Ken Manwell Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Ken Manwell
Municipality: Smiths Falls
Position Sought: Councillor
Currently Retired or Working (where?):
I am currently a retired resident of Smiths Falls.
I spent 27 years in Industry as a manager for two major manufacturing companies, Carrier Air Conditioning Canada Ltd. & Westinghouse Canada. This is where I perfected my skills of managing employees and producing a very lean annual budget. The last 20 years of my working career was spent as the superintendent and General Manager of the Orangeville Golf Club.
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: My former elected position was as Councillor for the Town of Orangeville (2003-2006.) I have spent the last four years attending many Smiths Falls council and committee of the whole meetings. During this time, I developed a solid understanding of the make-up of the community and how it is run.
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): As councillor I served on many committees, but I have been an active volunteer in every community I have lived in. In Smiths Falls specifically, I have served as president of the Thursday Night Cruise (2017-present), vice-president of the Community Carrot Garden (2016-present) and a member of the financial review committee of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95.
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over: Lowering high residential property tax rates, repairing Smiths Falls’ infrastructure and attracting jobs for our resident.
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues: I would address these by developing a zero-based budgetary process. The loudest voiced issue is taxes are too high. The residential property tax should see moderate decrease with zero increase in water taxes because revenue is growing through expansion of the Tweed facility, Settlers Ridge Mall, new housing starts with yearly assessment increases and building permit revenue. I will be pursuing grants to repair infrastructure (streets, sidewalks & bridges,) and developing a heavy truck route policy to reduce damage. Also, I will focus on attracting suppliers for Tweed and other manufacturing facilities to relocate to our area, decreasing the dependency on the residential tax base and providing jobs for residents.
Do you own (or have a stake in) or operate a commercial/industrial business in your municipality? (Including vacant development lands or rental units): Yes, I own my own in Smiths Falls.