Question 25 For The Candidates – Hotel Needed?

Question 25: Do you believe that the Town of Amherstburg needs a hotel?  If so, do you feel the town should provide financial support to help make that happen?

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.

Feedback Submission And Response

The following was submitted via the feedback form on the ask the candidates page:

“One topic which hasn’t been addressed is a solution to the chronic flooding problems in town. One suggestion i would have is to have 5 or 6 topics and have the candidates prioritize them,1 through 6 or however many topics you feel are important.”

Response: Question 14 dealt with flooding issues; only Aldo DiCarlo, Scott Kendell and Glenn Swinton provided answers.

Thank you for the suggestion; however, “Ask The Candidates” was initiated, as stated on the question page, because in past municipal election campaigns when debates were organized the public had limited opportunities to ask questions. All topics submitted to date are important and if elected, candidates will be called on to address  a variety of concerns to ratepayers.

The table posted earlier today indicates that some candidates are eager to answer the questions; others have not answered one; and some have not researched the issues.

The candidates are promoting their platforms and prioritizing their messages through their chosen marketing methods; this blog will remain a venue for ratepayers.

Question 24 For The Candidates – Why Run To Represent Amherstburg?

Question 24:  I was wondering what specifically made you run to represent 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 23 For The Candidates – Accreditations

Question 23:  What accreditations do you possess to attest to you being elected to council?

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 22 For The Candidates – Fraserville Mosquito Issue

Question 22:  As a candidate running in this Municipal election are you aware of the Fraserville mosquito issue and are you aware of the time sensitive mosquito nuisance program proposal and it’s immediate approval to ensure GDG Environmental to acquire MNR permits to commence as early in Spring as possible?  Will you be supportive and receptive to this program being implemented?

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 21 For The Candidates – Political Party Affiliation

Question 21:

Are you now, or have you ever been officially affiliated with, employed by, fundraised for or held a position with any political party (provincial or federal) in the last 10 years?  Is your campaign staff comprised of, or directly affiliated with, a political party? (not interested in which political party you support with your vote on election day)

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 20 For The Candidates – Town Employee Performance

Question 20: submitted via the feedback form, is:

What measures would you take to ensure that the Town’s employees do their proper jobs and are accountable for their performance?

All questions to date are on the Ask The Candidates page. If or when candidates respond, their answers are posted on the Candidate Answers page.

Question 19 For The Candidates – Financial Accountability

Question 19: submitted via the feedback form, is:

How would you prioritize infrastructure projects in Amherstburg?  How would you fund them? Do you agree or disagree with the decision to not sell the towns share in Essex Power Corp?  Do you feel that by not selling we can avoid insolvency or bankruptcy by using share dividend payments to off set accumulated/future debt? If the town becomes insolvent or bankrupt, what would happen to this share?

All questions to date are on the Ask The Candidates page. If or when candidates respond, their answers are posted on the Candidate Answers page.

Dr. C. Lloyd Brown-John’s Questions To The Candidates

The following are Dr. C. Lloyd Brown-John’s questions to the candidates in the upcoming election for Amherstburg and Kingsville and are published here with his permission. Some of the questions for the Kingsville candidates are specific to that municipality, while others can be easily put to any candidate.

Amherstburg Candidates
Prospective Candidate Questions Re: Municipal Financial Management:

Prospective Questions:

  1. Question: What is “Transparency” in municipal financial management terms?
  1. Question: What is “Accountability”?
  1. Question: What is a “Budget”?
  1. Question: What is the Municipal Assessment “Mill Rate”? What is Amherstburg’s current residential Mill Rate? Supplemental Question: What is the Name of the Agency Responsible for municipal property assessments?
  1. Question: What is Council’s role in respect to Infrastructure Municipal Debenture funding?

Prospective Municipal Financial Management Questions for Deputy Mayor and Mayoralty Candidates:

  1. Question: a). What is the Municipal Performance Measurement Programme (MPMP)?; b) Roughly, how many Service Areas must be reported upon by every municipality in Ontario?; c) By what date, each year, must a Municipality file its annual returns?; d) What are the measures against which all municipal Service Areas are to be assessed and reported annually? And, finally, to the best of your knowledge has Amherstburg diligently and regularly met those MPMP requirements?
  1. Question: What is the Role of the Mayor and Council in respect to Debenture Funding through Infrastructure Ontario (IO) of major infrastructure construction projects?
  1. Question: If the Mayor (and Deputy Mayor), on the advice of the responsible municipal financial officer (Treasurer) determine that a Municipal Debt needs to be funded, what fiscal and financial tools would you select?
  1. Question: Budgets, are statements of Intent. In what form are annual expenditure budgets submitted to Amherstburg Council? Are they “Line-Item Budgets”? Or, “Object of Expenditure “ or, “Both”?
  1. Question: Are you familiar with the role and purpose of a municipal audit? What is a “Performance” Audit? And, (if needed), what is a Value for Money Audit?

