Responses from Candidates for Ward 4 – Ameliasburgh


RSVPs

With the aim of increasing voter turnout in the upcoming municipal election, candidates for Mayor and Ward Councilor in Prince Edward County are being invited to share their thoughts on a wide range of issues once a week.

Responses from candidates for Ward 4 – Ameliasburgh are here:

Respondents

Invitations
Candidates for Ward 4 – Ameliasburgh (3 offices) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Paul BOYD
Sam GROSSO
Janice MAYNARD
Roy PENNELL
Bill TKACH

Responses to Invitation 5

Candidates received Invitation 5 on September 20, 2022 and were asked to forward their responses by September 26, 2022. Candidate responses were published here and on Facebook on September 28, 2022.

Respondents

Bill Tkach

1. Please rate your level of agreement (Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree) with the following:

“Council should adopt a Strategic Initiative to respond to [the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s] Calls to Action 43, 47 and 57.”

Neither disagree or agree.

2. Please explain your rating.

I neither agree or disagree because I do not have an opinion on the initiatives as I find it hard to believe that they are not already in place or at least have the information available.

3. Please rate your level of agreement (Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree) with the following statements:

“The cost of maintaining a public register of requests for County records would likely outweigh its benefits.”
Agree.

“The cost of the routine disclosure of County records would likely outweigh its benefits.”
Agree.

“The cost of the active dissemination of County records would likely outweigh its benefits.”
Agree.

4. For any one of your ratings above, please describe your analysis of the different costs and benefits that lead to your conclusion (max. 500 words).

If there are an overwhelming number of such requests, then I think then the County should investigate creating routine disclosures. My opinion of keeping things simple still holds true, sometimes less policing can be better and more efficient.


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Responses to Invitation 4

Candidates received Invitation 4 on September 14, 2022 and were asked to forward their responses by September 19, 2022. Candidate responses were published here and on Facebook on September 20, 2022.

Respondents

Paul Boyd

1. Please identify and describe the general nature of any conflict of pecuniary interest – real or apparent, direct or indirect – that you would foresee needing to declare, given the sort of conflicts that have been disclosed by your predecessors in 2020-2022. [We later clarified the reference to 2020-2022 here. As the preamble re: “Pecuniary Conflicts of Interest” notes, these three years are the ones reported in the County’s online Annual Registries of members’ disclosoure of conflicts of interest.]

None.

2A & 3. Please indicate your agreement with the following statement: “The County should adopt a Council Code of Conduct that addresses non-pecuniary conflicts of interests.” Please elaborate.

Strongly agree.

Should be open on any or all perceived conflict.

2B & 4. Please indicate your agreement with the following statement: “The County should adopt a Council Code of Conduct that addresses the pecuniary conflicts of interests of a family member who is not a parent, spouse or child.” Please elaborate.

Strongly agree.

As above.

5. In the voter’s own words, please identify the most difficult-to-answer question that you’ve been asked in your campaign.

Affordable housing.

6. Please explain why this question was the most difficult-to-answer.

Not possible in this county unless taxpayers want to pay the bill for a huge expense.

7. On October 21, 2020, Council voted unanimously to deny a rezoning application from Picton Terminals to bring in container and cruise ships. If presented with a similar vote today, how would you vote (deny or approve)? Why?

Would approve. Why do we always give job creating opportunities a hard time?


Bill Tkach

1. Please identify and describe the general nature of any conflict of pecuniary interest – real or apparent, direct or indirect – that you would foresee needing to declare, given the sort of conflicts that have been disclosed by your predecessors in 2020-2022. [We later clarified the reference to 2020-2022 here. As the preamble re: “Pecuniary Conflicts of Interest” notes, these three years are the ones reported in the County’s online Annual Registries of members’ disclosoure of conflicts of interest.]

My wife and I own a small vineyard. We currently sell our grapes to local wineries.

2A & 3. Please indicate your agreement with the following statement: “The County should adopt a Council Code of Conduct that addresses non-pecuniary conflicts of interests.” Please elaborate.

Disagree.

I agree that we need certain controls, however, coming from the financial world where compliance and codes of conduct were plentiful, I answered I disagree because too much of it can put a strangle hold on progress or in our case, making decisions.

2B & 4. Please indicate your agreement with the following statement: “The County should adopt a Council Code of Conduct that addresses the pecuniary conflicts of interests of a family member who is not a parent, spouse or child.” Please elaborate.

Disagree.

Where do we draw the line on who to include and who not to include. Keep it simple and transparent, if my decision or vote has a direct impact pecuniary or non, I should excuse myself from the vote.

5. In the voter’s own words, please identify the most difficult-to-answer question that you’ve been asked in your campaign.

I haven’t been asked a difficult to answer question, other than number 7 below.

