SBP may­oral can­di­dates’ top pri­or­i­ties

Wiarton Echo - - NEWS - ZOE KESSLER Ed­i­tor

Af­ter an all can­di­dates meet­ing at the Sauble Beach Com­mu­nity Cen­tre hosted by the Sauble Beach Res­i­den­tial Property Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion on Sept. 2, the may­oral can­di­dates for the Town of South Bruce Penin­sula were asked about their top pri­or­ity. Here are their an­swers.

In­cum­bent Mayor Jan­ice Jack­son: “The num­ber one is­sue for me is the de­vel­op­ment that’s com­ing to our town in the way of hous­ing projects for fam­i­lies and seniors,” Jack­son said. Recre­ation pro­grams and fa­cil­i­ties were also a pri­or­ity as they at­tract new res­i­dents.

In­cum­bent Coun. Ana Vukovic: “We have demon­strated over the last three years that we can­not han­dle the in­flux of tourism” at Sauble Beach, Vukovic said. Sauble Beach needs a beach plan that works and also world-class ameni­ties. She’d also like to see a fo­cus on eco-tourism.

Lois Keays: “For the Town of South Bruce Pensin­ula, my most press­ing con­cern is that we learn to col­lab­o­rate and ne­go­ti­ate rather than lit­i­gate,” Keays said, ques­tion­ing for ex­am­ple the “ac­tual cost ben­e­fit” aris­ing from deal­ing with both beach main­te­nance and land claim is­sues at Sauble Beach.

John Sch­nurr: “We are a cor­po­ra­tion, let’s run [the town] like a busi­ness,” Sch­nurr said. He’d like to elim­i­nate property taxes and look to al­ter­nate forms of rev­enue. Turks and Caicos Is­lands – where there are no property taxes and rev­enue gen­er­ated from al­ter­nate sources was a good ex­am­ple, he said. Lo­cally, the dump is an ex­am­ple of an un­tapped re­source, where the rights to mine ma­te­ri­als from it could be sold to a cor­po­ra­tion, he said. He also called for “free en­ter­prise,” in­clud­ing pri­va­tiz­ing mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices such as garbage col­lec­tion, by­law en­force­ment and park­ing.

Neil Richard­son: Richard­son said lit­tle dur­ing the meet­ing and was not avail­able for com­ment af­ter­wards. Dur­ing his open­ing re­marks and in an ear­lier in­ter­view with the Wiar­ton Echo, Richard­son said he doesn’t have his own agenda but rather would fo­cus on serv­ing the town’s res­i­dents, let­ting their pri­or­i­ties guide him.

For more de­tailed can­di­date sto­ries, visit the Wiar­ton Echo Face­book page un­der “Pho­tos / Al­bums” and www.wiar­tone­

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