CENTERVILLE-WAREHAM-TRINITY, NL – Sam Gibbons is now the man in charge.
The Centerville-Wareham-Trinity (C-W-T) councillor was appointed mayor on Jan. 3, after Churence Rogers resigned the position on Dec. 11 to become the member of parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity.
According to the Newfoundland and Labrador Municipalities Act, council had three options in finding a replacement – the deputy-mayor stepping into the role, appointing a mayor from current councillors, or holding a mayoral byelection.
Gibbons said Deputy Mayor Lloyd Pickett was approached, but declined.
Having served eight years on council, Gibbons said he was then approached about taking on the role. He accepted, with council’s support.
“We are only one week in, and we’ve only had one meeting, so I can’t say too much about it,” Gibbons said about how it feels to be mayor.
“But we’re going to continue on the path we have been on the last eight years I served on council.
“We’ll look at upgrading water and sewer, lift stations and that sort of thing.”
Gibbons said the town just finished installing a new $30,000-generator to serve the people of C-W-T in the event of a power outage.
“The old one had outlived its usefulness and it was time for something new,” he said.
Gibbons noted the first order of business is to fill his vacant council seat.
A call for nominations will take place Jan. 15, and a byelection will be held on Feb. 6.