Candidate for South Stormont Mayor
Name: Tammy A. Hart
Deputy Mayor of the Township of South Stormont
1. What prompted your decision to run for council this time?
I have always enjoyed politics and making a difference.
I have been on Council for 12 years, four as Councillor and eight as Deputy Mayor.
The enthusiasm and interest is still with me; I enjoy helping people and being accountable to them.
Our present Mayor Jim Bancroft has decided to retire. Jim has taught me valuable lessons, it’s been a smooth four years and I want to continue in his footsteps.
2. What are the key strengths you would bring to the job if elected?
Transparency Accountability and Honesty
Our job will be to spend the tax dollars wisely, while being fiscally responsible.
My priority will be to maintain our existing infrastructure and support our local businesses while trying to bring growth and tourism to the area.
3. What are the top few issues that you see facing the Township?
Township of South Stormont has a Wastewater Treatment Plant that is in need of expansion and re-construction. Presently, it is at full capacity preventing the town of Ingleside from expanding and developing.
I am extremely concerned about the cellular gaps in some rural areas and the fact that it’s hard to get high speed internet service. Better mobile broadband coverage will ensure the region remains competitive as wireless technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace.
School closures and aging population means that tax dollars are going to be squeezed, coupled with the fact that we are getting less and less funding from the Federal and Provincial Governments; it’s a recipe for some tough times ahead.
4. Is there anything you hope to change in the Township?
I would like to see more geared to income senior housing or retirement homes. I certainly will try to encourage it in our Township.
And I plan on pressuring the Federal Government to increase the water in the St. Lawrence. We are losing tourism. Let’s have some common sense and be reasonable for our area between the Iroquois Locks and Saunders Dam.
Communicate with the St. Lawrence Parks and open up the parkway during the winter months.
5. How is your message being received during the campaign?
I am very pleased. It’s been extremely positive. People are pleasant and welcoming. A lot of people already know me because I attend most functions and I patronize our businesses. So I am well known.
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’?
It’s obvious that it’s a decision of the majority around Council. We will definitely be consulting with our constituents.
As for me, I would not turn it down. I would be in favour of allowing pot shops.