Castanet News has distributed a questionnaire to each candidate running for local council in the South Okanagan.
All candidates have been given the same questions, and answers have been edited for clarity and brevity when needed. Responses will be published daily in the weeks ahead. An interactive database of Okanagan candidates, including previous questionnaire stories, is available here and is being updated daily.
Election day is Oct. 15.
Myers Bennett: Osoyoos council candidate
Why would you make an effective councillor?
I feel I would make an effective town councillor as I have proven my dedication to the position for the last four year as a councillor for the Town of Osoyoos as well serving two prior terms in B.C. I have an abundance of business experience having owned and managed many businesses and I am known for my transparency and my attitude of listening, processing, then make an informed decision based on facts.
In your view, what is the number one issue facing Osoyoos today, and how would you deal with it, knowing Town Hall only has so much power?
The number one issue facing Osoyoos today is a toss up between our current water supply and near affordable housing for our many young families. That is one of my reasons for wanting to stay on council as we have spent many hours trying to get a parcel of land into the Town of Osoyoos' name to proceed with a partial answer to the housing part of this problem and we have met with the Minister and staff trying to get funding for the last four years to correct the water problem and hopefully it will be our term in 2023.
How would you make Osoyoos more affordable?
I am not sure how many community’s can make themselves become more affordable unless land prices really dropped in some of larger cities as the prices are driven by availability and unfortunately we do not have any more land base so it drives the price up. In the last few month’s we have offered developers incentives so there are ten new below market value homes that will be coming into the market along with eight new below market rentals.
What is one example of a time you agreed with Osoyoos council over the past term, and one where you disagreed?
We have a real good working council so we agree on a lot on the issues but my one disagreements come when we agree to use funds from other accounts such as the reserve funds to pre-purchase new vehicles for our fleet as I feel those funds should be left in the reserve funds.
If you had $1 million to spend on anything for Osoyoos, how would you spend it?
I would use the $1,000,000 to match against an available grant where we could match say a government grant that would provide $ 4,000,000 if the community provided 25 per cent towards the project the we would be leveraging that $ 1,000,000 into $ 5,000,000 for the community.
Picture Osoyoos 20 years from now. What are the key aspects that are making it thrive?
My vision in twenty years Osoyoos will be a very vibrant small town as it is now flourishing due to the influx of tourist and cyclist during our off season enjoying the Indigenous culture experience along with the farm/market/agritourism tours along with being a cycling hub for the Trails of the Okanagans hiking biking trails