Outstanding issues to take care of, says Doucet

Photo from Yvon Doucet's website

Photo from Yvon Doucet’s website

Yvon Doucet wants to take care of outstanding issues in the city and the ward he represents, and is hoping residents of Ward 2 will put him back in office this October.
“The major hot button issue in south Niagara is health care. I will continue to be on the front lines to help preserve and prevent any further degradation of the critical services that we have come to rely on and will need into the future, said Doucet who announced his candidacy earlier this week
In a release, he said continued investment in industrial lands is necessary as the West Side Industrial Park is approaching full occupancy.
“The new East Side Industrial Park has been identified by Niagara Region as a prime industrial gateway in Niagara, therefore it is incumbent upon the city to provide infrastructure that will attract prospective industrial employers to that area.”
The former professional special education teacher and one-time owner of a food services business was first elected to council in 1990 and represented Ward 2 for 13 years before taking a leave to resolve personal health issues. He was once again elected to council in 2010.
Docuet said he’s worked diligently with council colleagues to assure that citizens’ expectations are met while enabling public services in a fiscally responsible manner.
“I am proud to be a part of the city’s budget management team that has approved expenditures for much needed improvements to the city’s aging infrastructure while delivering modest property tax increases.”
One of the long overdue infrastructure projects in Ward 2 is the replacement of very old storm sewers in and around Humboldt Parkway, Wellington, Clark and Janet Sts. The planning is nearly finished and the moment that federal and provincial funding is released, he plans to be there to see that this project is completed as quickly as possible.
Other outstanding issues, he said, include the Community Based Risk Assessment (CBRA) process and mid-peninsula corridor.
“The CBRA was initiated ten years ago and the process has stalled. I and my colleagues have become impatient with the lack of progress. I will do my part to continue pressuring the Ministry of Environment and the local company to stop the delays and finish the job.”
Doucet said the mid-peninsula corridor has been identified by the region as a priority transportation corridor, and it would further advantage Port Colborne as a cost-effective solution for new industries that would benefit from existing multi-modal transportation facilities and close proximity to major markets.
“While Port Colborne is a small rural Canadian city of limited resources, it is home to a diverse community with many needs. I have purposefully taken a leadership role in helping to build and implement the strategic health and wellness plan to meet many of these needs. Some of the key successes include: recruitment of new physicians and other health care professionals and facilitating the opening of new clinics, the Vale Health and Wellness Center and the Algoma Skateboard and BMX Park.
Doucet said his policy is to be open and responsive to all citizens residing in Ward 2.
“Representing them and all of the city’s residents has been time consuming yet rewarding. I count it a privilege to be a member of a hard working team of councilors and staff that have worked diligently to support improvements to this ward and our entire lakeside community. I believe that our team approach has resulted in delivering maximum value to the taxpayer and that these efforts have been instrumental in creating a sustainable and model community in Ontario. I look forward to continuing my work and providing the leadership that Port Colborne has received. I will strive to continue this leadership during the next term.”


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