A Look Back – Candidate Aldo DiCarlo on Handling Citizens’ Concerns

From a reader in 2014:

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?

2014 then-candidate Aldo DiCarlo

It has been my practice, in all my leadership roles, to follow up with people that their issue was addressed satisfactorily and/or in a timely manner. I also like the practice laid out by Diane Pouget and the detailed plan by Lora Petro. Setting out policies and plans that must be followed by staff seems like the best answer. The policies and plans should be a joint effort by council and administration, with the publics’ input. Being able to review and reference the complaints at any time is useful for council, administration and the public. This practice should eliminate the ratepayers’ frustration and unnecessary duplication of investigation work.

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A Look Back – Candidate Aldo DiCarlo on Mosquito Nuisance Program

From a reader in 2014:

Question 26. In regards to the Mosquito issue; it has been verified by the Company doing the current Larvaciding in town that the Fraserville 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 aggressive 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?

2014 then-candidate Aldo DiCarlo

Question 26. In regards to the Mosquito issue; it has been verified by the Company doing the current Larvaciding in town that the Fraserville 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 aggressive 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?

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A Look Back – Candidate Aldo DiCarlo on Hotel Needed

From a reader in 2014:

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?

2014 then-candidate Aldo DiCarlo

I do believe the Town needs a hotel. Thanks to the Libro Centre and other venues in Town, Amherstburg has attracted more and more events that would likely require overnight stays by visitors. I don’t believe the Town can even consider financial support for a hotel until the finances are clarified and stabilized. Beyond that, the taxpayers should have a say as to whether they want to invest in a hotel for Amherstburg.

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A Look Back – Candidate Aldo DiCarlo on Motivation To Run For Mayor

From a reader in 2014:

Question 24.  I was wondering what specifically made you run to represent Amherstburg?

2014 then-candidate Aldo DiCarlo

Born and raised in Amherstburg, I can’t imagine living somewhere else. I believe in the Town, the people and the possibilities. Amherstburg is already a beautiful waterfront town with a lot to offer but I believe we can always improve. I believe Council is in need of some change and an infusion of members with some background in finances, major projects, transparency and accountability. I believe in the office of the Ontario Ombudsman and in Andre Marin. Their office has investigated complaints regarding Amherstburg and the findings were not impressive. The biggest reasons I want to be Mayor is to help bring transparency and accountability to Amherstburg’s Town Hall, not just at election time, all the time. See this link for more info: http://www.ombudsman.on.ca/Newsroom/Ombudsman-in-the- News/2012/Town–repeatedly-broke-the-law%E2%80%9D-in-handling-in-cam.aspx

Edit by the burg watch: Ombudsman Report 2012 

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A Look Back – Candidate Aldo DiCarlo on Your Accreditations

From a reader in 2014:

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

2014 then-candidate Aldo DiCarlo

From my Facebook page ‘Aldo For Mayor’:

Currently: -Physics Laboratory Coordinator – University of Windsor -Member Representative -Libro Amherstburg Branch Council -CUPE National Education – Facilitator

Previous: -University of Windsor Board of Governors – Staff Representative (Voting Member) -University of Windsor Board of Governors – Vice President Finance -& Administration Search Committee -CUPE Local 1393 – President & Chair

Experienced in: -Budget approvals over $200M -Building approvals over $100M – Pensions and Benefits -Labour Relations -Administration -Rules of Order -Team & Support Building

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A Look Back – Candidate Aldo DiCarlo on Fraserville Mosquito Issue

From a reader in 2014:

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?

2014 then-candidate Aldo DiCarlo

Yes and yes. Although everyone should be able to enjoy all aspects of their home, including outdoors, I don’t think anyone would argue that the Elementary school in the area makes it even more of a health and safety issue.

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A Look Back – Candidate Aldo DiCarlo on Political Affiliation

From a reader in 2014:

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)

2014 then-candidate Aldo DiCarlo

I have not been employed by, fundraised for or held a position with any political party (provincial or federal) in the last 10 years. I was affiliated with 2 of the parties in Canada some years ago. It was so long ago, I honestly don’t remember if it was within 10 years or not, but I thought I would mention it for transparency. To the best of my knowledge, none of the people volunteering for my campaign are comprised of, or directly affiliated with, a political party. In other words, none of the political parties have provided me with any support people or resources. I have not asked them for their political affiliations outside of my campaign work as I don’t believe it is any of my business.

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A Look Back – Candidate Aldo DiCarlo on Employee Accountability

From a reader in 2014:

Question 20. What measures would you take to ensure that the Town’s employees do their proper jobs and are accountable for their performance?

