South River look­ing for new blood

Town’s deputy mayor would like to see a new face on coun­cil


The Town of South River has had some dif­fi­cultly re­cruit­ing new coun­cil­lors. At least, that’s how it would ap­pear.

For the past 15 years, Deputy Mayor Scott Rose ex­plained, it’s been the same coun­cil­lors be­ing ac­claimed, com­ing and go­ing.

The last time the res­i­dents went to the polls was in 2005 when they voted Kim Cros­bie in as mayor. She de­feated cur­rent mayor Arthur Pet­ten, who was later named to coun­cil by ac­cla­ma­tion af­ter for­mer coun­cil­lor Steven Rowe re­signed in 2008. The re­main­ing coun­cil­lors were ac­claimed in 2005.

There has not been a sep­a­rate bal­lot for mayor since that elec­tion due to what Cros­bie re­ferred to in an ar­ti­cle pub­lished in The Com­pass dated March 25, 2008 as a lack of in­ter­est from res­i­dents to run for coun­cil.

The town has now called a by­elec­tion to fill an empty seat on coun­cil, which was not filled dur­ing the reg­u­lar mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion this past Septem­ber.

The elec­tion saw six for­mer coun­cil­lors re­take their for­mer posts, but no one else put forth their name, so coun­cil was ac­claimed.

“We have been since Jan­uary last year with­out a full coun­cil, and would be happy with one (nom­i­nee),” Rose said.

South River is the last town in the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion re­gion to call nom­i­na­tions for empty seats. Bri­gus and Cupids called for nom­i­na­tions in Oc­to­ber, only a few weeks af­ter the gen­eral elec­tion.

Rose ex­plained the orig­i­nal call for nom­i­na­tions date was go­ing to be in Novem­ber, but the coun­cil thought it was too close to Christ­mas, and res­i­dents might not se­ri­ously con­sider a po­si­tion on coun­cil dur­ing such a busy time. “It was a tim­ing thing,” he said. The coun­cil de­cided to hold the nom­i­na­tions Jan. 29, in hope of bring­ing more names to the fold.

Rose said he would like po­ten­tial nom­i­nees to con­sider putting their name for­ward, and it does take some time and ded­i­ca­tion, but not as much as one might think.

“We would like to see some kind of dif­fer­ent in­put from peo­ple with dif­fer­ent ideas in the town,” he con­tin­ued.

Nom­i­na­tions will take place at the South River town hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 29.

If more than one nom­i­na­tion is re­ceived, a by­elec­tion will take place in the same lo­ca­tion on Wed­nes­day, Feb. 12 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Those in­ter­ested in join­ing coun­cil­lors Joyce Pet­ten, Bev­er­ley Wells, Dar­rell Percy, David McLean, Mayor Pet­ten and Deputy Mayor Rose must meet cri­te­ria set out in the Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Act.

For de­tails about the nom­i­na­tion process or the cri­te­ria, call the town of­fice at 786-6761.

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