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Mary Lloyd - Councillor Ward 3

545 St. George Street East, FergusMary Lloyd 2014

Biography

Dedicated community member for 28 years, owner of Sensational You & partner of Ralph Basset for 19 years as the financial manager and fundraiser.

Currently volunteers: secretary of the Sound of Faith Broadcasting, vice-chair Melville United Church and for festivals in Wellington County.

Past volunteer work: developed “The Reminessence Festival”; volunteer chairperson Fergus 175; organizing fund raisers for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

Mary is running for councillor of Ward 3 and with the education obtained over the last four years she is ready to continue the work of helping to grow Centre Wellington in a responsible self supporting manor.

 

Mary Lloyd

519-843-1314  |  mary@ralphbasset.com

 

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? 

Lloyd, Mary:
Against 

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? 

Lloyd, Mary:
Currently we sub-contract the services of animal control.  We need to request the contractor had this service available to our residents. 

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.  

Lloyd, Mary:
We need to encourage business here... I say.. We need to set up the appropriate classifications to help stimulate growth in this area.  We need smaller/start up spaces for new and existing businesses and when we as a township demonstrate our willingness to do these changes we will see another complex like yours be built!! 

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?  

Lloyd, Mary:
We have not operated at a deficit in the past four years.  We currently have complete the road and bridge assessments and have begun the process of setting priorities to fix them.  Yes we really use the 24 cents we received from each property tax dollar you pay to make this township work. 

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

Lloyd, Mary:
Well currently I sit on the hospital board of directors.  The foundation of the hospital is busy fundraising now in the community to raise the money required to purchase new equipment for the new hospital.  To date all applications the are required by the Ministry of Health and the WWLIN are filed and under review.  At this point what can we do?  We can continue to lobby the MOH to move this project forward. 

Why did the mayor agree to such an elaborate expansion of the Fergus library? 

Lloyd, Mary:
It needed work, but this is far beyond what is sensible.  The library is under the Wellington County Library board.  They set the budget, picked the plans and made the decisions. 

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? 

Lloyd, Mary:
I am in support of all activities by Elora Fergus Tourism and have supported the new signage program in the township.  I know that right now the sign bylaw is very restrictive and we need to look at each request by each business very carefully to be sure we are not being too heavy handed in this process. 

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?  

Lloyd, Mary:
I know that in the new term of council we will be doing more in this area - we need to make sure that we are doing our best to educate and develop strategies to prevent the spread of these horrible pests! 

2 Questions from Melanie Cooper, Mosaic Spa for Incumbent Township Councillors

Would you briefly provide us with what you consider to be your top three major achievements during this term of Council? 

Lloyd, Mary:
The operational review of the staff including the pay equity, job evaluations and reduction of senior management from 12 to 4.  The Elora waste plant - state of the art and producing a by-product that we will be able to sell as fertilizer.  Reducing the budget for operations and putting the dollars into the capital works...increasing the amount we spend on roads and bridges. 

What have you brought to council for approval, versus just voting on? 

Lloyd, Mary:
I have brought specifically a few items the most memorable are Fair Trade Town, Community Bussing, Jennark Homes neighbourhood plan (supporting the residents in opposition to the plan). I have not supported wind turbines   

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?  

Lloyd, Mary:
We need affordable / lower cost homes period.  If we need to have open houses, town halls, letters, public meetings - whatever to move this attitude out.  I believe that we have to support all families and provide options.  When a new neighbour is proposed the township needs to work with the developer to ensure these elements are included in the plan.

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?  

Lloyd, Mary:
As we move forward... we will have to take this stand on heritage buildings.  It is a non-renewable resource and we need to get our CIP approved and then get our Heritage Guidelines Policy done so we have the tools to back our stand up!

 

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