Martin Seeking Fourth Term

Michael Martin - The Blue Mountain Council Candidate

Michael Martin – The Blue Mountain Council Candidate

First of all, tell us a little about your background and overall platform in 100 words or less.

I am a three-term councilor, current council representative and Planning Committee Chair.

I have served on Council for 11 years having retired to Blue Mountains in 1994 from legal practice in real estate and municipal law, having acted for Municipalities, Ratepayer and Developers, and as an Corporate  Senior Executive involved in retail, commercial and residential development.

Background: left Toronto to live in Thornbury from 1994: retired from career as lawyer.

What do you see as the major issue(s) facing business-owners in Grey-Bruce?

A major issue over the next 4 year term to support the business community is a change in the corporate climate of the municipality’s bureaucracy.

I want to change the climate of Town administration to meet public expectation in timeliness and minimum red tape. I have received numerous concerns from small businesses, major developers, and residents who are unsatisfied with how are services are accessed and delivered. Again I am not critical of staff: they do their best given their limitations; but, again it is up to Council to develop and show leadership and eliminate limitations. The business community must feel confidence in its relationship to Town Hall not antagonistic.

The business community must feel confidence in its relationship to Town Hall not antagonistic.What strategies do you have in mind to stimulate economic growth in the region? 

The principal strategy which is now under way is the results of our economic development program of “Business Retention and Expansion” study. One aspect already identified is to ensure existing businesses consider growing their markets rather than constantly look for out of area businesses to relocate.

Do you feel economic growth should focus on: growth of existing businesses.

A) Bringing in new business developments, or

B) Encouraging small businesses presently in operations?

This is the preferred over attraction of new.

Do you think local business taxes should be:

A) Increased

B) Decreased

C) Maintained at current levels

I think taxes have to meet the requirements of delivery of all municipal services as required by legislation. I am working to keep taxes within acceptable and affordable limits.

 

Should there be any changes in the services offered to local businesses?

There needs to be better coordination among the business services offered by the municipality, the County and the Province: stop the tail chasing…

 

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