Well my platform would be trains, planes, and automobiles.
Trains as in I would work with Southern Rail to try and get the freight running back into town and eliminate most of the trucks that come here. If you look at Redford Street you’ll notice the truck ruts. Eventually Johnston Road will look like that. Which will result in higher road maintenance if not addressed.
For the “planes” I believe an upgraded airport could eventually lead to economic benefits down the road through increased tourism and economic payoffs if smaller carriers commit to Port Alberni.
Finally the “automobiles” vision would be for the 10th Avenue crossing through a design build format.
Now I realize that these will have to be longer-term goals that I would look forward to working in partnership with council and mayor. I do think there are more pressing matters that need to be prioritized first, such as, some sewage and water pipes are 50-plus years old and need upgrades.
Now to help fund these projects and lower property taxes we need to create jobs to increase tax revenue through business or educational means.
The final benefit I could bring to the table is the experience and knowledge of my dad who was CAO of Chilliwack, B.C. for more than 25 years.