I am 63 years old and retired. I worked in the finance office at Cominco now Teck Metals, for 35 years, the last nine were spent as President of the United Steelworkers Local 9705. I am treasurer of the Colombo Lodge and help out with cooking for supper meetings and banquets. I am on the executive of the retirees’ golf club and I help out with counting the collection at Holy Trinity Parish. For the City of Trail currently I am the alternate rep on the Regional District Board. I sit on the LCCDTS, the Lower Columbia Communities Development Team Society; and I am on the Silver City Days Committee.
The number one challenge I see facing the council is how to develop the Esplanade land. We have tried to get a developer on board, but so far have had no luck. I believe the City of Trail is going have to take control of this and put together a model of the development we would like to have and put the units up for sale. Once half the units have being sold we can start construction. This would bring people into the downtown and help stimulate more business in the downtown.
The outstanding issue from the last three years, which needs to be resolved is the boundary expansion into Area A, from Beaver Creek to the dam.
The residents ask for this and we have being working on this for the last three years. We have everything in place, we just need to deal with mitigation for the affected communities.
I want to thank the citizens of Trail for giving me the opportunity to represent them on city council. I have learn a lot and I believe we have made some positive changes to the City of Trail. We have seen more changes in the last three years then have happened in the past 20-plus years in the city and I believe they were long overdue.