Lora Petro’s answer’s are:
Question 26: In regards to the Mosquito issue; it has been verified by the Company doing the current Larvaciding in town that the Frasierville neighbourhood indeed has an abundance/infestation of Mosquitoes. The breed is known as a Salt Water Mosquito and is considered the one of the most aggressive of all breeds as well as resilient to Winter conditions(they basically hibernate). If elected, it’s most likely this issue will come to Council during your term. This issue affects the quality of life in several ways to these residents as well as a school and its students. Will you support a Nuisance Program for this neighbourhood?
As stated in a previous question, yes I will support a Nuisance Program for the Fraserville neighbourhood for the concern regarding the mosquito population.
Question 27: Some elected officials have heavily relied on staff to resolve ratepayers’ complaints; once an issue has been passed off to staff, there has been no follow up and no accountability. If elected, how will you handle concerns from your fellow citizens?
Implementing a plan to follow up on concerns/complaints is something I am readily familiar with. When a concern is forwarded to a Councillor or other elected official there should be an internal document that states how the concern/complaint was rectified. If the issue was sent to a third party for complete information, there must be a time limit on obtaining that information. The original person must continue contact between the original party concerned. After final resolution of the issue, this should be documented (on a document accessible to the public) regarding how the issue was resolved and if the person concerned was satisfied with the outcome. There must be follow up and accountability by the person who first heard the concern.
If I am elected into Council, my role is to listen to and be the voice of our community. Concerns heard/voiced would be documented with a time line for follow up and continued communication with those involved to ensure answers are obtained in a timely fashion.
Question 28: Amherstburg seems to have an unusually high amount of staff for its size and population; do you think the town has grown to the point that a ward system would better serve the residents?
At this current time in Amherstburg, I do not believe that the segregation into ward systems would be a benefit to the community at large. Although I understand a need for wards, to ensure that all areas of Amherstburg a) have increased accessibility to their Councillor and b) have specific community concerns voiced at the council table; during these next few critical years Council should remain as a single entity. The development of ward systems can create an environment of “infighting”, where each community’s concerns override the next. Moving forward collaboratively, to determine a long term financial plan and continue to revive Amherstburg is of utmost importance. Then, once stability has been obtained, a ward system may be entertained to ensure that all members of the community feel their individual areas have a voice at the table. Currently, I believe, a collective Council is needed to resolve the issues at hand.
Question 29: Will you commit to a municipal policy that no public funds will ever be used to create or perpetuate barriers against persons with disabilities? Will you commit to specific plans to ensure fully accessible public transit and taxi services in your community? How, specifically, will you make Amherstburg more inclusive?
As a Councillor, I believe that frequent consultation with the Amherstburg Accessibility Advisory Committee is needed to ensure that all projects have taken into consideration any type of actual or perceived barrier for those with disabilities. It is with these recommendations of the committee that Amherstburg can become more inclusive. I believe in improving the accessibility of the town as budget permits and, that a fully accessible public transit and taxi services should be available within the Town.
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