Municipal elections are a time of change.
There are new council hopefuls and there are those who have put in a lot of their time with council.
With the all-candidates forum on Tuesday and candidate campaigning, hopefully you the public have had a chance to formulate an opinion about the governance of the city for the next three years.
There will be some important issues such as the expenses of the Columbia-Washington project if grants the city has applied for don’t go through.
The new council will have a lot of tough decisions to make at that point.
Another is the recreation concerns with Trail. Can some new faces in both city’s councils give new life to the negotiations that have fallen into the deep end of the pool?
Keeping education in Rossland is another big issue and one that the council alone will not be able to control.
What they can try to influence is getting more people to move to the area, by promoting Rossland as a destination for industry workers at places like Teck to raise their families.
On the flip-side having the option put your child through school in Rossland is a draw for people moving to the area as well.
Experience on council is important, but it’s also important to get new ideas and faces on council, especially those who have already taken it upon themselves to be informed on council matters prior to being elected.
A balanced council would of course be best, but the most important thing is to put your thoughts in by way of ballot.
Advanced voting is already over and the final voting day is Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the MacLean School Annex located on Monte Christo Street.