Kellie O'Brien

Area D candidates – Kellie O’Brien

We asked the candidates: What are the issues in your area and how are you going to tackle them?

Where is the sewer system?

This by far is the #1 issue I have encountered on the campaign trail. Unfortunately, it has been with Area D for over a decade (three directorship terms and heading for a fourth).

The public referendum in favour of sewer service was held half a decade ago. The $3.4 million government granted funding was secured in March ‘08. With the passage of time, your septic systems continue to age and numerous have already failed. Septic field replacement requires an up front cost in excess of $20,000.

Delay has led to further issues, for example, the person who has recently had to replace their field is concerned about having to spend even more hooking up to sewer. Meanwhile, the bulk of the neighbourhood where systems are failing desperately want sewer service. We’ve had years to address the sewer issues.

There is a path through all of the issues. I have listened and heard and will take action. No more delays.

Stagnation is the #2 issue. Simply put, many people want change. Not much happens in Area D and this path won’t generate positive growth.

Where are the home businesses, cottage industries, local retail services, tourism and resource-based businesses that are the cornerstone of the current Area D Community Plan?

The people are requesting the entitlements of the day with orderly growth that will add value to the rural lifestyle.

Being non-partisan, I will deal with Area D issues fairly, objectively and with common sense. I will keep you well informed. I will work with you for positive change.