New day for Olde Towne as mayor thanks previous team
A new slate of representatives for the Town of St George has pledged open lines of communication with residents while showcasing the unique attributes of the historic town.
Quinell Francis was elected mayor last month in a tight contest with incumbent George Dowling III.
The Corporation of St George gave “heartfelt gratitude” to the community for upholding the 200-year-old tradition of voting for the mayor and councillors.
The group vowed to work “tirelessly for the betterment of our community”.
Ms Francis said her team would work to build “a vibrant World Heritage Site plan” for the town, which dates back to 1612 and won its Unesco heritage designation in 2000.
The group vowed to work closely with the residents and businesses as well as hospitality and government partners.
The Olde Towne will strengthen its ties with Lyme Regis in England, birthplace of Admiral Sir George Somers.
It will also build its relationship with Jamestown in Virginia — a major historical tourist attraction which has deep ties with St George’s from the beginning of English settlement in North America.
The new residents’ councillors are Tianny Butterfield, Elizabeth Christopher, N. Garon Dowling, Jari Ming, Lynwood Trott and Allan Van Putten.
The business ratepayers’ councillors are Amne Osseyran and Alfonso Harris.
The group said it would share events in the town with the community and get more people involved in its progress.
Ms Francis said: “We believe in open communication, ensuring that everyone is informed about the happenings in our community.
“We will be hosting neighbourhood meetings and discussions with our business partners, our local MPs, and ministers of government to ensure our communications are reaching all our partners.
“Our dedication extends to including those who may not be active on social media platforms, ensuring that everyone has a voice.”
She added that her team was “committed to effectively marketing our town, showcasing its unique attributes, and fostering its growth and prosperity”.
“We aim to create a welcoming and vibrant environment for residents, visitors, and businesses alike.”
The council’s first general meeting of council is set for June 22 at the Town Hall, where council meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month, starting at 6pm.
This meetings will inform residents on key corporation matters and projects to be advanced.
Attendees can question council members and offer feedback.
Ms Francis thanked the previous mayor and council.
She added: “We are excited to be working with the Ministry of Public Works and all our stakeholders to ensure that all recognise the importance of our World Heritage Site status and will work to educate all and continue to move St George forward.”
Ms Francis said updates regarding “Bermuda’s Home Town” could be found on the corporation website as well as its newsletter, the Town Crier.