10:30 a.m., Aug. 25)
City names St. Joseph bridge after former Glouester mayor
City of Ottawa has decided to name the St.
Joseph Blvd. bridge over Green's Creek in
honour of former Gloucester mayor Harry Allen.
of the most controversial mayors in Gloucester's history
now has a bridge named after him.
Allen served as the Mayor of Gloucester for two terms
from 1985 to 1991, but it was during his second term in
office that he came under fire for raising the property
tax rate a whopping 30 per cent.
received several death threats leading up to the tax hike,
forcing him to wear a bullet proof vest at council. The
controversial tax increase eventually led to his demise
in the 1991 municipal election when he was defeated by
rival Claudette Cain.
irony is that the tax hike allowed his successor to maintain
spending while either freezing taxes, or passing modest
tax hike issue aside, Allen oversaw a number of forward
thinking initiatives duing his tenure as mayor including
the Rockcliffe Parkway realignment and the widening of
the St. Joseph Bridge over Green's Creek.
is that bridge which now bears his name.
contributions to the former City of Gloucester were recognized
in a press release by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Innes
Ward Coun. Rainer Bloess.
with his community projects in Beacon Hill through to
his time as Mayor of Gloucester, Harry Allan always kept
residents best interests at heart, said Mayor
Watson. It is a great pleasure to recognize Harry
Allens contributions and legacy.
Allens contributions to the former City of Gloucester
continue to benefit the residents of Ottawa, said
Councillor Bloess. We are pleased to provide this
honour and recognition for his foresight and his many
years of public service.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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