Trevor Knibbs is one of the first-time candidates seeking to join Estevan City Council.
Knibbs, who operates Power Dodge in Estevan, filed his papers for the councillor vacancy on March 17. He has been in Estevan for nearly eight years, and he said it's time to enter municipal politics.
“I really wanted to see how it all runs,” said Knibbs. “I have some questions that I've always had about how things work.”
He finds that projects are often only halfway finished, and he wants to know why. Knibbs cited the parking lot project at the Souris Valley Aquatic and Leisure Centre as an example. The project was supposed to be finished in 2012, but now it won’t be complete until 2014.
“I don't understand all the curbing, for example, that they put in at the parking lot, taking up stalls, and why it's been half-done for years,” said Knibbs.
Other examples of unfinished projects include pedestrian pathways around the city, and pothole patching on the roads.
“Everything's just always half done,” he said.
As a business owner and a homeowner, he said he has a vested interest in the community, and he wants to see money spent in the best way possible.
But the current council has been doing a good job, he said. He cited the resurfacing of 13th Avenue and Souris Avenue North from the CP Rail tracks to the northern edge of the city as a project that was done right.
Knibbs said a lot of people were encouraging him to run, and he has received a lot of positive feedback since he revealed his intentions to join council. He said he looks forward to talking to people in the next few weeks, and informing them of why he decided to run.
The by-election will be on April 23.