I am retired, was born in Trail and have lived here all my life except for two years at the lower mainland. My family has 95+ years of family history as my father was also born and raised in Trail. My working career consists of two and a half years with Kootenay Engineering (Fording Coal project) four and a half years with Selkirk College in administration and teaching, and 28 years at Teck in a variety of management positions.
There are three issues that I most often hear: boundary expansion, recreational user fees, and our downtown core. However, I see the latter as being council’s number one challenge.
Resolution needs to involve council, downtown businessmen and possibly prospective business owners. As a member of council I will rely on my skill set of fact finding, team building, negotiation, and problem solving. There also needs to be a reality check. We cannot have a downtown core such as we had in the ‘60s and ‘70s when we have 50 per cent less population. Alternatives to revitalization cannot depend on just new businesses. There are other options for revitalization that need to be considered such as downtown housing and more green space.
The outstanding issue from the last three years requiring resolution is recreational user fees.