Coun. Paul Payson has served on council for seven years and is ready to step into another term.
The veteran councillor said he has very much enjoyed his time on council.
“I’ve met lots of people I never would have had the opportunity to meet and I’ve had the opportunity to learn about the different groups and what their roles are. I appreciate volunteers and the hard work they do to make Rimbey a better place.”
His time on council has been a learning curve for Payson, who noted balancing the funding wants and needs of the town is an “interesting challenge.”
During his time on council, he is proud to note that tax increases have been kept to a minimum and there have been continual upgrades to roads and sidewalks in town.
Payson has been on the Ponoka West Fire Department (formerly Rimbey Fire Department) for 12 years. He represents council on Rimbey library board, Blindman Youth Action Society and Neighbourhood Place.
The father of two has lived in Rimbey for 19 years. He moved here as first-year-teacher after graduating from the University of Alberta. He began his teaching career at Rimbey Christian School and he is still a teacher at that school.
Payson is married to Shawna and the couple have two daughters; Gillian, who will attend Red Deer College this year, and Kailyn, who will go into Grade 11 at Rimbey high school.
Payson encourages anyone who thinks they may be interested in running for a position on council to do so.
“I think people should let their name stand. I think it is healthy for the town.”
The deadline to submit papers to let one’s name stand for election in the fall municipal election is Sept. 18. The election is to be held Oct. 16.