Browse the answers below from the 2018 municipal election candidates in Town of Lincoln.
There are a couple of items that have come forward. First is our taxes. Taxes have gone up drastically since 2015. We need to stop spending at the current rate of 7-8% increase per year so that tax increases are stopped. Building new buildings and buying properties while we are not fully using our existing inventory is poor management. We also need to engage our youth and not cater to only one demographic of our community.
Residents want a community where they feel safe and secure, where they can work and raise a family, and where there are life-enriching activities for people of all ages.
Residents should feel empowered to voice their concerns as well as their ideas for making our community better. I’m committed to listening and to having a conversation that, at minimum, identifies an approach to addressing the issue at hand.
Residents need to trust that there’s a fair process to address and resolve issues.
This is key to making government more accountable and accessible to the people they serve.
Everyone has concerns about the long-term plans for the town. Some people want growth and some are against change; Some people have a vision for Lincoln’s future, some want to embrace the past. The biggest concern is how do we bring the voices together. How do we plan a community for the next generation but still focus on our agricultural base? How do we enhance our Downtown core but still focus on parking and traffic? We do it by slowing down and focusing on each issue methodically and with the people’s interest at heart. I know I can help.
Affordability. As we grow we have to be certain that we can meet the needs of our diverse community. We have made progress bringing revenue in from upper levels of government but that’s not sufficient.
We have to continue to do the research and create a solid policy framework for every financial decision that affects seniors, youth, new residents, those that work here and those that commute, those that need to find work, those that are working but are still having financial difficulty, and those that need a place to live.
In 100 words i could not possibly address the issues that I have spent better part of last decade discussing with our residence. traffic issue's top the list and trucks top that list another is development and over the next decade both will put all our nerves on edge.and you want honesty lets endure the pain .we need to help out fruit farmers become profitable before they sell the family farm to developer's .if we don't get our house in order before GO train comes in over a decade developers will win and no stopping it.
Traffic congestion on Ontario and King Streets are what residents have told me is a concern. A well thought out Transportation Master Plan should address the increased traffic in town. In the short term I would suggest to residents to try alternate routes when they are heading out of town. Another concern brought to my attention is the speed of vehicle traffic on subdivision streets…in particular John Street. We need to keep our streets safe for bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
In Ward 1, speed limits in our residential areas need to be controlled. There are many young families in my neighbourhood that have disclosed concern about the speeds at which vehicles are travelling where children are playing. Speed bumps, and radar signs will curb this. Also, ensuring our public park spaces are clean and accessible. For example, a simple improvement of the addition of public water fountains has arisen in my area. In the midst of the hot summer we’ve just had – I believe the business case is there, and I would love to see this through for my ward.
The top concern I am hearing from residents is the increase in vehicular traffic congestion, and how to increase pedestrian traffic. I would work with developers to find areas to create live work space, maintain and increase walk paths, also I would look at the uLinc project and see what is working well and how it can be improved thus reaching more residents. This would allow the reduction in vehicular traffic, and the increase in pedestrian traffic. A great example of this is found in the Secondary plans of both Prudhommes, and GO station Hub.
Truck traffic and an overall concern surrounding traffic speed and enforcement.
Long term solution is to continue to lobby hard for a dedicated truck route.
In the short term we need to continue to work with NRP and MTO to provide safe inspection stations so we can conduct safety blitzes to get unsafe trucks off our roads.
We need to continue with our Speed Reduction Campaign focusing on increased awareness, reduce regulated speeds and enforcement.
Through community feedback we will continue to address the issue of improving motorist, cyclist and pedestrian safety in Lincoln.
Affordable living is a growing concern for a large part of the community. 5000 Lincoln residents (24%) are 65 years of age or older. Lincoln seniors wait 4.5 years on the Affordable Housing Wait List. It took 2 years to approve a site-plan for the Beamsville Retirement Residence. New construction minimizes land footprints to maximize profits. Two or three-storey townhouses are more profitable than bungalows, reducing diversity by excluding seniors seeking to downsize, who does not need assisted living yet. Council needs to be steered towards inclusive and diverse development, at a faster pace.
Balance and Change. We are a changing community, that is driven mostly by location. We will continue to be a desirable place to live, work and invest in. We need to make sure how we grow fits our vision and recognizes and adds to the beauty that is Lincoln. Change will require us to do business differently – more efficient, customer-service focused, and resident led. Change can often be measured by improved efficiencies and a visible difference. It ultimately leads to transformation – which helps us create the future.
It is our actions today that create our possibilities for tomorrow.
As part of my canvassing efforts, I’m actually surveying residents’ top concerns. The survey uses a Likert Scale methodology and will be conducted over a two-month period, using a random sampling method of door-to-door solicitation. This ensures that the sample is representative, reliable and valid. I will use statistical modeling to analyze this data and if elected, I’ll make these issues my top priorities rather than paternalistically or psychically assuming to know my constituents needs.
