A slick four page pamphlet appeared in my mail box recently, extolling the accomplishments of one of the mayoralty candidates, Glen Taylor.
His accomplishments are impressive considering that he only had ONE vote on Council just like all the other members. Generally, these kind of accomplishments are accredited to Council as a whole and not to individuals. However, if we consider those individual accomplishments, let’s add some others to the list.
Consider the extension of the sewer line at the expense of sewer utility users (cost $665,000 from their reserve). Glen Taylor voted for this extension. He could have insisted that the developer pay for the extension since it was for his benefit. Making the developer pay would have been legal and fair to taxpayers. It would have also saved them the equivalent of a 40% tax increase. So much for "accountability".
Let’s recall the Spicer Block/Sports Complex fiasco. Taylor represented Coldstream on GVSC when GVSC tried to have the Spicer Block use converted to a sports complex. The effort was foiled by the ALC noting that this issue was the responsibility of Coldstream. He repeatedly tried to have the land converted to a sports complex contrary to the OCP. We had to go through a costly referendum to reaffirm the community’s wishes. That is not being in tune with the community.
It was due to the efforts of his opponent (Jim Garlick) that the land in question remained in agricultural production for the benefit of present and future generations.
It is not the amount of time an individual has at his disposal that qualifies him/her for a position on Council: it is the quality of representation. It is how much he/she and the community are in tune with each other. That is the true measure of the candidate!
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