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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Francis Richardson

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?

Yes - Some of us remember what happened when our area/community continued to be "dry" in the face of reality many years ago.  It did not stop people acquiring alcohol and encouraged illegal sales.  Alcohol consumption is fully as concerning, if not more, than cannabis usage.  More control on it will make it a better situation.

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

Yes - Everyone is concerned about our infrastructure deterioration and is asking for more to be done.  Most realize, and accept, that it will come at a cost.  That cost must be borne by the provincial & federal levels of funding as well.

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?

Yes - No organization can function well without one clear leader.  You can get along, as Meaford has recently and in the past, with a "flat" reporting structure.  However, it only works short-term.   Combining jobs burns excellent people out.  Unrealistic demands will have Meaford lose these excellent people to other communities.  An excellent CAO improves communications and actually saves money.

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 is the new public library and its costs.  I would go to the people who don't think enough time and consultation was put into the process.  I would show how hard we tried to get commercial businesses into the space. (I agree that that would have been my first priority).  I would show what the cost will be to leave the library where it is and make that space accessible.

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