Eric Duncan heading wardens’ group

In this December 2014 file photo, SD&G Warden Eric Duncan, right, discusses municipal issues with Cornwall Mayor Leslie O'Shaughnessy. Duncan will be head of the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus for 2015. Click photo to enlarge. (Cornwall Newswatch/File)

Randi Belec

SD&G – SD&G Warden Eric Duncan is heading a group of his counterparts across Eastern Ontario.

Duncan was recently elected the 2015 chairman for The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC). Warden J. Murray Jones, Peterborough County, was elected as the 2015 vice chairman during the annual inaugural meeting in Kingston.

“I am honored to Chair the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus and to have the opportunity to work very hard to support all property taxpayers in the 103 member municipalities across the EOWC region,” said Duncan. “The EOWC takes pride in doing its homework and coming up with new ideas that contribute to positive change in our municipalities.”

Duncan, who is also the mayor of North Dundas, and Jones, who is the mayor of the township of Douro-Dummer, were both elected by acclamation. The position of chairman and vice chairman are elected annually, to ensure that key priorities keep moving forward.

The caucus, which is made up of 13 voting members, determined three key priorities for 2015. The first priority will be implementing key actions proposed in the Eastern Ontario Economic Development Strategy over the next three years. The second priority will be working with the Eastern Ontario Regional Network to prepare and submit an improvement project for the Eastern Ontario cellular infrastructure network. Their third priority will be continuing research and advocacy efforts pertaining to the financial sustainability of municipal government in Eastern Ontario.

“Municipalities across the region continue to face significant financial shortfalls,” concluded Warden Duncan. “We have taken the first steps by setting our priorities and we will stay focused on them. With a federal election and the first full year of the provincial majority government both on the horizon, 2015 will be another busy year.”

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