Monday, August 30, 2010

RE-Elect Wayne Fortin as LaSalle Councillor

October 25, 2010 Please vote.

wayne fortin This has been a "Successful Term". Many projects got accomplished in the last 4 years and we want to continue the successes in the town of LaSalle in the next term.

Mission Statement

I promise to effectively utilize my knowledge and experience to better serve the interests of LaSalle residents, as they perceive it.

Call Wayne at 519-734-1331 or email to

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


New home construction permits are up substantially this year to date for the first 6 months of 2010. For the last 3 years LaSalle has averaged just under 38 new home permits for the first 6 months of each year. For the first 6 months of 2010 there have been 74 new home permits which is almost double. This is great news.

To date we have lost 93 properties to the new DRIC highway. They are not all residential homes but the majority are. We do not know where all these tax payers have relocated but it is safe to say that a number have relocated into LaSalle either by buying an already existing home for sale on the real estate market and by the looks of the increase of new homes being built it tends to leave the image that others must be opting to build new homes again in LaSalle. I don't believe that the economy has picked up enough to justify the substantial building increase. I believe people are staying in LaSalle because they want to be here. What do you think?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

LED Streetlighting in LaSalle

Something I have tried to push for in LaSalle for the last 4 years is installing LED street lighting. Sometimes it takes time and a whole lot of effort to move a mountain. With all the road and parking lot projects in progress I still haven't been able to convince people that we should switch to LED lighting.

Every council meeting that we have, council has to approve expenses from the previous meeting and I see the cost of electricity for street lights and know we can save 30% to 40% of electricity cost alone not including the maintenance costs of the high pressure sodium. With electricity increases coming in the new year I think that it only makes sense to start now and put in LED. Take time and check out LED lights. The Town of Essex has some installed and you can go and see first hand what they would look like and let me know what you think.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Coyotes in LaSalle

Coyotes have been populating in our town over the last number of years. The Ministry of Natural Resources has published a number of tips for the public in dealing with them.

- do not approoach or feed coyotes
- secure garbage
- keep all pets on leashes or conffined to a yard
- prevent predation on livestock with barns or sheds

You can also learn more by visiting their website at

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 594 is Moving

594 as we all know the Legion by is moving because of the new DRIC highway requiring the property. The Legion has scuccessfully negotiated a sale of the property to DRIC and will move by the end of this year. What would have been ideal is for the Legion to relocate in LaSalle. After all they have played a promenent role as a service club in LaSalle since 1961. I will explain the importance of having "Service Clubs" in LaSalle in a future posting.

They were not able to secure a deal with a sight in LaSalle to rebuild or buy and that is unfortunate for the town. They will relocate on Howard Ave. but on the Tecumseh side of the road. We are fortunate that they will still play a large roll in LaSalle with everything that they do and provide including the Remembrance Day Celebrations. Their physical (building) presence in the town will surely be missed.

Municipal Elections "Do" Matter

Thursday's Windsor Star had an article by Lloyd Brown-John titled Municipal Elections Matter. If you have the chance do read it. He is so true when he says that "small municipality councils tend to be less formal but municipal obligations remain just as demanding." He goes on to drive home the point that VOTING does matter and your vote does count. It is important that we familiarize ourselves with the candidates and know we are voting for the right people and for the right reasons.
This election you will be able to vote by mail in ballot. You will be able to spend some time at home deciding on which candidates you think are best suited to do a good job.
Please make sure you vote!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

New Home for LaSalle's Rowing Club

The LaSalle Rowing Club will be a tenent in the new Riverdance Community building going up next to Gilmore Park. They will be in by October and their old building will be removed as part of phase 1 of the redevelopement of land. The much needed extra room will be a welcomed addition to the Rowing Club.

Tornado Warning System For LaSalle

Does LaSalle need a warning system? What would work? Sirens are not in LaSalle and there is no formal system in place. Would Sirens work? People generally keep close to the television or radio when the weather gets nasty for up to the minute advice. What do you think?

Czech Replublic Hockey Team comes to LaSalle

The Czech Replubic under 20 Mens's National Hockey Team is coming to the Vollmer Recreation Centre to play the University of Windsor Men's Hockey Team in an exhibition game. The game will take place on Friday September 10, 2010. It will certainly be a sellout so get your tickets early. I am sure there will be some special events taking place in conjunction with this special event. So watch the media for details.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


I have finally decided to create a Facebook page. I have also added a link to this blog. I hope the information on my blog is informative and if you have any concerns or questions please feel free to send them.