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REPORTING · 12th September 2011
Merv Ritchie
It has been three years since David Pernarowski decided he would run for former Mayor Jack Talstra’s job and three years since the two Bruce’s; Martindale and Bidgood, decided to run for a council seat. Tonight will be the last night for citizens to come and see them in action prior to the Elections Officer begins accepting their papers and those of others for the next Municipal election this November.

And you can count on political posturing for their respective base’s. Shames Mountain Co-op will once again be a discussion point as the Council sat and debated the issue in two separate meetings since the last Council sitting when they turned down the motion by Martindale for a $90,000 cash commitment. One was an open meeting and the other was behind closed doors. The word on the street is the Councillors will now provide these funds to the Shames Mountain Co-op group. Both Bruce’s have been strongly in favour of this.

The Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce will also be back. They have been arguing extensively and with great pressure for the Mayor to be a full time paid position. Mayor Pernarowski stated last week that he liked representing Terrace as their Mayor but he needed to consider his income source as well. Currently he has a position with Pacific Networking Group (PNGI). This is one of a number of positions he has held since he became Mayor. Pernarowski avoided direct answers to the questions regarding the full time Mayor position being pushed by the Chamber. He stated he really enjoys his position with PNGI but also stated he needed to consider his future.

Councillor Brad Pollard also refused to answer if he would be filing papers to run again. Carol Leclerc has stated she will not run again and the word on the street regarding her future is she intends to run for the Liberal Party of BC nomination. This is unconfirmed and as the Premier has stated the election will not be held until 2013 it isn’t clear if Leclerc will stand by this previously stated desire not to run for Council again.

Nomination papers are available now to be picked up.

The elections office will be ready to start accepting complete nomination papers on October 4. The second monthly September Council meeting (Monday 26th) has been cancelled as happens almost every year at that time as the annual Union of BC Municipalities meeting occurs at this time and most Councillors are away and unavailable.

Therefore, tonight is the last formal official Terrace Council meeting prior to the elections return officer begins accepting the nomination papers. The next Council meeting will be October 11, 3 days before the final day nomination papers can be accepted, Friday October 14, 2011.