Stoney Creek Coun. Doug Conley assumes Hamilton Conservation Authority helm

Community Feb 07, 2018 by Richard Leitner Stoney Creek News

Stoney Creek Coun. Doug Conley says the timing seems right for him to take over as chair of the Hamilton Conservation Authority.

He notes the authority continues to buy land in upper Stoney Creek for the new Saltfleet Conservation Area and the Eramosa Karst park is also a work in progress.

“It just gets me more involved. I’ve got big boots to fill,” he said. “I hope I can do justice to the position.”

Conley was elected by acclamation at the Feb. 1 board of directors meeting when Flamborough Coun. Robert Pasuta, who had been chair since June 2015, opted not to stand again after missing much of the past year due to farming-related injuries.

Pasuta said stepping down was a difficult decision, but his health “is not back exactly to where it should be.”

He said it’s also been tough being the councillor for Greensville while defending contentious moves at Spencer Gorge, including a shuttle bus service and bid to expropriate land for a trail link between Tew and Webster’s falls.

“It just does not stop,” Pasuta said. “I’m not afraid of it, but the fact that I’m a councillor, too, I get pounded and pounded from both sides on the park.”

The authority also has a new vice-chair, Susan Fielding. The Puslinch councillor replaces citizen appointee Santina Moccio, who also chose to not stand again after filling in for Pasuta during his absence.

Fielding, who beat Dundas citizen appointee Dan Bowman in a secret-ballot election, said her 15 years as a councillor and involvement in environmental issues in her community equip her well for the post.

“I have a lot of skills in negotiating and mediating and have a lot of interventions with citizens,” Fielding said. “I think I’ve always promoted a very respectful dialogue and come to satisfactory conclusions.”

Citizen appointee Maria Topalovic will continue to chair the conservation advisory board after being acclaimed to the role she’s held since 2012.


Stoney Creek Coun. Doug Conley assumes Hamilton Conservation Authority helm

Flamborough Coun. Rob Pasuta steps aside, citing health concerns

Community Feb 07, 2018 by Richard Leitner Stoney Creek News

Stoney Creek Coun. Doug Conley says the timing seems right for him to take over as chair of the Hamilton Conservation Authority.

He notes the authority continues to buy land in upper Stoney Creek for the new Saltfleet Conservation Area and the Eramosa Karst park is also a work in progress.

“It just gets me more involved. I’ve got big boots to fill,” he said. “I hope I can do justice to the position.”

Conley was elected by acclamation at the Feb. 1 board of directors meeting when Flamborough Coun. Robert Pasuta, who had been chair since June 2015, opted not to stand again after missing much of the past year due to farming-related injuries.

It just gets me more involved. I’ve got big boots to fill.

Pasuta said stepping down was a difficult decision, but his health “is not back exactly to where it should be.”

He said it’s also been tough being the councillor for Greensville while defending contentious moves at Spencer Gorge, including a shuttle bus service and bid to expropriate land for a trail link between Tew and Webster’s falls.

“It just does not stop,” Pasuta said. “I’m not afraid of it, but the fact that I’m a councillor, too, I get pounded and pounded from both sides on the park.”

The authority also has a new vice-chair, Susan Fielding. The Puslinch councillor replaces citizen appointee Santina Moccio, who also chose to not stand again after filling in for Pasuta during his absence.

Fielding, who beat Dundas citizen appointee Dan Bowman in a secret-ballot election, said her 15 years as a councillor and involvement in environmental issues in her community equip her well for the post.

“I have a lot of skills in negotiating and mediating and have a lot of interventions with citizens,” Fielding said. “I think I’ve always promoted a very respectful dialogue and come to satisfactory conclusions.”

Citizen appointee Maria Topalovic will continue to chair the conservation advisory board after being acclaimed to the role she’s held since 2012.


Stoney Creek Coun. Doug Conley assumes Hamilton Conservation Authority helm

Flamborough Coun. Rob Pasuta steps aside, citing health concerns

Community Feb 07, 2018 by Richard Leitner Stoney Creek News

Stoney Creek Coun. Doug Conley says the timing seems right for him to take over as chair of the Hamilton Conservation Authority.

He notes the authority continues to buy land in upper Stoney Creek for the new Saltfleet Conservation Area and the Eramosa Karst park is also a work in progress.

“It just gets me more involved. I’ve got big boots to fill,” he said. “I hope I can do justice to the position.”

Conley was elected by acclamation at the Feb. 1 board of directors meeting when Flamborough Coun. Robert Pasuta, who had been chair since June 2015, opted not to stand again after missing much of the past year due to farming-related injuries.

It just gets me more involved. I’ve got big boots to fill.

Pasuta said stepping down was a difficult decision, but his health “is not back exactly to where it should be.”

He said it’s also been tough being the councillor for Greensville while defending contentious moves at Spencer Gorge, including a shuttle bus service and bid to expropriate land for a trail link between Tew and Webster’s falls.

“It just does not stop,” Pasuta said. “I’m not afraid of it, but the fact that I’m a councillor, too, I get pounded and pounded from both sides on the park.”

The authority also has a new vice-chair, Susan Fielding. The Puslinch councillor replaces citizen appointee Santina Moccio, who also chose to not stand again after filling in for Pasuta during his absence.

Fielding, who beat Dundas citizen appointee Dan Bowman in a secret-ballot election, said her 15 years as a councillor and involvement in environmental issues in her community equip her well for the post.

“I have a lot of skills in negotiating and mediating and have a lot of interventions with citizens,” Fielding said. “I think I’ve always promoted a very respectful dialogue and come to satisfactory conclusions.”

Citizen appointee Maria Topalovic will continue to chair the conservation advisory board after being acclaimed to the role she’s held since 2012.