Candidate Online Forum Questions

  1. What do you cherish most about this community?
  2. What are the biggest fiscal challenges in our municipality, and what do you envision as the best way(s) to address them?
  3. Help us understand the type of leader you will be, by describing your top 3 priorities for change in our municipality.
  4. Please share your thoughts on what innovative projects would enhance life in this area?
  5. What is your perspective on the best ways to collaborate with other levels of government to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for our area?

Candidate Online Forum Responses

Dean Melnyk

  1. What do you cherish most about this community? 

Small town living!! Support of neighbors. Life should be filled with easy decisions, relaxation. Lets go fishing, boating, swimming, curling, skating or just go for a stroll, what ever you enjoy without having the pressure of simply trying to get from one place to the other. All something that small town living provides. Hey, there is a slogan here some where!

  1. What are the biggest fiscal challenges in our municipality, and what do you envision as the best way(s) to address them? 

This question is very difficult at this time to respond to unless you were an actual part of the process and that is exactly what I hope to do, if elected. However, I reached out to our town manager ( Wendy) to get a better understanding of at least one issue. Her response was not uncommon, and that is “there is not enough of the financial pie to go around “.  Any cuts to a small community are significant and very impactful.  So, what is the best way to address this issue? Well, I would love to select the simplest thing that can be done in a election, which is if you do not know how to answer a question then make promises that you have no intention of keeping or even the understanding of if you can even keep them and then hope everyone forgets the issue by the time another election occurs. Not much help to our current problem!

So, I will try to provide some sort of response.

First, I would start by understanding where we currently get funding from the government, why it has been cut, or continues to be cut, then understand how we are currently dividing this share to maintain services. I am sure that this issue is quite common to any municipality, and I am also sure our governments have heard it all, so just another stern letter will likely not work. Therefore, it really sounds like we have to look internal for ways to generate a little more funds. No, I do not mean raise taxes! I mean come up with ways to generate some new funds with events or functions.  Again, nothing new I know, but we do have a great resource in the lake close by, so maybe we can attract some new resources thru it. Just a thought! As I said a tough question, and are you sure I can not use the old stand by political answer?

  1. Help us understand the type of leader you will be, by describing your top 3 priorities for change in our municipality. 

Leader is maybe the wrong term. We are all involved and I am only someone that hopes I can help out to bring your concerns to the powers that be, after all I am not the prime minister.

As you can tell I enjoy lightening the mood whenever I can. However, I am not a joker, and would treat my role in council very seriously, but believe we still need to enjoy whatever we decide to tackle in life. I have been told I have the ability to listen and then evaluate what I have learned to make an informed decision. I do not have a problem making a decision that might not be very popular, but I also insure you that I would have evaluated any decision the best I could before proceeding. This is something that my background in contract management has taught me over the years. I also do not get hurt by something someone might say, or that someone has a different opinion than mine. Always open to discuss!

Three priorities :  They should all tie together! Community improvements, that could lead to Tourism development , which in turn could lead to how we can enjoy our community.

  1. Please share your thoughts on what innovative projects would enhance life in this area? 

I believe my long winded answers above has already provided my thoughts on what might be considered innovations.   However, Innovation usually starts with new thoughts and that is what the right new person can offer to any council.  How any innovation can be achieved is still the big issue, and again I do not want to just promise something without understanding the resources or issues. However, I do believe that some sort of upgrade has to be considered for direct enjoyment of the lake by the town and to obtain possible revenue. I think the provincial park might be our way in, I understand it has been tried in the past, but with the recent cut backs and basic sell off of these parks, they might be interested in a new proposal. We already have local experts such as Robert Phillips and Barry Monner, which have already taken similar steps themselves in their lake side development.

5. What is your perspective on the best ways to collaborate with other levels of government to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for our area?

Basically, you need to understand the governments internal levels and limitations within each department. What each department can and cannot address and in fact , are we  even talking to the right department/person. There are so many departments and funding available, when one direction of funding might dry up because of one departments budgeting, typically another opens.

A lot of reading, and information to review for sure. Thank god for internet!  I always like to talk directly to a department head and not just email, so they can at least relate to a person and not just another village looking for money.

Scott Schroeder

  1. What do you cherish most about this community?

What’s not to like and cherish about the Milo.Great community with wonderful residents.When i moved here 17 years ago i knew this was my forever home.The way the village and surrounding community all pitch in for events or fundraisers is top of the list.

  1. What are the biggest fiscal challenges in our municipality, and what do you envision as the best way(s) to address them?

The biggest fiscal challenge that i feel milo has is that the funding available for smaller communities is hard to get from outside village sources, so keeping our taxes lowest possible and still maintaining a great place to live without giving up the necessities needed.

  1. Help us understand the type of leader you will be, by describing your top 3 priorities for change in our municipality.

