Incumbent Lyman Clark and challenger Larry Fynn, who has served on village council since the beginning of this year, both agreed it’s more a difference of style than substance.
“As I personally see it, it boils down to management style,” said Clark. “There are things I think about and work on that he would work on in a little different matter, but we are both dedicated to going forward.”
“I’m fairly new to this process, but we’ve worked together, and the common goal I think is for the village of Pouce Coupe,” added Fynn. “I think it’s only healthy to have a good contest. I think the only difference here is maybe a little bit in our styles.”
Both believe that the village council should look at creating new subdivisions for new developments, but agree that the cost of infrastructure should be borne by those developers and not by taxpayers.
They also agreed that the village needs to move forward with paving and improving streets next spring, though there were some differences in their proposed scope of that work. Clark identified a few priority areas such as 51 Street down the side of the Husky gas station, while Fynn said the village should be able to leverage federal and provincial funding to have all the streets paved, as was done for the community of Rolla.
“I think there’s not a street in Pouce Coupe that shouldn’t be paved or improved upon,” he said.
Clark is seeking his second term as mayor, having being elected in 2008 after serving for three years as a councillor. He moved to the village in 1990 from his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana, and has been a member of the Pouce Coupe Community Foundation ever since and currently serves as vice president. He currently works for Coralane’s Sporting Goods in Dawson Creek on a contractual basis, and has been involved with the Dawson Creek Sportsman's Club, the Dawson Creek and District Hospital Foundation and the BC Wildlife Federation over the years.
While Clark said all of council deserves credit for the accomplishments achieved in the village over the past three years, he said he is proud to have helped oversee many of them.
“Now the office is flowing quite smoothly, the water tower is done within budget, and I have not stopped bragging wherever I go about our fire department,” he said.
He said there are still challenges moving ahead that he is eager to help tackle, such as rebuilding Pouce Park after the flooding this summer, and dealing with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure on road safety issues and the pending twinning of Highway 2. He added he would also like to continue to be a strong voice for the village and the region on the board of the Peace River Regional District, where among other responsibilities, he currently serves as the board’s liaison to the Northwest Corridor Development Corporation, a body that looks at transportation issues in the North.
Fynn has served on council since being elected in a by-election late last year. He and his wife have lived in the village for the last four years, and he has been a resident of the Peace region his whole life. He currently serves as president of the Pouce Coupe Community Foundation, and on the board of the Pouce Coupe Museum.
“I hope to see Pouce Coupe continue to grow and be a safe place to retire, raise a family and do business, while keeping our tax base as low as possible,” said Fynn. “I would like to see Pouce Coupe grow in a controlled, manageable fashion.”
Fynn is currently retired, but he said his background in the agriculture, construction and transportation industries will serve the village well in tackling future challenges if he is elected.
Pouce Coupe voters are encouraged to make their voices heard by casting their ballots for both mayor and council on Nov. 19 at the village office.