Trot­ter re­turns to city coun­cil

The Barrie Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - BOB BRU­TON

Res­i­dency does mat­ter. Steve Trot­ter be­came Barrie’s new Ward 6 coun­cil­lor Mon­day night, ap­pointed by city coun­cil af­ter beat­ing Lynn Stra­chan in a close 5-4 , sec­ond-bal­lot vote.

He has more than a decade of pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence on Barrie city coun­cil.

“With that ex­pe­ri­ence, I be­lieve I can hit the ground run­ning,” Trot­ter said Mon­day.

Trot­ter was Ward 6/7 coun­cil­lor from 1994 to 2006, los­ing to John Bras­sard, who went on to be­come Barrie-In­n­is­fil MP. An­drew Prince won the by­elec­tion to re­place Bras­sard in Ward 7.

“It re­ally came down to, I think, res­i­dency,” Trot­ter said. “The work ex­pe­ri­ence in the past, be­ing on coun­cil, but I think the dis­tin­guish­ing fac­tor re­ally was the dif­fer­ence be­tween the fact that I am in the area and Lynn wasn’t (liv­ing) in the area.”

Stra­chan lives in Ward 2, down­town Barrie, while Trot­ter re­sides in Ward 6.

Mayor Jeff Lehman said fa­mil­iar­ity is im­por­tant.

“Be­cause of the time­line, res­i­dency does mat­ter,” he said. “They’re talk­ing to their neigh­bours on the street, they’re go­ing to the stores, to the shops, to the rec cen­tres, the parks that are in the area. They’ve al­ready got that base of knowl­edge. It does, to me, lend an ad­van­tage to do­ing the job ef­fec­tively.”

A to­tal of 31 peo­ple (Brian Jackson with­drew his name Mon­day) ap­plied for the Ward 6 va­cancy cre­ated when Michael Prowse be­came Barrie’s chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer (CAO), as of July 1.

In the first bal­lot, Trot­ter got three votes from coun­cil mem­bers, Stra­chan two and Con­stance El­liott, Gary Har­vey, Brad Thomp­son and Lau­rie Watt re­ceived one vote each.

Those re­ceiv­ing the low­est num­ber of votes, and no votes, were elim­i­nated, leav­ing Trot­ter and Stra­chan.

The win­ner needed to re­ceive more than half of the votes cast.

Mayor Jeff Lehman and Couns. Barry Ward, Bon­nie Ainsworth, Ser­gio Mo­rales and Mike McCann voted for Trot­ter in the sec­ond bal­lot.

Couns. Doug Ship­ley, Rose Romita, An­drew Prince and Arif Khan voted for Stra­chan, who served on coun­cil from 2003 un­til 2014.

“I feel like I have the most re­cent and and rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ence around the coun­cil ta­ble, hav­ing only be­ing away for three years,” Stra­chan said while mak­ing her pitch Mon­day. “It’s one thing to be able to lis­ten to the con­cerns of res­i­dents; it’s an­other thing to be able to ac­tion those con­cerns.”

Be­cause the next city elec­tion is in 2018, many coun­cil­lors said ex­pe­ri­ence was im­por­tant in pick­ing the new Ward 6 coun­cil­lor. There isn’t time for much of a learn­ing curve.

Trot­ter ac­knowl­edged as much in his writ­ten ma­te­rial to coun­cil­lors.

“Un­for­tu­nately this is not the time in your term for on-the-job train­ing,” he said. Lehman said so too. “The chal­lenge here ob­vi­ously is the learn­ing curve,” he said. “It’s not some­thing that folks who have not done the job may be as aware of.

“The de­ci­sion ul­ti­mately here is who here can best rep­re­sent the res­i­dents of Ward 6 for the next 10 months, or for how­ever long it takes for the coun­cil to be­come lame duck, so about 12 or 13 (months).”

Trot­ter said he will just be part of a team of coun­cil­lors for the rest of this term.

“I’m not here to re-in­vent the wheel. Coun­cil set pri­or­i­ties out in 2014 and … there’s just a lit­tle bit of time to ac­com­plish those,” he said. “I’m a team player and am just go­ing to sup­port the pri­or­i­ties coun­cil has, and serve the res­i­dents of Ward 6.

“The one ma­jor thing is re­ally sup­port­ing the res­i­dents of Ward 6, mak­ing sure their voices are heard, that their opin­ions re­gard­ing de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions or lo­cal is­sues are acted on.”

Trot­ter, 55, was sworn in as the new Ward 6 coun­cil­lor dur­ing next Mon­day night’s coun­cil meet­ing.

Trot­ter has a mas­ter of busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion, fi­nance de­gree from York Univer­sity, a bach­e­lor of arts, man­age­ment and eco­nomics de­gree from the Univer­sity of Guelph and is a graduate of Ge­or­gian Col­lege Barrie’s mu­nic­i­pal ad­min­is­tra­tion pro­gram.

Since 1998, he has been em­ployed by Syn­nex Canada in Toronto, a com­puter hard­ware and soft­ware con­sumer elec­tron­ics distributor.

Trot­ter is the com­pany’s di­rec­tor of credit for Canada, man­ag­ing a team of 25 peo­ple in mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions re­spon­si­ble for monthly ac­counts re­ceiv­able. bbru­ton@post­media.com

Ap­point­ment votes

First bal­lot Steve Trot­ter – Mayor Jeff Lehman, Couns. Bon­nie Ainsworth, Barry Ward Lynn Stra­chan – Couns. Doug Ship­ley, Rose Romita Con­stance El­liott – Coun. Arif Khan Gary Har­vey – Coun. An­drew Prince Brad Thomp­son – Coun. Mike McCann Lau­rie Watt – Coun. Ser­gio Mo­rales Sec­ond bal­lot Steve Trot­ter - Mayor Jeff Lehman, Couns. Barry Ward, Bon­nie Ainsworth, Ser­gio Mo­rales, Mike McCann Lynn Stra­chan - Couns. Doug Ship­ley, Rose Romita, An­drew Prince, Arif Khan Ed. Note: Coun. Peter Sil­veira was ab­sent, for health rea­sons.

MARK WANZEL/PHOTO

Steve Trot­ter talks with lo­cal me­dia af­ter be­com­ing Barrie’s new Ward 6 coun­cil­lor Mon­day night, af­ter beat­ing Lynn Stra­chan in a close 5-4, sec­ond-bal­lot vote.

MARK WANZEL/PHOTO

Steve Trot­ter be­came Barrie’s new Ward 6 coun­cil­lor Mon­day night. He was ap­pointed by city coun­cil af­ter beat­ing Lynn Stra­chan.

MARK WANZEL/PHOTO

While mak­ing her pitch to coun­cil, Lynn Stra­chan ex­presses that she has the most re­cent and and rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ence around the coun­cil ta­ble. Steve Trot­ter be­came Barrie’s new Ward 6 coun­cil­lor Mon­day night af­ter beat­ing Stra­chan in a close, sec­ond-bal­lot vote.

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