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Thursday, October 11, 2018

David Long

Meaford | by Matt Hermiz  

Meaford Deputy Mayor Candidate

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

Yes. -  Apparently the provincial Government have given us a limited time frame in which to decide this issue. Marijuanha is already  widely  available from numerous local illegal sellers including the Saugeen Reservation. Our streets are not filled with 'hop heads'  running amuck. Legal sales will produce revenue for government. Profit motive for organized crime will be removed. There will be no incentive  for recruiting new users. The definite medical benefits of a natural remedy for pain and suffering will be available to public. Alcohol abuse causes more violence than marijuanha. Smoking ANYTHING is still bad for one's health.

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

Yes.  - Residents  in both rural  and urban Meaford need good roads to access social, medical, school, employment  and shopping facilities. Our biggest industry, agriculture needs good roads and bridges for reasons of commerce and access to markets. Safe roads and bridges are important for tourism. Pot holes, mud tracks and summer dust are all bad for health. There is no reason why ratepayers should pay more. New road surfacing material and  prefabricated bridges are now available at half normal construction
Costs. We have reserves and we prioritize our spending.

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. -  The woeful performances of our last two CAO,s  show why we can and should  operate without a CAO. We need a new management model, flatline as opposed to pyramid with 6 dedicated department heads totally in control and responsible for their own departments. They will report  directly to council. This will provide an open and more transparent and direct method of communication between council and staff. Performance, responsibility and initiative will be rewarded.

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

Accountability.  Far too many decisions are being made by staff, presented to council and put into place without full and proper due diligence. Topics such as Grey Gables, closing of parks, 'boutique hotels, the true cost of the new library and debt management  have been dealt with without full disclosure. Tendering processes  for contracts are inadequate and ill conceived. The new library building was appraised by the seller as a food store and sold as such. The true value for a vacant lot is less than  half the purchase price. If we wait, we can get grants for a new build.

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