Here in Clarenville, I expect there will be a lot of interest from people considering running. Here's my take on what I perceive to be the key issues a new council/mayor/councillor will face...
Amendment-itus - There is not a section of Clarenville that is not affected by developers who are busy planning or doing development. We have a Municipal Plan that outlines the guidelines for development, but - and it's a big BUT - guidelines can be requested to be amended. A year and a half into the current municipal plan the amendment requests are coming fast and furious. Expect many more amendment requests. (See My Blog Post Here)
Waste Water Treatment - New legislation at the federal level means that the days of dumping raw sewage into the ocean are coming to an end. With a dispersed population and 8 sewer outfalls the cost of meeting the regulatory requirements for Clarenville will be HUGE. As of yet, this eventuality has been ignored. It's time to start planning, preparing and paying (See http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/11/18/bigfix-sewage-municipalities.html )