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July Events Round-up

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

School’s over, leaving parents looking for things to do.

Here’s a taste of what’s going on in Oakville this July:

July 10: 7am-8pm: 7th Annual Mayor’s Invitational Softball Tournament:  The tournament is at Trafalgar Park/Glenashton Park . Sponsored by Trinison Management Corp, and Mattamy Homes this year’s charity is the Kerr St. Mission (KSM).  For more information on KSM visit their website. For more on the tournament call: 905-845-7485.

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Downtown post office purchased by Town of Oakville

Friday, January 27th, 2012
Canada Post mailbox

The Town of Oakville announced that it purchased the post office site at 193 Church Street from Canada Post for $11 million. Canada Post had offered the property for sale through a competitive open bidding process and the site attracted significant interest from numerous private developers.

“It is very rare that a piece of property this large comes on the market in downtown Oakville so it’s not surprising that major developers were interested in the site,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Council felt very strongly that it was in the best interests of the downtown that this site be maintained in the public domain as it provides us with greater control and flexibility in implementing our strategic vision for a successful and thriving downtown commercial district.”

Mayor Burton indicated that the site would be used to provide additional parking for the downtown until its future use is determined.

“The town has been building up its parking reserve for many years to help fund the purchase of additional land for parking in the downtown commercial district,” Mayor Burton noted. “We will be able to fully finance the purchase cost through our parking reserves and ongoing revenues from the town’s parking operations and so this purchase will not affect the town’s property taxes.”

The town hired external consultants to conduct a land appraisal to determine both the current market value and future liquidity of the site.

“This Council is committed to the long-term financial sustainability of the town so we wanted to be confident that the town’s offer to purchase reflected fair market value for the site, and to be equally confident that if the site was declared surplus in the future, it would still maintain its value,” Mayor Burton added.

The town had expressed interest in acquiring this site since the 1990s but Canada Post only made it available for sale this past year.

The town will take ownership of the property on April 2, 2012.

Integrity Officer: No sanctions warranted against Mayor Burton

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Last night, Town Council received the final report from Integrity Officer Robert J. Swayze into a complaint submitted by MP Terence Young on April 14, 2011. Mr. Swayze concluded that there was no improper use of influence and town resources, and that sanctions against Mayor Rob Burton are unwarranted.

“I am satisfied with the process and accept the findings in the Integrity Officer’s report,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “I also welcome Mr. Swayze’s suggestion to poll Council ahead of any future meeting changes to ensure a majority of Council are in agreement.”

On the complaint over the improper use of influence and town resources, the Integrity Officer found “that there were no media releases or other statements issued by the Town relating to the federal election.” Additionally, the report notes that Mr. Swayze found “no evidence of any Councillor or staff member working on the federal election or otherwise participating in it, contrary to their duty to the Town.”

In reference to the allegation that Mayor Burton cancelled Council and Committee meetings during the election period to assist Councillor Khan in his bid for federal election, the Integrity Officer said the cancellation was not of any benefit to Mayor Burton “either materially or politically and I cannot entertain recommending to Council any sanctions against the Mayor.”

Under the town’s Integrity Officer Procedure, any member of the public can request an investigation into possible violations of Council’s Code of Conduct, but it is up to Council to direct that such an investigation take place.

On May 16, 2011, Council directed the Integrity Officer to investigate two of the allegations detailed in the April 14th complaint filed by MP Young. The cost of the investigation by the Integrity Officer was $11,600.

$100,000 raised at Mayor’s Invitational Softball Tournament

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Town of Oakville player at batOakville stepped up to the plate for the Mayor’s Invitational Softball Tournament on July 14.

They day featured a whole lot of softball, food, beer and fun all while raising over $100,000 for Kerr Street Ministries and Community Living Oakville. Many businesses came out to support the event and feed the hungry softball players including Cameron’s, Red Bull, and Lone Star Texas Grill.

Many other sponsors helped make the day possible including Scotiabank, Longo’s, Oakville Hydro, and Starbucks.

“It’s been a great day for everyone and we raised over $100,000 for two very worth while charities that the mayor supports in town,” said Ben Ward, Executive Director of the Kerr Street Ministries.

“We’ll be able to make a difference in the lives of children and youth because of the proceeds form today’s event.”

Related: Click here to view more photos from this event.

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Burton: Thank You, Oakville Voters!

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Oakville voters have given me a renewed and stronger mandate. I accept the trust they have placed in me with humility. I dedicate myself over the next four years to continuing to fulfill the promises I have made. Now, I join everyone in thanking all who participated in the elections. We made our community’s democracy stronger.

Together, we will keep Oakville moving forward.

Sincerely,

Rob Burton