Hudson mayoral race heats up with entrance of third candidate
PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG
As a candidate for Hudson Mayor, resident Joe Eletr says he wants to move the town forward rather than dwell on the past.
Joseph Eletr entered the Hudson mayoral race Wednesday, August 23 saying he and his wife Diane Lewis love Hudson and want to see it progress and flourish.
“We moved here five years ago from the West Island and really love living in Hudson,” he said.
This is Eletr’s first foray into the political arena running against Jamie Nicholls and Bill Nash. As a former business owner with 40 years’ experience in the auto repair business, Eletr has earned his stripes as a problem solver. He said his philosophy is, “Learn from your past, don’t go backwards, go forward.”
“Hudson doesn’t need a good politician,” he said. “It needs a good mayor. It’s good management, good government that we need.”
Referring to the condition of the town’s roads, Eletr said, “We need to have a list of priorities, the ‘must haves’ and repaving the roads is one of them.”
Another major ‘must have’ for Eletr is the lack of potable water in Hudson. “There has been some progress in that area and a lot of research has been done and we need to keep following that file,” he said. Eletr feels building a potable water treatment plant and using water form the Ottawa River is good long-term solution to the Hudson water problem.
“However, everything has to be done with costs in mind and what is feasible.”
He said the timing of infrastructure projects is important. “Installation of sewage lines in some areas, for example should be done before repaving and doing road repairs.”
The restoration of Pine Lake is also a priority for the candidate. “It’s an icon of the town.” He said its future is a question of moving the current file forward and making sure costs are reviewed and the solution is affordable.
As for the Pine Beach Development Project that includes what is known as Sandy Beach, the only option the town has is to keep talking with the owner.
“Sandy Beach was purchased legally,” he said adding the town must continue to emphasize how important the Sandy Beach area is to the town with the owner.
Communication with other levels of government is also an important issue for Eletr. “We can’t pretend as if the Municipalité régionale de comté Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-VS) doesn’t exist. We can’t do our own thing unilaterally,” he said adding, “We have to work with the MRC-VS and communicate with them. All levels of government have to be respected.”
Youth council proposal
Eletr is committed to the creation of a Youth Council within the first 45 days of the new council’s mandate if he is elected mayor. “It will be an opportunity for youth to voice their ideas and concerns about the town. Right now, we don’t have a lot going on for them,” he said.
Both Eletr and Lewis were instrumental in establishing the ‘Snowman Land’ winter event in Hudson. “We have been involved in a lot of community projects together,” said Lewis noting that her husband has also been involved in the Hudson Auto Show for the past few years.
Eletr is also proposing the creation of a Community Foundation, a registered charity, which would be used to raise funds to finance certain projects not covered by the town budget. “We would encourage people to make donations, perhaps in memory of a loved one, and they would receive a receipt for income tax,” he said.