February 8 2019
HAMILTON, ON - Following the release of the Red Hill Valley Parkway report by staff earlier this week, it is difficult for Council and I to understand why this report was not brought forward until recently. That is why I give full support to conducting an independent external investigation and I am confident my Council colleagues also support that direction.
Current staff recognized their responsibility to bring the report forward to the public and council, so that we can take appropriate action. Council has directed staff to investigate and report back with recommendations in order to improve internal processes and procedures relative to information management.
We are in the business of delivering high quality public services, being open and transparent with our community and are committed to doing everything we can to ensure ongoing public safety and public trust.
My Council colleagues and I extend sincere sympathies to the families who have been affected and how the nature and timing of this information must be impacting them. We cannot imagine the profound loss they have experienced.
I want the community to know that we have implemented a number of additional safety measures on the Red Hill Valley Parkway and we will continue to study and implement safety enhancements, in addition to lowering the speed limit and resurfacing the road.