Veteran councillor Archie Mellan seeks re-election

Councillor Archie Mellan seeks re-election. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

Candidate for South Dundas Councillor

Archie Mellan
60 years old

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

What prompted my decision to run was I still have a strong desire to contribute to shaping South Dundas future.

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

I feel my strengths that I will bring if elected will be my experience and stability in dealing with ongoing projects and first hand knowledge gained from eight years at the council table in dealing with the other level of government and  the conditions and restriction place on lower tier Municipalities. I have the first hand knowledge of the areas we have jurisdiction over and the level of services that people except and which we provide. I will bring to the Council Table the reliability needed to make informed Decisions for the overall benefit of the municipality.     

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

The top issues that the next term of council will be landfills, water tower replacements long term planning of aging infrastructure; roads, bridges, culverts, sidewalks, recreation facilities. Enhancement of our parks and waterfronts. The security of the long term viability of our schools.

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

Things I would liked to see changed are to continued to work more closely with the Agriculture community on issues that may have a negative impact on growth, look at the feasibility of implementing project Emily. Continue to work with our Chamber and BIA on business attraction and retention. Complete the downtown street enhancements. Do more to promote South Dundas as a tourist destination, a place to live and start a business. Review the pros and cons of surveys being required for locating new houses on small or odd shaped lots to meet minimum setbacks.      

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

The message I am receiving is that people want my experience; stability and reliability as part of there next council moving forward.

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’?

This is indeed a difficult one. The reality of the situation is that the a federal Government will make it legal with out in my opinion taking into account the impact it will have on local communities as we will be task with policing, controlling and the protection of the vulnerable population. More information and the regulation for controlling is needed both Federally and Provincially, not to mention additionally funding for lower and upper tier governments to be able to adequately deal with this. As far as opting out I am undecided as to what is the best way forward. It will be available from neighbouring areas in all likelihood so should we allow a new or existing business to open up for the sales, and where? Can we regulate where it can be sold in South Dundas to adequately meet the concerns of the people? That will be something that will needed to be thoroughly debated at the council table early in the next term.  

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