What is the most important issue facing the Township and how do you propose to deal with it?
A: The most important issue is lack of public input in all the things we do. The residents are feeling that they are not heard on a multitude of levels and issues. Whether it is development, roads, parking or saving farmland, people are feeling that they are not being heard. I propose we have an open door policy. Try to gather all the information, listen to the people and then make the decision with this input in mind along with what is best for the community and future generations.
2. Should there be restrictions on development in Willoughby until the situation regarding funding for new schools has been resolved?
A: We can not stop developments currently in stream, but we need to pause and allow the infrastructure to catch up and address the concerns of parking, roads and schools before we continue development.
3. Do you support a pool and recreation centre complex in Aldergrove, and if so, when should construction begin? and if not why not?
A: Yes, I feel the Aldergrove Pool is a priority. We have been talking about the pool long before I came on council and if we don’t make it a priority it will not be built. However, I think it should be built in stages with the pool being the first stage and we add additional facilities in phases as the funding becomes available. The existing ice arena has a lot of heart and still has a lot of life left in it. Trying to build everything at once is not a financial reality at this point. So let’s build the pool now.
4. What type of development, if any, should be encouraged in a new community plan for Brookswood and Fernridge?
A. Development with public consultation that is not developer-driven, but driven by the people. It needs to take into consideration the East-West and North-South transportation routes, parking and of course the environment. We want to make a community that we want to live in many years from now.