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District of Taylor holds inaugural council meeting

Taylor's new and returning councillors took part in their inaugural meeting. Last Tuesday's meeting was the first in nearly 28 years that was not led by former Mayor Fred Jarvis, who served as mayor since 1986.
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The new Taylor council met last week for their inaugural meeting.

Taylor's new and returning councillors took part in their inaugural meeting.

Last Tuesday's meeting was the first in nearly 28 years that was not led by former Mayor Fred Jarvis, who served as mayor since 1986.

Newly elected mayor Rob Fraser's speech emphasized accountability.

"Let's not over promise and under-produce," he said. "We need to be accountable to the folks who put us here."

"We're in a pretty good state with our community and with the state of the staffing," he added. "We can continue to build on that."

Three out of the four councillors from the previous term also returned. The only new face was Dave Lueneberg, who stepped in to fill former councillor Brad Filmer's seat.

Lueneberg is a former news reporter turned transload operator. A relative newcomer to Taylor, having only arrived last spring, he decided to run for councillor because of “a love of the
community.”

“I look around and see what I could do to help,” he said. “This was a way for me to turn around and give back.”

Only four people ran for four council seats, bringing him in by acclamation. After years of covering city council for the news, now he gets to have a say.

“You sit on the other side of the fence and watch for years how it’s done and now sitting on this side (as a councillor) and making decisions and catching up on things,” he said. “I don’t know how many hundreds of hours I’ve sat in council meetings, hospital boards, regional districts … this is a type of position that the more experience you have, the more knowledge you have of the political process is, the better off you are.”

He and other members sorted out various committee duties, and 30 minutes into their meeting, the new council was already voting on municipal matters – the first of many they will face over the next four years.  

reporter@ahnfsj.ca