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Prince knows his way around city hall

Newly elected councillor served Ward 9 from 2010 to 2014
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Ward 7 councillor Andrew Prince with his family Shannon Marek and Preston Marek-Prince, Diaz and Avery Prince. Submitted photo

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

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Robin MacLennan has been a reporter, photographer and editor for the daily media in Barrie, across Simcoe County and Toronto for many years. She is a proud member of the Barrie community.
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