Wil­liams seek­ing Deputy-Mayor post

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

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.

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