).
    There seems to be a general shortage of doctors in Barrie, and being on a HealthCareConnect waiting list that doesn't move is not very efficient nor does it inspire hope.

    Having an area in the City of Barrie Portal (or other official site) where residents can look for doctors accepting new patients / register for a waiting list directly with that practice might help put the control back into the hands of the residents. Direct contact with the practices accepting patients / working through waiting lists…

    12 votes
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  10. 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…

    11 votes
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  11. Bring Presto to busses

    The goal of a good transit is to be affordable, frequent and easy to use, none of which are true for Barrie, despite it's size and rapid growth. While our city modernizes and grows, our transit remains antiquated, requiring now for people to buy scratch-off paper cards that easily get destroyed just from keeping in a wallet.

    A presto card will allow riding to be more convenient, allowing for an automatic renewal for monthly passes (no more waiting in line at the beginning of the month) and allows for an auto-loading feature for those who infrequently travel. Barrie also benefits…

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  12. Bus stops equipment.

    There are many bus stops that are not pedestrian friendly. Example the stop 700 at Welington plaza. That stop doesn’t have any pathway to the bus. People have to enter the bus through the newly seeded “green” area. During the rain or snow it is a mess. The problem can be solutioned by placing the appropriate cement boarding platform. There are many bus stops like that around the city, where people have to guess where is bus stop and jump over the mud and dust. I want a better public transportation service in Barrie, so it could be an alternative…

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    The concrete solid landing surface at stop #700 was removed as part of the nearby Anne Street bridge reconstruction; the concrete pad will be reinstalled as part of site rehabilitation.

    Regarding bus stops in general, Transit staff are currently in the process of building a Bus Stop Infrastructure Improvement Plan, in line with the Transit Vision Project. With the service improvements that will come with the Transit Vision Project, extensive bus stop infrastructure improvements will be looked at for all bus stops throughout Barrie.

    Learn more about the Transit Vision Project: https://www.buildingbarrie.ca/transitvision

  13. Better pedestrian access for Barrie South GO

    In Southern Barrie development is happening quickly, and as a result Barrie South GO is/will be seeing a lot more traffic. There is one problem with this: the station has 1 entrance resulting in trips being much more inconvenient, people walking on the tracks, and driving to the station instead resulting in even more pressure on the one entrance creating a choke point that is unsafe for cars, buses, bikes, and pedestrians. With better pedestrian access, the communities popping up around the station will be made more walkable, transit friendly, and take some traffic, how big or small it may…

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  14. Dog park in lampman park

    Letita heights is home to MANY dogs and being a dog owner myself I see how many dogs and owners use the closed in baseball diamond as a dog play area... the park is big enough that it could have a fenced in dog park. It's a great location and goes with another post of having more dog parks in the north end

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  15. Parking both sides of road

    parking should not be allowed on both sides of street.it makes some streets a 1 lane road and is unsafe because of speed of some cars

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  16. Restrict on street parking longer than 3 hour

    parking is out control and needs to be controlled lots of cars park for weeks without moving because their owners find the streets better than using their driveway

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  17. Quiet fireworks

    Save vulnerable pets and wildlife while also considering those who are traumatized by the deafening sounds of fireworks.
    Barrie could be a leader as a compassionate considerate place to live for everyone. Quiet fireworks are not new. https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/504964-its-time-for-silent-fireworks

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  18. Implement wheel bins for automated trash, organic and recycling.

    Coming from Quebec, where these bins are used exclusively. It is far more efficient, requiring less manual manipulation of trash,as well as easy to enforce limits on collection. Cleaner, easier storage for residents, and less risk of illegal dumping, or ripped torn bags during collection.

    These are already implemented with great success in several jurisdictions in Ontario, such as Toronto, and coming soon to the rest of simcoe, it only makes sense for Barrie to progress with rest of modern society as it pertains to waste management.

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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 suggestions previously received 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.

  20. free hop on, hop off bus

    In order to get people from the beaches to the downtown AND to allow current residents greater ease accessing the city without using their car or having to walk in bad weather has anyone ever considered the use of free hop on, hop off buses? the bus would loop around from points near the beach to the tall condos along Toronto st/ lakeshore. stopping off at major points all along the downtown going as far as Berczy st at the edge of the intensification corridor. you can hop/off at random, hitting any area you want or stay on until you…

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