BROCKTON – Chris Peabody, Brockton’s current mayor, has filed his papers to run for another four-year term as mayor in the upcoming municipal elections.
Peabody said he’s focusing his campaign on his strong leadership over the past term. “It’s a council with diverse opinions,” he said, “but we make decisions and move on. We have accomplished a lot.”
The kind of leadership he provided during the COVID-19 pandemic involved keeping the public informed about what was happening, and doing everything in his power to keep the community safe.
His ability to build relationships has served Brockton well, both at the municipal level and county level.
Peabody takes pride in attracting investment to Brockton, particularly “25 acres of small-scale manufacturing … working with Bill Clancy on his subdivisions … and working on the rural natural gas project and daycare expansion.”
He also takes pride in having worked with both hospice organizations to keep the residential hospice south build project alive.
His plans for the next four years include balanced growth, and ensuring the Bruce County Official Plan accommodates Walkerton and Brockton’s hamlets. “We need commercial growth,” he said, “and the hamlets need growth.
Among his goals are partnering with either the county or the private sector for affordable housing.
Regarding health care, he said the focus needs to stay on the hospital in Walkerton, but also on the hospice. He noted there’s a Hamilton company that plans to build a retirement residence – assisted living, not long-term care – on the MZO lands (the area in the East Ridge Business Park Brockton wants rezoned through a Minister’s Zoning Order). Peabody said the possibility of the retirement residence and hospice sharing space is worth exploring.
Another focus has to be on improving the lifestyle in Brockton. With no grant money available for a new arena, “we need to re-evaluate our plans,” he said. There may be opportunities for renovating, he said, adding that Brockton needs to accommodate the latest trends in recreation, including pickleball.
Peabody commented favourably on the recent volunteer recognition event in Brockton, at which two longtime community volunteers received special awards. “It was a great event,” he said.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times