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Town council re-elects Mayor Taylor in Irricana

A familiar face will be leading Irricana Town council for the next three years. Former Mayor Josh Taylor was re-elected by his fellow councillors by a 3-2 margin during an organizational meeting, Nov. 1.
Josh Taylor was re-elected as mayor by Irricana Town Council, Nov. 1. He says lowering water rates and attracting new business to main street are two of his personal goals
Josh Taylor was re-elected as mayor by Irricana Town Council, Nov. 1. He says lowering water rates and attracting new business to main street are two of his personal goals this term.

A familiar face will be leading Irricana Town council for the next three years.

Former Mayor Josh Taylor was re-elected by his fellow councillors by a 3-2 margin during an organizational meeting, Nov. 1.

“I felt very honoured they (Irricana councillors) trusted me enough they voted me back in,” said Taylor. “I want to prove to them and the residents that they made a good decision in electing me.”

Lisa Constantini was also nominated for the position of mayor.

Taylor was first elected as mayor in a May 2009 by-election, after former mayor Frank Dusome resigned mid-term.

Taylor said he will continue to work on lowering water rates and attracting new business to the town.

“I am feeling really confident with the new council,” said Taylor. “We can hopefully make some positive changes and maybe get some fresh ideas from the new faces on council.”

Taylor said he expects this term as mayor to be smoother, as he had such a steep learning curve when he stepped into the position.

“Now I feel more prepared,” said Taylor.

“I wasn’t a bad mayor the first time, but I think I will be a far better mayor this time.”

Council newcomer Andrew Carr, 30, was elected deputy mayor over nominees Larry Martin and Lisa Constantini, by a vote of 4-1-1.

“I am very excited, honoured and proud to be deputy mayor,” said Carr. “I am hoping I can support the mayor and the town.”

Carr, executive director of Alberta Network for Mental Health, was motivated to run for a position on council by his desire to be an advocate for the residents of Irricana.

“I am fighting in my day job for people’s lives and advocating for people, and it sort of spilled into my home life,” said Carr. “I want to see what changes can be made at a local level.”

Carr, who has lived in the town for five years, is a familiar face in the community as a former president of Irricana Volunteer Fire Fighter Association.

“It sparked my interest in the community,” said Carr.

Carr hopes to encourage more residents to get involved in Town affairs, and says he will focus on community engagement.

“I believe that by listening and engaging the people you represent, you can learn a lot,” said Carr.

“There are only five councillors at the table, but I guarantee there are more ideas out there and it is our job to listen.”

Another goal for Carr is to attract development to the community.

“We love the community and we want to make it the best we can,” said Carr.

“We have seen businesses shut down and friends leave the town, it is sad. We either slowly grow or slowly die.”


Airdrie City View Staff

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