WINCHESTER – Gerry Boyce used a familiar perch, the lectern at the village’s Lions Hall, to launch his Township of North Dundas mayoral bid Tues., July 3.
“Serious thought was given to this decision to run for mayor,” he told the assembled crowd of supporters. “When Mayor Duncan declared he would not seek re-election for mayor a third term, I decided it was my time to either move up or move out.”
A former Lions Club president, Boyce, who was introduced by the night’s emcee, his longtime friend Don Johnston, delivered a near 20-minute speech, focused primarily on the “good work” done by council and municipal staff during the eight years he’s been deputy-mayor.
Key planks of his platform include a preventative maintenance plan for area roads, which goes hand-in-hand with the continuation of the tar and chip measure for North Dundas’ gravel roads.
Boyce has also committed to maintaining a low residential tax rate, assisting business owners with Community Improvement Plan funding opportunities, and making all parts of the municipality a desirable location for business start-ups, residential construction and tourism.
Customer service at the township office is also an aspect that, while Boyce acknowledges it has improved, could get better.
“We have excellent staff who work hard to please the public, and they have gained my utmost respect,” he said. “Having said this, there is always room for improvement. Being in business as long as I was, I know you have to look after your customers or someone else will. We need to go the extra mile to support and give all pertinent information to the taxpayer.”
Beyond North Dundas’ priorities, Boyce will also throw his hat into the ring for the warden seat at the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry level if elected mayor this fall.