VIDEO: New Essex Council Excited Start Work

Some fresh faces around the council table in Essex.

A swearing-in ceremony was held Monday night ahead of the next term of council.

 

Larry Snively is the new mayor, replacing Ron McDermott who did not seek re-election.

He says the first couple of months will be extremely busy for this council with 2019 budget deliberations along with making a decision on whether to allow retail marijuana shops within the municipalities.

"There's mixed feelings on that right now," says Snively.  "I really haven't weighed that out completely yet but I don't know if I'm in favour of that or not yet. We all know it's going to come but are we going to have a retail shop here in town I don't know, I can't answer that right now."

Municipalities have until January 22nd to opt-in or opt-out of allowing cannabis stores.

 

Chris Vander Doelen is a new face around the table and the retired journalist says he's excited to help move the town forward.

"We got a lot of interesting projects coming our way," says Vander Doelen.  "There's a bunch of interesting zoning and development decisions coming to Essex.  Some possibilities, some new companies coming into town so we're excited and we got a new that appears very willing to work together, so that's a good sign."

The council also include deputy mayor Richard Meloche, newly-elected councillors Joe Garon, Morley Bowman, Kim Verbeek along with returning councillors Steve Bjorkman and Sherry Bondy.