By Kevin Werner, News Staff
Lloyd Ferguson will be seeking re-election as Ancaster’s councillor.
But not if he decides to run for mayor, instead.
“I’m keeping my powder dry,” said Ferguson. “I’m listening to the community, listening to my constituents.”
But what a sizable number of people in Ancaster have been telling the businessman-turned-politician is to remain a councillor.
“I’m getting that (response),” acknowledged Ferguson. “I got it at Tim Hortons. Somebody said, ‘Stay where you are.’ The problem is when you run for mayor (and) lose, you’re out. But that is a calculated risk I will have to give consideration to.”
Ferguson said he expects to make a decision on his political future by the spring.
Residents will be able to talk to Ferguson about what he should do, and other issues, at his New Year’s levee scheduled to be held Jan. 19 from 1-4 p.m. at Ancaster’s Old Town Hall.
Ferguson was first elected to Hamilton council in 2006 after emerging from a five-way race with 3,549 votes, compared to second-place finisher Aznive Mallet’s 2,629. In the 2010 race, Ferguson doubled his count, securing 7,447 votes over his lone challenger Brenda Cox-Graham’s 2,716 votes. Ferguson replaced his brother, Murray, who had been Ancaster’s representative since amalgamation.
Ferguson had also sat on Ancaster town council from 1984-94.
Over the past four years, Ferguson set an ambitious agenda for Ancaster, which he said is nearly completed.
He is looking forward to seeing the Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre finished by the spring, as well as the completion of the in-depth Ancaster Square project that includes the new splash pad, revamped lawn bowling and tennis clubhouses, and the improved lawn bowling area.
Ferguson, though, does have a few projects that he wants completed this year. Top of the list is getting the city to purchase Memorial School from the Hamilton District Public School Board and converting it into a cultural centre. In addition, he would like to see more senior residences in Ancaster.
“We can do that at the rear part of Memorial school,” he said.
Busy Wilson Street is also at the forefront of his agenda. Over the last couple of years Wilson Street has undergone a complete redevelopment, while also causing residents and business owners some aggravation.
There is no construction this year, said Ferguson, in an effort to give residents and businesses a break.
But in 2015, if he is re-elected, Wilson Street from Hamilton Drive to Highway 403 will be reconstructed.
And Ferguson is overseeing the design, and construction of a new westbound off-ramp onto Highway 403. The first public meetings are scheduled to be held in February.
Citywide, Ferguson remains the chair of the Pan Am Stadium committee, which is making sure the multi-million dollar project is completed in June in time for the new Tiger-Cat season and ready to host the soccer competition for the 2015 Pan Am Games.
“It looks good,” said Ferguson.