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Brantford-Brant boundary babble, part 4

At Brantford, Ontario’s CURRENT size its a challenge for it to maintain basic infrastructure, such as: roads sidewalks bridges retaining walls culverts water distribution (a lead-free drinking water system) wastewater management (sewers) stormwater management solid waste/landfill system public transit corporate … Continue reading

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City gov’t: understand your basic job

Consider a city that has taken gradual steps (albeit without a sense of priorities) this year to maintain essential infrastructure, e.g., roads, sewers, water mains, within a regular budget.  (The basic responsibility of a city government.)  That city in its … Continue reading

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Does your city want farmland for new development?

If so, ask how well is your city managed at its current size?  When we apply this question to, for example, Brantford, Ontario (which is in the throes of pining for more land) we find that the city is behind … Continue reading

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City Budget Games: councillors’ musings, part 2

With all the hand-wringing going on at Brantford City Hall over the 2015 budget, what could be on the minds of councillors? “Hey, shouldn’t us COUNCILLORS come up with better ways to administer TAXPAYERS’ dollars?” “Relying on staff for ‘the list’ is the … Continue reading

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Excellent Cities Have Excellent Streets

Many cities have lost sight of the priority of infrastructure projects.  Smooth, well marked streets and roads are basic infrastructure that can get set aside in favour of more appealing projects. The use a portion of taxpayers’ dollars to develop waterfronts … Continue reading

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