Deadline For Questions To The Candidates

Due to the amount of time required to post updated answers from the candidates on this blog, in the document of all candidates’ answers and in the table of answers, a deadline is being established. No new questions will be accepted after noon on Friday, October 17.

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Question 39: Straightforward Answer Sought Re CAO

A Question submitted via the feedback form, is below and has been added to all the questions to date on the Ask The Candidates page.

What I’m looking for here is a straight forward yes or no answer with your reasons why? Do not want a politically correct answer from someone pursuing a seat and trying not to offend anyone but also at the same time, not answering the question. There have been many of the candidates who have mentioned the 41 items or areas of concern brought forward from the Deloitte review. Are these not 41 issues of concern that have happened under our present CAO/consultant? This is a person hired because of his experience and knowledge of municipal procedures. Is this the same person we want teaching our new CAO? How long do we continue to pay Mr. Phipps once the new CAO comes on board? Either yes you want him to stay on or no, you do not see the need? Your reasons are?

If or when candidates respond, their answers will be posted on the Candidate Answers page.

Question For Jason Lavigne

A Question submitted via the feedback form, is below and has been added to all the questions to date on the Ask The Candidates page.

It was publicly mentioned that Councillor Candidate Jason Lavigne has declared personal bankruptcy TWICE in the past. Although he seems very vocal on a lot of issues, can he reflect on these allegations so that the public can be assured that he is a good choice for a town that already has financial issues?

If or when candidates respond, their answers will be posted on the Candidate Answers page.

Question 38 For The Candidates – Preferential Treatment?

Question 38:  There seems to be special considerations given to certain influential citizens that over ride the concerns of the average citizen.  Bylaws were not always supported if special interest individuals sought to get exemptions to pursue projects that were not supported by those affected.
What would your approach be to favours requested by wealthy, influential citizens over the average citizen?

All questions to date are on the Ask The Candidates page, including the feedback form to submit a question. If or when candidates respond, their answers are posted on the Candidate Answers page.

Question 37 For The Candidates – Where Are Our Voter Notifications?

Question 37:  Has anyone received their voting sheet from the town in the mail yet? It is only weeks away and no one has? The Town after hiring another bureaucrat under contract, one Mr. Marion to run our election as far as administration responsibilities is now blaming Canada Post for this screw up. The Town simply forgot to mail them out! This is just another example of our administration doing what they want with no council awareness or approval and costing us more money. How will you end such blatant incompetence and get the new council back to running this town?

All questions to date are on the Ask The Candidates page, including the feedback form to submit a question. If or when candidates respond, their answers are posted on the Candidate Answers page.

Question 36 For The Candidates – Special Development Deals?

Question 36:  Yes we need to move this town forward! We need also to find out who has benefited financially with secret or special deals while the Town continued to pile on debt. Did anyone or developer get a special deal, or have fee’s waved? How did Season’s (developer) attain a different classification to avoid over 3/4 million dollars? Did the developers of the geared to income apartments on Simcoe get some special deal or avoid development fee’s? Developers have also passed on to the residents, the expense of final layers of pavement on their projects. These are only few of the stories being heard around our town. If these and others are true? Someone should pay? Not the taxpayers anymore!

All questions to date are on the Ask The Candidates page, including the feedback form to submit a question. If or when candidates respond, their answers are posted on the Candidate Answers page.

Question 35 For The Candidates – Development Fees Collected?

Question 35:  On the issue of local developers and development in itself, how can you assure the residents that these developers will pay the current development fee’s and live up to their obligations through out the entire project until it is completely finished? An example of this is the future of Boblo Island. Mr. Amicone is proposing an additional 200 or more homes. How can you assure us that all future capital costs associated with this project are his responsibility? Who will pay for a projected fire hall and staff (current fire chief is already making his Christmas list) and equipment? Police station (same Christmas List) and staff? Sewage line? Additional ferries? These are all costs which should be born by the developer and passed on to his projected buyers? Examples of this abuse are the fee’s waived already costing this town over a million dollars.

