Crocker wins coun­cil seat by ac­cla­ma­tion

Small Point-Broad Cove-Black­head-Adam’s Cove once again has full com­ple­ment of coun­cil­lors

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION - BY BILL BOW­MAN

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.

De­mo­graph­ics chang­ing

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.

Im­proved trans­porta­tion

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.

Photo by Bill Bow­man/The Com­pass

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.

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