New councillor ready to learn

  • Oct. 29, 2007 8:00 a.m.

The phone at newly-elected Masset councillor Andrew Merilees’ home has already been ringing with people offering him suggestions. Mr. Merilees handily won the byelection Saturday, defeating rival candidate Arbor Osborne 86 votes to 33. Mr. Merilees says he’s got lots to learn. “I am going to be spending a good chunk of my time just figuring out where council sits (on various issues),” he said. “I want to learn about what committees (former councillor) Janet Brown sat on. I’d be happy to take over those duties right away.” He says in the interval, he’ll be talking to people to get a sense of what they are expecting of him.”I’m in this community. I want to make sure that I can contribute,” Mr. Merilees said. He’s expected to be sworn in formally later this month.