Tim Lasiuta in race for City council seat

  • Oct. 2, 2013 3:48 p.m.

City resident Tim Lasiuta has entered the race for a seat on City council in next month’s municipal election.

Lasiuta said his involvement in the community has helped to make him a knowledgeable and practical choice for City council. He also pointed out that there doesn’t currently seem to be much representation for the average citizen.

He added that having worked in a number of areas over the years has also bolstered not only his experience in the community but it’s broadened his perspective as well.

Meanwhile, he’s concerned about the City’s debt load.

“The truth of the matter is a municipality with debt is basically bound for a long time to somebody. You can’t have the freedom to respond to issues that come up.

“It seems the more wealth we have in Red Deer and the more money that flows into our fair City, the more we think we can afford debt. But you can never afford debt.

“You build a community by investment in the community – not by debt.”

Next month’s election will also be providing opportunity for voters to indicate their opinion on whether the City is ready for a ward system. While it does provide a sense of accountability amongst councillors, there are problems with it such as what if a particular resident doesn’t connect with their given representative, said Lasiuta.

“I don’t think we are big enough, and our City isn’t really designed to be neighbourhood ‘self-sufficient’.”

If elected, Lasiuta said he would also work to be more involved in the community at large. “I’d like to think I’d bring some engagement in the community,” he said. “I’m also a big supporter of service groups,” he added, pointing out he’d like to bring more attention to them all, not just the two or three that seem to land most of the attention these days. “You have to look at, over time, the projects they have built.”

Some of the lesser known service groups raise concerns that they aren’t often asked to be part of a given community project, he said. Tapping into what they all have to offer would only serve to enrich and better Red Deer, he said.

“A lot of things service clubs used to do the City has taken over as part of its function, which always leads to more debt in a community and once again a lack of engagement. There’s that loss of engagement on a local level.”

For Lasiuta, being involved in the community for a period of time is what makes a candidate suitable for council. “I think you have to spend time developing what you want to do.

“I also want to make sure there is a different voice on council, and that we, as a group, would stand together and make really good decisions together.

“I think it’s time we had a councillor that looked out for everyone in the City on all levels.”


Just Posted

Woman steals truck from Ponoka gas station while being fueled

Ponoka RCMP pursued and located the woman in a tree after several other incidents

Red Deer rebounding, hosting AUMA convention

Hundreds of municipal officials gather in Red Deer for the AUMA

Celebrate ‘Alberta Culture Days’ here in Red Deer

Lots of family-friendly activities set for this coming weekend

On the run with Melissa Ray

Red Deer runner talks about her intense running experiences

Red Deer RCMP arrest man after truck collides with pub

RCMP are investigating the incident as an impaired driving collision

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Ottawa working to iron out kinks in public alert system

The alerts are being credit with saving lives during last week’s tornadoes

Assault charge withdrawn vs. ex-Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna

Former Toronto player agrees to peace bond

UPDATED: Bill Cosby gets 3-10 years in prison for sexual assault

Judge also declared the disgraced comedian a ‘sexually violent predator’

U.S. worker charged after video shows him spitting on customer’s pizza

Jaylon Kerley of Detroit is charged with a felony count of food law violations

Robbery report at outlet mall turns out to be fake: police

Leduc RCMP respond to weapons complaint at premium outlet collection mall

Canada aiming for the moon, and beyond, with new space technology efforts

With an eye on future lunar exploration, Canada’s space agency is calling on companies to present their ideas for everything from moon-rover power systems to innovative mineral prospecting techniques.

New Brunswick Premier meets with lieutenant-governor as Tories, Liberals vie for power

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant said the only other leader he had spoken with since results came in was Green Leader David Coon.

Most Read