Doody elected new president of NEOMA
Timmins city councillor Michael Doody has been elected as the new president of the Northeastern Ontario Municipal Association (NEOMA).
Senior Timmins city councillor Mike Doody was elected Friday as the new president of the Northeastern Ontario Municipal Association (NEOMA).
He was elected over Cochrane Mayor Peter Politis, the only other municipal leader nominated for the post.
NEOMA is a lobby group consisting of 13 municipalities from across the Cochrane District that share common issues of concern that are voiced to the high levels of government at Queen's Park in Toronto and the House of Commons in Ottawa.
“It's an honour to be able to represent Northeastern Ontario Municipal Association,” said Doody. “This is a huge part of Northeastern Ontario and most of it is a resource-based economy and you can see by this meeting that most people are very passionate about living in Northern Ontario.”
Doody said he was continuing the legacy of previous NEOMA leaders in presenting a united front and speaking as a single voice for the North.
“No matter what party is in government at Queen's Park, when we in Northeastern Ontario speak with one voice, we are a strong voice,” said Doody.
He said one of the key issues facing all Northern communities is the shortage of funding for infrastructure such as roads, waterworks and sewage.
“As you saw it was unanimous around the table,” said Doody. “Not just the province, but also federally, they have to spend some infrastructure money in Northern Ontario. Our roads are going to hell, not just in our communities, but out on the highways.”
“They have got take notice of how we make our living and how we get by as families, trying to (keep) our businesses afloat. They, the higher levels of government, have got to pay attention to us," said Doody.
Doody also looked around the meeting and mentioned there were many new faces at the table, owing to the municipal elections held last October. Doody urged the newer mayors and council members not to be shy in coming forward with concerns and ideas that all communities can share and to stay united when speaking to the higher levels of government.