Ralph Manktelow seeking re-election to Mono Council

August 24, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Jasen Obermeyer

Councillor Ralph Manktelow is looking to continue to work as a Mono councillor, seeking a second straight term in the upcoming October municipal election.

He was first elected to council back in 2014. Speaking to the Citizen, he said he decided to run again because he enjoys the job. “I feel like I can make some sort of contribution to the community.”

Mr. Manktelow said he is proud of whole of council having opposed the Greenwood aggregate pit in the Violet Hill area. “I continue to oppose that,” he said. It was another reason to run again, to prevent the project from going forward, as it is currently going before the Ontario Municipal Board.

He explained that he also wants to get high speed Internet for the whole town. “Without high speed Internet, many things can’t happen in Mono,” particularly for those who run a business out of their own homes.

Asked on what he is most proud of accomplishing, Mr. Manktelow pointed to the creation of the town’s pollinator garden, a nearly three-year project spearheaded with fellow Councillor Sharon Martin. Earlier this year, Mono was designated the 16th bee city in Canada. “It’s going to continue give to the community for many, many years to come.”

He added that council has been more active in engaging with the community, especially having a stronger social media presence. “I’ve been very strong on supporting that.”

He commented that he is proud of council limiting the town’s tax increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), and looks to keep doing that.

Mr. Manktelow described the working relationship with council and staff as “excellent,” and said that he should be re-elected because he is a good listener, communicator, and makes “fair” solutions, and will continue to do that whenever a challenge or issue may come council’s way.

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