As many of you are already aware, I am on a mission to restore the clock and bell in the iconic historical tower at 70 Dalhousie Street to working order before the building becomes the City's new City Hall. The repairs needed include restoring the clock faces, panes and caulking as well as the clock hands, and mechanisms. Please be part of restoring these unique features to their former glory by contributing to the “Back to the Future Clock Tower Restoration Campaign” All donations, big or small are very much appreciated. Learn more at: brantford.ca/ClockTowerCampaign . ...
Hi Folks. I just got home from a long day in the mayor’s office and just catching up on social media. I understand that some of you feel very passionate as to how City Council should be spending public money. To be clear all funds raised for the Clocktower Restoration will be raised by donation only. This is not a tax payer funded initiative. If you don’t support it don’t donate. However if like me you believe this clock, and whether it works, makes a statement as to who we are as a city, then please help me raise the funds to fix it.
I think it'd be great to have this part of history back in the downtown. Obviously, the City has many pressing issues - raising money for a clock tower via donations doesn't take away from the City's work on other issues.
I could see being against this if we were paying for it, but we're not. I'm going to donate because I'd like to see this restored. Thank you for not using tax payers funds for this 🙂
I do believe we have much bigger issues. You just had a budgeting meeting where we had no money to finish construction on a couple roads. So where's the money for this clock coming from?
Read the post everyone. If you like the cause donate if you don’t then don’t and none of your tax dollars will go towards it. Good deal I think
Let’s fix the clock tower and forget all the other problems in the city that’s what you do best your a shitty mayor like Chris wasn’t the greatest but atleast he stood for our town not you your a money hungry man
I think a more pressing issue would be to save the green space of arrowdale and listen to all the people who would love to keep arrowdale. Perhaps clean up all the brown space and develop that land properly for condos and shops. A clock tower though beautiful is the most minuscule issue of the entire city. This only proves how out of touch to reality the folks at city hall are to the needs of the city. People can’t afford to do crap in this city and you want donations because a clock doesn’t tick anymore? You can tell time on your Rolex and the rest of us will just drive on pothole laden streets, look at an empty eatons centre, cry that there is no Costco and Burger King and wonder why our neighborhoods aren’t safe and it takes the cops 45 minutes to come to a disturbance call.
A gong sounding in a dilapidated downtown. City hall is going to be moved into this building- fix the clock as part of the remodeling...at NO extra cost
Great project Kevin. I just made a donation.
I would think the city gets a hefty sum from the casino that they wouldn't need donations to fix the clock.!!!
Lovely to restore a piece of history, however, actual people living in the community need assistance with affordable housing and affordable recreational activities (Arrowdale Public Golf Course). Is there a GoFundMe page for that?
Maybe use some of the incoming tax money from all of the condos being built in Brantford to fix the clock in term year 4!?!?
We need more single person affordable housing units. Only family unit are ever made. Nothing for single people while rent soars and more people become homeless.
I'm certain the people in this city would gladly donate enough to fix ten clocks...too bad most of us are struggling with rent prices better suited for Toronto. 👉👌
Hold up here, I just read the post on the Brantford website. Is it just me or does anyone else find it ironic that our Mayor is asking us to donate our personal funds to help him save something that is an "iconic part of Brantford's downtown landscape and our city's history"? Seriously? That's EXACTLY what Arrowdale is. SAVE ARROWDALE!!
great idea but how about raising money to help the people who lost their homes Tuesday night in the fire downtown'
Sure does seem like there are bigger and better things to be donating money to these days..and priorities should be more focused on fundraising for much better causes that would benefit the community more than hearing a bell ring that would only be appreciated by a few..I'm actually speechless considering the fight for Arrowdale and where it seems priorities are lying..Wow...
So many Pet Projects ....so little money...so little time ....the silence from us is deafening ....sound familiar .........🤔.Many of us in the city are on a Mission To Save Arrowdale as well care to help us out at all Mayor Davis ....
Where is all the money Going that comes from the Casino? That's a lot of $ that city is receiving and then turning around asking for donations. Are you serious?
Its a beautiful building, nice mission. Take me for a tour Kevin.
Ya the people make a point. You will sell arrowdale and not save it. But will save a clock tower because city hall is going there.
How about fixing the traffic lights, especially the advanced lights so that they work properly. When there are no vehicles in the turning lanes, the advanced lights go on, making other vehicles wait while no one is turning at those intersections. This happens all the time and it hinders the flow of traffic. Also, the stop and go traffic is relentless, an intersection that is green then goes to another intersection that is red. All the time. No traffic is flowing. Brake services must love it as we're braking every few minutes. Fix that instead of a clock that no one looks at as they're busy braking for red lights.
