Mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion ex­cite­ment con­tin­ues

Bernard Power tak­ing another crack at coun­cil’s top spot

The Compass - - Front page - BY CHRIS LEWIS Chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The Com­pass has been keep­ing an eye on the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions in com­mu­ni­ties in the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia area. More towns have been fi­nal­iz­ing their list of can­di­dates this week, and sev­eral may­oral can­di­dates spoke with The Com­pass about their vi­sions for their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties. Cov­er­age can be seen all through­out this week’s edi­tion.

Bernard Power is pre­par­ing for his sec­ond run at be­com­ing the mayor of Pla­cen­tia.

Power is fac­ing up against pre­vi­ous may­oral ri­val Wayne Power Jr. (un­re­lated) in the up­com­ing 2017 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion. In 2013, both can­di­dates vied for the same po­si­tion, with Wayne com­ing out on top by no more than four votes.

Bernard said that run­ning again this year rep­re­sents both a com­mit­ment to him­self, as well as his sup­port­ers.

“Last elec­tion, I came up short, and I com­mit­ted to my sup­port­ers that I’d run again,” he said. “I still have the in­ter­est, knowl­edge, and strong stance that this town needs, and I’d like to have the op­por­tu­nity to prove that.”

Power has over 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence as a mem­ber of coun­cil, dat­ing back to his time as a coun­cil­lor for the Town of Jersey­side be­fore amal­ga­ma­tion. It was there that Power started his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer, mov­ing on to serve four terms as a coun­cil­lor with the amal­ga­mated Town of Pla­cen­tia.

Now, the ea­ger politi­cian has his sights set on the mayor’s chair – some­thing he told The Com­pass he feels would suit him quite well.

“Hav­ing over 20 years as coun­cil­lor, I’m fa­mil­iar with all as­pects of our town, and I have what it takes to lead our coun­cil,” said Power.

In an in­ter­view with The Com­pass, Power ex­plained that one of his main con­cerns within the town is the com­mu­nity’s shrink­ing pop­u­la­tion. Ac­cord­ing to a 1994 cen­sus, Pla­cen­tia had ap­prox­i­mately 5,000 res­i­dents at that time. To­day, Pla­cen­tia is home to around 3,400 peo­ple.

“I’d like to see our town grow and de­velop, to make it more en­tic­ing to new fam­i­lies,” said Power. “We need to at­tract de­vel­op­ment and im­prove in­fra­struc­ture through­out our com­mu­nity.”

When asked about his pri­or­i­ties as a po­ten­tial mayor of Pla­cen­tia, Power high­lighted three main points of fo­cus – im­prov­ing mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices, max­i­miz­ing eco­nomic growth, and fis­cal bal­ance.

Specif­i­cally, Power men­tioned the qual­ity of water ser­vices for cer­tain ar­eas, such as Dunville. Power ex­pressed con­cern with the state of dis­re­pair of the treat­ment plant in the area, and con­tin­u­ous water runoff from Wyse’s Pond hav­ing a neg­a­tive im­pact on water qual­ity for res­i­dents.

“Loop­ing into Clark’s Pond needs to be a top pri­or­ity to give Dunville res­i­dents, and our school chil­dren, bet­ter water,” said Power.

In the same breath, Power said that there is still room for im­prove­ment at the Fox Har­bour Road Land­fill, go­ing on to say that the fa­cil­ity should be more ac­ces­si­ble to res­i­dents who wish to dis­pose of waste in an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly way.

Power also ex­pressed a de­sire to in­volve him­self in the town’s pool project, not­ing that he would like to, in the fu­ture, get the chance to re­view the facts and in­for­ma­tion re­quired in mov­ing the project for­ward. How­ever, Power also high­lighted an equal de­sire in en­sur­ing that res­i­dents of Pla­cen­tia were not neg­a­tively im­pacted by any fu­ture de­vel­op­ments with the project.

When it comes to Power’s third fo­cus point, fis­cal bal­ance, he hoped to see coun­cil act re­spon­si­bly and be ac­count­able in day-to-day ex­pen­di­tures, while main­tain­ing fair tax­a­tion.

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

Bernard Power is pre­par­ing for his sec­ond chance at tak­ing on the role of mayor of Pla­cen­tia.

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