Enderby is open for business. That was one of the key talking points Howie Cyr and Greg McCune emphasized at a standing-room-only all candidate forum Tuesday night at the seniors centre.
Incumbent Cyr and McCune, a five-term councillor, are both vying for the mayor’s seat on Nov. 15.
McCune, 52, operates family-run Sutherland’s Bakery. He sees Enderby as ideally situated in terms of tourism and commerce.
“We will be the envy of the Okanagan,” said McCune. “We’re the top of the Okanagan and the gateway to the Shuswap. The opportunities are there for us.”
Cyr, a 63-year-old retired RCMP officer, points to two new businesses – a fabrication shop on Brickyard Road, and another industrial operation on Bass Avenue – opening up in the past year as a sign of good things to come.
“We’ve got two really good, vibrant businesses that are moving into town this past year,” he said. “They’re going to create some good paying jobs in the future.
“Word gets around that the city of Enderby is open for business.”
Added McCune: “Industry, commercial – all that has to happen, and it will happen. We actually have to have open arms and literally be willing to work with every individual.”
Enderby council’s decision to introduce metered water rates has been met with opposition, and McCune urged residents to give it a chance before passing judgement.
“We’re definitely on the right track. I think we’ve come up with an equitable plan for everyone,” said McCune. “It was never council’s intention to make this an awful thing.”
The subject of Enderby’s Riverwalk was also brought up, and Cyr said the trimming and maintenance of it are an ongoing concern. He welcomed the public to contact city hall if they notice any areas that need immediate attention.
“We can’t allow this community to fall into a state of disrepair,” he said. “That’s probably the worst billboard for people who are thinking of coming here.”
The forum was hosted by the Enderby and District Chamber of Commerce.