2014 then-candidate Aldo DiCarlo

There are many different avenues to evaluate employee performance. My preference would be this: First, any collective agreements and/or contracts that protect the employees working conditions need to be reviewed to ensure that there are no anticipated violations in any review model. Once it can be confirmed that the evaluation system used will not violate any agreed terms, a process can begin. It is important to use a system that can be applied to all employees, regardless of rank, including the CAO. It has been my experience that using different systems to evaluate different jobs only serves to divide and alienate employees. Using a uniform system should clearly show employees that they are all valued, and considered equal, in the role they play serving the Town. This may sound unreasonable to some but it has been proven to work. At some point in the beginning of the process, an organizational chart needs to be established. It should include the mayor and council as partners in the redevelopment of a more positive and inclusive working environment. For the record, I believe the council should be more like governors than managers, a body that oversees the processes to ensure that they are completed properly. I also believe the lack of understanding and oversight in the past was part of the problem that helped perpetuate the current climate. Any planning should include input from the employees. Without their buy-in, the system will likely fail. They should have the opportunity to provide input in whatever form they wish, including anonymously, to ensure there is no fear of repercussion. The goal is to fix the problems, not create new ones. To keep this answer from getting too long, let’s jump to the job descriptions. Clear and defined job descriptions must be established so that people understand what they are accountable for. Once everyone understands what they are responsible for on a day to day basis, then you can begin the process of performance, with all the previously listed considerations of course. Performance should not be evaluated on an ‘either you can do it or your out’ level. There are many competent employees who may just need further direction, support or some training. Evaluation of jobs and performance usually causes an air of fear and/or anger, that needs to be considered and eliminated, as much as possible anyway. At that point, the resulting accountability can be established and implemented. I don’t think it can be defined this early, without first doing all of the steps outlined above.

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A Look Back – Candidate Aldo DiCarlo on Prioritize and Fund Infrastructure

From a reader in 2014:

Question 19. 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?

2014 then-candidate Aldo DiCarlo

I’m not completely sure why bankruptcy is even considered at this time. From the information I’ve received, even with our current debt, we’re not nearing bankruptcy. I do not believe in selling the Essex Power Corp shares. The shares are providing income for the Town. As long as it continues to do so, I don’t think it should even be considered. Prioritizing infrastructure projects for Amherstburg is for the citizens to decide, in general terms. Although council will have to make the final decision on the projects, input from the citizens is paramount in determining priorities. On the other hand, safety and disaster prevention would be a priority for me. I can’t say enough that issues like safe walking/cycling/running and flood prevention, as examples, are paramount for a community. Once we have the basic needs of the Town met, we can look into long term funding for other infrastructure projects. In today’s economic times, debt is an unfortunate reality. Debt in itself is not necessarily bad, provided the debt is responsible and transparently articulated and approved by the citizens. In other words, if we couldn’t find funding thru other means like government grants, that doesn’t mean we couldn’t raise taxes a modest amount to fund new initiatives that are important to the town, and that may produce a profit in the long run. Before I get lambasted, I’m not suggesting that my goal is to raise taxes, I just believe that all avenues of funding need to be explored if the Town truly needs or wants something. As an aside, I like Chad Barrette’s answer to this question. I have no current association with Chad but I will also be voting on election day.

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A Look Back – Candidate Aldo DiCarlo on Police ‘Poison Pill’ Clause

From a reader in 2014:

Question 18. Do you believe the Poison Pill Clause should be eliminated in the Police Contract in order to get an OPP costing to compare the costs of policing of OPP versus Amherstburg Police.

2014 then-candidate Aldo DiCarlo

Please see my answers to questions 6 and 13. No offence to the author of the question, but I would not refer to the clause as the ‘Poison Pill’. It is a clause that had legitimate compensation when it was first introduced. It may not be in the best interests of the Town today, but I believe it can be addressed appropriately.

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A Look Back – Candidate Aldo DiCarlo on Equal Infrastructure In All Areas

From a reader in 2014:

Question 17. 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.

2014 then-candidate Aldo DiCarlo

When planning municipal infrastructure and services, there has to be included the cost of providing these things to ALL citizens, yes ALL. To me at least, I don’t see how one can determine that one citizen should receive something that another doesn’t based on geographic location. Certainly there must be long term plans and funding put in place to achieve these services for all, but to discriminate against a group of citizens based on the location doesn’t seem right. I’ll bet if you ask, they’ll both say they should have those services. They all pay taxes for services, there must be a way to provide some form of services to all. An example I could give would be like the Texas Road issue I offered at question 9. Addressing Chad Barrette’s answer to this question, as the concession roads are repaved, extended paving and rumble strips on one side would help get cyclists off the main roadway. I don’t mean to say this is the answer to everything, different problems require different solutions with input from the relevant stakeholders. In this case, the stakeholders would include the citizens of the town…frankly, it should always include input from citizens, to some degree anyway.

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A Look Back – Candidate Aldo DiCarlo on Tourism Or Jobs?

