Marty Adler Answers Question 39 Straightforward Answer Sought Re CAO

Question 39:
Yes to Mr. Phipps staying on during the transition period.

My reasons are simple. He knows what has been going on in house, and he alone can answer any questions the new CAO will ask, pertaining to what he (Mr. Phipps) has discovered while on the job.

All answers to date are on the candidate answers page.

Marty Adler Answers Question 34 To 38

Marty Adler’s answers are:

34.  Two CAOs Pay?
The new CAO has been hired. Mr Phipps has indicated he is only staying to the end of his contract, and in that time will be helping to transition Mr. Micelli. It sounds reasonable to me to fulfill the contract. If there is a rumour that Mr. Phipps might be staying on, I am only assuming it will be the new council that will have the say. The current council is a lame-duck one at best. As for release of the salary of the new CAO, if transparency is the keyword for council, then the answer is obvious.

As a note, I would like you to know that I have followed Mr. Phipps, and I really like this man. I believe he knows his stuff, what is best for the town, and has the experience to get the job done. We are lucky to have had him. From what I have assessed, he may be a little rough around the edges, but he does have spunk. You might be amazed with what he can and would offer, if one would give him a little respect – and I for one, surely would!

35.  Development Fees Collected?
I am quickly finding out that councils in this town have made some screwed up deals to attract development. I can see offering ‘deals’ when we have undesireable properties to develop, but to offer deals on prime properties makes no sense. So, what is prime and what is not? It appears to me that deals made in the past would hold the town ransom in the future. To keep a lid on such activity, you need a mayor with backbone. As for municipal Christmas wish lists, if I am elected mayor, Christmas won’t be coming anytime soon.

36.  Special Development Deals?
The horse is gone, and the barn door has been closed. You cannot expect a new council to carry the burden of the past at this early stage in the game. There are more priorities to deal with when a new council is formed. Just remember, whoever made these supposed deals, they were put in place by the people who voted them in; and that is why you need to look at a strong council and mayor, one that is beyond reproach. Show up at the candidates debate, and don’t prejudge this time around. In this case, as in all the cases where citizens complain, it’s the citizens who ultimately are to blame!

37.  Where Are Our Voter Notifications?
I received mine on Friday. I have no issues.

38.  Preferential Treatment?
You obviously have a bone to pick with someone or something. If you demand transparency, then what is good for the goose, is good for the gander. What are you talking about? Specifics please. All citizens should be treated equal, wealthy, influential, or average not withstanding.

All answers to date are on the candidate answers page.

Marty Adler Answers Question 32

Question 32:  Commit To Kingsbridge Improvements
How Kingsbridge grows, so grows Amherstburg. If residents of the development want amenities, I believe there is a flow chart that must be addressed, and it would start with a simple request from a number of concened citizens. Then a town hall style meeting, a plan and an action. I am all for development, especially in residential areas, because ultimately, the entire community would benefit. If it makes sense, it will happen.

All answers to date are on the candidate answers page.

Marty Adler Answers Question 30 Re Electronic Polling

Marty Adler’s answer is:

I absolutely would support elerctronic polling. We are living in an age of fast food, social media, and attention deficite disorder. People need action fast.

The only problem I see with this, is some candidates are slow to react, and need a team behind them, to deliver the politically correct answers!

All answers to date are on the candidate answers page.

Marty Adler Answers Questions 1 To 13, 16 To 18, 20 To 25

Marty Adler’s answers are:

1.  Toxic Culture At Town Hall
Hopefully the voters will start the ball rolling. It appears to me that nobody is willing to say, but everyone seems to know, where the problems lie. If the voters choose to return suspect members of council, it will then be up to the new mayor to lead the way.

2.  Work With Admin to Fix Toxic Culture
There is no question that something smells in the town hall. If I am elected mayor, I fully plan to bring with me Mr Clean!

3.  Support Full Independent Audit
I do not support a full audit, or any audit at all. Amherstburg is a small town, and we don’t need to spend six figures to slap the wrists of the dearly departed. Trouble with council, and many candidates, is that they have no idea what it is like to survive on their own. Candidates that proclaim financial knowhow with big institutions(CBC and UofW to name but two) are usually playing with other peoples money.

