How Those Elected Responded

For the record, here is how those elected responded to questions from the burg watch readers:

Mayor
DiCarlo, Aldo all
Deputy Mayor
DiPasquale, Bart 8
Councillor
Courtney, Joan the first 5
Fryer, Rick 0
Lavigne, Jason 8 and made it clear he would not respond to any more
Meloche, Leo 1
Pouget, Diane 21

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!

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.