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Allan Hons - County Council Ward 5

37 Gibbons Drive, FergusAllan Hons

Biography

Allan Hons is a life-long resident of Centre Wellington, with only a brief hiatus to attend the University of Toronto to study political science and economics.  His wife, Keri, teaches at Alma Public School.  They have two daughters together; Grace who is 4 and now in kindergarten and Emma, 1. 

Allan currently works with Desjardins as a Financial Advisor helping young families budget and plan for long term savings goals be it retirement or a dream vacation.  Allan has given back to the community by donating his time to Habitat for Humanity, assisting on all three local builds and volunteering at major events like the Truck Show and Highland Games. 

Allan is running for a seat on County Council to keep our parking free at the new Groves Hospital and to bring the County’s goals in line with that of its citizens.

Business Focus

Commercial businesses in Centre Wellington have a very bright future ahead of them.  Local businesses can look forward to stellar population growth over the next 30 years as Centre Wellington is projected to double in size.  People moving in are highly skilled, affluent and curious about all that is on offer in their new community, all of which presents a fabulous, long-term opportunity for local businesses.

Industrial operations face a more challenging future.  I used to work at Wiremold in Fergus, which closed up shop and moved production to the States in 2010.  Little did I know AO Smith would follow suit with its manufacturing operation three years later.  These two examples show that large, multinational corporations will move to where costs are lowest and the root causes are largely out of the control of the Township or County.

All is not lost for industry in CW however.  Locally owned and operated industries continue to thrive in our community and will do so into the future because their owners also live and play in Centre Wellington.  The reasons would have to be extremely compelling to move your business to the U.S. if it meant leaving the home you know and love.  All of which brings me back to the explosive growth that Centre Wellington will enjoy over the next 30 years.

As I mentioned before, the people moving into our community are highly skilled workers.  If Centre Wellington is to foster new business growth in the industrial, commercial or service sectors we will need to get these individuals to mingle, share ideas, take risks and do it here.  The next new business in Centre Wellington may start out on the sidelines of the soccer pitch, in the seats of the school talent show or by the swings in the local park.  Your local government has to continue to foster a vibrant and active community and work with organizations like the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce to develop and promote networking and mentorship programs to foster a successful and diverse business environment.

 

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Questions & Answers

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?

Hons, Allan: 
The Township contracts with an outside party for animal control and as such leaves such matters up the third party.

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.

Hons, Allan: 
I certainly understand your point of view.  Owners of residential condominiums have the same complaint, however, your local government is simply not in a position to reduce its revenues.  One drive across town will show you that.  Add to that, the lack of serviced industrial land in CW and there is at this time no incentive to re-class.  If your local government can work together to fix these two issues then maybe we can begin to offer the assistance your request.

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?

Hons, Allan: 
There are five year plans in place to fix some of the problems in CW.  However, we are still 90 million dollars + behind in infrastructure funding.  I believe that the County has a role to play in helping CW and all the townships/towns with their infrastructure otherwise it will take a massive property tax hike to get to work on these problems.

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

Hons, Allan: 
None.  The province just works slowly, particularly when your MPP is a conservative.

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.

Hons, Allan: 
I will leave that for the Mayor to respond to.

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?

Hons, Allan: 
We need to bring the public on board with new developments as soon as possible.  The sooner people can have their voices heard and concerns addressed the easier it is to turn them around and start looking forward.  Simply saying the province is at fault and there is nothing to be done doesn’t help.

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?

Hons, Allan:
Yes.  I point to McQueen house in the subdivision in and around Shoppers Drug Mart and I believe the McTavish house beside J.D. Hogarth will also get the same treatment.  I think this is the perfect blend of past and present in our community.

 

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