From a reader in 2014:

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

2014 then-candidate Aldo DiCarlo

This is an interesting question but I’m not sure it has enough detail to answer. Why are the 500 tourists in town and how much money was put into Amherstburg’s economy from them? What does the industrial job pay? I don’t like not answering a question. If someone took the time to ask it, I’ll answer it the best that I can. Assuming the stabilization of economy, I’d have to lean to the industrial job. Jobs contribute to the tax base in numerous ways. I don’t think I need to go into the details of what I mean, the research is all on the internet. Ideally, I don’t see why we would have to choose, but that’s my answer on a grand assumption. With more detail I would answer the question again.

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A Look Back – Candidate Aldo DiCarlo on $67 Million Debt

From a reader in 2014:

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?

2014 then-candidate Aldo DiCarlo

To keep the answer from taking up pages, I’ll just say the bulk of the debt is believed to be based on the waste water treatment plant and the Libro Centre. The debt got to this level because much of what we needed had to be built. We were obligated to build a new waste water treatment plant by the government. The cost seems to be reasonable in comparison to similar municipalities. The plant should last for years if properly designed and built, with minimal maintenance costs. Again, I don’t think anyone should deny the reality that we had to spend the money. I explained my thoughts on the cost of the Libro Centre in my answer to question 8. Considering we were spending millions trying to keep the old arena usable, with all the problems of scheduling and other issues, the money we are spending on a first class facility is money well spent. At least that’s my position, and of many people I spoke with. All communities should have a facility as great as ours. How the money was allocated, however, is a whole other problem. Single bank accounts for multiple endeavors and obligations leaves me speechless…that’s not common for me. The new CAO will be held accountable for reorganizing the Town’s financial situation and the council must oversee the administration with a level of understanding to ensure it is done properly.

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A Look Back – Candidate Aldo DiCarlo on Flooding

From a reader in 2014:

Question 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!

2014 then-candidate Aldo DiCarlo

I believe Glenn Swinton does a very good job, with his response to this question, in trying to narrow down the problem. I’m not ashamed to refer to another candidate’s comments. I would use this to reiterate a point I tried to make earlier, in that, no one can know everything alone, but collectively we can find solutions. Once the cause is determined a solution must be designed and executed. Much like I spoke about the need to spend money on safety, spending money addressing flooding issues is also necessary. These are issues we pay taxes for, the bare essentials. If we can’t say we have safe neighbourhoods, proper drainage and sewage lines, etc., what are we paying taxes for? This is not to say we shouldn’t look for government funding, grants, etc., to help, but it has to be addressed. I am astounded that the Town told you they weren’t taking complaints for flooding. Since I’ve never had to call for a complaint like flooding, I always assumed that a complaint was a complaint. If the Town can now ignore complaints by category, we may be in worse trouble than believed.

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A Look Back – Candidate Aldo DiCarlo on Police Buyout Clause

From a reader in 2014:

Question 13. The Town now is in the process of negotiating a new contract with our local police force. Within this contract (expires Dec 2014) is a clause which if activated could cost our town dearly! What is your knowledge of this buyout clause? what is your understanding of the rational behind the inclusion of it in our contract? What and how many officers would be involved? What would be the cost to our town if enforced one day? From my understanding, we are talking anywhere from 8-10 million dollars would be paid out to officers changing uniforms, not losing jobs? Your thoughts please!

2014 then-candidate Aldo DiCarlo

Here’s what I know: The buyout clause was inserted sometime in the 1990’s during amalgamation of Essex County. At the time, pensions were not transferable from municipal policing to provincial policing plans. The clause was meant to compensate, or rather not penalize, officers who might be forced to switch. Since that time, municipal pension plans can be transferred to provincial for the officers who choose to go to the OPP. There would be a shortfall for the officers, as their current pension plans aren’t quite equal to the provincial plans. This could likely be negotiated at minimal cost compared to the cost of implementing the clause as is. Approximately half of the current officers would be affected by the pre‐hire date of October 2001, that is, the officers hired prior to this date would receive the maximum 3 months’ pay for every year of service. The others would receive 3 weeks’ pay, I believe. I can’t tell you the exact figure for the cost if enforced today, but I’ve been told it is in the millions? Please see my answer to question 6 for more. As a matter of clarification for those that might think the Police Association has some control over the costing from OPP, they do not. The costing for OPP services must be done by the Board. Please look up who is currently on the Board and ask them why they have never bothered to cost out the OPP services or ask the Association for their position?…at least not to my knowledge.

Edited: I have recently been corrected on who is required to request the costing for OPP. I am told that the OPP costing must be requested by Council, not the Police Board. The rest of my position remains the same. There has been numerous years to request OPP costing by Council, of which there was no cost to the Town.

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