Judi Partridge – John Rennison,The Hamilton Spectator
Ward 15 Coun. Judi Partridge expects 2018 to be a busy year, and said she hopes to see many of the projects she’s been working on for the past seven years to come to fruition.
Among the projects she hopes to see finished are road projects, such as the long-awaited Waterdown bypass, as well as Parkside Drive and the extension of Clappison Avenue.
Partridge noted part of the bypass, Avonsyde Drive, opened in the fall.
“We’ve now secured funding for the section of the bypass that’s going to be along Parkside (Drive) east and curve up behind Alexander Place,” she said. “We still have two more properties to negotiate, but have secured most of the funding for the construction.”
“What I’m trying to do is get all of the approvals I need and get all of the schedules set up as best I can so that they will continue, regardless of if I’m here or not.” — Ward 15 Coun. Judi PartridgeThe western part of the east-west bypass, which stretches from Centre Road to Highway 6 behind Parkside Drive, will be built by the developers, Partridge noted.
“That agreement has now been finalized,” she said. “The developers will be building that road using one contractor.”
However, she noted the parcel of land that is required to connect the bypass road with Highway 6 is “problematic.”
“That is winding its way through the courts,” she explained. “That portion of (the bypass) probably won’t be started for another couple of years. But the part that goes behind all the developments … I think they’re trying to get it done for 2019.”
However, she said the portion of the north-south bypass connecting Burke Street to Mountain Brow Road and Waterdown Road will be completed by the developers, and Partridge said the third phase of Mountainview Heights isn’t slated to be built until 2020 or 2021.
Another ongoing project Partridge expects to see move forward this year is the reconstruction of Parkside Drive. The oft-delayed Phase 1 culvert replacement is currently taking place, but upgrades to the street will take place in the spring as part of Phase 2.
Partridge noted the upgrades will include bike lanes, sidewalks and new crosswalks from west of Hollybush Drive to Main Street North.
Meanwhile, the Clappison Avenue extension project, which will connect Dundas Street with Parkside Drive, is also slated to be completed by summer, Partridge said. She added the project was delayed by an archeological dig.
The completion of the Clappison Avenue is necessary for the new Stryker facility, which will be accessed from both Clappison Avenue and Parkside Drive.
Partridge said landing Stryker was a “coup” for the business park, adding a number of companies are now interested in locating in the park.
“I’m anticipating that industrial subdivision is going to go through quite a growth spurt over 2018 and 2019,” she said.
Partridge said there will also be several new stop lights installed in 2018, including at Spring Creek Drive and Dundas Street East and two additional stoplights on Parkside Drive.
As well, in the summer of 2018 a stoplight will be installed on Hamilton Street at White Oak Drive, while the existing stoplight at Cedar Street will be removed.
“Part of the reason for that is there are so many seniors and folks with disabilities who come along John Street and try and cross there,” she said. “That will just create a safer area there for people.”
In addition, she said there will be additional speed humps and traffic calming measures installed throughout the community and many of the speed limits will be decreased to 40 km/h.
Another project that could come to fruition in 2018 is a new Carlisle library.
“We have secured $1 million toward that,” she said. “It’s been approved by the library board … so now it’s going into a final detail design.”
Partridge said she hopes the library will be built in 2019.
As well, the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) liaison committee, which features representatives from both the HWDSB and city, including Partridge, has approved a feasibility study for a public indoor pool in Waterdown.
“Part of that feasibility study will identify potential locations,” she said the 2018 study. Partridge said one possibility is to partner with board at the new elementary school slated to be built in east Waterdown.
As well, she said the study could look at attaching a public pool to an existing school, such as Mary Hopkins Elementary School.
However, she cautioned any decision would have to be made jointly by city council and school board.
“That’s one I’m really excited about,” she said.
2018 will also be a busy year from a personal standpoint, as Partridge is running as the provincial Liberal candidate for the new Flamborough-Glanbrook riding. While she said campaigning on top of her council commitments will be time consuming, she is committed to her responsibilities as councillor.
“What I’m trying to do is get all of the approvals I need and get all of the schedules set up as best I can so that they will continue, regardless of if I’m here or not,” she said, adding she plans to continue as Ward 15 councillor if she isn’t elected provincially.
Partridge said there are no rules that require her to step away from her councillor duties prior to the election, something she doesn’t find to be a conflict.
“I don’t find it to be a conflict,” she said, noting former Ward 7 councillor and current Hamilton Mountain MPP Scott Duvall did the same thing while running for the NDP. “He continued to go to all his committee meetings, his staff continued to look after all of the constituent day-to-day-issues and he attended all council meetings.
“I plan on doing exactly the same thing — I don’t really see any reason why you couldn’t.”