The mayoral race in Hanover is heating up as incumbent Sue Paterson faced off with her cousin Mary Winkler.
Winkler did not pull any punches as she came out swinging attacking Paterson and Council for rising taxes and poor decision making.
The poor decision making refers to what she calls Council’s two biggest blunders: Councilors attempt to provide themselves with full benefits and the 246 thousand dollar purchase of the Bluewater Radio building in what she refers to as municipal ‘bail out’.
Winkler says Hanover has no business becoming involved in the purchase and operation of a community radio station.
Paterson rolled with the punches and focused on the positive activity happening in Hanover: including the 18 million dollar expansion at Gateway Casino, the growth of a few local industries, the six new subdivisions that are in the works and the fact that the Town is investigation the possibility of expanding development north of the Saugeen River.
Paterson also rebuked Winkler’s claim that Hanover taxes have risen significantly in the double digit figures.
Paterson says Winkler’s numbers are wrong and says Hanover’s tax increase for 2018 was 1.84% which she calls more than reasonable.
One thing both Paterson and Winkler could agree on is the fact that Hanover is bursting at the seams and must find a way to expand its borders.
This will mean reaching out to West Grey in the hopes of working out some type of agreement so Hanover will be able to gain some much needed development land.
Policing was also a hot topic as it takes up a significant portion of Hanover’s budget. Both mayoral candidates say they believe more efficiencies can be found to help offset this.
As for the audience in attendance a key concern for the public is the safety on the Hanover Trails.
What locals have dubbed as ’Tent City’ is raising a lot of concern as squatters have pitched tents along the wooded area a long side of the trail.
Candidates agree it is delicate issue one that touches upon homelessness, mental health and addictions.
As for the rest of the candidates, there are two in the running for deputy mayor: incumbent Selwyn Hicks and retired Hanover CAO Bill Roberts.
There are 11 candidates vying for 5 councilor positions.