Red Deer businessman Terry Balgobin has announced he will seek a spot on City council in next month’s municipal election
Balgobin is the proprietor of Artistry in Gold Design Studio in Red Deer, and has lived in the City for more than 30 years.
“I’m interested in my community, I’m interested in making my world a better place,” he said. “I’ve always been involved in the community, and I look at council as an extension of that community service.”
Balgobin has been active in a variety of business and service organizations, including as a board member of Parkland Community Living and Supports Society (CLASS), chairman of Habitat for Humanity, president of the Red Deer Leads Executive Association and a member of the Red Deer East Rotary Club.
“After six years of service as the chair of Habitat for Humanity, I see City council as an opportunity to continue my service to this community.”
Balgobin said he’s concerned about overall public representation on the current council.
“I don’t see council as having the interests of everyone at heart,” he added, pointing out there are a lot of personal agendas and special interests that are given attention instead.
“I see Red Deer as a beautiful place, and we need representation for everyone.”
Balgobin said he is committed to enhancing Red Deer as a family-focused community.
“Upon being elected to council, my priorities include creating a strong business environment that promotes solid family values which in turn enhances our community,” he said. “I pay property taxes on my home and business and understand the importance of using municipal resources responsibly and prudently.”
Specific issues Balgobin would like to address upon being elected include spending priorities, Riverland developments, infrastructure, crime and public safety, traffic and noise regulation.
He also wants to make it easier for new businesses to set up shop in Red Deer.
“The red tape within City Hall is just incredible for new businesses coming into the City,” he said. “We have the infrastructure within the City, but the bureaucracy seems so heavy.
“I’m also very concerned about spending and our debt load,” he said. “The City’s method of making money is raising taxes. I’m very concerned that my children would someday have a difficult time being able to afford to live in a city like this.”
Other issues and areas he’s like to tackle include recreational facilities, public transportation, regional cooperation and property taxes.
Meanwhile, another community highlight for Balgobin is that he recently restored the landmark Greene Block — where Artistry in Gold and other businesses are located — to its former historic appearance. The project earned him a Heritage Preservation Award.