Tonight, there were more than 100 people in Victoria Hall to witness the swearing in of the new Council and the new Mayor’s inaugural speech. Lucas was impressive and his speech was not too long. The meeting included not only the necessary ceremonial aspects, it also included the first order of Council business which was to appoint the Mayor (Lucas Cleveland) to represent Cobourg on the County Council and the Deputy Mayor (Nicole Beatty) as the alternate. Before the meeting started, the Concert Band of Cobourg entertained and then the event started with a piper leading the new Council elect into the Hall. The band then played the National anthem followed by our Town Cryer Mandy Robinson doing her thing. She amused the crowd by seeming to stumble over the fact that she now needed to finish with God save King Charles the third.
Town Clerk Brent Larmer was the MC and guided participants through the process. Starting with the Mayor, each Councillor read a statement – equivalent to an oath – that said they would (in my words) be diligent, ethical and loyal to King Charles III. They then signed a document to that effect. The photos below give some idea of the process.
We were then supposed to hear from MP Philip Lawrence but he was not available. Next was MPP David Piccini who made a short speech via video! His key point was that he was looking forward to working with the new council.
Lucas then gave his inaugural address – I noted down some highlights.
- Lucas first gave a short account of how he came to Cobourg and how he and his wife Montana made it their home. They decided that “Cobourg offers so much of what we are looking for”.
- He said he ran for office because Cobourg “deserves a choice”.
- He then thanked everyone – previous councillors, staff and his family.
- He said he made no campaign promises – declaring that “I don’t know”
- He lavished compliments on outgoing Mayor John Henderson plus Councillors and staff.
- Lucas said he wants to work with councillors with trust and transparency.
- There are three things he believes in:
- Being collaborative – working together;
- Transparency – explaining “Why”;
- Progress over perfection.
- Lucas said that “when mistakes are made, we will learn from them”.
After Lucas, the motion to appoint representatives to the County was passed then the event ended with the Concert Band playing God Save the King.
The new Councillors, previous Councillors and some senior staff then mingled with the crowd.
The first Council meeting – a Committee of the Whole meeting – is tentatively scheduled for 9 January 2023. Between now and then, decisions need to be made on coordinators, whether there should be any procedural changes – plus Lucas needs to approve the meeting schedule (I believe the mayor sets – or agrees to – meeting agendas and schedules).
In the group photo below, (second last photo) from left are:
Councillors: Randy Barber, Miriam Mutton, Aaron Burchat, Brian Darling, Adam Bureau, Deputy Mayor: Nicole Beatty, Mayor: Lucas Cleveland.
Click any photo to enlarge and start a slide show.
And if you are interested in the whole event, here is a video of it – courtesy of Brent Larmer.