Our next interview is with Nancy Draper-Maxsom, who seeking her second mandate as councilor for Ward 1.
Small business owner and artisan; before that, 37 years with the Federal Government.
Councilor for Ward 1
For four years.
What is the greatest challenge facing your ward?
The road work: the municipal roads, they have been let go. We’ve done a quite a bit of work but there is much still a lot to be done. It impacts on everyone that is travelling the roads. The base of the road is pretty good [but] the ones that are paved, for many of them it was years ago and nothing was done. The ones that are gravel, it’s taking us time to build them back up. For some of them, it will require a lot of work; some of them need to be dropped down and built back up.
Also just getting community together as a whole. If [people] bring an issue to the council, we can work on it and see how it can be worked out. I’m not sure whether it’s the new generation, [but] everyone has got a very busy life now; there are not the events where everyone went to […] a dance. We’re working on it; the [recent] seniors’ square dance was fun!
If re-elected, what is the first thing you would like to do?
The infrastructure: the roads, the buildings. All our roads need work; ditches, brush cutting. We’re working on it, but we only have so much money. We have two fire halls that need to be renovated. There’s work to be done on the Luskville Community Centre. Also the Quyon Womens Institute needs work.
What is going right in this area?
We’re getting the new Community Centre in Quyon and that’s awesome! The monument (recently dedicated at the Luskville Community Centre), I worked on that. The work with the NCC to get the AstroPontiac (astronomy site) going, to get the Fall Fair going. When it started four years ago, they called me a month in advance and said, “Can you get us vendors?” We are finally getting recognition from the NCC. We work on a lot of things with them: the Lusk falls trail rehabilitation, the horse trail. It’s coming together; it all takes time, but it can be done. You just have to put the effort into it.
Why do you want to run for council again?
I want to see some of the projects I’ve started completed. I feel that I still have a lot to give. I want to see the residents treated fairly and equitably and the whole municipality treated that way. Everything has to be transparent and equitable. Two parts of Mountain Road have been done, the last piece will be the gullies (on the straight section), they will be done by next year. And then Mountain Road will be done. The Lusk projects are being done; we set aside money to repave Steele Line, we set aside money to pave two roads on other side of the mountain. I’m going to stick with council for another four years [because] I want to see the money obtained for the fire halls [put to work], they’re in bad shape. And you can’t do it all in the four years! You put in for your funding and sit down and [wait].