Barrie's newest city councillor isn't a stranger to city hall.
Andrew Prince, 36, served as Ward 9 councillor from 2006 to 2010.
He won the Ward 7 seat in a byelection Monday night, and is expected to be sworn in at a city council meeting on Feb. 22.
Prince works with a small business with 15 employees in the IT and real estate sector.
"With us being almost a year and a half since the last municipal election, this leaves just over two and a half years left in this term and is not a lot of time to get the job done," he said during his campaign.
"We need to enhance our core services and push for value for taxpayers."
His top three issues?
- Taxes – Value for taxpayers
- Traffic – Get the south end moving
- Public safety – Enhance our current programs for safe parks, residential speeding, police response times.
Traffic was identified by voters as an issue in Ward 7 and Prince says his plan is to reduce gridlock in the south end of Barrie with:
- Harvie Road crossing
- Extension of Bryne Drive
- No “Heavy Truck” Zone during peak traffic hours along Mapleview between Huronia Road and Veterans Drive
- Traffic flow lighting study needs to be completed. The lights are horribly timed and slow the movement of traffic