Boissevain-Morton’s new head of council isn’t planning any major changes.
David Stead took over in early November following the retirement of long time Mayor Ed Anderson. Stead himself has been a councilor for 25 years and is quite familiar with what it takes to be on and lead a council.
“Just going to keep council running the best I can and I have a great bunch of councilors and we all get along and I have a good deputy head of council in Rob Adams.
Council will be getting into budget season in the new month or so and the municipality also has a new CAO in Leo Poulin.
The next general election will be in the fall of 2018 and Stead says it is too early to say if he will be running for any council position. “I honestly don’t know because we bought some land a Pelican Lake and might be building a retirement home. A lot depends of who steps forward in 2018 because I want to make sure there are some good people coming along. In this business you never say never so I’m leaving my options open.”
Stead is frustrated by how much the taxes have gone up over the past few years and he has heard a lot about that situation.
“It is hard to keep on top of that but we are trying to keep expenses down but in the future we are looking at a new arena and there’s money to be spent at the pool. We just have to make sure that whatever we purchase is affordable.
Stead points out the community and its tax base are growing and council would like to keep it that way and he adds if you keep things affordable it is easier to get people to relocate to your community.