A growing concern in Lincoln is the medical marijuana industry, specifically legal grow operations. I’ve heard from many residents concerned about their proximity to schools, specifically in Jordan. Furthermore, the odors they expel and their potential affect on property values. As a town, we need to be progressive. This new burgeoning industry is something that’s here to stay - we need to get ahead of the curve. Why are our set-back bylaws not more stringent? How can we help residents get involved in the process, so their concerns are heard and our policies are more reflective of that?
The easy answer is road maintenance & safety. We’ve increased our investment and developed a solid plan that can be found on www.lincoln.ca. Vibrant downtowns in Beamsville and Vineland is a voiced concern. Our residents are looking for a sense of ‘place’. We often get compared to other communities who have invested in their downtowns. Bold decisions need to be made to make this happen and I’m willing to make those decisions. Municipal transit (ULinc) was a first good step in connecting residents with our downtowns. More needs to be done and I look forward to the challenge.
We’ve enjoyed a bit of a real estate boom lately, however, unfortunately with this boom comes an increase in property taxes. I'm a proud tax payer but what’s been happening to us lately has become challenging. Property tax is calculated by taking the MPAC value of your home or business and multiplying it by the MILL rate. Our last budget saw an increase of 2.11%, but on top of that, our MPAC values have been going up as well, pushing our tax bills up even further. I would ensure fiscal accountability, especially with our next MPAC assessments and their increases.
While it is a broad topic, I hear many residents have concerns regarding recreation options in Lincoln. This encompasses a number of things, from the demand for facilities for pickle ball to sorely needed upgrades to some of the facilities at Jordan Lions Park. More recreation options, and better facilities for them will add to the quality of life for all Lincoln residents.
Our community wants to be more engaged and have input into the shaping of our town, I welcome that input and engagement - this guides Council in the right direction. Customer service is an area where we made progress, but there is still significant work to be done. We must strive for exceptional customer service aspiring to be the best.
Of course, road preservation and maintenance along with public safety on our roads is paramount and continues to be a top priority if afforded the honour to once again serve the residents of Ward 3 and the Town of Lincoln.
It depends on who you talk to everyone has concerns . Some are out of our control such as fuel prices . We can assist the farming Community with farmers markets and make it more affordable to buy locally. Must work closely with the farming community and the local winery’s.
To be on Council you have to be knowledgable and a strong comprehension .
Asking for your vote in this election for Ward 4 Council.
I have heard a lot about local housing development proposals, and traffic issues. Large developments currently being proposed for Campden are of great concern to local residents. As Councillor I will ensure that all these concerns are addressed as part of the development proposal process.
As well, across Ward 4 I have heard concerns about speeding and increased traffic. The Town of Lincoln has undergone speed studies, as Councillor I want to ensure that the Town follows up with the results and recommendations to address the concerns of residents.
The rise in taxes and cost of living, traffic and safety concerns, and the lack of bylaw enforcement along routes controlled by Niagara Region. It's always a delicate balancing act when one hand is trying to be fiscally responsible, while on the other, investing taxpayers' money in public projects deemed for the common good. I have a good ear to what residents need and want, and I believe I have the wisdom and courage to discern on their behalf.
Unfortunately, the overwhelming topic, while on the campaign trail has been the ongoing saga at the Niagara Region regarding the positions of the Regional Chair & CAO. Transparency & integrity are two key elements of a successful Board or Council. I believe in a small town like Lincoln, keeping the lines of communication open are vital. Key elements to this include social media, conversations at the arena, taking time for a coffee & connecting at school events.
The top concern is development and growth. Growth is inevitable in Lincoln as one of the fastest growing municipalities. It needs to be responsible and positive with residents engaged on how our community grows. We have been committed to improving the conditions of our roads and have made a huge investment to upgrades. Implementing traffic calming strategies and increased enforcement to make our neighbourhoods safe. The long standing concern with truck traffic needs to addressed. Advocating together with other local municipalities and the Niagara Region for a designated truck route. I believe by working together we can find a solution.
Well, I believe the problems at Niagara Region certainly have been on people’s minds – many have talked with me about this. However, people are also concerned about the pace of growth of our communities and it is going to be important for both the Region and the Town of Lincoln to continue careful planning for the future. The key promise I am making this election is that I will be a regular attendee at Lincoln Town Council and will ensure I will be a strong voice taking the concerns of our municipality to the Region.
Trust and confidence. The services provided by the Region of Niagara are important and matter to all residents in our community. It is time to bring back good governance to the regional council and I would again state that my track record in working effectively with others.