the burg watch poll most accurate prediction

the burg watch poll most accurately predicted what the voters wanted with 4 of the 5 Councillors elected in the top 5 spots.

theburgwatch poll results:

DiCarlo, Aldo 46.69%  (113 votes) 

DiPasquale, Bart 66.36%  (142 votes)

Pouget, Diane 16.81%  (138 votes)
Lavigne, Jason 13.15%  (108 votes)
Meloche, Leo 8.04%  (66 votes)
Fryer, Rick 7.55%  (62 votes)
Renaud, Marc 6.46%  (53 votes)
Courtney, Joan 5.6%  (46 votes)

Aldo DiCarlo Elected Mayor

Congratulations to our new Mayor, Aldo DiCarlo, elected according to CTV news.

AMHERSTBURG MAYOR

CANDIDATE VOTES VOTE % STATUS
DiCarlo, Aldo 3,396 52.9 Elected
Sutherland, Ron 1,673 26.1
Sutton, John 907 14.1
Adler, Marty 445 6.9
VOTES: 6,421 / 16,276 = 39.5%     POLLS: 84.6%

Job Experience Needed?

Is previous council experience really needed? Four years ago, three candidates without any council experience were elected to council: Ron Sutherland, Carolyn Davies and Bart DiPasquale. During the past four tumultuous years, residents witnessed:

  • a high rate of staff turnover
  • a record amount of debt
  • flip flops on the:
    • financial audit
    • St. Joseph’s Church in River Canard
    • Sandwich Street repaving
    • installation of railings at what is now the Libro Centre
  • the discussion of the sale of a municipal asset – essex power shares
  • public input not being welcomed
  • two references to ‘lynching’ regarding a public meeting
  • Ombudsman Ontario’s finding that council contravened the Municipal Act by voting in a closed session in March 2011
  • Ombudsman Ontario’s Report that confirmed council repeatedly contravened the Municipal Act and its own procedure by-law. Council discussed issues in closed session that were not permitted under the exceptions to the Municipal Act, and also routinely engaged in improper voting behind closed doors in December 2011
  • UCCU Centre naming scandal and subsequent lawsuit
  • no commitment to the cost-saving OPP policing option
  • grants for the tourist booth and Laird Avenue and not Texas Road
  • the decision to close the tourist booth due to budget
  • 5 CAOs in four years
  • the hiring of CAO Phipps, his notice to leave and then his decision to stay
  • a council approved secretive process to hire CAO Miceli
  • a lack of provincially mandated policies
  • a lack of commitment to accessibility, including the town’s website.

Is this the experience the community wants to continue with? Tomorrow’s the big day – it’s up to the voters to decide what they need.

Councillors Refuse To Rate Themselves Update

A November 11, 2011 sticky post, Councillors Refuse To Rate Themselves, pointed out that, with the exception of Carolyn Davies, not one member of council responded to the yearly request during the 2010 to 2014 term, “if you would provide a comment regarding how you think you have performed.”

Yet here we are at the end of the fourth year of the term being inundated with endless campaign promises of transparency and accountability.

the burg watch poll results

the burg watch poll has not been compromised, despite suggestions to the contrary. Mayoral Candidate Aldo DiCarlo is still in the lead with 45.73% and for some time the results have been consistent.

the number of votes so far: Mayor 234, Deputy Mayor 206, Councillor 787.

there have never been any scientific claims regarding this poll; it was set up to allow anxious voters to have an opportunity to cast a ballot while waiting to ‘officially’ vote. as reported by Mary Caton in The Windsor Star, a higher than expected amount of residents showed up at the advance polls.

kudos to those who have exercised their right to vote; it’s how we effect change in a democratic society.

two days to go – make it happen!

Candidates Not Answering Readers’ Questions Update

The list of candidates that have not answered any questions from the burg watch readers, but did answer questions from the River Town Times has been updated to reflect the fact that three candidates have answered one or more questions since the October 9 post, Candidates Selectively Answering Questions.

Mayor
Sutton, John

Deputy Mayor
Davies, Carolyn
Menna, John

Councillors
Cleminson, Frank
Dupont, John
Fryer, Rick
McLean, Darryl
Pillon, Robert 

7 Days To Go!

Have you decided which of the candidates are a yes, no or maybe? Did you remember you do not have to vote for all seven seats?

the burg watch readers’ questions have made it easy to get to know the candidates; some of them:

  • have not answered any readers’ questions
  • were evasive
  • provided answers that were well thought out
  • provided flippant responses
  • were resentful of questions
  • promote accessibility, but create inaccessible websites
  • promote an inclusive community but refer to ‘those with special needs’
  • have relied on scare tactics
  • appear desperate
  • hope there are no fact checkers out there
  • have not done their homework
  • claim experience is required
  • have experience but will provide ‘new leadership’
  • have proven to be genuine

Candidate Evaluation Resources, if if you need them, were posted in 14 Days To Go.

Glenn Swinton’s Comment On All candidates meeting draws large crowd in Amherstburg

Glenn Swinton’s comment to the Windsor Star article is:
My apologies for anyone looking to connect with me that evening. The chamber was made aware well in advance that I was unable to attend their event. The Windsor Star’s report of me being a “no-show” was false. If there was a place set for me at the event it could have only been with ill intentions. As always, I am available 24/7 on my provided cell phone or via email for anyone who wishes to talk.

Aldo DiCarlo’s Comment On No Commitment To Remove OPP Clause In Police Contract

In response to the Commentary, “No Commitment To Remove OPP Clause In Police Contract,” Aldo DiCarlo’s comment is:

This is an issue that I have spent a considerable amount of time on, specifically because of the large potential savings, $1M or more. At last night’s debate, Deputy Mayor Suttherland stated that an OPP costing takes at least 18 months. As a taxpaying resident, not a just a mayoral candidate, this both angers and frustrates me. If it does indeed take this amount of time, why then did not a single council member make the motion to request the OPP costing. If one of them did, I would like to know who and why it was voted down. ALL contracts have an expiry date. Did a single one of the current council members do their due diligence in requesting an OPP costing early enough so that we could have reviewed our options now that the contract is being negotiated? I believe the answer is no, and I’d be happy to be wrong.

New OPP Billing Model for Municipalities

The new model, which takes effect January 1, 2015, reflects input from the Auditor General and municipalities to more fairly and transparently distribute policing costs.

Quick Facts

  • The OPP provides policing services to 324 Ontario municipalities.
  • The current OPP billing model was introduced in 1998 and has not been updated in 17 years.
  • The OPP acted on the Auditor General’s 2012 report in revising the billing model.
  • The average per property cost for OPP services in 2015 is estimated to be $355, compared to an average of $787 (estimated) for self-policed municipalities.

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