Browse the answers below from the 2018 municipal election candidates from Grimsby. All submissions printed verbatim.
Our recent ranking as the best place in the region - 38th in Ontario and 83rd in Canada by Money Sense Magazine and the positive coverage by other new sources has created demands on development and infrastructure.
People want to live in Grimsby.
Better communication will allow our residents to understand why decisions are made.
Grimsby has hired a communications position and we are revamping our IT department to allow better citizen access to town information.
I am planning Public Open Houses for all aspects of town assets. I am available for anyone who would like clarification on any issues.
The lack of transparency and exclusive, rather than inclusive nature of the current Council.
Residents feel they are being intentionally left out on what happens at Town Hall and are frustrated that their voice is largely unwelcome there.
As a firm believer in the “open door policy”, as Mayor I would ensure that Council operates as openly as possible, encourages residents to address Council and that there is an ongoing dialogue with the community.
It is imperative that all Council and Committee meetings be made available online for the convenience and benefit of residents
There are many concerns: the rebuild of WLM Hospital, the woodlot, traffic, the Grimsby Hydro conundrum and its lack of transparency, trucks using Mountain Road, residential development.
Grimsby council needs to work together to create a vision for Grimsby that we can all support.
We need to stop being reactive and instead become proactive. Let’s look ahead and see what’s coming and be prepared for it.
If council members can commit to being accountable, transparent, consensus building and communicative, we can build on what already exists in Grimsby and make it THE best town to live in.
I’ve listened to many people. The most common concern which cuts across all the issues is the negative effects of “high-rise development”.
The solution is to elect a responsible and ethical council who can develop an appropriate sustainable long-term development plan.
It’s disconcerting to hear that our elected officials pay more attention to big developers than the feedback from voters.
The general community say our council has become complacent, self-serving and irresponsible combined with a sense of arrogance towards the electorate. There are few followers of our current regime, but the wide majority just want change. We need to listen!
Traffic concerns and speeding on our roads. Truck traffic on Mountain and Parks roads will have to be monitored even more. closely to get dangerous trucks off those roads.
I will support a new Mountain access. Road. i will put more pressure on and work even harder to have our Regional Representatives work with our local police to contain this problem.
Keeping taxes to a reasonable level is always a concern and I will make the tough decisions needed for the Municipal level I am responsible. for.
I believe the most important issue to arise from the last term of office is TRANSPARENCY.
Whether it be the biodigestor, medical marijuana grow ops, or the Intensification.
The last term of council could have improved their communication to the people they represent by taking the time to address each of the questions put forth instead of keeping it all close to chest and leaving the residents to question each matter.
This has affected the trust our residents have in our elected officials and without trust ……… It’s “Time for Change.”
I’ve lived in Grimsby for over 25 years, my wife Isabella and I have raised our sons in this amazing town.
Taxation: residents feel that taxes are increasing disproportionately based upon the amenities provided
Public Transit: residents without vehicles are unable to leave their homes due to the lack of internal transit
Transparency: residents feel that they are on a need to know basis with decisions being a far-gone conclusion upon announcement
Upon my election as Alderman of Ward 1, I will commence with the formation of a community counsel to meet on a quarterly basis.
Specifically, I’ve been hearing that the most immediate concern and frustration is the traffic in and around the downtown area.
I would love to work with planners to figure out how to create better traffic flow that eases the pain-point for both residents and visitors.
In general, residents are hungry for a change in the way things have been run. We need fresh ideas from people, who are new and old to Grimsby - people, who live here and actively experience the town.
One of the top concerns that I am hearing from residents, is the high level of intensification to growth that we are experiencing in our community.
I do not oppose Grimsby growing; this growth needs to be done in accordance to Grimsby’s Official Plan and our Zoning By-law requirements.
My voting record shows that I strongly support and make my decisions based on the information within our O.P. and Zoning By-laws that shows how Grimsby’s future should develop.
Another important Citizens concern is the truck traffic travelling up and down Mountain St. through our very busy downtown.
The top concern that I have heard to date is the vertical development taking place in Grimsby. Of particular concern was the proposed 8 story development in the downtown core, the hospital corridor secondary plan and as well the proposed 22 storey development near the waterfront.
Residents feel that such development is out of step with the character of the town.
The solution is to ensure that all future development is conducted strictly within the official plan of the town and ensure that the form of future development is consistent with the character of the surrounding neighbourhoods.
Growth. Where to grow and how to grow have been major issues in the hearts of Grimsby residents. With the heavy growth in the west end, residents are rightfully protective and concerned about growth in the downtown and hospital areas. We will need to be adamant about protecting these areas from non-conforming development.
