“I don’t have any ties to any special interest groups, and I don’t have any ties to any organizations that would have any influence over the decisions I make on council,” said the first-term councillor.
He said he has always tried to look at each decision on council objectively and with a healthy dose of skepticism. He said many of those decisions have been controversial – such as the water rate structure implemented this year, or the shortening the float plane base at the airport to accommodate the construction of the new effluent water treatment plant – but he believes those decisions were made in the best interest of the community, not only in the present but in the long-term as well.
“We have to do what’s best for the community as a whole, long term and short term,” he said.
McFayden said he is pleased with the debt management plan council adopted this summer and believes it will give council guidance and parameters on how and when to borrow for capital projects. He said if re-elected he would like to see the mayor and council focus on core infrastructure and investment in existing assets in a cautious and sound manner, rather than embarking on any new, large projects.
“I think we’re going to look at what we can do to preserve and enhance what we already have rather than heading off on more borrowing for new mega-projects.”
McFadyen has lived in Dawson Creek with his wife since 1991. He is a former RCMP officer, and has volunteered on several committees including the Dawson Creek Library Board, Home Support Society, Citizens on Patrol and the Northern BC Winter Games, though he is not affiliated with any of those organizations currently.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the first three years,” said McFadyen. “Dawson Creek has been very good to me, and I now have the time and energy to contribute back, so that is why I’m letting my name stand for one more term.”
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