Downtown’s Reputation, Revitalization, Hot Topics At Ward Meeting

Tuesday October 14th, 2014

Posted at 11:02pm


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Ward Three Candidate Meeting at St. Clair Centre for the Arts

Ward three city council candidates discussed their proposals to area residents for the upcoming municipal election, Tuesday evening.

Candidates Rino Bortolin, Gabe Maggio and Caroline Postma were present at St. Clair Centre for the Arts for the meeting. Ward candidate Claude Reno did not show up to the event.

More than 60 people attended the event. Candidates were asked a series of questions from 7pm until 9pm.

Candidates were given one minute to introduce themselves before moderator Madka Ghebreslassie started asking questions.  All candidates were asked the same questions, generated by downtown residents, with one minute to respond to each.

Revitalizing the downtown core, the reputation in downtown Windsor, local businesses and the state of downtown were popular issues discussed.

Proposals mentioned included cleaning up downtown, more retail and a bakery or butcher in walking distance. Maggio proposed an idea to paint the town by repainting railings, lights, doors and hydro polls as a way to light up the downtown core.

The candidates were asked which mayoral candidate they would support. Postma and Bortolin were undecided while Maggio announced that John Millson had his vote.

Ending the night, each candidate proposed an idea for a new event to be held downtown.

Bortolin suggested a family orientated event such as a kid’s soccer game as a way to attract families into the downtown core. Maggio wanted an event that would attract seniors into the community. Postma said she wanted an event like Art in the Park, but instead of a park she suggested a parking lot.

Residents listened to the responses from each ward candidate until Ghebreslassie was finished asking the questions. Candidates were then able to talk individually with the residents of ward three.

Windsor’s municipal election takes place October 27th.

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