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We did it!

October 26, 2010

Hey everyone,
We’ve done it! I am now able to represent the residents of Ward 8 at City Council. I couldn’t have done it without the support of many fabulous people. I won’t name names, because it would take forever, but thank you all so much! I’ve always wanted to get involved with the decision-making in this city and help make Sudbury the progressive city it should be, and now we have that chance.
I would also like to congratulate all my fellow councillors, and of course our new mayor, Marianne Matichuk, who I recently had a chance to have a chat with.
I look forward to working with my constituents, all citizens of our fine city, my fellow Councillors, and our new mayor!


Sudbury Star questionnaire

October 24, 2010

Here are my responses to a recent Sudbury Star questionnaire:

Do you favour keeping taxes and user fees at their current levels?

No, because we’re paying higher taxes and user fees but I don’t feel the services are improving.

Are you prepared to cut staff and programs to keep taxes and user fees at their current levels?

No, because I believe we can keep user fees and taxes where they are, and hopefully lower them, if we use tax-payer money more wisely.

Would you consider part- nerships with the private sector to build such things as arenas, industrial parks and a biosolids plant?

Yes, because that way we can get more facilities without burdening the taxpayers further.

Do you favour borrowing money to pay for road and infrastructure upgrades?

Not sure, because it would be dependent upon the interest level and payment plan and whether or not it is affordable for our city.

Would you revive proposals to build either a multi-use recreation centre or a per- forming arts centre or both?

Yes, because I think the proposals need to be looked at so we can figure out a way to make progress without burdening taxpayers more.

Cambrian Shield writes about Ward 8

October 18, 2010

I was browsing the Cambrian Shield’s website and came across an article about Ward 8 candidates, which mentioned me:

“Fabio Belli is a businessman who owns and operates Just Soccer located in Greater Sudbury. Belli’s platform focuses on being a communal voice in City Hall. Belli also plans to improve roads, ensure tax dollars are wisely spent, and to bring jobs to Sudbury and into Ward 8.”

Solid summary. I’m happy to see the Shield covering the candidates of Ward 8, because students of Cambrian can vote in Ward 8 if they live in residence.

Here’s a link to the article, great job Chelsea!


Chamber questions # 5 and 6

October 18, 2010

5. What do you consider the city’s challenges and opportunities for the next 4 years
and what are your top three priorities?

My top three priorities (in no particular order):
– Bringing jobs into the city
– making sure the city is using the taxpayer’s dollars efficiently
– building a stronger sense of community by getting citizens involved, which will allow us to serve them better

– roads
– deciding where to allocate funds throughout the city
– tight budget
– uniting Sudburians on a unified vision of Sudbury’s future

– lots of land for development
– Laurentian’s continuing expansion (e.g. School of Architecture) needs to be supported as much as possible
– capital of the north – try to bring different industries and families back to the community
– try to increase the feeling of community within the city as a whole

6. The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce supports the elimination of the store
hour bylaw and instead favours letting businesses decide; what is your position on
this issue?

I think it is critical to get the feedback of my constituents before I can speak to this issue. I believe this question needs to be put out as a survey to constituents of each ward, because we need to see how they feel about this issue. If the citizens in Ward 8 feel it is necessary, then I would support their decision and vote that way. It’s wrong to make a decision on this issue without knowing how the constituents feel about the topic.
That being said, I believe it is definitely time for Sudbury to address this issue, as it has been lingering for a long time now.

Chamber of Commerce questions/answers

October 7, 2010

Here are the questions sent by the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce to candidates. Of course, my answers are also posted. 🙂

If elected, how will you ensure that your ward activities and responsibilities will not eclipse the collective success of the community and more importantly, Greater Sudbury’s economic
I understand the delicate balance between representing my ward, and representing the Greater City of Sudbury community as a whole. I believe that Ward 8 is an important ward, as it is one of the prime locations for business in this city. I believe that promoting business in Ward 8 will be a great thing for the city’s economy, and whenever I can I will strive to improve the economic strength of the ward, and city in general. That being said, I understand that some decisions I will have to make will be aimed at improving the entire city, rather than just my own ward, and am prepared to discuss any economic opportunity that will boost the city’s economy. It is critical that Sudbury begins to embrace a new economic role as a knowledge-based economy. I feel that Laurentian University opening the School of Architecture, Living with Lakes Centre, to go along with the already-opened Northern Ontario School of Medicine and Teacher’s College.
How important is the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce to our community? If elected, how do you see yourself working with the chamber?
The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce is vital to our community. They are the Voice of Business in this city, and truly understand the needs of businesses in the community. I have been a proud member of the Chamber of Commerce since 2001. That being said, I plan to work closely with the Chamber in order to understand the role Ward 8 can play in strengthening this city’s economy. I would be open to working with the Chamber to promote economic prosperity in Ward 8 through any projects that seem beneficial for the residents of my ward.
Regarding the privitization of city services:

The privatization of city services is a very complex issue. It has the potential to save the city money.
On the other hand, we must be careful that the quality of city services stays up to par. It is also important that no one loses their jobs as a result of the privatization.
Each city service that is being considered for privatization has to be studied on a case-by-case basis. A strong city council would be able to determine which privatizations are worthwhile for the community, and which are not beneficial.
In conclusion, I support it if it’s beneficial for our city and if it saves us money in the long run. The money the city saves could then be redirected into other city services, infrastructure, or special projects. It is important that we are not so gung-ho about saving money through privatization that additional costs will be pushed onto our citizens by the new private owners.
As far as which services could be privatized, one would have to study the budget carefully and the possible savings of privatizing the service. It’s difficult to pick a random service and say it would be better if it was privatized, prior to doing specific research on it.

Last year, the city was able to secure last minute, temporary bridge funding from the province for shortfalls tied to grants given under the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF). The city went several months without knowing what amount – if any – it would receive from the province. This forced council to consider tax increases. It is expected that the city will need to find savings of $12 million this year. As a councillor, how would you propose addressing this shortfall?

Considering my strong business background, I’m familiar with being economically efficient. I think it’s important for any City Council to look at ways to save the city money. I think that approaching the city’s budget with an eye for business is critical in this age of economic responsibility. I plan to approach each budget by looking at ways to make the city more fiscally responsible in these trying times. Innovation will be the key, as it always is with economics. This challenge is a great opportunity for the community to band together and decide what we want our future to look like. That being said, the city needs to look at the valuable business opportunities from within our community. There are some great opportunities locally, which would provide the community with additional income supplies. We can also focus on attracting events to our fabulous city, which would generate a lot of revenue.

Sudbury Star video

October 7, 2010

Hey team,
here’s my video for the Sudbury Star on why you should elect me
to represent you in Ward 8.

I’m hosting a BBQ this Sunday

September 22, 2010

I’ll be hosting a BBQ in the parking lot of BMI/Just Soccer at 1775 Lasalle blvd on Sunday, September 26 from 11am-3pm. I look forward to seeing you all there and meeting with you to hear about your vision for Ward 8. For more information, visit the Facebook event page. Thanks everyone, see you then!