Duncan Abbott Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Duncan Abbott
Municipality: Mississippi Mills
Position Sought: Councillor for Almonte Ward
Currently Retired or Working (where?): I am retired. I was a teacher for 20 years and a lawyer for 19 years.
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: I served on Pakenham Township Council from 1979 – 1984. I have been on the Mississippi Mills Council (Pakenham ward) since 2010.
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): Chair of Five Arches Non-Profit Housing Corporation, 1984-1990. I was on the board from its first concept until the building was funded, built, and residents started occupying units. Trustee of the Almonte Hospital Board, 2003-2010.
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over:
Major policies such as the Community Official Plan have been developed without enough organized resident input. There has been a lack of information given to residents. The result has been a lack of confidence in our municipal government and there have been fractious meetings.
Streets in Almonte – Council has been focused on major infrastructure projects such as bridges and trunk sewers for several years. A number of streets in Almonte have fallen into disrepair and need to be a priority.
Growth – Almonte is growing rapidly and needs a comprehensive plan for expansion.
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues:
I propose that on any major issue that a committee be set up that would include residents. Meetings of the committees would be well advertised and open so all residents would have notice and could have a voice on the issue before it gets to Council.
Council must put the repair of Almonte streets at the top of the public works priority list and I would ensure that it would be put on the agenda.
Council needs to work on obtaining the information we need to make decisions that will affect the community for years to come. Council must look at population predictions as well as capacity studies of public facilities such as roads, bridges, and public buildings. Council must also look at how services for elder care and public transportation are to be addressed.