Castlegar’s new council was officially sworn in Nov. 7.
The agenda for the council’s first meeting was light, covering appointments to committees and boards and accepting the chief elections officer’s report on the election.
Mayor Maria McFaddin started the meeting with some opening remarks.
She acknowledged and thanked the elected officials she has worked with in the past and acknowledged city staff as “rock stars.”
“Thanks for coming on the journey with me,” McFaddin said to the new council. “We are going to have a great time. I look forward to getting to work together, to hear where you are coming from, to hear your perspectives and getting to work together as a team.”
McFaddin also acknowledged that she was elected by a very narrow margin and had a lot of constituents to win over.
“I promise to the community, to those that sit around this table, to the staff at all levels of the corporation — to listen, to truly try and understand your concerns, your perspectives and allow them to inform my decisions.
“I do not promise to vote the way you want me to, I do not promise to always agree — because we won’t. But I do promise to actually try and understand where you are coming from and I promise to let that inform every decision I make around this table.”
McFaddin concluded by stating that her slogan for the next four years will be: “We are better together.”
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