New mayor in Up­per Is­land Cove as Ge­orge Adams de­cides not to run

The Compass - - Editorial - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

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