 Kingsville Candidates:

  1. What are your basic, and primary qualifications for the responsibility of Kingsville Municipal Council?
  1. What are your three Primary municipal policy concerns?
  1. Are you fully prepared to devote the time (40 to 60 hours weekly), energy, and accessibility to serving the Kingsville community?
  1. Do you have a view on the issue of mobile advertising signs?
  1. How would you deal with the growing traffic chaos along Kingsville’s Main Street East from approximately Shoppers Drugs to Pelee Island Winery?
  1. Kingsville has an Arts Centre in the old Library. To what extent do you believe the Town of Kingsville should subsidize or otherwise financially support that facility?
  1. Are you familiar with the Ontario Municipal Performance Measurement Program (MPMP) and what its consequences are for Kingsville? Have you reviewed the Town of Kingsville’s most recent required Report under the MPMP program?
  1. Are you familiar with the role of the Ontario Municipal Board in respect to Zoning and Planning in Kingsville?
  1. If Kingsville required Debenture funding for infrastructure renovations and/or development, how would that Debenture be funded?
  1. When was the last time you personally reviewed Kingsville’s most recent Municipal Budget?

Dr. C. Lloyd Brown-John,
Director, Canterbury Eldercollege,
Editorial Columnist, and,
Professor Emeritus, Public Administration,
Department of Political Science,
University of Windsor

Question 18 For The Candidates – Police Contract Poison Pill Clause

Question 18, submitted via the feedback form, is: Do you believe the Poision Pill Clause should be eliminated in the Police Contract in order to get an OPP costing to compare the costs of policicing of OPP versus Amherstburg Police.

All questions to date are on the Ask The Candidates page. If or when candidates respond, their answers are posted on the Candidate Answers page.

Question 17 For The Candidates – Infrastructure and Services For All of Amherstburg

Question 17, submitted via the feedback form, is: What will you do to ensure that citizens living outside of the historical core of Amherstburg receive the same quality municipal infrastructure and services? This means sidewalks, parks, multi-use trails, neighbourhood commercial and institutional uses.

All questions to date are on the Ask The Candidates page. If or when candidates respond, their answers will be posted on the Candidate Answers page.

Question 16 For The Candidates – Tourists or Employment

Question 16, submitted via the feedback form, is below and has been added to all the questions to date on the Ask The Candidates page.

Question 16:  What is better for Amherstburg:  500 tourists or one newly-created full-time industrial job?

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

Question 15 For The Candidates – 67 Million Debt

Question 15, submitted via the feedback form, is below and has been added to all the questions to date on the Ask The Candidates page.

Question 15:  In your opinion why are we 67 million in debt? How do you think it got to this? What will you do to stop this from happening again?

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

Question 14 For The Candidates – Flooding

Question 14, submitted via the feedback form, is below and has been added to all the questions to date on the Ask The Candidates page.

Q 14.  I would like to know what the real plan is to start control some of these recent floodings in the area, as a twice flooded and $74,000 insurance claim in 2011 less $1000 deductible and a 2nd $20,000 insurance claim now Sept 2014 less another $1000 deductible and loss of flood coverage moving forward need some real answers.. I called town hall and was told “We are not talking flood complaints at this time” … for real?? All that did was anger me more, I’m out $2000 now and risking greater loss if this happens again and being left in the dark with no communication from the town.. I have seen the old plan of disconnecting eaves trough lines from the street which I might add were done when these homes were built 25-35 years ago and direct that rain water onto the lawns, this will solve nothing because I have pictures and video of my street with water blasting out of the storm and sewer covers flooding the area several times since Aug 2011 and whether roof top rain water dumps into the sewers or flooded streets isn’t going to matter because it will still end up in the same place, peoples homes..  My home value is decreased, I’m stressed to the max and with already suffering from health issues don’t know where to turn or what to say.. I’m paying $2500 a year is property taxes for all this!

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

Question 12 For The Candidates

Question 12, submitted via the feedback form, is below and has been added to all the questions to date on the Ask The Candidates page.

Q 12. Do you approve of this Council/Admin selecting a new CAO on your behalf. Would you prefer to select your own CAO?

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