THIS YEAR it seems like the city has been finding pockets of money here and there, deciding to put an extra $2 million for McConnell Ave. reconstruction and considering donating cash to pay for a cancer lodge.
Maybe it’s in the hopes of the electorate remembering these money times during the municipal elections this fall; most government elections turn into cash flow that’s great for the community.
What’s fallen off the table is talk of a full-time mayor.
Despite the idea popping up during last term’s campaign, there’s been little talk about it during budget meetings. Mayor Pernarowski halfheartedly brought it up early on, only to be met with a lukewarm response and the standard reply of “we don’t have any money.”
But now through grants and department savings, it’s like wads of cash are being found under sofa cushions during spring cleaning.
Some small communities have part-time mayors, but other communities like Fort St. James are debating moving its mayor to full-time status; chamber of commerce members say more time is required to fulfil the community’s needs and handle the anticipated economic boom.
Terrace is in a good spot for a boom with the Northwest Transmission Line being powered up and the mining industry digging in. Now, before elections come this fall, is the time to decide whether or not Terrace needs a full-time representative.