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Springwater Township swears in new council

Mayor joined by two incumbents and three new members of council - one incumbent was unable to make the meeting
Pictured from left are Ward 2 Coun. Perry Ritchie, Ward 4 Coun. Anita Moore, Mayor Don Allen, Ward 1 Coun. George Cabral, Deputy Mayor Jennifer Coughlin and Ward 3 Coun. Wanda Maw-Chapman. Not pictured is Ward 5 Coun. Jack Hanna. Photo provided

The Township of Springwater's newly elected Council held its inaugural meeting last night at the Elmvale Community Hall.

Mayor Don Allen, Deputy Mayor Jennifer Coughlin and the Township’s five Councillors were officially sworn in by Justice Robert Gattrell for the 2018-2022 Council term. 

The ceremony took place before a large group of supporters, family and friends. Mayor Allen was joined by members of his new council which included two incumbents—Deputy Mayor Jennifer Coughlin and Ward 2 Councillor Perry Ritchie—and three new Councillors—Ward 1 Councillor George Cabral, Ward 3 Councillor Wanda Maw-Chapman and Ward 4 Councillor Anita Moore. Incumbent Ward 5 Councillor Jack Hanna was unable to attend the ceremony. 

In Mayor Allen’s Inaugural Council address, he spoke about his future vision for the Township and how he plans to move Springwater forward. 

“Development will be a common theme in Springwater over the next four years,” said Mayor Allen in reference to the Township’s residential, commercial and community 

growth. “Overarching this will be matters that need to be addressed on a Township-wide basis, such as completing our Springwater Official Plan update, policing, traffic calming, recreational vehicles, seniors’ accommodation, cannabis regulation implementation and many more.” 

“Being proactive rather than reactive, having good communication and working as a team will lead to the best results,” added Mayor Allen. “This applies at the Township level and also with Simcoe County staff and Councillors. We will endeavour to work more closely with other municipalities and government agencies to share best practices, ideas and synergies.” 

Other members of Council expressed their own sentiments and aspirations for the coming years and thanked their family and friends for their support. 

Mayor Allen and Deputy Mayor Coughlin will officially be sworn into Simcoe County Council on Dec. 11, 2018 at 1 p.m. The next regular Council meeting is scheduled for Dec. 12, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber at the Township Administration Centre.