Denzil Ferguson Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Denzil (Denny) Ferguson
Municipality: Mississippi Mills
Position Sought: Councillor for Pakenham Ward
Currently Retired or Working (where?): Retired (RCMP Officer, Public Servant, Private Sector Security Director)
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: Councillor Pakenham Ward – 26 Years
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): I Volunteer President Valley Heritage Radio; Ontario Medal for Volunteer community work; Pakenham Fair; Community Economic Development Committee.
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over: Planned Rural Development, Infrastructure, Communication
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues: Amend Official Plan to change hamlet core boundary, land severance policy, address lot size (rural development is necessary to support / sustain business growth, protect school closure and funding for community facilities). Ensure adequate funding to address ageing infrastructure (the need for good roads and bridges is vital to the development / growth of rural communities). Enhance internal / external communication through review / input of residents. Communication with all taxpayers either resident or non resident, is paramount to an effective, transparent council. With less media (newspaper coverage), effective communication takes on a greater importance. Not all rural community residents are joined at the hip with social media.
Do you own (or have a stake in) or operate a commercial/industrial business in your municipality? (Including vacant development lands or rental units): No