Steven Byvelds eager to make change in South Dundas

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Candidate for South Dundas Mayor

Steven Byvelds

58 years old

Co-owner – Bycrest Farms Ltd

1.  What prompted your decision to run for council this time?

After watching the last four years and how things were being mismanaged between Council and staff, I felt the people of South Dundas needed an alternative to the present leadership.

2.  What are the key strengths you would bring to the job if elected?

Having been Mayor of SD and Warden of SDG previously, I can use that experience to bring a new open culture to South Dundas.  I have leadership skills and have operated a large farm business for many years. But the key is decision making. Council reports will be debated but the work will be done in a professional manner and on time.

3.  What are the top few issues that you see facing the Township?

We need a new plan for infrastructure as many areas of the municipality need renewing.  We need to tackle the landfill issue that current council has “swept under the rug” and ignored.  We need to speed up economic renewal. We need an open and transparent relationship with our citizens.  But most of all, we need leadership from our Mayor to make this all happen.

4.  Is there anything you hope to change in the Township?

The culture at the office needs to change.  Leadership at the Council table is required.

5.  How is your message being received during this campaign?

People want change from how the way things are being handled now.  My message about more listening and less talking is being received positively.

6. Voting begins on Oct. 17 — ironically the day of marijuana legalization. The new council will have to decide soon if your municipality will permit storefront cannabis sales, or opt out altogether. Should your municipality allow pot shops or ‘just say no’?

Cannabis has been around from a long time, even before I heard about it in High School.  It will be a legal product and those who would like to use it will get it someplace. In the right location, I would be in favour of South Dundas supporting a store.  I do emphasize the right location which can be determined between council and the public in an open manner.

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