CIN­DY SAUCIER SEEKS SE­COND TERM ON COUNCIL

Le Reflet (The News) - - ACTUALITÉS • NEWS - GREG CHAM­BER­LAIN gregg.cham­ber­lain@eap.on.ca

Saucier has de­ci­ded she wants ano­ther term on Rus­sell Town­ship council.

“I am run­ning now,” Saucier said du­ring a May 7 in­ter­view. “A lot of people were as­king me and en­cou­ra­ging me to run again.”

Du­ring her ori­gi­nal elec­tion cam­pai­gn and her past term on council, Saucier has lob­bied on en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, and re­pre­sen­ted council on its en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vi­so­ry com­mit­tee. Lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal conser­va­tion and pro­tec­tion is a top prio­ri­ty be­hind her de­ci­sion to seek ree­lec­tion.

“I still have concerns about the loss of tree co­ver for our town­ship,” Saucier said. “I’d like to see de­ve­lo­pers do so­me­thing more on this.”

Saucier no­ted that the town­ship could ad­dress this through its site de­ve­lop­ment ap­pro­vals for new pro­jects. At present, de­ve­lo­pers of large-scale re­si­den­tial, com­mer­cial or in­dus­trial de­ve­lop­ments are re­qui­red to ei­ther de­di­cate a spe­ci­fic per­cen­tage of their pro­ject area for greens­pace or pro­vide the town­ship with the cash equi­va­lent for that greens­pace.

Saucier sug­ges­ted that de­ve­lo­pers could create “li­ving fences” of greens­pace as part of the plans for the boun­da­ries of their pro­jects. She no­ted this would help re­duce the loss of tree co­ver in the town­ship. It would al­so be­ne­fit area re­si­dents with a gree­ner views­cape for the com­mu­ni­ty. "We all know the health be­ne­fits of a com­mu­ni­ty. that is green,” she said.

Saucier al­so lis­ted sup­port for lo­cal shop­ping as an is­sue she is “pas­sio­nate about”. She would al­so like to see the de­ve­lop­ment of a long-term se­niors care re­si­dence in Rus­sell Town­ship, si­mi­lar to the fa­ci­li­ty that the coun­ties ope­rates in Haw­kes­bu­ry.

“So that our se­niors can live out their days in their own com­mu­ni­ty,” Saucier said.

—pho­to Gregg Cham­ber­lain

Cin­dy Saucier sol­li­ci­te­ra un nou­veau man­dat au conseil de la Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­té de Rus­sell.

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