Cramahe Township Mayor Marc Coombs announces run for re-election.
“Today I am formally announcing I have filed my nomination papers to run for re-election as Mayor of Cramahe Township.
As many of you already know, and more are discovering all the time, Cramahe is a wonderful community with much to offer. New residents tell me how much they love it here, and how friendly everyone is. Being Mayor of such a community has been a fantastic & exciting experience. I have enjoyed leading our municipality for the past 12 years and seeing the success we have collectively achieved.
When I first ran for Council in 1997 my goals were to support agriculture, promote economic development, and keep tax increases low by spending frugally but also investing wisely in our infrastructure to support future development. After twenty years, my goals are much the same, and I am immensely proud of where our community is today.
I am proud of many achievements that I have been involved with during my time as Mayor, such as:
· Northumberland Hills Public School (keeping our rural children in Cramahe in a new $5m school)
· the new Fire Hall/Paramedics base (first joint base in Northumberland)
· Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (first in Ontario)
· 6-million-dollar expansion of our Waste Water Treatment Plant
· expanded Industrial Park
· the Castleton Town Hall restoration & Library renovation,
· the upcoming Colborne Library expansion
· attracting Tim Hortons & new development such as TCO AgroMart
· working with the Big Apple on their future planned development
· keeping the Apple Blossom Tyme Festival alive
· starting the hard topping of rural gravel roads and the increased millions of dollars we have spent on upgrading our road infrastructure
Cramahe is ideally poised for growth that will continue to keep tax increases low. The planned residential developments will support a larger commercial tax base which will provide local employment and an increased, diversified tax base. When on the right track, investment follows, as we have already started to see in such projects as the updating of the Foodland grocery store.
Over the next four years Cramahe will see unprecedented development and I believe it critical we have the Mayor with the experience, vision and capability to preside over these important projects and to deal with everyone with honesty and integrity in an open and ethical fashion.
I believe it is imperative that we focus on communication and customer service. As print media slowly disappears, we will start using digital tools such as social media and our new website debuting this fall to get the word out to the wider world about what is happening in Cramahe as well as to inform and greatly enhance two-way communication between our residents and the municipality.
I look forward to having further conversations with you about our future!”