Parrsboro mayor, council sworn in

Andrew Wagstaff
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Large crowd in attendance for ritual of office

PARRSBORO – More than a month after they were elected on Oct. 20, Parrsboro’s mayor and council were sworn in here at the regular monthly session of Nov. 27.

Mayor Lois Smith was sworn in by CAO Ray Hickey for a second term of office, following a similar oath taken jointly by councilors Robert Fancy, David Harrison, Ron Shaw and Lisa Ward.

The swearing-in took place after regular business was completed by the former council, and former councilor David Howe, who did not re-offer in last month’s election, vacated his seat. Former councilor Dawn McCully was absent from the meeting.

“I love being on council, I really enjoy it,” said Smith. “I’d like to keep the flow, and keep going with some objectives and carry on. We will miss David Howe and Dawn McCully, we all know each other, but it will be nice to have some fresh ideas too.”

Being elected by acclamation was not near as exciting as campaigning for the job, she admitted.

The councilors all seemed raring to go after weeks of waiting since election night. Ron Shaw said he was not sure why it took so long, recalling that the swearing-in took place right after the election when he was elected previously in 1994.

Even though it’s been 15 years since he served on council, he said it felt familiar to be back in the chambers.

“I think it will be fine to get back into it again,” said Shaw. “We just have to try and all work together and do the best we can do. Hopefully we can all get along.”

Harrison said it feels more familiar being sworn in this time around. Stroking his salt-and-pepper beard, he observed, with a laugh, there was “a lot more pepper four years ago.”

There were plenty of priorities identified during the campaign, and council is looking forward to working on them right away, such as sidewalk improvements, he said.

“I can’t wait to get going,” said Ward, who will serve as deputy mayor. “I’m looking forward to working with the new council and getting our wheels turning. It seems like it’s been forever, but we’re here now, and sworn in.”

One thing the new council plans to change is the timing of its monthly meetings, changing from evenings to daytime sessions. While details were to be ironed out, Smith said they were planning to hold committee-of-the-whole meetings on the same third Tuesday of the month, but at 3 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. As for regular council sessions, they are to be held at 10 a.m. on the fourth Tuesdays of the month, rather than 7 p.m. as previously held.

“We thought it might entice more people to attend because, let’s face it, the majority of our folks are retired and have the time, and may want to come by in the morning for council,” she said. “Plus the fact that staff are available… if we need them to find material, we don’t have to wait until the next day or the next meeting.”

Council will meet for its first committee-of-the-whole session on Dec. 18.

Geographic location: Parrsboro

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