Brian Cad­dell

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For Brian Cad­dell, water rates and other water-re­lated is­sues are among the top pri­or­i­ties for North Glen­garry coun­cil over the next four years.

Those who have been fol­low­ing the Maxville Water Project know that Mr. Cad­dell, the Lochiel Ward Coun­cil­lor who is run­ning for the Deputy-Mayor’s chair, has never been com­pletely com­fort­able with it. He’s con­cerned that when the project is com­plete, the town­ship’s water users will face in­creases to cover the debt ac­cu­mu­lated through the project.

“The amount of that debt is un­de­ter­mined be­cause we don’t know if the new On­tario Gov­ern­ment will fol­low through with the Lib­eral prom­ise of $4,500,000 added fund­ing,” he said. “Also, the fi­nal tally for ad­di­tional work and change or­ders by con­trac­tors has yet to be de­ter­mined. No doubt water ratepay­ers will be up­set and many land­lords will have to raise their rents. We need to keep the debt associated with this project to a min­i­mum, not add to it.” But Mr. Cad­dell in­sists that the town­ship’s water woes aren’t just rel­e­gated to Maxville. He’s con­cerned that the water lev­els in the Loch Garry wa­ter­shed “could be an in­di­ca­tion of fu­ture prob­lems” and that “sig­nif­i­cant changes to con­sump­tion and con­di­tions in the wa­ter­shed” could prompt some changes.

He points out that the sewage treat­ment la­goons in Alexan­dria are near ca­pac­ity and that the price of up­grad­ing them is $12 mil­lion.

“We need a gov­ern­ment grant to fix the prob­lem,” he says. “With­out that, we face stag­na­tion or debt, which would add ad­di­tional costs to users. This is­sue will come to a head in the next few years. It can only be re­solved by per­sis­tently press­ing up­per lev­els of gov­ern­ment for help.“

Other is­sues

Water isn’t the only thing that con­cerns Mr. Cad­dell. He also wants to ad­dress eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and the town­ship’s ag­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

Of the former, he says North Glen­garry will de­cline if it doesn’t grow. Although he points out some of the town­ship’s past ini­tia­tives – like de­vel­op­ing a Com­mu­nity Im­prove­ment Plan – he says more needs to be done.

“There is con­sid­er­able va­cant space in North Glen­garry to pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion for a va­ri­ety of busi­ness,” he says. “We need to at­tract that busi­ness to North Glen­garry by chas­ing af­ter it and pro­vid­ing a wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment.”

Re­gard­ing the ag­ing in­fra­struc­ture, he says: “Peo­ple are al­ways con­cerned about the con­di­tion of their roads and bridges and we al­ways have is­sues with the un­seen in­fra­struc­ture of un­der­ground pipes and cul­verts. Our tax base and an­nual gov­ern­ment grants for in­fra­struc­ture can never keep up with the need. There­fore, peo­ple will al­ways have is­sues with the con­di­tion of their in­fra­struc­ture and coun­cil will al­ways be striv­ing to find more room in the bud­get to deal with the worst prob­lems.

Mr. Cad­dell also sounded off on ed­u­ca­tion (he says de­clin­ing en­rol­ment will con­tinue to prompt the gov­ern­ment to con­sider clos­ing small ru­ral schools and that Glen­garry will have to fight again to save its schools) and seniors (he spoke about the im­por­tance of sav­ing Hôpi­tal Glen­garry Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal’s stroke re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram and en­cour­ag­ing a se­nior care fa­cil­ity in Alexan­dria.)

Mr. Cad­dell, a former mu­sic teacher at Glen­garry District High School who played a piv­otal role in de­vel­op­ing weekly fundrais­ing con­certs at the Grotto in Alexan­dria, also spoke about the im­por­tance of the arts. Here, he’s not afraid to dream big.

“It may be a dream but a per­ma­nent in­door per­for­mance space, with dress­ing rooms, stage, sound and light­ing would al­low North Glen­garry to pro­vide a proper space for art dis­play, the­atre, mu­si­cal and dance per­for­mances,” he says. “The avail­abil­ity of this type of ac­tiv­ity is widely rec­og­nized as a ma­jor draw­ing card for any com­mu­nity.”

Coun­ties coun­cil

At the coun­ties level, Mr. Cad­dell says the con­cerns there are sim­i­lar to what’s hap­pen­ing lo­cally. He will push for greater eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and wire­less re­cep­tion.

