Saugeen Shores' new council is now in place, following a swearing-in ceremony before a packed council chamber.
The mayor, deputy mayor and vice deputy mayor along with the councillors presented short inaugural addresses to the crowd, mostly to thank family and friends for helping them get to where they are now.
Mayor Luke Charbonneau, started things off saying things have been going well for the municipality and the new council will help make things even better over the next four years.
Charbonneau was quick to point out though that the success of the town is not only the work of council but of residents in the community.
He says, "Saugeen Shores is a community of leaders; every day, by jumping in and by seizing the initiative, our residents are turning opportunities into realities."
However Mayor Charbonneau admits there are and there will be, challenges ahead.
He says one of the biggest before the community right now is to find another location for the Ontario Nuclear Innovation Institute, proposed by Bruce Power.
You may recall the preferred site next to the Bruce County Museum in Southampton received some negative backlash from a small group of residents but enough that Bruce Power decided to scrap plans to locate the facility there.
Charbonneau says the town is working with Bruce Power to come up with another dynamic site in the community and he hopes that when a site is chosen, that the residents will rally behind the decision and make it happen.
He says what's happened in the past is over and it's time to look ahead.
The Mayor says he would also like to see some movement on addressing the labour shortage that businesses experience in Saugeen Shores, particularly in the summer but generally all year long and he wants to address housing issues in the municipality so that everyone in the municipality can have an affordable place to live.
Charbonneau ended on a positive note saying " The future is bright for Saugeen Shores."
Besides Mayor Charbonneau, Don Matheson was sworn in as Deputy Mayor and Mike Myatt as Vice Deputy Mayor.
Councillors Cheryl Grace and John Rich represent Southampton ward; Kristan Shrider and Jami Smith represent Port Elgin ward and Matt Carr and Dave Myette will represent Saugeen ward.
With the inaugural meeting over, Saugeen Shores council will get down to work on Monday December 10th with its first regular meeting of the new term.
I am honoured and excited to be the Mayor of the Town of Saugeen Shores! Here’s a link to my inaugural address to Council and the public.... https://t.co/JfnsGo5jfY— Luke Charbonneau (@LukeCharbonneau) December 4, 2018