TRURO - Despite having five new councillors to bring up to speed at Colchester County council, Mayor Bob Taylor says it should not have a major impact on municipal business.
"We certainly have a good core of experience on council yet and I've talked to all the new councillors (elect) and they're all pretty keen and they want to learn and they want to work together, from what they're telling me," he said. "So I'm looking forward to working with them. No doubt it will be a little slower going because we're going to have to get everybody used to how we do things and all that good stuff. It will be quite a learning curve, for all of them really."
Nonetheless, Taylor said he "feels pretty confident that we'll be able to move on and be up to speed pretty quickly."
The mayor and incumbent councillors in four county ridings were acclaimed prior to last Saturday's election, which left seven other seats up for grabs.
In two ridings, incumbents Karen MacKenzie and Tom Taggart were re-elected, while five new candidates were elected in the other districts, including District 3, where Gerald Buott was defeated and District 9 where Bob White also lost his seat.
The newcomers include Geoff Stewart (District 3), Lloyd Gibbs (District 5), Mike Gregory (District 7), Doug MacInnes (District 9) and Wade Parker (District 11).
The last municipal election also saw five new faces at the council table although at that time two - Earl McKenna and Christine Blair - both had previous council experience.
The last time the mayor recalls seeing five completely fresh faces at council following an election was when he was first elected in 1989. But Taylor said he is not anticipating a great slowdown in dealing with municipal affairs, especially after the new councillors have gone through their orientation session in November.
"I think we can bring people on quite quickly," he said. "I look forward to it. I mean, you feel bad losing some people and they all worked hard. But we've got to move on and we look forward to working with the new people."