All-new Gan coun­cil takes helm

Kingston Whig-Standard - - NEWS - WAYNE LOWRIE [email protected]­media.com

GANANOQUE — In a his­toric cer­e­mony on Tues­day, an en­tirely new Gananoque town coun­cil was sworn in to serve for the next four years.

Mayor Ted Lo­jko took the oath of of­fice to head a fresh town coun­cil, which he said is ea­ger to get on with the job.

Matt Harper, David Os­mond, Dave An­der­son, Den­nis O’Con­nor, Mike Kench and Adrian Haird are the coun­cil­lors.

The new coun­cil is all male, four are younger than 40, and all are hold­ing elected of­fice for the first time.

They have di­verse back­grounds, in­clud­ing a bed-and-break­fast owner, boat cap­tain, a skills and eco­nomic devel­op­ment man­ager, a mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence ex­pert, a gallery owner and in­te­rior de­signer, a small busi­ness­man, and a jail guard.

The swear­ing-in was held in coun­cil cham­bers in the new $3-mil­lion ad­di­tion to his­toric Gananoque Town Hall. The ad­di­tion be­come an is­sue in the Oct. 22 elec­tion, which saw none of the three in­cum­bent coun­cil­lors run­ning get re-elected.

“Hope­fully over the next four years peo­ple will not be throw­ing too many rocks,” joked Lo­jko, re­fer­ring to the win­dow-lined coun­cil cham­bers.

Lo­jko said the new coun­cil has a wide range of skills and life ex­pe­ri­ences, and he promised that mem­bers would lis­ten to the res­i­dents.

The coun­cil mem­bers heard a lot of opin­ions while knock­ing on doors dur­ing the cam­paign, and they ex­pect to hear more dur­ing the next four years, Lo­jko said.

He urged the pub­lic to work with the coun­cil to make Gananoque a bet­ter place.

Coun­cil will look for cre­ative so­lu­tions to the town’s prob­lems while keep­ing in mind that ev­ery dol­lar it spends comes out of the pock­ets of its res­i­dents, Lo­jko added.

“Re­spect, trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity” are the val­ues that his coun­cil will up­hold over the next four years, Lo­jko promised.

WAYNE LOWRIE/POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

Ted Lo­jko reads the oath of of­fice to be­come Gananoque’s mayor while Shellee Fournier, chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer, pre­pares to sign the pa­pers.

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