Three newcomers to Meadow Lake city council

by Terry Villeneuve

Meadow Lake City Council will have a different look this upcoming term as three new faces were voted in last Wednesday.

Conrad Read, a Sask Highways supervisor, along with two business owners – Merlin Seymour and Layne Shkopich – join incumbents Annette Klassen, Curtis Paylor and Elaine Yaychuk as the latter three successfully won their seats back Oct. 24.

“I’m thrilled and very pleased with the overall results,” said mayor Gary Vidal, who was acclaimed in September. “ I think they’re all quality people and will bring valuable additions to the table.”

A total of 696 residents voted in the election with Klassen garnering the most votes at 454. Seymour had 448, Read 426, Paylor 417, Shkopich 397 and Yaychuk 333. Jeff Fechter, the fourth incumbent in the election, missed out with 310 votes.

Read was surprised by the number of votes he received in the field of 11 candidates, but is now glad to be part of council.

“I kind of work behind the scenes, but I guess a lot of people know me now,” he said, adding he moved to Meadow Lake in 1989. “I’ve been involved with minor hockey for 15 years with 10 being president.”

He also had a lengthy stint – 12 years – on Meadow Lake’s recreation board of which he was chair for eight of them.

“I’ve been involved with boards all my life through work, so the meeting setting, I’m used to it,” Read said. “My wife, Michelle, understands it’s going to take up a bunch of my time. As it is now, we don’t have any kids at home anymore, so it’s one of those things where you can devote a lot of your extra time that I feel strongly about.”

Vidal, who first entered politics in September 2011 by winning the mayoral by-election, is looking at the new three councillors in a positive light.

The new group’s first official meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Meadow Lake
(696 voters)
Mayor Gary Vidal (acclamation)
Annette Klassen        454
Merlin Seymour        448
Conrad Read        426
Curtis Paylor        417
Layne Shkopich        397
Elaine Yaychuk        333
Jeff Fechter        310
Angus McDonald        279
Terry Schenk        213
Bruno Kossmann        206
Dwayne Mysko        164


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