Regional Transit Among Topics Discussed at ROMA 2019

The annual conference of the Rural Ontario Municipalities Association has come to an end.

Windsor-Essex was well represented at the event with more than a dozen delegates including Kingsville mayor Nelson Santos.

Santos says, with the newly formed Conservative government, this year's event covered a number of issues including eliminating the provincial deficit, cutting red tape for small businesses and making it easier for municipalities to get job generating projects off the ground.

He says there's was discussion about regional transit with the recent funding for a link between Leamington, Kingsville, Essex and Windsor.

"We're learning from other small rural municipalities that have found different ways to introduce transit, different forms of transit from your traditional terminal-type, stop to stop. I think there's some components to that that we may be able to examine a little bit more and then maybe enhance as we get further along."

Santos says Premier Doug Ford underlined the importance of hearing the concerns of every Ontario municipality.

"So there's opportunities for municipalities to put forward concerns and a lot of communities have been putting their opinions and positions forward. The conference, itself, is an open door to meet with ministries and ministers one on one. Collectively, there was over 350 presentations."

He says he's coming back feeling positive.

"Anytime you have an opportunity to be in the same room with the law makers and with the policy makers and be part of that discussion to ensure that they're keeping this issue in mind or this question to come forward, whether it's agricultural or commercial or development, they're bringing that as part of their mind set before the final legislation is approved."

The 2019 edition of the ROMA Conference wrapped up Tuesday afternoon in Toronto.