Tribune Express - - ACTUALITÉS • NEWS - GREGG CHAMBERLAIN [email protected]

The old or­der gives way to the new in Cham­plain Town­ship with the official inau­gu­ra­tion of a new mayor af­ter two de­cades.

Ga­ry Bar­ton, now re­ti­red af­ter 20 years as mayor of Cham­plain Town­ship, wel­co-med his suc­ces­sor, Nor­mand Rio­pel, with a hand­shake and the official chain of of­fice du­ring a half-hour inau­gu­ra­tion ce­re­mo­ny Mon­day eve­ning at the mu­ni­ci­pal of­fice in Vank­leek Hill.

“The first most im­por­tant is­sue on our table is the bud­get,” said Mayor Rio­pel du­ring his inau­gu­ral speech. He no­ted the three bud­get prio­ri­ties will be in­fra­struc­ture needs, po­li­cing costs, and confir­ma­tion of se­nior go­vern­ment-le­vel grants-in-aid to help sup­port town­ship pro­jects and pro­grams over the next four years.

Ja­sen Rio­pel and Roxanne Jo­ly, ser­ved as co-ad­mi­nis­tra­tors for the oath of of­fice for their fa­ther in his new po­si­tion as mayor. The town­ship’s eight coun­cil­lors, in­clu­ding ve­te­rans Troy Cark­ner, Jacques La­celle, and Ge­rard “Ger­ry” Mi­ner, were al­so sworn in to their posts du­ring the inau­gu­ral ce­re­mo­ny by Ali­son Col­lard, town­ship mu­ni­ci­pal clerk.

—pho­to Gregg Chamberlain

Le maire Nor­mand Rio­pel (à droite) re­çoit une poi­gnée de main du maire sor­tant Ga­ry Bar­ton, lors de la cé­ré­mo­nie d’as­ser­men­ta­tion du conseil mu­ni­ci­pal de Cham­plain à Vank­leek Hill lun­di. M. Rio­pel est main­te­nant of­fi­ciel­le­ment le deuxième maire du can­ton de Cham­plain, après les 20 an­nées du maire Bar­ton. Ce der­nier est de­ve­nu maire lors de la créa­tion de la mu­ni­ci­pa­li­té en 1998.

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