Lifelong Prince Albert resident Jay Yeo didn’t want to see Coun. Martin Ring receive Ward 6 by acclamation again, so he threw his hat into the ring during the nomination process’s final day, last week.
“I felt that council needed a change,” he said. “I really don’t think they’ve been overly effective toward maintaining city infrastructure.”
When it comes to infrastructure needs and wants, Yeo has come armed with a list of items for his ward and the city as a whole.
Speed bumps should be investigated for areas that receive high levels of complaints about speeders, work needs to be done at 28th Street East and Marquis Road — maybe turning lanes or road twinning, the Ward 6 soccer pitch could use more player benches, and a cover for the Carlton Park Community Club rink would be nice, he said beginning his list.
“I’ve found concerns about the security of Prime Minister’s Park after hours,” he said. “There seems to be a lot of late night antics.”
Police response times could also see improvement in the ward, which is located in the city’s southeast corner, furthest away from the police station.
Yeo said that he’s a more hands-on choice for councillor, having worked in labour-intensive positions all his life.
“I have a working sense of roadwork — I have a history in it — so I have a little bit more of an understanding of the task and how long that it should take as opposed to how long it is taking,” he said.
“I’m not an engineer, but some common sense would go a long way.
“I hope to build the city. A second bridge is what everybody’s going for — maybe some alternative ideas for raising funds for this bridge would be welcome.”
The mining companies that have made a lot of money crossing the bridge should be contacted, he said.
Born and raised in Prince Albert, Yeo moved to Ward 6 five years ago and plans on remaining in the ward.
“It seems to me that the sitting council works together well, so I’d like to continue that,” he said. “I’d like to see some new faces, some fresh ideas.”