Bryan McGillis – South Stormont

If elected, would you make climate action a priority, and if so, how would you ensure that state-of-the art-energy reduction methods are included in the assessment of all municipal activities, spending and investments – both capital and on-going management?
  • Every municipality should have an energy efficiency plan. If I am elected, I will work with our Council and administration to review our plan to find ways to reduce our energy costs on a on going basis. We were successful with some energy saving initiatives in my last term as mayor. We installed light emitting diode (LED) street lights throughout South Stormont which was a huge savings to our tax payers now and for future years. One of our biggest energy costs to South Stormont is the Ingleside wastewater treatment plant. Our first priority will be constructing a new plant which will be a huge energy cost savings. South Stormont won an award when our residents took part in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities contest to lower our carbon emissions by reducing energy ( kWh) in each household. We need to continue to adopt smart practices at work and home.
Do you think your main street/downtown is successful – why or why not?  If elected, what specific actions, changes and improvements would you make to ensure a healthy and successful downtown/main street?
  • We were successful with our community improvement plan grants. Many store fronts were beautified though these grants in South Stormont. We also added new signage in Ingleside and long Sault strip malls. We improved our lighting for safety. I encourage businesses to apply for funding. There is $50.000 dollars in reserves from the main street revitalization fund. There are many different smaller projects we could look at. Landscaping, banners and planting trees etc. If I am elected, I will bring the Community together to build a better commercial area for our stores and businesses.
If elected, how would you go about ensuring the replacement of tree cover lost in your municipality as a result of the Emerald Ash Borer?
  • All municipalities should have a plan in place to avoid huge costs later on. The first thing we must do is an inventory of the amount of Emerald Ash trees we need to address. Then we should prioritize removing affected trees and replacing them. We need to be more proactive and come up with a forest management plan for future generations to come. We Should partner with the Raisin Region conservation Authority. I was a past board member for many years and we could tap into different grant money that’s available through the Conservation Authority. The South Nation Conservation Authority helped Ottawa by supplying them thousands of trees for replanting.
If elected, what waste management initiatives would you support toward increasing waste diversion and what targets would you like to set for your municipality?
  • We already have many initiative in place for waste diversion. We have two bag pickup for residents and 6 bags for commercial businesses. This incentive was to increase and encourage more recycling. If I’m elected, I would also like to have a compost waste depot in different areas of the Municipality for leaves, branches, etc.
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