4.  Increase Time To Study Agenda
There must be a good reason why council gets its information later than sooner. I don’t know why this problem wasn’t solved before – perhaps full time members is the answer. Perhaps administration needs more help. In any even, judging by the lack of any action from the current council during 2014, I don’t see how this problem even existed.

It took 6 years to make up its mind of turning lanes on Sandwich, and then they got it wrong!

5.  Bring Heritage District To Amherstburg
Was it the town that stalled or the Heritage committee, or both. All players have to come together, and get rid of the pettiness which appears to be the perception. I believe the heritage of Amherstburg is what drives tourism, so the question remains, just who is in charge?

6.  Obtain OPP Costing, Remove Contract Clause
I won’t commit to anything until I hear both sides of the argument, but I can tell you now, I don’t like golden handshakes and hitting the lottery at my expense. I am not a fan of the OPP taking over, and I am not afraid to tell you why – they are slow to respond! I have talked to other communities, and I believe we are at the end of the line for coverage.

Make a better case, and I will listen, but not knowing it all, my mind is open.

7.  Tourism Role; 1 Million Dollar Budget
Tourism is important to this town. We are also important to Essex county. I produced the first documentary for the city of Windsor called “Windsor Wow!”. Thousands of copies were made and I worked closely with the head of tourism (Elizabeth). Today the CEO is Gordon Orr, whom I used in tv commercials before he got this gig. I will definitely have a “Marty” chat with Mr. Orr. He knows my style very well!

8.  Curtail Spending; Pay Debt; Reduce Budget
At this point, my focus is not to curtail spending, but to review it. Before my (our) review is over, I intend to spend 4-6 million to get the waste sewage plant hooked up to the north end of town. Mr Sutherland used his position to release the news just before election time, to give the good news that the town has applied for a grant; and then has the dillusion that if we don’t get it “…we’ll look elsewhere.” Well I say grant shmant!

In the time it takes to get approval, we could have 800 lots hooked into the system, and start recovering our money, The grant, if and when it comes, will be gravy. Don’t start me on this one!

9.  Walkable Neighbourhoods, Amenities in All Areas
Right now, nothing! At this time, what you are asking for is a luxury we are not yet in a position to address. That doesn’t mean I am not listening. If resident need something that benefits the area, and it makes sense, then I am for it, but please, you need to make sense!

10.  Establish Regional Transit
What is wrong with travelling by car to get to work? If it is an issue with you, then get a ride. Ever hear of CAR POOLING! In major cities they even have special lanes  for it. I can’t imagine 21,000 people heading to Windsor every morning.

11.  Societal and Environmental Issues
Nobody likes to owe money, but when you run a town, it is a fact of life until you get into the black. That is not going to happen soon, but with me at the helm, it will happen sooner than later. As for the environment, I have promoted (see my ads and postcards) “The greening of Amherstburg”. That means addressing everything from bike lanes to community gardens. Green is good.

12.  Selection Of New CAO For New Council
In the case before us, I believe Mr. Phipps is a man who knows his stuff. Now before you think I am patronizing the man, I also believe Mr. Phipps knows how to use the system, not only for Amherstburg, but for himself. I believe he knows more in selecting a replacement than anyone on council. He also needs to stay on to help Mr. Micelli get aclamated. After that, I believe Mr. Micelli will do his thing.

13.  Police Contract Buyout Clause
Didn’t I answer this in question 6? I don’t want the OPP, and I don’t want to give our guys any golden handshakes. Some are making $122,00 a year. (I have no idea about overtime) Having said that, if they think they are worked too hard in keeping this the safest town in Canada, I might look at other avenues. By the way, I believe we are the safest town in Canada, not because of our police, or the nearby OPP, but because of the people who live here. Give yourself a pat on the back!

16.  Tourism Or Employment
No doubt about it – give me 500 tourist anyday. Jobs in Amherstburg are not a priority for me at this stage of the game. The jobs will come when all my other plans start to bear fruit.

17.  Infrastructure and Services For All of Amherstburg
Didn’t I answer this in question 9?

18.  Eliminate Police Contract Poison Pill Clause
I’m under the impression a costing was available to the town at little or no cost, and the ball was dropped.

