Richard (Rick) Waldroff – 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. We at South Stormont in the past have considered all options for conservation and the impact actions will have on our surroundings. Example being energy conscious of our lighting LED, recreational facilities, vehicles and other areas. To say we were knowledgeable of these actions impact on the climate I would say not exactly. I do know that Council in the past has listened to all ideas brought forward and all cases have been reviewed and discussed. I would expect nothing less from the incoming council.
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?
  • In South Stormont our business areas are primarily malls spread throughout the towns. There are successful for there is no open rental space to be had anywhere. Over the past 4 years the Township has operated a Community Improvement Program to assist businesses with cost of improvements to their curb appeal and structure. This has been very successful. So much so that The United Counties now have a similar program. I would like to continue on the path which somewhat exists and that is the encouragement of investors to build buildings that can be used for commercial activities. Investors are reluctant to go outside the established areas which have limitations on land sizes and availability. Most would like to stay in the serviced area. I will engage staff in discussions as to what other initiatives maybe available to encourage investors to become willing partners in providing more commercial space. I believe the Chamber, township staff and council need to and can work together to establish what commercial space is required, and how additional space can become available. This can be achieved by finding ways to include all businesses whether home based or stand along. There is strength, ideas, and resources in numbers all which can be of benefit. Small business is the back bone of our country, these owners face enormous challenges each day, but have the resilience to overcome and adventure forward
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?
  • There has been some discussion on the impact of the Emerald Ash Bore but more on the loss of trees in general. I would want council to Work with the counties, conservation authorities, and the farm community to establish an acceptable % of treed acreage across South Stormont. Trees coverage that would slow the soil loss during extreme weather changes
If elected, what waste management initiatives would you support toward increasing waste diversion and what targets would you like to set for your municipality?
  • Waste Management We have a very diversified Waste plan, limited number of weekly bags, recycling program and we aid with the availability of composting units for use by people on their property. Our land fill site is located in the western corner of the township which does cause some difficulties for people living in the eastern areas. I would hope that sometime during the next four years consideration will be given to the creation of a transfer station handling garbage, recycling and composing, somewhere more central. I would support an intense education program with the objective of having all residents eagerly taking part in Waste diversion program.
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