For the first time Ken Grant answers questions to the candidates; his answers are:
5. Bring Heritage District To Amherstburg
Our heritage is something that we all should be proud of. I would fully support working with Town Administration and the Heritage Committee to create a solid business plan to bring a Heritage District to Amherstburg. We have many beautiful historic homes/buildings in our town and the owners take great pride in maintaining them to showcase. I understand that it takes a great deal of money to upkeep these buildings/homes and its unfortunate to see them go into disrepair or torn down. Any reasonable assistance from the Town and/or Government will benefit everyone in the long run. My family and I have enjoyed visiting other historic towns to visit their sites and small town stores.
6. Obtain OPP Costing, Remove Contract Clause
I would support obtaining an OPP costing for discussion/comparison purposes. By doing so council will be able to obtain all the necessary information to have an informed discussion (comparing apples to apples, not apples to oranges).
Currently there are 17 officers who would receive what has been called the “poison pill clause”. At the time when this clause was negotiated into their contract an OPP officers salary was less than municipal officers, that’s not the case today. Items that are negotiated into a contract can be negotiated out of a contract. If council contracts the OPP and the officer is hired by the OPP the officer should not be compensated. If the officer is not hired by the OPP then the officer should be compensated. I only know of one case where a municipal officer was not hired by the OPP when they switched over (Leamington) – But that was self inflected. I believe we all know at times going the cheaper route in not always the best route. We are the safest community and lets keep it that way!
17. Infrastructure and Services For All of Amherstburg
I believe in equal representation for core and rural residents living within the municipality. whether it be town services, infrastructure improvements or ensuring a friendly, safe and healthy community – we are ONE!
I would like to see council seek input from core and rural residents through workshops and planning sessions. Each area in Amherstburg is distinct, each have their different needs. This process will allow residents to tell their councilors about their local priorities. Your priorities will be reflected through a “Area Action Plan”. The town budget process will provide the resources needed to bring each “Area Action Plan” to life.
18. Eliminate Police Contract Poison Pill Clause
Question #18 and Question #6 are basically the same.
See my answer to #6
25. Hotel Needed?
Yes, I believe we need a small hotel chain here in Amherstburg. There are many community, service group and sporting events that would benefit from having the accommodations. Knowing from experience our sport groups have a hard time securing large sporting events because of the lack of accommodations. Keeping tourists and their money in Town would benefit everyone. I don’t believe the town should provide financial support, I believe the towns contribution to the hotel will be the visitors that we draw from our many community, service group and sporting events. Many multi-day stay visitors would likely book accommodations at the hotel. I don’t believe in subsidizing private developers with taxpayers money.
All answers to date are also on the candidate answers page.