Monday, 22 August 2016

PA Herald - Rick Orr running again for Ward 2

Rick Orr Running again for Ward 2 - PA Herald


http://www.paherald.sk.ca/News/Local/2016-02-28/article-4450414/Orr-running-for-re-election/1

Proven Record


Rick has a proven record of commitment to the City as past President of both Prince Albert Crime Stoppers & the Prince Albert Lions Club, elected member of the Prince Albert Chamber of Commerce and member of the Saskatchewan Penitentiary Citizens Advisory Board, Fire Services Committee and the Meachan Youth Advisory committee within Prince Albert Multicultural Association. Over the years, Rick provided advice to Metis Friendship Centre, Prince Albert Food Bank, Prince Albert Riverbank Development Association and Prince Albert Housing Authority. He volunteered at Telecable and Shaw Cable Ten and many more civic groups.


Rick is a retired Accredited Mortgage Professional in 2000 for 12 years ran local business with his wife Kathy that offered the first full time mortgage brokerage in Prince Albert. Rick and Kathy arrived in the city in 1989. Rick worked for Telecable and then Shaw Cable as System Manager. Rick was Executive Director of the Prince Albert United Way moved into real estate, worked at CTV and, in 2000, Kathy and Rick started their mortgage brokerage business that helped thousands enjoy a new  or updated home. The Orr’s helped over 20 families qualify and buy homes under the Centennial Affordable Housing Program. In 2007 Rick has devoted his full attention to working as councillor for Ward 2 in Prince Albert. 

Rick represent the cities largest and most diverse ward. I have proudly worked on many city and ward challenges. Speeding on Riverside drive, new paved access to Nordale, improving Cloverdale road, new paving, improving city infrastructure for the city and increased bylaw and enforcement. Our future depends on increased economic development. He has worked on PA Community Futures, Economic Development, Chairman Joint Planning committee - 20 Year Riverbank & Downtown Strategic Plan, PA and Regional District Planning Commission, rehabilitation, Museum and Heritage, City Official Master Plan, Arts and Culture Plan, Prince Albert Housing Advisory Board, Pehonan Parkway Board, Friends of the Little Red, PA Needle Exchange, Prince Albert Downtown Business Association, Prince Albert Tourism, Budget and Executive Committees, Joint Planning committee - City and Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation.  Rick is always available by phone or in person to talk. He looks forward to representing you in Ward 2.




Rick Orr is running for Re-Election in Ward 2

Rick Orr is running for Re-Election in Ward 2


It has been my privilege to represent the cities largest and most diverse ward. I have proudly worked on many city and ward challenges. Speeding on Riverside drive, new paved access to Nordale, improving Cloverdale road, new paving, improving city infrastructure for the city and increased bylaw and enforcement. Our future depends on increased economic development. I have worked on PA Community Futures, Economic Development, Chairman Joint Planning committee - 20 Year Riverbank & Downtown Strategic Plan, PA and Regional District Planning Commission, rehabilitation, Museum and Heritage, City Official Master Plan, Arts and Culture Plan, Prince Albert Housing Advisory Board, Pehonan Parkway Board, Friends of the Little Red, PA Needle Exchange, Prince Albert Downtown Business Association, Prince Albert Tourism, Budget and Executive Committees, Joint Planning committee - City and Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation.  I am always available by phone or in person to talk. I look forward to representing you in Ward 2.

2007 PA Exhibition Parade Election team

It's about working together

It's about working together

I believe deeply in Prince Albert, its historic past and future potential. The challenges ahead need to be addressed with positive understanding of the needs of the ward’s diverse population. It is the largest area in the city which encompasses the city’s entire downtown core, as well as the West flat area of the city up to 9th Avenue West. It also encompasses city land north of the North Saskatchewan River, including Hazeldell & Nordale,  acreage's, farmland and the airport and the city’s upcoming Green Industrial Park. The ward includes light and heavy industry. It is the largest geographical ward and it has the largest amount of voters in it. These areas each have their own issues that need attention. Ward 2 needs a councillor that can react to the citizens’ needs today and in the future. 
First - The top of the list is to have citizens feel secure in their homes and on the streets. 

Second - Everyone should be confident in the knowledge that nothing inside civic government is hidden or kept from public view and that they have representation that is providing accountability to them. 

Third - The city and the ward are facing troubled times with deficits due to crumbling infrastructure and civic cost increases due to labour and pension funding issues. I feel it is time to address these challenges and bring them forward so the citizens of ward 2 and Prince Albert can understand these challenges and we can deal with them together. Only then can we prepare for the future of Prince Albert and move forward along with the new growth our province and region are enjoying. 

