STEADY BROOK Coun. Peter Rowsell is looking to be returned to Steady Brook’s town council, but will be eyeing the mayoralty in this fall’s municipal election.
Rowsell was first voted in by the townsfolk during a byelection in 1999 but did not run in 2001. He was elected back to council in the general election of 2009.
He believes his experience both as a councillor and during his working career, when he was a president of the papermakers’ union at the paper mill in Corner Brook, will serve him well in chairing the town council.
During his latest term on council, Rowsell was vocal with his frustration about how the town was being administered. At one point, he resigned from chairing the town’s public works committee because he felt he was not being adequately informed about decision being made.
“I’m not 100 per cent satisfied with a lot of the things going on in town,” he said. “I think this town needs some new direction. It needs more stability and I think our employees need to be shown more respect.”
The town was also the subject of a review by the Department of Municipal Affairs during the past term.
“I hope I will get in as mayor and lead that group of people in a stable direction where there is less talk and controversy than Steady Brook has experienced in years,” he said.
Rowsell said he will ensure he and the council listen to the residents of Steady Brook.
“I would like to see more openness and accountability to the people,” he said. “I would like to see public meetings where people can come in and tell council what they want, instead of council telling the people what they want.”