BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew has announced her plan to run for re-election this fall.
"With a great deal of excitement I plan to continue nearly 26 years of community service," said Regional Councillor Drew in a press release. "I'm looking forward to the next four as some of the most important of my career. There are a number of issues to be addressed in the next term that the Regional Councillor will have to make a priority."
Among her priorities for the next term, Regional Councillor listed completion and expansion of sewage service, road and bridge improvement being put in the forefront, and the township taking full advantage of and making a stand for infrastructure grants allowed from the higher governments.
"Environmentally friendly residential and industrial growth is required in Scugog to keep our tax base at a healthy level," said Regional Councillor Drew. "Any council member will have to devote a large portion of the work we do for you looking at every possible way to be as fiscally responsible. There are many things I want to leave our children and grandchildren - sky-high taxes are not one of them."
An issue of special importance to Regional Councillor Drew is the subject of Scugog's shores and water. She has shown concern for working beside Mayor Chuck Mercier on the improvement of the Old Mill site, and she is the Chair of the Healthy Lake Scugog Steering Committee, which aims to find solutions to Lake Scugog's weed and health issues.
"Site development will make our waterfront a tourist destination, but has to be completed with the public's input and advice," said Regional Councillor Drew. "It's important to remember that tourist dollars are vital, but that when they go home, we still have to live here."
Regional Councillor Drew stated in a press release that she wishes to find ways to tighten the township's belt, much in the way that Scugog's residents have had to in the economic climate of today.
"We have tried during the past time, and we will continue to try harder."
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