Mayor Jim Ban­croft re­tir­ing

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LONG SAULT, On­tario – Town­ship of South Stor­mont Mayor Jim Ban­croft made a sur­prise an­nounce­ment dur­ing his ad­dress at the Busi­ness Awards Breakfast in Long Sault on Fri­day, April 13, 2018.

Ban­croft an­nounced that he would not be seek­ing re- elec­tion this Oc­to­ber.

“I will not be re­turn­ing to work in the fall,” Ban­croft said. “I re­ally en­joy the work and I wish coun­cil the very best.”

Ban­croft cited his 30 years in lo­cal pol­i­tics and said that he had dis­cussed re­tire­ment with his wife and de­cided that it was time.

Be­fore the an­nounce­ment of his re­tire­ment, Ban­croft went over the suc­cesses that the South Stor­mont econ­omy had seen over the past year, and some of the dis­ap­point­ments he says the Town­ship has ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing his term in of­fice.

“At the be­gin­ning of our term, we thought we had two vi­brant op­por­tu­ni­ties, but nei­ther has come to fruition at this time,” Ban­croft pointed to dif­fi­cul­ties that the Town­ship was hav­ing in at­tract­ing new­com­ers to the area.

He said how­ever, that the area was be­com­ing more wel­com­ing to se­niors, with the com­ple­tion of Sun­set Cove and the up­com­ing con­ver­sion of the old St. Ge­orge’s school to se­nior’s hous­ing.

“We are try­ing to be more proac­tive in reach­ing out to de­vel­op­ers,” he said. “The em­pha­sis of any mayor and coun­cil is to find new ways that we can work to­gether.”

Ban­croft was first elected to mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics in 1985. He be­came Mayor of South Stor­mont upon the amal­ga­ma­tion of the Town­ship in 2000 and served un­til 2006. He was re- elected Mayor in 2014.

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