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Kirkham prevails over Parviainen in Squamish election

Three newcomers to council join incumbents and new mayor



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"The Mamquam Blind Channel was the main topic on my campaign coming in so I'd sure like to see that back on track," Prior said after his election victory. "The oceanfront really needs the Mamquam Blind Channel portion to be done to help make it work."

According to Prior, development along the channel between the downtown area and the former Interfor sawmill site was designed to take place before development of the SODC lands where a chemical plant once operated.

Chappelle said her first priority is to get the SODC board of directors filled. She said she would like to see Drew Stotesbury, formerly of Intrawest, back on the project after he declined his appointment to the board.

She also wants a more open process for choosing the members of the SODC board and for her that would involve a public application process for those interested in sitting on the board.

"There's a lot of amazing members of the community that have contributed quite a bit to the oceanfront and were promised places on the board and never had a chance to apply," Chappelle said.

There was controversy when the current council voted Gardner and Councillor Paul Lalli onto the SODC board. Like Gardner, Lalli didn't seek re-election. Race supported the move but Heintzman and Raiser didn't and when that split became public it led to uncertainty around the future of the SODC.

"We are at a critical time in the development of these lands," Race wrote in his election platform. "We have a plan and now must see to its implementation."

Race said the oceanfront land issue is one of the main reasons he sought re-election.

While Heintzman and Race didn't agree on who should be on the SODC board Heintzman also feels the current plan to develop the lands with a park and a mixture of housing, commercial development and light industry is the best plan. She wrote on her blog that she supports pursuing a joint-venture partner to develop the oceanfront lands.

Chappelle said in addition to the oceanfront situation she has a strong interest in seeing changes in the transit system.

"We need a transportation coordinator whether it be at the SLRD level or at ours," Chappelle said. "Right now (the general manager engineering and parks), Brian Barnett's doing it from the corner of his desk and that is unacceptable."

Chappelle said she supports a commuter service for Squamish along with an expanded HandyDart program. She said she met with B.C. Transit before the election to discuss these issues.

While there are some differing views amongst the incoming council members about the future of the oceanfront, they all agreed with Kirkham that the new council is made up of good people.