Fourth - Prince Albert has untapped economic potential including tourism, manufacturing and retail development.  Now is the time to attract investors that will bring jobs to the community. With jobs we will have more families, more taxes and more services for everyone.
The citizens of Prince Albert must be complimented on how we faced hardships together such as our bridge work, streets and water crisis.  It is amazing how the city came together, both our civic leadership and fantastic city workers. Citizens pulled together, businesses worked to help out where possible. 
Good on all of you for doing your part. 

 

Call anytime to talk 960-3663


email: krorr@shaw.ca 

RE-ELECT RICK ORR FOR WARD 2

Monday, 11 May 2015

How we might use a flood dike or levey for the Rotary Trail

High Riverr renwal of river bank

High River Flood Renewal

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Speaking about the Flood Plain part of our OCP



On May 11, 2015, at 1:11 PM, Dean Link wrote:

"Charlene, To tell you the truth the meeting was rather underwhelming, but what I found most surprising was the lack of comments from yourself, Lee and Rick. A lot of people seem to feel that the people directly representing them, should be making a statement, or are you just in agreement with the mayor on whatever he has to say about the situation. It remains what the mortgage and insurance companies will have to say, but the way it looks now, for anyone with the city to make a statement that it will have no negative effect on house prices was very odd to say the least. Have a good one. Dean."

__________My Response to Dean Link's email May1th, 2015:___________

Like most in the room I was there to learn.

My comments are very straightforward. I believe my role is public safety and protection of public and private property. I believe 500 is a very high standard and like others at the meeting want to know what today's science indicates. I do believe 100 years ago in 1915 a high water event set a 200 year benchmark which was discussed by the water security scientist. So my minimum is that level plus industry safety margins.

Before Kathy and I retired from the mortgage industry we checked with two insurers. When this came up in a previous elected council cycle item I contacted both CMHC and the private insurer Genworth regarding 100 and 500 coverage of mortgages. Genworth came back in a short time with 500 was of no concern but 100 has consequences but may not diminish their capacity to insure PA area homes. Now that was prior to Calgary's event. CMHC never did respond.

I also know currently one home general insurance provider Intact Canada is looking at offering overland flood coverage in some provinces.

Proof of diminished real estate value must be shown to me. I understand from my cousin in High River his golf course condo that was damaged was repaired by insurance + disaster relief and that his property has not lost value as some have sold. Again these are newer homes on a golf course now with flood protection installed.

I do see and agree with many of my ward residents that they are worried about the older homes property on sale.  The different rules for 100 and the current 500 provincial standard are confusing. These are the questions that our homeowners and council need to understand before we can move forward. I do think that one on one homeowner discussions with our experts goes a long way to answering their individual questions. We simply all want answers and resolve moving forward.

Albeit leave the property value issue to you and your industry.   As we all know the market dictates the reality of property value. It is the sale and purchase that shows you and us the reality if prices stay the same or drop.

I view my role as independent and do attempt to vote for my constituents and my best conscience.  My phone and email is always available. I return every call.

Dean With your permission I will share your comments and this response on Facebook.

Rick

Rick Orr,
Councillor Ward 2
City of Prince Albert, SK
1-306-960-3663
ward2@citypa.com

Friday, 25 October 2013

HWY 11 OPENS LAST SECTION TODAY

Highway 11 final section OPENED TODAY

Friday October 25th, 2013 Near MacDowall




Watch my video. (Man it was cold.)












Friday, 26 July 2013

Downtown an opportunity not to miss


I talk about the reality of economic development and keep pointing out that the downtown is a totally under utilized economic resource. It should be an economic incubator as our city has invested in development, infrastructure including waste and storm sewer, water, asphalt, curbs and sidewalks, lighting over the last 113 years. It does not require rezoning or any further city investment. Downtown just needs developers to see the advantage to updating their buildings and attract businesses willing to looking at the opportunities presented in our historic downtown. Merchants then must be willing to make our downtown a dynamic and vibrant place to explore and shop and find entertainment during the hours from 4pm till 8 or 9pm when people are wanting to get out and shop and look for something to do.



Here are the facts:

We have 3000 people working in the downtown core - our communities largest employer

We have 306 separate businesses or offices in the core

100 merchants plus 65 in the Gateway Mall for a total of 165
61 Professional offices
95 Non profits, schools, clubs, churches and media
We bring in 1.5 million in taxes with little return to the district.
4% of all downtown business taxes are imposed as an improvement district levee
Many downtown businesses want us to use some parking surpluses to support renewal, since it is money realized from proceeds of customers using downtown services:
Parking revenues for 2012 grossed $744K We have a gross profit after paying for the new parking meters of $328K. Once the meters are paid we would have $473K returned to general revenue. Our 2012 budget called for net of $251K and we realized $77K more. I say we should start by looking at providing that amount to the revitalization planning.

Corner Stone has 30 stores and they pay taxes on the square footage of the stores not the parking lot.  In comparison 306 offices pay taxes or servicing agreements and the customers or clients must pay for parking. So think about it. The downtown business district pays 1.5 million in taxes and we impose parking meters and return the revenues to general revenue not to the revitalization. Then we ask the businesses for a levee of 4% and that is all we give back to them in investment.

