© Christopher Gooding
Springhill Mayor Max Snow reflects o the year that was 2012.
SPRINGHILL – Yes, Snow is finally here.
Looking back at the year 2012, Springhill Mayor Maxwell Snow decided early to throw his hat in the ring and run for mayor. So early, if fact, he announced his candidacy in February – seven months before nomination day.
“Time waits for no man,” Snow said. “I had a lot to learn, a lot of questions to ask and courses to take.”
Once he had made the decision, Snow said he felt a sense of commitment to it. Seven months is a long time to second-guess oneself, but Snow said that never happened.
“When you’ve made the right decision for yourself, once you get a sense of peace of mind this is what you want to do… and you confirm that in yourself, any fears that were there pass,” he said.
Getting to the people, Snow said, was nothing new to him. As a Salvation Army captain before retiring, Snow would call on households. Campaigning had its own surprises, though, including health benefits.
“I knocked on doors, put out 1,300 brochures, lost 10 pounds and a pair of shoes,” he said.
It paid off. In October, Snow was elected mayor, defeating incumbent Allen Dill. It’s only been three months since he’s taken office and in that short time he’s been learning more than any book could offer.
“The role of council today is changing,” Snow said. “It’s not what it used to be. Some decisions are made for us; you have to follow the Municipal Government Act.”
That’s not to say council is powerless. It will make some of its own decisions and Snow said there is a bright, talented team in chambers to make those decisions.
“They’re a really good team. I couldn’t have hand picked a better team to work with,” he said.
And Snow had praise for the previous council and the present staff at the Town of Springhill.
“I believe 2012 was a good year for us. The wastewater upgrades were made with gas tax money. The revitalization of the Lions Park started – when I was an ordinary citizen that concerned me, the condition of our park. We have one of the best arenas around and there’s potential right there,” he said.
“I’m of the opinion when people see what you have, and you advertise it well, they’re not just going to go to the hockey game. They’re going to drive around. I believe we all need to come on board.”
Snow said Springhill has fared rather well given the present economy and, moving forward, the community needs a vision to embrace.
And there will be challenges. Downtown needs revitalization, Snow said, and council will revisit the town’s strategic plan.
“We’re not going to say it’s no good, because it is good,” he said. “We’re going to rebuild it and add our own character to it.”