Krause says feds, province need to help with infrastructure

We asked all city council candidates to fill out a questionnaire so you may get to know them a little better. We will be running their answers between now and election day.
 
Murry Krause
Tell us about your background.
Murry Krause is seeking his seventh term on city council.
Murry Krause is seeking his seventh term on city council.

I was born and raised in Prince George. I have been involved in health and social services for 45 years. I currently serve on the provincial Poverty Reduction Forum and other social justice initiatives, and I’m the current Past President of the Union of BC Municipalities.

Why are you running for council?

I have served as a City Councillor for 6 terms. I have served on numerous Council Committees. I am very passionate about our community and want to contribute to it being the healthiest it can be for all of our citizens. Good governance and community connections are essential to achieving that.

What do you think is the most important issue facing the City of Prince George today? Why?

Priorities are established in all service areas at the same time definitely not done as in question #5. Infrastructure is top of mind, but will not be fully addressed without financial support from the senior levels of government.

Please rank the importance of the following issues facing the city (1 being the most important).
  1. Infrastructure
  2. Economic Development
  3. City Image
  4. Road Maintenance
  5. Snow Removal
  6. Social Housing
  7. Downtown Revitalization
  8. Safety
  9. Parks
  10. Crime
  11. Recreation (pools, arenas, etc.)
  12. Transit
  13. Population Increase
Do you support the policy that pays senior exempt staff overtime? Why, or why not?

With all of the attention given to this issue of late, I’m sure the policy will be reviewed by the next Council.

What do you believe is the role of a city councillor as it pertains to the day-to-day operations of city hall?

To govern.

Council recently set the business licence fee for cannabis retailers and producers at $1,000. Do you think this fee is too high, too low, about right and will you support a cannabis retail store application that meets city requirements?

I think it was the right decision at this time. Once we have more experience with the issue, that fee structure will be reviewed.

The city is currently reviewing the hours to keep Masich Place Stadium open. Do you agree with the current hours of 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., pending scheduled usage and, if so should those hours be maintained?

I think it’s an appropriate place to start. With monitoring, these hours may suggest revisions.

We often hear about government being open and transparent. What does that mean to you? Once again, be specific.

Being honest and do everything with integrity. There are more and more studies how local governments can enhance transparency.

Why should people vote for you?

I think I have proven myself to be hard working, accessible, approachable, honest, team player and govern with integrity.

If you could accomplish one thing over the next term, what would that be?

Continue with the successes of the last term. I am going to work diligently on the issue of Homelessness and Affordable Housing.