Williams seeking Deputy-Mayor post
Maxville Ward Councillor Carma Williams will run for the Deputy-Mayor’s chair in this fall’s municipal election.
The 54-year-old councillor, who is finishing her second term, says she’s looking for an expanded role so she can help continue the work North Glengarry has done over the past eight years.
Front and centre is the Maxville Water Project, which, she says, is the key to bringing economic development into the township.
“We’re suffering from a population decline in North Glengarry and we really need to see some growth,” she says. “We have to start with infrastructure – like water – to spur on economic development.”
She says that bringing water into Maxville and upgrading Alexandria’s lagoon infrastructure will bring growth to both areas.
She also gives credit to her fellow council members for their efforts in lobbying the provincial and federal government to help fund the water project.
Now, with the project underway, Ms. Williams wants to continue her work in municipal politics.
“I figure I’m not done yet,” she says. “I still have ideas, energy, and enthusiasm to contribute.”
If elected Deputy Mayor, she would also represent the municipality on the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry council. However, she says she’s up for the challenge and would even welcome being warden should the opportunity ever present itself.
In a press release, she said, “I want to build on the achievements of North Glengarry council by continuing to build strong communities, while being fiscally responsible with tax payers money.”
“The past eight years have given me the unique opportunity to serve the residents of both Maxville and North Glengarry. I continue to feel energized and committed to serve the interests of all residents in pursing the challenges that are ahead of us, and feel I
have the experience and ideas to help drive the municipality forward.”
In addition to the water project, she cited the Community Improvement Plan which “has created a renewed focus on downtown revitalization and has had an enormous impact on our main streets.”
She added: “We have kept taxes stable, while building our reserves back up. We accelerated our bridge replacement program, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars by doing much of the work in house. I look forward to working with all members of Council and the public as Deputy Mayor. Together, I am confident we will build a strong and growing community, continuing to make North Glengarry a great place to live and work.”
Ms. Williams is hoping to succeed Jamie MacDonald, who has been Deputy Mayor since 2012. He has announced his intention to seek the mayor’s post, now held by Chris McDonell, who is not seeking re-election after 19 years in municipal politics.
REVIVAL: Carma Williams stresses the need to revive North Glengarry’s economy and to slow the township’s population decline.