(Map by Allison Leonard)
Municipal elections will be held across Waterloo Region on Oct. 27, and the following is a city ward profile that summarizes some key information. Did we miss any key issues in your ward? Let us know; email us at email@example.com. This profile was created in partnership with the Cord Community Edition.
Comprising Waterloo’s southeast corner, Ward 5 zig-zags along the city border around Breithaupt Park and onto Woolwich St. Stretching to Weber Street on the west, Ward 5 encompasses the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Bechtel Park.
Major issue: Road construction, community access
Residents across all wards are currently united in a concern for construction. Resident Bill Green is frustrated by a lack of coordination between the city and the region on development and construction projects.
Currently two major thoroughfares in the Ward 5 are under construction. The region is at work repairing University Ave., reducing it to two lanes. Construction is slated to be completed on University Ave in November. At the same time, the city is at work on Columbia and Lexington roads.
"It doesn't seem to have been co-ordinated between the city and the region," Green said. "And those are the two ways into the community."
Green acknowledged that decisions are sometimes made at the staff level, but hopes for increased councillor participation on regional council and deferral of projects that may harm a community or access to a community.
"It's been a frustration because no matter where you go, it's taking longer to get in and out of the community," Green said.