Mayor Richard Collins
MONTAGUE — It’s still 12 weeks away, but the mayor of eastern P.E.I.’s largest town has confirmed he will reoffer for the Nov. 3 municipal election.
Montague Mayor Richard Collins said he’s delighted with the growth and development occurring in the community and says he still has a long list of things to do.
“Everywhere I go in P.E.I. and beyond I hear people talking about how Montague is booming and that is such a welcome phrase to hear,’’ he said. “The council is doing a good job and I want to see more things accomplished.”
Collins said he is extremely pleased with the current council since the town took on a heavy work load this year partly due to the 2014 celebrations.
“People have told me we have become a true destination location with our fine restaurants, shopping, Artisan on Main project, the Art Walk through the town, our lovely waterfront and a superb Summer Days celebration that drew about 10,000 people over the three days.”
He noted many new businesses, large and small, have opened in the town and have taken up many of the former vacancies along the Main Street. He also said 14,000 vehicles cross the town bridge daily on a year round basis.
“I have always worked to ensure our tax dollars are spread out and this council has actually lowered them twice in the past two terms,” said Collins, who has been mayor here on a consecutive basis 2009 and served as mayor a dozen times — on and off — over the last 30 years.
He’s anxious to obtain federal dollars for infrastructure from the new Build Canada fund and to continue the study of local communities working together to form a regional council.
“I want to continue to work on expanding our two jewels here, that being the Garden of the Gulf museum and our newly expanded waterfront, and it would also be a great pleasure to be the mayor when the town marks its 100th birthday in 2017.”
Those seeking office Nov. 3 will be signing on for a four-year term under the changes made to the P.E.I. Municipality Act.