Craig Rogers Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Craig Rogers
Municipality: Carleton Place
Position Sought: Deputy Mayor
Currently Retired or Working (where?): Working indefinitely as a lawyer in Carleton Place (Rogers Law Firm)
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: Municipal Council – Carleton Place, 3 years; School Board Trustee – Carleton Place, 3 years; County of Lanark Law Association – Vice President, 2 years; County of Lanark Law Association – President, 2 years.
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): Board Member of Family and Child Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, Board member of the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital Foundation, Fundraising, Fundraising for Lanark County Interval House, Fundraising for the Lanark County Food Bank.
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over:
1. An estimated $12 million dollars replacement project required for the central bridge. I am concerned about the impact on the economic survival of Bridge Street businesses, including my own.
2. Redress the imbalance of tax revenue to Lanark County services versus the services provided back to Carleton Place residents. Specifically, police, ambulance, and legal services.
3. The complete imbalance of service facilities for the North side of Carleton Place – police, fire, ambulance and commercial services.
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues:
Council has no current plan to deal with the largest capital cost project in the town’s history. I contend that residents of Carleton Place must not pay on their long-term tax base (20 years) for any bridge replacement without a substantive contribution from the county or the province. Bridges are a provincial responsibility in law for upper tier government. The solution is to have effective leadership at the county government level for a financial contribution to this massive tax cost to local residents. We need representation now, to put vigorous pressure on the provincial government to commit financially to this project, not watch as millions of dollars in infrastructure goes to Ottawa.
Do you own (or have a stake in) or operate a commercial/industrial business in your municipality? (Including vacant development lands or rental units): I am the owner and operator of Rogers Law Firm which has been providing accessible legal services to Lanark County for nearly 25 years. I live and work here; my residence has been Carleton Place for over 50 years. I own and rent property in Carleton Place; I invest here, buy here, and support other local businesses.