This being the second year of their term in office, Councillors and Mayor Gerretsen are increasingly making their mark, for better or worse, on the Limestone City. City Council has passed motions that have relocated the International Hockey Hall of Fame, opened the door to the possibility of a casino, and furthered a host of strategic initiatives that will shape the future of education, transportation and health care in Kingston. Even for disconnected citizens and infrequent political observers, the business that’s being driven by city hall has caught our attention, and sparked lively discussions about how our respective district representatives are fairing. Accordingly, this week’s poll question asks:
How would you grade city council's performance?
- D (35%, 37 Votes)
- C (27%, 29 Votes)
- B (18%, 19 Votes)
- A (10%, 11 Votes)
- F (10%, 11 Votes)
Total Voters: 107
In many respects it is unfortunate that we can’t provide our political leaders with mid-term report cards, grading everything from how they vote to how well they work with one another and how effective they are representing their constituents. That said, many of us have direct and unprecedented access to our elected officials and their after hour musings thanks to the proliferation of social media. Nearly half a dozen Councillors as well as the Mayor, tweet and/or engage Kingstonians via regular Facebook updates. This has not only improved discourse regarding municipal affairs, but it’s also given us greater insight regarding the Mayor and Councillor’s priorities.
The last time we asked our readers to grade the performance of the Mayor and City Council, 45 percent of respondents generously granted them a B, while 48 percent of our readers would have awarded a C or lower. If you believe the Mayor and City Council are doing a bang-up or miserable job, please take a moment to jot down what influenced your vote. In terms of the issues, how has City Council impressed you or otherwise let you down?
Thanks to albertogp123 for today’s photo.