Citizens speak out
With the upcoming municipal elections happening in the province, people in this region are prepared to have their say in who represents them at the closest level of government.
With that said, many are opinionated when it comes to what their town needs, and what they expect out of a council.
Recently we spoke with a number of people in the region who shared their thoughts on what they like, dislike, and what concerns them most about the community they’re living in.
George Wiseman and Erica Chatman live in Springdale. They both say there’s a lot that they enjoy about the community – for Chatman, it’s the family activities that keeps her there.
“I like that there’s lot of sports programs offered here,” she said. Since she’s a mom, its important that her children have something to keep them active.
For Wiseman, he said he moved to Springdale because of the service level the town offered.
“Everything I need at my age right now is here,” he said. “Groceries, hospital, and things like that. I’m not getting any younger, and Springdale is a good place to live.”
In fact, Wiseman says he doesn’t really even have any dislikes for the community.
Chatman says as someone who moved to Springdale from Ontario five years ago, the lack of retail stores is sometimes frustrating, and she finds herself having to travel to larger centres often to get a decent variety of products.
When asked if there were any major issues in the town they felt council should deal with, Wiseman said he does see a bad stretch of road here and there that needs some attention, but as a former councilor in another community, he said, he sympathizes with council’s position on many issues.
“You can’t please everyone, and everything takes time and money,” he said. “When you look around, its not that bad, really.”
Chatman says she was recently frustrated with her inability to talk to someone on the phone at the RCMP office, and said it seems like there’s never anyone there.
“It wasn’t an emergency, I just need to ask them something, and I was two weeks trying on the phone and couldn’t get anyone to pick up,” she said.
Bonnie Bowers and Clyde Thomas in King’s Point have similar sentiments about their community of King’s Point.
Both said they enjoy the scenery of the community, and feel it’s a beautiful place to live.
For Bowers, she can’t think of anything she would dislike about the town, however Thomas did point out that in winter it can be hard getting around.
One issue on Bowers’ mind was the pavement in the community.
“It would be nice if we could get some new pavement,” she said. But for Thomas, he said he was pretty easy to get along with, and likes to look at all sides of issues before bringing anything up.
As for if anyone we talked to will vote, all said they will be marking a ballot on September 24, except for Bowers, who says she never has voted, and is fine with whoever gets elected.
When asked if he’ll be making the ‘X’, Wiseman gave a chuckle.
“Someone’s got to,” he said.