By Cole Parkinson
At Vauxhall town council’s organizational meeting held on Nov. 1, a new mayor was elected. After Margaret Plumtree and Ray Coad let their names stand for mayor, Coad was elected as the new mayor of the town. Coad served the last term as councillor and deputy mayor for a year. He also brings previous CAO experience. Kim Cawley was elected as deputy mayor for the year.
Along with Coad, Plumtree, and Cawley — councillors Kim Egeland, Shelley Deeleeuw, Marilyn Forchuk, and Barry Thompson were all sworn in as town council.
Plumtree served as mayor the previous four years and will continue to serve as a councillor for this term.
“Monday, I was pleasantly surprised that Ray Coad allowed his name to stand for mayor and Kim Cawley allowed her name to stand for deputy mayor. This is wonderful news for the Town of Vauxhall. After eight years ,you will now have a new mayor, along with three new councillors, which means new ideas,” said Plumtree. “Ray will have many challenges for this year and the upcoming years. We have the UPC still trying to pushing for provincial police, even though so many councils have written letters opposing the astronomical cost of a provincial police, and instead we are advocating for supports for the RCMP. Municipal funding has been on the chopping block for many years and continues to be a hot advocacy topic for all municipalities. Ray and I will be attending Alberta Urban Municipal Association Conference and will be speaking with Minister (Ric) McIver to advocate on these two pressing issues.”
She also highlighted the fact she was excited to continue to work at brining plenty of opportunities for the Town of Vauxhall.
“I look forward to continue my work for the Town of Vauxhall through my passion for advocacy, economic development, and tourism. With having more time available for the first time in eight years, I have been quickly making new connections that will allow me to work more on the provincial level through other associations. I thank everyone for the support for the last eight years,” she said. “Ray, congratulations! I know you will doing an amazing job and give 110 per cent. Best of luck to 2021- 2026 councillors.”