Jill McCubbin Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Jill McCubbin
Municipality: Mississippi Mills
Position Sought: Councillor for Almonte Ward
Currently Retired or Working (where?): I work part-time at the Almonte Branch Library, have contract marketing and website design work, and work at making art.
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: Almonte ward Councilor (2014-2018 Mississippi Mills Council).
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): As a Councillor, I sit on five advisory committees and volunteer at specific events coordinated by a few of these committees, notably the Mississippi Mills Long-standing Business Recognition event, now in its third year. I’m on the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum Board of Directors, and I volunteer at museum events (Fibrefest, Soup for Thought, etc.) and at the front desk, as needed. During the past year, I participated on the Leadership Team of the Lanark County Economic Development Strategic Plan. I volunteer at many community and annual events: Porchfest of Mississippi Mills, The Terry Fox Run, Puppets Up! (until its final year, last year), Mississippi Mills Bicycle Month events and community potluck.
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over:
1. Infrastructure costs. Mississippi Mills is a small community, with urban areas, hamlets and a large rural region. Maintaining and replacing roads, bridges, sidewalks is incredibly costly – approximately 45% of municipal tax revenues go to this each year. Maintaining our water supply and waste water infrastructure are additional costs (for Almonte). Within the next four years, the municipality will replace in-ground infrastructure along Mill and Little Bridge Streets in Almonte. Above-ground infrastructure will also be replaced and improved.
2. Planning issues and growth. Almonte ward boundaries will be re-considered and rural land use policies continue to be discussed and reviewed. The strategic intensification of urban areas, smart growth throughout Mississippi Mills as well as planning for the health and preservation of our natural environment are all key.
3. Communications among Council, staff and residents need to be more effective. When communications and civil discourse are inadequate, confidence in the well-being of the entire community drops. This is a concern in many small communities because public engagement and feedback also affect positive community and economic development.
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues:
Mississippi Mills will build on its strengths. Our community is repeatedly cited as a wonderful, attractive place to live and visit.
Council and staff maintain Long Term Financial and Asset Management Plans: critical in the management of the municipality, requirements for grants. Staff and Council are a team helping our municipality prosper. Almonte downtown renewal will be a massive project. Business people have suggestions to heed. Creative solutions will help make the process as non-disruptive as possible.
Planning decisions are not made hastily. Council needs to employ various formats for public meetings. Many staff and Councilors participated in a Tamarack Institute Community Engagement Forum. Public engagement is necessary. Building welcoming neighbourhoods is foundational. Please visit my website for more.
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 an artist with my own home-based business and I sell my work. I periodically accept contract work in marketing and website design. The house I own includes a rental unit.