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Meet Jason FitzGerald, a candidate for election to Huntsville Council in the Ward of Stisted, Stephenson, Port Sydney
I am thankful I had the opportunity to serve as your councillor for the past four years.
We have worked hard to create a cohesive and respectful council.
Looking forward to another term on council, I would like to continue with our increased capital spending on roads, bridges and ditching. We have a long way to go on our roads and it is the most frequent issue constituents contact me to discuss. I would like to push for a further increase in this area.
Council has done a fantastic job with fighting for the future of our hospital. It is with tremendous support from the community we were able to realize our preferred model of two full serviced hospitals in Huntsville and Bracebridge. More effort and public support will be required to see this come to fruition. Council will continue dialogue with the minister of health and long-term care regarding the current funding model for our hospital, and how it needs to be revised.
The approval of Fairvern has been a long arduous process, with great support from council and the community, we will see this crucially important facility redeveloped to serve our needs.
I believe the support of our community halls is of great importance to the future of Port Sydney, Utterson and Aspdin. Discussion is taking place for further capital investment in these facilities, as well as increased programming to better serve the needs of our smaller communities. I will always work hard to keep our halls open.
The municipality has made a concerted effort to relieve all ratepayers of surplus capital assets no longer useful to the community.
The need for more affordable housing has been at the forefront of council discussions. Great strides have been made in an effort to improve the availability of all types of housing for our family, friends and neighbours. Expect more land grants and funding to further complement the need for housing.
In closing I would like to thank everyone for supporting my efforts on council to make Huntsville a better place for us all.
If you feel I have represented you well, please vote for me in an effort to continue my work with council. If you would like to discuss anything with me please email me at [email protected]. Or, give me a call at 705-706-1540.
Jason FitzGerald is Chair of the Huntsville Heritage Committee, Co-Chair of Community Services, Member of the Planning Committee, Member of the Committee of Adjustment, and appointee to the special Affordable Housing Committee.
Jason lives in Port Sydney with his wife and daughter. He is the owner of Broadleaf Construction and has 30-plus years experience in construction supervision and project management.
Jason is also Vice President of the Stephenson District Lions Club, Vice President of the Huntsville Old Timers Hockey Club, a member of the Port Sydney Parks and Recreation, and chair of the Wally Keith Walton memorial golf tournament.
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