After some hesitation, Coldstream’s mayor isn’t ready to give up his position just yet.
Jim Garlick finally came to a decision and is seeking re-election Nov. 19.
Looking to serve a second term as mayor, Garlick says now is not the time to abandon ongoing issues.
“There’s a lot of things that still need to be finished up regarding regional services and even local,” said the 50-year-old father of two and teacher at Clarence Fulton, who also served one term as councillor prior to mayor.
Garlick’s bid for mayor has the support of several fellow politicians.
“I think we have an excellent mayor right now,” said Coun. Gyula Kiss.
Agreeing to the sentiment is also Coun. Bill Firman.
“He’s smart, he’s relaxed, he’s cool, he does a good job,” said Firman.
Garlick also encourages his colleagues to seek re-election, to keep some cohesion and continuity on council.
Along with ongoing parks and water issues, Garlick is eager to carry on in light of recent attacks on Coldstream over a controversial subdivision bylaw.
Although virtually unheard of until recently, homeowners seeking building permits are being asked for off-site works or to sell a portion of land.
In the one public case on Kidston Road, Coldstream requires land in order to fulfill a neighbourhood demand for a safe passage for kids to get to school and cyclists to commute.
“This is one of those things that council is going to take flack for,” said Garlick, suggesting the issue could spur some single-issue candidates to come forward before the nomination period closes at 4 p.m. today.
But whether it’s a road or infrastructure upgrade or the referendum for a new mechanic shop, Garlick maintains there are needs that must be addressed in the community.
“Most of us in Coldstream are living on something that a past generation built and paid for.
“It’s our turn again now to invest again.”