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Deborah Young

Meaford | by Matt Hermiz  

Meaford Council Candidate

1) Yes or No: Should Meaford allow bricks-and-mortar marijuana shops to operate in its boundaries? Why?

No, not until there is a review and policy set out by the municipality.  There should be public input and recommendations from the police and fire department.  I would decide on the bricks-and-mortar marijuana shops once this information is received and debated.  

2) Yes or No: Should the municipality invest more into infrastructure and roads maintenance, even if it creates more expense for ratepayers?Why?

Yes.  I believe that roads and bridges should be a priority.  The municipality would not be able to afford to repair/replace all of the infrastructure but more money should be spent.  Our economy depends on the roads and bridges...milk trucks and farm equipment are not able to drive on some roads.

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?

No.  I do not believe that Council should make a decision on this matter for about a year.  There are some members of Council who think the present system works.  I have been on Councils where there have been a Clerk/Treasurer and a CAO and at times, no CAO.   Generally, I think that there should be a CAO because there needs to be one person responsible for getting Council's wishes done.  A CAO is a person who can help plan and built a strategy to accomplish what needs to be done.  When there isn't a CAO, there may be a conflict among the Directors....Some Council members may be able to work better with some Directors than others.

4) What is one other issue facing Meaford you would like to speak to, and how will you address this if elected?

One other issue facing Meaford that I would like to review is the new library.  I question whether an old grocery store is the place to renovate to become a library.  I question the amount of money being spent on this project.  I know that the Meaford Public Library needs a new building because the present one is inaccessible.  There are about five dehumidifiers working in the building constantly.  I believe there are options that have not been investigated.

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