Tuesday, 10 September 2013

On September 24th, Vote Lane

To the Residents of Logy Bay - Middle Cove - Outer Cove,

My name is Ryan Lane and I offer myself for council to help lead and develop our wonderful town. I have been a resident in the community for just over five years, and in that time this town has become my home. I give full credit to previous councils and Town staff for developing this community that I am proud to be part of. As a municipality we have grown into a place where people desire to live, and on September 24th I hope to bring my experience to the table and help chart the next four years of our development.

My work experience has been varied, and has provided me with insights into various aspects of community development. While I am trained as an educator and have been a teacher and instructor from Junior high into post secondary classrooms, for the past ten years I have been engaged in the not-for-profit and government arenas. I have also been engaged in communications and policy development work in the environment and tourism sectors, but it has been in the area of community development that I have most recently been focused.

Working with the provincial municipal association, Municipalities NL, I coordinated regional cooperation initiatives around the province, provided advice on legislative interpretation, developed and delivered training on community and economic development and strategic planning, and I have come to understand the challenges and rewards of municipal councils in Newfoundland and Labrador. I also worked with the Department of Municipal Affairs for a number of years where I literally wrote the book on community sustainability planning. I developed the program for municipalities around the province that required them to create and maintain Integrated Community Sustainability Plans (ICSPs). I then developed and delivered the required training to hundreds of municipal staff and elected councillors around the province.

I feel that it is in the areas of planning, citizen engagement and enhanced services that the Town can still improve. We need to truly engage residents in the decision making and planning processes and I hope to bring that focus to council when I am elected. Please take the time to read through my page on my ideas to get a better picture of what I would like to bring to council for the next term.

In addition, in recent days I have been disturbed to find that we are on the verge of loosing our vital Fire Department. I have read the report and find it to be a starting point and not a solution to our emergency service issues. It is inadequate as a sole basis to remove our Fire Department and it does not address proper recruitment strategies or mixed solutions that could include 1 or 2 paid fire staff. I also disagree with the timing of the potential decision and I find it unfortunate that there has not been more public input into the process. I would like to see this decision deferred to the council who will have to deal with the issue for the next four years.

On September 24th, vote for Ryan Lane.

Thank you.

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