South River looking for new blood

Melissa Jenkins
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Town’s deputy mayor would like to see a new face on council

The Town of South River has had some difficultly recruiting new councillors.

South River Council Office

At least, that’s how it would appear.

For the past 15 years, Deputy Mayor Scott Rose explained, it’s been the same councillors being acclaimed, coming and going.

The last time the residents went to the polls was in 2005 when they voted Kim Crosbie in as mayor. She defeated current mayor Arthur Petten, who was later named to council by acclamation after former councillor Steven Rowe resigned in 2008. The remaining councillors were acclaimed in 2005.

There has not been a separate ballot for mayor since that election due to what Crosbie referred to in an article published in The Compass dated March 25, 2008 as a lack of interest from residents to run for council.

The town has now called a byelection to fill an empty seat on council, which was not filled during the regular municipal election this past September.

The election saw six former councillors retake their former posts, but no one else put forth their name, so council was acclaimed.

“We have been since January last year without a full council, and would be happy with one (nominee),” Rose said.

South River is the last town in the Trinity-Conception region to call nominations for empty seats. Brigus and Cupids called for nominations in October, only a few weeks after the general election.

Rose explained the original call for nominations date was going to be in November, but the council thought it was too close to Christmas, and residents might not seriously consider a position on council during such a busy time.

“It was a timing thing,” he said.

The council decided to hold the nominations Jan. 29, in hope of bringing more names to the fold.

Rose said he would like potential nominees to consider putting their name forward, and it does take some time and dedication, but not as much as one might think.

“We would like to see some kind of different input from people with different ideas in the town,” he continued.

Nominations will take place at the South River town hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 29.

If more than one nomination is received, a byelection will take place in the same location on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Those interested in joining councillors Joyce Petten, Beverley Wells, Darrell Percy, David McLean, Mayor Petten and Deputy Mayor Rose must meet criteria set out in the Municipalities Act.

For details about the nomination process or the criteria, call the town office at 786-6761.

Organizations: The Compass

Geographic location: South River

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  • RoadRunner
    January 17, 2014 - 13:00

    I think a by election is a waste of time and tax payers money, there was an election in Sept. and not one resident wanted to run apparently the they would rather complain about what the Council is not doing. According to the elections act council can defer a by-election up to one year so whats the big fuss. "Rose said he would like potential nominees to consider putting their name forward, and it does take some time and dedication, but not as much as one might think" Maybe that's the problem Councillors should be putting in time to help improve a Town not tear it down or belittle and degrade other councillors, If you are not willing to put the best interest of the Town first and you are not willing to put in time don't bother to be on Council.

  • citizen
    January 17, 2014 - 09:45

    Yes i agree with you Kim, they are not following the rules, and with 6 members for nearly a year, that is rediculous, especially when one member is the mayors wife, i see a conflict here, she will side with him every time, also this past month the snow clearing was cruel in the River, roads were not wide enough nor was there enough salt and sand laid down. nother issue is the town water and sewer that was spossedly a 5 year plan, nothing has been done in 4 years, i think its time for a complete clean up like Clarkes Beach had done, so for any folks reading this from South River, lets get out and place our names on the ballot for councillor.

    • Citizen
      January 20, 2014 - 07:44

      I think that as we can all see the Council in South River has been in by acclamation for many many years, there was a major election in Sept where the residents who seem to have an issue with current council could have ran for council but they didn't which is an indication that residents of South River are obviously happy with the current council. The problem is that too many people want to get on Council for their own personal reasons, personal agendas and personal battles, when they should be getting on Council to better the Town they live in. Remember a council is a team not one member has more "pull" than any other so who cares if there is a husband and wife on a council that is only 2 votes and unless the other members are in agreement they cannot control anything. Every issue is voted on by Council and all decisions are made by the Council. South River is a relativity small community you are bound to get member of a council who are related to some degree look at Clarke's Beach council where they currently have 4 or 5 out of 7 who are family members.

  • Kim Percy
    January 15, 2014 - 20:40

    A by election was supposed to be called within 90 days of the election we are long gone a past this. The town of south river is not following the regulations if they were it would have been called by December 24 2013.