Being a leader is not a title I want. Being part of a team that makes the best choices for milos residents and future endeavors is more my goal.i’ve always been a big supporter of business and growth and would like to see the village grow with more employment opportunities.That will attract more families and home owners to help build the existing businesses and keep school,social programs and events going

  1. Please share your thoughts on what innovative projects would enhance life in this area?

Life enhancement is everybody’s personal choice on how they perceive it and in what they would like to see, so that  question i would love feedback from the residents on what ideas or initiatives could be implemented to better the village. I enjoy the peace and safety we enjoy now being a smaller center but growth in the proper stages i think is very welcome and needed and would benefit not only the business but tax base,family interaction and all around spirit of what milo is.

  1. What is your perspective on the best ways to collaborate with other levels of government to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for our area?

Collaborating with governments on all levels is key to growth .when cost sharing between local authorities and being part of bigger funding opportunities can be achieved through the right channels everybody wins.Everybody is aware of rising costs on all ends of life so when a governing body can collaborate with others to obtain best value for services,products or future projects it can benefit in many ways.   Thanks for the questions.Take care everybody!

 

Sheldon Walker

  1. What do you cherish most about this community?

The village we live in is, quiet, relaxed place. The kids can ride bikes down the streets and walk to the parks by themselves. Most everybody knows everybody and gives a wave or a hello. I believe our village is very acceptable to all people that visit or move in.

  1. What are the biggest fiscal challenges in our municipality, and what do you envision as the best way(s) to address them?

The biggest problem for fiscal  is the infrastructure and capital projects that need to be done with lack of government funding. It is what it is so we should put some funds away every year until we have enough to do our capital projects. With infrastructure we should do a bit every year. Another way is try a get more businesses in Milo to help with the taxes. More people to build and move in. These are good ways but we have to deal with what we have to work with until this happens.

  1. Help us understand the type of leader you will be, by describing your top 3 priorities for change in our municipality.

I don’t think being on council is being a leader we are voted in and represent the people of Milo the best we can. We are trying to keep the village going and help in any way we can. You say change if there is something you would like addressed for change that should be discussed as a group on council.

  1. Please share your thoughts on what innovative projects would enhance life in this area?

I believe we need to do something to attract more people to Milo. We have a beautiful lake beside us, that’s one drawing point and now with covid around and businesses see,

that people can work from home we can promote Milo even more since only, short drive to Calgary, Okotokes or surrounding towns or cities.

  1. What is your perspective on the best ways to collaborate with other levels of government to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for our area?

We have gone in agreement with the county an IMP. Inter Municipal Planning which means we have say of what can be done around the village on county or private land. That helps mostly when developers build around the lake and we get a say. We are working with the provincial government on keeping the campground in our possesion of contract, and that will help with jobs and revenue for the village. A big thing is keep applying for grants from the government, there are a few out there for villages and we can always use the money.

Thank-you from   Sheldon Walker.

Patrick Wiens

  1. What do I cherish about this community?

I have only lived here just over a year but I can tell you the sense of community is huge here. When I was first looking for a place to move, I was looking for something special. Something that reminded me of home. When I drove into Milo for the first time, my wife and myself turned to each other and we both said I think we found it! It just felt right and felt like somewhere we could put down roots and raise our family. The way the community steps up and comes together is truly amazing and I am proud to call Milo home.

  1. What are the biggest fiscal challenges in our municipality, and what do you envision as the best way(s) to address them?

I have only been here for a year but from what I can deduce the biggest challenge would be the small tax base that we have due to the size of the population. Taxes isn’t always the best way to attack fiscal challenges. There are possible fundraising opportunities and we could also reach out to other branches of government for possible grants or aide.

  1. Help us understand the type of leader you will be, by describing your top 3 priorities for change in our municipality.

My top 3 priorities for change would be for one to work at repairing infrastructure in the town. This may be a big undertaking but is one thing that we can tackle one step at a time. I would like to attract businesses into town. I think it would help with the fiscal challenges and help revitalize the community. Another priority would be to promote the town to try and attract new residents. This town has so much to offer it would be a shame not to share it but without loosing the small country town feel.

  1. Please share your thoughts on what innovative projects would enhance life in this area?

I have heard so much about all the thing that this town does during the year but due to the challenges that we have been facing over the last 2 years I have yet to experience what this town has to fully offer. I have noticed a lot of people from out of town using our park and maybe a family picnic area with a gazebo or something would be an attractive addition. I think utilizing all the existing programs that we have to shine a spotlight on our small town would help bring outside interests. Another idea would be a once or twice a year mailer/survey to get input from all the people in the town. I know that it is possible to attend meetings and bring up ideas but there are some people that are not comfortable being in a public settings and this would give them a chance to be heard.

  1. What is your perspective on the best ways to collaborate with other levels of government to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for our area?

I think the key to working with other levels of government is to make contacts or acquaintances within the other government agencies before we necessarily need them. This is will in turn help when the time comes and we have to turn to them for assistance. Its best to get your foot in the door early and like they always say its not who you are but who you know.