Hall sets sights on city council seat
Lyn Hall would like to take the experiences he’s gained over five years as a school board trustee and five as the board chair and use them while serving as a city councillor.
Hall announced he was running for council on the steps of city hall Friday.
“I’ve been 10 years on the board and it’s given me a lot of insight. I felt the time was right,” he said.
Hall said his platform is built upon four pillars.
The first is leadership, a trait he said is important in council and one he has been able to foster while on the school board. The second, he said, is fiscal responsibility.
“I am no stranger to what it means to have to scrape and get by,” he said, adding that his financial background puts him in good stead. “Financial accountability is imperative. We need to bring community leaders into the process. We are the caretakers of the tax dollars. Costs need to be controlled. It’s important as a new council to set priorities for the three year mandate.”
Consultation, he said, is a critical part of the public process in matters important to the citizens.
“We need to meet and talk to the public about issues that impact them.”
Accessibility, he added, is the third pillar.
“I will be accessible to anyone who wants to talk about the city.”
He said he believes the current council is accessible, but with his past as a school board trustee he may be able to bring an extra piece to the table.
“I’m talking about neighbourhood and community meetings, like those I conducted in a previous life. The relationships I’ve built over the years aren’t just around the school district. There are neighbourhood and city relationships.”
Public discussions could include everything from taxes to infrastructure, business development and strengthening community partnerships, including those with post-secondary institutions.
He said he sees the international education program as something that can be even further built upon.
“It’s a huge opportunity for us. IPG is working on this and the city has to be involved.”
Besides many positive benefits from this, he added there is an opportunity to gain financially.
“There is an opportunity to make a little money.”
The final pillar is commitment.
“I commit to you I will bring a strong work ethic to the job. It’s how I believe I will do a better job as a councillor.”