When the new City Council takes office
after the election on October 27 the first order of business I
intend to propose is that we take immediate steps to regain the
confidence of the general public. It is critical that residents
of the City of Greater Sudbury have confidence in the people
they have chosen to be their leaders, so in order to demonstrate
our commitment we must hit the ground running.
I will propose that we take whatever action
is necessary to make the Auditor General a permanent position
with the City of Greater Sudbury; take steps to hire the office
of the Ontario Ombudsman, and; hire an Integrity Commissioner.
At the same time we must direct the Staff to come up with an
urgent plan to adopt an Open Data policy for the City and be
prepared to implement whatever arrangements are required to put
this plan into motion.
We must then deal with the results of the
Referendum Questions, regardless of the voter turnout. For any
of the questions that receive a NO majority, we can simply allow
the status quo to continue. For any questions where the majority
is YES, we must be prepared to put the question to a motion and
approve the decision of the voters.
I will be proposing that the City Staff
return to Council with a proposed budget for 2015 that has a
zero percent increase and be prepared to begin deliberations for
the 2016 budget early in the New Year.
In addition I will be proposing that a full
audit of the public transit service be completed by the end of
Finally, I will be proposing that we
conduct a full review of the policies with respect to the
Healthy Community Initiative Fund and be prepared to decide on a
manner of administering the funds that addresses the issues of
accountability and transparency that have been identified by the
general public. If we cannot come up with an agreeable and
suitable policy, then the funds should be used elsewhere in the
In my opinion, if we can at least take care
of the items I have outlined above, the public will be able to
see that the new council means business and is prepared to make
some changes that have been requested by the voters of this
city. Over time, the confidence level among residents in their
municipal leaders will be earned back.
The thirteen members of City Council who
are elected on October 27, 2014 have a lot on their plates for
the next four years. Each month will be filled with new
challenges and decisions can no longer be put off.
And it is clear that we
need the support of our entire community if we are going to move
forward in a positive direction during the next four years.
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