Local Government Elections: The Village of Midway mayoral candidates

The two mayoral candidates for the Vilage of Midway.

Presenting, the Village of Midway mayoral candidates. The four Village of Midway council seats are acclaimed.

Martin Fromme

Elaine and I have lived in Midway since 1969. We have appreciated the opportunity to raise our children here and to share with family and friends our beautiful village.

In this election I am offering strong, fresh leadership to serve all the residents of Midway.

In the six years that I have served on Council, I was pleased to see developments take place, such as the River Walk and improved mountain trails, safer walking space along Florence St., new signage at the Entwined Trees park, heritage street signage, and the initiation of the process to open up the airport lands for community development.

The municipal council is the pivotal agency for directing and promoting improvements within the Village of Midway. The mayor, as chief executive officer of the municipality, has the responsibility to bring to the Council for decision, recommendations for the well-being and betterment of the community.

As mayor I will foster strong community relationships, open communication lines with the residents, and actively promote the fulfillment of the vision laid out in the Midway Official Community Plan.

Having worked with community members on the transition committee after the closure of Pope & Talbot, the Community Partnership Fund, the Board of Parkview Manor, and now on the Community Hall renovation committee, I have a great appreciation for the talent, experience, and enthusiasm that resides in the hearts and minds of Midway’s residents.

I support the collaborative process in committees and Council.

Although I have ideas for the development of Midway, the mayor’s responsibility is to reflect the will of council and to carry out the duties necessary to make council decisions come to fulfillment. Administration has been a large part of the work I have done over many years, so I am confident that the experience I have acquired will be of significant benefit to Midway’s progress.

Personal Commitments

  • To enhance the ability of Council to make informed decisions and track the progress of projects.
  • To enable residents and community groups to clearly and effectively express their concerns to Council.
  • To work with community groups, businesses ,and citizens to welcome new residents and introduce them to the opportunities in Midway to enrich their lives.
  • To build relationships with our neighbours, Greenwood and Area E, that will enhance our common good

Community Vision

  • To work with community members and council to create a community vision that will strengthen our case to have land, which is not fit for agriculture, removed from the ALR for community development.
  • In our tourism plan, to feature our biological diversity, community forest, agriculture, and heritage sites.
  • To develop a community driven plan for diversification of Midway’s economic base
  • To enhance the Highway 3 corridor to entice travelers to “Discover Midway.”

Thank you for marking your vote for Fromme, Martin.

Doug McMynn

I would like to introduce myself, I am Doug McMynn, present Mayor of the Village of Midway. I feel that this election reflects my leadership in my current term. I became Mayor in a by-election in 2016.

During my current term I have worked with council to achieve many tasks to make our village a better and safer place. These tasks include things such as:

Replacing our 1978 fire truck with two newer trucks. One of these trucks is equipped as a road rescue truck with the jaws of life, which council voted to be operated by the Midway Volunteer Fire Department. This means a fully trained crew, paramedics and RCMP on site at all scenes. We were also able to refurbish our tender truck to provide better fire protection to those residents living in areas without fire hydrants. All of these trucks were purchased or refurbished for less than the cost of one new fire truck.

After the tragedy at the Fernie arena we worked hard to be sure our arena met all the rules and regulations that were introduced to protect village staff and those who attend the arena.

We have worked hard to try and complete renovations on the community hall, however the timing was inopportune for us to receive grants and be able to proceed as of yet. If I am re-elected I plan to continue pursuing this project, looking for grants and government funding. I would like to see this project completed as soon as possible with the least financial impact to the community.

If I am re-elected there are many things I would work towards to make our community a better place, including:

Working in conjunction with FortisBC to replace the streetlights in the village with new LED streetlights. This will not only make our village safer as it will be better lit at night, but it will also save the village financially on energy and maintenance costs.

Continuing to work with Emergency Services to keep our village the safe place we know it to be. In my time as Mayor I have developed close working relationships with the fire chief, the volunteer fire department and with many different RCMP members in the Village as well as those who work with our local RCMP.

I look forward to working with all the current organizations in the village to make sure their needs are met to the best of our abilities. I also look forward to encouraging new organizations.

I look forward to making our community appealing to people of all ages. I would like to see new projects and opportunities arise that would appeal to new families looking at coming to Midway.

As the third generation in my family to call the Village of Midway home I am proud to say where I live. I am happy to have raised my children here and now be able to watch my grandchildren being raised in this wonderful community.

Thank you and please remember to vote.

Doug McMynn

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