Randy Curtis - Deputy Mayoral Candidate
Randy Curtis is a Cobourg native, and after completing High School here, graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic in Industrial Engineering. Then he spent a few years in the family “camper building business”, before moving on to Union Carbide where he became V.P. in charge of marketing, and director general for the company in Mexico.
He returned to Cobourg in 1999, and started up a consulting business which he ran for a number of years, before taking up his managerial position with Rexel Electric in Cobourg. He is married, with two sons and two daughters.
In 2017, when council needed to fill a vacancy, he was one of 13 to apply, but the 10 minute pitch he was allowed to make did not result in his appointment. However, he was asked to join the Economic Development Council, and also the Downtown Coalition committee, and has been attending council meetings on a regular basis as well.
There was no question he wanted to run in the 2018 election - he was the second person to register for as a candidate for councillor.
However, when he saw that the Deputy Mayor’s position was going to be acclaimed, by someone who had never won a Cobourg election, he strongly believed that the best interests of the Town would be served by giving the electoral a choice.
He feels he has the skill set required with all of his business and financial experience, but also his knowledge of Cobourg, with family history here going back to the 1700’s.
Why did he decide to run for office? While the town has a number of financial benefits, including ownership of public utilities and the Northam Industrial Park, taxpayers in town are paying among the highest rates in the province, and that its time for tax payer dividends. Yes, HOLDCO and the Northam Industrial Park need to invest in infrastructure maintenance and improvement, but some profits also need to go towards limiting tax increases. More frequent expense vs. budget updates need to be made, and more reporting on reserve funds.
Regarding the marina, he feels that it could easily increase needed revenue, not through expansion, but by reducing the transient boat slip allocation from about 38% to a more standard 10%. The proposed travel lift purchase at $850K is far too high, but is also not advisable until increased boat storage capacity is secured (perhaps at the old Works Department on King Street). When it comes to the trailer park, it also has increased revenue potential, by adopting market rates, and increasing short term rentals, especially on premium lots.
For Cobourg, he would like to see only moderate growth in residential development, so it does not become a bedroom community for the GTA. There is a labor shortage for blue collar industries, but more needs to be done to attract and create higher paying white collar opportunities. The town also needs a “consumer attraction plan”, not just a retail attraction plan - the difference being more retail that will encourage destination shopping, as has been done successfully in many other centers. The Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is something he supports going forward, based on the current year experience of $136K in town grants and loans resulting in over $1M in investment.
Randy Curtis stresses how he wants to make Cobourg affordable. and have it retain its small town feeling. He says he has the time to help make that happen, the knowledge of the community based on his long history here, and a strong skill set gained over years of business experience.