I have decided to run in this election because I believe I can continue to help council move Oliver forward. We are facing many challenges in the near future, planning and action need to be taken now. My experience as a a Councillor means there is no learning curve. I can go to work with Council immediately
There are several challenges facing Oliver right now. Increasing crime continues to plague Oliver. There are no magic solutions to the underlying causes, but there are things council can initiate to help lower crime in Oliver. Increased patrols by Crime Watch and Bylaw enforcement. Selective placement of cameras to assist police in enforcement. Assistance through inspection to help Oliverites to safeguard their property. After analysis, there is money in our current budget to pay for these initiatives without increasing taxes.
We have finally gotten a hotel. In the process we lost a campground and a sani-dump. It would be nice to get back something to replace them. A hotel and a campground both bring positive benefits to our downtown business. We need to create reasons for locals and tourists alike to stop in our town and visit our businesses.
On Council I have a reputation for working to keep taxes lower, keeping Oliver affordable and attractive for seniors and newcomers alike. We also have aging services that continue to need to be replaced or upgraded. This will require innovative thinking and a strong financial background. I believe I bring both of these to Council.
All this being said, I love Oliver. I was born in Oliver in 1957 and have lived here most of my life. We offer an Okanagan lifestyle that is different from every other town in the valley. We have outstanding recreation facilities and opportunities. We have a huge community of volunteers and service clubs that make us the envy of many places. I believe it is the role of Council to look after what has been built, to help the people of Oliver define our future and assist those that are willing to build that future.
On October 10th and October 20th I am asking for your support in keeping and making Oliver a great place to live.