Dale Rudderham – 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?
  • Climate action will always be a concern however, it is not the immediate priority in our township. Our people come first. I strongly believe green and renewable energy is a factor, but it will be weighted as a small percentage of the overall decision in spending. When state of the art energy reduction methods are more commonly available (hybrid engines, for example), the price will naturally be competitive with traditional energy sources. At that point we can raise the weighted percentage of energy reduction methods without burdening the tax payer.
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?
  • As a diverse county, South Stormont has several ‘downtown/main streets’. Each village would need to be assessed uniquely and fairly. I would like to have all main streets in good repair, including sidewalks. We need to consider beautification projects with grant money to encourage owners to rehabilitate any run-down buildings. The purpose for this is to increase property values, encourage growth, encourage businesses to invest in the communities.
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?
  • As a rural county, South Stormont has an abundance of trees and greenery. We need to ensure we do not lose this greenery, and if we do through development, it is replaced. There are no immediate need to replace tree-by-tree for those lost to the Emerald Ash Borer.
If elected, what waste management initiatives would you support toward increasing waste diversion and what targets would you like to set for your municipality?
  • Commercial and Industrial waste is the largest culprits. We need to target those sources for reduction. Encouraging businesses to reduce or reuse, or to distribute reusable waste will be key this initiative.

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