New mayor in Upper Island Cove as George Adams decides not to run
For the first time in 18 years, Upper Island Cove will have a new mayor.
Nomination day came and went last Tuesday, with a full council set to be sworn in by acclamation. Philip Lundrigan, a veteran council member who most recently served as the town’s deputy mayor, is set to become the new mayor of Upper Island Cove.
George Adams, the town’s mayor since 1999, did not offer himself for re-election this time around. In an interview with The Compass following his most recent election victory in 2013, he suggested this would be his last term on council.
“Now is the time to step away,” said Adams, who first notified residents of his intention not to run in the election via a town newsletter last December. “I’ve had my mind made up for a little while now certainly.”
Returning to council as incumbents are Cindy Dobbin, Brian Drover, Steven Greeley and Darren Mercer. Newcomers set to serve in council chambers for this term are Gary Barrett and David Lundrigan. Current council member Kim Mercer elected not to run for this term.
In an interview with The Compass last Friday, Mayor Adams said he wished to thank residents of the town for the Upper Island Cove Mayor George Adams.
confidence they showed in his leadership.
“It’s an experience that’s certainly rewarding,” he said when asked if he’ll miss being the mayor. “There’s a great deal of satisfaction in resolving the issues that our residents have in advocating and lobbying with various government agencies to seek improvements for our town. And there’s no doubt, when you get into a certain routine that you’re going to miss it for a period of time. But as I said earlier, I think it’s time to have a changing of the guard.”
Looking back at his 18 years as mayor, Adams said there are many things he takes pride in when it comes to Upper Island Cove. He added the good things that have happened over the years are also a reflection of the hard work put in by councillors, community volunteers and the town’s staff.
There were notable infrastructure upgrades, particularly with respect to the town’s water and sewer system. Since 2010, he would estimate over $800,000 has been invested in the town’s recreation centre. Just last year, large spotlights and a walking track were set up at the ball field. Adams is also proud of the town’s financial stability, noting it has been debt free for the last couple of years.
“These are initiatives that have come about and they have certainly enhanced our infrastructure that we have in the town, and we have done a lot to really improve the quality of life for our residents,” said the mayor.
For the next council set to serve a four-year term, he expects there will be ongoing infrastructure needs to address, and he also considers wastewater treatment to be an issue it will need to tackle in the near future.
“Obviously, our incoming council and our incoming mayor will have to continue to make themselves available to deal with the issues the residents have, and I have every confidence that will take place,” Adams said.
There’s a great deal of satisfaction in resolving the issues that our residents have in advocating and lobbying with various government agencies to seek improvements for our town.