Candidate for South Stormont Councillor
Happily retired with lots of energy and time
1. What prompted your decision to run for council this time?
I had thought about putting my name in for past elections but realized that I just didn’t have time to do a great job. Now that I am retired I have the time and energy to represent the people of South Stormont, and really serve them in a positive and constructive way, as a member of Council.
2. What are the key strengths you would bring to the job if elected?
I have worked in the infrastructure industry and in the last 43 years, with my experience as manager I believe that there are ways to do things in a much more efficient way. I have strong organizational and team building skills and have taken numerous courses to expand and improve my skill sets and knowledge base. I possess a wealth of experience dealing with employee and customer relations. I take pride in my eagerness to learn and am comfortable asking hard questions to ensure the job gets done right for you.
I would also focus my attention on the fact that if we look after the small things in a responsible manner that we would have more time and energy to look after the bigger things.
3. What are the top few issues that you see facing the Township?
The following are some of the key issues I’d like to look into and learn more about, so that our township continues to be an excellent place to live, work, and play.
There needs to be an initiative to start the process of funding for the upgrade of the waste treatment plant in Ingleside.
We need to work with the St Lawrence Parks Commission to, at the very least to keep the Long Sault-Ingleside Parkway open during the winter months.
We should be working on bringing senior housing facilities for our seniors to areas like St. Andrews or Newington for instance. Ensuring the safety and comfort of our seniors who would be able to remain in their communities
I would like to work with our Public Works Department on a few items. I believe that I have an idea that could possibly save the taxpayers on their waste and recycle costs. I would like to review the Winter Maintenance, the Salt Management Plan as well as the road-resurfacing plan that the municipality uses. There may be ways that we could reduce costs without influencing service.
I would like to work with the local fire departments to have a voluntary bi-annual free inspection set up for parents to make sure that their children’s and infants car seat are installed properly and legally. We must keep our children safe!!
I would also like to investigate the possibility of an early years learning centre program at different locations. We as a municipality should do all we can to help any host achieve their goal of hosting a funded early years program.
4. Is there anything you hope to change in the Township?
I would like to encourage more people to attend Council meetings
I would like to see the council meeting live streamed
I would like to open communication with St Lawrence Parks Commission.
5. How is your message being received during this campaign?
I believe that i am being well received in the communities. People welcome my experience, my openness and my honesty.
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’?
I believe that we should take this to Counties Council and have a unified decision with our neighbouring municipalities.