With the mu­ni­ci­pal elec­tions fast ap­proa­ching, we have as­ked three ques­tions to Pres­cott-Rus­sell mayo­ral can­di­dates. Ques­tions re­la­ted to their prio­ri­ties, the in­fra­struc­ture, the taxes, as well as their ma­na­ge­ment style. Here are their ans­wers. It is im­por­tant to note that Cham­plain mayo­ral can­di­date Paul Emile Du­val, de­cli­ned our re­quest.

In your opi­nion, what are the two big­gest chal­lenges fa­cing your mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty? If elec­ted mayor, what mea­sures do you plan to take to ad­dress them?

Ur­ba­no Fu­ma­gal­li:

Our two grea­test chal­lenges sur­round the need to be­come an eco­no­mic and tou­rist re­gion uni­ted with all our re­gio­nal part­ners. The first chal­lenge will be to de­fine to­ge­ther which sports or tou­rist at­trac­tions we can ini­tiate to re­po­si­tion our­selves on the map.

The se­cond chal­lenge will be to iden­ti­fy what mu­ni­ci­pal re­sources could we share to achieve eco­no­mies of scale in or­der to save mo­ney for our tax­payers.

Cham­plain’s num­ber one chal­lenge is to pro­vide more sup­port for our bu­si­nesses al­rea­dy lo­ca­ted in Cham­plain. I would like to see our coun­cil­lors and Cham­plain em­ployees work more ac­ti­ve­ly with our

He­len Ma­cLeod:

exis­ting farm ope­ra­tions, bu­si­nesses, store fronts, and tou­rism sites, in as­sis­ting them to reach their full po­ten­tial.

Cham­plain’s se­cond chal­lenge is the FOWJSPONFOU 8F XJMM XPSL XJUI QSPQFSUZ owners and in­ter­es­ted par­ties to come to a rea­so­nable so­lu­tion to pre­serve woo­dlands, fo­rests, and wet­lands and to stop in­dis­cri­miOBUF USFF DMFBSJOH BOE EFGPSFTUBUJPO 8F XJMM pro­mote in­cen­tives to plant trees and make lan­dow­ners aware that there are tax breaks for owners of woo­dlots and wet­lands, and we will im­prove re­cy­cling and re­du­cing waste.

One of the two chal­lenges fa­cing the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty is in­fra­struc­ture. Our fire de­part­ments and re­crea­tio­nal parks are in need of in­vest­ment. The se­cond major chal­lenge is the pro­po­sal (on ap­peal) to change a ru­ral sec­tor to a hea­vy in­dus­trial

Nor­mand Rio­pel:

zone. The pos­sible es­ta­blish­ment of hea­vy in­dus­try in a ru­ral, re­si­den­tial, re­crea­tio­nal, and agri­cul­tu­ral environment would have ne­ga­tive conse­quences for the fu­ture de­ve­lop­ment of our re­si­den­tial and agri­cul­tu­ral areas, and our re­crea­tio­nal and tou­rism de­ve­lop­ments. As mayor, the mea­sures I would take would be to es­ta­blish mu­ni­ci­pal by­laws to im­ple­ment a sys­tem to pro­tect our in­fra­struc­ture in the long term.

Avoid rai­sing pro­per­ty taxes for tax­payers while im­pro­ving in­fra­struc­ture are re­cur­ring themes in any elec­tion cam­pai­gn. Your thoughts on this?

Ur­ba­no Fu­ma­gal­li:

&NQIBTJT NVTU CF pla­ced on eco­no­mic de­ve­lop­ment to en­cou­rage the ar­ri­val of new bu­si­nesses and fa­mi­lies and the­re­by ge­ne­rate new in­come. &WFSZ EBZ TFWFSBM UIPVTBOE DBST DSPTT UIF Town­ship of Cham­plain, but what is being done to at­tract these people to our re­gion? One of our first ini­tia­tives will be to re­vi­ta­lize UIF - 0SJHOBM 1BSL 8F XJMM FTUBCMJTI B TIPSU and me­dium- term plan to re­build the park with the help of de­ve­lo­pers, with the goal of ge­ne­ra­ting new re­ve­nues and be­co­ming an im­por­tant tou­rist at­trac­tion in our re­gion.

