Crocker wins council seat by acclamation
Small Point-Broad Cove-Blackhead-Adam’s Cove once again has full complement of councillors
Wanda Crocker is excited about “all kinds of good things happening here in the Town of Small Point-Broad Cove-Blackhead-Adams Cove. And I just wanted to be a part of it.”
Crocker thought the best way to be in on the action was having a seat at the town council table.
The Broad Cove resident was elected by acclamation when she was the only candidate to file for nomination on June 13. Nominations were called for that date to fill a seat on council that had been vacant since the last municipal general election in September 2009.
Crocker first discovered the area about 20 years ago when she “stumbled upon” an older home and bought it with plans to retire there. After living in the community seasonally for several years, she now calls Broad Cove home year-round.
Pointing out “there are not a lot of jobs or young families in the town,” she noted, “the demographics are changing really fast.”
According to town officials, only 32 per cent of residents liveyear-roundin the community. The remainder areseasonal dwellers.
Crocker says the council is sensitive to the needs of the town’s unique demographic.
Having a town council to look after its needs was one of the things that made the town an attractive place to live for Crocker.
She says council is very concerned about the environment and keeps the town very clean.
The newly elected councillor says the citizens also show a lot of commu- nity pride by looking after their own properties, and real estate is very hot.
When she first started visiting the area, the drive from St. John’s took twoand-a-half hours. But the new Veterans Memorial Highway has now cut that down to about 90 minutes. Living within a reasonable driving distance from the capital city is another attraction for seasonal and full-time resi- dents, who like to have the best of both worlds.
“ The scenery is stunning. It’s a beautiful and vibrant town. I love it,” Crocker concluded.
Meanwhile, town clerk Dana Reid will swear in the town’s newest councillor sometime within 14 days of the June 13 nomination deadline.
When she takes her seat on council at the next meeting, which will take place sometime in July, Crocker will join Mayor Leslie Gover, deputy mayor William O’Leary and councillors George McNeil and Linda O’Leary. They were all appointed by the Department of Municipal Affairs to operate the town when no candidates came forward to seek nominations for the last municipal general election in 2009.
The town used to have seven council seats, but that number was reduced to five in 2001 when it became too difficult to attract enough candidates to fill a seven-member council.
Between 500 and 600 people reside in Small Point-Broad Cove-BlackheadAdam’s Cove on the North Shore of Conception Bay.
Wanda Crocker is the newest member of council with the Small Point-Broad CoveBlackhead-Adams Cove town council.
The town hall in Adam’s Cove also serves as home base for the North Shore Central Ambulance Service and North Shore Volunteer Fire Department.