Veteran coun­cil­lor wants ward sys­tem in Bay Roberts

The Compass - - OPINION - Bill Sey­mour is deputy mayor of Town of Bay Roberts the

As a mem­ber of the Bay Roberts town coun­cil for the past 20 years I have wit­nessed many changes, many de­ci­sions made, many con­flicts, and most im­por­tantly much success. I have been part of the process in de­ci­sion-mak­ing, pri­or­i­tiz­ing and ul­ti­mately what we as a coun­cil are all about, meet­ing the needs of the com­mu­nity.

Dur­ing this process I have ob­served what works and what does not work. I feel that coun­cil has done a won­der­ful job with this and com­mend all in­volved for that. That be­ing said, I be­lieve that as an evolv­ing town new and in­no­va­tive ideas are en­cour­aged and wel­comed.

As we know, elec­tion time is draw­ing near, mak­ing this the prime time to bring forth a new idea for all to think about — a ward sys­tem.

Bay Roberts is unique in its ti­tle. Although we are one as a mu­nic­i­pal­ity we are made up of many sub-com­mu­ni­ties. It goes with­out say­ing that the needs and wants of th­ese var­i­ous sub-com­mu­ni­ties dif­fer. As a coun­cil we do our best to en­sure all needs are treated with equal im­por­tance, equally voiced and ad­dressed. How­ever, there are strate­gies used to pri­or­i­tize and meet th­ese in­di­vid­ual needs. My idea of equal rep­re­sen­ta­tion within com­mu­ni­ties strength­ens the voice of the peo­ple equally and demo­crat­i­cally.

Many times when some­one asks, “Where are you from?” we are not al­ways in­clined to say Bay Roberts. Many times we say Co­leys Point, Coun­try Road, or Shearstown.

Why? Be­cause the ci­ti­zens of our town value and take pride in their re­spec­tive sub­com­mu­ni­ties. The Town of Bay Roberts has shown that it is ca­pa­ble of re­spond­ing to change. A ward sys­tem is the next log­i­cal step in the evo­lu­tion of our great town.

Think of it. A coun­cil with rep­re­sen­ta­tion from each sub-com­mu­nity re­flect­ing the needs of each and the town as a whole. Some­thing to think about!

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