The Inaugural meeting of the new Mayor and Council for the Village of Lytton was held in the Village Chamber Room on Tuesday, Oct. 30.
The agenda for the meeting included some closing remarks from outgoing Mayor, Jessoa Lightfoot, followed by the swearing-in of the mayor and each new councillor, who symbolically moved from the audience to the council table; a brief statement from new Mayor Jan Polderman, and council’s first item of business - setting a date for a “Meet and Greet” event later this month. Mayor Polderman joked with the new council that this was likely to be the largest audience they were to have at a meeting, raising a chuckle amongst the 20 or so witnesses to this auspicious occasion.
In her remarks, outgoing Mayor Jessoa Lightfoot stated, “Over the last 10 years I have had the opportunity to work with many council members and it was with them as a whole that we faced the challenges and opportunities that our community encountered. I will miss the interaction with staff and community but am not going away and am sure I will find some space for me to continue contributing.”
She said some of the changes the village has witnessed during her term include the closure of Lytton Lumber and the government liquor store, as well as the opening of the health centre and several new businesses. Highlights included hosting the Paralympic Relay, planting trees, and working with local First Nations on issues relating to education, health and water.
In addition to those high points, she spoke of the value of Lytton’s volunteers. Mayor Lightfoot added, “If I have one regret it is that over the last few years we have not hosted our volunteer appreciation event. There is a budget for it and I encourage the new council to plan an event in the near future.”
She concluded by saying, “I welcome the new council to the table and know they will serve our community well. Four years ago the new council of the day faced a backlog of overdue reports and financials. With no senior staff, it was a challenging situation. I am happy to report that this now is not the case. There is always work to be completed but the reporting is up to date and a capable staff is in place.” She removed the Village of Lytton Chain of Office, and presented it and the MLA congratulatory document to the new mayor.
Chief Administrative Officer Rebecca Anderson then officially swore in of each member of the new council. Mayor Polderman spoke briefly. He commended Mayor Lightfoot for her work and dedication for the past decade, pointing out the many improvements he has noticed in his most recent term on council. He specifically mentioned improvements to the public works department, allowing it to be more effective.
He welcomed the new council members, and told the lone returning councillor, Tiffany Callewort-Haugen, that all would appreciate her experience on council as they move ahead in their term.
At the Meet and Greet Event on Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m., Village Council members will introduce themselves and chat about their hopes and priorities for the future.