In the past year council has decided to cut budgets for year round bylaw enforcement, street sweeping and many other items such as street beautification and sidewalk repairs.

On the positive front we need to congratulations to the hard working people investing time and energy working on the Downtown Association, Main Street Program, Community Futures, PA Chamber and the PA Tourism and Convention Association, Museum and Heritage organizations and many others. Please keep up the good work. Hopefully we on council will get the message. To our old and new businesses that have stuck it out and invested hard dollars to build a downtown business I for one feel your payback is coming.

Here are a few of the things I have heard people talk about and say what we need to get started at right away.

A brand (developed by the community players PLEASE NOT GATEWAY TO THE NORTH - that is where people leave from not stay and enjoy) The one I have heard most is “Meeting Place” from the Cree words - Sakitawak  or Kestapin - recommended by past committees but not supported by past political will.
More family destination attractions (festivals, markets, family park, attract new enterprise)
Action by property owners and developers to fixing and renovating their properties so they are more interesting for investment and rental (some communities make it expensive for owners to leave their property vacant or in poor repair.)
Business entrepreneurs to see the potential and be innovator of new ideas stay open like Cornerstone so people can come down and enjoy shopping and services in the evening (think when you go on holidays - do you stay in your hotel room at 5pm or go out and enjoy the amenities of the place you are visiting?)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
City council to get on side by providing bylaws, environment and services to support the investment and  people enjoying our downtown. (Yes including full time bylaw and police patrols). Invest in making our downtown a place where entrepreneurs want to invest and thrive.
Build pride in our historic downtown and make it a vibrant part of our economic region and ask senior governments to buy in and assist.

It is so close. All we need is the will to put all the pieces together. Just look at Moose Jaw's success. City council, it will not cost us one extra penny but make us tons of money when the downtown renewal starts and succeeds. We all win.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

9 Individual - Taxes - Street Fair and Will

I have learned that council is made up of 9 individuals that sometimes are very independent in their thinking and at other times very inclusive. Sometime I have a great idea in my mind that is not shared and that is good. Sober thought is what makes up the first level of government. Civic politics is inclusive. You call me I listen, you want information you get it, you need something looked after I try for a solution. My other councillors seem to be the same in reacting to our citizens needs.

Where it becomes difficult is attempting to be the expert on everything that comes forward. Some on council would profess to be that, I do not. I need your feedback and encourage your dialogue. I will give you an example. I voted on two readings against the tax increase as presented by administration. I asked questions the last was if the business community would see increases. I was told commercial rates would be “revenue neutral to the city. Now that I type it out it begs questions. At the time in the council chambers with 8 others, administration and media present I must say I thought it meant our businesses would see no increase. As you know I was totally wrong. Yep I am not perfect, ask my wife Kathy. Some have seen massive increases mostly due to the provincial assessment being updated since the last one four years ago and of course our increases for roads and infrastructure improvements. Well, I missed the boat. I did not understand the meaning. I would not have voted in favour if I had known. We have talked to many businesses and I gave feedback to administration and the mayor. Today the mayor is announcing a way to attempt to mitigate the pain over six months. Those businesses with increases can opt to pay the increase in six months by November 30th without penalties. Or better yet go on the TIPPS program and pay 1/12 monthly. Both viable options and I hope they are useful to our businesses that need help.

What a spring rain, rain go away. Saturday’s Street Fair went forward even with the poor weather. It speaks to the tenacity of merchants, displayers, performers and our public. This event brings for one day the dream I have for our downtown. Just think if we had a vibrant downtown community with this happening every week. With musicians, artisans, merchants, families and tourists coming to be part of the downtown fair. We could start with one days a week and grow to what the public demand. But it takes will - property owners, businesses, government but most important you must have the will to improve our downtown.

I would love to revitalize our downtown, encourage it to be a gathering or meeting place. Increase our heritage and culture by developing museums, interactive enactments, possibly have a huge heritage themed water feature on the riverbank, develop shops for artisans, farmers markets, new entrepreneurs. I believe if they build it the people will come, business will develop and we will have people wanting to live downtown close to the new gathering or meeting place. Will it happen in a few years, no it will take 10 or 20 years but if we do not do it now it will not happen. We need to get started. And the phobia about not wanting to come downtown will be gone as the problems will move away because of all the traffic. So we have other issues always coming forward, little money to fund so many community initiatives.

So if you have ideas and positive ideas give me a call. I need the positive 90%, because too often the 10% negative that drive our agendas and in the long run curb our ability to get things done, so let’s work together to get the most done in the next 3 years. We need to work for the betterment of all.

Call me I need your positive input. (If negative please call one of the other councillors...just kidding call me)

Rick