Ben Maartman, pictured in his ‘farm office’ has been elected as Area H director. (Ben Maartman photo)

Ben Maartman, pictured in his ‘farm office’ has been elected as Area H director. (Ben Maartman photo)

Ben Maartman declared Director of CVRD Area H

Maartman will be sworn in on December 8

Ben Maartman has been declared Director of CVRD Area H – North Oyster/Diamond following a recount on the morning of December 1.

RELATED: Preliminary Area H byelection results show Maartman up by seven votes, McNab to ask for recount

Maartman will be sworn in as director on Tuesday December 8. Once Maartman is sworn in he will choose an alternate director to replace current alternate director, Colin Haime.

After his orientation, Maartman will be put to work quickly, with a full day of budget meetings on December 9.

“I’ve been following it, but getting all the inside information will be important. It’s going to be like jumping in the deep end,” Maartman said.

Given that Maartman takes on the role of director during the CVRD’s budget process, it’ll be at least a few months before he can turn any of his campaign promises into actionable items. However, Maartman is looking to make good on his promise to improve communications within Area H over the next few weeks.

RELATED: Candidates share their vision for the future of Area H

On December 17, Maartman will hold a community Zoom meeting to ask Area H residents what kind of communication they want from him. Maartman has purchased the domain areah.ca, and said he wants the community to help shape the content on the website.

“The website needs to reflect what the community wants to hear,” he said.

Maartman will continue to hold community Zoom meetings. He said that getting people to participate in Zoom meetings is a challenge, and he looks forward to a post-pandemic environment where he can host community hall meetings throughout Area H.

“As soon as we can move to a community hall we will. The idea is to have people come to talk, meet, gather, and share their thoughts and ideas together.”

The election came down to wire, with Maartman winning by a total of eight votes over Murray McNab. Although McNab led in advance voting, and general voting day ballots, Maartman carried the election with 28 mail ballot votes over McNab’s 11 mail ballot votes.

McNab said he accepts the results of the election, and that he wishes Maartman all the best as Area H director. McNab will continue to be involved in Area H committees, and is mulling another election bid in the CVRD’s general election in October 2022.

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