Comox mayor outlines three main themes in election platform

Paul Ives announced Wednesday he will run again for mayor of Comox.

Paul Ives announced Wednesday he will run again for mayor of Comox.”Serving the community in public office is a noble calling and, while considered to be thankless by many, has many attributes that should be noted. Those who run and who get elected have something in common no matter what the political stripe or ideology. We want to make our community better.”In the last election, I asked voters to ‘imagine a better Comox’ and this time, I will ask voters for their ideas as to how we can make the town an even better place and perhaps the best place to live, work and play.”His campaign will focus on three main themes:1) High-quality development of downtown and waterfront marina areas that is environmentally sustainable and which promotes jobs and quality of life (e.g., waterfront walkway, boardwalk kiosks, a water park, and new development of the Lorne Hotel site, the Comox Legion building, and the Comox Bay waterfront hotel project);2) Fiscally prudent investments in Town water, sewer, road and parks infrastructure that will sustain and promote our excellent quality of life;3) Excellent governance, accountability, and ‘value for money’ budgeting that takes into account the social well-being of our community in partnerships with other agencies such as 19 Wing, Vancouver Island Health Authority, and the school district as well as with senior levels of government.”On a regional level, there remains much work to be done in terms of: the K’ómoks First Nation treaty settlement implementation; provision of water and sewer services to new growth areas; solid waste management, including curbside collection of kitchen organics for the Town as a pilot project; a new regional hospital for the Comox Valley; and, new artificial turf playing fields as proposed by Comox Valley United Soccer.

— Paul Ives

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