A year ago I was just starting my campaign for election your Mayor. It is hard to believe that a whole year has gone by. As we head into the peak summer season I am proud that there have been many things accomplished by council and staff and we have much still to accomplish. The response to the survey for our Strategic Plan was overwhelming and we will shortly have the first draft that will be presented for public input during the months of July and August. By September, we will have the final version of the first ever Community based plan for our Township. My goal for the rest of the year and my term as Mayor will be to make sure we stay focused on moving things forward and continuously improving.
I believe that the positive message for growth and opportunity for the Township of Leeds & The 1000 Islands has been well received and we are seeing a significant amount of interest for investment in our township. We have had many initiatives and investment projects already started and many more either in the planning phase or about to be announced. The goals and action plans that will come out of the Strategic Planning process will form the basis for the next 3 years. I am confident that the private sector interest in the 1000 Islands will be overwhelming as we gain momentum.
Our dedicated staff remain focused on improving the level of service and making things better for our residents. By the Fall we will have completed all of the major analysis initiatives that will form the benchmarks for future improvement. My goal remains to make sure that we have service level standards established for everything we do in the Township and to deliver on those service level promises. Our level of communication has increased significantly and as our new website and video taping of council meetings comes online we will have an even greater level of contact with each and every one of our residents. The equipment for video taping has finally arrived and we will be broadcasting council meetings this summer.
As always, we are lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. I wish each and every one of our residents a safe and happy summer!
Joe Baptista - Mayor - Township of Leeds and 1000 Islands