Dill finishes what he started four years ago

Christopher Gooding
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SPRINGHILL - It was a victory four-years in the waiting.
Springhill voted its next council here Sat, Oct. 18, putting Allen Dill in its mayor's seat. Dill, a one-time Springhill councilor who lost his bid for the mayor's seat four years ago to former Liberal MLA Guy Brown, won by a landslide over candidates Frank Likely and David Wyatt. Dill secured 1,157 votes over Likely's 397 and Wyatt's 76 votes.
Now, Dill says, work begins.
"I guess when I look at it I really have to congratulate all of the candidates and those who succeeded have a monumental task ahead of them with four councilors and they will earn their money," Dill said from his home following the election.
Moving from a six seat council to four, councilors Bob Spence and Darrell White lost their bid to be re-elected, while Doug Dobson and Cathy Fisher were given another four years by the people of Springhill, earning 989 and 871 votes, respectively.
Filling the remaining to seats are newcomers Jack MacDonald and Norman Rushton. MacDonald, who spearheaded a campaign to bring geothermal to Springhill's downtown core in 1992, earned 697 votes. Rushton, the youngest candidate to run in the 2008 election here in Springhill and his second bid to enter politics, pulled in 608 votes to secure the remaining seat on Springhill's town council over John Henderson, Shane Porter and John Hopkins.
In total 2,800 ballots were cast in Springhill, whose population hovers around 4,000.

Geographic location: SPRINGHILL

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  • N
    January 18, 2010 - 11:21

    Well, it would appear that the people of Springhill have spoken and common-sense prevailed - something we haven't seen in many an election. So to the people who did use some common sense...pat yourselves on the back. The old style of backroom politics is history - governance with accountability rules!

  • My 2 ¢
    January 18, 2010 - 10:46

    It is good to see young people like Norm given a chance to work on the council. It appears that the old boys club is finally dissapating with previous councilors not being elected. IMO.

  • colin
    January 18, 2010 - 10:44

    The council of Springhill has been given a mandate by the majority of the po pulation. I hope they do what is expected of them. Reduce water costs by assessing property owner's by the number of occupants living there. Reduce taxes by encouraging more people and businesses to move here, to do this - give them an incentive such as lower taxes for the first 2 to 5 years. Do NOT ever return to the Ward System because all residents should have a say in who is representating them. Grt a Town Manager and replace the position of CAO.

  • itsabout
    January 18, 2010 - 10:39

    i agree My 2 ¢ . its nice to see a younger face in council chambers