Hon­esty and in­tegrity

“I want the pub­lic to know ex­actly what coun­cil is do­ing and why,” says Mr. Cad­dell. “My ed­u­ca­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence re­lated to plan­ning, en­vi­ron­ment, in­fra­struc­ture and so­cial is­sues gives me a unique depth of un­der­stand­ing where th­ese is­sues are con­cerned.” water from Alexan­dria. Who will pay for this waste?”

Mr. Proulx also won­ders if it’s le­gal to re­di­rect funds that were saved on the water project.

“If it is le­gal, then why would coun­cil not use those funds to help Maxville property own­ers with the cost of the water hookup?” he asked.

As Deputy-Mayor, Mr. Proulx would urge coun­cil to get more ag­gres­sive with property own­ers who don’t pay their taxes. He says that North Glen­garry has about $2 mil­lion to col­lect in un­paid taxes and won­ders how it can cre­ate a bal­anced bud­get when it’s that far in the hole.

Rather than raise taxes, he says coun­cil should use the pro­vin­cial tax col­lect­ing guide­lines that state if you don’t pay your taxes for three years then the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has to right to sell the property.

Of­fi­cial plan

At the coun­ties coun­cil level, Mr. Proulx says the big­gest pri­or­ity should be im­ple­ment­ing the United Coun­ties of­fi­cial plan, which was ap­proved in Fe­bru­ary and con­sol­i­dated in July.

“Im­ple­men­ta­tion of this plan I be­lieve is the key is­sue at the up­per level for any mem­ber hav­ing a seat on the SD&G Coun­cil,” he says.

Pub­lic tran­sit

Now that Maxville has an up­graded water sys­tem, Mr. Proulx be­lieves the com­mu­nity needs a Via Rail com­muter train stop. He’s not ask­ing for a sta­tion, just a place where a train could stop a few times per day like in Cas­sel­man.

He would also pro­mote North Glen­garry as a place to live to the 600 new em­ploy­ees of the Ama­zon De­pot lo­cated in Ot­tawa’s east end.

Re­gard­ing com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, he says that North Glen­garry is los­ing too many busi­nesses.

“We need some­one with new ideas and a will­ing­ness to lis­ten to any ideas that would at­tract new blood and busi­ness to our com­mu­nity,” he says. “As Deputy Mayor I would push for more eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the Town­ship and more support for small busi­ness en­ter­prises.”

He says that the agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity is the back­bone of our Town­ship and com­prise 10 per cent of our work force.

“We must do what­ever is pos­si­ble to support them in their ef­forts to gen­er­ate a prof­itable life. We must support buy­ing lo­cal.”

He also be­lieve that coun­cil meet­ings should be broad­cast live on the in­ter­net.

Fi­nally, he be­lieves the town­ship should be pro­moted as a pre­ferred des­ti­na­tion for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents.

“With our bilin­gual schools sys­tem host­ing in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, we would be in­creas­ing our stu­dent pop­u­la­tion, gen­er­at­ing rev­enue for the school boards and con­tribut­ing fi­nan­cially to our lo­cal econ­omy,” he says.

Qual­i­fi­ca­tions

Mr. Proulx is bilin­gual and a strong ad­vo­cate of safe guard­ing our lo­cal schools from any clo­sures be they part of the English or French Board. He fi­nan­cially sup­ported the SOS movement.

He is a busi­ness­man at heart who be­lieves North Glen­garry should be ad­min­is­tered like a busi­ness.

“As Deputy-Mayor, I in­tend to closely scru­ti­niz­ing any bud­get is­sues that have been rub­ber stamped as to not of­fend any­one. If we can’t af­ford it then sorry try again next year.” recre­ation, fire ser­vices, and pub­lic works com­mit­tees.

She worked to pro­cure fund­ing for the Maxville water project and, as Chair of the Arts, Cul­ture & Her­itage Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, “I was in­stru­men­tal in de­vel­op­ing the Com­mu­nity Grant pro­gram.”

She also worked with the Fran­co­phone com­mu­nity to have the Franco-On­tar­ian flag erected on Fire­man's Is­land and over­saw the de­vel­op­ment of the Mill Square and Grotto his­tor­i­cal plaques, and the Her­itage Routes Driv­ing Tour of North Glen­garry.

“Ear­lier this year, as Chair, I re­ceived the Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor's Award for our ef­forts to pre­serve North Glen­garry's her­itage,” she says. “In short, I have am­ply demon­strated my com­mit­ment to North Glen­garry and will con­tinue to do so as Deputy-Mayor of this town­ship.”

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