The Union Bay Improvement District by-election for one trustee position takes place Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Union Bay Community Hall.
The candidates are incumbent Jim Elliott and challenger Ted Haraldson.
The Comox Valley Record offered both candidates the opportunity to present a platform package for publication prior to election day.
In this election my opponents have spread rumours that “Jim Elliott is opposed to development.”
This is not true. I worked diligently with our administrator on the Water Infrastructure Agreement, which was essential for development to proceed.
I am running for re-election to ensure that Union Bay has development where everyone benefits. With the enormity of this development, Union Bay needs experienced people on the board to navigate the many challenges of providing services. I bring 37 years combined experience in water and wastewater operations and management, including 12 years in dealing with boards and regulatory agencies.
Along with managing servicing needs, a proper long-term financial plan is a high priority. The construction of the water plant and a new firehall, as well as the renewal and replacement work on the current distribution system, are all required over the next few years. The ratepayers deserve to know how the financial situation will unfold. Sound planning now, will help to level out rate increases that will come as our infrastructure grows.
Another priority for me is the protection of our watershed (Langley Lake) from logging and industrial activity. We can all be involved in protecting this irreplaceable water source and managing our future. I am passionate about safeguarding our resources and informing the ratepayers.
Ratepayers are entitled to know what their board is doing. Transparency and accountability are fundamental to a democratic process. When the board disagrees, it is often over adherence to procedural issues. Union Bay has bylaws in place, as well as provincial guidelines, to assist the board in this important democratic process. With respect for each other’s points-of-view, issues can be resolved in a way that keeps Union Bay moving forward. I bring needed knowledge and proven experience in local government to the board.
Re-elect Jim Elliott.
Longtime resident of Union Bay, Ted Haraldson is running for one trustee position in the upcoming April 21 Union Bay Improvement District elections.
“Having lived in Union Bay for 44 years,” said Haraldson, “I have a good sense, not only of the history of the community, but looking forward to exciting changes about to take place with new developments that will benefit the community as a whole.”
Haraldson’s career in the Canadian Coast Guard and building trades will assist in joining a team that will make the right decisions and come up with sound solutions “on behalf of all Union Bay residents.”
He also added that in 2002 he was part of a Union Bay committee that undertook a four-year study to develop a sewer system for Union Bay. As for board experiences, he is a past vice-president of the Union of Public Employees National Defence Chapter and also past-president of a major B.C. political party.
“While I have been involved in decision making at many levels,” says Haraldson, “my focus will be devoted to helping Union Bay move forward with the necessary infrastructure that will move Union Bay into a new era of prosperity.
“In addition to the water treatment facility that has been mandated by the Province, the reality is that we need a new firehall,” continued Haraldson. “As a community we have deadlines to meet and at the same time must look towards the future if we wish to build a community that will be seen as a destination for people of all ages to call home.”
He believes that with his background, experience and as a long-time resident of Union Bay, he can help the community move forward by demonstrating good leadership that is responsive to the needs and concerns of the community.