Danielsen hopes to return as deputy mayor
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | August 9 2018|
Acclaimed Algonquin Highlands candidate Liz Danielsen has mixed emotions about winning Ward 2 without a competitor stepping forward.
Entering her third term on council in December, Danielsen said, “Apathy is something that we should all be concerned about. It could be that there are no burning issues to spark the interest of newcomers.
“On the other hand, it might be that residents are pleased with the work we have been doing and want to let us continue on the paths we have chosen.”
Mayor Carol Moffatt was also acclaimed as was Ward 2 candidate Lisa Barry.
Danielsen added that she’s pleased to be able to concentrate on issues, rather than putting her energy into campaigning.
She said some of the highlights from the last term included the work the council and staff did on the septic re-inspection program. She said it will play a key role in the health of the township’s lakes.
She’s also proud of her role on a council that has kept tax increases at reasonable levels while still undertaking infrastructure projects.
“We continue to improve our roads and drainage systems and are working on improved asset management.”
As deputy-mayor, she has also sat at the County Council table the past four years.
She sites finalization of the Official Plan and the steps they are taking to tighten up tree cutting and shoreline protection as accomplishments. So, too, is continuing to try to expand both cell and high- speed internet service to draw more people to Halliburton and improve business opportunities.
“As well, being an executive member of ROMA (Rural Ontario Municipal Association) has provided me with an opportunity to advocate to the province about local issues facing all small rural Ontario municipalities like ours.”
Once the new council is sworn in prior to Christmas, Danielsen said, “Our council has set some strategic directions to follow through on over the next several years, which I very much look forward to working on.”
These include an organizational review to ensure that council and staff have sufficient resources to meet goals.
Danielsen also hopes her peers will re-elect her as deputy mayor.
“I have gained considerable experience at the county level which will, no doubt, serve me well when the council is undoubtedly faced with the question of amalgamation and what impact it could have on us all.
“That challenge, along with continuing to investigate the new shoreline protection bylaw and increasing our housing inventory are projects I look forward to participating in. Meanwhile, at the local level, I believe that emphasis can be placed on investigating shared service agreements, improved waste management, completing our Official Plan and updating our zoning bylaw as well as taking whatever steps we can to slowly but surely increase economic development activities.”