Birtch looks to continue down path of transparency, teamwork
By Chris Funston
With one term as mayor under his belt, Trevor Birtch wants to continue to shape the Friendly City for future Woodstonians.
If re-elected as mayor, Birtch said he would continue down the same path he’s been on for the last four years — teamwork, community collaboration and empowerment of the next generation of leaders.
He said if he’s elected October 22, he will make expanding services a priority.
“Expanding transit is something that I promised to do and we have started with evening service. We now have to look at expanding it more including Sundays and holidays,” Birtch said.
He said Woodstock’s leadership in energy self sufficiency has brought more attention to the city along with more industry and jobs.
“We are moving in the right direction but do we want to be at the head of the pack . . . playing catch up is more expensive,” he said. “We need to do more work on how we handle garbage and recycling. We don’t want another landfill in Oxford County, and with waste reduction measures and increased recycling we can eliminate the need for another landfill.”
Birtch said Woodstock is envied not only in the region, but across the nation and internationally for the city’s involvement in sustainability leadership and collaborative partnerships in the community. He said that many of the plans that have helped the Friendly City flourish have come from citizens.
“People in Woodstock take on projects with a why not attitude rather than why we can’t,” he said.
He doesn’t believe that politicians have all the answers, and those that say they do have a personal agenda that doesn’t serve the public well. During his winning campaign in 2014, Birtch set his aim on creating an open and transparent government. He said this campaign will be no different as he looks to continue conversations in the open.
“I have always been public about what is happening at city hall. if council goes behind closed doors it is for matters of personnel, negotiations or legal advice.” Birtch said his goal is to be a politician that could help restore the public’s belief in democracy and faith in the political process.
“I will risk being popular to do what is right, and people in the Friendly City understand that my passion for the community is unwavering.”
Gabriel Rose is also registered to run for mayor. The deadline to register for the municipal election is July 27.