An air of quiet reflection suffused the Oct. 15 council meeting as members of the 2014-18 District of Lillooet Council held their final regular meeting.
Mayor Marg Lampman and Councillors Laurie Hopfl and Barb Wiebe were all awaiting the verdict of the voters, as outgoing Councillors Kevin Aitken and John Courchesne said thank you and goodbye to their council colleagues.
Councillor Aitken thanked the public for giving him the opportunity to represent the community, thanked staff for their work, “making us look good for the most part,” and thanked the mayor and the other three councillors. He said council was initially forced to make difficult financial decisions “and some of those I regret but that’s the way it goes and you have to learn from those decisions and we did learn a lot in those four years.”
Councillor Courchesne said council “jumped into the frying pan at the beginning and I think we settled things down over the four years. I don’t think we satisfied everyone’s questions but I’ve heard from people in town that they didn’t see our financial mess as often in the newspaper or at all and that things seemed to have calmed down. We made some staff moves and I think we made some good staff moves and I think our current staff have done a good job for us.”
Councillor Hopfl commented, “I’m proud to be part of something that was so great – this little wolf pack that had a voice and made a difference. I’m going to miss you guys.”
The Inaugural Meeting of the new council is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in Room 201 of the REC Centre.