Blue Mountain Ratepayers' Association

What’s good for Blue is good for Grey

The Blue Mountains mayor looks for better deal for taxpayers in 2015
Collingwood Connection | Dec 29, 2014

The Blue Mountains’ mayor John McKean is hoping 2015 will bring a better deal for taxpayers.
After 11 years as a Councillor, McKean was elected mayor in October. He campaigned with a goal of getting The Blue Mountains taxpayers their fair share from Grey County.
“I really am looking forward to the experience at Grey County and getting the residents a better deal up there,” he said. “Grey County is better off if The Blue Mountains is better off.”
McKean said he’s been meeting with the county’s transportation committee and they have been discussing improvements to Scenic Caves Road. The $3.3 million project will see the road widened, and the addition of new guardrails and bike lanes. In order to be eligible for $2 million in provincial and federal funding, the project must be tendered by March. McKean said the bike lanes are key as he believes the municipality needs to make itself more bike friendly and attract cycling tourists to the area.
“I think we really have to take advantage of that,” he said. “It’s a sport that attracts all ages.”
McKean believes his transition to mayor should be an easy one. He said the governance system allows all council members to chair different committees.
“You have a chance to chair meetings [as a councillor] and I think it really does help in the transition,” he said.
McKean said he was surprised with the success of the transit link partnership between The Town of Collingwood and Blue Mountain Resort.
“The ridership on it has far surpassed what we thought it would be,” he said.
McKean said town officials have been discussing the new Sobeys project (Thornbury Square) in Thornbury and he hopes to see something come to the table in January.