Current Saugeen Shores Ward Councillor Mike Myatt is eager to take on more responsibility and, therefore, made the decision to run for the position of Vice-Deputy Mayor for the Town of Saugeen Shores.
With over 40 years’ experience working in Municipal Government, Myatt understands the workings of government from a staffing level and as an elected official . As Director of Community Services for Saugeen Shores from 2001 – 2010, Myatt was an integral key in developing the Rail Trail system throughout Saugeen Shores and worked tirelessly with the Marine Heritage Society in Southampton on its Chantry Island restoration project.
“I served as your Town’s Director of Community Services from 2001 to 2010, and over the past four years I have served on Council as Saugeen Township Ward Councillor, and both experiences have been gratifying and rewarding. We are the envy of many communities with our beaches, trails, and with the recently announced 13 Billion Dollar refurbishment program at Bruce Power which augurs well for the Town of Saugeen Shores. We are blessed with an amazing core of volunteers that represent dozens of minor sports and adult organizations and it’s important to provide support to these groups if we are to remain vibrant as a community.”
Myatt and his wife Jean live in Saugeen Shores along with their son Jeff and his wife Katie, and grandchildren Peyton and Colby. Their son Andy and his wife Melanie reside in Binbrook, Ontario.
Myatt believes in transparency and open government and was successful along with Councillor Grace in introducing the ‘Open Forum’ concept prior to Council meetings where members of the public are invited to speak to Council about any item on the current agenda. “I’m always just a phone call or email away and I want to hear public concerns as I have always believed that public input is the key to Saugeen Shores success. While we may not always agree, I always want to hear your views.”
Myatt also has a vision for a collaborative Council:
- Our residents deserve a Council that recognizes the importance of local businesses and a Council that strives to support their requests for increased parking, downtown beautification, and changes that make good planning sense
- Our residents deserve a Council that welcomes dialogue as Council needs to hear your voice and I will listen and respond to your concerns as I always have
- Our residents deserve a Council that understands and supports “quality of life” in Saugeen Shores and this means listening to the needs of older adults in our community, listening to the needs of our youth, listening to those with housing needs, and listening to participants in various sporting and cultural activities
- Our residents deserve a Council that is strategic with their thinking and aggressive with their efforts to leverage full benefits from Bruce Power’s most recent significant investments in Saugeen Shores and in the region
- If elected, I will continue to lobby the Provincial and Federal Government for increased partnership funding and for capital infrastructure dollars to assist with funding numerous outstanding capital projects in Saugeen Shores
“Above all, our residents deserve a Council that recognizes that Saugeen Shores is the absolute best place to live in all of Ontario, but we must not rest on our laurels; Council needs to continue to ensure that Saugeen Shores remains as a safe and healthy place for all residents.”
Note to Voters: Saugeen Shores voters will be able to vote by internet and telephone in this year’s election taking place on October 22nd, 2018