Credit Where Credit Is Due

Bob Rozankovic, Editor, Amherstburg Politico gave no credit to information he posted pertaining to plagiarism and an administrative report to council by Anne Rota and Nicole Rubli. Rozankovic posted, “It’s sad when they plagiarize existing articles…”

Rozankovic was aware that Linda Saxon discovered the similarities in the reports to previously published articles and it was her research that enabled her to send a letter to the editor RTT on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 2:51 p.m.

Amherstburg Politico posted the information on Saturday, March 27 at 1:12 p.m. without citing the source despite a reminder to do so.

Robert Rozankovic Answers Questions 18 To 21 And 24 To 29

Robert Rozankovic’s answers are:

18.  Eliminate Police Contract Poison Pill Clause
The “Poison Pill” clause should definitely be eliminated from future contracts. Those who negotiated the contract on the town’s behalf have done us a great disservice. Getting OPP costing is not dependent on eliminating that clause. We should be investigating every avenue to ensure the town gets good value for money spent. Having said that, I am a proponent of having a local police force. The intangible value of a local force cannot simply be measured in dollars and cents.

19.  Prioritize/Fund Infrastructure
From the start I have advocated for not selling our Essex Power Corp. shares. What the future holds we don’t know and my opinion may change based on facts that may arise. For now, these shares do pay dividends and should be held. Bankruptcy and insolvency are not words or concepts that should be used in the same sentence as “Amherstburg”. We have a bright future with the right leadership. Infrastructure projects need to be prioritized on a “need” basis and funded by the usual means of debentures, government grants or loans, or best of all by saving for them.

20.  Town Employee Performance
All town employees report to a direct supervisor/manager who in turn reports to our CAO. I hope employees are being evaluated on their performance on a yearly basis and being afforded the appropriate tools or skills upgrading to ensure they perform their jobs to an acceptable level. If an evaluation process is not in place I would champion the creation of such a program through the necessary channels.

21.  Affiliated With Political Party
I have no party affiliation nor does anyone on my campaign. My voting habits have always been totally dependent on quality of candidates or issues of the day.

24.  Motivation To Run
With total retirement looming in the not to distant future, my spouse and I made a concious decision to remain in Amherstburg in retirement years. Having lived here for the last 15 years I believe the time has come to give something back to the community I love. With experience in management, along with budgeting and sales skills, I feel I have the skill set necessary to sit on council.

25.  Hotel Needed?
We all know that having a hotel locate in Amherstburg would be a wonderful idea. The reality is that hotels are in business to make money and at this point in time I don’t see that a hotel would have sustainable occupancy to ensure profits. A new hotel would need to be part of a master plan that would include a heritage district and more events/attractions to make Amherstburg a true destination venue rather than just a day trip.

26.  Support Nuisance Program for Fraserville?
The mosquito issue is a serious one and having friends who live in the area I fully understand the severity of the problem and fully support a Nuisance Program. We cannot delay any longer in providing those affected residents the same quality of life that the rest of the town enjoys.

27.  Procedure To Handle Concerns From Fellow Citizens
As councillors we are elected to help citizens resolve any issues and concerns that are presented. If town administration does not handle these issues in a timely, efficient, and professional manner, then as a representative we must step up and be accountable by following up the concerns with the appropriate department and in turn provide answers to our citizens.

28.  Ward System Better Serve The Residents?
I’d like to see an evaluation done with regards to staffing levels before agreeing with the assertion that the town is overstaffed. This would be a priority for me if elected. As to whether a ward system would serve our citizens better, it is difficult to say. Public opinion would need to be consulted before any such discussion takes place in council.

29.  Commit To No Public Funds On Barriers; Inclusion.
I fully support a municipal policy that does not perpetuate or create barriers against persons with disabilities. All public buildings should be fully accessible to all. As for public transit, we need to first have public transit though I do support it being fully accessible. Taxi service on the other hand is private enterprise and we must always be careful in how and what we legislate. It can be very easy to demand a private enterprise adhere to new rules but we need to be mindful that if we are adding costs then the enterprise may not be viable and they simply shut down, thus affecting an even greater percentage of the population.

All answers to date are on the candidate answers page.

Bob Rozankovic Answers Questions 1 Through 12

In response to questions 1 through 12, posted on the Questions page, Bob Rozankovic’s answers are below; all answers to date are also on the candidate answers page.

1. Looking from the outside in it is difficult to discern if there actually is a “toxic” culture at Town Hall. There certainly seems to be systemic issues but what is the root cause of these issues? Employees do what they are asked to do. There is an old Chinese proverb that states “a fish rots from the head”.

2. Cost of employee turnover has to be addressed by way of understanding why employees are leaving and finding ways to retain good employees. Cost is not limited to only exit costs but also in the expense of having trained that employee and also their replacement.

3. I have been a proponent of a full independent audit to this point. The time has come, however, to move on unless we believe that misapropriation of funds has occurred. We have been given a “blueprint” for moving forward by the Ministry and we need to implement this agenda. We need to ask “what would we accomplish with a full audit at this point and would the cost be justified?”

4. I wholeheartedly believe council meeting agendas should be posted with sufficient time for both councillors and the public to be fully knowledgeable on all items so that open, intelligent discussions can be had at council meetings. Exact timing of agenda releases can be debated but I think Wednesday or Thursday of the previous week should be sufficient.

5. Having just visited Niagara-on-the-Lake I fully appreciate the concept of a Heritage District and fully support the idea. This, however, would require the efforts of not just Town Administration and the Heritage Committee but also the community at large.

6. I am in full support of removing the OPP takeover clause from our police services contract. I also fully support exploring OPP costing and looking at a business case to determine the town’s best course of action.

7. Either the town decides to become fully immersed in becoming a tourist destination or it needs to get out of that mind set. We do not have a downtown core that is a true tourist destination. Art By The River and the SOE Winefest are wonderful events and the hard work that goes into planning these is appreciated but they are short term draws. The Navy Yard Park is beautiful but not a sufficient draw of a constant flow of visitors. Can we become a “destination point”? Yes, but that is a long term project that would require considerable funds and planning.

8. Everybody wants to simply cut department budgets, cut staff, and curtail spending but the reality is that the town is mandated to provide a certain level of services to residents. We need to define and evaluate these services, ensure we are providing what is mandated, and then look at discretionary spending. For those of us not currently in office it is a difficult task to decide if staffing levels are appropriate. I certainly will press for a complete review of departmental staffing levels to ensure there is no waste of taxpayer dollars.

9. Though all communities that form Amherstburg should be serviced appropriately with sidewalks, parks, etc, the reality is that funds just aren’t available to take care of every community all at once. There needs to be a plan and to prioritize community needs.

10. Regional transit though a wonderful idea would seem to to be an impractical idea given the town’s financial predicament. Without taxpayer subsidies it is difficult at best, and impossible at worst, to institute a transit system between Amherstburg and Windsor. Having said that, we owe it to our citizens to explore what monies (grants) are available from the Provincial or Federal Governments to possibly bring this idea to fruition.

11. Societal issues in Amherstburg mirror those those of any other community though possibly on a different scale. Poverty and social housing are issues that always need attention. The creation of more employment opportunities for our youth is also critical. The town however, can only do so much in creating employment. We need to lure more businesses to town which in turn creates employment. Environmental issues cannot be discarded. From the mosquito issues to pollution issues wed need to stay vigilant and do everything possible to provide an acceptable living environment for all our citizens.

12. Unequivocally it should be the new council that selects the new CAO. It is that new council that will need to work closely with that individual. Having said that, I have proposed on several occassions that the current council & administration could short-list the number of candidates to three or four for the sake of expediency.