TRURO - Truro mayor candidate Keltie Jones says many of the issues that people in Truro are concerned about are not new, but they are recurring issues that have not been addressed over the past 15 years.
"Flooding is a prime example," said Jones, in a news release. "During the past decade, we have had three floods that required evacuations, as well as at least one per year that required road closures, and yet we still have not taken any significant actions to address it. "According to (incumbent mayor) Bill Mills, there is a study from 2005 that identified actions that could be implemented quickly, yet they have not been during the past seven years.
"Truro needs leadership that will work with other government agencies to implement real solutions to the flooding that costs us so much in property damage, emergency response, lost time,and property values for those in the risk zone.
"As the mayor of Truro, I would institute regular meetings with our partners, and this topic would be at the top of those agendas."
MacKenzie proud of track record
VALLEY - District 6 councillor Karen MacKenzie reports that she has visited more than 900 homes in her district (Valley, Greenfield, Manganese Mines) in the past month and has reached out to all her constituents both via direct mail and mainstream media, and that she is proud of her track record since being elected in 2008.
"A few issues that stick out for me are the installation of the Eagle Dr. sidewalks, the use of the municipal/provincial paving agreement to pave some of our District's subdivision streets, inclusion of streetlights at two key intersections (Greg Road and Old Greenfield Road along with Eagle Drive and Salmon River Road), repairs of sewer lines on Springwater's Place and the guaranteed loan for the new aerial ladder truck for Valley Kemptown fire brigade," said MacKenzie, in a news release.
MacKenzie is one of two candidates running in District 6, the other being Heather Collicutt.
Plenty of concerns in District 7, says Gregory
TATAMAGOUCHE - County council candidate Mike Gregory says he has the experience and the time to deal with areas of concern in District 7.
"I've discovered that residents feel their voices have not been heard," said Gregory, in a news release. "I've found, from my visits, that policing, fracking, hospital, schools, youth and seniors are the major concerns for the district.
"I feel that I can better represent the district in bringing those concerns to the council table. Residents need someone who isn't afraid to stand up and speak for them, someone who has a vision for the future as well as the ability to deal with day-to-day issues."
Gregory is one of two candidates running in District 7, the other being Angus Bonnyman. Incumbent Jimmy LeFresne did not re-offer.
Thomas addresses District 5 issues
SALMON RIVER - District 5 candidate George Thomas says he has gained insight to a number of issues and concerns affecting residents in Salmon River, Harmony, Lower Harmony, Murray Siding and Princeton Heights.
"Concerns with recent flooding issues, proposed industrial wind turbine setbacks, and funding for recreational facilities are three issues most discussed," said Thomas, in a news release.
"District 5 is a vibrant community and I feel that I have the time, energy and passion to dedicate and represent the area at county council."
Thomas is one of four candidates in the district, the others being Lloyd Gibbs, Scott Hagell and David Totten.
Incumbent Glen Edwards did not re-offer.
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