TRURO – After 12 years of serving on Colchester County Council, Jimmy LeFresne is saying goodbye.
“It is time,” the District 7 councillor announced during Thursday night’s council session that he will not be seeking re-election in the October municipal elections.
“It is hard. I must say I love it here,” he said.
Prior to announcing his intentions to council, LeFresne told the Truro Daily News that his decision had indeed been “tough.”
“And (for) the few I have told, it’s been shock and awe,” he said.
A number of council members also expressed their regret at LeFresne’s decision, including District 2 representative Bill Masters.
“We are certainly going to miss your special brand of wisdom and don’t for a second think you didn’t make a difference because you did,” he said.
In his announcement LeFresne expressed thanks to his constituents for their support over the past 12 years and said it has been an “honour” to serve his community.
“Without the support of the community many of the projects over my past three council terms would not have been possible,” he said.
Among the projects he expressed pride in securing funding for, were the wastewater treatment plant in Tatamagouche, the village’s water treatment plant and community’s new library which opened in April.
Following his “retirement” from politics, LeFresne said intends to focus on his family and his family business.