Vet­eran politi­cian look­ing to re­turn as mayor

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS -

Rex Matthews has an­nounced he will be seek­ing the Mayor’s po­si­tion in Grand Bank again in the up­com­ing Mu­nic­i­pal Elec­tion.

Mr. Matthews, who has pre­vi­ously served has Mayor and Coun­cil­lor for the town, feels there has been few ac­com­plish­ments in the com­mu­nity over the past four years, and “the town lacks lead­er­ship, vi­sion and di­rec­tion.”

He in­di­cated de­spite an in­crease in taxes, there is lit­tle to show in terms of mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and other projects that ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity and its res­i­dents. The can­di­date stated he also has some con­cern with the fi­nan­cial di­rec­tion the town has taken, the demise of the Grand Bank De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion as we knew it and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a waste dis­posal fee when other ma­jor towns on the penin­sula, like Burin and St. Lawrence, didn’t charge their res­i­dents any ex­tra fee for this ser­vice.

Mr. Matthews claimed “Coun­cil should have been more pro-ac­tive in hav­ing the old cot­tage hos­pi­tal re­moved, and try­ing to at­tract in­vestors for the con­struc­tion of se­nior cot­tages on the site.”

He wants a more con­certed and united ef­fort is re­quired to have the ‘MV At­lantic Pur­suit’ re­moved from the har­bour to free up much needed and valu­able wharf space.

Mr. Matthews noted more em­pha­sis and at­ten­tion needs to be placed on our fish­ing in­dus­try, man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try and other busi­nesses in the town to en­sure they con­tinue to have a bright.

The can­di­date said he is look­ing for­ward to go­ing door to door in the next cou­ple of weeks and get­ting the opin­ions and views of the cit­i­zens.

Rex Matthews

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