Paul Watters Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Paul Watters
Municipality: Mississippi Mills
Position Sought: Mayor
Currently Retired or Working (where?): Owner / Operator of PJ Communications
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: Councilor – Ramsay Ward (8 years)
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): Past President of Almonte/Pakenham Little League (4 years); Past President of the Royal Canadian Legion, Almonte Branch (4 years); A life member of the Royal Canadian Legion; President C.A.R.E. Group focusing on resolving local issues within the Clayton Community; President Clayton Community Hall Associations 2009. Received the Lanark County Award of Excellence for Business Recreation Sports and Tourism for involvement with the World Broomball Tournament 2012; Organizer / Master of Ceremonies for Claytonfest (2 years).
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over:
Community Official Plan (C.O.P.)
Completion of MM2020
Communication / Visibility between council and the public
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues:
I would like to see the growth of the C.O.P. to allow our local developers to continue to build and employ locally. I would also like to see lot creation in Pakenham and Ramsay.
I think it is important to have broadband and cell coverage throughout our Municipality for public use. With the growing usage of cellphones, it has become a real issue to have service in rural areas for residents’ safety.
We need clear and strong communication. I would like more public meetings, more involvement with our MPs, MPPs and Lanark County. I want to be visible to the public to ensure they are informed. I want our Council and other departments to be approachable and available to the public.
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 own and operate a small business (2003) dealing with voice and data communications. Currently, I have over 25 local businesses that rely upon my expertise.