The Mountaineer - Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada
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Tim Plante
Division 4 - Clearwater County

My name is Tim Plante, I was born in Rocky and raised here most of my life. I’m settled down with my wife and four kids at our farm south of Rocky. We own and operate our small business and are extremely grateful to be part of this awesome community. I decided to put my name forward for county council because I’ve shown an interest in doing so for many years now and this is the time. I’ve seen some policies approved in council that don’t make sense to me. I have four girls and I would like them to have as many opportunities as possible for educating themselves and then growing on to being successful and staying in this community with their own families. We need to have as many options and opportunities here as possible for our citizens if we are to have this community thrive in the way I know it can. So many like to complain about government and decisions made, but rarely do anything about it. This is my chance to try and have input into those policies for at least this term. Those that know me know that I’m an honest hard-working family man that treats people the way I’d like to be treated. I don’t like wasteful spending of money or resources and will do whatever I can to address that. 
Policy priorities that need to be looked at, there’s a few: 
County and town relations and the rural broadband project are the two that I feel need the most attention right now. The municipal development review is also something that needs some more adjustment before it gets the final stamp of approval. I’ve been hearing a lot lately about recreational use parcels and it sounds like this is going to be something that council needs to deal with very soon as well. 
My own personal opinion about some future budget priorities are: Seniors facility in the Caroline area. The rural broadband project needs some adjustment. I believe the core backbone is necessary but fibre to the home is a horrid expense that we cannot afford. Not to mention by the time all that work and money is sunk into the ground that technology changes and all of a sudden it’s outdated. We can’t simply do nothing but I ask: Is this really the best use of tax dollars? 
Municipal pandemic response I think has been appropriate. It’s a huge inconvenience to us and staff but since we’re mandated by the province. We don’t have a lot of choice in having to comply. County staff are usually good at accommodating and rolling with the punches.  At the end of the day we all just have to get along and survive through this. 
If anyone would like to reach out to myself they can do so via email: plante.tim29@gmail.com.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you, my constituents. I do not take it lightly and I will not forget who I’m working for. I think a lot of people forget this very fast and even people in the public sector forget who is paying their wage.