I’ve enjoyed my first six years on council and hope to be elected to a third term.
During the last three years, I fought to keep garbage collection to once a week. After riding on the trucks I saw first hand that every second week pickup didn’t work for most residents.
Council finally agreed to weekly pickup, but only with the automated trucks. We still need to do something about kitchen, yard waste and disposable diapers; the automated trucks do not address that.
I also worked on heritage, forestry, infrastructure and trying to attract new businesses and jobs.
I will continue to work to protect and improve our roads and infrastructure. Something has to be done about the condition of our streets and sidewalks. Port Alberni’s sewer and water lines are also badly in need of repair.
I’d like to see a way to require out-of-town trucks to pay to use our streets, but it seems that legislation would have to come from the province.
I have always put my actions where my mouth is. Besides going on the garbage trucks, I volunteer at McLean Mill to try to sell lumber and get more visitors so the city can reduce the subsidy the mill receives.
I worked with the Pacific Rim Health Co Op to attract needed doctors to town and have lobbied on behalf of urban farmers to eliminate restrictions on what they can sell at the market.
Off council, I’m president of the West Coast Rangers Black Powder Club.
If re-elected I will continue to question the wisdom of the “status quo” and debate staff recommendations to council.