Editor’s Note: As part of our ongoing coverage of Election 2010, MorinvilleNews.com is accepting question from our readers, which will be published anonymously for candidates to answer. Please note that only candidates will be able to respond to the questions asked by our readers. Links to questions asked will be archived in our Ask-A-Candidate section. See link in navigation bar above.
QUESTION ADDRESSED TO MORINVILLE MAYORAL AND COUNCIL CANDIDATES
I am a new reader to your amazing media source -Morinville News.
When I first began to read the “Ask a Candidate”, I thought this was a great forum to have questions answered. I have also observed that Mayor Bertschi is the most committed person who cares enough to answer the many tough questions. Thank-you Mayor Bertschi for your passion and dedication for promptly addressing the questions.
As a person who has participated on many executive committees, I appreciate all of the work our elected council and Mayor have done for our Town. If anyone thinks it is easy to just “run a town” then I invite others to genuinely wear the shoes of our elected officials and see that they wear shoes just like you and I and that the laces break from time to time.
Thank-you Mayor Bertschi and your team for addressing issues regarding accessibility for our citizens. I take my severely handicapped family member for “strolls” in the community and have noticed and appreciate the many upgrades made with wheelchair accessibility on curbs and the amazing walking paths that promote a healthier town.
My 2 questions are:
Can you tell me any future plans that will promote user friendliness and accessibility for people with disabilities or mobility impairments?
In an attempt to support the local economy, I brought my family member into [a local business] and it was not accessible. Consequently, we left. Does the town have any legislation or guidelines that require business owners to be accessible for people with physical disabilities? A concern I hear is from clients who have a disability that it is very undignified to be carried unsafely by untrained “helpful” passerby shoppers.
I also encourage everyone who is able to vote to get out there on October 18th