Robert Rozankovic Answers Questions 18 To 21 And 24 To 29

Robert Rozankovic’s answers are:

18.  Eliminate Police Contract Poison Pill Clause
The “Poison Pill” clause should definitely be eliminated from future contracts. Those who negotiated the contract on the town’s behalf have done us a great disservice. Getting OPP costing is not dependent on eliminating that clause. We should be investigating every avenue to ensure the town gets good value for money spent. Having said that, I am a proponent of having a local police force. The intangible value of a local force cannot simply be measured in dollars and cents.

19.  Prioritize/Fund Infrastructure
From the start I have advocated for not selling our Essex Power Corp. shares. What the future holds we don’t know and my opinion may change based on facts that may arise. For now, these shares do pay dividends and should be held. Bankruptcy and insolvency are not words or concepts that should be used in the same sentence as “Amherstburg”. We have a bright future with the right leadership. Infrastructure projects need to be prioritized on a “need” basis and funded by the usual means of debentures, government grants or loans, or best of all by saving for them.

20.  Town Employee Performance
All town employees report to a direct supervisor/manager who in turn reports to our CAO. I hope employees are being evaluated on their performance on a yearly basis and being afforded the appropriate tools or skills upgrading to ensure they perform their jobs to an acceptable level. If an evaluation process is not in place I would champion the creation of such a program through the necessary channels.

21.  Affiliated With Political Party
I have no party affiliation nor does anyone on my campaign. My voting habits have always been totally dependent on quality of candidates or issues of the day.

24.  Motivation To Run
With total retirement looming in the not to distant future, my spouse and I made a concious decision to remain in Amherstburg in retirement years. Having lived here for the last 15 years I believe the time has come to give something back to the community I love. With experience in management, along with budgeting and sales skills, I feel I have the skill set necessary to sit on council.

25.  Hotel Needed?
We all know that having a hotel locate in Amherstburg would be a wonderful idea. The reality is that hotels are in business to make money and at this point in time I don’t see that a hotel would have sustainable occupancy to ensure profits. A new hotel would need to be part of a master plan that would include a heritage district and more events/attractions to make Amherstburg a true destination venue rather than just a day trip.

26.  Support Nuisance Program for Fraserville?
The mosquito issue is a serious one and having friends who live in the area I fully understand the severity of the problem and fully support a Nuisance Program. We cannot delay any longer in providing those affected residents the same quality of life that the rest of the town enjoys.

27.  Procedure To Handle Concerns From Fellow Citizens
As councillors we are elected to help citizens resolve any issues and concerns that are presented. If town administration does not handle these issues in a timely, efficient, and professional manner, then as a representative we must step up and be accountable by following up the concerns with the appropriate department and in turn provide answers to our citizens.

28.  Ward System Better Serve The Residents?
I’d like to see an evaluation done with regards to staffing levels before agreeing with the assertion that the town is overstaffed. This would be a priority for me if elected. As to whether a ward system would serve our citizens better, it is difficult to say. Public opinion would need to be consulted before any such discussion takes place in council.

29.  Commit To No Public Funds On Barriers; Inclusion.
I fully support a municipal policy that does not perpetuate or create barriers against persons with disabilities. All public buildings should be fully accessible to all. As for public transit, we need to first have public transit though I do support it being fully accessible. Taxi service on the other hand is private enterprise and we must always be careful in how and what we legislate. It can be very easy to demand a private enterprise adhere to new rules but we need to be mindful that if we are adding costs then the enterprise may not be viable and they simply shut down, thus affecting an even greater percentage of the population.

All answers to date are on the candidate answers page.