Joan Moody wants to be part of the next Lantzville council. (Chris Bush/NEWS BULLETIN)

Candidate wants to be part of an ‘important’ next four years in Lantzville

Joan Moody running for Lantzville council

A Lantzville candidate wants to be on council at an “important” time for the community.

Joan Moody is among 10 individuals competing for seats on Lantzville council in this month’s municipal election.

“I think the next four years definitely are very, very important for Lantzville,” Moody told the News Bulletin.

Moody, an analyst who has served on the district’s parks and recreation commission and is a volunteer with Seaside Community Society, said the issues important to her are infrastructure, improving the village core, enhancing beach access and ensuring development reflects the official community plan. She said when it comes to roads in Lantzville, many of them could be widened and upgraded to include sidewalks.

“If you drive around Lantzville, just like any village, you can see that residential lands are creeping in on the right-of-ways because where the hydro poles and telephone poles are and the ditches, that is all district land,” she said. “So, we have a lot of land on either side of the roads. So, the roads could be widened to provide some kind of walkways.”

When it comes to water, Moody wants to see it distributed based on the district’s water master plan. She said it will be challenging to get water to certain parts of the community such as the Winds neighbourhood, adding that council will need to work with developers to make that happen.

“Putting pipe into the Winds is expensive and if we can get the owner of the land on Superior Road to want to, maybe, develop the land up there … to contribute to the cost of pipe then they could probably get water,” she said. You can’t just put a pipe up the Winds and say here is water because there isn’t enough money for us to do that.”

Moody, who ran in the byelection in 2015, said people should vote for her because she is a committed and organized individual who respects opinions from all sides.

“I am a well-organized person, I do a lot of research and I don’t have any fear of speaking my mind,” she said. “Even though I have opinions, I am open to to hear what you have to say.”

The village Ccore also needs to be revitalized, according to Moody, who said simply ideas such as painting new lines on the road or encouraging businesses to keep their places tidy would go a long way.

“I think somehow we have to encourage the owners of the commercial properties to spruce their properties up,” she said.

Moody has also attended countless council meetings over the years and started an online column, where she recapped the activities of Lantzville council.

“I started my column because for one, we have no newspaper in Lantzville. Yes, there is the Bulletin, but it isn’t Lantzville specific. We used to have a Lantzville paper,” she said. “I felt like it was really important for the residents to actually understand what is happening in council.”

If elected, Moody said she will be an open-minded councillor who will ensure that she responds to inquires from residents.

“I will respond to all phone calls and e-mails that I get from residents and the press,” she said. “It’s important to get information out there. If someone has taken the time to contact to me … they deserve the right to get a response.”

To read interviews with other local government election candidates, click here. For a full list of candidates with links to coverage, click here.







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