1) What do you feel is the most significant issues facing West Kelowna and how would you suggest it be resolved?
1. Upgrade our non-existent and aging Infrastructure to an Urban Standard while retaining the rural character of West Kelowna – Roads, sidewalks, bike paths, implementing major infrastructure Master plans, recreation trails and sidewalks to better connect neighbourhoods; youth facilities; make this a greater place for families to live,
2. Economic Development – see question 4 below,
3. Continued Good Governance, Administration and Financial Responsibility -maintain a highly motivated and accountable staff, continue to operate within strict financial framework, strong partnerships with Federal and Provincial governments, deliver programs in the most efficient way and maintain a small local government structure.
2) What personal characteristics or background do you possess that make you an ideal candidate for mayor?
I am an experienced, energetic, accessible Full Time Mayor who has demonstrated the ability to move council’s plans (developed with public consultation) forward, with demonstrable results. I am accessible to the public and media. I understand the value of money, and I conduct myself with integrity. I am a team player. I do my homework and gather as much information and input as possible before making key decisions. There is no steep learning curve in my case. I am job ready. I have shown demonstrable results of positive change for our community for my time as Mayor.
3) What is your vision for any future development of West Kelowna’s waterfront along Okanagan Lake?
On the Gellatly waterfront area I see the experience being enhanced by small scale commercial development and restaurants. Additional recreational amenities for families building on the CNR Wharf success are needed. Over time we will connect the Gellatly Waterfront to the Boucherie Wine Route which will include a recreational pedestrian trail and bike path from Goats Peak to Kalamoir Park. The Cove is a great asset and another resort further along Boucherie would add value to West Kelowna’s waterfront. A modest expansion of the West Kelowna Yacht Club moorage is being considered.
4) What can the District of West Kelowna do to attract more business investment to the community
The Westbank Revitalization Strategy is underway . Street upgrades are being undertaken; a Civic Centre on Elliot Road involving significant private sector investment and a City Hall is in the negotiation stage and will be brought forward for public discussion and support should an acceptable deal be concluded; downtown will be connected by an improved Gellatly Road to the waterfront in 2015; New development to follow success of the Heritage and Gateway projects; the new Transit Exchange will encourage new specialized development. We must continue to nurture our Wine Trail, and encourage new development in the Stevens Road Business Park.
5) Why do you agree or disagree that a second bridge crossing of Okanagan Lake is important to the future of West Kelowna?
As Mayor I have been insistent to the Province that the ‘Second Bridge Crossing’ study be seen as a ‘Second Corridor’ Study. A second bridge will be north of the existing bridge. Peachland has lobbied for a Highway 97 Bypass that would see an alternate route leave existing 97 south of Peachland and join the Okanagan Connector . This raises the possibility of whether the new bridge should route around the north of West Kelowna to connect the two. Constructing a second bridge and connecting it to the existing Highway 97 would put more traffic load on the highway.