Few residents braved the snow squall conditions to attend the inauguration of the 2022-2026 Tay Township Council on Thursday, but rooms were still filled with the support of many friends, family and peers from neighboring townships in North Simcoe.
The council’s dedication ceremony was a small affair in the limited space of City Hall at 450 Park St. in Victoria Harbour. After being heard and singing O Canada, the members lined up to sit to the side in anticipation.
Councilors Sandy Talbot, Gerard La Chapelle, Sylvia Bumstead, Judy Larmand, Paul Raymond, Deputy Mayor Barry Norris and Mayor Ted Walker were each sworn in before signing and being led to their elected and named seats on the dais raised by the general manager. Andrew Fay.
A prayer was led by Father Michael Knox, director of the Martyrs Shrine on Route 12 outside Port McNicoll. After the prayer, the municipality presented Knox with a check and a gift of custom protective and reflective workwear to the delightful laughter of the audience as a donation for the site’s fundraising efforts for outdoor works.
Each council member provided a brief statement, which included words of thanks, as well as their goals and aspirations for the future of the township.
“Council’s last term presented us with unprecedented challenges due to the COVID pandemic,” Mayor Walker said. “Thanks to the expertise, foresight and hard work of all our staff, and the patience and understanding of our residents and volunteers. , service clubs and institutions, we have been able to meet the challenges presented by the pandemic without significantly impacting the level of service our residents deserve.
Other congratulatory speeches were delivered on behalf of Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop and Simcoe North MPP Adam Chambers who were unable to attend.
The audience, however, was the one that filled the room. Almost all were family members, with representatives from neighboring Midland, Penetanguishene, Tiny Township and Springwater Township councils in the seats. Members of the Southern Georgian Bay OPP were also present.
When finished, photos were taken and hands were shaken by all.
Walker was interviewed by MidlandToday on the trust residents had in an acclaimed council, a rarity in municipal politics that saved many taxpayer dollars set aside for election purposes.
“I think there’s a lot of confidence there,” Walker explained. “I think it’s a reflection of the fact that they thought we, the previous council, had done a good job. And the two new people (Bumstead and Larmand) were also good people. I think they saw it as a continuation.
And to kick off the council, Walker said there was a big project that would be undertaken during the new term.
“I think probably the biggest project we face is the expansion of the Port of Victoria sewage treatment plant; it probably won’t happen until 2024, but all of next year will be in the planning phase for it.
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 21.
The inaugural council meeting has been archived and can be viewed in full on the Township of Tay YouTube channel.
The Tay council meets for regular council meetings every fourth Wednesday of the month. Further information, including the council agenda, is available on the Township of Tay website.