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.