An all-new council takes the helm in Gananoque
GANANOQUE – In a historic ceremony on Tuesday, an entirely new 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, who said it was 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 aged under 40, and all are holding elected office for the first time.
They have diverse backgrounds, including a bed-andbreakfast 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 the council chambers in the new $3-million addition to historic town hall. The addition become an issue in the Oct. 22 election in which none of the three incumbent councillors running were 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.
Ted Lojko reads the oath of office to become Gananoque's mayor while Shellee Fournier, chief administrive officer, prepares to sign the papers.