My name is Peter Demski and I am running for Mayor for the City of Grand Forks.
Having spent my life here in Grand Forks I have witnessed this town go from a thriving community to a town that has decayed to the point where 50% of the businesses have shutdown.
Putting up a sign that Grand Forks is open for business isn’t enough. My first priority is economic development which includes working with Community Futures to make it easier for small business loans. Grand Forks has one of the highest welfare rates in the province and therefore the creation of jobs and reducing the number of people on welfare will be a major priority of my administration.
I would like to see the promotion of land development which would also stimulate economic opportunities for business and local area land holders. I would put an emphasis on attracting new doctors to our area. This works hand in hand with my desire to help make Grand Forks a retirement center. An investment into Hardy View Lodge to allow it to be re-opened would be a step in the right direction. I also believe that Grand Forks and Christina Lake need to work together to raise the area’s profile and attract tourists and businesses.
Combined, the synergy of our two communities, could attract investment from both businesses and vacationers. Regarding the water meter controversy I believe everyone should be guaranteed a minimum amount of free water before any charges would apply. I would work with the RDKB allow scavenging ofbnilding materials from the landfill to help reduce waste and encourage recycling. I propose the installation of a feed lot( supplied by waste from the grocery stores) to give the deer an alternate source of food in contrast to any policy of culling because I believe they beautify our community. Low cost housing is in short supply and could be addressed by utilizing a campground/trailer park.
I believe working together we can all make Grand Forks a thriving and dynamic community.