New coun­cils sworn in

Chris O’Grady elected as deputy mayor

The Compass - - Front Page - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Newly elected town coun­cil­lors got ac­quainted (or reac­quainted, as it was in some cases) with their sur­round­ings last week and were of­fi­cially sworn in. Swear­ing in cer­e­monies were held in Car­bon­ear, Spa­niard’s Bay and Pla­cen­tia, among other places.

The new Car­bon­ear coun­cil was sworn in this past Mon­day, Oct. 2.

For­mer mayor Ge­orge Butt Jr., has spent 26 years on coun­cil in Car­bon­ear. With four of those be­ing as mayor, he sat in the mayor’s chair one last time on Mon­day af­ter­noon as he and coun­cil fin­ished up any re­main­ing busi­ness, and at­tended the swear­ing in cer­e­mony for the newly elected coun­cil.

“That’s six and a half terms for me on coun­cil, now,” said Butt. “Th­ese past four years were, if not the best, were one of the best this town has ever had. I’d like to thank every­one for that. I’d like to thank the res­i­dents of Car­bon­ear, and every­one who’s helped move the town for­ward. Most im­por­tantly, I’d like to con­grat­u­late in­com­ing mayor Frank, and all the new coun­cil.”

Be­fore call­ing for ad­journ­ment, Butt gave coun­cil the chance to speak, one by one, be­fore get­ting up from their seat at the ta­ble.

Bill Bow­man, who was not re­elected for coun­cil this term, took the op­por­tu­nity to thank fel­low coun­cil mem­bers, but to also iden­tify some of the ma­jor changes he’s seen in Car­bon­ear dur­ing the past term.

“I’ve also acted as li­ai­son for the the­atre board here in town, and we’ve seen a lot of good things come from there,” said Bow­man. “In 2016, I was happy to re­port that we saw some 27,000 pa­trons go in and out the Sheila NaGeira The­atre. That makes our the­atre, ar­guably, the busiest the­atre in the province, out­side the city of St. John’s.”

Bow­man also noted the suc­cess of busi­nesses along Wa­ter Street, such as the Rorke Store Mu­seum, which has gar­nered sig­nif­i­cant at­ten­tion in re­cent years. He added that although Wa­ter Street is still not as busy as it was years ago, he is happy to see it slowly get­ting bet­ter with each year thanks to busi­nesses such at The Stone Jug, Hot­line Café, DozenOdd, and The Painted Mango.

Fol­low­ing the good­byes and con­grat­u­la­tions, Butt stepped from his seat on the mayor’s chair, al­low­ing the swear­ing in cer­e­mony to be­gin for the newly elected mem­bers of coun­cil.

The first of seven was may­or­elect Frank Butt, who served as deputy mayor for the past four years. Frank came out of the 2017 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions with 982 votes, just above Ge­orge’s 818.

“I’d like to thank Ge­orge for the 26 years of ser­vice he gave the town, and to the other coun­cil­lors that are fin­ish­ing up today, I’d also like to thank you, for the last four years of good times,” said Frank, be­fore tak­ing his seat in the mayor’s chair.

The cer­e­mony swore in two re­turn­ing coun­cil­lors – Coun. David Kennedy and Coun. Ray Noel, along­side four brand new coun­cil­lors – Coun. Danielle Doyle, Coun. Amanda Hu­lan, Coun. Vic Jenk­ins, and Deputy Mayor Chris O’Grady, whose nom­i­na­tion for the po­si­tion came from Jenk­ins.

Coun­cil­lors then re­ceived hand­books de­tail­ing the min­utes from pre­vi­ous meet­ings, to give newly elected mem­bers the chance to catch up.

The next coun­cil meet­ing in Car­bon­ear, fea­tur­ing the newly elected coun­cil, is set for Mon­day, Oct. 16.

“I hope you en­joy this meet­ing,” said Ge­orge to newly elected mem­bers of coun­cil. “Be­cause this is go­ing to be the short­est one you’ll ever at­tend.”

CHRIS LEWIS

Newly elected mayor Frank Butt took his place in the mayor’s chair for the first time dur­ing the swear­ing in of the new coun­cil, held on Oct. 2.

CHRIS LEWIS

Chris O’Grady was elected as deputy mayor dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

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