New energy on Clarke’s Beach council
Mayor, Deputy Mayor reflect on year of change
The Town of Clarke’s Beach has a different feel about it these days.
Gone is the councillor infighting that became synonymous with the municipality in the year leading up to the 2013 municipal election.
It has been replaced with a council working towards a common goal, according to Mayor Betty Moore.
“We are together for the town,” she recently told The Compass.
It has been just over a year since a record number of voters almost cleaned house in the latest round of municipal elections last September. Gone was the town’s deputy mayor, along with the rest of council.
When the dust settled, Moore was the last remnant of a council Maclean’s Magazine pegged as “Canada’s most dysfunctional” in 2012.
Surrounding her were first time councillors Wayne Snow, Crystal Bradbury, Danielle Delaney, Kelly Kavanagh, Norman Hillier and George Janes.
“We have no problem working with each other,” said Moore.
On Dec. 1, the first thing that greets you upon entering the council chambers in Clarke’s Beach is the laid back attitude in the room.
Well, that’s the second thing you notice actually. The town rearranged the layout of the chambers shortly after the new council was elected.
Facing the far wall, councillors briskly work through an agenda that includes accounts payable, res- idential applications and other pieces of general business. The meeting concludes in a tidy 45minutes.
With Moore and Deputy Mayor Snow at the head of the room, council flows smoothly through the night. There is very little small talk as councillors exude a professionalism that was, by all accounts, lacking within the last council — a group consumed by high profile disputes.
The days of personal spats or agendas appears to be over.
“There is a different energy,” said Moore.
The mayor feels this new energy comes from the people she has around the table.
“We’re all professional said Moore.
They are a bit younger than the previous council, too. Delaney recently gave birth to her first child, while Bradbury got married in September.
A younger demographic brings a different viewpoint to the table. Moore admits having reign in the youthful energy sometimes, but she considers it to be a good thing to deal with.
“Everyone is very respectful of each other,” she said. “They’re interested in seeing the town adopted to all ages.”
Running Harbour View Grocery in Clarke’s Beach, Snow sees a steady amount of constituents coming through the door, and for the most part, they’re all saying the same thing.
to death,” he said. “They see work getting done.”
Snow was one of a record 26 candidates to put their names on the ballot. He thinks the new council is ‘working great.’
“Everyone has an equal view. We do what we can for the town.”
Snow believes that is because councillors are “just trying to give back” to their community.
In an interesting move, Clarke’s Beach did away with separate committees. Now, every councillor is involved with every committee. This eliminates members from passing the buck to other councillors and increases accountability.
“We are all together and we all meet on the issues,” said Snow.
“It is not just a couple of people making the decision,” added Moore.
Clarke’s Beach Mayor Betty Moore (right) and Deputy Mayor Wayne Snow are a part of a council that is beginning to shed some of its negative reputation.
Clarke’s Beach council members held their most recent public meeting on Dec. 1.