Read Mayor Guthrie’s Farewell (Till December 3) Address

Last night, the 2014-2018 term of Guelph City Council finished, and at the end of the meeting, Mayor Cam Guthrie paid tribute to the two members of City Council who will not be returning for the next term on December 3.

The full-text of the mayor’s comments were provided to Guelph Politico, and can be read below:

It is my privilege to say a few words at this, the last council meeting of the 2014-2018 term.

First and foremost, I want to thank every member of Council for serving our city in this way.

There’s a lot involved in this job.

A lot of reading. A lot of listening. A lot of phone calls and e-mails.

There are some late-night meetings, and weekend events. There are sacrifices of time away from family.

There are tough decisions to be made.

You are called on to be a problem-solver, a consensus-builder, and sometimes a referee (I’m looking at you, Andy!)

I want to congratulate the 10 Councillors who are returning, and thank them for stepping up to serve our community for another term.

It is also my privilege, on behalf of Council, to thank and congratulate the two members of Council who are retiring from the horseshoe: Ward 6 Councillor Karl Wettstein and Ward 2 Councillor Andy Van Hellemond.

Karl Wettstein has been known as the “elder statesman” on Council. He has served four terms on Council, a total of 15 years. He served from 2000-2003, and was elected again in 2006, 2010, and 2014.

Over the years, he served on numerous committees – including Finance; Audit; Governance; Community Services; and Planning, Building, Engineering and Environment.

He has served on the Boards of the River Run Centre; Downtown Guelph Business Association; Guelph Junction Railway; Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc; and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.

Karl has been a champion of the south end community centre for many years. That’s a significant legacy he will leave for his Ward 6 constituents, and indeed the whole city.  Karl, I hope and expect to see you there when we finally break ground on that project.

Councillor Andy Van Hellemond was first elected to Council in 2010, and was re-elected for the 2014-2018 term.

He served on several Committees including Audit; Community and Social Services; Public Services; and Operations, Transit and Emergency Services.

Andy is known as the Councillor who would come over to a constituent’s home or business to talk face to face on any issue. He has been a tireless advocate for his constituents, with a focus on fixing infrastructure and building the right amenities at Eastview Park.

Andy has been a quiet listener at Council meetings who didn’t take up a lot of time at the microphone – but everyone always knew where he stood.

Councillors Wettstein and Van Hellemond: you will find a small token of our appreciation on your desks.

It has been a privilege to serve alongside you both. On behalf of Council, please accept our sincere appreciation. We wish you both all the very best as you enjoy your retirement.

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