Candidate for South Stormont Deputy Mayor
Richard (Rick) Waldroff
1. What prompted your decision to run for council this time?
I have served since 2010 as a Councillor. I felt the experience gained over the 8 year period helped with my readiness for the move to of Deputy Mayor.
2. What are the key strengths you would bring to the job if elected?
The careful consideration on all items brought before council along with my dedicated hard work ethic Are two of the main strengths I will bring to Council.
3. What are the top few issues that you see facing the Township?
- Acquire funding and see completion of the Ingleside Wastewater Treatment plant.
- Work to have the Province of Ontario commit to funding and timelines for the improvements to Highway 138
- Completion of the on going IT upgrades along with the Asset Management Plan
- Complete review of the Public Works maintenance programs focusing on service levels.
- The protection of what we have in hard surface roads and proposals for adding to it.
- Sidewalks, roadside walking and cycling options need to be considered in all populated areas.
- Construction of a new fire station
- Open dialogue with the St. Andrews community for discussions on the future of the Historical Site located near the School
- Formation of a recreation study group for review of local parks throughout the township with emphasis on gathering concerns from local users. Followed by the preparation of a report, which will be available for use by the recreation department and Council. This report can then be used for the establishment of needs and timelines in updating of these local parks.
- Formation of a waterfront Committee mandate to be established by council and staff. I would like some of the focus to be on VISTAS. These are areas where tourist can stop to check the view, maybe fish, have a picnic and a rest from their travels.
- Initiate a planning study directed at the management of the development in the Long Sault area. It should be projected over the next 30 years. Focus on the services that will be needed water, sewage, and especially traffic patterns.
- Work with the counties, conservation authorities, and the farm community to establish an acceptable percentage of treed acreage across South Stormont
- Initiate a Junior Councillor Position having a student sit in at Council meetings to bring a youth perspective to the table, I haven’t worked out all the details but it maybe a great learning experience for all.
- Work with small business, chamber of commerce and developers to make available more spaces for commercial and professional outlets in our communities.
4. Is there anything you hope to change in the Township?
I think if I can accomplish the items listed above much change will take place.
5. How is your message being received during this campaign?
I have being campaigning door-to-door and the reception has been both positive and rewarding. People are pleased to meet me, having the opportunity to voice their concerns knowing someone is listening.
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 should be offered throughout the township in commercially regulated outlets. Not doing so would not only take the cannabis business outside the township but also our other kinds of township businesses would lose their attraction. Also the cannabis outlets may well attract customers to our current businesses and attract new businesses to our community. I think they call this a win win.