Down to 2 members; new mayor in by acclamation
There will be plenty of new faces on Pouch Cove’s town council once election day passes on Sept. 24, and that should be a good thing for an elected body that has been admittedly short on bodies of late.
Joedy Wall will be the new mayor by acclamation. A lifelong resident of the community, Wall said he is keenly aware of the benefits living in a small town entails.
“That’s why my wife and I chose to stay here,” said Wall, who works as a group home counsellor. “I’m at the point in my life where I felt an obligation to step up.”
That desire is due in part to the performance of the present council, which was down to only two members following the death this year of Coun. Walter Butt.
“There’s a bit of a black eye on the town, and I’m just kind of fed up with it,” said Wall.
For the remaining five positions on council, there are 10 people running (see sidebar). Wall is encouraged by the level of interest shown in the election.
Mayor Sarah Patten, who has served as Pouch Cove’s mayor since the late-1990s, is not seeking re-election.
Wall said he does not blame any particular past or present council member for issues that have plagued the town.
“Whatever happened happened. Let’s deal with it. We’re going to go forward from here. I just want to see a productive, working council.”
Persuaded by others in the community to run, Wall will look to work with other council members following the Sept. 24 election to address issues of importance in Pouch Cove.
“There’s going to have to be a lot of mending done in this town with respect to respecting the council again,” said Wall. To do that, he said council members will need to work together.
“That’s the first thing we need to do. We need to work together, and it has to be a team approach, because we can’t have people back-biting. You can’t have people going against each other. If you’re there and you want to work for the better of the council and the town, then we’ll need to work together.”
Clean water is a top priority for most voters based on what Wall has heard. He said its quality has been a source of complaints for quite some time and that a water filtration plant would ease those concerns.
“I know the current council has been trying to work towards that, but a lot of work has to be done.”
He hopes a good working relationship with local MHA Kevin Parsons will help aid that cause.
Roads are also an issue for the town. Wall said there are some that have not been paved since its incorporation in 1975. Wall has also heard complaints about the town’s inability to collect taxes in arrears.
“It’s going to be a lot to learn, a lot to digest, when we get in there, but I’m looking forward to it.”
Candidates for Pouch Cove municipal election
Joedy Wall (Elected by acclamation)