Renaud brings team building and decision-making skills to the table, if elected

 

Marc Renaud is seeking the position of councillor in the Oct. 27 municipal election. He believes his team building and decision making skills would be valuable.

Marc Renaud is seeking the position of councillor in the Oct. 27 municipal election. He believes his team building and decision making skills would be valuable.

By Ron Giofu

 

Another councillor candidate is stating fiscal responsibility is important but he also hopes to bring his decision-making and team making skills to the council table.

Marc Renaud is running for council in the Oct. 27 election and said “fiscal responsibility is key” and that sound judgment and accountability are necessary. He believes it could take a few years to get things sorted out financially and believes more cuts could have been made in the most recent budget “to get going in the right direction.”

Renaud has been on the board with the Amherstburg Minor Hockey Association (AMHA) for nine years – the last six as president – and has also served the last seven years as a vice president with Unifor Local 200. He believes that experience would lend well to a role as a councillor.

“I think we need some new direction and new thinking on how we do business in this town,” said Renaud.

With Unifor Local 200, he said he works on behalf of 4,800 people and the union has worked with Ford to make some difficult choices.

“We’ve made tough decisions to cut costs and be fiscally responsible,” said Renaud.

There is a “clear division” on council currently and Renaud said more cohesiveness is required.

“If we don’t start working together to get decisions made, we’re going to be stalled,” he said. “We can’t continue to go down the road of division because that is going to make decisions difficult which is going to impact taxpayers and the community.”

Since he filed his nomination papers, Renaud said he had been hearing about providing more transparency at the municipal level. He thinks the current council “has done OK by that” but believes there is some work to do, citing the recent budget deliberations as an example. He noted the budget sessions were during the day, when many people are working and can’t attend.

Enhancing tourism, including sports tourism, he believes is important as well. He used the Aug. 19-21 Ontario 55+ Summer Games as an example.

“The amount of traffic that is going to be brought out to our restaurants and businesses is going to be tremendous,” he believed.

Renaud also believes the town needs to set goals on how it supports businesses and community assets, stating they are taxpayers and job creators as well.

“That will encourage more businesses to open,” he said.

Attracting businesses and residents is vital, he added, and while more industry would be nice to have, he cautioned it is tough to come by.

“Everyone would like to have industry and new jobs,” he said. “There’s so much competition across the county. It’s going to be tough.”

The town needs to “think outside the box,” Renaud added, to entice people and businesses to come here.

“As a community, we have to make choices to protect our future and protect our families,” said Renaud. Having good parks, schools and recreational facilities, along with a “proper tax base,” will keep the town viable in the future.

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