BY ANDREW SMITH
NORTH PERTH – Coun. Ken Buchanan has declared his intentions to seek re-election for Elma Ward in October, making him the latest candidate in the municipal election.
The election race in North Perth had somewhat cooled recently, with no movement since April until Buchanan filed his nomination papers on July 21. Buchanan said he’s enjoyed his first term of sitting on North Perth council for Elma Ward, and that he’s interested in seeing a number of projects through to completion, including the new elementary school and new recreation complex planned for Listowel. The renovation of the Atwood branch of the North Perth Public Library and the expansion to a neighbouring vacant building is also a priority to Buchanan.
“If the library doesn’t end up moving there, I’m going to suggest we sell it or give it away,” he said. “We’re still further ahead than paying $275,000 to tear it down and have nothing.”
Looking ahead, Buchanan is looking at cutting back on the number of consultants and engineering studies hired out by North Perth council, as that money could be better spent.
“There’s ways we could save some dollars I think, and eventually work on reducing the debt,” Buchanan said.
With Buchanan’s nomination there’s a total of nine candidates declared for the Oct. 27 municipal election, but currently only one race between incumbent Julie Behrns and challenger Ron Scott for the mayor’s position. Sitting members of North Perth council Warren Howard, Matt Duncan and Deputy Mayor Vince Judge have yet to make any announcement on their intent to seek re-election.