ELECTION 2014: Candidate Q and A: Mayoral candidate James Baker

District of Lake Country: Baker, James: Mayoral candidate

1.What is the biggest issue facing Lake Country in the next four years.

Completing a spectacular civic centre on Main Street with at a minimum a Museum, Archives and Art Gallery using the expertise of our knowledgeable volunteer groups, UBCO and First Nations. A Museum/Art Gallery complex could become a destination attraction, a focal point for our arts and heritage communities, and an anchor for Main Street..

2. What is the biggest issue facing your specific ward?

Every ward has issues of infrastructure deficit. Your Council has vigorously attempted to close the infrastructure gap by taking advantage of every grant program available. We will continue to secure funds to address issues of safety on our roads, clean drinking water, appropriate waste water treatment and a healthy environment.

3. How do you think Lake Country should go about attracting business?

Good planning and judicious use of incentives where possible are critical factors in attracting business. We have formed an Economic Development department as a part of our recent restructuring to focus on attracting business to Lake Country with recent visible success.

4. Do you support the restructuring that took place in the last municipal term in Lake Country municipal hall? Why or why not?

Yes. The restructure study was necessary to determine how we might achieve greater efficiencies in our procedures and operations. We have implemented the study’s recommendations and expect to achieve significant operational cost savings over the next few years.

5. Why should voters vote for you over any of the other choices available on the ballot this year?

I have the knowledge, experience and energy to work collaboratively with numerous agencies that are critical in ensuring that Lake Country remains a great place to live and work. In this last term we have moved Lake Country forward on numerous fronts. The next four years promises to be an exciting time as we complete significant and promising projects.

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