BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Representatives of the people of Uxbridge were officially sworn into office on the evening of Monday, Dec. 1, in a well attended ceremony. After taking an oath to represent their constituents to the best of their abilities, and without corruption, refreshments and celebration were in order.
Re-elected Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor maintained a position of hard work and dedication during her speech, which was quickly mirrored by her cabinet of councillors.
“The campaign is over, but the hard work is not,” said Mayor O’Connor, addressing the constituents gathered in Uxbridge Town Hall. “We’ve been dealing with, and will continue to deal with, many difficult developments - including a lack of funding from the Province of Ontario. Our experience, combined with new blood and new ideas, will continue to lead the people of Uxbridge down the right path.”
In juxtaposition to Scugog Township’s mostly new council, Uxbridge remained status quo for the most part, with the exception of Ward 4 Fred Bryan taking the place of former councillor Jacob Mantle, who declined to run for a second term.
Ward 1 saw the only major upset, when veteran councillor Bev Northeast was defeated by new Ward 1 Councillor Pam Beach - in a close tally which came down to 22 votes and a recount.
Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger, Ward 2 Councillor Pat Molloy, Ward 3 Councillor Pat Mikuse, Gord Highet and Mayor O’Connor retained their seats in Town Hall, and their leadership of Uxbridge township.
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