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"I want to stick it out. I want to see those changes."

Taylor councillor Michelle Turnbull feels her work is not done
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Taylor councillor Michelle Turnbull has announced she's putting her name forward for the upcoming municipal election. Nov. 5, 2018 photo

Taylor councillor Michelle Turnbull is the latest person to announce she'll be putting her name forward as councillor in October's municipal election.

First elected in 2018, Turnbull is described as passionate by those who know her.

“The possibilities. Growing a community. The people. Just making it a great place to be,” said Turnbull, in what prompted to her to originally run for office four years ago and why she's letting her name stand again.

“There so many projects I want to see through,” she said. “The left turn from the highway onto Birch Avenue, for example,” referring to a street at the bottom of North Taylor Hill where traffic turning left off the highway can impact traffic, often at a high rate of speed, coming down the hill.

“The intersection at Cherry. I would really like to see that gone,” she continued. “I would love to have the industrial traffic moved down to the lights. I think it makes much more sense, much more safe.”

Right now, industrial traffic, she said, uses the Cherry Avenue East intersection to get back onto the highway.

Turnbull and the current council have proposed, albeit a number of years away, establishing more light industrial on the east side and circumventing traffic to the traffic lights at Pine Avenue.

“Potentially, a new Taylor Bridge, but not just the bridge. We have to look at everything from the south hill, right through town. Four-laning (through Taylor) so we don't have a bottleneck...”

“But, I would have to say, right now, the big for me is getting a responsible pet owner bylaw into our community, said the first-term councillor. “Part of that would address cats in our community and the concerns that have been brought forward by some of our residents.”

Like Dawson Creek, Taylor is considering issuing annual licenses for cats, similar to what it does for dogs.

“So I really want to stick it out. I want to see those changes,” she concludes.

Turnbull becomes the second councillor in Taylor to declare her intentions to run.

Fellow councillor Brent Taillefer officially announced on Monday he's running for mayor, a seat that will be left vacant by the departure of Rob Fraser in October.

Voting day is Oct. 15.