Ken Kicksee Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Ken Kicksee
Municipality: Mississippi Mills
Position Sought: Councillor of Ramsay Ward
Currently Retired or Working (where?): Senior Technical Writer at Ross Video Limited, in Ottawa (2011-present)
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: N/A
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): Almonte District High School’s Drama Club – Provided production services for their annual show, teaching the students about theatrical production (2010, 2016, 2017, 2018); Folkus Concert Series – Recently accepted the position of Secretary for the 2018-2019 season. Local projects for which I’ve volunteered this year on a casual basis (typically 2-15 hours): Mississippi Mills Bicycle Month – Street Party potluck, and returning rider registration. Neighbourhood Tomato’s Friendship Oven – Minor construction help and then general volunteer tasks at the grand opening and at a fundraiser. Paddles and Puppets for the Almonte Hospital Foundation – Production assistance, Friends of Augusta Street Park – Production assistance, Canada Day festivities – Tent setup at Gemmill Park. Celtfest – After-show tear-down. Almonte in Concert – Production assistance for Philip Chiu concert.
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over:
Restoring respectful communication between Council, staff, and residents.
Maintaining and enhancing our quality of life while encouraging smart growth.
Need for steadfast leadership to ensure responsible fiscal management.
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues:
We must end the recent toxic bickering that is damaging our municipality, and instead foster better communication with residents to ensure we truly listen to their needs and respond respectfully.
Through careful zoning and planning, and by actively promoting Mississippi Mills to new businesses, we should encourage smart growth that preserves and enhances our enviable lifestyle.
Following several years of tax increases, Mississippi Mills is financially stable. Our tax rate is comparable to similar municipalities. No tax increases above the rate of inflation should be required to maintain our services and to build our reserve funds to meet future needs.
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, I do not.