Mintha hoping to make a comeback in municipal politics

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Eganville -- A former reeve of the Village of Eganville and mayor of Bonnechere Valley Township announced Monday his intentions to run for mayor in the October elections.

Zig Mintha said he made the decision after several weeks of careful deliberation and talking with a number of people across the municipality.

He said he has both the time and experience for the position and a good knowledge of municipal affairs to lead the municipality in the next four years.

As a recent widower, Mr. Mintha said he has the time to devote to the municipality and he will make Bonnechere Valley Township his number one focus.

Among his major goals over the next four years if elected are:

· To lobby for changes in rules and regulations governing development and growth to reduce bureaucracy;

· To re-establish communications and discussions with surrounding municipalities, including the Pikwakanagan First Nation, to work together for the betterment of the entire area;

· To expand water sewer services with assistance from the senior levels of government to attract more residents and businesses;

· To review the decision to close of the animal shelter (dog pound) and reactivate an effective animal control program;

· To solve the RV issue on Lake Clear that has extended through the last two terms of council.

Mr. Mintha has been actively involved in many fundraising projects in the community in the last three decades. He was one of the main people responsible for the building of Fairfields senior assisted living complex and the 3600 square foot senior’s activity centre; was part of a five-person committee that raised $85,000 to save Branch 353 of the Royal Canadian Legion after the organization lost all sources of revenue due to COVID; was part of the campaign to raise money for the rebuilding of Grace Lutheran Church and the St. James Bell Tower project, and was part of the five-person committee that recently raised $110,000 for Ukrainian relief.

He has also been involved in several smaller community fundraising projects.

“I am entering the race with a proven record of strong leadership and getting things done,” he said. “We live in a beautiful area of Renfrew County but there are a lot of derelict buildings and properties that require attention. It is not fair to neighbouring property owners to have to put up with nearby eyesores.”

During his time in office, Mr. Mintha spear-headed the development of a new waste site which will look after the municipality’s needs for the next 40 years; renovated the Eganville Generation Station; established the dog pound which is now slated to close; established the annual recreation golf tournament which is now in its 25th year; established the Geo-Tube facility across from the sewage plant to handle the removal of raw sewage; established a road and equipment renewal replacement program; lobbied for natural gas to be extended to the area (Enbridge announced last year this will become a reality soon), and initiated the title of mayor which all Renfrew County municipalities have now adopted, creating a common identity for all.

Mr. Mintha is President of the Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke Provincial Progressive Conservative Association for 17 years and has led been campaign chair for MPP John Yakabuski for 15 years. He is currently chair of the Grace Lutheran Church Council.

“I had very good working relationships with staff when I was reeve in Eganville and later mayor in the township,” he said. “I know the importance of working together with others. It is the only way things get done.”

Debbi Christinck, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader