New Mayors and councillors throughout the East Kootenay will be sworn in tonight.
Inaugural Meetings for new Councils will take place in communities throughout the region.
Fernie Mayor-Elect Ange Qualizza hopes to work with City Council shaping a new direction for the community.
“We have a wall of enthusiastic and bright people who are applying for the job because they want to make a difference, and so bringing in a facilitator to do a couple days worth of training to show the new councillors how to participate in the process is going to make them feel more valuable and we’re going to have a stronger council as a result of it.”
Meanwhile, David Wilks returns to Sparwood’s Mayoral seat with a number of projects to tackle with council.
He hopes to see a walking track and indoor soccer field built in the community and would also like to address the issues around the Whiskey Jack Golf Resort.
“First thing I’d like to see us look and move forward on would be an indoor soccer and walking track for the District of Sparwood,” says Wilks. “We have long winters here and we have an opportunity to improve the recreation for those that live in Sparwood and the area as well.”
Sparwood will hold the first meeting of the new council at 1:00 pm this afternoon.
Fernie’s inaugural meeting will be held at the Senior Citizens Drop-In Centre at 7:00 pm.
Kimberley’s new look city council is holding their first meeting tonight.
Mayor Don McCormick says he doesn’t plan to change how he’s done things too much, but admits things will have to adapt to the new council.
“One of our first priorities as we get back as a new council is to sit down and review the strategic priorities, determine what adjustments we need to make based on the last four years and we’ll then come out what the marching orders are for the next 4 (years).”
Kimberley’s inaugural meeting starts 7 pm at the Conference Centre.
Cranbrook Mayor Lee Pratt also returns to office after being acclaimed.
Pratt looks forward to new developments in the city and even more road work.
“There’s a lot of irons in the fire right now, the Tembec lands development being a big one, and the council was very supportive on that one,” says Pratt. “I thank the public for all the support they gave me too.”
Two other mayors in the East Kootenay also return to office.
Dean McKerracher of Elkford and Clara Reinhardt of Radium were acclaimed.
– Ange Qualizza – Fernie Mayor-Elect
– David Wilks – Sparwood Mayor-Elect
– Don McCormick – Kimberley Mayor
– Lee Pratt, Cranbrook Mayor