Hous­ing will be fo­cus in Ox­ford: war­den

Tillsonburg News - - NEWS - GREG COLGAN

ox­ford County res­i­dents should ex­pect to hear plenty of talk about hous­ing in the next four years, a vet­eran mu­nic­i­pal politi­cian says.

“i think all of the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties are talk­ing hous­ing,” said david may­berry, mayor of the Town­ship of south­west ox­ford and war­den of ox­ford County.

“we’ve had a lot of larger homes be­ing built, mainly be­cause of low in­ter­est rates over the last decade, but we haven’t seen a lot of build­ing for mid­dle or lower in­come peo­ple,” he said.

“we need to have a con­ver­sa­tion if they should be in ur­ban ar­eas or spread out in the county.”

may­berry, who was re-elected mayor in the oct. 22 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion, iden­ti­fied ems ser­vices, roads and in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity as ma­jor is­sues in the next term.

Farm equip­ment is get­ting larger and heav­ier, re­quir­ing bet­ter con­structed and more ex­pen­sive roads that can sur­vive the wear and tear of a ru­ral com­mu­nity, he said.

The town­ship must be in tune with the pri­or­i­ties of the new Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment at Queen’s Park, said may­berry, who was a town­ship

coun­cil­lor for 12 years be­fore he elected mayor in 2006.

“maybe there’s not as many pro­vin­cial dol­lars and if there isn’t, then the fo­cus will be on lo­cal dol­lars and what are we go­ing to fo­cus on. i just want to know what pocket i have to empty to move for­ward,” he said.

“it helps the lower tiers know­ing when there’s money com­ing in and you can iden­tify the high­est pri­or­i­ties in the com­mu­nity. you have to have open com­mu­ni­ca­tion, so we can start mak­ing our plans. Tell me what the rules of the game are and i’m will­ing to pay.”

may­berry said the county’s town­ships al­ready have a close re­la­tion­ship, but will con­tinue to look for ways to work with one an­other to im­prove ser­vice to res­i­dents.

“The di­rec­tion we’ve given to our Cao the last few years is what can we do to work to­gether to make our­selves more ef­fi­cient and pro­vide great ser­vice at the most rea­son­able price,” he said. “There’s a de­sire of coun­cil to al­ways look for ef­fi­cien­cies.”

of the seven spots on coun­cil, five were ac­claimed with may­berry and coun­cil­lors Paul buch­ner, va­lerie durston and Jim Pickard get­ting in un­op­posed. Craig gillis and Peter ypma were voted in.

may­berry said a pri­or­ity will be get­ting more peo­ple in­volved not just in the po­lit­i­cal side of the town­ship, but the com­mu­nity as a whole.

“There’s a lot of peo­ple with re­ally good ideas and we just need to hear them and en­cour­age them to speak and bring them for­ward,” he said. “The more peo­ple are in­volved the more they un­der­stand and more aware they are.”

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Ox­ford County War­den and South­west Ox­ford Mayor David May­berry was ac­claimed as mayor for a fourth con­sec­u­tive term on Oct. 22. He said Ox­ford res­i­dents should ex­pected to hear a lot of talk about hous­ing over the next four years.

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