DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE:Ward 2 Councillor Pat Molloy is hoping for another four years of representing the northwest portion of Uxbridge Township following his recent acceptance of nomination to run for the seat in this October's municipal election.
In a press release, Councillor Molloy noted the work that has been done over the past four years at keeping Ward 2's facilities and roads well maintained.
"In Sandford we replaced the leaking roof at the Sandford Hall at a cost of $80,000. And, with the co-operation of Bell Mobility, they have re-considered the placement of the cellular tower that Sandford residents felt so strongly would be in a highly visible and poor location," said Councillor Molloy. "The Siloam Hall had a new furnace and railings installed this fall. Zephyr had the parking lot repaved at a cost of $27,000, and we were able to add a small basketball court while we were paving. In Bristol Springs we are working with the go-kart track to cut down on noise and parking issues. We have worked hard as a Township to get rid of the horrible limestone on our roads, but the process is slow and expensive. This term of Council we allocated an additional $1 Million from reserves to move quicker to resolve this issue."
In addition to his duties as Ward 2 Councillor, Mr. Molloy also serves as Chair of the Finance, Administration and Emergency Services Committee for the township, and has worked diligently on the budget process despite several obstacles.
"Since 2010 we have had to deal with the issue of a drop in development fees by roughly $2 Million annually; while at the same time we have been subjected to substantial cuts in Provincial Partnership funding," added Councillor Molloy. "Council has dealt with our financial sustainability responsibility, and the future looks very bright for our Township with moderate taxation over the next ten years. Uxbridge Township is financially secure with appropriate reserves and no debt. Very few municipalities in Canada can make that statement."
As well, Councillor Molloy has been actively involved with the planned construction of a new fire hall for the municipality, as well as the crafting of a new Fire Master Plan.
"Our new Fire Hall is in the works and part of our tax increases over the past three years will now allow us to complete this project without any further impact on our residential tax levee. We have created a new Fire Master Plan and this year a new Township Emergency plan. These plans are integral to the safety of our residents."
In 2012, Councillor Molloy was at the forefront of a battle to keep the municipality intact after plans emerged that would have seen the northwest portion of the township split from the remainder of the municipality as part of an electoral distract reform.
"My presentation to the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission in 2013 was successful in keeping 3,500 residents in northern Uxbridge Township within the Uxbridge–Pickering federal Riding rather than segregating us to a very small piece of the Newmarket Riding."
Another challenge for councillors over the past four years has been bringing new business to the community, and Councillor Molloy remarked that he is pleased with the efforts to attract new investments in Uxbridge Township.
"Council has actively pursued new business to our town. The industrial park is almost full and we welcome the addition of King Breweries to our community. King Breweries will be making a substantial investment in our town, and we all look forward to their new facility coming very soon."
It is his understanding of the unique challenges faced by rural residents that sets him apart, and Councillor Molloy is hopeful for another four years to continue his work on council.
"As a member of the Uxbridge Township Council I bring to the table an understanding of rural Uxbridge, with its vibrant agricultural industry and a different community appreciation than many urban centers."
For all of the latest news on the 2014 municipal election, including a list of all candidates, please visit the Township of Uxbridge's web site at www.town.uxbridge.on.ca.
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