Rob Martin, Colwood’s new mayor (centre), stands with Councillors Michael Baxter, Cynthia Day, Doug Kobayashi, Dean Jantzen, Gordie Logan and Stewart Parkinson after the mayor and council were sworn in Monday evening. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

City of Colwood welcomes new mayor and council

The city held its inaugural council meeting Monday

The City of Colwood held its inaugural council meeting Monday night and welcomed a new mayor, Rob Martin.

The committee room at Colwood City Hall was standing room only as community members stayed to watch the new mayor and council get sworn in.

Martin beat incumbent Carol Hamilton with about 57 per cent of the vote during the municipal election.

READ MORE: Rob Martin is the new mayor of Colwood

Hamilton performed her last duty as mayor and called Monday night’s meeting to order.

The Dunsmuir Middle School Choir opened the ceremony with the singing of O Canada.

Martin was the first to be sworn in, followed by Councillors Doug Kobayashi, Dean Jantzen, Cynthia Day, Michael Baxter, Gordie Logan and Stewart Parkinson.

Martin served on Colwood Council for the past seven years and was also recently re-elected as Board Chair of the Greater Victoria Public Library, according to his website.

Martin’s mayoral platform focused on economic development, the city’s natural environment, transportation and community.

READ MORE: Creating jobs in Colwood motivates Martin

“One of the things I did focus on during the campaign was that 93 per cent of our tax base is residential right now and that we just can’t afford that long term,” Martin said shortly after he was elected on Oct. 20. “We have to begin to build out some of our commercial zone. That’s what I’m going to be focusing on.”

Past members of council — Carol Hamilton, Lilja Chong, Jason Nault and Terry Trace — and their contributions were also to be recognized later in the meeting.

The meeting ended with a report from the Chief Election Officer that detailed official election results.

After the meeting was adjourned, community members were offered refreshments, cake and a chance to meet their new council.

With files from Keili Bartlett.

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Concrete beams for McKenzie interchange set for installation this weekend

No lane closures expected during weekend work, says ministry

Impaired driver caught travelling double the speed in playground zone: Saanich police

Vehicle impounded and driver issued ticket, 90-day suspension

West Shore RCMP release sketch of Galloping Goose sexual assault suspect

Anyone who knows the man is asked to call West Shore RCMP

MISSING: Victoria police looking for ‘high-risk’ missing woman Clarissa Adamick

Adamick was last seen on July 12 and may be in the downtown Victoria area

Gate at Mount Douglas Park smashed on Wednesday night

It is suspected that a motorist drove through after being locked in after 11 p.m.

VIDEO: 1,400 classic cars roll into Victoria for Deuce Days

The four-day festival highlights classic hot rods, with a special emphasis on cars built in 1932

POLL: Do you carry reusable shopping bags?

While a court ruling determined the City of Victoria’s plastic bag ban… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of July 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Injured fawn at B.C. vet will be euthanized Friday night unless claimed by sanctuary

Gilbert the deer is currently being treated at West Kelowna’s Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital

BC Wildfire Service warns wet weather no reason to be complacent

Fire risk currently low for much of B.C. compared to same time over last two years.

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

Port Hardy RCMP cleared in arrest that left man with broken ribs, punctured lung: IIO

The IIO noted the matter will not be referred to crown counsel for consideration of charges.

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

B.C. man pleads guilty in snake venom death of toddler

Plea comes more than five years after the incident in North Vancouver

Most Read