Reducing debt, promoting town, engaging citizens among Barrette’s goals

 

Chad Barrette, a six-year member of the heritage committee, is running for a councillor’s seat in the Oct. 27 municipal election.

Chad Barrette, a six-year member of the heritage committee, is running for a councillor’s seat in the Oct. 27 municipal election.

By Ron Giofu

 

A member of the Amherstburg heritage committee is looking to move into a town councillor position.

Chad Barrette, a member of the heritage committee for the last six years including a stint as the committee’s chair, is running in the Oct. 27 municipal election.

“The reason I’m running is because I want to see the town do better,” he said.

Barrette, who taught locally at Stella Maris and St. Bernard schools, is now a vice principal at Catholic Central High School. He said he wants to use his experience as an administrator to the town’s benefit.

Barrette noted he has been able to secure grant funding ranging from $11,000 to $250,000 in his career and that experience is something he wants to bring to town council. Barrette said he would work with other councillors, administration and residents to create a better community.

“Within the first 100 days if I’m elected, I want to bring forth a committee of council, administration and citizens of what we want for Amherstburg,” said Barrette.

The committee’s findings would be published so the residents know what the town is working towards, he stated.

Implementing the 41 recommendations from Deloitte is another priority, he said, as is collaboratively working with each town department to find savings. Savings could be used towards reducing the debt or to fund projects council deems necessary, he added.

“I want to be very transparent,” Barrette continued, adding he will push to have any financial information pertaining to projects published.

Barrette also wants to see more meetings in the evening rather than during the day so people who are working have an opportunity to attend. He said engaging the residents and citizen participation is crucial.

“The smartest people in the room aren’t the individual citizens in the room. It’s the room. It’s the combined talents of the people in the room. Let’s work together. Let’s make the town better,”  he said. “I want to hear the citizen’s voice. I want to know what they think. I want to be as transparent as legally possible.”

Attracting new businesses, including a hotel, is another of Barrette’s priorities, noting new businesses would build the tax base and attract new people. He also would like to see heritage tours come in and view the historic aspects of Amherstburg.

“I care about the town. It’s a beautiful, walkable, historic town. It’s different. Let’s capitalize on that,” said Barrette.

Keeping a consistent team at town hall is also important to Barrette.

“Let’s find out what’s going on there and make things better,” he said. “I’d like to work with administration on how to be more efficient.”

Barrette also would like youth to have a greater voice as he believes it is important to keep youth in town and would like to see what the town can do to meet their needs.

“I want to meet the mandate of improving the lives of the citizens of Amherstburg,” he added.

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