How Then-Candidate Bart DiPasquale Answered About OPP Costing

For the first time in an election campaign, the burg watch provided a forum for Amherstburg residents to submit questions to council candidates in 2014.

As a result, questions were raised about police costings, a hot topic given the amount of debt the municipality burdened its ratepayers with.

Of those that were elected, here’s how they answered:

Question 6. Obtain OPP Costing, Remove Contract Clause

No answer.

Question 13. Police Contract Buyout Clause

No answer

Question 18. Eliminate Police Contract Poison Pill Clause

Q. 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.

A. I believe this part of the contract should be negotiated out of the contract so we can be on the same playing field as the rest of the Province I getting the best bang for the dollar.

Ward System Needed?

During the 2014 municipal election campaign, the burg watch invited readers to submit questions to the candidates, one of which was 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?

Although Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale did not answer the question, the River Town Times now reports that DiPasquale is once again trying to see what the level of interest is in bringing in a ward system to Amherstburg; his notice of motion will be brought forth to council as a motion during the March 23 meeting.

What do you think?

reminder: this and any other polls are for entertainment purposes

Bart DiPasquale Answers Questions 17, 18, 22, 23

Bart DiPasquale’s answers are:

17.  Infrastructure and Services For All of Amherstburg

I strongly believe that all areas be treated equally in receiving services. It was evident during last election, many areas felt left out in the cold.

With our financial situation all projects of this nature need to be prioritized. Edgewater through an MOE citation is on the list in ridding of the lagoons and tying those areas to our Waste treatment plant. Texas road has been waiting for numerous years. A grant has been sought for both projects but , there no guarantees for grants.

We must live within our means and at the same time work on sustainable projects .

18.  Re Police Contract Poison Pill Clause

I believe this part of the contract should be negotiated out of the contract so we can be on the same playing field as the rest of the Province I getting the best bang for the dollar.

22:  Fraserville Mosquito Issue

In my view I believe this problem has progressively become worse and needs to be dealt with as soon as possible.

i would support money be approved to take care of the issue.

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

I am a lifelong resident of Amherstburg and truly care for our town and its people.

Having been a public servant for near 40years I feel compelled to take part in attempting to clear a mess up that has been ongoing for many years.

I served the past four years on council and worked hard with the willing , to see what was not seen for a long time. Many issues came out, angering many citizens in our community and rightfully so.

I wasn’t going to enter this election but received much encouragement and support from local people.

In Summary ,my credential are mainly dealing with my police background and other post-secondary training, that I have received dealing with law and protection of persons and property.. Other experience is with budget and  team building .I have made several successful motions and one which requested an audit which was voted down in the 4-3 vote.  Evenutually a petition brought forward by the people forced a unanimous vote to have an audit.

All answers to date are also on the candidate answers page.

Bart DiPasquale Answers Questions 2 through 5

In response to questions 2 thorugh 5, posted on the Questions page, Bart DiPasquale answered:

2.  I do not support arbitrary firings in any way. This term poisonous work environment has been used by the Mayor in the past. It appears there could be a bad environment which will be mended with the new leadership.

3.  Always have  supported a full audit. We were offered the review and didn’t really have a choice after council was assured the review would also look at other matters which may have stood out.

4.  They are usually ready by the Wednesday or sometimes Thursday before the meetings. Is usually enough time to review and ask questions before the meetings.

5.  The Heritage District I believe would help tourism but with the many other matters before council , many are financial , Heritage District has taken a back burner position.