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It is My Honour and Privilege to Serve King

Posted by Cleve Mortelliti On October - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

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I was notified by the clerk on Friday September 12th, that I have been once again acclaimed to council.

To all the residents and ratepayers of Ward 1, and to the Township of King as a whole, I would like to once again thank you for your continued support and to reaffirm my commitment to serve as your Voice in King for the next 4 years.

Over the last 8 years we have witnessed significant change in King.  For King City & Nobleton specifically, that change has been driven primarily as a result of the implementation of sanitary sewers.   King City and Nobleton were two of the largest rural villages in Ontario that up until 8 years ago relied upon individual private septic systems to treat sanitary waste.  The arguments for and against implementing servicing polarized our communities, and the decision to finally implement the sewers placed our municipality deeply into debt for the foreseeable future causing instability with our tax rate, and limiting our ability to effectively service our ratepayers or to repair old and decaying infrastructure.

In 2006, I ran on the premise of, “like it or not, servicing is here, and we need to prepare ourselves for the changes that are most definitely coming”.  Servicing not only solves our individual septic system problems, but more significantly, it enables growth and development, and Nobeton and King City respresent two of the hottest residential real estate markets in the GTA.   The residents of King, new and old, are fierce in the their desire to maintain the small community environment they’ve bought into, whether they came here 40 years ago, or 4 weeks ago.

I love King, sometimes irrationally so, because even though I know in my head that certain things have to change whether I like it or not, I still sometimes have difficulty accepting that.   A heart that beats for King, I think is the quality that we must look for in our elected officials.  Passion and appreciation for what is old in King, and what shaped our community 150 years ago, but also metered with sound reasoning and optimism for what can be for its future.  We don’t get anywhere when we fight with one another, and this past term of council is a prime example of how councillors can put the interests of King first when we work together, understand the needs of each ward, and collaborate as a unified voice.  I sincerely hope this continues into the next term.

But some things are beyond your council’s control.  There’s a behemoth out there comprised of Federal and Provincial regulation, multi tiered government, diverging private interests, our legal system, the strength and will of our democratic free market economy to name only a few.  What this requires is to be met head on with that ever beating heart, to fuel and oxygenate our intelligence in order to steer these forces as best we can, and use that strength to guide the market where we want it to go, so that the new compliments the old as best as possible, to not only grow for the sake of growth, but also to enhance our King in ways that make us proud of where we live, so our kids can be proud of where they came from.

There will always be wins, losses, and comprises.  Not everything will turn out the way we want it to, but with me, it will never be for not having tried.

It remains my honour and privilege to serve King.

Cleve Mortelliti

King Township Councillor, Ward 1

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My name is Cleve Mortelliti and I am the Councillor for Ward 1 in the Township of King, Ontario – Canada. I love this Township. King City has been my home since 1972. From 2004 to 2006 I had the privilege to work as an Engineering Administrator for the Township of King. But my overriding desire to make a real difference and to have a more positive, impactful influence on the shape and form of the development wave that is coming to King, led me to leave my employment with the Township and declare my candidacy for Councillor of Ward 1 (King City, Snowball, Kettleby). At approximately 10:00pm on November 13th, 2006 I was truly thrilled to learn that the residents and ratepayers of Ward 1 had bestowed their trust in me to serve as their councillor for the next 4 years . In the successive 2010, and 2014 elections I was re-elected by acclamation. It remains my honour and privilege to serve King.

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