Congratulations once again to “The Magnificent Seven”, winners of a hard-fought election campaign.
You have now entered Stage 3 of your political journey, commonly referred to as “The Honeymoon Period” (Stage 1 being the Campaign and Stage 2 the Election itself). Over time, public government stints seem have evolved to allow successful aspirants approximately 100 days to ‘find their way’. In other words, you are unlikely to receive too much criticism or overwhelming disapproval for most errors or wrong decisions you might make – at least for a little while!
Many readers, probably including “The Magnificent Seven”, will recognize me as being a frequent writer to both the local media and our Town Administration. Most of the time, my missives are criticisms of the various bylaws, policies and procedures, which flourish, in terrible abundance throughout our community. I have also been quite vocal about how my tax dollar is spent. Trust me when I say that this approach is not about to change.
Please mark February 1st, 2014 on your calendars because that is the day, for all except two of you, the Honeymoon ends… when, as far as I am concerned you should all have found your way around your new digs! Oh, by the way, those who will NOT benefit from a period devoid of any heavy-duty criticism are Lisa Holmes and Nicole Boutestein, since they have already had a three-year ‘Honeymoon’ to sort it out.
Remember, you can make as many mistakes as you want – once!
You all campaigned on issues such as “fiscal responsibility”, “open communication”, “role clarity”, and “economic development”. The residents of Morinville expect that past difficulties in these areas will now remain – in the past. You have one hell of a responsibility, but I know you also have the collective ability to resolve the most pressing problems confronting this community.
Now, get out there and – GIT ‘ER DONE!