I don't understand the priority of these "statement" pieces under the current climate in our city (you recently referred to the new firehall as a statement, as well).
Mayor Davis, could you share what these "statement" pieces offer to the community in terms of benefits?
Wondering if the Friends of Arrowdale group fundraised $30,000 to cover the supposed 'loss' Arrowdale incurred last year would be given the same consideration....not CITY $$, but donations.....I'm thinking NOT.....only pet projects of the Mayor would get approval.
My feeling is why did council spend $93 million on renovating this place in the first place. Did we really need a new city hall and if we did isn't it always cheaper to build new than to renovate? Isn't that what they wanted GM and Toyota to do renovate the Massey Ferguson plant and where are they today? Also what about that dreadful case of a bus terminal that not only needs to be replaced but moved so it can accommodate more buses. But the mayor, Phil Gillies and our PM are all about show.
It may not be public money spent, but it shows where priority and heart lie. The clock when repaired, will be quickly forgotten and its perfection and pleasure as compared to its first state will not matter one whit to how life proceeds in this city.
It's 'former glory' is tied in with the same mentality of upper english society that liked the predictability and clockwork discipline of a well-ordered boarding school for native children also. NO THANK YOU.
Wait,,what about affordable housing? You told us it was the most important thing the city needed to concentrate on. Also the study done by "your save money" consultants said that the present city hall was adequate and no need to spend millions on moving to federal building.
I wish the enthusiasm to fix the 5th avenue station was as important with a public date to be fixed. Guess more important to fix the clock so the drug addicts downtown know when it’s time for their next fix. Disgruntled eagle place property owner.....
Take some of the money out of the proposed Oak Park Rd extension, maybe? Lots of Money set aside for that project!
How about "lets fix the homeless problem".
Won't be surprised if they try to sell it after being restored.
I congratulate the partners and staff of Millards for making this very substantial donation to the Why Not Youth Centres.
I have learned since becoming Mayor that youth intervention and mentoring programs are an essential component of any successful substance abuse or crime prevention community strategy, similar to the type of services and programs offered by Why Not Youth Centre.
I thank Millards then, both personally and in my capacity as Mayor, for having such a strong and strategic commitment to charitable giving that shows great wisdom and understanding of our community’s needs. ...
I have been with Millards for close to 45 of our 100 years and have never been prouder of our current partners, retired partners and staff that all stepped up in a huge way for this. At the announcement this morning, you could be nothing but moved when Becca McLellan, the executive director, said we consider it a victory if we can help these kids survive to age 30. This carries on a 100 year philanthropic and volunteer tradition that goes back to former partners and Rotarians like Barry Humble and Don Francis among many others that will hopefully continue for another 100 years.
Meeting this morning with Shane Pepper, transit fleet manager, concerning the fire last night that led to transit services be scaled back today to Sunday service levels. Kudos to our fire department for containing the fire and the all night clean up efforts of city transit staff. ...
Today, I had the opportunity to visit with Mayor Larry Martin at his office in the beautiful Township of Norwich. Mayor Martin and I had great discussion regarding a number of issues we have in common including Public Health Units. Mayor Martin is the Oxford County Warden and Chair of the Southwestern Public Health Unit. Thank you for welcoming me to your office, and sharing your experiences. ...
So happy you got to meet my Mayor, Larry Martin is a great person and his knowledge is great. Two of my favorite people got to meet each other this is so nice.
I grew up in Norwich
Dont miss understand me I like city Council and Our Mayor But I dont like Snooping and Instigating, about our Upsetness at Hurting People And not Allowing us to Keep our Heritage, Kevin Davis, You Are the Mayor of Brantford, You are not From here are you.... I was and 97% of us Were born here And Arrowdale is OUR LIFE Its OUR BABY I NEED someone to Copy and paste this to him fact I'm gonna put this in Arrowdale page So Yes this Arrowdale Golf Course. Is BRANTFORDS BABY She is the Oldest Course Brantford Has So That being said We do Not want our Child To Be Taken From Us We all want our kids kids to Carry ARROWDALE Torch You snuck into my new page, after you unfriended me, I VOTED YOU IN MAYOR DAVIS I RESPECTED YOU But You I guess dont respect Our City Values !!! Julie Marie Berry