The status quo will remain in Coldstream with just one new addition at the political helm.
Residents voted to keep each of the incumbents on council: veteran Doug Dirk topped the polls with 1,668 votes, followed by Pat Cochrane with 1,630, Maria Besso garnered 1,602 votes, Gyula Kiss gained 1,451, Richard Enns had 1,263 votes and Mayor Jim Garlick was re-elected with 1,578 votes.
The new kid on the block is Peter McClean, who 1,299 people voted for. While he may be new this time around, McClean has the experience of serving four terms on Coldstream council.
“I think we’ve got an excellent group with some diversity and I think Peter McClean will make a great addition,” said Cochrane.
“It’s nice to have the continuity and with Peter’s experience we don’t have to go through a training phase or anything like that.”
Cochrane is also pleased to see Garlick re-elected as mayor.
“I’ve been impressed with his work ethic and just how inclusive he is and I’m looking forward to the next three years.”
McClean is also pleased with the election results, and is confident some of the old and new faces throughout the region can rebuild relationships.
“I’m hoping Mayor Garlick can have some success working with the new mayor of Vernon.”
Another important decision made by voters Saturday was the referendum. A majority (1,432) of residents elected to permit Coldstream to borrow $1.335 million to construct a new mechanics shop and upgrade the public works yard. There were 948 residents opposed to the referendum question.
The cost of borrowing is approximately $98,300 annually for 20 years. This equates to approximately $22.64 for the average home assessed at $485,000 in Coldstream.
Once detailed plans are done up and the scope of the work is confirmed, Cochrane expects construction could begin in 2012.
Meanwhile, as identified during his campaign, McClean hopes to analyze the project further before ground breaks.
“I truly would like to investigate the possibility of re-locating the public works yard…before we spend the $1.3 million,” said McClean, who questions a recent staff comment that it would cost 10 times the amount being borrowed to move the yard and buildings elsewhere.
“Whether it will be successful or not I do not know,” he said, as he is cautious not to rock the boat.
“I’ve got to go slowly,” said McClean. “I still want to be part of the team building and consensus finding.”
A few other issues on McClean’s agenda are a re-evaluation of the agricultural plan, understanding council’s perspective on the subdivision bylaw and gaining some economic interest in the former glass plant.
The voter turn out was 32.5 per cent and there were 2,413 votes cast.