Tammy A. Hart – 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?
  • If I am elected as Mayor, I will be all ears to issues and concerns that come our way regarding climate action. It’s important to realize that Council of the day is always available to listen to any concerns. We welcome delegations at our second meeting of the month to explain issues that are of concern. As far as implementing or spending, we would delegate the concern or issue to the appropriate department and if feasible and recommended then Council will work towards a solution to resolve or remedy a situation. Everything is contingent on the budget and approval of the majority of Council of course.
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?
  • South Stormont has communicated and worked diligently in the last four years to work with all our businesses. We have made major improvements through our CIP (Community Improvement Plan) accessible to all the businesses in our Township. As mentioned in my speech at the all candidates meeting, the Township sets aside 1% ($60,000) of the Municipal taxes to help businesses do construction improvements or improve their Facade. As of 2017, $180,000 in municipal funding has been committed towards a dollar value $2.3 million. It can’t get much better than that. Staff continue to work hard at marketing and communicating with businesses and the public.
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?
  • I am the vice chair of the RRCA, and I can assure you that both the SNCA and RRCA work collaboratively to continue research and updates as to the severity of the damage created by the Ash Borer. Their are several programs available to the public for tree planting as the SNCA just announced their 3 millionth tree planting in their watershed. RRCA has been a delivery agent for the 50 Million Tree Program since 2008, planting approximately 50,000 trees/year. There are several other initiatives for landowners to take advantage of to help preserve and conserve our valuable trees.
If elected, what waste management initiatives would you support toward increasing waste diversion and what targets would you like to set for your municipality?
  • As you may or may not know the Ontario Government is coming up with a whole new Waste Diversion Program… where by the producers of the packaging are going to be responsible for the disposal and cost. Now, it sounds like a great idea but it’s still in a preliminary form and no concrete answers are out there for the Municipalities. So I am anxious to hear what will be expected of the municipalities and at what cost. It’s obvious that we are not recycling nearly as much as we should be. Sadly.
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