Oct 15, 2014
Kirby Thompson – taking a good look at the issues
Kirby Thompson grew up in Griffith, and spent most of his working years at a job in Arnprior, commuting to work from his home in Renfrew.
The idea of serving on Council came from talks with his father-in-law who was on a rural township council for several terms.
A couple of years ago, with his wife Bonnie, he purchased his in-laws’ home in Denbigh when they moved to Belleville. He knows the area well, not only because he is from Griffith but also because it is his wife's family's home.
“It was easy to move here because we are comfortable in the area,” he said. “I have lots of roots here; my mother was even a teacher in Denbigh at one time.”
He decided to run for Council because he has the time and the interest as well.
“One group that I know something about is the cottage population. I've talked to a lot of cottage owners and I know they feel that the burden of taxation falls on them and it makes it difficult for them to remain in the township,” he said.
He added that the lack of commercial activity means that the township is unable to make life easier for residential ratepayers.
“We have Bon Echo Park, which is a draw to the township, and if we can open up to more than one season we would have a chance to attract visitors,” he said.
He said that if elected, he will take on the issues as they come.
“I know that taxes are the biggest thing, and that certain roads need fixing, but I can't make any promises. Once I get on Council I can have a serous look at all the roads. I will also have to work with the other councilors. There's lots of stuff going. I'd have to see what can be done to deal with all the issues,” he said.