Mayor George outlines priorities

George served three terms on City council before running for mayor.

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By Julia Peterson.

Glenn George had a simple motivation behind his recent successful campaign for mayor.

“I love Melfort,” he said. “That’s basically my motto. I just want Melfort to be better, and to do whatever’s best for Melfort. Period.”

And according to George, what’s not to love?

“We have the amenities of the larger cities while we’re a small city,” he said. “We have the Northern Lights palace, the Kerry Vickar Centre, our golf course, our skateboard park, our walking paths.

“We’re working on Spruce Haven park and it gets better every year. There’s really nothing I don’t like about Melfort.”

George, who has lived in Melfort for over 50 years, served three terms on City Council before deciding to run for mayor.

After a tight race – his victory over incumbent Rick Lang was decided by a total of five votes – George is ready to take on the most pressing challenges facing the City today.

“Obviously I’m stepping into this job in the middle of a pandemic, but I’ve been in this pandemic ever since it started – I was a City Councilor,” he said. “So how it’s going to affect my job I have no idea, but I’m up to the challenge, whatever the future brings.”

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And beyond the challenges of governing during COVID-19, where contingency plans can change by the week or even by the day, George is looking ahead to other priorities for improving the lives of Melfort residents.

“The Spruce Haven park plan is a good one … and I would like to see that continue, since we’re probably about halfway through,” he said. “I’d like to get some infrastructure money from the federal and provincial governments so we can start fixing our water and sewer lines, our infrastructure and our roads.

“We’ve been working on that as a council, and we will continue to work on that until we get where we want to be.”

George will seek to strike a critical balance between improving City resources and services while remaining fiscally prudent.

“Nothing happens fast,” he cautioned. “It all takes money, and we don’t want our taxes to go up exponentially.”

But with over a decade of local government experience behind him, George is ready to work with the incoming council to see these goals come to fruition.

“I’m not the boss, I’m a team leader,” he said. “I will work with my council partners as members of a team, and hopefully I can find their strengths and let them do what they’re good at, and I’ll do what I’m good at, and we’ll be a strong team.”

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