Councillor Tom Duncan officially announced today that he is running for re-election to Duncan council.
â€œA comprehensive Strategic Plan, parks and infrastructure improvements, and active transportation planning are some of our Cityâ€™s most important initiatives. Iâ€™m proud to be a part of the positive, solution-oriented leadership provided by our council. I will continue to work for the betterment of our community,â€ said Councillor Duncan.
Councillor Duncan has served two terms on council and has been a member of several committees, including the tourism, environment and centennial committees. He has represented the City for the last five years on the Island Savings Centre Commission, supporting a sustainability plan and improvements to the Cowichan Theatre. Duncan has also represented the City on the Vancouver Island Regional Library board executive.
â€œWorking with my council colleagues â€” a team that cares so much about the future of our City â€” we have accomplished a lot in the past six years,â€ Councillor Duncan said.
â€œOur City celebrated its Centennial in 2012 with the creation of a unique water fountain in City Square, city stage improvements, a new water park, a cob oven, and playground equipment in Centennial Park, and totem interpretative signage and a Centennial totem pole in Charles Hoey park,â€ Councillor Duncan said.
Councillor Duncan also noted the addition of a pocket park on Canada Avenue, upgrades to McAdam Park fields, and pedestrian bridges. In addition, he mentioned that a comprehensive review of council policies has been completed and implemented, including a respectful workplace policy and an integrated community sustainability plan to include in councilâ€™s operational development decisions.
Councillor Duncan acknowledged the current discussion around amalgamation on boundary restructuring with North Cowichan.
â€œThe city currently provides water and fire services to areas outside the city boundary,â€ Councillor Duncan acknowledged. â€œI believe our city needs to review all our options before moving forward with any type of boundary changes or amalgamation. I fully support a complete study of the costs and benefits for both amalgamation or boundary restructuring to be voted on by the citizens of Duncan. I support the principle of a citizens assembly to review the study and provide recommendations to City council.â€
â€œAny changes to our City governance must be a benefit to the citizens of Duncan. I am passionate about Duncan and I know if we work together we can build a City that has a bright future,â€ said Councillor Duncan.
What issues concern you most and why?
My priorities include, implementation of our active transportation plan, completion of our wayfinding strategy and develop a City Gateway, develop a plan to maintain and upgrade our city infrastructure.