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Sunnyside Mayor Robert Snook not running in upcoming election

['Sunnyside mayor Robert Snook.']
['Sunnyside mayor Robert Snook.']

SUNNYSIDE-Sunnyside Mayor Robert Snook will not be running in this September's municipal election. 

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Snook, who has served four terms on Sunnyside council, the last two as mayor, said that it is time for him to move on and allow someone else to take on the responsibility.

"I think it's time for a change. I want to move on and enjoy what time I got left, and I'm sure there's lot of people put there who are very, very capable and could do a fantastic job as mayor," Snook told The Packet.

"There's lots of people much younger, who have new ideas, and are probably more in the know then I am right now."

Snook said that one of the most pressing priorities of the new mayor will be the construction of a recreation building.

"We desperately need a new community building … It's time for us to have a community building with a recreation centre and a fitness room and all the things that go along with that."

The town currently has a small building used for recreational activities, but Snook said that a larger, modern building will be able to provide more and better services to the community— particularly younger families.

"The big thing will be to provide services for young families. We're trying to get a community building that we can have some programming in – for children, for adults and for seniors. That will be a big asset if we want to keep young families in our communities.  We're going to have to provide amenities for these families."

A $1-million legacy fund granted to Sunnyside by the Hebron project was set aside for this purpose.

Other issues that Snook said will need to be addressed by council in the coming years include improving water in certain areas of the community, outfitting a sewage system in the east end of town and improving the conditions of some of the roads.

Now that he’s passing along the chain of office Snook's plans on enjoying quality time with his family, including grandchildren both in St. John's and Sunnyside.

"Sunnyside is home. I'll be in in Sunnyside for as long as I can, as long as my health provides,” he said.

Though Snook does not intend to fill any official position on council, he said he plans on being available for committee work should council call upon him.

"If I can be of any help to them, they only have to ask and I'll be there to work on any committee,” he said.

“I think that’s something council should look at – getting people from outside council to serve on committees. That would relive the burden on council members.”

Nomination days in Sunnyside are Aug. 29-30. 

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