6. Please explain why this question was the most difficult-to-answer.

[See below]

7. On October 21, 2020, Council voted unanimously to deny a rezoning application from Picton Terminals to bring in container and cruise ships. If presented with a similar vote today, how would you vote (deny or approve)? Why?

Without understanding the benefits or detriments, I cannot give a yes or no answer. I know that tourism is a big part of The County and cruise ships would add visitors. That said, if we don’t have the manpower to service these visitors, it all goes for naught.


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Responses to Invitation 3

Candidates received Invitation 3 on September 7, 2022 and were asked to forward their responses by September 12, 2022. Candidate responses were published here and on Facebook on September 14, 2022.

Respondents

Paul Boyd

1. Please rate your overall satisfaction with each of the following strategic initiatives:

Strategic Initiative Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither Satisfied Very satisfied
By-law and policy review
Downtown revitalization
Healthcare initiatives
Municipal Accommodation Tax
PEC Affordable Housing Corp.
Short-Term Accommodations
Tourism management
Understanding Growth and Water/wastewater infrastructure

2. Please explain two of your ratings.

PEC Affordable Housing Corp.
8 years ago they talked about this. Should have torn down the old arena in Wellington and developed the abandoned schools in Bloomfield and Picton. What did they do … hired another Executive Director. There is no affordable housing in the county.

Understanding growth and water/wastewater infrastructure
Poor planning. Sorry for the ones who have to pay. So I would say that I am disappointed.

3. Please outline one County-wide strategic initiative that is missing from the above and should be adopted by Council.

Homelessness
Homeless people in THIS county. We should be ashamed.


Bill Tkach

Candidate photo of Bill Tkach
1. Please rate your overall satisfaction with each of the following strategic initiatives:

Strategic Initiative Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither Satisfied Very satisfied
By-law and policy review
Downtown revitalization
Healthcare initiatives
Municipal Accommodation Tax
PEC Affordable Housing Corp.
Short-Term Accommodations
Tourism management
Understanding Growth and Water/wastewater infrastructure

2. Please explain two of your ratings.

If I can be frank, my “neither dissatisfied nor satisfied” response to many initiatives is a result of not being personally affected by them. I believe the role of council is to collect the information, understand it and create the initiatives. My rating their efforts would be unqualified at the present time. These strategic initiatives are very important to the development of The County and if their progress isn’t moving quickly enough for constituents, then it may be time to bring new, fresh voices to council.

By-law and policy review
I have read many developments and/or decisions reported in our local papers and my first reaction was that there is a basic logic missing from decisions. We cannot stop the vibrant growth in The County, nor should we want to. What we need is to provide clear and effective management to ensure benefit to both the “old” and the “new”.

Healthcare initiatives
Steps have been taking with the hiring of a doctor recruiter and kudos for a step in the right direction. As someone who’s doctor retired 4 years ago, I have a personal interest. In speaking with a representative from Ontario Health Care Connect, one new family doctor in The County would relieve the current backlog we are faced with. The task isn’t monumental.

3. Please outline one County-wide strategic initiative that is missing from the above and should be adopted by Council.

Going back to being frank and transparent, I cannot outline a strategic initiative that is missing. My answer is two-fold; first, I retired recently from my career in the financial industry which held a majority off my focus and second, I have not spoken with enough of my constituents to learn all their issues and concerns.


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Invitation 2

Candidates received Invitation 2 on August 31, 2022 and were asked to forward their responses by September 6, 2022. Candidate responses were published here and on Facebook on September 7, 2022.

Respondents

Paul Boyd

1. Please identify two internal and one external committee or board listed above whose areas of municipal responsibility would showcase your skills and interests in municipal government.

  1. Heritage Advisory Committee
  2. Planning Committee
  3. Quinte Waste Solutions

2. For these three committees or boards, please highlight your skills and experience (work, volunteer, life) in those areas of municipal responsibility.
3. For these three committees or boards, please describe the impact you’d hope to make in those areas of municipal responsibility.

Heritage Advisory Committee
I was formerly chairman of both the county and the Ameliasburgh Museum Boards. Impact: Make sure our history both physically and verbally are not erased by the few who try to rewrite the past.

Planning Committee
Good planning is required and I was on the planning board in ameliasburgh and we had an approved official plan long before any rural municipality including the county had one. Impact: Quick response for development with good intentions. Save farmland from disappearing. Develop within the existing hamlets and towns with existing services.

Quinte Waste Solutions
Instrumental in buying for Ameliasburgh the present waste site so we would have a controlled solution for all refuse in the township. Impact: Make sure we don’t make mistakes in our waste policy so we end up having to buy our way out of disposing.

