Al Wickens

Al Wickens

Port Hardy: Alan Wickens

I don’t suppport the installation of water meters at this time due to economic conditions.

  • Nov. 12, 2011 12:00 p.m.

1. Do you support the installation of water meters and if yes, who should pay for them?

2. Because Port Hardy has experienced a marked decline in population in recent years should we cut the number of councillors from six to four and why or why not?

3. More than 50 per cent of Port Hardy pool users are from outside the district yet we fund the entire operation. How can we recoup some of the costs?

4. Why should people vote for you?

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1. I don’t suppport the installation of water meters at this time due to economic conditions. When elected to council, I plan to revisit this initiative.

2. Even with the marked decline in population, I don’t think we should reduce the number of councillors. These positions are largely volunteer with little cost to the district. Fewer councillors would mean more work for each and would discourage people from running.

3. I’m a strong believer in user pay, but I’m not sure that pool users could afford a much higher fee. Regional contributions may have to come into play.

4. I’m asking Port Hardy residents to vote for me because I bring a fresh approach to guiding the business side  of the district. I also bring a wealth of experience from my time volunteering on boards of local and national not-for-profit organizations. And finally because of my accounting background and audit experience I bring a strong business approach to the day-to-day running of the district. Over the past several years I’ve seen Port Hardy struggle to find an identity. At times we’ve tried to be a tourist destination, not with great success. Logging has become highly mechanized with lower demand for manpower. I think we are a transportation hub. We have a ferry terminal, an airport, wharves, taxi service, float planes, trucking, water taxis, coast guard, pilot boats, a bus service and support facilities for each.Perhaos there is something we’re missing in Port Hardy.