In less than a week our municipal election will be over and residents will have four years to find out if they voted for the right candidates. As you decide who will best represent the interests of your community here are a few points to keep in mind.
• A council member should be prepared to represent the whole community on a wide variety of issues; not just a specific geographic area or pet project.
• Elected officials have the difficult task of governing the municipality; which includes setting the course for the municipality, understanding the wishes of the public, and identifying the policies that will give administration the direction to meet these wishes.
Administration has the role of managing the day-to-day business of the municipality. Council member who see their role as a duplication or extension of staff will only cause confusion, and will leave us without the governance and leadership we need.
• Council and administration are motivated by the same thing: public service. I truly believe staff do not wake up in the morning trying to think of evil ways to waste tax payers dollars. We need a council that has respect for the role of administration and who will work in partnership with staff to meet the community’s needs.
• Yes, council needs to challenge administration. They need to make certain that pertinent information has been provided, and that all alternatives have been identified. But, the residents of Morinville will not be well served by council members acting as the official opposition to administration. And we will definitely not be well served by a council who wants to come in and “clean house”. In the end this will only result in a loss of corporate knowledge and in the end will just cost tax payers more.