SBP mayoral candidates’ top priorities
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.
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