1) Yes or No: Should Meaford allow bricks-and-mortar marijuana shops to operate in its boundaries? Why?
Not enough information is known at the present time, but this question will be top of mind for the new year.
2) Yes or No: Should the municipality invest more into infrastructure and roads maintenance, even if it creates more expense for ratepayers? Why?
We dedicate 2.5% of our annual operating budget to infrastructure reserves as well as any operational surpluses achieved while still keeping the increase on the annual tax levy as low as possible.
3) Yes or No: Should Meaford hire a Chief Administrative Officer or continue with the model in place since the departure of the past CAO? Why?
The first rule of successful management is accountability at the top. The CAO position is absolutely necessary but in some municipalities may have responsibility for a second portfolio. The question is whether this format is sustainable given the workload and ultimate responsibility the CAO has for all departments. That will be determined by the new council.
4) What is one other issue facing Meaford you would like to speak to, and how will you address this if elected?
I will continue to drive financial sustainability and new diverse residential growth, to anticipate and be responsive to emerging issues, and to create the environment that will attract investors and new business including agribusiness.