Thank you Marilyn!
I have to give Marilyn Bowman credit she deserves!
She answered the questions posed quickly, sincerely and I believe honestly!
Thank you Marilyn!!!!
I believe Marilyn Bowman takes her position very seriously and responsibly to her credit. Albeit I do not agree with her answers on the last set of questions, she is doing what thinks is best for the community.
With a little guidance I think she has hope!
Talk to her and get a clearer picture of what she is about.
1. Some people seek political office today to pursue self-serving agendas that fail to reflect the will of the public. If you are elected, how will you avoid this pitfall and advocate for the well being of all your constituents?
I have no agenda other than to ensure all tax dollars are spent wisely, frugally and only where necessary keeping in mind future plans and putting monies into reserves to cover future requirements. I will also encourage Council to form committees to adress ongoing concerns of the residents through focus group, public consulation and community steering committes to ensure the Strategic plan is current and meets the needs of all residents.
- Many believe that Council improperly discusses issues in camera that should be aired in a public forum. If an issue arises in an in-camera meeting that you think should be discussed in open forum, what would you do?
I will continue to do what I have always done. Question why an item is being discussed in closed, ask for information to brought out of closed and ensure conversations when in closed only pertain to the matter at hand. On numerous occassions Council has brought matters out of closed once the reason for it being in closed is resolved.
- Do you have any objections to being video and/or audio recorded during Council meetings?
Council is already recorded by audio and is available on the TSBP website at www.southbrucepeninsula.com . I have no problem with this at all. I have no problem with video being taken however the upgrade to the website to handle that much data is very costly and for this reason I can not support until a less expensive alternative is found.
- It often appears that administrative staff lead Council, rather than the other way around. Do you agree that staff and planners should function at Council’s behest since it is Council that is elected to represent the views and concerns of the community?
Our administrative staff take their direction from Council. If changes are required it is up to Council or staff to bring forward the request in the form of a report to Council. All policies and by-laws are followed by staff and when an occurance happens that is in a “grey area” then staff will bring a report forth to council for clarification. In the four years I have been on Council I can only cite two instances when policy was not followed. This resulted in disciplinary action and corrective steps put in place. If a councillor does their due dillegence and ensures understanding of policy changes being brought forward then the correct changes are approved by Council. Staff takes their direction from Council not the other way around.
- Do you, or any family member, have a pecuniary and/or working interest in any industrial energy project within the Municipality, outside the Municipality, outside the Province, or outside Canada? If so, please elaborate. If not, would you ever consider becoming a stakeholder in a large-scale energy project if the opportunity presented itself?
To my knowledge the only person that I am related to (by marriage) is a nephew who owns a solar energy company out of Orangeville. I am retired from professional life and at this time have no desire to reenter the workforce. I own a few shares in Enbridge which could be considered a conflict, however if that ever becomes a issue I will divest.
Great Job Marilyn!!!