Comox councillor Arnott wants to build on record

Coun. Russ Arnott is running for a second term on Comox council.

Coun. Russ Arnott is running for a second term on Comox council.“Three years ago I ran for office to improve our waterfront area and to move forward the dream of a Comox waterfront walkway,” he said. “This is a long-term project that has not been an easy sell but since I was elected three years ago I continue to push these ideas at every chance I get and press on for what I believe would be a great asset for our community.”During council meetings I have been able to get motions passed to fund a report outlining the steps needed to make a walkway feasible and to look at putting a few small permanent structures for food vending (fish and chips?) and artisans along the boardwalk at Marina Park.”Aspiring to keep Comox affordable has led Arnott to vote in favour of secondary suites and other affordable housing initiatives.“We need to keep Comox desirable and affordable for all. We need to engage, and retain, our youth as they are our leaders of tomorrow and our seniors are the ones who can help guide us as we continue to move forward.”A desire to continue the tradition of family beach fires at Goose Spit park enticed Arnott to start the Save Our Spit rally in opposition to the regional district’s desire to extinguish beach fires. “We now need to convince the RD to extend the beach fire program into the spring and fall.”Other accomplishments Coun. Arnott is proud of are the town’s new official community plan and the addition to the recreation centre, and considers it a fantastic new opportunity for residents to stay healthy.He said council’s balanced financial approach and partnerships with other levels of government has led to infrastructure improvements, resulting in a better, accessible and welcoming Comox.For more information, check out russarnott.com.— Russ Arnott

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