NEW MAYOR IS OFFICIAL
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.
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.