Steve Stone Announces Candidacy

Editor:

I am happy to announce my candidacy to faithfully serve you as a Councillor on the next St. Albert City Council.

As a St. Albert citizen for thirty seven years, I recognize that we have a lively community passion for good governance and fairness for all. I believe our Council has to be committed and dedicated to chart a course of Right Reason followed by Right Action.

Here are some areas where restoration is needed which, as a City Councillor, I will pursue:

Community Values:
· I believe in proper representation of people. Councillors are here to serve you, not the other way around.
· Our City’s slogan, Cultivate Life represents for me, the nurturing and healthy growth of the community, rooted in a secure and stable environment. This is my guiding principle.
· Taxpayers must have a voice in how tax dollars are spent. Vital questions need to be included on election ballots.
· Preserve and protect park space and greenspaces.



Responsible Spending:
· Improve the budgeting process. Expenditures must be explained and justified for each new period, starting from a ‘zero base’, rather than only requiring justification for adding to actual results from the preceding years.
· Every function within the City must be analyzed for necessity and cost. Develop an employee initiative bonus for identifying and effecting operating cost savings.
· Identify reasonable and valid business objectives.
· Review planned, expected and actual performance levels and set right priorities.

Professional Planning:
· Manage change through growth while preserving the integrity of neighbourhoods and respecting residential rezoning concerns.
· Establish long-range development goals to support anticipated community values and needs. This will eliminate costly patchwork fixes resulting from ‘kneejerk’ planning.
· Develop and follow-through with a concrete commitment to celebrate and honour our origins by preserving our local landmarks.
· Advocate for the twinning of Ray Gibbon Drive and completing its connection to Highway 2.


What are the credentials I have to serve you?
I have a life-long passion for serving others with many years of the right professional mix of business, financial and practical experience in working with a wide spectrum of people of many professions. Currently, I am a Director of a successful St. Albert company which I founded thirty two years ago, serving our customers and employees in St. Albert and the Capital Region. Prior to this, I held the position of Regional Manager – Western Canada, for a large international company supplying process controls to a wide spectrum of industrial plants. Before that, I worked with the Royal Bank as a Branch Accountant.

My wife Marilyn and I are blessed with 46 years of marriage, three children and nine grandchildren.
We are members of Holy Family Parish where I volunteer on the RCIA Team. I am also a volunteer mentor with St. Albert Sidekicks.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 780-257-1775 or votestevestone@shaw.ca

Steve Stone
St. Albert