Residents are concerned about unrestrained development and are frustrated at having to come out in droves just to get the developers and the town to scale down inappropriately sized developments.
Traffic on Main St. is an issue, and residents fear their input into the Hospital Corridor Study will be ignored, and the town will push for unnecessary and unwelcome intensification.
Mountain residents are concerned about speeding and illegal dumping.
As your Alderman I will use my vote to: halt inappropriate intensification, enforce zoning by-laws, reject the Livingston extension, protect the Woodlot and be accountable to the community.
Residential Development and Long Term Planning and Transportation. Not just Go Transit, but the influx of more automobiles on are streets creating congestion at times.
The Biodigester has been brought up many times. Along with Co-Generator. I know these are hot topics along with many others. All concerns a treated equal.
And come from the people reside here. I would deal with any concerns by listening and understanding to the full issue brought forward.
By investigating knowledge behind the issue, following up with our constituents and making the best decisions going forward for the Town's best Interest.
Traffic here in town is top concern. How it is hard turning left onto main streets, speeding down streets and no parking downtown.
We have a very thriving downtown, our merchants are happy. People come from out of town to shop here, this is great news.
We have to look here within our town, where we can utilize more parking. Working on #8 Highway with the Region would help. If the Region re-examines the GTA corridor and take trucks off our roads, this would reduce congestion within our town.
I believe transportation for all ages is greatly needed. Especially mobility transport and more local affordable transportation that is simply not just for doctor’s appointments.
Presently, DARTS will pick up at the Tim Horton’s in Winona if people are able to get themselves there.
However, it is only family members that can get them there and we need more public options.
Safety is a great concern with the mass influx of traffic coming towards and heading away from our small town as people commute. Local town roads are backed up and flooded during rush hour with no alternative routes. More synchronization of main street lights is required also preferably with designated turning lanes.
The main concern raised by residents that I have spoken with is out of control development which is inconsistent with Grimsby's neighborhoods.
I will ensure that residents in my ward are notified of new developments and have input. I will reach out to the residents in my Ward on a regular basis to keep them informed of proposed changes in our Town and actively seek their input.
After development; many residents are concerned about high taxes and lack of transit. I will work to keep taxes low and to implement a made in Grimsby Transit solution.
Grimsby is a great place to live and we have done everything possible to keep it that way. Most Grimsby citizens are happy with our town and its leadership and I hear a great deal of positive.
Over the years, we have dealt with growth by establishing high-intensity neighbourhoods through zoning. This has allowed us to protect our existing neighbourhoods and prevented huge in-fill projects that change the nature of old neighbourhoods.
Any time an issue arises, I’ve done my best to listen, learn, and find the best possible solution and I am satisfied that we have done that.
We are not seeing open and transparent communications. Budget deliberations were not open for public participation and meetings were held at inconvenient times. Council and committee recorded minutes omit discussions that formed the decisions and meetings are not available online or using mainstream technology. Some committees stifle and restrict public comment.
Aldermen do not have regular, informal ward meetings to update their constituents on what is happening.
I will advocate for budget deliberations that are open to public participation, Council and committee meetings that are available using current technology, twice yearly ward meetings or updates, and respectful, meaningful community engagement.
Controlled growth and perhaps slowing down the growth are concerns for many residents in Grimsby.
Council spent a great deal of time developing the official plan and we need to adhere to this carefully thought out roadmap.
Open houses keep residents informed and give members of council an opportunity to hear the ideas and concerns of residents.
It is important that we work together! We want Grimsby to continue to be the vibrant community that we all love.
Our council needs transparency and accountability. Residents are frustrated with the decisions our council is making; they feel that their opinions are not being heard.
As your alderman I will host ward meetings at convenient times to get resident input. I will support broadcasting all council meetings on YouTube, and other social media, so if you can’t make it you can watch from home, and so that councillors can be held accountable for what they say and do, or don’t do. Grimsby’s future depends on complete transparency to shape the growing community for the residents.
Development, of which we should have the developers adhere to the Official Town Plan.
Gridlock , We need to relocate the Farmers Market to the Peach King Centre . Save the Wood Lot and do not approve the Livingston Avenue Extension through the Wood Lot. We must preserve the Green Belt and any other green space . Residents are concerned about the lack of Transparency at the Region . For Example. The Region is having another Ombudsman investigation. The first investigation was to stop the reporter from doing his job. Now it is questioned about the hiring of the CAO.
Tony Quirk did not submit a photo or answers to the questions offered.