Marys­town mayor look­ing ahead to fu­ture

Sy­nard says de­spite pre­vi­ous con­flicts, op­por­tu­nity awaits in the new year

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY COLIN FAR­RELL

As the clock winds down on 2017, the South­ern Gazette spoke with Marys­town Mayor Sam Sy­nard on the year gone by and his hopes for the town in the new year.

Q: How do you feel the past year has gone?

A: The past year has been re­ally strange for the Town of Marys­town. The town coun­cil … you know there (was) a lot of in­ter­nal con­flicts at the first part of the year, and it re­ally took us of track.

We didn’t get a lot ac­com­plished the last year, very lit­tle in­fra­struc­ture got com­pleted, very lit­tle im­prove­ments to the town over­all.

The econ­omy is very weak, and coun­cil re­ally didn’t ad­dress any of those is­sues be­cause we spent too much time bick­er­ing in house about pri­mar­ily triv­ial stuff.

The first part of the year was very com­pli­cated, very dif­fi­cult, and very dys­func­tional, but af­ter the elec­tion in Septem­ber, things did set­tle in and right now we have a coun­cil that’s re­ally fo­cused, co­op­er­a­tive and work­ing as a team.

I think we ac­com­plished more in the last three months than we ac­com­plished in the last three years… (The year) started off rough but this De­cem­ber is end­ing up … a pos­i­tive fourth quar­ter of the year.

Q: What would you say have been some of the big­gest ac­com­plish­ments for the town

for 2017?

A: The new coun­cil­lors are re­ally fo­cused on mov­ing the agenda for­ward. Some things that have hap­pened in the last three months, for ex­am­ple: we have started to meet now on a reg­u­lar ba­sis with Grieg Sea­farms to try and be pre­pared when the aqua­cul­ture project goes…we’re meet­ing with the com­pany on a more reg­u­lar ba­sis, we’re work­ing with the com­pany on plans to move for­ward.

Q: What are some of the goals that you have set for the up­com­ing year?

A: We’re also look­ing at build­ing an­other in­dus­trial park some­where in Marys­town. We’ve started some pre­lim­i­nary de­ci­sions on that now with fun­ders and we’ve tried to iden­tify a large block of land to build the third in­dus­trial park. We may look at ex­tend­ing the Har­ris Drive busi­ness park in the next cou­ple of years as well.

On the ship­yard front, we’ve stayed in close con­tact with

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