Yves Grandmaitre Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Yves Grandmaitre
Position Sought: Councillor for Wolford
Currently Retired or Working (where?): Retired
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: N/A
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): Industry, Tourism and Economic Development Committee Member (Secretary), Strategic Planning Committee Member, Business Retention and Expansion Committee co-leader, Christmas in Merrickville Organizing Committee Member, Theater Night in Merrickville volunteer, Economic Development Committee liaison with Le Boat, Merrickville Organization for Culture and Arts (MOCA) Board Member, Chamber of Commerce Associate Member, Merrickville Agricultural Fair volunteer, Merrickville Night Market volunteer, Accredited Sales Professional of the Canadian Professional Sales Association (prior to retirement)
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over:
1. Tax burden
2. Leadership and Vision for the Municipality
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues:
1. Merrickville-Wolford has by far the highest taxes of all surrounding Municipalities except for Smiths Falls. It’s well documented that residents are not always receiving best value for money spent nor fair service. I believe that an in-depth review of procurement and service policies are required as well as an in-depth review of potential areas of cooperation with neighboring Municipalities, all of which will result in reduced costs and better delivery of services. Staff also needs to be empowered to bring about new ideas for improved and more efficient services. The “we’ve always done it this way” approach has to end.
2. The Strategic Plan sets out short and long term goals and priorities. Achieving these can only be done with strong leadership and a team-like atmosphere. All must have an opportunity to share their views but ultimately follow the majority. In addition our Community has experts in all relevant operational and management fields. We need to tap into this resource, and where deemed appropriate, adopt “Best Practices” as developed and proven by others. No need to re-invent the obvious. This type of cooperative atmosphere is a must considering the upcoming challenges such as cannabis, official plan revisions and addressing our debt load and finances.
3. Communications are a must to keep the Community engaged. All of us have a right to know what happens with our tax dollars, whom is making what decisions, and what the outcomes are. We also have a right to know when things go well and when they fail. Ongoing and clear communications would go a long way towards re-establishing trust between the residents, the staff and Council. Tools are readily available to accomplish this. A new web site, a quarterly newsletter, quarterly town hall meetings by Council, these are all initiatives that I would support.
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 live in Wolford Ward and also offer small business consulting services. Prior to this I owned a marina in Ottawa for 14 years which had me by necessity interact with the Ministry of Environment, the Conservation Authority, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and other provincial and federal entities; all experiences which I believe would serve me well as a Councillor.