Name: Ernie Daykin
Occupation: Mayor of Maple Ridge
Q1. What have you personally achieved, or what initiative have you personally led in recent years that qualifies you to be elected or re-elected as a Maple Ridge councillor?
1. Right at the outset of this term, my commitment was that the trademark of this term would be results through positive working relationships. I believe that this commitment has been delivered on and laid the ground work for more to come:
• Positive relationships with senior government enabled Maple Ridge to receive significant infrastructure funds for the sewer project to 256th Street industrial reserve area, as well as 224th Street and Lougheed Highway improvement project.
• Working with the BIA and chamber of commerce in Our Spirit Our Town – a program to do everything from litter pick up to the façade improvements.
• Working together with citizens, council, staff and legal council to rid south Haney of Northumberland Court and having an application in the works for a new town home project.
• North Alouette greenway bridge another project complete, working with the federal, provincial and Metro Vancouver levels of government to improve the trail network Maple Ridge already enjoys.
Q2. Provide two examples of council’s actions over the past three years and explain why or why not you support them.
2. Albion flats concept plan forwarded to the ALC for comment. Folks have been telling us long and often that they would like to see more shopping options in Maple Ridge. The Albion flats is very often the topic of that conversation. Council decided to move that concept work ahead of other items in the work plan to move that project. I supported that work on a key part of our community. The community and council need to know the possibilities and the realties of what is achievable on the flats. With comments back in the coming months, then the next steps can be taken in the process.
Also, the purchase of three acres between the two malls. I supported that purchase because now that key piece of the downtown core is in district control. Folks for years have said: Why can’t something be done there? Well, council has no ability to control the timing of private property redevelopment. Now the site has been cleaned up and development ready and I am looking forward to the next phase as the district invites expressions of interest for the development on that property.
Q3. Do you support the 13-per-cent increase (over three years) in councillor’s salaries approved last summer? Why or why not? Explain what you would do if elected.
3. When the vote was taken for the next council, remuneration in line with past policy and practice, I did support the increase that takes place over three years. I also support and understand that the incoming council can review and likely will review the policy. The incoming council can also decide to not take the increase as the current council did in 2009.