I am so glad that I have signed up to receive the news from your on-line paper. It is an excellent and accurate source of news, so thank you.
I have read the article about the Mayor and his opponent and I was wondering who would arrange or who could I contact to see if there was going to be a public debate where the Morinville residents could listen to both people and ask questions about issues that they want raised?
My main questions and interest would be:
- What are we doing to get more businesses in town that would promote local shopping? I understand that the Town is looking into the creation and recruitment of an Economic Development Officer, I wonder if this is the “fix” required. Are we looking at the taxes being charged to small struggling businesses and what options if any are there for small struggling businesses who cannot fight against some “old” time owners of the prime downtown property who may not be requesting “reasonable” leases?
- The money raised from the Photo Radar – I understand it could be over a $1 million and was wondering if any of that was going back into the town towards the interests of the residents (e.g. lower taxes, lower water & sewer costs, etc.)
- I question why we need so many “Peace Officers” as Lloyd [Bertschi] has mentioned we have also increased our RCMP staff and I believe that they do a wonderful job.
Unfortunately, many people do not view the Peace Officers as a viable option and do not believe that there is value added other than additional costs of paying the peace officers.
- As there will be more and more seniors over the next few years, what are the plans for building senior only residents (e.g. small bungalows)? Interestingly, I just read in the Free Press, that there is land being re-zoned near the Morinville Estates Manufactures Mobile Community (mobile home part) for single detached residential homes for affordable housing for “medium and low-income” people. I understand from the article that the town has already received the funding from Alberta Government, Housing and Urban Affairs. How much did we receive and will it totally cover the cost of building and installing the water & sewer infrastructure?
I would like to challenge all readers to either write a letter to the editor or phone the Town of Morinville offices and request a Public Debate between all the candidates.
Thank you for the kind words about MorinvilleNews.com. As we have the ability to accept comments to articles, perhaps some of the candidates would care to address your questions here.
Having said that, it is my intention to have MorinvilleNews.com host an all candidates meeting in conjunction with other local groups and or volunteers prior to the election so as to continue our goal of providing residents with the information they need to select the right people to represent them.
It is my hope to have something in place by next week with an announcement to follow.