Brian Phillips- At Large Candidate
1.Businesses are frequently the targets of crime and on the front line dealing with societal problems in the area; what steps do you think should be taken to ensure businesses are protected and our community is safer to explore, shop, work and play in.
We could explore a few options for safer shopping and less crime in the form of:
Work with our Police Department to increase foot patrols if budgets allow.
We could look at a security company to do foot patrols. Again budgets need to be considered.
And maybe re-implement the neighborhood watch program a volunteer based organization that provided safe neighborhoods in the past.
We can also have a general meeting to discuss the problems as we all know what they are and come up with solutions that benefit all of the South Core areas.
- What is your impression of the Fort William Business community? What is one thing that is done well and what is one thing that needs to improve?
The BIA is doing a great job as always! They need more council and administrative support that would continue to make the South core Stronger. A Full Team effort put fourth
By all organizations and businesses involved this would help bring about positive change.
The South Core is a fabulous place and it needs its share of City funding to help in its growth continue growing and securing new and old business and this will then build a better community based area.
- With the revitalization of downtown Fort William project underway there is no planned community center for the area after the project is completed. Victoriaville provided an important and safe gathering place. What vision do you have to recreate a similar environment for community connectivity?
As the former Victoriaville manager the mall provided a great place for the community to gather and participate and interact! The events were all well received and the partnership with the BIA only made things all the more successful!
There are a few buildings up for sale along Victoria Avenue maybe one of them could be turned into a community center for the South Core.
Look for funding on all levels of government and private funding as well. This would create a positive area for the Core and is community. And continue positive growth.
For the winter months we should have a larger commercial place converted into a community center area. There could be a business case made to make the facility self- sufficient. By having hall rentals etc. it would be something to think about.
We also need to remind ourselves of the great space available at the Brodie St library. This facility is available to each of us as citizens. The library has a hall space to use for everyone. This is a very under underutilized space. We should revitalize the use of our fabulous library.
Brian Phillips for At Large