Last night's council candidate forum saw a packed Shell Theatre.
 
Big issues including the state of the city's finances and budget process as well as water billing, taxes, transparency and photo radar were brought forward.
 
Candidate John Bouwman stressed the importance of teamwork, saying he'd draw on his military and business-owner experience to help facilitate it.
 
"Instead of butting heads and fighting over minor issues let's have the discussion, come to a compromise or we all agree on something and pass it or we all disagree and we can hash it out," explained Bouwman. "At the end of the day, we can't have any of this 'he said, she said' business, as a council we have to respect each other's decisions and that's just the way it is."
 
Curtis Dominique said he's willing to bring his experience in the technology sector and put it to work for the city and citizens.
 
"Technology is the way of the future, it's something that's always cutting edge, we're always learning, we're always evolving and changing and I think if the city embraces that, we could be a beacon of technology for Alberta and draw people here and it would be amazing," said a passionate Dominique.
 
He also proposed the idea of cameras at high traffic locations, such as the bridge over the North Saskatchewan River, so commuters would be able to head to the city's website, check the cameras and better plan their routes to avoid traffic.
 
Stuart McGowan says the city's financial picture is of paramount concern in this election.
 
"We look at all the big ticket items and make sure we're getting the best bang for the buck, do we need to send them back to the drawing board, what do we need to do to make sure we keep the tax increase down for Fort Saskatchewan."
 
John Mather believes controlling the city's spending is on his radar and the way to do that is with a plan.
 
"I support several of the projects going on, I support the ongoing development of a hospice in the Fort but they have to be looked at, studied and properly planned," said Mather. "I don't mind all sorts of planning, but I also like to see results of that planning, we can't just make plans and let them fade away."
 
 Don Lehman was equally as passionate about the water billing issue as he was about photo radar.
 
"You get a checklist, you get a process and a procedure, the citizen must do that and then we'll send an inspector out and inspect the house, find out where there's a problem or if there's a problem, we have to say what it is."
 
When it comes to photo radar, Lehman wants to see more boots on the ground, enforcing the distracted driving law, seat-belt law, along with many others including the speed limit. He said having an officer at the window with a big fine and demerits is much more intimidating and habit-changing than a simple photo in the mail.
 
Jibs Abitoye said there's also the pool issue to talk about too.
 
"Sherwood Park recently acquired a pool and the provincial government paid over 70 per cent for the pool and I wonder if we can get the same kind of arrangement and I believe we can so we don't put the city in huge debt and a high burden for our tax payers."
 
Transparency of government also came up with Lisa Makin asking what makes a good leader a good leader and reminding candidates to remember who it is they're representing.
 
In total, 15 candidates are running for six council spots. Read more on each person by visiting our Election Central page.
 
Advance voting starts tomorrow (Wednesday, October 4) and on Saturday (October 7) with Election Day on October 16.

More Local News

Blowing snow advisory issued for area

Environment Canada has issued a warning for the Fort Sask area.

15 taken into custody after drug bust

Area police detachments have teamed up in a recent drug bust.

Another massive load heading to Industrial Heartland

A second huge piece of equipment is about to travel on are highways.

Gibbons schools put on hold and secure

Gibbons School and Landing Trail School had to take precautionary measures.

EIPS hopeful for Sherwood Heights Junior High replacement school

Work on Sherwood Heights Junior High has become a top priority for Elk Island Public Schools.

Made-in-Alberta to potentially invest up to $20 billion in the heartland

Premier Rachel Notley's Made-in-Alberta strategy could have a big payoff in the region.

St. Albert resident wins $7.9 million on LOTTO 6/49

An Alberta man recently hit the jackpot.

Bruderheim growing in population

Bruderheim's recent census results showed growth in the town.

Speeder caught going 149 km/h on Highway 15 bridge

A man was recently pulled over for excessive speeding in the area.

Having troubles studying? EIPS has some tips

With students getting ready for their January exams, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) have some advise.

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login