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Councillor - Town of Blue Mountains

It’s Official – I’m now a Councilor in TBM

The inaugural meeting went well and I didn’t fluff my lines in the ‘Declaration of Office & Oath of Allegiance’.

The new Council was duly sworn and constituted and I took my assigned seat at the end of the Council table (window side). Having a window seat is not bad and I sit close to all the staff. My only complaint is that the table is not swung around enough to see my fellow councilors on the east side of the table.

After the invocation by Rev. Therese Samuel, Mayor McKean invited Council members to make an address.  I seized the opportunity and here’s what I had to say:

“Thank you Mayor John McKean

I want to first express my thanks to the many volunteers, who helped get me this JOB!  I am truly overwhelmed and grateful. Certainly without the help and push by many dedicated people, I wouldn’t be here speaking to you at this time.

To the taxpayers and the residents of the community, I’m truly honored to receive their support and trust that I will look after the health, the safety and the overall welfare of their community.

I also want to thank my wife, my close advisor and my campaign manager, Catherine Sholtz, who has stood by me and inspired confidence in me over the past 20 years. She’s so glad that I have a job now and will no longer lounging at home.

In looking forward, I expect the next four years to be a real challenge. As a Newbie on Council I want to bring some fresh new ideas and hopefully a real CHARGE to this Council. My focus will be on making responsible and well researched decisions and getting things done!

I also look forward to working with the Town CAO Troy Speck and his entire Administration Team. I know I have a lot to learn and I know there are many knowledgeable and patient teachers in this building.

I want to wish everyone a big ‘Thank-You’.”

After everyone from Council had a chance to speak, Mayor McKean called for Approval of the Agenda –Council Appointments to Municipal Committees and Board. Based on some discussion and wishes, here’s where I landed:

1)         Sign By-law Committee (along with Joe Halos);

2)         The Blue Mountains Property Standards Committee (along with J. Halos & B. Gamble)

3)         Thornbury Business Association (BIA);

4)         The Blue Mountains and District Chamber of Commerce;

5)         Blue Mountain Village Association (M. Martin will served 2015-2016 and I will serve 2017-2018);

6)         The Blue Mountains Police Services Board (substitute for the Mayor).

The three main Committees – 1) Finance, Administration and Fire 2) Engineering, Public Works and Community Services, and 3) Planning, Building & By-law, will have a new Chair at the end of each year in order to give everyone on Council an opportunity to serve in these senior positions.

That’s it for now, I’m off for Councilor training.

Next meeting – Committee of the Whole on Monday December 8th, 2014. Make sure you watch the Town Website for the Agenda and starting time.

 

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