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Dean Ball is sworn in by Deer Lake town clerk Lori Humphrey for his second term as mayor during Monday’s public council meeting. Ball said he is optimistic for the new council term.
DEER LAKE In spite of there being only one new face on Deer Lake council, Mayor Dean Ball said he’s feeling optimistic about the coming term after being re-elected last week.
Ball was sworn in for his second time as mayor during Monday’s first public meeting of the new term. Sandra Pinksen recited the oath for her second term as deputy mayor.
Each of the councillors recited the oath to essentially do their best for the town, and Ball said with certain issues out of the way, they’re free to work on other items of interest.
“I think people like what they see, what we’ve been doing,” he said. “Now that the lands issue is out of the way we can focus on other things like town beautification and sidewalks.”
He said infrastructure needs to be improved and roads need to be recapped. Subdivisions also need to be improved, with better water and sewage added. Ball said he is feeling optimistic for the future of the town, and that a lot more issues will be worked out in the new term.
The only councillor not in attendance was the newest, Amanda Freake, who was out of the province. She was sworn in last week.
Other councillors said they would also like to see infrastructure improved, one of the main topics talked about during the campaign.
Coun. Elmo Bingle said finding a balance between getting work done and giving residents other items they want is crucial, and Coun. Kerry Jones said he would like to discuss a new fire hall.
Former councillor Myra Spence was on hand for her last meeting as she lost her bid for mayor to Ball last week. Spence said she will sit as a citizen advisor on committees like economic development.
“Wherever they’ll put up with me, I’ll go,” she joked after the meeting.
“I enjoyed my time on council, but I’ll still be around.”
She said she held no ill-feeling about losing to Ball for mayor and hinted that she might like to run for public office again in the future.