Call to action from Mulmur candidates
Saturday’s rain did not deter people from an all-candidates town hall for Mulmur Township. The meeting brought about 80 voters face-to-face with the four would-be Mulmur councillors. Many of the township’s current concerns came up, allowing each candidate a good chance to express their priorities and plans for the next four years.
At the candidates’ table were acclaimed Mayor Paul Mills and Heather Hayes, acclaimed deputy mayor, joined by candidates Earl Hawkins (incumbent), Lynn Hilchey (incumbent), Janet Horner and Keith Lowry. The meeting, held at the township offices, was hosted by the Mono Mulmur Citizens’ Coalition and facilitated by Don MacFarlane.
Following candidate statements, the question-and-answer period covered many of Mulmur’s standing issues including the proposed Arbour Farms gravel pit on Airport Road, proposed motorcycle access to the Dufferin County forest, weekend traffic speeding on paved roads and other concerns such as public access to road allowances.
Questions from voters drew out some frustration with the Dufferin County council’s perceived indifference to priorities in the rural townships.
Mills, Hayes and several candidates stressed the value of public action – such as attending meetings as a delegation – to support local council in their appeals to other levels of government.
Mills reminded the crowd of the public’s impact on the outcome of the Melancthon mega-quarry application and praised the work of local citizens’ groups.