Massick wants fiscal responsibility at City Hall
Wayne Massick is running for mayor in the 2017 municipal election. Josh Aldrich/Camrose Canadian
The last straw for Wayne Massick was the traffic calming measures taken for West Grandview Drive in March.
At that time, he went to City Hall to talk with Mayor Norm Mayer to get an explanation for why of tax payers should be on the hook for up to $40,000 for a road blockade that will only benefit a few number of residents. Unhappy with the response he got, he wrote the Canadian and said he may run for mayor. He is following through on his edict.
Massick says he is tired of mismanagement of city resources and project planning, and says he will bring a more responsible approach to city governance.
“Fiscal responsibility is what we need in there, and I think I’m the one to do it,” said Massick. “The budget should be balanced every year, it’s not hard. When you get to the point where you’re going to have no money, you don’t say ‘We’re going to have to raise these taxes again.’”
Massick has never held office before, but the retired millwright spent years with the union and has chaired hundreds of meetings and has negotiated collective bargaining agreements.
He says the way he approached his 31-year career would be similar to the way he approaches his role as mayor.
“The key component of millwriting is first you hear there’s a problem, then you go and investigate and trouble shoot, then you fix it,” said Massick. “That’s what I’m here to do.”
Massick has lived in Camrose since 1979 after moving here from Victoria in search of work. He spent the last 31 years working for EVRAZ before retiring.
Massick said he wants to put more humanity back into the position and to work with those who struggle with paying utilities while balancing the city budget without raising taxes every year.
“Building up human resources are the key,” said Massick. “When we pick up a person … that’s low, we’ve got to help them, that’s what the city is here for, to help all of Camrose.”
Massick says his wife Rita has been a source of support in his campaign while also keeping him grounded with her sense of humour. They celebrate their 30th anniversary in a few weeks and the two have three children and eight grandchildren.
He is in support of the four major projects the City is currently undertaking — new aquatic centre, 48th Avenue bridge, new public works yard, new water treatment facility — but his vision for the city goes beyond that.
One of his pet projects is to have a kidney dialysis unit built in Camrose. He has had a letter writing campaign with the province since Ralph Klein was elected to office, and he believes as mayor he would have the influence necessary to finally get the province to listen. He says he has known many people who have had to make the drive to Red Deer or Edmonton on a regular basis for treatment.
It all plays into his humanitarian vision for the city.
Massick is taking more of a grassroots approach to his campaign, refusing to fill mailboxes and the landfill with campaign literature and signs, and take contributions from businesses. He is, however, looking forward to the Oct. 11 debate and sitting down at the library on Oct. 12 to discuss he vision for the city with voters.
He says he is not alone in his views and many of his former co-workers from over the years have voiced their support.
“I’ve worked with well over 2,000 people and just about all those people know that I am running for mayor,” he said. “Word of mouth is very important to me, because that is what the candidate stands for, not how many fliers you can stuff into a mail box and not how many signs you can stick in someone’s lawn.”
There are three candidates for mayor in the Oct. 16 municipal election, Mayer, Massick and Coun. Bill Sears.