Well, with the recent By-Election all but history, it’s time to get down to work. For the majority of the council members it’s business as usual and for Core, Dean and I it’s time to get onside. We all attended our first official council meeting March 13 and were duly sworn in and signed our lives away for the next few months, until we have to decide whether to seek re-election in October or not.
I may be the shortest Mayor in Town History but I hope I don’t have the distinction of having the shortest time in office in Town History!
Joking aside, the reason for this column is my perception that there is a need to keep our community aware of the issues we are dealing with and the decisions we are making on their behalf. Hopefully this will promote feedback from the community we can use to guide us in our decision making process. I hope I can achieve this without stepping on too many toes. I know I won’t step on mine because they’ll probably be in my mouth!
As I said, we had our first meeting March 13 and I think it went really well. We sorted out all of the committee appointments. I didn’t realize how many committees it took to run the Town! I will try to get a list of appointments published sometime soon so you know who to approach if you have issues, questions or suggestions.
As expected, much of our discussion at the meeting centered around Health Care issues and although it’s going to be an uphill battle, I am confident we are doing all we can to make a difference. More on this as we move forward.
Plans for this year include moving the water lines on Municipal so they are not directly under the traveled area of the street. We are waiting for the engineer’s final report prior to putting out tenders for this work. This will probably also be a topic at the upcoming Joint Council Meeting (Town and RM) later this month due to the amount of farm related traffic on this street and concerns thereof.
I may be the shortest Mayor in Town History but I hope I don’t have the distinction of having the shortest time in office in Town History! - GEORGE PEACOCK
My main topic for this report. “Sportsplex” administration. Like many of you, I was under the impression that the Sportsplex was the domain of the Jointly Funded (Town and RM) Recreation Board. That’s the way it was when I was previously on council. To my surprise it is now being staffed and administered solely by the Town Council. The RM contributes as before to the funding, but does not participate in the daily operation of the facility. Therefore, all of the Sportsplex employees are now Town employees. My point, in case I have lost you, is any complaints or concerns should be addressed to the Town Council and not to the Rec Board members or to the employees themselves.
Like you and me, one boss is enough for any of us, more than one creates confusion. Still on the subject of Sportsplex, there is much need to paint and spruce up the facility during the summer months. While the staff will be involved, due to scope of this project, we could use some volunteer help. If you are so inclined to put in some time at the Rink this summer, let us know. It will be gratefully appreciated.
We’ll I’m signing off now so let me know if you want more of the same in upcoming issues of the Triangle News.