Lumby candidates have their say

Jim McEwan and Janet Green are challenging Kevin Acton for the mayor's position in Lumby

  • Nov. 18, 2011 5:00 a.m.

What is the No. 1 issue in Lumby and why should residents vote for you as mayor?

 

Kevin Acton (incumbent)

The issue in Lumby is the ever decreasing industrial tax base; primarily caused by mill closures.

I have worked very hard with staff, to keep our costs down and attract good paying jobs with benefits. So far, I have brought us 60 jobs through seniors housing, am working on a community forest, am pushing to fill our industrial park with clean industry, and working with landowners and developers to bring us obtainable housing for working families.

I have worked hard to bring in development and industrial land tax base to cover the cost of failing infrastructure. Our staff have been very productive under my leadership, they have completed many huge tasks, including the Parks, Rec and Cultural Master Plan.

I have built good working relationships with community partners which led to grant funding to fix the pool, arena, curling club, roads and bridges. Help keep Lumby safe vote Kevin Acton.

 

 

Janet Green

Lumby is facing economic challenges and as a result the village is struggling to meet the budget demands with fewer tax dollars. The mayor and council must develop a plan to support existing businesses, while pursuing business opportunities.

I have the advantage of two years experience on council and I have proven that I am committed to working for the betterment of the community. When elected, my first goal will be to bring this council together, as a team with a common focus, to make “Lumby, Simply the Best.” I recognize that this will require dedicated time and I am willing to make this a “full time” commitment.  I am the best choice for mayor.

 

 

Jim McEwan

While speaking with several homeowners, I am asked “how do you feel about the prison?” It is an issue with many residents; especially young families.

In place of a prison as mayor I would keep Lumby competitive by stimulating economic growth and maintaining a good quality of life.

To create a culture for existing local businesses to expand as well as recruiting new unique businesses to Lumby.

More than 80 per cent of the new jobs and investment in communities come from existing businesses.

As the mayor, I would work hard with the business community, to ensure their long-term viability in Lumby.

I believe it is important for the mayor to work with local developers and builders to provide an affordable housing program for young families and retirees.

Leading and promoting marketing efforts for Lumby as the “chief ambassador” and be engaged in promotion of Lumby at all opportunities.

 

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