Browse the answers below from the 2018 municipal election candidates in the Town of West Lincoln.
The Multi-Use Recreation Facility was easily the biggest issue of the term with the fallout of wind turbines being second. Trying to mitigate the enormous impact the wind farm had on our families, roads, etc. was of high importance to me.
Taking a fiscally responsible approach to our community's aging arena was a non-negotiable principle for me.
So while I would agree that the new MURS is a Cadillac facility, going into debt 30 years and increasing taxes by 15% was not an option for me.
The most important issue to arise from last term of Council is the Recreation Centre (MURS) that was approved, and resulting construction that has begun. The decisions made about how and when to proceed with MURS divided the community. I took a leadership role in working to ensure the costs for this project would be no more than the cost to repair the old arena. The challenge now is for the new Council to ensure the facility offers programing for people of all ages in our community.
The aftermath of the wind turbine construction and the MURS project are the significant problems to arise from out the last term of council.
Both subjects created great debate and divide between the concerns of the community and the actions of the committee. As we live in a democratic society, I must accept the resulting increase to our taxation. However, that is until I am in a position to solve issues in a way that represents the views and concerns of the West Lincoln community and make needed changes.
Overall, I wish to mend the divide between residents
Doug Joyner did not provide a photo or answers to any of the questions offered.
The MURS project was a very important and contentious issue in West Lincoln over the past few years. The funding for this project should have been firmly in place before construction began. This would have lead to lower residential taxation. There appeared to be numerous changes to the plans after the project began, and some councillors declared that they were uninformed of changes taking place. Making changes throughout a construction project always results in higher costs. This is not a reasonable way to build anything, including building confidence in our elected representatives.
No question, MURS!
This Council has left a legacy of financial burden and hardship to the taxpayers of this Township the likes of which has never happened in the past and will likely never happen again in the future.
The MURS alone will add 15.99% to your property tax each year for the next 28 years. Because the MURS is added to the tax base it becomes a compound tax which increases exponentially each year.
This could add up to $15,000 extra on your property taxes over the next 28 years.
For “Baby Boomers” it is a LIFE SENTENCE!
I feel as a council, we have dealt with many issues on this last 4 years term of council. I personally want to make this town stronger; I want to strive for our roads and infrastructure not to be forgotten, especially in Ward 1. Also, I would like more Regional Police presence for our rural roads to help prevent, the issues such as fires, speeding, and break-ins. Our residents are meant to feel safe and I want to personally guarantee and ensure they are.
MURS – Multi Use Recreational Site will be a massive recreational centre, commissioned by West Lincoln. While I am supportive of establishing a recreational centre; which may provide more opportunity for youth employment, I believe that the public has not been made aware of the total cost. Taxes in West Lincoln have increased for the purpose of facilitating the construction of the MURS however, we have not been made fully aware of the total cost on a long-term scale. It is important to be forthright and transparent with the residents of West Lincoln who have a right to discern how their taxes are being allocated and what their long-term financial commitments are with respect to the MURS.
This past council had their work set out for them. Controversial subjects such as the MURS project, the Windmill invasions and various site alteration bylaws that needed to be enacted, kept this council on their toes. Through council leadership and the hard work of township staff many of these issues were worked through successfully with vision for the future.
Windmills and the MURS were certainly the most polarizing issues in West Lincoln last term. While there were many different opinions on both projects, what is important now is moving forward as a community. There are many more important issues ahead for West Lincoln, dwelling on past issues will only hold us back. There will always be tough decisions and we will not always agree, but if we take the time to understand one another and realize that we all have West Lincoln's best interest at heart, we will succeed.
I have been involved in Jonker Trucking since my father started it in 1993 in Orangeville, ON. My brothers and I have been running it since we moved it to West Lincoln 10 years ago and I know that I can bring a lot of financial wisdom to the table! How we spend other peoples money is a big responsibility, so honesty and integrity go a long way. Wants come at a cost, and we need to make sure that NEEDS are met before wants and for that to happen we need leaders that will lead without putting themselves first!
Eric Leith did not submit a photo or answers to any of the questions offered.
During the last term of Council, the controversial Industrial Wind Turbines were constructed. I know that the town was mandated by the Green Energy Act to have them constructed in our municipality. However, that does not mean that issues surrounding the state of our rural neighbourhoods should be neglected. There has been numerous complaints made to me about the declining health of our residents and the desecration of drinking water in rural West Lincoln all caused by the Industrial Wind Turbines. This issue will continue to arise. It will be up to the next Council to make it right.
When first elected to Council in 2016, I joined already in-progress discussions about our new multi-use recreational facility.
Now, on the cusp of opening this beautiful new facility, I see the need to ensure it’s well-used by all age groups. The AgeFriendly Committee, which I currently Chair, has been doing research regarding the types of programmes our neighbouring municipalities provide, especially programmes for their older-adult residents.
Based on our research, we intend to provide input to Council on workable ideas for West Lincoln to also investigate providing free and/or low-cost activities and membership options for singles, couples or families.
I feel the issue that will arise from the last term of council will be the Murs project.
One important issue that has arisen from the last term of council would be related to the industrial wind turbines and their impact on surrounding residents. From the effects on local water wells to the broken promise of replacement trees, I believe that it’s our council’s responsibility to protect our residents and community at all costs.
A lack of accountability.
As your Regional Councillor, I promise to be open and transparent. Because the current Regional Government has not been.
Matters like the CAO hiring process deserve to be investigated, but they’ve also distracted Council from working on issues that matter to you.
That’s why I’ve worked hard to get a second representative for West Lincoln. We need a strong and experienced voice to represent our community.
A large portion of your property taxes go to the Regional Government. I will work hard for you and your family to keep your tax bills low.
What I believe is the most important issue is how is West Lincoln going to plan and manage our community into the future.