Some points from the 55+ candidates meeting

Yesterday was the 55+ all candidates meeting at the Meaford and St. Vincent Community Centre.  It was fascinating how many sitting members of Council are suddenly concerned about roads and snow removal.

Anyway, I thought I would put up the points from my presentation along with the OPP contract vs. non-contract comparison chart.  I believe that we should have a contract and return to having a police services board.

The points:

1) Taxes are too high…need to expand our tax base…review our expenses and eliminate

2) Roads, bridges and sidewalks…A Priority!

3) Winter maintenance…clearing snow fully and applying the appropriate substances for safety

4) Garbage tags…eliminated for your first bag. Any additional bags will require tags

5) Library project to be reviewed…estimate of $5.5 million to put it in an old grocery store

6) Community centres and public buildings to become affordable and available

7) Bring back the paper Ballot. We know electronic voting can be hacked.

8) water and sewer rates to be reviewed

9) Recreational agreements Owen Sound and Blue Mountains…make it affordable and accessible

10) Save Grey Gables and create more LTC facilities

11)Appropriate Development…help expand our tax base and increase dollars for community projects

12) Policing…choose contract over non-contract…see Comparison Chart

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Author: jimmcphersonformayor2018

Jim McPherson has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Concordia University and a Bachelors of Journalism from Carleton University. He is a former councillor known for his hard work and standing up for all citizens in the Municipality of Meaford. Jim has worked in both the private and the public sector, with experience in land development, fund-raising, health care and retail. He and his wife Karen have two boys – Jeffrey and Edmund. He currently enjoys working as a school bus driver.

2 thoughts on “Some points from the 55+ candidates meeting”

  1. There is a rumor that you support “high rise buildings” in Meaford, and you do not support continuance of existing Historic district policy. Is this true?
    Everybody agrees we need to expand our tax base, what specific ideas do you have ?


    1. That’s a new one. No, I don’t support “high rise buildings” in Meaford. They would not be in context, which is essential in new development, plus we would require a different fire ladder and I don’t like unnecessary expense.
      As for the historic district policy, I moved here because of the historic downtown and have lived in and restored a number of older homes. Our heritage buildings are a great asset to our community.
      I hope that you will continue to follow my site and find out about my ideas for our community.


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