All questions to date are on the Ask The Candidates page, including the feedback form to submit a question. If or when candidates respond, their answers are posted on the Candidate Answers page.

Question 34 For The Candidates – Two CAOs Pay?

Question 34:  Sometime in October, not quite sure of the actual day? Amherstburg will have their new CAO (another of a long line) while at the same time paying Mr. Phipps $80-$90 per hour for his consulting. How long will you let this double salary, or paying two CAO’s go on? In our current contract with Mr. Phipps, there is a 30 day walkaway clause from either party. Do you allow Mr. Phipps to remain on the payroll while at the same time paying our new CAO his salary? His salary is also unknown since Sutton, Pillon, Davies and Hurst voted against Dianne Pouget’s motion to make his salary public? Also would you let mr. Phipps stay on under some other title? (This is rumored)

All questions to date are on the Ask The Candidates page, including the feedback form to submit a question. If or when candidates respond, their answers are posted on the Candidate Answers page.

Question 33 For The Candidates – Why Not Answer Questions?

Question 33:  Why aren’t some of the candidates answering important questions? Do the incumbents think they are a “shoo-in” as they are a part of the “4” and a proud member of the good ol boy’s club? Or are they “newbies” that fail to realize their answers may get them a vote?  If either is the case you can trust me when I say you will not get my vote!!!

All questions to date are on the Ask The Candidates page, including the feedback form to submit a question. If or when candidates respond, their answers are posted on the Candidate Answers page.

Question 32 For The Candidates – Commit To Kingsbridge Improvements

Question 32:  Kingsbridge lacks walkable destinations and sidewalks.  If elected, will you vote to fund the preparation of a Secondary Plan and/or Community Improvement Plan for Kingsbridge so that all residents have an accessible and walkable community with neighbourhood commercial and neighbourhood institutional scale destinations?  Kingsbridge needs walkable small scale retail, medical and professional offices, and perhaps a new elementary school in this part of Amherstburg and a few small neighbourhood parkettes.  Tell us how you will make Kingsbridge a community that is complete safe, vibrant and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.

All questions to date are on the Ask The Candidates page, including the feedback form to submit a question. If or when candidates respond, their answers are posted on the Candidate Answers page.

Question 31 For The Candidates – Post Amalgamation Benefits

Question 31:  Once amalgamation took place, Amherstburg as a whole ( Anderdon, Amherstburg, Malden ) received tax money from ALL the tax payers of the town. Unfortunately only downtown Amherstburg ( old Amherstburg ) seemed to receive the benefits of this amalgamation not Anderdon & Malden. If you are able to win in this election, will you make sure that all the taxpayers receive the benefits of being in amalgation and not just the downtown ( old Amherstburg )?

All questions to date are on the Ask The Candidates page, including the feedback form to submit a question. If or when candidates respond, their answers are posted on the Candidate Answers page.

Question For The Mayoral Candidates – Time Commitment

Question: For our Mayoral candidates who have full time employment: How will you be able to put in the 40 or more hours required each week as Mayor of Amherstburg? Will you be at Town Hall every day? Will you get a leave-of-absence from your current employer?

All questions to date are on the Ask The Candidates page, including the feedback form to submit a question. If or when candidates respond, their answers are posted on the Candidate Answers page.

Question 30 For The Candidates – Support Electronic Polling?

Question 30: Would you support electronic polling (secure) on substantive matters plus immediate public release of results? One day perhaps ‘OPP versus local police’.

All questions to date are on the Ask The Candidates page, including the feedback form to submit a question. If or when candidates respond, their answers are posted on the Candidate Answers page.

Question For Jason Lavigne

A Question has been submitted via the feedback form on the Ask The Candidates page for Jason Lavigne:

Question. Jason: In one of your recent flyers, you mention you are a previous business owner and previous property owner in Amherstburg. Would you give details of this business and  property?

If or when a response is received, it will be posted on the Candidate Answers page.

Questions 26 to 29 For The Candidates

The following questions have been submitted via the feedback form on the ask the candidates page:

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 Mosquitos.  The breed is known as a Salt Water Mosquito and is considered the one of the most agressive 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?

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?

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?

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?