The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus, at its annual inaugural meeting held in Kingston last week, elected Warden Eric Duncan of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry as its chair for 2015.
Peterborough County Warden J. Murray Jones was elected as the vice-chair.
“I am honoured to chair the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus and to have the opportunity to work very hard to support all property taxpayers in the 103 member municipalities across the EOWC region,” said Eric Duncan. “The EOWC takes pride in doing its homework and coming up with new ideas that contribute to positive change in our municipalities.”
“One of our major concerns is the ever escalating cost of policing, whether OPP or municipal,” Duncan continued. “We will work with groups such as the Association of Municipalities of Ontario looking at all options to reduce the burden to local taxpayers of providing emergency services.”
Both Duncan and Jones were elected to their new positions by acclamation. Chair Duncan is also mayor of the Township of North Dundas, while vice-chair Jones is mayor of the Township of Douro-Dummer.
The EOWC has established three key priorities for the coming year.
1. Beginning the implementation of the key actions proposed in the Eastern Ontario Economic Development Strategy.
2. Working in tandem with the Eastern Ontario Regional Network to prepare and submit an Eastern Ontario cellular infrastructure network improvement project.
3. Continuing its research and advocacy efforts on matters related to the financial sustainability of municipal government in Eastern Ontario.