4. How would you account for these rates of voter turnout in the County in recent municipal elections?

Lack of interest. Never hear from a councillor for 4 years. The ones who don’t vote if confronted will say don’t blame me I didn’t vote for the gang who have made a mess and raising taxes every year.

5. Please relate an occasion when you (nearly) decided not to vote in an election.

Never.

6. How would you propose to work with other candidates to increase voter turnout in the County in the upcoming municipal election?

Candidates only want to get more votes than me to get elected. I think in North and South Marysburgh you can get elected with 300 votes. In Ameliasburgh you need 1000. I have never seen an ad saying get out and vote.


Bill Tkach

Candidate photo of Bill Tkach

1. Please identify two internal and one external committee or board listed above whose areas of municipal responsibility would showcase your skills and interests in municipal government.

  1. Audit Committee
  2. Traffic Committee
  3. Prince Edward County Affordable Housing Corporation

2. For these three committees or boards, please highlight your skills and experience (work, volunteer, life) in those areas of municipal responsibility.

Audit Committee
I will bring 25 plus years in the financial industry to the committee. I have managed forecasting, budgets and costs while understanding the need for focussed spending.

Traffic Committee
I have planned, developed, managed and executed national sales strategies and can bring this ability to logically review the information and offer solutions to complex problems.

Prince Edward County Affordable Housing Corporation
There is vibrant growth in The County, and it requires clear, effective management. I would rely on the negotiating skills I possess to work with developers to create affordable housing.

3. For these three committees or boards, please describe the impact you’d hope to make in those areas of municipal responsibility.

I would hope that my innovative thinking and ability to use common sense to make timely, rational decisions would have an impact on the committees.

4. How would you account for these rates of voter turnout in the County in recent municipal elections?

I think the problem may be two-fold – first, voters may not know the importance of municipal government or the role that it plays; second, and sadly, voters may feel it is the sale old, same old and that nothing really changes, and their vote does not have any affect.

5. Please relate an occasion when you (nearly) decided not to vote in an election.

I have always voted. Not only is it a civic duty, but I’ve also always believed that if you do not vote, your voice cannot be heard.

6. How would you propose to work with other candidates to increase voter turnout in the County in the upcoming municipal election?

We could provide more information through various venues; your websites are good examples; printed material in our local papers is another. The County could advertise upcoming elections with signs. And as elected officials it is our responsibility to make a difference, demonstrating that their votes do make a difference.


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Invitation 1

Candidates received Invitation 1 on August 24, 2022 and were asked to share their thoughts by August 29, 2022. Candidate responses were published here and on Facebook on August 31, 2022.

Respondents

Paul Boyd

1. How long have you resided in the County?

Since 1962.

1b. (Additional question for candidates for Ward Councilor only): How long have you resided in the Ward in which you are running to be Councilor?

Since 1962.

2. Please identify your membership on Council, committee, commission, board, or other body associated with the municipal government in the County during the current term of Council (Fall 2018 – present).

NA.

3. Please identify your membership on Council, committee, commission, board, or other body associated with the municipal government in the County during the previous term of Council (Fall 2014 – Fall 2018).

NA.

4. Please identify your membership or volunteering in a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization associated with the County during the current term of Council (November 2018 – present).

None.

5. How do you understand talk of tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County?

Not aware of any in my circle of friends or people met.

Please indicate your agreement with the following statements:

6a. Tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County influences Council’s agenda. [Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree]

6b. Tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County influences Council’s decisions. [Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree]

7. Please identify any role you see yourself in addressing any tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County.

If any I am a good mediator experience from my job.


Bill Tkach

Candidate photo of Bill Tkach

1. How long have you resided in the County?

This is my 10th summer. My wife and I moved to The County in June 2013.

1b. (Additional question for candidates for Ward Councilor only): How long have you resided in the Ward in which you are running to be Councilor?

Since June 2013.

2. Please identify your membership on Council, committee, commission, board, or other body associated with the municipal government in the County during the current term of Council (Fall 2018 – present).

Brand new to politics, recently retired from the financial industry.

3. Please identify your membership on Council, committee, commission, board, or other body associated with the municipal government in the County during the previous term of Council (Fall 2014 – Fall 2018).

None.

4. Please identify your membership or volunteering in a not-for-profit, non-governmental oganization associated with the County during the current term of Council (November 2018 – present).

None.

5. How do you understand talk of tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County?

Perhaps I may be fortunate, I haven’t experienced tension with “old” residents.

Please indicate your agreement with the following statements:

6a. Tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County influences Council’s agenda. [Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree]

6b. Tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County influences Council’s decisions. [Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree]

7. Please identify any role you see yourself in addressing any tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County.

Having not experienced tension between “old” and “new” it is difficult to identify a role. I would hope that personal experiences in my career will afford me the opportunity to mediate such circumstances.


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