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Former municipal councillor seeks mayor's seat

by Paula Levy

 COUNTY - A former municipal councillor revealed last week he is vying for the mayor's seat in the Municipality of Lunenburg.

 Aubrey Silver of Lower Northfield is the third person to announce his intention to run to be the first mayor of the Municipality of Lunenburg in the October election. Mr. Silver will be taking on current Deputy Warden Elmer Garber and former provincial MLA Don Downe in the election.

 Many may remember Mr. Silver as a councillor for District 6. He served two terms as their representative in 1994 and 1997.

 The 76-year-old retired mixed farmer has two grown children and is married to Lucile. He said he is hoping to return to politics because he is not content with how the municipality is being managed.

 "I'm not satisfied because of the water line … sewer system … [and] the money that's being spent on the number 10 highway from the town line to Boston Pizza. I'm not satisfied with what's going to be done in the future," he said.

 Also of concern is the dilapidated state of Highway 10.

 "I'm not happy with the condition of the road, for one thing," said Mr. Silver about why he's seeking the seat. "It's the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg's fault that the road hasn't been done this year."

 Mr. Silver said he sees lower taxes and fiscal responsibility as high priorities on the minds of newly elected councillors.

 "There was an increase this year and it shouldn't be," said Mr. Silver about the increased tax rate for municipal residents. "Our tax rate, as far as I'm concerned, should be 65 cents."

 Mr. Silver blamed development at Exit 12 for the increase in the tax rate. He said taxpayers had to foot the bill for sewer and water infrastructure development when the businesses should have had to put in their own systems.

 "I'm in favour of progress, but them fellows over there should have put their own sewer in, their own water," he said, noting the system that's in place now has created a significant odour in Cookville.

 Mr. Silver said he feels the municipality is being mismanaged and there are too many secrets kept from the ratepayers. He said if elected, he plans on addressing those concerns including opening the communication lines with the public.

 "I'm not being told anything that's being done that should be told," said Mr. Silver about Highway 10. "Land has been sold and it's not being told to the taxpayer."



posted on 08/19/08
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