Blue Mountain Ratepayers' Association

McKean New Mayor of TBM

McKean new mayor of Town of Blue Mountains
Paul Brian, Enterprise-Bulletin
Monday, October 27, 2014

THE BLUE MOUNTAINS — The Town of Blue Mountains has a new mayor in John McKean.
After a convincing win over opponent Duncan McKinley on Monday night, McKean said he looks forward to leading the town and looking more deeply into some questions he has about town finances.
“I’d like to thank the voters in the Town of Blue Mountains for giving me a mandate of change,” McKean said shortly after hearing of his win. “Obviously, the biggest change I’d like to see is some investigation into the financial arrangements the Town of Blue Mountains has with Grey County.”
According to unofficial results released Monday night by the Town of Blue Mountains, McKean won with 2,351 votes ahead of McKinlay with 1,606.
Gail Ardiel was elected deputy-mayor with 2,039 votes, winning over fellow contender Paul Mitchell who had 1,810.
Elected to council were Bob Gamble, Joe Halos, Michael Martin, John McGee and Michael Seguin.
Also elected as Bluewater District School trustee was Linda Hamill, and Eric Lapointe was elected as conseiller of the French Separate School Board, beating out rival Guy Belcourt.
McKean said he’s looking forward to working with the newly formed town council on investigating the financial questions he has about the town and Grey County.
“That’ll have to be a council directive, that’s definitely not something you can do on your own,” he said. “Everybody will have to be going in the same direction on that.”
Overall, McKean said he was pleased with the mix of experience and fresh perspectives in Seguin and McGee, and is also excited about getting to work.
“I think it’s very good. We have a good mix of some people that have been there recently and some new people that have joined us that ratepayers have put in,” McKean said. “I’m pumped.”