Mono politician Fred Nix seeking a third term on local council

September 28, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Jasen Obermeyer

Mono Councillor Fred Nix is looking to continue working as a town councillor, eyeing a third straight four-year term on council in the upcoming October 22 municipal election.

“I just enjoy the engagement with the community,” he told the Citizen on being asked why he is running again.

He was first elected to Mono Council in 2010, is the co-founder of the Mono Headwater Streams Committee, and has worked with the town’s Recreation Advisory Committee.

Asked to explain some of challenges he wants to tackle, Mr. Nix said one of the biggest issues is keeping taxes under control, which he said he is very proud of council being able to continuously do. “We’ve done a very good job of that,” he said.

He described dealing with taxes as one of the biggest responsibilities for council. “We have the lowest tax rate in Dufferin County.”

Mr. Nix explained that the “biggest issue facing humankind,” is climate change, and would like to do more for the town, but “it’s a slow process,” and will take time. He added he would like to see, if possible, an electric car charging station.

Asked to look back on some accomplishments, he said that many have done with council as a “team,” including opposing Greenwood’s proposed Violet Hill gravel pit.

Mr. Nix added that individually, he is proud of rehabilitating the Baker Creek on the property where the town’s pollinator garden is located. He said that after “considerable efforts,” for five years, “We now have a cold water stream.”

He acknowledged, “residents concerned,” with the cost of legal actions, specifically the hearings regarding the Singer water-skiing dispute, and farmer Douglas Cox’s proposed landfill, but said these were “big accomplishments,” as they set a precedent and conditions for similar issues in the future.

Mr. Nix said that his experience working as a councillor and the committees make him qualified for re-election. “You need to be able to have the ability to compromise, work with people.”

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