Dave Plourde and his six member town council were official sworn into office in Kapuskasing on Monday night. In his inaugural address to council, the second term mayor says out of the box type of thinking is going to help Kap continue to be the Model Town of the North.
“It’s getting difficult to manage the day to day of the municipality and all on the backs of the taxpayer,” he said. “So it’s trying to think how to achieve what we have to achieve, get the job done, but do it in a different way.”
Plourde says things are not getting any easier on town hall and for the residents.
“If you look at inflation and what it has done to the family’s annual household income and how they manage,” he said. “Well it’s the same thing for municipality. It’s you know gasoline is up, everything is up.”
He adds that council must continue to work with area municipalities like they did on the new Extendicare nursing home for Kapuskasing.
During the first meeting, councillors learned what various committees they will be in charge of. Martin Dinnissen, finance; Bruce Newton planning; newcomer Melanie Breton, public works; Gary Fortin, health; protective services Ken Munnoch and economic development Guylaine Scherer.