Vicki Barr McDougall Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Vicki Barr McDougall
Municipality: Mississippi Mills
Position Sought: Councillor for Pakenham Ward
Currently Retired or Working (where?): Realtor, Century 21 Explorer Realty Brokerage, Inc.
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: N/A
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): Chairman for Almonte Old Home Weekend 2018; Fundraising Chairman Kids for Camp Golf Tournament in Ottawa Valley; Fundraising Committee Member for Autism 2016 Event in Almonte; Fundraising Committee Member for Almonte Curling Rink; Member Almonte Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over:
Selling green space
Natural Heritage System
Under-utilizing the Community Centers
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues: My approach to these issues would be to look for alternatives to selling green space. To rob Peter to pay Paul is not conducive to good business practices. Prior spending, budgets and future expenditures, if not a priority to infrastructure, need to be perused and possibly put on hold to allow for revamping. Perhaps Commercial businesses need to be brought in to the Industrial Park to lessen the burden of residential taxpayers is an option. I believe the Natural Heritage System is totally ludicrous and should only be what the Province has stipulated…not the huge area that MM has decided to implement. This affects farmers and acreage, as well as privacy issues, that is totally unnecessary and unwarranted at a cost, once again, to the taxpayer. I believe the Community Centers are one of the few ‘revenue’ generated gold mines we have in our municipality and I intend to see a Parks & Recreation Committee back in place to ensure this happens and possibly restructuring is required. We have local hockey teams going to Carleton Place to play while our Community Centers are sitting empty. To me that is a problem.
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