SOME OF MY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:
– Fair contract for municipal employees in order to retain and attract a proper workforce. During the pandemic, city employees had to physically report to the workplace, had their schedules modified on a very short notice, worked away from the area (such as vaccination clinics in Limoges, Winchester, Alexandria, etc.) I pledge to never walk away from negotiations, discussions and/or situations during my term. It is the duty of an elected official to find solutions when faced with issues affecting the citizens.
– Freeze on salaries of the Mayor and council members (as this current council voted to receive a 6% raise during a pandemic).
– Taxes to remain competitive for businesses and homeowners while promoting Cornwall as a place to live, work, play and establish/attract new businesses.
– Implementation of wards for the City: 7 Wards, 1 deputy mayor which would be a councillor “at large” and 1 mayor. This would reduce the size of council from 11 to 9. It would also eliminate the “Acting Mayor” on a monthly basis.
– PUBLIC SAFETY:
– The retention of the Cornwall Police Services is crucial. I will oppose the City to go on contract with the O.P.P. as the City would lose a lot of input on how to serve the community with our police service. Possibly to explore a bid with the Counties for a Cornwall regional Police
– Extension of hours for the By-Law officers, including into the evenings and weekends
– I will strongly object to any strip clubs, escort agencies and/or massage parlours coming into the City, These places are a hub for sex trafficking. I pledge to make a by-law to prevent them from coming into the City
– City to purchase (large scale) compost boxes and make them available (for sale) to residents “at cost” AND City to look into recycling styrofoam.
– Promote Cornwall Transit by offering “free days” on special events such as Rib Fest, Poutine Feast, etc. Purchase Hybrid vehicles (and electric. if possible) for the City’s fleet.
– The water meters project is already in a deficit of 225 000.00$. I will look into the possibility to repeal this deal if legally and financially possible to do so. Water conservation strategies should be implemented to curb the waste of water and save money.
– For example: Lawns should be watered only between 7:00pm and 9:00pm. Even “days” for even home numbers and “odd” days for odd home numbers during the summer. Sod or new grass with a special permit. Vehicles can be washed anytime with a nozzle that has and on/off feature.
– Continue with the “cash back” rebate for Home that would install a “low flush” toilet and provide assistance to homeowners that would like a rain barrel
TASK FORCES FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE CITY OF CORNWALL’S ADMINISTRATION
Within 90 days of the new council in place, I will table a motion to have 2 task forces
The 1st Task Force will address am in-depth review of all expenses on the budget for the purpose of finding areas where costs could be lowered or even eliminated to reduce the burden on the taxpayers.
The 2nd Task Force will examine the rules of issuance of permits issued by the City of Cornwall as well as the time frame for such issuance while the City is safe from harmless from future liabilities. The goal is to make the issuance of permits in a faster and easier way so that obtaining such permits will generate and attract new businesses and residents.
– These task Forces could be composed of members from City Council as well as of the administration. We shall call upon interested members to contribute ideas and suggestions. A final report should be presented to Council in a proper time frame.
– Continue to work with our M.P.P. and M.P. for projects and issues relevant to Cornwall.
– Continue to develop and foster relations with Akwesasne as they are next door to us and they are friends and partners in many issues.
– Continue to work with the United Counties and Townships for projects and issues that are relevant to Cornwall.