Sum­mer a good time to get in­volved

The Compass - - OPIN­ION - Natalie Musseau, Editor Port aux Basques Gulf News

Some might ar­gue de­ci­sions made at the mu­nic­i­pal level have even more im­pact on the day-to-day life of res­i­dents. Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties are largely or solely re­spon­si­ble for drink­ing wa­ter, sewer, waste man­age­ment, paving, snow clear­ing, recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties and more.

You only have to look back a few months to the wa­ter main break that cost most of Port aux Basques run­ning wa­ter for a cou­ple days for an ex­am­ple of how vi­tal those ser­vices are.

Mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices make other things like health­care and ed­u­ca­tion pos­si­ble.

As of two years ago, only 38 per cent of cur­rent mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lors prov­ince-wide in­tended to run in the next elec­tion, set for Sept. 29. That could mean sig­nif­i­cant change for some coun­cils and pos­si­bly even some dif­fi­culty in fill­ing the more than 2,000 seats on the 281 coun­cils across the prov­ince.

While it’s un­likely Port aux Basques will have dif­fi­culty fill­ing all seven coun­cil­lor’s chairs, there will be change – two coun­cil­lors have con­firmed they will not be seek­ing re-elec­tion and oth­ers re­main un­de­cided.

The sum­mer is a good time to con­sider get­ting in­volved in mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment.

A wide va­ri­ety of view­points, back­grounds and tal­ents make for the strong­est coun­cils. The most im­por­tant qual­i­fi­ca­tions are a will­ing­ness to con­trib­ute and the de­sire to help guide the com­mu­nity into the fu­ture.

Serv­ing on coun­cil is a big com­mit­ment, but an im­por­tant one for the fu­ture vi­a­bil­ity of towns across the prov­ince.

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