Old town council starts new term

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Published on November 07, 2012

Mayor Ben Cleveland had to give up the offical regalia for five minutes, as he was re-sworn in to the office of mayor Monday night, Nov. 5.

Published on November 07, 2012

“Digby has many challenges: lack of health professionals, limited employment opportunities, declining and aging population. But if we continue to work with our municipal, provincial and federal partners, we can overcome those challenges and others that will come along. I have high expectations for Digby over the next few years.”

Mayor Ben Cleveland

Published on November 07, 2012

Mayor Ben Cleveland

Published on November 07, 2012

“We will work together to get tidal energy flowing in this area, we will see construction of our new medical clinic and we need to have doctors to fill those offices. We will continue to have our joint council meetings with the municipality. I am very happy to remain on the committee's I am on and with addition of the Industrial Commission, I am excited to get going again.”

Danny Harvieux

Published on November 07, 2012

Danny Harvieux

Published on November 07, 2012

“As mentioned during my campaign there is a real need to find a solution to our doctor crisis and working with the district health authority, the municipality and the provincial government, we will find assistance. To address the doctor situation, I will also work see the health center become a reality. Also work with community groups to be successful with such projects as the tidal power port and the Bay of Fundy Experience Center.”

Mike Bartlett

Published on November 07, 2012

Mike Bartlett

Published on November 07, 2012

“I had the pleasure during my first four years on council of working with a very dedicated mayor, councilors, CAO and staff. To recruit and retain doctors and nurse practitioners in Digby is our number one priority. I will continue to work with the new council to help make this happen.”

Peter Turnbull

Published on November 07, 2012

Peter Turnbull

Published on November 07, 2012

“My main focus will be the recruitment of doctors and better delivery of health care to our residents from our local hospital. I am sure this council will be productive and we will continue to move Digby forward as did our past council.”

Brian Manzer

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Brian Manzer

Published on November 07, 2012

“I have always thought we need to adopt a regional mindset. Gone are the days when we can govern in isolation. We will need to be aware of all our neighbouring units, understand their goals and directions and, when appropriate, work in conjunction with them. Growth, development and stability can only happen through co-operation. I look forward to what can be accomplished over the next four years.”

Jean Brittain

Published on November 07, 2012

Jean Brittain

Published on November 07, 2012

“My focus is on doctors for Digby and area. I want to cut costs where possible; for example, by reducing the size of council. I want to move Digby forward in a positive and economic manner.”

Bob Handspiker

Published on November 07, 2012

Bob Handspiker

Brittain is deputy mayor

Judge John Nichols swore in the new town council at Digby town hall, Monday night, Nov. 5.

[Councilor's statements are included with each councilor's photo in the gallery.]

Ben Cleveland, left the mayor’s chair and took off the regalia for five minutes before Nichols swore him in again.

After the swearing in ceremony, the councillors voted on who would be the deputy mayor. The deputy replaces the mayor as the chair of meetings or at ceremonial events when he can’t make it.

Councilor Danny Harvieux nominated Jean Brittain and the previous deputy mayor Mike Bartlett seconded the motion. There were no other nominations.

Bob Handspiker is the only ‘new’ councillor except even he has sat on council before. He ran unsuccessfully against Cleveland for the mayor’s seat in 2008 and so missed out on the last four years.

“There’s not much change here,” joked Cleveland as the council resumed their seats. “Except you Bob, you’re back from your vacation.”

jriley@digbycourier.ca

Geographic location: Cleveland

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