The best pos­sible way is to again ful­ly sup­port the growth of our present business com­mu­ni­ty and al­so by en­cou­ra­ging en­vi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly bu­si­nesses to in­vest in Cham­plain and join our pros­pe­rous com­mu­ni­ty (business taxes will au­to­ma­ti­cal­ly grow as they grow!) This in turn would en­cou­rage people to re­side in Cham­plain and again grow our tax base so that we can mi­ni­mize tax in­creases.

If elec­ted mayor, I will conti­nue to coun­ter tax in­creases with the

He­len Ma­cLeod: Nor­mand Rio­pel:

pro­per ma­na­ge­ment of the Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty’s re­ve­nues and grants. It will be im­por­tant to conti­nue to so­li­cit Queen’s Park for ad­di­tio­nal fun­ding for some of our in­fra­struc­ture sec­tors, such as our parks and mu­ni­ci­pal buil­dings. I would al­so in­vite the par­ti­ci­pa­tion of lo­cal and re­gio­nal com­pa­nies that would like to ali­gn them­selves with our vi­sions and share our suc­cesses with some of their pro-bo­no ex­per­tise.

If you are elec­ted mayor, you will be the lea­der of the Ci­ty Coun­cil. How do you plan to work in har­mo­ny with other col­leagues on Ci­ty Coun­cil who may not ne­ces­sa­ri­ly share your views?

Ur­ba­no Fu­ma­gal­li:

People who present them­selves as ad­vi­sors do so main­ly be­cause they care about the Town­ship of Cham­plain. So, as mayor, if I guide our ac­tions to­wards ini­tia­tives that va­lue the town­ship, it will be ea­sy to work to­ge­ther. It is im­por­tant as mayor to lis­ten to my coun­cil­lors and to en­sure that their ini­tia­tives are high­ligh­ted and that their ideas are part of our stra­te­gic plan to grow our po­pu­la­tion and sti­mu­late our eco­no­my.

As a coun­ci­lor for 30 years, you can be confi­dent that I have the skills to chair mee­tings and achieve goals. Vo­lun­tee­ring for ma­ny years on pro­vin­cial boards as a di­rec­tor and pre­sident, and com­mu­ni­ty groups have al­so all hel­ped me suc­cess­ful­ly work with a di­verse group of people by lis­te­ning to others, ta­king their thoughts un­der consi­de­ra­tion, and for­mu­la­ting re­so­lu­tions. Over the years, I have lear­ned that res­pect for other points of view and en­cou­ra­ging fel­low coun­cil mem­bers to voice their opinions can re­solve is­sues wi­thout arguments and per­so­nal di­sa­gree­ments.

The opi­nion of one does not ne­ces­sa­ri­ly consti­tute the good of a com­mu­ni­ty. I am confi­dent that the people elec­ted by the ci­ti­zens will be the ones who bring their di­verse know­ledge to the table. It will be my du­ty to guide each and eve­ry one of its coun­ci­lors to en­sure that all decisions ta­ken are pro­per­ly eva­lua­ted and re­flec­ted. Sha­ring in­for­ma­tion with people in a po­si­tion to make im­por­tant decisions will be my task to en­sure the pro­cess is har­mo­nious.

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He­len Ma­cLeod: Nor­mand Rio­pel:

—pho­to Alexia Marsillo

Nous avons po­sé trois ques­tions aux can­di­dats pour la mai­rie du Can­ton de Cham­plain. De gauche à droite, les can­di­dats Paul-Emile Du­val, He­len Ma­cLeod, Nor­mand Rio­pel et Ur­ba­no Fu­ma­gal­li. Il est im­por­tant de no­ter que le can­di­dat Paul Emile Du­val a dé­cli­né notre pro­po­si­tion.

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