20.  Town Employee Performance
Four letters MPMP

21.  Affiliated With Political Party
I am not associated with any party. When I’m not near the one I love, I love the one I’m near!

22.  Fraserville Mosquito Issue
Frasierville needs help. We’ll do our part.

23.  Accreditations
None. And for this tow, that’s a good thing. May I caution voters, don’t be “snowed” by a list of accreditations. I know business, marketing, and media. Everything this town needs; and I have a world of common sense!

24.  Motivation To Run
You’re gonna roll your eyes, but I would be a mayor unseen anywhere in Ontario. I would describe my style as “entertaining”. When Tom McMahon, a media critic for the Windsor Star first saw me come on board on CBC’s newscast at 11, his headline across the width of the page read: “Marty Adler refreshing, but he needs a leash!”.

25.  Hotel Needed?
I believe this town needs an ‘anchor’, one not found anywhere in Essex county. I have 2 ideas, (the second, you’ll just have to wait till candidates night) the first is a downtown marina, hotel and playhouse. And the town should absolutely kick in – when the time is right.

All answers to date are on the candidate answers page.

Marty Adler Answers Questions 26 To 29

Marty Adler’s answers are:

Question 26: Support Nuisance Program For Fraserville?

This neighbourhood needs help. It is part of Amherstburg. I certainly would support Frasierville area.

Question 27:  Concerns From Fellow Citizens

When thinking about helping citizens with their concerns, I have often thought of adding a title to the office of mayor: Mayor and Ombudsman.

I can tell you now that I would set up arrangements where I could be contacted 7 days a week …LIVE!

Question 28:  Ward System

I would need to know the costs of setting up such a system, but for the most part, I love the idea. Council then becomes more warm and fuzzy!

Question 29: Commit to no Public Funds On Barriers, Inclusion.
I would commit to not place public barriers against persons with disabilities, unless it is for THEIR safety.

If it ever makes sense to have public transit or taxi service in Amherstburg, then it goes without saying, being fully accessible would have to included.

All answers to date are on the candidate answers page.

Adler Withdraws, Supports DiCarlo

CKLW reports that “at the time he entered the race, there was no alternative to the ‘status quo’.  But he says that changed on the final day of nominations when Aldo DiCarlo entered the race.

Adler says he has researched DiCarlo’s campaign and believes there is now a more viable candidate for the mayor of Amherstburg.”

Marty Adler Answers Questions 19 Re Infrastructure and Services For All of Amherstburg

Marty Adler’s answer is:

If I were in office, it would not be me prioritizing infrastructure projects, it would be the citizens of Amherstburg who find issues that they believe must be addressed. I don’t plan to be in office to create issues – I am there to assist in solving them. As for the shares in Essex Power, my take is simple, if it makes money for the town, we keep it. The suggestion to sell and pay down the debt is short term gain for long term pain. I am not interested in selling off our future.

All answers to date are on the candidate answers page.

Marty Adler Answers Questions 14 Re Flooding and 15 Re 67 Million Debt

Marty Adler’s first answers to the questions are:

Question 14. Flooding
It is my opinion that once a resident has done all they can to prevent flooding, and flooding still persists during torrential downpours, then the problem lies with the town. You appear to have taken all the steps necessary, and there is no excuse for not trying to set your mind at ease when calling for help. Near the top of my platform list is the connection of the new water sewage treatment plant as soon as possible. I have a way to find the money to accomplish this. It is a priority for me when attracting development. A benefit for the residents (you), is this new connection will take the burden off the current system. Please know how important this is to me.

Question 15. 67 Million Debt
It is my understanding that the debt at the end of the year is projected to be $46 million, but what is $21 million dollars amongst friends. 61% of the debt can be attributed to the amounts owing on the waste water treatment plant, and the Libro Centre. I will save the details on the remaining debt for our candidates meeting, but to ease your mind just a bit, let me place some perspective on this situation. If you owned a home valued at $400,000 and your mortgage was $46,000, would you not say you were in pretty good shape? Well Amherstburgs valuation is in the neighbourhood of $400 million, with a debt of $46 million. I am not downplaying the debt, just trying to place a more positive spin on it. As a business owner, media member,marketer, and a mayoral candidate, it will be my job to let you, and the media see our cup as half full, and not half empty.

All answers to date are on the candidate answers page.