Summer a good time to get involved
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.