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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Goderich Mayoral Candidates Discuss Issues At Town Hall Session

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Economic development, housing, ice surfaces discussed at town hall meeting, ahead of municipal vote.

It wasn't quite a full house at Lakeshore United Church in Goderich Wednesday, but an attentive crowd heard the three candidates for Mayor debate the issues.

Incumbent Kevin Morrison is defending his seat against former Deputy Mayor John Grace and former Councillor David Yates in the October 22nd municipal election.

Questions from the crowd and on-line ranged from the local labour shortage to economic development, the condition of the town's infrastructure, and ice availability among others.

Yates is bidding to return after a four-year absence, and bringing back young people with fresh ideas for the local economy is among his top priorities.

He also mentions ongoing and accelerated economic development, and prioritizing infrastructure needs.

Grace also believes youth can be key in filling specialized jobs that have been vacant for months.

Statistics from the Four County Labour Market Planning Board point to far more available jobs in Huron, Perth, Bruce and Grey Counties than there are people to fill them.

Morrison is running partly on his record, and points to fiscal responsibility as one of the outgoing Council's strong points.

He mentions that property taxes in Goderich have risen less than the cost of living since 2015.

Morrison agrees with Yates and Grace that the town's Environment Committee needs to be revived to deal with a number of priorities, including a reduction of single-use plastic products.

On-line voting in the municipal election starts on October 11th, and ends on October 22nd.

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