I was born and raised in Cobourg and have lived most of my life here. Cobourg is the envy of visitors from all over the world - with good reason. The excellent management of our town is something I would wish to uphold as a potential councillor and continue Cobourg's legacy as the 'feel good town'.
This website is intended for the electorate of Cobourg who wish to learn more about me. I feel that people should know who they're voting for, and this information is to help in that regard shall they or myself not be able to meet in person.
My full name is Karl vom Dorff. My surname is difficult to pronounce so it's easier for people to just use my first name. I was born and raised in Cobourg and have lived in our beautiful town most of my life. I am single, male, and almost forty years old this year!
Spiral Wishing Well at our Beach
I have to commend our town for the excellent beach bar and live music at the canteen area by the beach. I have visited it several times, and it was packed every time. Who doesn't enjoy sunshine, live music and drinks with a beautiful view of the lake!? With Cobourg's beach becoming more and more popular to visitors, there's a strain on resources; on tax payers. The upkeep of the beach (grooming, dredging, landscaping, garbage collection, life guards, etc.) is expensive. Generating extra revenue for the town's coffers through the beach bar is an excellent idea.
Election sign seeding!
Cobourg is sprouting 'Elect Karl' signs. It was a hot one out yesterday! I managed (with the help of one of my loyal volunteers) to spread out quite a few signs around Cobourg (and vicinity). You can see a distribution map below.
Inclusivity - Vote Karl
After attending an all canditates forum to discuss the voting system that will be used in the upcoming elections, the issue of website accessibility came up. Many visually impaired individuals don't end up voting just for the simple fact that navigating websites is too difficult. I am proud to announce that votekarl.ca is one of the few councillor candidate websites in Ontario that has an integrated text reader for the visually impaired!
Automated Pay Toilets & Public Space Monetization
Automated Public Washrooms
Part of the Waterfront District's Final plan is to upgrade and expand public washrooms around the beach area. Why not have a two-tier system? In addition to the free public washrooms that are already there, if new ones are going to be built, it could be beneficial to offer tourists and residents a choice - free or automated pay toilets. After travelling Europe, I wondered why APTs (automated pay toilets) weren't as popular here. It is very common to see APTs everywhere in Europe.
Sponsor me by offering to post my sign!
Would you like to sponsor my election campaign!? The best thing you could do without opening your wallets is offer a place for my sign at your residence of business. As a token of my appreciation, I will put all commercial sponsor logos with links to their websites on my website.
All candidates at the Salvation Army
I'm just posting my handout from the all candidates meeting at the Salvation Army regarding affordable housing. Click the PDF below for my thoughts and plans.
For what it's worth, I found this article extremely helpful in identifying endless examples of what municipalities can do in terms of affordable housing (click below):
How your money is spent
Ever wonder how money in the Town of Cobourg is distributed - how much of our budget gets allocated to certain departments!? Take a look at the visual below and guess... Scroll your mouse over to display those hidden easter eggs! *values in percent out of 100 | Based on 2016 data.
How I rate my strengths and weaknesses
We all have our strengths and weaknesses. We can't all be good at everything, and there's always someone smarter than you in the room! Below is a subjective display/rating on how I place my strengths and weaknesses.
Math & Accounting
Maintain and improve our town's infrastructure.
Brainstorm and implement affordable housing investment in Cobourg.
Increase long term care beds and increase accessibility in Cobourg.
Keeping tabs on the budget via expenditures and savings
This is a limited example of my core focus. I will further explain my platform and campaign through my blog
in the coming weeks, including my support for important local organizations such as the CTA, DBIA, Rotary Club, Lion's Club, Knights of Columbus etc.