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(Posted 12:30 p.m., Dec. 12)
East end rookies get nod for key roles as deputy mayors
By Fred Sherwin
OrleansOnline.ca

Newly elected east end councillors Luara Dudas and Matt Luloff have been appointed to serve as co-deputy mayors, along with Osgoode councillor George Darouze. File photo

Christmas came early for east end rookie city councillors Matt Luloff and Laura Dudas on Wednesday, as both of them were confirmed as deputy mayors during their first term in office along with Osgoode councillor George Darouze.

The role of the deputy mayors is largely ceremonial. They are called upon to represent the Mayor at events which he cannot otherwise attend, on a rotating basis. At the same time it increases their profile outside their respective wards and across the entire city. Councillors Mark Taylor and Bob Monette served as deputy mayors during the last term of council.

The biggest advantage to being a deputy mayor is that the position automatically comes with a seat on the city`s influential 12-member finance and economic development committee, which is akin to a cabinet post inside the confines of Ottawa City Hall.

Besides the finance and economic and development committee, Dudas was also appointed to the community and protective services committee, the transportation committee and the planning committee, all areas where residents expressed their concerns during the recent election.

"I have heard loud and clear from residents that increasing and strengthening the local economy in the east, and improving our road infrastructure and transit networks are significant priorities," says Dudas. "In these roles, I will be a strong and active voice for Innes Ward and Ottawa's east end."

Luloff will serve on both the community and protective services and transportation committees with Dudas. He will also sit on the Ottawa Library Board where he plans to push for the expansion of a pilot project that allows library members to borrow musical instruments. He is also pleased that both he and Dudas will have a voice on the finance and economic development committee.

"I made a lot of promises during the campaign in terms that were fostering economic development in Orléans, so being on the committee is pretty important," says Luloff.

Veteran east end councillor Stephen Blais will also be on the finance and economic development committee as chair of the city's transportation committee. The Cumberland Ward councillor was also appointed to the community and protective services committee, the Hydro Ottawa Board and the South Nation Conservation Authority.

As chair of the transportation committee, Blais will lead the discussion surrounding the formulation of an updated Transportation Master Plan.

The Transportation Master Plan identifies the transportation facilities, services and policies that the City of Ottawa will implement to serve a projected population of 1.14 million people by 2031. It sets direction for the City's day-to-day transportation programs and provides a basis for budget planning that is consistent with the growth management policies of the City's Official Plan.

"The Transportation Master Plan will help guide our walking, cycling, transit and road networks for years to come, says Blais who chaired the Transit Commission during the last term of council. I vow to bring the same work ethic and enthusiasm as chair of the transportation committee, as I did as chair on the Transit Commission."

The transportation committee will also oversee increased expenditures on transportation infrastructure that will be implemented in the 2019 budget and it will oversee the proposed extension of Brian Coburn Boulevard west of Navan Road, a fact that is not lost on the veteran city councillor.

As a city councillor who represents rural and suburban areas, I want to continue to ensure that our local road networks are repaved in real-time, adds Blais. Weve also made real progress on Brian Coburn Blvd and I want to ensure it gets extended further west to reduce commute times by alleviating traffic on Innes.

Council will begin budget deliberations in the New Year.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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