Placentia election: no competition

Louis Power
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Entire council elected by acclamation

Every last member of council in Placentia was elected for the upcoming term by acclamation, according to Mayor Bill Hogan.
Hogan has served as mayor in the town on and off for about 40 years, and this - his eighth term as mayor - is his fourth time being acclaimed to the post. He said he believes people are generally pleased with the work the council has been doing, and that's why no one else stepped up as a candidate.
"The vast majority of the good taxpayers certainly thought that they should continue what they're doing," he said. "That was the feedback that all of us got. I've never seen such acceptance as I've seen for this particular group."
He said the last term was a productive one, during which council made vast improvements in the tourism, heritage and capital-works sectors, in particular.
"I think it was a council that, in my memory, achieved more than any other council every achieved," he said.
Hogan said council plans to continue to focus on benefiting from recent developments in the area, including the Vale Inco nickel ore processing site. He said council plans "to continue pushing for industrial expansion in Argentia, and most certainly to really push tourism heritage and culture."
Council is currently overseeing a $4-million public works project, which Hogan said will improve water and sewage services. It is also working on a $3 million to $4 million heritage program, under which an arts centre was already built.
Future projects under that program will include park development and a genealogy centre.
"I'd like to see those get off the ground, and I'd like to see Inco up and running," he said.
Council this year will also include deputy mayor Daniel Greene and Coun. Wayne Power, Noella Collins, William Woodman and Kevin Power.
The only change made to council from last term is the replacement of Coun. Dale Loder, who is retiring from the post.
He will be replaced by Bernard Power, who has previous experience serving as a councillor for the town.
Hogan said this will be his last term as mayor before he retires from municipal politics.

lpower@thetelegram.com

Geographic location: Placentia, Argentia

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