Phil Moon Son
I've been a City Councillor with the City of Yellowknife since November 2012.
It's important to me that Yellowknife is a safe, fun and beautiful place to live. If you have any concerns, please don't hesitate contacting me!
Did you know?
Council meetings are held in the Council Chamber at City Hall on the second and fourth Monday of each month (except June, July, August and December) at 7:00 p.m.
And they're open to the public!
Over the past 3 years my primary focus was to concentrate on our core responsibilities such as water, sewer, roads, waste and protection and therefor trying to keep spending and taxes in check. Over the next three years my focus will be similar, this may not be the most exciting platform, but nevertheless a plat form that is needed. I didn't support the purchase of the 50 / 50 lot primarily because of the huge costs and the absence of a plan moving forward.
CANADA WINTER GAMES
This is a very exciting but also very risky project, this is definitely a polarizing issue, unfortunately I cannot support this risk on our residence and tax payers and will not be supporting the bid for the games. Although the working group is continuing to work on the feasibility of the project, quite about of comparative information has been already gathered. The participants of the working group has worked very hard and I look forward to future discussions.
THE HIGH COST OF LIVING
Yellowknifers high cost of living is definitely one of the most challenging issues, some of these issues the City has direct control such as taxes, land value, fees etc. On the other issues we have limited control and involvement such as the cost of energy and consumables. This is why keeping our city focused on our core responsibilities is critical to ensuring spending and taxes are in check. I think shifting residence from fuel to other sources of energy is a great idea, on the other hand I cannot support the City helping to finance individual residence on these retrofits.
BY-LAW & MUNICIPAL ENFORCEMENT
I would like to see a Municipal Enforcement Division (MED) that focuses more on foot patrols all year round, primarily in the down town core. Showing a presence not to come down hard but providing confidence and safety to the residence and the business community. Having MED that relies on revenue targets during the budgeting process is problematic.
HOMELESS ISSUES AND DOWN CORE
Home less issues has definitely been the most challenging aspect over the past three years. Currently there are a series of groups trying to work collaboratively and creatively to tackle the homeless issue such as an expanded wet shelter. Supporting these groups and governments is the best approach for the city.
DRAWING WATER FROM THE RIVER
Drawing water from Back Bay is too risky, we must draw the water from the river, and because the risk comes from the Giant Mine Project the water pipe costs should be tied into the remediation and funding.
The City Should provide
PARKING METER EXPANSION
I did not support the parking meter expansion when tabled at the City Council meeting for the following reasons: