Marystown mayor looking ahead to future
Synard says despite previous conflicts, opportunity awaits in the new year
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
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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