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QUESTION ADDRESSED TO MORINVILLE MAYORAL CANDIDATES
Today, my wife and I took our granddaughters out for a walk around the down town core. Fifteen years have passed since we last did this, what a change we have found. You don’t realize the changes until you really walk around and look.
We started to compare the streetscape today and back then. This served as a serious wake up call to us. People, we are in trouble and it’s really bad. Our down town core is empty and the buildings are run down and shoddy. We have let you guys run willy nilly and now we are paying the price.
You have done some great things for our town, but retaining and attracting business to our down town core, you get a failing grade. As administrators, you guys on council are great. You can conduct a study, implement a policy and formulate a procedure. But utilizing the skills of economic development by retaining local business and the attraction of new business, you seem lost.
I feel sorry for the public works department and the bylaw enforcement folks. Keeping on top of all those empty lots and run down buildings has got to be difficult. Some of these buildings are so bad, it’s scary. Our trees on Main Street we were so proud of are broken or just missing all together.
This is a serious wake up call to the town. If we don’t do something now, this election, we will have tumble weeds rolling down Main Street and more lost businesses. We will have a fleet of shiny new trucks and a top notch public works department to go catch them. I feel ashamed of our town council, but mainly in our selves for letting this happen to us.
My question to the candidates:
What are you going to do to locate new business for our town?
What are you going to do make our existing business feel wanted in our town?
Be specific, I don’t want to hear the same old things you have been telling us for years.
And if I hear anybody tell us they are going to set up a mayor’s blue ribbon task force to increase business development. I will leave you with one thought.
Mayor Quimby off of the Simpsons, whenever he got into trouble that was his answer to everything.