Taylor eyes fourth term at council helm

Incumbent Brian Taylor has announced that he will once again be running for mayor of Grand Forks.

Brian Taylor

Incumbent Brian Taylor has announced that he will once again be running for mayor of Grand Forks. Taylor has served as mayor in Grand Forks for three terms: 1997-99, 2008-11 and 2011-2014.

“I have made my intentions to run clear for the past two years,” he said. “The city has initiated a number of important initiatives and I am asking citizens to allow me to lead council through the next four years. I believe the city is moving forward with many positive changes and has turned a corner. I give credit to our employees and this council for this positive momentum.”

Taylor is proud of the work he has done in his three terms as mayor. He is particularly pleased with the first term when the city celebrated its 100th anniversary.

“I look back on that centennial year with fondness,” he said. “We re-enacted scenes from our early days, the miners, the loggers, and all the colourful characters that helped create this community. It made history come alive and was an inspiration experience for all who participated.”

The biggest challenge the mayor has faced in office is in 2008 when he had to heal the rift in the community that developed over archives, artifacts and the use of buildings when the art gallery, instead of the Boundary Museum, took over the courthouse building.

“The conflict has taken us years to resolve and there are still some remaining sensitivities,” he said. “The outcome, however, has given us a world-class museum at Fructova School site and gallery 2, the arts and cultural heart of Grand Forks.”

Taylor started his political career by running against then-premier Bill Bennett for MLA in Central Okanagan in 1984. He was the executive director of the Okanagan Neurological Association for 10 years. He moved to Grand Forks in the early 1990s after being hired to close the old Broadacres institution.

Taylor has two daughters, a grandson and a granddaughter. One daughter, Teresa, and her son live in Grand Forks on the family farm, while the other daughter, Christina, and her daughter live near Seattle.

As far as election issues go, Taylor says that the big ones are already on the table. He anticipates many discussions about water, roads, pipes, business development, taxation and jobs.

“For me the bottom line is: are we running a sustainable business? Are we making the kind of decisions that will make sure that my grandkids and yours can float down the river, drink the water, or move to Grand Forks knowing that taxes are predictable and services are available?” he said.

When asked how businesses are doing in Grand Forks, Taylor said it depends on the type of business.

“If your business is responsive to what the community needs now—you make money,” he said. “The obvious businesses are the ones in my mind that take into consideration the large number of seniors in our town.”

Just Posted

Castlegar, Grand Forks areas to see cleaner winter roads under new contract

YRB set to take over 10-year maintenance contract on Monday

MP Cannings spared brunt of Ottawa tornadoes

MP Richard Cannings was spared the impact of the tornadoes that hit the Ottawa region

Kootenay Robusters end 18th paddling season

Women of Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Christina Lake and Grand Forks came together in 2001

Trail bus line readies to takeover Kelowna run

Silver City Stage Lines must have a booking site up by Sept. 30; two vehicles activated by Oct. 26

More burning prohibitions rescinded in southeast B.C.

Category 2 and 3 fires will be permitted in Southeast Fire Centre as of 1p.m. on Wednesday.

VIDEO: Rare close encounter with whale pod spotted off B.C. waters

Pod of southern resident orca whales breach within arms length of whale watchers

Rattie scores 3 as Oilers blank Canucks 6-0

Vancouver slips to 1-5 in exhibition play

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Dead B.C. motorcyclist was member of group that raced down mountain road

Some group members record their rides on Strathcona Parkway and post times to page

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

VIDEO: A close look at what you were breathing during the B.C. wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

B.C. woman donates $250,000 to ovarian cancer research for friends

Two of Patty Pitts’s friends passed away from the disease within a year

B.C. could provide clues as to how New Brunswick electoral results shake out

Premier Christy Clark faced a strikingly similar scenario following the province’s 2017 election

Most Read