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Mayor / councillor ward 1 Clearview

In Clearview
Oct 9th, 2010

Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin – October 8 2010
‘Working with you, for a change’ is an election promise Christopher Vanderkr uys’ intends to keep as Mayor of Clearview Township — a community he says believes in.
“I know that we can make it grow together to ensure our sustainability within the County. We need to make our township a place to come and visit, live and work as our vast country side is one of the best in the county,” said Vanderkruys.
“I am running for Mayor of Clearview because I feel it is time to have change in how our council operates. We need to ensure that the residents have more say in the way the tax dollars are spent and that council is made accountable for the decisions they make both in Clearview and the County of Simcoe.”
Vanderkruys says communication or ‘community engagement’ is one of the largest challenges his township faces.
“We need to focus on how we can continually connect all residents so they are aware of what is happening in their communities. This will encourage community engagement and more unity between council and the residents of Clearview,” said Vanderkruys who is a life-long resident of the Hamlet of Brentwood. “I would need to begin engaging the residents of the communities through town hall meetings that each councillor would have to hold within their ridings at least twice annually in one of the various community centres that the township owns. Other possibilities could also be to send local newspapers to every resident with the various important issues within, to ensure all residents are kept up to date.”
Vanderkruys has deep roots in the community and resides on land that was once his great grandfather’s, J.J. Dumond, who was a bridge builder for the County of Simcoe. Married for 22 years and has one daughter in college. Understanding both residential and commercial aspects of the municipality Vanderkruys will combine business knowledge with volunteer and career related leadership skills to assist him in his role.
After many years as a local entrepreneur, Vanderkruys left the world of small business to pursue a degree in professional fundraising and received his CFRE designation in 2009. He is currently employed with the Barrie Public Library, as the Development Officer and does a range of jobs such as Marketing, Public Relations and Special Events and fundraising, including the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival.
V anderkruys’ extensive experience in communications stems from years of involvement in his community as a dedicated volunteer including 11 years as president of The Brentwood Community Centre. He received the Clearview Township Volunteer Award for over 15 years of service with New Lowell Parks and Recreation. Vanderkruys is treasurer of Sunnidale Winterama and Chair Brentwood Cemetery Board and well as a member of Knights of Columbus. Vanderkr uys believes accountability and the fiscal management of Clearview Township must be ensured.
“We need to ensure that our tax dollars are not wasted and not overspent into futures where the next municipal government (and generations) will have to deal with them, remember elected officials are entrusted with your tax dollars,” said Vanderkruys.
“If the money is not there than how can you spend it? Some expenses such as infrastructure may be the exception because without the infrastructure how can you obtain growth. I do believe though that there is much waste in our spending habits within the township as well as the County of Simcoe and we will need to gain a stronger voice to ensure that we will not tolerate it.”
Vanderkruys believes clear communication is the key to success when it comes to representation of the township in the future.
“Transparency is something that we are definitely not used to and it is time to ensure we have the ability to know all of the information that is being laid out both in our township and in the County of Simcoe,” he said.
Vanderkr uys can be contacted by email cvanderkruys@sympatico.ca or by phone: 705-424-1268.
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Doug Measures Age: 47 Occupation: Community television producer
Previous Political Experience: Councillor, Ward 1 (2006)
I am Doug Measures, your municipal Councillor in Ward 1 Clearview Township. I have lived in Nottawa since 1977 and attended Collingwood Collegiate. I am a local community television producer with Rogers TV, Simcoe County for the past 26 years. I am married to
Tracey Woolner and we have two sons, Sam & Joe.
I have been serving the residents of Ward 1 and Clearview Township as councillor for four years. Prior to that, I have been actively following local politics in our region for over 20 years. My profession allows me the opportunity to build a network of contacts of community leaders right across the region. I have followed municipal politics with great interest and gained experience and knowledge that has helped me to be engaged in the issues that effect our township. I wish to continue to be an effective councillor for Ward 1. I have demonstrated that I am committed to represent all the citizens, neighbourhoods and friends in Clearview Township.
I have three main objectives for Clearview Township and Ward 1. I want to ensure that future development occurs in an environmentally friendly manner and at a reasonable pace. Development must only occur with a Net Public Benefit to the community and the citizens of Clearview.
I want to continue to support and improve the municipal communications and customer service skills so that every contact with the public is clear and positive. I want to create a balance between keeping taxes reasonably low while continuing to invest and improve the public infrastructure of Clearview Township.
Please visit www.dougmeasures.comfor more information about my accomplishments as your proven advocate in Ward 1.
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Allan Bell Age: 58 Occupation: Retail sales manager Previous Political Experience: 2003-06 Clearview councillor for Ward 1
Why are you running for office?
I feel I can contribute in a positive way in the decision making process of Clearview Council. I have always been interested in politics and come from a family that has a history
of public service. My grandfather James Brack was the Reeve of the former township of Nottawasaga, my uncle Jim Brack was a councilor in Nottawasaga. My father was the Chairman of the local school board and my mother was the secretary-treasurer for the same board…When people ask me if I have lived here all my life, I always answer “Not Yet.” I have a life long investment in this community and I would like to be involved in planning its future.
What are the three key issues?
#1 Growth. It is the 800 pound Gorilla in the room. Major developers are proposing significant plans of Sub-Division. We need to be very vigilant regarding the costs and perhaps more importantly, do we need or desire the proposed growth?
#2 Waste Disposal: Sites 41 # 42 are gone, as they should be. In Clearview our landfill site has approximately 16 years capacity. We should start now to investigate and research alternatives. I think incineration could be looked at as well as continuing to strongly support the reduce, reuse and recycle initiative.
#3Recreation: It is as important to play as it is to work. We are blessed to live in one of the most beautiful areas in the World. It is essential that we invest to the best of our abilities to ensure a sustainable future in recreation and leisure for our Youth and our seniors.

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