Lit­tle­john bids farewell to coun­cil

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BYNICHOLAS MERCER

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.”

Thank you

Lit­tle­john had many peo­ple he wanted to rec­og­nize for the con­tri­bu­tions they made to his ca­reer as both coun­cil­lor and mayor.

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