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Vinnie Green - Ward 6

8195 Wellington County Road 18, Fergus

Biography

Vinnie Green is a long-time resident of Fergus, where he lives with his wife Pamela and their Son James 14.

The Green’s own white Car Limousine and Airport Service located on County Road 18 Fergus. He is the current Chairman of the Planning Advisory Committee, a post held for four years, after making a promise to Fred Morris following the 2006 election to stay and help. A graduate of the Horticultural Science Program University of Guelph, he holds a diploma in business studies and is a City and Guilds recognized engineer.

 

Questions &Answers

Question from Sandra Brown for Kelly Linton, Mary Lloyd, Fred Morris, Stephen Kitras, Walt Visser, Vinnie Green, Stephen O’Neill, Rob Black, Diane Ballantyne, David Gohn

What is your opinion on wind turbines?  For or Against?

Green, Vinnie: 
My view is that we have to do something???!!! the forced location policy by the province made this a dead issue during the last election, raised anger limits. Is this the right policy, only time will tell.

Question from S. Brown for All Candidates, except School Board

Micro chip scanner for dogs.  Most dogs have micro chip identification and when I bought my dog licence learned Elora does not have a scanner – why not?

Green, Vinnie:
I have no idea and I believe this is an administrate issue, but a point well worth raising.

Question from Jeremy Woods, President, Wellington Standard Condominium Corporation No.149 for All Candidates, except School Board

The unit owners and tenants of the Wellington Standard Condominium Corporation No. 149 (The Beckett Centre), at 820 Gartshore Street in Fergus would like to know the candidates’ views of the current Commercial Tax Rates and Classification.  In particular the possible creation of Commercial and/or Industrial Condominium Classifications.  We feel that we are being unfairly taxed – as an example, each of the 26 units are being taxed as if they are stand-alone buildings on their own lots, instead of one building, on one lot, broken into 26 units.  MPAC does allow for this in their assessments, and other municipalities in Ontario have created these additional classes.  By creating these classifications and reducing the overall tax base on these companies, may encourage more of these commercial condo buildings to be built.

Green, Vinnie: 
Just got my tax bill went up $500 a month anything that is fair should be considered.

3 Question from Karen Hudson for any wishing to respond  (her 4th question was asked at the meeting on October 1st)

We have roads and bridges in poor repair.  Is there money to repair these, and is it really our money, or are we operating in a deficit?  Is there actually any plan?

Green, Vinnie: 
Township is not allowed to run a deficit

What can we do to have influence over the slow progress in the building of a new hospital?  Genuine influence.

Green, Vinnie:
All the influence for the new hospital has been placed, now they just have to build it, TED ARNOTT is the best guy for this question 

Why did the mayor agree to such an elaborate expansion of the Fergus library?  It needed work, but this is far beyond what is sensible.

Green, Vinnie: 
I was duly informed today that CBC did a study on libraries to see if they were a "dead duck issue" it seems they are not, my guess union pressure from CUPE had something to do with this and my personal opinion is that we have spent a lot of money on something that will be obsolete in the coming years.

Question from Frederick Schuett, owner One Axe Pursuits for All Mayoral and Township Candidates

What will you do to support small businesses and signage for tourist attractions?

Green, Vinnie: 
Signage bylaw needs to be reviewed I always thought that Bob Foster did a terrible job of the Signage bylaws and the issue needs to be addressed, one of my pet peeves, "business owner"

Question from Tammy Rutherford for Mayoral and Township Candidates

The Township Of Centre Wellington web page has a Termite Management Area map for both Fergus & Elora, dated May 2012.  There are more than 1300 properties within the boundaries, and there is no doubt the numbers are higher now.  The City of Guelph has a termite management program which was recently presented to the City Of Kitchener in light of the recent termite activity involving just 23 properties.  Do you think our township should adopt a termite management program to prevent the spread of termites?

Green, Vinnie:  No response yet.

Questions (2) from Steven Wright, Wrighthaven Homes for Mayoral, Township and County Candidates

Nimby Syndrome:  Not in My Backyard or "NIMBY" is a major concern for builders and developers who are faced with community opposition to important new developments including affordable housing, higher density housing mixed use developments and other housing options that provide choice for everyone.  Do you agree that NIMBY needs to be addressed?  If so by what methods will you address NIMBY attitudes in the community?

Green, Vinnie: 
Nimby Syndrome has been created by the infill requirements of the province and places to grow act, will need to be addressed constantly over the next 20 years. I hear the frustration of builders and planners all the time, bylaws need to be reviewed regularly to deal with this issue.

Places to grow legislation has increased pressures on planning departments to adhere to new rules and density requirements encouraging intensification in existing residential subdivisions and particularly downtown areas whereby often homes and buildings of heritage value exist.  Quite often these older buildings are in jeopardy as a result of requests to demolish so as maximize density requirements when a developer submits new plans to develop these building consistent with the places to grow legislation.  As a councillor do you feel you have the fortitude to resist pressures of the act and vote to deny the requests to demolish heritage resources?

Green, Vinnie:  No response yet.

 

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