Members of the new city council had a first chance to hear the direction Mayor Colin Kinsley envisions for the city during his inauguration speech, Monday.
Both veteran and new council members said the speech set the right tone for the three years ahead.
“I think some of the things that were announced out of the speech were excellent,” councillor Don Zurowski said.
Zurowski said the committees on youth and seniors’ issues announced by Kinsley are a good step to allow council to meet the needs of those groups.
Promoting the community was and will continue to be a priority for council, he added.
“We have so much to be proud of,” Zurowski said. “[And] we need to keep doing the big things and the little things right.”
“I’m really looking forward to getting started,” councillor Sherry Sethen said.
The committees on youth and seniors are both good initiatives, she said, and she looks forward to hearing the input they will provide council.
Prince George’s good quality of life is what has attracted many seniors to our community, she said. The city needs to continue to provide services to meet the needs of an increasingly active seniors community, Sethen added.
“The citizens by voting us six incumbents back into office have said they want us to continue doing the job we’ve been doing,” councillor Glen ‘Moose’ Scott said. “We’ve been pro-business, pro-development and pro-Prince George. I really feel that we’re following a vision that we started three years ago.”
The leadership Dr. Charles Jago, Bob D’Auray and Ryan Yorston will bring as chairs of the new committees and task force will be a “huge asset” for the community, Scott said.
First time councillor Deborah Munoz said she was particularly glad to see a task force on air quality.
“There is a lot of great undertakings ahead of us,” Munoz said.
She was very pleased to see smart growth principals being applied to new developments downtown and hopes to see the same principal applied broadly throughout the city.