Sharon Martin seeks 2nd term in Mono

September 24, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Jasen Obermeyer

Sharon Martin is eyeing a second term on Mono council in the upcoming October 22 municipal election.

The councillor was first elected in 2014. Other incumbents Fred Nix and Ralph Manktelow are also seeking re-election, with challenges being made by newcomers Diane Walmsley and Bob McCrea.

Speaking to the Citizen, Ms. Martin said, “I’ve always had an interest in politics,” and “I’ve always been interested in reaching out and helping people,” stressing that being on council is a “privilege,” and looks to continue that job.

She has been involved with Winterfest, Mono on a Bike Family Ski Day, Mayor Ryan’s Levy, the 150 Family Picnic at Mono Centre, along with several town committees, including Heritage, Shelburne Library, and Headwaters Tourism. “I really feel like I answered to the whole of Mono.”

Ms. Martin said Mono “is a great community” to live in, placing a strong emphasis on the environment, noting council’s decision this year to oppose the Greenwood aggregate pit in the Violet Hill area, adding that she “would like to see that through,” which was one of the reasons to run again.

She discussed concerns for speeding on French Drive, noting that might be a good place for a community safety zone.  “I think we can work through this,” adding the safety for residents “needs to be looked at.”

She also touched on the topic of high-speed Internet, acknowledging that it is “an ongoing issue,” and though “it is being worked on,” the town’s topography makes it difficult for everyone to have access to it. “These things take time.”

Asked on what she is most proud of accomplishing, Mr. Martin said creating, along with fellow Councillor Manktelow, the town’s pollinator garden, which according to her, “has become such an asset to Mono.” The garden now has 2200 perennials and trees planted, and is the reason behind the town’s designation as the 16th bee city in Canada. “The educational value is enormous.”

The Dufferin Board of Trade will be hosting an all candidates meet-and-greet forum on Sept. 25 at Monora Park Pavilion, and the Citizen is sponsoring all candidates’ meetings on Oct. 2 and 15.

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