Shelby Ch’ng is eager to go after some ongoing issues in Northwood, now that she’s secured her ward seat for a second term, with more votes this election than 2014.
Ch’ng says her priorities include improving trees in the buffer zone between the ward and the highway, and storm water management.
“We’ve completed all the major storm sewer work in Northwood, but it’s going to be a financial plan of how we roll out future storm sewer upgrades. And what does that look like, if that’s going to come back in mid-winter? Yeah, hoping to lead the charge on that one.”
Ch’ng is confident with her colleagues she’ll be working with around the council table.
However, the Northwood councillor says the newest members of council could face some challenges if they don’t have experience with the rules of council.
“I think people like Kristen Oliver and Aiello, do come with that package so it would be easier for them, maybe even Cody Fraser would know that. I know Peng You is more about the social activist piece, so I’m curious to see if he’s gonna pick that up, and once he does, he’s going to be dynamite.”
Ch’ng admits she was surprised by upsets in Neebing and Westfort Wards.
“With all due to respect to Councillor Virdiramo, but Kristen Oliver really brought her A-game in this time. She used to be Lynn Peterson’s policy advisor, so she knows… she’s executive director of NOMA, she’s knows the issues in and out, I think she’s going to be a valuable asset.”
Ch’ng adds she’s glad to see former Northwood rep Mark Bentz return as At Large Councillor.