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New-look Smiths Falls Council looks to enhance residents’ everyday lives

by | Dec 5, 2018 | Local News | 0 comments

Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow

Smiths Falls council held it’s inaugural council meeting on Monday Dec 3rd. 

Returning and new members were piped into Council Chambers by the Gordon Pipe Band, then the Councillors and mayor were sworn in. 

Four out of the seven members of Smiths Falls council are new. Mayor Shawn Pankow told Lake 88 that turnover changes things in the town. 

“We’ve got a very ambitious four years,” said Pankow. “The last four years, we’ve prepared ourselves for growth and development and we’ve got a lot of major projects that are already underway that we’re going to follow through with. But I think we’ll be able to accelerate some of things we wanted to do, and I think we’ll be very cognizant of the life style improvements that we want to make in the community.”

The Mayor added that with greater growth comes greater responsibility to residents. “We also want to try and ensure that we create a community that going to attract a lot new Tweed employees and other people to come and live in out community. At the same time, I think we’re very socially conscious we recognize that affordable housing is a priority we need to manage, we’re looking at transportation concerns as well.”

Pankow remains optimistic that Council will be able to explore new avenues as well. “I think we’re going to be able to focus on things we’ve never been able to focus on in the past, and I think the next four years will truly make a difference in our community.”

Joining Pankow as Mayor are Councillors Peter McKenna, Christopher McGuire, Niki Dwyer, Lorraine Allen, Wendy Alford, and Jay Brennan. 

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