Investing in our Infrastructure
Dedicating your tax dollars to infrastructure projects must be done in a manner that is reasonably priced, necessary and logical. Road surfaces and the sewer and water lines underneath are important especially to meet the needs of changing weather patterns. We have all seen the increased wrath that storms are impacting us with nowadays and ensuring that we utilize the best technology to mitigate flood damage is crucial. There are many roads in Thunder Bay that are terrible – there’s no denying that! Over the past few years, the quick freeze in the fall combined with rapid temperature increases in the spring play havoc with our roadways. Investing in proper road infrastructure is a priority for me. We need to get it right and invest your tax dollars properly.
Having said that, a community needs to dedicate funds to enhance our quality of life as well. In an effort to attract people to our city and provide services for the thousands of taxpayers already calling Thunder Bay home, I believe that we need to balance roads with infrastructure projects that meet the needs of our community. As long as funding sources are secured by the federal and provincial government as well as other funding sources, I am favour of projects like the proposed indoor turf facility and a new arena. Sports and access to proper facilities is a big priority for me. I completely understand the benefits of having appropriate facilities in an effort to enhance the quality of life for our citizens. As we are competing nationally for people to make Thunder Bay home, these types of resources are attractive to those looking to move to here and raise their families.
I am pleased to see the roadwork already underway in Westfort. We need more of this! I know that there is only so much than can be done on an annual basis but I am committed to making sure that Westfort gets its fair share of infrastructure investments. Another key priority for me is the James Street Bridge. We need an open and accessible transportation path between Westfort and Fort William First Nation. There is a lot of traffic that is completely bypassing our ward. With many wonderful stores and services in Westfort, we could benefit by increased traffic flow using the James Street Bridge. I am positive that a viable solution exists and I am committed to making this work.