Littlejohn bids farewell to council
Fighting back tears, newly minted Port de Grave MHA Glenn Littlejohn signed his official resignation as mayor of the Town of Bay Roberts at a council meeting on Oct. 25.
Littlejohn took time to reflect on his 14 years as a member of the Bay Roberts town council, the last six as mayor.
“In the last 14 years, we have put $25 million of infrastructure into the town,” he said. “That is everywhere in this community, not just Bay Roberts.”
Littlejohn said he has seen the impact made by council during his tenure, and the betterment of the lives of citizens because of it.
Littlejohn’s tenure as mayor will be remembered for the residential and economic growth the town experienced.
“In the budget I brought down last December, it was $6.1 million,” he said, a long way from the $2 million budget Littlejohn brought down when he manned the finance committee in his first year as a councillor.
Littlejohn reflected on the damages incurred when Tropical Storm Chantal touched down over the area, causing great residential and commercial damage.
“We survived Chantal, we learned from Chantal and we are better because of it,” he said. “It is because of Chantal we sat down and created an emergency plan.” There were challenges. At one point, Bay Roberts was referred to in a national magazine as one of the worst places to live in Canada.
“Last time I checked, there were more than 179 cities in Canada and I think if we can get mentioned in that group ... it’s a pretty important thing to remember, whether it’s 1 or 179,” said Littlejohn.
The former mayor prided himself on the relationships fostered during his tenure, particularly with the Bay Roberts Fire Department.
“We’ve come a long way with our relationship with our fire department,” he said.
“They serve our people 365 days a year without hesitation and I want to commend them for that.”
Littlejohn had many people he wanted to recognize for the contributions they made to his career as both councillor and mayor.