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He is proud to have served as volunteer chairperson and lead organizer of the city’s largest event, the Downtown PoCo Car Show, for the past 10 years and has enjoyed watching the event grow from a few thousand spectators to over 70,000 in 2014. He was also honoured when asked to chair/coordinate the city’s 100th Anniversary Home Coming Weekend in 2013 and says it “was a memory he and many others will never forget.”
Dean is seeking a second term to continue his focus on issues he has brought forward to: Improve the Road Infrastructure and Recreation Facilities, Ensure our Streets and Parks are kept clean, make certain the budget remains the highest priority and that citizens are receiving full value for their tax dollar.
Prior to the last election I asked residents of Port Coquitlam what they expected for their tax dollars. The overwhelming response was to see City Hall do a better job of delivering the core services to address the city’s failing infrastructure, improve customer service and last, but not least, do so in a fiscally responsible manner. Over the past three years, I have worked hard to keep your message top of mind with staff and council and am happy to report they are now the top three priorities of City Hall.
2011 PRIORITY: Road Network and Rec FacilitiesPROGRESS:
- Infrastructure made City’s Top Priority in 2013.
- Washington appointed Chairperson of a new Infrastructure Committee which drafted a plan to replace the city’s aging assets that will mostly use existing capital funds for projects.
- Supported new Artificial Turf Field at Gates Park completed 2013.
- In final planning stages for Rec Centre, Centennial Pool, Terry Fox Library upgrades.
2011 PRIORITY: Clean up the City and Make it SaferPROGRESS:
- Received full commitment from top management to incorporate litter collection as core philosophy within the city.
- 12 new Fire and Police staff over past three years. Port Coquitlam now ranks as one of the lowest crime rates in Metro Vancouver.
2011 PRIORITY: Return to Weekly Garbage Collection
- Although an advocate for returning to weekly garbage collection, after seeing the advancements in the program through streamlining and education was convinced the current method is the most reasonable and economic way to proceed.
2011 PRIORITY: Customer Service and Fiscal ResponsibilityPROGRESS:
- Customer Service is now one of the City’s Top Priorities.
- 2012-2014 combined tax increase of 5.6% (1.86% average increase per year).
- Previous 3 year (2009-2011) increase of 16.55% (5.51% average increase per year).
- Property Tax decrease of -.24% in 2014.
Mike Farnworth, MLA
Port Coquitlam - Burke Mountain
Kayla Steele, Executive Director
Downtown Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association
Brad West, City Councillor
Brian Madaski, Owner
Port Coquitlam Bowling Centre
Bruce Richardson, Vice President
CUPE Local 561
- Capital Infrastructure Committee: Chairperson
- Community Safety Committee: Chairperson
- Healthy Communities Committee: Vice-Chair
- School District 43 Liaison Committee: Chairperson
- Revenue Generation Committee: Member
- Finance and Intergovernmental Committee: Member
- Continuous Improvement Assessment Committee: Member
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