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Four people running for Bible Hill Village Commission seat

The people running for the Bible Hill Village Commission seat are, clockwise, from top left, Dale MacLeod, Karen Mills, Tom Burke and Dick Cotterill.
The people running for the Bible Hill Village Commission seat are, clockwise, from top left, Dale MacLeod, Karen Mills, Tom Burke and Dick Cotterill. - Contributed

BIBLE HILL, N.S.

Four people are running for the Bible Hill Village Commission byelection.

The byelection is being held in order to replace Dwane Mellish, who recently resigned from the commission.

The advance poll is July 17, with election day on July 21.

The term of office is to June 2020.

The candidates are:

Karen Mills

Karen Mills has been living in Colchester County for about 20 years, with the last 10 of those in Bible Hill.

She loves living in Bible Hill, and would like to play a part in shaping the future of the village.

“If elected as village commissioner, I would ensure the concerns of the residents of Bible Hill are brought to the table,” she said. “I would welcome and encourage public engagement, participation and input. I offer fresh perspectives, new ideas and bring with me extensive experience as financial controller at Aggregate Equipment.”

In her spare time, Mills enjoys camping, playing guitar and spending time with her family and her dog, Marley.

She encourages people to contact her at karenmillsbiblehill@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/karenmillsbh

Dale MacLeod

Dale McLeod has been a resident of Bible Hill for about 40 years.

He was previously a member of the commission for six years, serving as the commissioner responsible for recreation services.

He worked as a power line technician with Nova Scotia Power and then operated and co-owned his own company (McLeod Safety Services) before retiring.

He has volunteered as a coach for children’s ball teams and as a Cub leader.

“Since there is a vacancy, I figure I could fill that gap and help some people,” he said. “I’ve been going door-to-door talking to people to see what issues they have. If I get in I’ll work my tail off to help others.”

MacLeod hopes to see more improvements in recreation facilities, as well as sidewalks and drainage.

He and his wife have three children and six grandchildren.

Tom Burke

Tom Burke has previously been involved with the commission for more than 20 years, serving as the chairman for several years, but didn’t run in the 2016 election.

“After a brief absence, I feel refreshed,” he said. “I see some things that could be done differently, and with retirement coming up I’d have more time to dedicate to the position.”

Burke has lived in the village for 44 years, and runs Welpro Supply Limited, a well drilling business. He is currently organizing a convention on the water well industry.

“I’d like to be on the commission and work toward the betterment of the community,” he said. “It’s my way of giving back.”

Dick Cotterill

Dick Cotterill has lived in Bible Hill for more than 40 years.

He did maintenance work for the village before becoming a partner in McGinleys Yard & Garden Equipment Inc. The business was sold but he continues to work for the new owner.

He is active with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), justice organizations, and the Truro Homeless Outreach Society (THOS), and has volunteered in other areas in the past. He has also been involved in Rugby Union Football for more than 50 years.

“As the largest of 22 villages in Nova Scotia, we play a leading role,” he said. “We work closely with the Municipality of the County of Colchester, the Town of Truro and Millbrook First Nation.” 

He and his wife Margie have two adult sons. 

lynn.curwin@trurodaily.com

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