Gulaptis has another shot at top job
By SALLY GORDON
MACLEAN councillor Chris Gulaptis will contest the Clarence Valley Council's mayoral seat today after declaring his dissatisfaction with council's progress since amalgamating.
The top job is up for grabs at an extraordinary meeting this morning at Maclean's council chambers.
Cr Gulaptis missed out on the position by one vote in the September mayoral election last year.
Current mayor Ian Tiley will run again after completing two terms in the role since he was elected in March 2005.
Cr Gulaptis said his decision to run came because he didn't support the direction in which the council was moving.
"I've had comments made to me, I read the paper ... there are issues in relation to water, the financial position of the council and issues with the restructure of the council ... it's
been an effort to move things forward after the council's were amalgamated," he said.
Now in his 42nd year of local government, Cr Tiley said he was keen to continue as mayor if that's what the other councillors wanted.
"I've given it my all and done the best I could," he said.
"I have a lot of experience and brought that experience to bear in the appointment of a general manager and establishing a fair rating system."