Mary Kirkham Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Mary Kirkham
Municipality: Lanark Highlands
Position Sought: Councillor for Ward 5
Currently Retired or Working (where?): Retired
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: N/A
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): Snow Road Snowmobile Club, McDonald’s Corners Agricultural Society, Snow Road/Elphin Presbyterian Church, 4-H.
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over: (1) Hiring a Clerk-Administrator, (2) filling the Fire Chief’s position, and (3) review of policy documents (Official Plan, Zoning By-law, Asset Management, Fire Management Plan, 5-Yr Road Plan, Waste Management Plan, etc.)
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues: For (1) and (2) – start immediately with HR to fill the vacant positions, for (3) – review policy documents internally, engage the public and hold focus groups to determine the best course of action, provide updates to the public on action plans, implement policies in a timely manner.
Do you own (or have a stake in) or operate a commercial/industrial business in your municipality? (Including vacant development lands or rental units): Own property