Communication a priority for warden
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | May 3, 2018
County Warden Suzanne Partridge told members of the business community that her top priority is to have open and honest conversations with her fellow councillors, staff and the public.
“As I said in my inauguration, my big, number one thing is communication,” said Partridge, when asked about her goals for 2018. She was the featured speaker during the chamber’s breakfast at Camp Wanakita on Monday. Partridge said she prefers that conversations between councillors and staff happen in the council chambers rather than outside of it. That way, they are public, and “we know what other people’s concerns are and we can work more cooperatively,” she said.
Partridge also wants the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus to update the Eastern Ontario Economic Development Strategy. Developed in 2014 by the EOWC and the Eastern Ontario Mayors’ Caucus, it identifies the strategic priorities for advancing growth in the region.
“There have been some [steps taken for implementation], but they haven’t been made that public. I’ll be asking more questions on that front,” she said.
Better cell phone and internet service also made Partridge’s list. After summarizing what the county and council have been up to this year, Partridge opened the floor to questions. Some of the topics raised included singletier government, the environment and the county’s role in economic development.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.