Seeks Election to Niagara-on-the-Lake Council
August 5, 2010. For Immediate Release …
Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) Councillor Gary Zalepa Jr. today filed nomination papers for the October 25, 2010 municipal election seeking the return to Town Council. He is the first NOTL councillor to indicate his intentions.
“I feel I have been a productive member of this Town’s leadership during the past two years that I have served on Council. It has been a valuable and positive experience which I hope to continue for the benefit of the community.”
With the passing of Councillor Bob Howse in October 2008, council approved having Zalepa fill the vacancy because he had earned the next largest number of votes in the 2006 municipal election.
“Niagara-on-the-Lake is a great place to live and I am seeking the support of residents to return on the next Council where I can continue to participate in the decision-making that lies ahead,” said Zalepa.
Zalepa’s passion about the success of Niagara-on-the-Lake is well-known in the community. “I plan to approach decisions that are sensitive to the needs of residences and balance those of business and the visitors to our wonderful home town.”
Gary Zalepa Jr.’s professional experience includes membership on several national Boards and Associations. This experience assists in him in taking a productive role on Council.
Along with his tireless work on the committees to keep Niagara District Secondary School open, Zalepa has contributed to many other positive initiatives supported during this past term. For example, he brought forward the idea of forming an Energy Management Committee at the Town.
“The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake needs to identify ways to become more energy conscious. Municipalities must be leaders in this regard. There is tremendous opportunity for the Town to identify some great costs savings in regards to energy use and to encourage the principle of conservation across many of the Town’s activities.” said Zalepa.
During this next Council term, Zalepa promises to have the Town concentrate more on strategic development in it’s growth areas, St. David’s, Virgil and in particular Glendale. The opportunity here is to strengthen the Town financially via growing the tax base, as well as socio-economically by attracting jobs and a greater variety of demographics. This will permit the Town to further enhance it’s rich Heritage assets including the Queen-Picton and Queenston areas. Growth in Glendale and St. David’s will take pressure off the Town’s Heritage areas as the main source of commercial property tax revenue.
Zalepa has been a real estate agent in NOTL for 19 years. He and his wife Tammy and their two sons live in NOTL and are active members St. Mark’s Anglican and several other associations.
For further information contact: Gary Zalepa Jr.,