“I think that we've all been given a great responsibility, and I look forward to the next four years with all of us working together as a team,” said Mayor Philip Wood, who returned to the mayor's chair following an election victory over former councillor George Simmons. He's been the town's mayor for six years. “And of course at the end of the day, I think it's important that we respect each other and each other's opinions.”
Joining Wood are three returning council members — Dean Franey, Wade Oates and Walter Yetman. Yetman, who secured the most votes in the race for council, regained his position as deputy mayor by acclamation. New councillor Geoff Seymour was also nominated for the position but declined.
Seymour, the son of 24-year council veteran Bill Seymour, is one of three new faces in the council chambers this term, joining Silas Badcock and Frank Deering.
“When I started off, I just wanted to give back to the community,” Deering said Tuesday. “My slogan was, 'Give back, move forward' ... I want to thank everyone who supported me over the last few weeks.”
Seymour also thanked those who supported him in his election campaign.
“It's a humbling experience to have so many people in town decide to come forward and say we like what you're saying and we look forward to seeing what you can do for the next four years,” he said. “I'm looking forward to four years of working hard for the town and making sure we're taking this in the right direction.”
Badcock anticipates it will be an exciting four years on council.
“A lot to learn. I'll tell ya what — I'm going to be on the coattail of every one of ya,” he said with a smile. “It's a beautiful town. I'm looking forward to keeping it going strong.”
Afterwards, the new council held its first regular meeting.