Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Another newcomer files for council

Scott Krienke-Turvey is the latest candidate to file to run for a seat on town council.
“I think that we need new blood in council,” said Krienke-Turvey, who owns and operates Ink Spotz Apparel+ on Scott Street with his wife, Darlyss,

He added the same faces have been on council for two terms, and “that’s not necessarily a wise or good thing.”
Krienke-Turvey said he comes from a business background, feels that unfortunately some past councillors have not had that background, and he hopes he can bring some of that experience to the table.
“The big thing I think is we need fresh ideas and to step away from projects that are being wasteful,” he remarked.
One example, according to Krienke-Turvey, is the Huffman Court development on Williams Avenue.
He noted that only one lot has been sold there so far. And while perhaps all 16 lots will sell over the next several years, the town’s also tied up thousands of dollars in the meantime.
A second example is the tourist information centre, said Krienke-Turvey.
“That’s not something I think the town needs to be in the business of,” he argued.
“Quite frankly, I think the small number of tourists that are going to actually stay in town after visiting there is limited.
“People don’t come to Fort Frances to go to the tourist information site in order to stay here,” Krienke-Turvey said.
“They’re either planning to come here when they leave their home or somewhere between home and here, or they are going somewhere else.
“Most of the information they’re going to be giving [out at the tourist information centre] is how to get to Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Kenora, which I totally find is wasteful,” he added.
Krienke-Turvey joins fellow newcomers Jennifer Horton, Jennifer Greenhalgh, and Charleen Mallory in the race for the six seats on council in the Oct. 27 municipal election.
Incumbent councillors Ken Perry and John Albanese also have filed their papers.
Meanwhile, Mayor Roy Avis and Coun. Andrew Hallikas have filed to run for the mayor’s chair.
On the education front, incumbent David Kircher and newcomer Stephen Sinclair have filed so far to run for the two Fort Frances seats on the Rainy River District School Board.
No one has yet filed for the two Fort Frances seats up for grabs on the Northwest Catholic District School Board.
Candidates must submit their nomination to the town clerk by 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12.
Mail-in ballots will be sent out to voters in early October.

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