Two Questions For The Candidates - Hamilton Tonwship
Arts and culture are an important part of life, however they are a soft service when it comes to the running of a municipality. The maintenance of roads, water plants, policing and fire departments must come first. It is true that being able to enjoy the arts and culture relieves the stresses of the mind, but one must remember that nothing stresses the mind more than not having the necessities of rural life met. As arts and culture are important they should be included where ever and when ever possible. As you have pointed out those who vacation look for these values to access. I am sure that the next council for
Isobel Hie, Councillor,
Arts & Culture are very important to the growth of any community as it can define who we are, give an avenue to the youth for expression, give us an historic overview or just brighten up a day and as such it is very important for all levels of government to support and continue to infuse funds into the arts arena. An avenue to ensure that the Arts maintain a level of commitment and support is through Economic Development Plans to which I support.
Twila Marston, Councillor, Hamilton
I have a great respect for the Arts program. I do believe that it is important to have a vibrant community to live and grow up and without the Arts we will lose many facets of Northumberland as it is today and yesterday. It will enhance the economy and the standards of living.
I cannot make a proper and final decision on this program in all future Economic Development Plans, without having more information on the costs involved and what our share will be.
Herman van der Veen, Councillor,
My feel is that "Yes" the Township does support the Arts and Culture through Local government by a number of events such as in the Summerfest in Bewdley - Bethlehem Walk in Cold Springs - Heritage Committee i.e. plaques, self guided tours, etc. as we do not have Municipal Cultural Centres and
As what you are representing the Arts Council of Northumberland I would encourage the continued commitment to the future Economic Development Plans at both the County Level and Township level to support the better living and quality of live style for all residents that can be promoted through activities that do not cost a lot and can be enjoyed by all.
Gary Woods, Councillor, Hamilton