Springdale Mayor Harvey Tiz­zard says it’s time to re­tire from pub­lic life

Four terms and nine years as mayor

Nor'wester (Springdale) - - FRONT PAGE - BY CORY HUR­LEY

No mat­ter the con­se­quences of the up­com­ing mu­nic­i­pal election in Springdale, there will be a void the town has not seen in 16 years.

Mayor Harvey Tiz­zard is re­tir­ing from pub­lic ser­vice.

There’s no one thing driv­ing the four-con­sec­u­tive-term coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive away. In fact, he is quite con­tent with the sta­tus of Springdale’s coun­cil and his abil­ity to lead it over the past two-plus terms as mayor.

“I don’t re­ally have the in­ter­est now that I did once,” Tiz­zard said. “I feel it is time for me to move on. I have noth­ing against any­body or any­thing like that. I think this is one of the best-run towns in the province.”

The Springdale na­tive’s ab­sence from town of­fice will be even more un­usual than that of a typ­i­cal long-serv­ing mem­ber of coun­cil. Prior to his election in 2001, Tiz­zard served as the town’s clerk for 19 years.

“Es­pe­cially in the last eight years, I think this town has come a long ways un­der my lead­er­ship,” Tiz­zard said.

With six meetings — coun­cil and com­mit­tee — a month for on, know­ing full well coun­cil is al­ways look­ing for some­body to vol­un­teer to run some pro­ject or com­mit­tee in the town. He said he will likely sit in on the first few pub­lic meetings of coun­cil, out of cu­rios­ity.

Across the province, the mayor is hear­ing con­cerns about a lack of in­ter­est in mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics.

He be­lieves sev­eral mem­bers of the cur­rent coun­cil plan to seek re-election, but ad­mits he has not heard a lot about po­ten­tial new coun­cil­lors. That is un­for­tu­nate, he said, but he hopes the sit­u­a­tion will change prior to the election.

“I would like to see some younger peo­ple there, with new and fresh ideas,” he said. “Af­ter so long, you get a lit­tle bit com­pla­cent.”

The mayor is proud of his time in pub­lic of­fice, be­liev­ing he led a coun­cil that had the best in­ter­est of the town at heart and worked well with a strong staff. He names the im­prove­ments at the Springdale sta­dium and the mil­lions of dol­lars in wa­ter and sewer in­fra­struc­ture as high­lights of his ten­ure.

He is leav­ing dur­ing a time when a new hospi­tal and new ma­rina top the pri­or­ity list for the in­com­ing coun­cil, he said. Con­tin­ued in­vest­ment in wa­ter and sewer in­fra­struc­ture will be im­por­tant to the town as well, ac­cord­ing to Tiz­zard.

NOR’WESTER FILE PHOTO

Springdale Mayor Harvey Tiz­zard will not be seek­ing re-election in the up­com­ing election, end­ing his ten­ure of 16 years serv­ing the town.

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