I have written a number of posts about our downtown over the past couple of years. I believe it should be the heart and soul of this community. In the 15 years I’ve lived here it never has been. So I may as well weigh in on the upcoming election of the new downtown BIA board of directors. I was actually thinking of finding someone to nominate me and run for a position myself. This is one board that I would like to be on. I feel our downtown has been mismanaged for many years, I think the way they do business needs a complete rethink. Unfortunately my work schedule and upcoming job commitments would not allow me to put enough time into this volunteer position.
I believe our downtown should be run like a shopping mall with unified hours, that would include the banks. If not the same hours as the stores maybe they should all get together and figure out standard opening and closing hours across the board. I deal with a couple of banks downtown and I never know when they are open or closed. I also think this whole idea of keeping the banks downtown these days with internet banking, is old fashioned, outdated thinking. The odd time when I do have to go downtown to do banking, visit my lawyer or accountant, it’s a complete pain in my ass and I never visit other stores. I am too busy rushing back to my car to avoid a parking ticket (my bad!!!) When I do go downtown by choice I walk. Normally for social activities, to have a meal, a drink, a coffee or attend one of the many festivals going on during the year 🙂
It didn’t take Chadwick long to attempt to weasel himself back into a position of influence. He got his buddy Rick Lloyd to nominate him through Smarts Flowers for a position on the board. I guess Rick has finally realized after the last election that his brand has now turned a little toxic around town. So as Lloyd and his cronies are apt to do, if you can’t run yourself put someone else in a position and wield your power by proxy. I have spoken to numerous people that have been on various boards and committee’s with Mr. Chadwick. Without getting too far into it and putting it as mildly as I possibly can, he is rather difficult sometimes to work with. I will leave the rest to your imagination.
Betty Donaher is running, I like Betty, I wish she had done better in the municipal election. I actually spoke to her for the first time a month or so ago she made me laugh when she told me that I “scare her“ not sure why. If you actually take some time to listen to what Betty has to say about local issues, she makes a lot of sense. I will not go as far as to indorse her, because the last time I did that she came in dead last. But if you own one of the 400 or so businesses that are eligible to vote in this election if you do nothing else, contact Betty and listen to her ideas. She comes across as a little gruff and abrupt at first, but she is a very smart lady.
This board needs some new blood the following people have never been elected on it before and are running for the first time:
Patricia Boyce, Charles Brand, Laurie Cameron, David Conning, Melanie Du Planty, Nancy Esson, Sara Fragomeni and Janick Lemieux.
I know nothing about any of the above people. I am very interested to hear what their vision for downtown is. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I will publish anything that I receive regarding this election on this blog.