Anne Barr Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Anne Barr
Position Sought: Mayor
Currently Retired or Working (where?): Semi-retired (computer simulation systems)
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: Councillor-at-Large, 2011 to 2014; Deputy Mayor, 2015 to 2018
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): Chair, Merrickville-Wolford Heritage Committee, 2007 to 2010 Member, Pilot, Unit Director, and Provincial Standards Officer for Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA), 1999 to 2014
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over:
1. Fiscal sustainability – fair and equitable taxation and distribution of services to all citizens
2. Smart growth – increase our resource base in a manner that reflects the shared values of our community
3. Modernization of operations – develop budgets and policies that support smart growth, fiscal sustainability, and effective municipal operations.
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues:
Key to fiscal sustainability is the development of partnerships at many levels and the sharing of resources while developing a robust tax base. Attracting new development is vital and must be balanced with the rural, agricultural, and heritage characteristics of Merrickville-Wolford.
Recent consultation with citizens resulted in a long-range strategic plan. This plan, plus additional community consultation, will guide the growth of our municipality.
The new Council will immediately undertake a review of policies and procedures with an eye towards modernization of operations. Adoption of best practices and technologies will improve service delivery and make effective use of tax dollars.
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’ve owned two properties in Merrickville: a home from 1995 to 2000 and my current home since 2004. In 2014, I converted part of my property into a commercial kitchen and opened Nana B’s Bakery. The bakery is approaching its fourth year of operation and employs a number of local people both full time and seasonally.