McCleary is back in the saddle!

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Allyson Beauregard

SHAWVILLE – Former councillor William (Bill) McCleary regained a seat on council after winning a by-election for seat 3 following the passing of former councillor Peggie Sheppard. With 307 votes, McCleary was followed by Sherwin Greer (111) and Aileen Sheppard (102). Advance polls were held June 3, and Election Day was June 10.

Allyson Beauregard

SHAWVILLE – Former councillor William (Bill) McCleary regained a seat on council after winning a by-election for seat 3 following the passing of former councillor Peggie Sheppard. With 307 votes, McCleary was followed by Sherwin Greer (111) and Aileen Sheppard (102). Advance polls were held June 3, and Election Day was June 10.
One of McCleary’s priorities is to rally for a sidewalk on Hillcrest Avenue. “Students from the north end of Shawville use the street to go to school and the RA runs
a summer program that uses it as well,” he said.
The proposal for a new arena is also on his radar, but he intends to fully study the file before forming an opinion. “If there is enough grant and other money available,
I am for it. The town can’t afford a large mortgage and I’ll review the numbers when they come in. In the meantime, the current arena needs to be maintained,” he explained.
McCleary also plans to review road maintenance since he said there are no plans for improvements in this year’s budget.
“We need to do a little bit every year,” he concluded.
Peggie Sheppard was elected on November 3, 2013 and held the seat until she passed away on March 14, 2018. McCleary occupied seat 2 for one term prior to running for mayor against Sandra Murray in the 2017 municipal elections.