CARBONEAR, NL - Cheers could be heard from outside the Carbonear council chambers as Frank Butt approached the mayor's chair with a look of pride.
Monday evening's council meeting in Carbonear saw the gallery filled to the brim, with even more people standing outside in the lobby, watching through the doors as Frank Butt was sworn in as Mayor of Carbonear for the second time since initially being elected to the position last year.
Butt’s seat was vacated in December after council made the decision to remove him based on what they believed to be a conflict of interest on Butt’s part when previously voting on a motion to demolish a dilapidated building. The decision was appealed by Butt, and the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador ruled in his favour on July 12th.
Butt spoke briefly with media following the swearing in ceremony, stating how rewarding it felt to finally be back in the chair.
"It feels good to be back," he said, noting the gallery, with no empty seats in sight.
Despite the December decision to vacate Butt's seat, on Monday evening he explained that there is no bad blood between himself and the rest of council, stating that he'd have no trouble working with council again.
Following this, Butt took the opportunity, after taking a seat back in the chair, to address not only media, but onlookers, supporters, and fellow council members alike.
"On Dec. 12, 2017, the town council of Carbonear made a reversible error in judgment when they made motion 17-308 and ultimately voted to declare the office of Frank Butt vacant,” he said. “When one offers oneself for the position of council, they should do so with the sole desire to help the residents of their community and to help make their community prosper. My concern now is that this situation may deter others from wanting to serve on councils. We must not let this occur.”