I moved to Salmo some years ago after retiring from a full career in our military. We chose Salmo as our new home, because after having worked and travelled literally coast-to-coast and North to South in this great country, we wanted to settle in the best place we knew – Salmo.
However, we arrived at a time when Salmo was reaching a community turning point. Changes in the local economy, government regulations, the social character of the village, lower availability of municipal funding, and other factors, conspired with an unresponsive and ineffective mayor and council to Salmo’s disadvantage.
I will not use this forum to air our dirty laundry. We ourselves can, and will, reverse the damage and neglect done to our reputation, our infrastructure, and our public services. This election is the best opportunity for Salmo to put in place a new mayor and councillors . New people who will have respect for the public they represent, and who will be responsive and responsible to those people. Salmo needs a council that will be effective at looking after Salmo’s best interests, where opportunities are exploited to our advantage. A mayor and council that takes us into a future where Salmo can thrive and grow, and heal the injuries we have done.
As a councillor, I will work with mayor, council, and administration to promote and improve every possible aspect of Salmo, from business to parks. I will happily work with the Chamber of Commerce, service clubs, and private citizens to achieve as much for Salmo’s betterment as possible. Salmo has much more potential for business, recreation, education, and living space. We only have to work as a community to make it happen.
To do this, council and administration business practices must be made transparent, fair, and done right. A new mayor and council must work with open two-way communication to regain the trust and confidence of our community. I look forward to being a part of that new turning point, if the voters so choose.