Lake of Bays has a new mayor, but he is a person familiar with the lay of the land.

Terry Glover makes the shift from two term councillor to the mayor’s chair after defeating incumbent Bob Young and candidate Charles Cooper.

Glover is looking forward to rolling up his sleeves and tackling some of the projects that lay ahead for the town.

“I’m looking forward to working with the new council,” says Glover. “I’m looking forward to working with the people of Lake of Bays. I’ve got lots of people with lots of great ideas.

“Moving forward we have a number of things for the future on the radar.”

His first order of business is going to be sitting down with his new council.

“Firstly I am going to have a good long meeting with the council individually and together and see what we can do,” he offers. “They all have ideas about how they would like this to go forward.”

Some of the big priorities include affordable housing, improving the speed of the Internet to the town, and a library expansion. The other piece is about improving business in the so-called ‘shoulder seasons.’ As Glover points out running a business in the summer months is not the challenge. It is once the seasonal residents have gone home that things take on a different tone.

“I had some ideas when I was the Huntsville (Business Improvement Area) chair,” he reveals. “I’ve been in touch with a number of musical people and there are artists, and we can get stuff going.

“It’s just getting people organized and motivated and show them the town is open for business.”

Glover says he wants to give residents doing business in the town a sense of hope.

“It’s really important to me to give those people some bright lights in the shoulder season when it is really tough,” he says.